From 26 to 29 April, 21 bridal fashion firms will be showing off their Spring/Summer 2017 collections on the Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week catwalk. Big names from the haute couture segment such as Indian-American Naeem Khan and Israeli Galia Lahav are taking part for the first time, alongside prestigious bridal firms such as Pronovias, Rosa Clará, YolanCris and Jesús Peiró, who will be showing more than 500 outfits on the show’s runway.
Rosa Clará kicks off the catwalk shows on the evening of 26 April. The following day it’s the turn of Jesús Peiró; Cristina Tamborero; YolanCris; Isabel Sanchís and Inmaculada García. This day will be closed by Naeem Khan with a showing of his latest bridal and evening wear creations. Khan will also be one of the guest designers at the ‘Barcelona Bridal Night’ event after his catwalk show, which will be attended by trade professionals and the specialist media.
Thursday is the turn of the collections from Marylise & Rembo Styling, which is taking part for the first time; Isabel Zaparadiez and Ana Torres; and Israeli designer Galia Lahav, with her bridal collection entitled ‘N.2 of GALA by Galia Lahav’, in a romantic urban style. She will be followed by Jordi Dalmau and Matilde Cano; M&M; Patricia Avendaño and finally US designer Justin Alexander.
The final day is the turn of French designer Cymbeline and Ramón Sanjurjo, who is showing for the first time on the Barcelona runway to present his collection of grooms’ attire. Carla Ruiz and Sonia Peña will be responsible for the final shows of the afternoon. That night, Pronovias will be the star turn, bringing the 2016 Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week catwalk shows to a close.
Modern brides featuring layered skirts and pantsuits
Some of the main trends for the upcoming season are purer lines, less sparkle and fewer embellishments. Sensuality is still a major factor thanks mainly to the use of lighter, floatier fabrics and more pared-down silhouettes.
For the bolder and more original bride, various firms are offering boho-chic dresses, short skirts and even pantsuits, as well as two-in-one models that combine a mini-dress with layered maxi skirts, bodies and jackets so the bride can easily change her look by just adding or removing a piece to suit a religious ceremony, cocktails or a party.
Another increasingly popular trend is to have not one but two wedding dresses – a classic one for the ceremony, especially if it’s being held in a church, and another less formal one for the dancing afterwards.