Today I am handing you over to Katerina of Vanila Wedding Boutique in JLT who is here to tell us all about the trends and brand new dresses from her wonderful experience at the Barcelona Bridal Week…

I’m once again at the main wedding fashion week in Europe, the Barcelona Bridal Week. Trying to piece together everything I have experienced, I would love to point out the main tendencies and trends in bridal fashion that are coming up.

The collections 2017 of the main European brands as Pronovias, Rosa Clara and Jesus Peiro are offering many wedding dresses with big skirts of different cuts. Such puffiness is quite unexpected for European brands and I think it will bring a lot of excitement to the brides of the Middle East. Wedding dresses of this style look very beautiful and regal and I think that the brides who dream of being real princesses at the wedding will definitely fall for this trend. Even though the big skirts arrived with the new 2017 collections, one should notice, that they are still very airy and light: lace and tulle, lace and mikado or pique, not heavily embellished with stones and beads, only elements and maybe a little bit of sequins. But the European feeling still falls for chic in simplicity trend.

Open backs are still on the peak of the bridal fashion, having been introduced 3 years ago, it is revived every year anew with more playful elements. In 2017 collections we see rectangular cut-outs, very low ovals decorated with beads, rhinestones and more open backs are now combined with ball gown skirts and the A-line silhouettes, rather than plain sheath and empire models.

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Many brands also presented a big number of models with separate top and skirts: that could be a body with a separate tutu-style ball gown skirt, short top with lace overlay and the skirt revealing a glimpse of the waste-line, sheath dress with a detachable trains. For instance a mermaid cut wedding dress with a big ball gown style detachabe train that can be worn separately. One should also notice that detachable trains of different styles are becoming a trend as well, creating different bridal looks, therefore when the bride decides on the wedding dress with the detachable train she will not get a 2-in-1 option but actually two different models. The trains are created of completely different fabrics, sizes and styles: tulle, organza, satin and mikado.

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The 2017 collections have introduced a lot of designs made of cremona (crepe). The wedding dresses of this fabric look very elegant, feminine and regal. An array of such models were presented by the Spanish brand San Patrick and by Pronovias Group and of course by Rosa Clara, where simple bridal dresses made of cremona are embellished with luxurious decors on the shoulders and the back.


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Non-typical interpretation of the wedding garment for a very daring bride was presented by Rosa Clara – a stylish ivory jump-suit with a mini-skirt flounces, which created a sensation during the fashion show. Rosa Clara keeps on repeating its successful models, well, as it is usually said – history repeats itself but in a good way. Needless to say that still Rosa Clara is about lace and lace again in different styles together with their well-known tulip-form satin, mikado or pique skirts.


The dresses of Yolancris have always been considered out of trend and quite extravagant. For instance, this year I’ve noticed a lot of fringe, vivid geometrical design elements and almost nude and extremely transparent fabrics presented by the designers-sisters Yonalda and Cristina. The whole catwalk was presented in disco style, with a disco-ball in the background, bringing us a little bit to the early 70-s.

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The collection of Jesus Peiro was chick and luxurious as always. Each dress of this Spanish designer house with a long history is definitely masterpieces. The beautiful fit, only natural fabrics and the “complementos” (as they call it in Spanish – “accessories” or “décor elements”) were beyond belief incredible: smoky beadings of different shades and shapes, sequins of different forms and sizes, feathers and golden threads. One should say that the colored elements on the ivory dresses and fully colorful wedding dresses are becoming trendier from year to year and more brides tend to choose it as a main dress, not as a second or complimentary.
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The catwalk of the Jesus Peiro collection was crowned with a bride in a powdery pink wedding dress called Candy: fully decorated with sequins and instead of a standard bridal bouquet she held a floristic creation with a big lollipop in the center – the finale of presentation of the collection “Mirtilli” – blueberries, desserts and all kinds of sweets, that the designer Merche Segarra was inspired by this time.


Since sexuality is another repeating trend for 2017, the concluding show of the week by Pronovias proved it all once again to the fullest, as Russian super-model Irina Shaikh presented transparent fitted lace wedding dress walking down the catwalk.


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About Jessica

I am the founder and editor of Lace in the Desert and have called Dubai my home for 4 years. Elegant design, romantic textures, intricate detailing and heart yearning photography are my loves. You won’t find a single wedding or feature on here that I do not think is truly awesome. I also love champagne and crumpets.

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