1. High Sheen Fabric
The ultimate way to wow in a sophisticated setting – silk satins and taffetas that give your bridal glow a wholly more definite shimmer. Edgy cuts and elegant fabric combos give this look its modern twist. Pair with a bright red lip and high-on-glam hair.
Image: Gown by Hera Couture.
2. Wear-Again Footwear
Mi Piaci and Merchant: the sources constantly proving that wedding day heels can – and should – be ripe to wear again and again after “I do”. This is the sweet spot between pretty and practical, of which we sincerely approve.
Image: Ferrix Shoe by Mi Piaci, $260.
The old adage runs true: if you’ve got it, flaunt it. And if “it” happens to be a toned tummy, this trend is one you need know about. It’s fun, it’s flattering, and it’s just the right amount of risqué. Are you game?
Image: Daisy Brides' gown.
4. Next-Level Blooms
Flowers and weddings: surely the world’s most enduring pair. Rose Tinted Flowers sent magnificence down the runway in the form of bouquets and posies in all hues from crimson to candyfloss, while Trish Peng did what someone had to do eventually: an entire gown made of fresh buds.
Image: Trish Peng Gown as seen at New Zealand Fashion Week 2017.
5. Pretty Clutches
They’re often the least thought about accessory, but all that touch-up powder and lippy has to go somewhere. Look no further than Hera Bridal’s array of Badgley Mischka clutches. If you’re going to go practical it may as well be pretty.
Image: Clutch by Colette Hayman, $30
6. Tassle Tribe
The tassel-earring trend isn’t new, but this season, it’s evolved to become wholly bride-appropriate. Glinting with beads and a subtly subdued silver, this incarnation is the ultimate accessory for the boho bride.
7. Detachable Trains
A removable layer to be buttoned atop your skirt, for volume when you need it and ditchability when you don’t. Detachable trains are the indecisive bride’s best friend, made even better by the fact that they’re seriously stylish to boot. In a word: genius.
Image: Gown by Vinka Design.
From bejeweled bespoke necklaces – true heirlooms in the making – to delicate chain bracelets, Michael Hill’s glittering offerings proved if there’s one thing this season’s jewellery-hunting bride isn’t short of, it’s variety.
Image: Earrings from Michael Hill, $599.
9. Brilliant beading
As the bride, guests’ eyes will be on you all day, so you may as well give them something interesting to look at. Painstaking detailing courtesy of a thousand beads: it’s not cheap, but crikey it looks good.
Image: Gown by Anna Schimmel.
Imaginative use of lace has always been a hallmark of cutting-edge bridalwear, and new looks prove no different. Lace is the star of the catwalk the world over; an effortless level of pretty, it’s versatile across almost all bridal styles.
Image: Daisy Brides.