Last month I headed down to London (on 4 hours sleep!) for bridal expo White Gallery with amazing wedding photographer, Amy of Amy Faith Photography . We were off to get a first look at the very latest in Bridal Fashion for the coming seasons. We were joined on the journey by lovely Siu of Liberty in Love who was on a buying trip for her award winning online boutique. There was quite a bit of wedding chitter chatter on the train down, although all three of us were slightly quieter on the way back. Poor Amy was pulled here there and everywhere by me, capturing amazing images as she went, from stand to stand to catwalk and back! So after a full day wedding dress ogling, we were shattered!
White Gallery is a huge international bridal wear industry trade event, showcasing all the upcoming collections from some of the best UK and international bridal designers. Hundreds of bridal boutiques attend the event in order to choose which designers to stock in boutique and to choose the dresses.
White Gallery Trends and Inspiration
The strong trends coming through are that boho lace from very trend led hippie seventies lace through to more formal subtle and delicate cotton lace are big news still.
There were lots of gorgeous bows, big bows on the back of dresses, little bows on waistbands and ribbon tied waist bows too. Where florals were popular in recent years and still present, the colour trends seem to be moving back to blocks of colour. There were gorgeous dusky pale pinks and peach tulles on show, but in particular lots of blues.
We saw blue slips under beaded lace at Theia, hand painted blue hydrangeas on 1950’s style silk at Alan Hannah, gorgeous contemporary duck egg blues at Sabina Motasem, blue lace at Katya Katya Shehurina and Zetterberg too . So my pantone predictions for wedding colour in 2018, is definitely blue!
Pretty applique details, statement backs, side bodice detailing, dresses with pockets, separates, beading, pearl beading and polka dots and dot lace were making a strong show to. It made me very happy that there is a huge amount of tulle with lace being used as well as with just gorgeous simple silk strapy tops, just perfect! There was also some strong authentic retro styles coming through based on classic styling from the 40’s, 50’s 60’s and 70’s, Louise Bentley in particular is of note with their beautifully tailored dresses and jackets reminiscent of Jackie O, very sophisticated.
Its very hard to pick a favourite but here are some of what I think were the very best bits of White Gallery this year. Huge thanks again to Amy of Amy Faith Photography for these beautiful images;