Like all things post-modern, the veil has been reinvented on the runway with designers channeling a more chic aesthetic through ghostly embellishments (not-just-on-the-hem type), embroidery, and short and shaped birdcage veils. It’s time to try something a little bold and transform this traditional and luxurious bridal accessory.
The birdcage veil was undoubtedly the bridal trend of Spring 2016. With a slight Parisian feel, the birdcage does little to hide the bride’s face but has an element of glamour and sophistication that really elevates the overall look. Veils of this nature are usually cut past the nose, or taper in just under the chin. This creates a very structured and shaped appearance, adding definition and drawing attention to the work of the hair and makeup stylists. Whilst some may consider this look to be slightly severe, this can easily be offset by opting for veils that have delicate detailing and jewelled crowns that soften the texture of the birdcage. Of course, the best hairstyle to accompany a birdcage veil is a classic up-do like a low twisted bun, but for something a little different, try balancing out the look with a feminine half-up half-down.
JEWELS AND EMBELLISHMENTS
Although the look of a simple tulle veil is timelessly elegant, recent bridal trends have ushered in a new sort of elegance – one that channels the Gatsby era of fine jewels and detailed embellishments. Giorgio Armani has lead the way with this statement bridal accessory, using crystals and metallic trims to adorn sheer fabrics, creating a broody and mysterious look. Such a non-traditional aesthetic perfectly suits the bride who wishes to stray from classic styles and experiment with darker fabrics for a more gothic-chic aesthetic.
Embroidered detailing has long been a staple for the veil bridal accessory. Yet, we usually see this feminine addition along the edges of the fabric, so that the dress remains the focus. With a minimal dress, the modern bride can incorporate a more detailed veil into her bridal look by opting for a more sporadically embroidered fabric. The result – one gorgeous and fashion forward bride, straight off the runway.
By Grace Campbell