KTB at Harrogate Bridal Show

KTB at Harrogate Bridal Show

Thousands of bridal retailers visited Harrogate 7-9 September as the UK’s largest and longest-running bridal trade event returned to the spa town under its new name The Harrogate Bridal Show. Unquestionably, this show was a great show – visitor numbers were up year-on-year and the atmosphere, the mood, the sense of delight combined with the beautiful collections on show all led to a discernible increase in orders written by many exhibitors.
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For over 30 years the exhibition in Harrogate has been the industry’s number one choice in the UK with expertise, experience and a stunning pedigree built up over the decades. Hundreds of exhibitors represented every area of the wedding wear business and unveiled their new collections to a large audience of retailers who had arrived at the show to spend a healthy chunk of their annual buying budget.
More than 300 collections were on show across the 3 days, from big international brands offering hundreds of fashion-right dresses to small creative design-driven labels that have formed their own niche in the marketplace.
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During the show it was evident that the adaptability of gowns is growing into an increasingly important factor for both buyers and brides as consumers look to make a dress ‘their own’. For 2015 many bridal brands have dresses with detachable straps, trains and sleeves to create pieces that can be altered to taste. Meanwhile, Kelsey Rose has translated this idea across its bridesmaid offering with a new multiway dress available in a delectable array of ice cream shades.
Boho chic has also emerged as a strong trend this season. Alfred Angelo took to the catwalk to show off a stunning collection featuring tiered dresses with relaxed silhouettes in a combination of styles from full-length to waterfall hemlines. Accessories companies have also taken heed of this trend with floral pieces across the board. Richard Designs had a particularly strong selection of floral combs and headbands, which tick all the boho boxes.
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An increased focus has also been paid to the back of dresses and many labels have given gowns a modern twist with keyhole detailing and plunging bare backs with jewels and beadwork gently cascading down. Decorum Bride is among those to pay attention to the back and its latest collection features 20s inspired slinky silk dresses with low cowl backs, upping the sex appeal even more.
Although attention to detail, beadwork and embellishment has been rife many brands have also made sure they have a few plainer pieces this season after buyers reported consumer tastes are moving back towards simpler styles. Essense’s Martina Liana covered this area beautifully with clean gowns kept simple with few, if any, embellishments.
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The shows line-up included many of the biggest international names in bridal; Sincerity, Mark Lesley, Ellis, Mori Lee, Ronald Joyce and Mon Cheri; to name just a few.
The lavish catwalks proved to be a key attraction at the show once again this year. Buyers from around the world flocked in their masses to watch these major productions that included the new looks from top houses, keen to spell out the trends that will emerge in the months ahead.
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The notorious Bridal Buyer Awards took place on Monday 8 September. Over 600 people from the bridal industry gathered to celebrate the winners of these illustrious awards.  This year’s awards were bigger than ever with four Best Bridal Retailer winners – representing the finest in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
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The winners took to the stage to collect their gongs from host John Scott and included, for Best Bridal Retailer England – The White Closet, Best Bridal Manufacturer – Enzoani, Best British Bridalwear Designer – Jenny Packham . Wedding dress of the year went to Mori Lee 2610. To view the full list of winners, click on the following link http://www.bridalbuyer.com/bridal-buyer-awards-winners-revealed/7005592.article

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