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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If you’re on the wedding dress hunt then Vanila Studio is definitely one to check out. One of Dubai’s newest bridal boutiques they have brought some exciting new designers to the region. Today Katerina is introducing us to one of her favourite dresses from Jesus Peiro, a vintage inspired blush sparkly number with a divine back….

From Katerina at Vanila, ‘There is an amazing Cigar Lounge in Fairmont the Palm Hotel in Dubai: the vintage style couches and sofas, huge mirrors on the walls, the glass shelves with cigar boxes, shades, bar counter and dark but positive environment gave us an inspiration of the shoot for the vintage wedding dress by our exclusive designer Jesus Peiro.

The dress is fully hand-made of sequins with powder-pink silk flowers on the strap and an amazing open back. The elegant and unusual veil consisted of two headbands which are decorated as well with flowers – something you will not find on all brides-to-be nowadays.

The elegant and chic look of the gown and pastel colors of the lounge were a great combination to give a feeling of the 20’s style.’

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Its been a little while since we shared some of the last bridal fashions but with bridal fashion week behind us, the beautiful Fall 2016 collections are out.

We’re starting with one of our favourite brands, Saja. Focusing on non-traditional but still effortlessly chic designs, they are consistently fresh, floaty and often beautifully simple. Unfortunately there are no stockists in the UAE, however, the dresses are available to order online.

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It is with absolute delight that I can introduce the brand spanking new House of Moirai.

B has established herself as one of the ‘go to’ vendors for Dubai brides. Both her talent and her personality are the reason that she  gets recommended time and time again.

3 years since establishing House of Moirai, B has launched a new website and branding which truly reflects her style; on point, ethereal and beautiful design.

This new website also calls for a new lookbook. Obviously.

Together with B, photographer Maria Sundin and myself in my stylist role we worked on this lookbook a little while ago and I am thrilled to be able to finally share it with you.

Raw industrial elements juxtaposed against soft flowing fabrics with vintage details and beautifully crafted dresses. This lookbook is a labour of love. Bridal design runs through B’s veins and together with our beautiful models we were able to showcase her latest designs.

So take a few minutes and flick through the beauty of the new House of Moirai…..

“Launched in 2012, House of Moirai is a bridal wear label specialising in beautifully designed and expertly crafted wedding attire. With an ethereal handwriting, each piece is created with the individual in mind.”

Photography: Maria Sundin | Dresses: House of Moirai | Jewellery: Jane Hewitt | Makeup: Jill Robson | Hair: Louise Auckland | Styling: Lace in the Desert | Venue: The Fridge


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Each dress in Naeem Khan’s latest collection was inspired by a destination, whether it was a more abstract place, like ‘the opera,’ or a specific city, like San Francisco or Saint Tropez.

As always, attention to detail was paramount, from intricate beadwork to the elaborate embroidery, the feminine style of Khan that has made him famous is ever present once more. Beautiful and classic and each with its own feature back, I think that these dresses are amongst the best in the 2016 collections.

For Dubai brides, Naeem Khan can be found at Frost Boutique.

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