Gorgeous wedding-style gowns on the London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 catwalk
In a sea of teetering high heels, gorgeous dresses and stunning models, London Fashion Week was with us again, and boy, were we spoilt for bridal inspiration!
By Alice Burnfield
Catwalk image: Temperley London
Paul Costelloe kicked off proceedings with a slew of gorgeous vanilla coloured creations that flounced down the catwalk with a youthful, Sixties vibe. Short hems, little puff sleeves and draped, oversized bows being perfect bridal inspiration.
Antonio Berardi created a space-age, fairy tale feel with his exquisite collection. The female form was celebrated with billowing silk chiffon gowns that revealed flashes of leg, mermaid hemmed skirts and moulded hip panels that created an exaggerated, hourglass silhouette.
Embrace French Riviera chic with Nicole Farhis loose, wearable designs. With floral applique, lace details and dresses slashed to the thigh, they'd make perfect high-summer W-day pieces.
John Rocha, ever the design master, drew inspiration from the languid tones of Hank Williams for his textured-laden designs, creating ballgown skirted dresses in tulle, silk georgette, crepe, linen and silk organza in a honey, soft gold and broken white palette.
Jasper Conrans crisp lines and well-structured dresses that were knee-length, midi or grazing the floor were made for a chic, understated do. A standout design being an ivory shift over-layed with a sheer organza cape: perfect to keep you warm in a nippy springtime breeze.
Issa, still the nations darling after the designer's Royal engagement dress, presented a handful of very chic, Kate-like lace gowns entwined with metallic thread that gave a luxe touch. Theyd be ideal for the main event and would also make picture-perfect going away outfit choices.
Erdem nearly brought the fashion pack to tears, quite literally, with his signature gorgeously feminine dresses. Ivory lace gowns that fell to the knee were understatedly chic and had a more grown-up allure than previous seasons, while a slew of nude lace over-lay gowns with neat little collars would be perfect for a vintage affair.
For a more contemporary, fashion-forward feel, look to the futuristic shapes of Christopher Kanes collection. In pretty sorbet shades of marshmallow, pistachio and vanilla, structured dresses with wide V-fronts and angled offsets stole the show.
From fringed flapper dresses to floor skimming gowns adorned with French lace, floral applique and crystal droplets that danced in the light, the Temperley London show was a masterpiece from start to finish. Inspired by Grace Kelly in High Society, these are dresses youd want to get married in and never ever take off.