TREND­ING

Mer­maids, ball­go­wns, sheaths… what­ever your dream dress might look like, we will help you find it! Here are the nine most cov­etable styles and trends of the year.

Fairlady Bride - - Contents - Fash­ion editor Cara-Lee Ru­ditzky Pho­tog­ra­phy Anèl van der Merwe

27 gor­geous gowns – and ac­ces­sories to match ev­ery look

Look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent? This trend is for you! A soft blush, nude or cham­pag­ne­coloured gown is our pick for the bold and fash­ion-for­ward bride.

TIP Match your ac­ces­sories to your dress’s colour pal­ette.

This bridal sea­son is all about plung­ing il­lu­sion backs. It’s the per­fect op­tion if you want to show some skin with­out be­ing too risqué – think lace de­tail­ing, bead­work and crys­tals trail­ing down your back, with soft stretch tulle or net­ting keep­ing the look mod­est. Not sure which bra to wear? Try a sil­i­cone ad­he­sive body bra or, if you can get away with less sup­port, sil­i­cone nip­ple cov­ers.

TIP Sweep your hair to the side or up off your back to re­ally show off the de­tail­ing on the back. Ac­ces­sorize with a hair comb or ear­rings so your neck is not too bare.

Bridal gowns with shorter hem­lines are a good choice for beach wed­dings, an un­der­stated court af­fair or as a sec­ond dress to change into to party the night away. Or per­haps you just want to show off your shoes! What­ever your rea­son, there are some beau­ti­ful op­tions to choose from.

TIP This cut will re­ally show off those state­ment heels, so make sure you can keep them on all night. Wear your shoes around the house in the weeks lead­ing up to the big day to make them softer and more comfy.

Been dream­ing of a whim­si­cal gown since you were a lit­tle girl? Now’s the time to in­dulge those Dis­ney day­dreams. Choose one with a soft tulle skirt that floats be­neath you as you walk.

TIP This type of dress de­mands princess-style ac­ces­sories. Think long cathe­dral veils, jew­elled tiaras,, white satin heels and lots of jewels..

If you are nat­u­rally tall and slim, a sheath will hang beau­ti­fully on you. Pick one with some kind of bead­ing or de­tail­ing at the waist­line to cre­ate a fem­i­nine sil­hou­ette, or go for a mer­maid gown that hugs your curves in all the right places.

TIP With a sim­ple sil­hou­ette, make sure you don’t overdo the ac­ces­sories – one piece is enough.

Whether it’s sewn onto plain satin fab­ric or ap­plied over in­tri­cate lace mo­tifs, bead­work adds a shim­mery el­e­ment that picks up the light and looks es­pe­cially lovely in the evening.

TIP Carry the bead­ing on your dress through to your ac­ces­sories, or go for sparkly ac­ces­sories for a glam­orous mo­rous fee feel.

Ap­pliqué flow­ers add a spe­cial, fem­i­nine touch to your gown and give it a three-di­men­sional, touch­able ef­fect.

TIP Yes, go all-out flo­ral with your ac­ces­sories too! Think jew­elled flow­ers and leaf mo­tifs.

Who doesn’t love a bit of bling?g? Use it to draw the eye in to an n area you want to high­light – for ex­am­ple, em­pha­sise yourr smal­lll small waist (or give the il­lu­sionn of one!) with an em­bel­lishedd belt.

TIP Don’t be afraid to add evenn more sparkle when it comes too ac­ces­soriz­ing – it will high­light the crys­tals on your dress.

Lace is the most tra­di­tional l and ut­terly ro­man­tic fab­ric choice for wed­ding dresses but that doesn’t mean you need to wear it in an old­fash­ioned style. Go for a shade other than white, or try a mod­ern cut like a lace top with high-waisted skirt.

TIP Opt for ac­ces­sories that mimic the in­tri­cate lace de­tail­ing on your dress. MODEL: CA­REEN @ ICE. HAIR: DALE TI­TUS @ ONE LEAGUE. MAKE-UP: KELLI PAITAKI @ GLOSS ARTIST MAN­AGE­MENT. FASH­ION IN­TERN: KIRSTIN GER­BER. RINGS WORN THROUGH­OUT: FOR­EVER TWIN SET (R23 999) STERNS. BOU­QUETS & FLO­RAL HEAD­PIECES: ASPEN FLOW­ERS & CO 021 424 6511

HI-LOW BUSTIER DRESS WITH CRYS­TAL EM­BEL­LISH­MENT (R18 400) JANITA TO­E­RIEN, HEELS (R459) ZOOM

BLUSH NET­TING WED­DING DRESS WITH ROSES AND BEADED BELT (R32 000) VES­SELINA PENTCHEVA, DROP PEARL AND CRYS­TAL EAR­RINGS (R675) LULU BELLE

NUDE AND OFF-WHITE MER­MAID DRESS (R28 000) VES­SELINA PENTCH PENTCHEVA

18CT ROSE GOLD NECK­LACE WITH PEAR-SHAPED MOR­GAN­ITE AND DIAMOND PEN­DANT (R25 999) ARTHUR KA­PLAN

GLIT­TER HEELS (R599) CALL IT SPRING GLASS AND CRYS­TAL FLOWER EAR­RINGS (R1 899) TROLL­BEADS CHAN­DE­LIER EAR­RINGS (R800) LULU BELLE

GOLD-PLATED BRASS COMB (R1 750) LOREAN JEW­ELLERY EVOLYM RING IN 18CT ROSE GOLD WITH SIN­GLE ROW OF MI­CRO-SET DI­A­MONDS (R28 965) SHI­MAN­SKY PEEPTOE HEELS (R2 499) LI­LIKOI

TRIN­ITY DE CARTIER RING, SMALL MODEL: 18CT WHITE GOLD, 18CT PINK GOLD AND 18CT YEL­LOW GOLD, SET WITH 300 BRIL­LIANT-CUT DI­A­MONDS TO­TALLING 1.35CT (FROM R219 000) CARTIER

18CT GOLD AND 0.23CT DIAMOND SOLI­TAIRE RING (R10 200) NWJ

IVORY SHEATH WED­DING DRESS WITH LACE BACK DE­TAIL AND PEARL-LOOK BUT­TONS (R15 000) JANITANITA TO­E­RIEN, CHAN­DE­LIER EAR­RINGS (R1 799) AMERICANAN SWISS

SILK SATIN BIAS-CUT EL­IZE GOWN WITH IN­TRI­CATE SWAROVSKI EM­BROI­DERY, LOW BACK AND SILK CHIF­FON TRAIN (R34 750) KOBUS DIP­PE­NAAR, CRYS­TAL BRACELETS (R750–R850 EACH) LULU BELLE

MER­MAID SIL­HOU­ETTE GOWN WITH IL­LU­SION BODICE, CORDED LACE AP­PLIQUÉ AND PEARL STRAPS (R11 000) HAN­RIE LUES, CHAN­DE­LIER EAR­RINGS (R149,50) CO­LETTE HAY­MAN

SIL­VER EAR­RINGS WITH THREE GOLD CON­NECT­ING OVALS (R1 899) IN­GE­NIOUS AT KAIKA JEW­ELLERY EM­BEL­LISHED HEELS (R749,99) PLUM 18CT WHITE GOLD DIAMOND RING (R49 995) UWE KOET­TER

STRAPPY HEELS (R229,95) SHOE CITY

ELEC­TRA BROOCH (R89) ADO­RIA

SALILA TIARA (R899) ADO­RIA

PEARL AND DIA­MANTÉ BRACELET SET (R249) AC­CES­SORIZE

STER­LING SIL­VER AND CU­BIC ZIR­CO­NIA RING (R999) GE­ORGINI

CRYS­TAL STUDS (R379) ADO­RIA

SATIN EM­BROI­DERED LACE TOP WITH BOW TIES AT THE BACK (R2 800) AND MATCH­ING SKIRT (R5 600) STE­FA­NIA MOR­LAND, FLOWER HAIR­CLIPS (R100–R150) LO­VISA, SPARKLY HEELS (R1 299) STEVE MAD­DEN

SILK AND VINTAGE CHAN­TILLY LACE SHIFT DRESS (R12 000) EL­BETH GIL­LIS, EM­BEL­LISHED BELT (R950) BRIDE & CO, T-BAR HEELS (R449) WILD ALICE AT QUEUE, DROP EAR­RINGS (R230) LO­VISA

PALOMA CZECH PRECIOSA HAND-BEADED SILK SATIN GOWN WITH UN­EVEN HEM­LINE (R8 500) BO & LUCA, CHAN­DE­LIER EAR­RINGS (R500) LULU BELLE, GLIT­TER HEELS EELS (R899) STEVE MAD­DEN

ELAS­TI­CATED HEELS (R790) EUROPA ART SLING­BACK PEEP­TOES (R749,99) PLUM FOOTWEAR

SE­QUINNED HEELS (R499) WILD ALICE AT QUEUE

SPARKLY COURT HEELS (R1 499) DUNE

BRACELET (R349) AC­CES­SORIZE

18CT WHITE GOLD DIAMOND RING (R47 195) UWE KOET­TER

18CT WHITE GOLD DIAMOND RING (R110 595) UWE KOET­TER

GLA­DI­A­TOR HEELS WITH EM­BEL­LISH­MENT (R2 299,95) TED BAKER AT STUTTAFORDS

HEN­NESEY GOWN WITH BEADED BODICE AND PE­PLUM TULLE SKIRT (R20 007) BLUE BY EN­ZOANI, BEADED HEAD­BAND (R270) LO­VISA COURT HEELS (R1 099) RIVER IS­LAND

FLOAT­ING FLO­RAL LACE AND SILK BODICE WITH SOFT TULLE SKIRT (R17 800) JANITA TO­E­RIEN, ZELUS BEADED CRYS­TAL HEAD­PIECE (R2 600) BO & LUCA

STRAP­LESS LACE DRESS WITH VER­TI­CALLY RUCHED VEIL­ING AND FLOUNCED SKIRT (R22 500) LU­NAR, CATHE­DRAL VEIL WITH LACE TRIM (R1 100) BRIDE & CO, CLEAR QUARTZ DROP EAR­RINGS (R825) KAY’S AN­TIQUES

GOLD-PLATED STER­LING SIL­VER STUDS (R1 299) GE­ORGINI LIL­LIAN MOR­GAN­ITE EN­GAGE­MENT RING IN 18CT WHITE GOLD, SET WITH DI­A­MONDS AND PEAR-SHAPED MOR­GAN­ITE CEN­TRE STONE (R18 000) JENNA CLIFFORD

18CT WHITE GOLD DIAMOND RING (R36 995) UWE KOET­TER

FLOWER AND LEAF TIARA (R215) ADO­RIA

ETER­NITY RING (R399) AC­CES­SORIZE

DROP EAR­RINGS (R850) ASHI­ANA AT KAIKA JEW­ELLERY

CHLOE TIARA (R265) ADO­RIA

CRYS­TAL DROPS (R249) ADO­RIA

CHIF­FON DRESS WITH BEADED STRAPS (R8 800) OLEG CASSINI AT BRIDE & CO, EAR­RINGS (R699) STERNS 98CM LONG STA­TION NECK­LACE IN RHODIUM-PLATED STER­LING SIL­VER (R2 999) GE­ORGINI

DRAPED BEADED TOP WITH VIC­TO­RIAN CREPE BIAS-CUT SKIRT (R16 500) JANITA TO­E­RIEN, HAIR­PIECE (R230) LO­VISA

HANOI TULLE MER­MAID GOWN WITH EM­BROI­DERED LACE BODICE,E LACE AC­CENTS ON THE SKIRT AND BEADED BELT (R22 008) BLUE BY EN­ZOANI, CUFF (R330) AND HAIR AIR COMB (R150) LO­VISA

STER­LING SIL­VER AND CU­BIC ZIR­CO­NIA NECK­LACE (R1 299) GE­ORGINI

18CT WHITE GOLD EVOLYM WED­DING BAND WITH MI­CRO-SET DI­A­MONDS (R12 200) SHI­MAN­SKY COURT HEELS (R399) WILD ALICE AT QUEUE SHOES 18CT YEL­LOW GOLD EVOLYM DIAMOND RING (R22 760) SHI­MAN­SKY

18CT PLAT­INUM DIAMOND RING (R145 595) UWE KOET­TER

19CM VINTAGE FLOWER TEN­NIS BRACELET (R1 199), 19CM TUBE TEN­NIS BRACELET (R1 399), PAVÉ SOLI­TAIRE TEN­NIS BRACELET (R1 599) ALL AMER­I­CAN SWISS

DROP EAR­RINGS (R229) ADO­RIA

RHODIUM-PLATED STER­LING SIL­VER PE­TITE IN­FIN­ITY RING (R899) GE­ORGINI

PLAT­INUM RING WITH 1CT DI­A­MONDS (R314 000) CARTIER

CRYS­TAL EAR­RINGS (R550) LULU BELLE

AURORE SILK GEOR­GETTE HAND-EM­BROI­DERED AND BEADED GOWN (R26 900) CASEY JEANNE ATE­LIER, BAN­GLES (R249 FOR SET) AC­CES­SORIZE

GENEVIÉVE GOWN WITH HAND-EM­BROI­DERED BUSTIER AND LAY­ERED TULLE SKIRT (R32 900) CASEY JEANNE ATE­LIER, HEAD­BAND (R99) 4 FLAVOUR AT YDE

MON­TEGO BAY CZECH PRECIOSA HAND-BEADED TOP AND SKIRT (R29 000) AND CON­STAN­TINE VEIL (R3 700) BO & LUCA

ROUND WHITE CHAL­CEDONY DROP EAR­RINGS (R695) KAY’S AN­TIQUES

EM­BEL­LISHED CLUTCH (R499) AC­CES­SORIZE

HAIR CLIP (R159 FOR 2) ADO­RIA

EM­BEL­LISHED EAR­RINGS (R169,50) CO­LETTE BY CO­LETTE HAY­MAN

BRACELET (R149) AC­CES­SORIZE

BEADED CLUTCH (R549) FOR­EVER NEW

MA­SON TIARA (R325) ADO­RIA

STUD DROP EAR­RINGS (R199) ADO­RIA

ARDITH WRAP­AROUND BANGLE (R199) ADO­RIA

ATHENA HIGH-WAISTED EM­BROI­DERED TULLE BALL­GOWN WITH SILK OR­GANZA BOWS (R16 900) ANNA GE­ORGINA AVAIL­ABLE THROUGH CALEGRA BRIDAL, CRYS­TAL DROP EAR­RINGS (R230) LO­VISA HAIR BUN NECK­LACE (R79) ADO­RIA

STRAP­LESS A-LINE GOWN WITH HAND-STITCHED FLOW­ERS, PEARL BEAD­ING DE­TAIL ON BODICE AND MUL­TI­PLE LAY­ERED TULLE SKIRT WITH MATCH­ING VEIL (R10 000) ALI­SON SMITH, CRYS­TAL QUARTZ AND PEARL DROP EAR­RINGS (R895) KAY’S AN­TIQUES

ZANE DRESS WITH HAND-AP­PLIQUÉD CORSET AND OR­GANZA BALL­GOWN SKIRT (R28 000) ANNA GE­ORGINA ORGINA AVAIL­ABLE THROUGH CALEGRA BRIDAL,RI­DAL, FLO­RAL HEAD­BAND (R270) LO­VISA

CHAN­DE­LIER EAR­RINGS (R169,50) CO­LETTE BY CO­LETTE HAY­MAN

FLOWER EAR­RINGS (R299) ADO­RIA ROSE GOLD EAR­RINGS (R1 450) IN­GE­NIOUS AT KAIKA JEW­ELLERY

MAX­INE HAIR COMB (R399) ADO­RIA

CUFF (R99,50) CO­LETTE BY CO­LETTE HAY­MAN

HAIR COMB (R339) ADO­RIA

ALICE BAND (R319) ADO­RIA

STRETCH BRACELET (R249) AC­CES­SORIZE

18CT GOLD AND 1CT DIAMOND CLUS­TER RING (R23 960) NWJ

RHODIUM-PLATED SIL­VER CLOVER STUDS (R899) GE­ORGINI

ZAN­DRA SWEET­HEART TULLE BALL­GOWN WITH HAND-BEADED BELT (R10 000) EVE’S BRIDAL, CRYS­TAL DROP EAR­RINGS (R550) LULU BELLE

PHYL­LIS TULLE SHEATH DRESS WITH SWAROVSKI CRYS­TAL EM­BEL­LISH­MENT (R23 960,57) MAG­GIE SOT­TERO AT EVE’S BRIDAL, CLEAR QUARTZ SQUARE PEN­DANT ON SIL­VER CHAIN (R895) AND ROUND CHARM ON CHAIN (R925) KAY’S AN­TIQUES, VINTAGE OVAL LOCKET (R999) AMER­I­CAN SWISS

LAY­ERED TULLE AND LACE PHAN­TOM NECK­LINE GOWN (R18 000) ROBYN ROBERTS, VEIL (R850) EL­BETH GIL­LIS, EM­BEL­LISHED BELT (R559,99) BRIDE & CO, CRYS­TAL DROP EAR­RINGS (R230) LO­VISA

EAR CUFF (R349) AC­CES­SORIZE 14CT GOLD RING WITH MI­CRO-SET CU­BIC ZIR­CO­NIA STONES (R5 499) PAN­DORA 18CT WHITE GOLD AND DIAMOND CLUS­TER RING (R19 130) NWJ

EM­BEL­LISHED HEELS (R2 290) EUROPA ART

CRYS­TAL DROP EAR­RINGS (R675) LULU BELLE 18CT WHITE GOLD DIAMOND RING (R94 995) UWE KOET­TER DIA­MANTÉ CLUTCH (R2 599) DUNE LON­DON

STER­LING SIL­VER RING SET (R619) SIL­VER JEW­ELLERY ONLINE

GLIT­TER PEEP­TOES (R299,95) SHOE CITY

SQUARE DROP EAR­RINGS (R650) LULU BELLE

VE­RINA SHEATH GOWN WITH SCAL­LOPED HEM­LINE, IL­LU­SION LACE BACK AND IL­LU­SION SLEEVES, HAND-EM­BEL­LISHED WITH ME­TAL­LIC LACE AP­PLIQUÉS AND SWAROVSKI CRYS­TALS (R24 260) MAG­GIE SOT­TERO AT OLIV­ELLI, CYPRIAN HAND­BEADED BELT (R2 900) BO & LUCA, TEN­NIS BRACELETS (R1 599) AMER­I­CAN SWISS AND ( (R1 299) ) STERNS SLING­BACK PEEPTOE HEELS (R999) ALDO CHAN­DE­LIER EAR­RINGS (R1 700) IN­GE­NIOUS AT KAIKA JEW­ELLERY

DUCHESS PLEATED SKIRT DRESS IN IVORY (R14 500) ROBYN ROBERTS, DROP EAR­RINGS (R525) KAY’S AN­TIQUES

CHETE VINTAGE FLOWER CU­BIC ZIR­CO­NIA DROP EAR­RINGS (R399) STERNS

SOFT LACE AND TULLE DRESS (R10 800) BRIDE & CO, BEADED NET HEAD­PIECE (R1 100) VES­SELINA PENTCHEVA, CRYS­TAL DROP EAR­RINGS (R675) LULU BELLE

RHODIUM-PLATED SIL­VER NECK­LACE WITH CLOVER PEN­DANT (R2 799) GE­ORGINI

LACE CLUTCH (R649) AC­CES­SORIZE

18CT WHITE GOLD PARIS NOU­VELLE VAGUE EAR­RINGS EACH SET WITH 212 BRIL­LIANT­CUT DI­A­MONDS TO­TALLING 1.52CT (R875 OOO) CARTIER

LACE PEEP­TOES (R449) WILD ALICE AT QUEUE

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