While finding the perfect wedding dress will ultimately come down to your personal style, It doesn’t hurt to take a few fashion cues from the runways. To give you a head start, we’ve picked the brains of some bridal experts for upcoming trends to get you inspired. By Susie Riza
The trend: 3D textures
The romantic sheer lace trend continues from previous seasons, taking a turn towards 3D textures and embroidery. Dainty details, such as flowers or butterflies, seem to come to life on these dresses – usually sewn onto a sheer bodice or skirt.
Why brides are loving it: “This trend has been such a hit with brides because the dresses are still all about lace but the embroidery’s texture adds structure,” says designer
Vivian Luk. “This style suits a wide range of body types – it is very forgiving yet still accentuates your shape.”
The trend: Off-the-shoulder dresses
Elegant and flattering, off-the-shoulder dresses are going to be huge in 2017. Featured in a wide range of designer collections, this trend has become synonymous with femininity.
Why brides are loving it: “Amal Clooney started this trend when she wore an off-the-shoulder Oscar de la Renta gown,” says Cecile Chen, co-founder and managing director at Trinity Bridal. “This cut is perfect for ladies who want to show off their décolletage in the most elegantly flattering way whilst still sticking to tradition. Brides who are conscious of their arms will also find this look favourable.”
The trend: Plunging necklines
Dresses with plunging necklines are heating up in 2017 and, while certainly sexy, there’s a reason this style is popular – a plunging neckline flatters your figure, creating a longer and leaner silhouette.
Why brides are loving it: “Plunging necklines on wedding dresses can be super sexy, modern and flattering if done tastefully,” says Dana Trang of HITCHED! Bridal. “If traditional family members won’t be too pleased, a detachable panel can be added to raise the neckline for the ceremony and removed for the reception and after party!”
The trend: Versatile separates
Separates allow for endless combinations to suit your style, says HITCHED! Bridal’s owner Dana Trang. Unconventional brides love to mix-and-match tops and skirts to create a one-of-a-kind wedding gown.
Why brides are loving it: “Separates are great as it allows brides of all figures to choose both the top and bottom items that are most flattering for their body type,” says Trang. “Designer David Fielden is the best, in my opinion, for this style of wedding dress.”
The trend: Illusion necklines
Illusion designs were all over Pinterest last year, and they’re getting even saucier in 2017. Made with fine transparent tulle, illusion necklines add a little hint of sensuality to a classic silhouette.
Why brides are loving it: “Illusion necklines are the perfect way for a bride to show some skin, while still remaining modest,”
says Noel Chu, a bridal designer based in Sheung Wan. “This
style is perfect for an alfresco wedding since it’s lightweight
The trend: alternatives to white
Wedding dresses are moving away from whites, creams and ivories and venturing into bolder territory – think gold, blue or pastel tones. Brides who are keen to incorporate their personality into the mix will appreciate this offbeat trend.
Why brides are loving it: “Colour is the perfect way for brides to show their fun side,” says Luk. “Colour is very important in everything else throughout the wedding – from flowers to cake to décor – why shouldn’t it be the same for the wedding gown? Colourful wedding gowns can be romantic and timeless and add that special touch to any wedding.”
Get your gowns here:
Trinity Bridal: 8/F, W Place, 52 Wyndham St., Central, 2978-3987, www.trinitybridal.com.hk.
Noel Chu Atelier: Unit 2201, 22/F, Arion Commercial Centre, 2-12 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, 2380-6381, www.noelchuatelier.com.
Vivian Luk: Mezzanine 13-15 Yik Yam St., Happy Valley, www.vivianluk.com.
HITCHED! Bridal: Room 1501-2, Hing Lung Commercial Building, 68-74 Bonham Strand East, Sheung Wan, 2815-8330, www.hitchedbridal.com.