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New fabrics and fabric finishes are in part responsible for the latest looks in bridal wear.
Gowns featuring crystals, beads and seed pearls, in line with the ongoing popularity of sparkle in women's fashion wear, remain favourites. Silk georgettes, soft silk satins, microfibre failles, silk chiffons, tulle and organza create sensual femininity, while delicate embroidered laces along with delustred satins are up there among the stars, as are silks.
Cream, oyster, champagne and cappucino tonings are sought-after as alternatives to white, while colour splashes are achieved by way of ribbons and sashes.
Always the secret weapons are the experienced dressmakers or designers specialising in bridal wear. They know how fabrics perform, which is vital when relating them to the various design options. They can co-ordinate the gown with those of the attendants and create the perfect style for the formality or informality of the occasion.
Bridal boutiques specialise in off-the-peg gowns and also have them for hire, an option to which many brides respond.