The autumn 2014 edition of the UK’s biggest wedding show, The National Wedding Show saw the latest trends and wedding themes revealed in a breathtaking Catwalk Show which presented the very best in bridal from designers including Suzanne Neville, Jenny Packham, Claire Pettibone, Ritva Westenius, Enzoani, Eliza Jane Howell, Justin Alexander, and many more.
Notable trends to emerge from the autumn 2014 Catwalk Show included ballgown style dresses fit for a fairytale princess as well as short and chic vintage styles and sophisticated slim fitting silhouettes. Lace detail was prevalent, with many dresses featuring elegant full-length sleeves, and for an alternative to the traditional white wedding dress, neutral tones and pastel hues added a splash of colour to the runway.
For the man of the moment, this season saw a shift from the traditional morning suit. Reflecting the growing trend of the laid-back look, lounge suits proved to be popular, with navy proving to be the colour of choice for many grooms.
Returning to the Catwalk this season, Ivory & Co opened the show with their stunning collection of dresses. Created in a beautiful array of silk fabrics, Ivory & Co’s collection featured everything from floaty romantic styles to slinky 1920’s inspired gowns, and dainty tea length style dresses.
In London, Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique brought must-have designer labels to the runway, presenting exquisite styles for 2015 from award winning designers including Suzanne Neville, Sassi Holford and Claire Pettibone, and featuring Jenny Packham’s extraordinary Rapunzel gown.
Qiana Bridal showcased their new collection of glamorous dresses, aptly named ‘Love & Romance’. Inspired by famous style icons of the 1950s, the collection features Qiana Bridal’s trademark silk, organza and lace designs.
Bringing the ultimate red carpet glamour to the runway, The Boutique presented some of the latest styles from Hollywood Dreams. Living up to its name, the Hollywood Dreams collection featured full skirts and graceful lace.
Zaeem Jamal graced the runway in London and Manchester with a magical and elegant collection, featuring gowns which have been created in the finest silk, chiffon and crepes and finished with delicate rustic lace and intricate hand embroidered detail, perfect for the contemporary bride.
Allure Bridals inspired brides in Birmingham and Manchester with their show-stopping collection of wedding gowns, which featured feminine fishtail skirts, exquisite embellishment and a striking statement monochrome gown.
Taking centre stage in Birmingham, the region’s finest boutiques including Courtyard Bridal, The Dressing Rooms and Lisa’s Bridalwear presented stunning wedding gowns from names including Pronovias, Justin Alexander, Enzoani, Watters, and Benjamin Roberts.
The latest collection from British designer Maria Senvo was presented by Cicily Bridal in Birmingham and Eve+Ellis Bridal in Manchester. Designed for the new-age bride, the latest covetable collection features timeless creations of floaty fabrics, delicate detail and elegant embellishment.
The North West’s leading retailers Fairiytale Brides, Cheadle Bride, La Fleur Bridal, Because I Love You Bridal and Roberta’s Bridal wowed the crowds in Manchester with breath-taking dresses from acclaimed designers Justin Alexander, Diane Harbridge, Alfred Angelo, Impression Bridal, Mori Lee, Ronald Joyce and many more.
Cheshire based designer Maria Morris presented a dazzling array of dresses from her couture collection. Each one of Maria Morris’ dresses feature contemporary and sophisticated designs with a vintage twist.
This season’s Catwalk Show provided bridesmaid inspiration from Debenhams, who showcased a collection of Jenny Packham dresses in pretty pastel hues and Gullarn, who presented a glamorous range of dresses in striking jewel shades of emerald green, lapis blue and magenta.
Elegant attire for the Mother Of The Bride and Groom was showcased by Nigel Rayment together with Katherine Hooker at Earls Court and Florentyna Dawn and Shelley K in Manchester Central. Styles included key outfits from Ian Stuart, Theresa Ripoll, John Charles and Cabotine, all complete with hats to complement each look.
The latest groomswear trends were presented by the likes of Moss Bros, Youngs Hire, Burtons, Ottavio Nuccio, Formal Tailor and Peter Posh. Highlights from Moss Bros included a new look from the exclusive ‘Tails of the UnexpecTed’ range from Ted Baker London, offering a modern take on the traditional tailcoat, as well as a showcase of bold and beautiful colours from ‘Moss Bespoke Occasion’ ranges, new to AW14 and SS15.
Each look on the Catwalk was complete with exquisite accessories, with everything from striking headpieces to fabulous footwear provided by Adrienne Shoes, By Harriet, Queenie & Lily, Wedding Rings Direct, Camilla Carrington, Ana Maria Bufnila, Donna Crain, Sparkly Twinkles, Fancy Nancy and Diamonfire.
Beautiful bridal bouquets and floral accessories were provided by florists Amie Bone, Simply Flowers By Catherine and GD Flowers.
The finishing touches were provided by The National Wedding Show’s dream team of makeup artists and stylists from award-winning hair and beauty brands Fudge and L’Oreal Paris, together with iconic nail brand Essie.
Cinta Miller, Celebrity Hairdresser and Artistic Director for Fudge, created four key bridal hairstyles. ‘Bohemian Belle’ incorporated braiding and soft waves in the style of iconic stars Kate Moss, Millie Mackintosh and Poppy Delevingne, while the ‘Graceful Up Do’ featured sleek, folded ponytails inspired by the timeless beauty, Grace Kelly.
Andriani Vasiliou, from leading make-up brand L’Oreal Paris, created the look every bride wants to achieve on her big day, with the ultimate flawless complexion and natural glow, with Essie completing the bridal beauty look with their award-winning range of nail polish in sell-out shades including ‘Allure’, the nail polish of choice for Kate Middleton on her big day.