You’ll want to ensure your dream dress is memorable, so here are Awen’s top trends in 2009:
‘Although everyone will be looking for something different, I’m a great believer that brides should stick to their own general style when it comes to choosing a wedding gown. Bear in mind your body shape and go for figure-flattering. There are beautiful dresses to suit all shapes this year. It’s not size that matters, it’s glamour that counts!
If choosing a corseted bodice, go for the best you can afford. You get what you pay for, and the best are handmade, like Suzanne Neville‘s amazing Fontaines. Ruched bodices provide flattering shapes for all figures, like the beautiful Antoine. The most sought-after shape hugs the figure over the hips before flaring into a gentle fishtail, and gathered side detail is ultra-flattering on everyone, like in Jacqueline by Stephanie Allin.
For something different, the main detail can be in the back of the dress, which is the first thing guests see as you walk down the aisle. Cute bustles give an unusual Edwardian feel, such as Lana by Stephanie Allin and there are some lovely gowns this year with a higher neck and keyhole detailing at the back, which can look stunning, like Jenny Packham‘s Joy. There will be more dresses with straps, which brides have been asking for. Look out for Audrey Hepburn 50s necklines and innovative ways of introducing delicate spaghetti straps, like Sassi Holford‘s Erin.
It was inevitable this year’s bridal fashions would be influenced by last year’s girlie movie, Sex and the City. Oversized bows and corsages will give you the film’s style like the dramatic, Carrie-invoking Anoushka by Stephanie Allin. Sassi Holford’s Lucianne has a wonderfully feminine oversized corsage and Lucia by Alan Hannah also features a bow, but in a subtler style.
To be really on trend, go for ultra-feminine boho like former lingerie designer Claire Pettibone’s designs. Her background means she introduces antique lace, ribbon and fine fluid fabrics to her 20s-styled gowns. They’re very beautiful and ideal for those who truly want something different.’
Origninally published in WM magazine, Spring 2009.