For those of us who are immersed in all things bridal, 2013 is looking to be a super exciting one. Never before have there been more ways to personalise your wedding day look. From bridal headpieces in a plethora of precious styles and luxe lingerie, to dramatic veils and high heels that are hot-hot-hot, the world is your sparkling oyster when it comes to those all-important finishing details.
Will you be channelling Old Hollywood glamour or is your look more Feminine Florals? Will you be rocking a statement piece or opting for simple-yet-stylish?
Before you make those crucial decisions, let five of our uber-talented designers steer you through this year's sartorial ways with our 2013 bridal accessory trends guide.
Fashion-forward and luxurious, Harriet Wilde shoes are gorgeously unique. Harriet Wilde is one of our very favourite bridal footwear designers (which is why we nearly stock the entire collection!).
"A key trend for 2013 is definitely lace. It’s so pretty and chic, and beautifully complements both satin and lace dresses. Plus, brides just love to wear them again after the big day too!
We’re still head-over-heels for feminine florals; it’s been huge in fashion and translates really nicely to bridal. Our style ‘Sakura’ with its delicate cherry blossom cascading down the heel is a real show stopper. This season we have introduced a new version in nude kid suede, which has had an amazing reaction from boutiques and brides alike."
This top Australian bridal accessory designer needs little introduction. Stephanie Browne's meticulously crafted collections mix striking statements with wearable classics – gorgeous pieces that ooze heirloom-worthy appeal.
"This year, we’ve been drawn to a ‘Pacific blue and pale ocean’ theme. Our upcoming collection, 'Society Island' is reminiscent of graceful swaying palm leaves and uses cool greens from Swarovski’s new colour palette, instantly transporting you to the warm balmy ocean shore.
The ‘boho glam’ aesthetic is an exciting style for us this year. Evocative of 'Indian Princess' and using mother of pearl and delicate crystal, this theme has a modern and fresh feel with an exotic edge.
Vintage is an enduring theme. Birdcage veils with divine jewels are a style that we see being a continuing key trend this year. These pieces are elegant and sophisticated, whether worn over one eye or both. We recommend a subtle natural net to create the illusion.
Fifties class glam is another continuing trend that we just love. Big on touches of pearl, these are statement and timeless pieces. Think Christie's famous jewellery auction collections!"
Sash and Co
Sarah Lockwood from bridal accessory design label, Sash and Co, lets us in on her predictions for 2013.
"We’re seeing a clear emphasis on individuality, customisation and fun when planning a wedding. Not only are brides looking for more unusual venues and fun entertainment such as singing waiters but they are also keen to put their own stamp on their dress and accessories. We see brides of 2013 adding detailed boleros and lace sleeves to their dress, statement hair accessories and, of course, a bridal sash. These carefully chosen finishing details give each bride that special, individual and truly unique look.
Brides are opting for more heavily embellished bridal sashes, such as our Elizabeth sash, that cinch in the waist and also a growing trend for coloured sashes to add a unique flair to their dress. We love a silver grey sash for an elegant vintage-inspired feel."
Never far from the fashion pages of the bridal glossies, Leigh-Anne McCague’s award-winning bridal creations mix pearls and Swarovski crystals in feminine and artful forms. Here’s what Leigh-Anne says on what’s hot this year.
“Vintage is still on the most wanted list but with a slight turn to a base colour of antique gold rather than silver.
Hair ornaments which can be worn all the way around the head and into different shapes around a hairstyle have been on trend.”
Faulkner and Carter
One of our latest designers, we love Faulkner and Carter’s must-have collection of cover-ups, bridal stoles and wedding hair accessories. So, what does Ann-Marie Faulkner think will be big in 2013?
"Colour! We've already had interest in coloured veils and headpieces, in particular pinks. It seems the colour trend is slowly seeping into the world of bridal.
Also, big dresses are back. Bridal catwalks this season have an emphasis on fuller dresses and the softer, floaty dresses that have been so popular the last few years will slowly be phased out."