Nine of the most alluring style-setting wedding dress trends that we loved most from 2016.
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1. The Overskirt
As predicted designers are loving overskirts, they look great and give a beautiful, creative silhouette in various shapes. Overskirts are loved by brides because they are easy to wear and will show off a smashing pair of wedding shoes.
The detachable overskirt is a popular addition. The bride can transform her look at the reception by choosing to take it off if she feels the need. Either way it could make a great prop during a choreographed bridal waltz as it's ripped dramatically and carefully from the waist.
2. Tiers Of Joy
Oscar De La Renta
The poufy princess gown was given a whole new look by layering the fabric into tiers, and the result is sensational. This dress from Oscar De La Renta is stylishly simple. The tiered layers of fabric float rather than hang and the more traditional princess bride will be adding this to their wedding scrapbook. The tiers added dimension to the skirts and the layers gave a lightness that will have brides floating down the aisle.
Tiers were spotted on almost every shape, from ball gown to trumpet, adding some volume in an unexpected way. Vera Wang made them edgy, Oscar De La Renta made them dreamy and Carolina Herrera made them flourish.
3. Strut Your Stuff
Showing skin may be a little unconventional in the bridal scene but increasingly we're seeing not just sexy backs on show (Zac Posen, Galia Lahav) but thigh-high splits too (Reem Acra and Johanna Johnson we're talking about you). If you're proud of your legs or decolletage plenty of designers have taken the plunge.
Low backs, plunging neckines and full lace dresses were made wedding day acceptable thanks to the designers clever use of lace and illusion. Laser cut lace looked almost tattooed onto the body as models walked the aisles in dresses that most women would never dare to wear.
Keep an eye out for more plunging inspiration from Naeem Khan, Jenny Packham and Galia Lahav.
4. Touchable Texture
Designers including Naeem Khan and Badgley Mischka have put a different spin on texture for their 2016 collections. Embroidered florals that pop and intricate 3D applique and beading in pearls and crystals added a new dimension to the fabrics.
5. Wedding Pants Suits
If dresses really aren't your style, then your are in luck, more and more designers are including pants in there collection. This season, in terms of cut, it's all about keeping it classic. No frills, no fuss, just a clean, tailored white suit. For inspiration look at the white tux for brides with the 3D embroidered detail from Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier and
Feathers are fantastic this season and are adoring fabrics, are being sewn onto veils and added to headpieces. Feathers are light and create an airiness to any silhouette. Seek out designers such as Monique Lhuillier and Naeem Khan.
7. Enticingly Exotic
Brides wanting to really steal the show will love this trend. Designers like Naeem Khan took us on a trip across the globe featuring gowns inspired by cultural dresses that were exotic, off-beat and outstanding.
Hand sewn feathers attached to skirts, waistlines and hemlines created movement and fluidity and embroidered laces, beaded fabrics, long sleeves and floral headpieces gave an exotic appeal. Look to Badgley Mischka, Naeem Khan and Angel Sanchez for inspiration.
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8. Sheerly Not!
Nearly nude is apparently completely acceptable as we saw at this years bridal fashion week in New York. Designers experimented with illusion for the nude look and completely see through fabrics that showed off skin and beautiful lingerie and that featured in many of the Vera Wang and Galia Lahav gowns.
How many brides actually dare to bare in 2016, we will have to wait and see in our upcoming real weddings, but if you do be sure to tag us in @i_do_weddingaustralia
9. Belted Is Beautiful
Designers loved belted dresses, either a bowed black ribbon, a large piece of tied tulle, belts embellished in silver, crystals or the more traditional pearls hand sewn on to the belt. It's a look we've seen at Vera Wang's 2016 show and Oscar De La Renta among others and it helps whittle the waistline which can only be a good thing.