A couple of weeks ago I was up in Harrogate for the bi-annual bridal shows where designers gather to show their new collections for the forth coming year.
There were some great new collections and some gorgeous trends on show!
The biggest trend without a shadow of a doubt was bows. I've never seen so many, and placed on dresses in so many ways! Stewart Parvin (www.stewartparvin.com) as usual made use of them in a very elegant, classic style, placing a large one at the back of the dress, at waist level. He has a beautiful strapless, soft tulle A-line dress with a three inch-thick silk belt with a flat bow - all very Breakfast at Tiffany's! On the simple chic note, Bruce Oldfield (www.bruceoldfield.com), although not at Harrogate, does a beautiful zibeline dress with a flat bow at the bust. When Bruce designed my wedding dress he placed a bow at the back of my dress, at knee-length, which pulled the dress in at the knees and let the train flow out below, giving a fanned effect. That bow got a lot of attention! Backs of wedding dresses are so important as guests' eyes are everywhere on you on the day - especially the back when you make your grand entrance up and down the aisle! So pretty details such as bows are a perfect touch!
I also saw bows in the Ronald Joyce (www.ronaldjoyce.com) and Maggie Sottero (www.maggiesottero.com) collections, at the front of princess style and A-line gowns. Milliners were making use of them on fascinators, veils and clips - which can be worn alone or attached to a veil. Again I wore a silk rose in hair, under my veil and after church I ditched the veil and kept the rose! Caroline Morris (www.carolinemorrismillinery.com) and Rachel Trevor-Morgan (www.racheltrevormorgan.com) are Queen Bees of bows on clips, veils and headbands. If you go for this Fifties retro look in your hair, it's a great idea to match this up with your bridesmaids.
Finally on the bow scene, they seem to also have swept the shoe world - big time! On the high street Dune and Faith have included them in their bridal collections and Paradox (www.paradoxlondon.com) Rainbow Club and Fililppa Scott (www.filippascott.com) have worked them into their new collections too!