Just back from the famed Harrogate Bridal Show 2014. This was the first, but it won't be my last, trip to the United Kingdom's highly- anticipated annual event in the rolling Yorkshire countryside outside of London. Everyone in the special occasion dress industry raves about the show held annually in September. Now I understand why! European designers tend to set the fashion curve with trends there months or even a year before they hit the U.S. market. We couldn't help but spot these trend-setting details for wedding gowns at the Harrogate Bridal Show 2014:
- floral print organza wedding gowns in pinks and blues. Very feminine and refreshing!
- sparkling net fabrics for a fairy-tale look that even Prince Charming can't resist
- flowing short sleeves embellished with beads and even bows
- slinky satin wedding gowns reminiscent of the evening gowns worn in Hollywood's heyday
- wedding shoes covered in beads for a very glam head- to- toe look
On the RunwayLeave it to the British, with their impeccable taste and timeless elegance, to stage a breath taking fashion show featuring the best of bridal. The setting, the historic Royal Hall was built in 1903 and meticulously restored. The rich red and gold tones provided a dramatic backdrop to see the best in bridal fashions from top designers. Bravo to the Brits for putting drop-dead gorgeous models in breath-taking plus size wedding dresses. And having them escorted on the runway by male models with movie star looks. The designs represented a wide range of bridal gowns from collections that infused the 1950s classic styles with a subtle twist of modern glamour to fairy-tale ball gowns with full skirts perfect for the bride who dreams of marrying her Prince charming.,
Prom Frocks that RockProm. the great American rite of passage has crossed the Atlantic to arrive in England. Alth0ugh a bridal show, several dozen designers featured Prom frocks that looked amazingly like what teen-age girls where in the U.S.A. So many body-conscious fit and flare designs that hug curves. Tons of chiffon A-line Prom dresses with beaded bodices and flowing skirts. A smattering of ball gowns. But we didn't see any short Prom dresses. Apparently, British teens stick with long formal dresses for Prom. And we didn't see anyone dedicated exclusively to plus size Prom dresses!
Details that DazzleAisle after aisle featured bridal accessories that would dazzle any bridal gown from an informal destination wedding dress to a formal design with a cathedral train. Here's several we spotted that popped out:
- gorgeous faux fur wraps for a touch of elegance and warmth on a wintry day - or night
- romantic lace jackets in longer lengths
- lace applique bracelets
- satin pumps in floral designs