Stylish Weekends | September 5, 2016 | Lifestyle
The opulent bride
Streamlined simplicity and dressed-down informality have been virtually compulsory in all the best aisles in recent years – but that’s about to change.
Suddenly, brides are welcoming opulence and ornament again. Designers are showing beading, ostrich trim and heavy lace – in warm, rich colours. The look is about quality, excellence and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
When it comes to the accompanying wedding breakfast, Wedgwood is the obvious choice. We’ve chosen five of our favourite lavish gowns and paired some with Wedgwood collections old and new, to create an event to remember.
Gold and diamonds
Image source: Monique Lhuillier
Swathes of tulle, with diamante detailing evoking the finest glamour of the heady inter-war years. Monique Lhuillier’s Langham dress encapsulates the essence of the opulent look: luxe without the meringue.
The warm gold shade adds depth while the sleeved tulle overlay sparkles with every movement.
The Gilded Muse range also takes inspiration from the past, bringing it smartly up to date for modern tastes. In this case, Wedgwood’s designers plundered the archives for neo-classical designs from the late 18th century.
They’ve played with scale and pixelated the images for a really fresh look. In a similar way to the combination of gold and diamante in the dress, the tableware’s matt gold finish looks striking against a crisp white bone china base.
Image: Theia Couture
US-based but Irish-born designer Don O’Neill certainly didn’t shy away from the dark fringes of this trend for his autumn 2016 collection for Theia Couture. Ophelia is a black bias cut silk satin slip dress, with added luxe in the form of a generous Chantilly lace ruffle.
O’Neill is another devotee of a more natural silhouette, ignoring vast petticoats and structure, preferring to build in sumptuous elements through added beading, hand embroidery, luxe fabrics and the finest lace.
The dark tones and warm metallic accents of the Arris collection would complement such a stylish wedding. The dress’s early 20th century influences are echoed in the geometric designs that pull together this range – which even includes contemporary glassware for brides wanting a complete look.
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Image: Claire Pettibone
Claire Pettibone’s latest collection, The Gilded Age, takes inspiration from bygone opulence, featuring overlays in the very finest lace and indulgent, vintage styling.
The Eliza gown is a beautiful example of the quirk that this trend demands, with its aquamarine and platinum lace and those stand-out mutton sleeves.
Image: Jenny Packham
Jenny Packham’s autumn/winter photography might be styled around the idea of gypsy spirit and a down-home barn dance but there’s nothing less than top notch about the dresses themselves.
Intricate beading and stitch-work adorn relaxed silhouettes, with the odd injection of colour, such as this celedon green, adding an individual feel to the collection.
Image: Romona Keveža
The only white dress in this edit comes from New York designer Romona Keveža. It’s those dramatic painterly images that swing this halter design into the realms of the opulent, with their echoes of traditional still life painting.
Who would ever have thought you could create a show-stopping wedding gown by painting radishes on it?
One of Wedgwood’s newest ranges, Vibrance, uses bold colour to similar dramatic (and surprising) effect.
The collection mixes floral design elements re-drawn and updated from Wedgwood’s archive, adding a bright, contemporary palette that can be layered to add drama to your table. With a whole collection of homewares included in the range, there are lots of wedding gift ideas too.