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Wedding dresses: new styles and trends for 2018

Classic or unconventional? Elegant or chic? Heavenly or avant-garde? Discover all the latest styles and trends for wedding dresses in 2018!
Wedding dresses: styles and trends for 2018

Saying that first, important yes to the right wedding dress is a very emotional moment for all brides. Precious, elegant and feminine, wedding dresses must tell a bride’s personality whilst enhancing her iridescent beauty. All this without forgetting to take keep a close eye on the most recent trends and styles for wedding dresses.

Wedding dress by Oscar de La Renta with 3D flowers, 2018

Elegant and lavish, heavenly and coveted, the newly released collections of wedding dresses by fashion maisons of the wedding industry, allow brides to find the dress that best represents them and will make them the absolute protagonists of their special day.

The fashion world pays great attention to the wedding dresses field, offering options that range from models by renowned brands and designers, to haute couture and made-to-measure dresses, which are set centre stage and showcased during important events of the industry, such as the New York Bridal fashion week, which is entirely dedicated to the latest and upcoming styles and trends for wedding dresses.

This year, more than ever before, the wedding dresses seem to have taken a more contemporary twist, less tied to tradition. From classic, princess wedding dresses with sweetheart necklines, wide gowns and Chantilly lace, to less conventional ones, loaded with surprises. From Jean Paul Gaultier’s punk rock styles to the alternative and eccentric ones by Jenny Packham, often inspired by iconic gowns of the past (for example, the Valentino dress worn by Jackie Kennedy Onassis), passing by the wedding dresses by Oscar de La Renta, adorned with floral lace, 3D petals, bows and picturesque prints, and up to the breakthrough of dresses with details in black.

So, hey, 2018 seems to offer new and fresh looks, as well as classic and returning ones, in order to satisfy all tastes and styles! For brides who are dreamers, but also for the more glamorous and contemporary ones!

The presence of details in black is one of the most surprising novelties. Introducing black to wedding dresses explores new, uncharted territory, which is why this new look stirred quite the uproar. Many stylists, however, decided to jump onto this trend, with Vera Wang’s wedding dresses taking the cake, with models characterised by intricate gowns with asymmetrical geometric shapes, accompanied by black flowers and bows. A style that, in a more mellow tone, can also be observed in the wedding dresses by Marchesa and Carolina Herrera, who showcased black floral applications along corset and sleeves, or black bows and ribbons at the waistline.

Wedding dress by Pronovias with tattoo effect and floral decorations, 2018

Already a frontrunner in 2017’s wedding dress trends and preferences, the “tattoo effect” dress remains a favourite choice by many maisons, often combined with V-shaped necklines, both for the décolleté and for the back, giving brides a nude look effect that is both seductive yet refined. Many brands decided to confirm this fascinating genre (for example, Pronovias and their mermaid gowns and classic lines), and introduced another great comeback: the sleeve. A detail that respects the bon ton of wedding dresses, especially when finely embroidered and embellished using light, impalpable textiles. This season, it has been showcased in a number of variants, for example in the sumptuous boho chic models by Naeem Khan.

For those brides out there who live and breath for romance, check out the trends showcased in the collections by Galia Lahav and Vera Wang, which are an homage to the Victorian Era. Lace, long and rounded sleeves, high necklines and ruches, in both the boleros and collars, are the main details realised following bold yet not dramatic geometrical shapes, which give the bride a regal and elegant allure.

If, instead, you want to go for a more eccentric look, then the flamboyant and extravagant creations by Jenny Packham and Nicole by Alessandra Rinaudo are the ones you should keep an eye out for. Wedding dresses inspired by the hippie style of the ‘70s, loaded with colours, crystals, intense lacing and floral decorations; these original and cutting-edge designs will definitely be the talk of the town by Instagrammers and the like. An even more innovative trend, which also takes a dip into the past, is the one proposed by Armani, Reem Acra and Naeem Khan, whose wedding dresses transport us directly to a scene from the Great Gatsby: feathers, jewels and pearls all recall the roaring ‘20s; an ideal solution for brides who want to dare a bit more, and explore styles that are staples of fashion history.

Crop top wedding dress style 2018To wrap things up, let’s look at two more, very avant-garde and modern approaches, perfect for original and quirky brides, who do not pay too much attention to tradition and wish to live their wedding day with a laid-back attitude.

There is a steady, widespread increase in popularity for the so-called Crop Top wedding dresses, characterised by simple or laced outerwear and a high-waisted gown in chiffon, tulle or organza. A style that has been interpreted in many different ways, and denotes hues of both sensuality and avant-gardism. This trend has sparked the creativity of many designers, such as Blumarine and Carolina Herrera, and these wedding dresses have been inspired by the iconic look of the epitome of fashion addicts, Carrie Bradshaw, alias Sarah Jessica Parker, in the unforgettable opening credits of Sex and the City.

Zuhair Murad jumpsuit wedding dress 2018

And what about the pantsuit wedding dresses, showcased in several collections by many of the most acclaimed brands and designers? This look seems to have conquered the wedding dress market, and comes in a number of variants: from the silk jumpsuits by Carla Ruiz, to the laced dresses with a tattoo effect by Zuhair Murad, passing by the more androgynous pantsuits by Oscar de La Renta, or even more seductive alternatives that give straight-cut trousers a higher degree femininity, thanks to transparencies, embroideries, high slits and overskirts.

E che dire invece degli abiti da sposa con pantalone, proposti in numerose collezioni di molte prestigiose maison? Questo look sembra aver veramente conquistato il mercato, presentandosi in numerose varianti: dai jumpsuit in seta di Carla Ruiz, a quelli in pizzo con effetto tattoo di Zuhair Murad, dai tailleur dallo stile più androgino di Oscar de La Renta, ad alternative più seducenti che donano al pantalone a sigaretta grande femminilità, grazie a trasparenze, ricami, ampi spacchi e sovragonne.

So, dear brides-to-be, ça va sans dire: the choice is yours to make! Take all the time you need to find the perfect wedding dress, and remember: keep updated and explore new styles and trends, but always let your emotions be your guide!

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