The Lincolnshire Wedding Guide caught up with Martin Charles, wedding dress designer and retailer, to hear his thoughts from the new season catwalk shows.

Lace
“The good news is that lace is still here and always will be. 2015 sees the use of softer, finer laces like Chantilly, as well as embroidered delicate nets teamed with soft floaty fabrics like chiffon and tulle. The overall effect is a more ethereal look worn in a gentle column dress silhouette.“

The Ballgown
“Big volume dresses are making a come back, the traditional fairy tale style has been re invented for next year. 2015 is all about soft volume. The layering and gathering of the softest tulles, petals of light organza, or floaty chiffons have been made into airy full skirts. These flowing, lighter and more relaxed silhouettes are built to create dresses with serious volume without becoming too stiff and rigid. The softer look ball gown is everywhere.”

Low backs
“We have become obsessed with the idea of unique backs, whether they’re low, embellished, lace or beautifully embroidered. Now last season’s open back trend is taken to a whole new level for Spring/ Summer 2015. Many designers are using skin toned net, not just at the back of the dress but for front necklines and even sleeves, whilst of course still incorporating elaborately styled lace. The illusion back is both sensual yet modest.”

One to watch
One of the trends to watch is the two piece, we had the plunging neckline, the illusion back, now comes the time of the midriff. Seen at Elizabeth Stuart, Theia, Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang, these two-piece wedding outfits are simultaneously feminine and modern. Full-length skirts are flirty and romantic, while modern crop tops add a cool edge to the look. For those who don’t want to bare all, Mira Zwillinger’s stylish crop top actually falls over the skirt. Ball gowns are taking on a softer look thanks to breezy fabrics and a more relaxed silhouette.

Modern minimalism
“Minimalism is a one of the key trends I see making a big impact in the seasons to come. The modern look is sleek and tailored. With clean lines it is perfect for brides who want to take a step back from the traditional. Less is more. Sophisticated feminine designs, taken into slinky satin, tailored crisp satins and heavier silk mikado
fabrics. This is ideal for the bride who wants to feel comfortable on her wedding day and wants to avoid the ‘bling thing’.”

Sexy shoulders
“Romantic and timeless, off-the shoulder dresses were the new necklines of the Spring 2015. I spotted more off-the-shoulder styles than ever before, they’re sexy yet romantic and above all, supremely figure-flattering.”

Glamour
“In total contrast to the minimalist, beading is set to take a vertical approach, with layers and rows of beading elongating the body for a slimming effect. The influence of The 20’s glamour is still very much an inspiration. The beaded or sequinned column dresses with their geometric shapes are still undeniably elegant and
feminine. Great for the bride looking for some Hollywood glamour. Karen Willis Holmes a new label to the UK from Australia has sequinned dresses with an embroidered illusion back – totally stunning. These can be
worn with softer over skirts for the day then taken off for the evening. Glamorous day to night dressing comes to the wedding.”

Accessories
Everything definitely looks floral, from flower dress decorations to flower headpieces and fresh flower head dresses – the bigger the better!”