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After a bolder bridal look? Illusion lace has been on-trend for a few seasons now but while it was previously used for eye-catching back detail or to cover the décolletage, we’re now seeing designers make more of the sheer detailing – for example as side panelling in gowns or in full lace bodices. If you want a hint of sexy without going see-through, plunging necklines and thigh-high splits are also making their way from the catwalk to the aisle.
Style 9614 by Allure Bridals has an ornate bodice and sleeves balanced by an elegant mikado skirt, £2,400, allurebridals.com Style 99093 from the Signature collection by Justin Alexander, £1,650 is a stretch crepe gown with flutter sleeves and illusion tulle at the side and back, justinalexander.com Aurora by MiaMia Bridal, £1,600, is a fitted dress in soft beaded lace with plunging neckline, miamiabridal.co.uk Luella by Suzanne Neville, from £2,395, has a high neck, full-length sleeved bodice with nude under layer and silk chiffon skirt with thigh split
Ariel by Charlotte Balbier, is a crepe de chine gown with plissé detailed train and removable sleeves, £1,575, charlottebalbier.com
Olivia by Alan Hannah, £1,650, a strapless crepe dress with soft layered shoulder bow, alanhannah.co.uk
Jodene by Sassi Holford, is a figure hugging, slim silhouette dress in silk crepe, £2,495, sassiholford.com