Spring Couture always feels like a bit of a wonderland of inspiration for the bridal season ahead. Whether you favour a traditional fairytale cut and find cues in the signature ‘finale’ look from each designer – or you dream of wearing pure ’fashion’ on your big day (nothing bridal about it) – the Couture shows offer an eclectic hunting ground full of ideas. 

As the collections where designers are free to push all their fantasies and boundaries to the very limits (admittedly sometimes to the limit of wearability!) there are dozens of beautiful details worth swooning over and respectfully ‘stealing’ for your own big day. Not least of all the styling cues spotted backstage or the silhouettes that always branch beyond more traditional cuts. These details always feel special for being so unexpected!

If we had to narrow down our favourite looks from the entire season, you would find them in thse five spectacular shows…

Christian Dior

Eclectic and ladylike, our highlights included the super ethereal silk silhouettes to the more nostalgic lace looks. Mostly, we loved the unexpected styling (perfect for the non-bridal bride) of pairing hoop earrings with an heirloom lace gown or a delicate black belt worn with the dreamiest of chiffon gowns. 

Elie Saab 

Absolute glamour is expected from this runway, along with a non-traditional (mostly non-white) palette, making it a dream inspiration source for the non-traditionalist. Or for anyone with plans of slipping into a slinkier ‘second look’ ready for the reception dance floor. Think sequins, oversized silk bows and otherworldly embellishment, always wrapping with a jaw dropping final look – this Spring being no exception!

Giambattista Valli

A little playful (and forever trusted for gargantuan tulle gown in pops of delicate colour) the bridal ready offerings from this Spring catered to three completely different women. A floral lace number spilling with 3D flowers –  stunning for any outdoor ceremony. A liquid silk like (Solange inspired?) gown, perfect for anyone with an affinity for the glamour of the seventies. And a fairytale perfect silk dress, falling from the shoulders in romantic fashion. Choose your own adventure. 

Zuhair Murad 

For the ‘wilder women’ this standout show re-imagined (almost) tribal influences through the most luxurious lens. Think unbelievable embroidery, delicate feathers, sheer capes, sexy silhouettes and in our opinion…the veil of the season!

Celia Kritharioti 

Anyone in search of ‘second dress’ with a teeny tiny hemline, look no further. This show featured over a dozen, in unbelievable fabrics, each with racy over-knee matching ‘bridal boots’. Our favourite looks however were more demure and stunningly softy spoken. Wrapped lace necklines and delicate skirts finished with ostrich feathers plus one seriously pinnable celestial gown, the stuff of black-tie fantasy. 

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