TREND WATCH – LFW SPRING/SUMMER 2012

Thursday September 22 2011.

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In comparison to last week’s New York runways, London Fashion Week offers the promise of fun and frivolous fashion for (in a lot of respects) a younger market.  As well as hunting for my own key 2012 wardrobe updates I was on the look out for Bridal fashion splashes.  Without further ado here are three bridal style influences you Bijou brides will want to be aware of.

TREND ONE: COLOUR POP

We can always trust fashion designers to cheer us up in the face of economic doom and at LFW they did it with pops of fresh colour.  Hot pink ruled at Issa, Nicole Farhi had luscious lemon, tangerine orange was Matthew Williamson’s colour of choice and Roksanda Ilincic used deep sky blue.  Bijou brides these shades are great spring/summer wedding accent colours, just picture the bridesmaids and matching cocktails.

At Mulberry however they couldn’t choose between all the delicious bright shades so they threw them all in the mix.

TREND TWO: HIGH SHINE

Also prominent on the designer runways at London Fashion Week were a wealth of dresses that appeared to have been sprayed with oil.  The high shine look is a fresh update on last year’s overdose of sequins – molten silver and mercury ruled at Christopher Kane (left) and Vivienne Westwood Red Label (right).

Whilst Paul Costelloe (left) and Giles (right) added high shine to bridal whites.

TREND THREE – SKIN ON SKIN 

In wedding dress fashion 2011/2012 delicate lace coverings were dominant but looking forward the LFW shows used heavy applique patterns over sheer fabrics.  Julian Macdonald (left) was edgy and Temperley London (right) romantic.

And Antonio Berardi used heavy bead embellishments on chiffon.

Also worthy of note were the painted heads at Julian Macdonald (left) and Topshop Unique (right) perhaps a futuristic alternative to the veil?!?