Wedding Dress Heaven at Harrogate Bridal Show
The Harrogate Bridal Show is the wedding industry’s equivalent to London Fashion Week.
Held in a venue which matches the Royal Albert Hall for opulence, Harrogate’s annual trade fair is a chance for bridal buyers to preview next season’s trends. The wedding industry has just had a sneak peek at Spring / Summer 2015 Collections from all our favourite designers – and everyone in the trade is buzzing with excitement!
On 7th-9th September 2014, the Harrogate International Centre showcased over 350 bridal collections. The Royal Hall, with its gilded balconies and plush red decor, hosted designer catwalk shows on all three days.
The pink carpet was laid out to welcome us, in true bridal style. As we were greeted by a champagne toast, the mood was set! There is nothing comparable to attending Harrogate bridal trade fair to pick our next Collections.
Bridal Buyer Awards
The Bridal Buyer Awards took place on Monday evening, when the industry’s finest designers and newcomers received their accolades of the year. Miss Universe was in attendance, in sleek wedding dress and beauty crown!
Mother of the Bride winner, Gill Harvey, wowed us with her gold silk, beaded dress ala Downtown Abbey, 1920. The Wedding Dress of the Year award went to Mori Lee – with a gorgeous fishtail and glittering lace design.
Brides by Solo’s Top Picks at the Harrogate Bridal Show
* Maggie Sottero is always a class act, and she continues to refine her art with every collection. One of the best wedding dress designers in the business.
* New York label Sincerity caught our eye with their timeless designs, illusion necklines and bridal ball gowns. Expect fitted lace bodices and beautiful tulle.
* Inspired by the 1950’s and 1960’s, Tea Length Dresses are de riguer this season. A vintage look, in classic ivory and contemporary pastel colours.
* Look out for Stylish Bridesmaid dresses to compliment any wedding gown. Lots of lace on chiffon. Delicately detailed backs, and buttons. Divine!
Like many bridal shops around the country, all our new Collections will be instore from January 2015. If you are still looking for your bridal gown – or if you get that proposal over the Christmas period! – the New Year is the perfect time to look for your dress. You’ll be at the height of fashion for Spring / Summer 2015.
Wedding Dress Heaven, via Harrogate Bridal Show, is coming to a bridal boutique near you soon.
By Mel Larcombe for Brides by Solo, Newmarket