Written by Lerato Khalema A Fashion Communications And Buying Student At North West School Of Design.

I would usually start off by saying something witty like “I smell a sweet scent it in the air, can you?”. It’s a little something I like to call love.

However, we all know that in this current climate one can’t really as such because we are all wearing masks to avoid catching a whiff of something else.

Even with Covid-19 looming around rampantly. It cannot get in the way of one thing, and that one thing is LOVE.

Love has the ability to conquer all, and with that said this article will be delving into my top three Bridal Trends for 2020/2021.

From Left to Right : Oscar De La Renta SS20, Zuhair Murad SS19, Stella York SS19, Hunter Schafer Fall ’19, Monique Ihuiller SS19

This season in Bridal Couture we see a few designers stepping away from the all classic white wedding gown and exploring new colours, which also happen to remain within the confines of light, bright, vibrant shades. From your sky/ baby blues to your nudes, designers have experimented with these colours to reinvent the traditional wedding gown.

This season has brought about new trends such as vibrantly coloured gowns as well as a resurrection of old trends such as white sheer/mesh gloves

This excites me as I have always felt, as creatives and designers we’ve been creatively boxed in when it comes to bridal colours and styles as we all have preset expectations of what a wedding gown should traditionally look like.

Honey Where Are My Gloves?

The comeback kid of bridal couture trends is the white sheer/mesh gloves. Gloves add a level of sophistication, class and elegance to the already beautiful gown.

They have the ability to transform a wedding gown in a subtle eloquent manner.

From Left to Right : Vera Wang Fall ’19, Reem Acra SS19, Ralph and Russo SS19, Oscar De La Renta SS19

Suck It Up, Sweetheart

Corsets are the in thing. I’m not talking about your overly sexualised corset dresses. This season’s bridal gowns which have corsets are usually paired with sheer fabrics such as tulle or mesh. Layering also plays a fundamental role in this trend. It speaks regality in a fun, flirty and whimsical manner.

From Left to Right : Eisen – Stein SS20, Mira Zwillinger SS20, George Hobeika SS20, Oscar De La Renta Fall ’20

Cape Me Away

I believe that capes are well on their way to becoming the new modernised veil. Not only are they chic and elegant, but they carry along with them a sense of mystery. Wedding capes look amazing in satins, sheers and embroidered fabrics. As stylish as they are, what I think drew me to this trend is how modest wedding capes are. Capes are notorious for being over the top and dramatic, however what tones it down and makes it absolutely perfect for bridal gowns is the fabric selection and colour selection.

From Left to Right : Dror Kontento, Paolo Sebastian Fall ’19, Demetrios SS20, Elia Saab SS20

This concludes my little guide into the world of Bridal Couture, well at least a few trends that I am absolutely here for. I hope my insight helps make your special day everything you imagined it to be.