This season, one of the biggest Wedding gown trends is also one of the smallest – it’s the intricate, tiny embellishments that turn a dress into a jaw-dropping masterpiece.
This trend is all about the details and to find out what the hottest embellishments of 2016 are, we spoke with Con Iliopoulos from Con Ilio to get the inside word.
1. The Petal-Look
“Intricate floral-embellished Bridal gowns are definitely a trending style at the moment,” says Con, “Brides are embracing the romantic texture which gives their gown a modern, but whimsical look.”
Con lists pearl detailing as one of his favourite techniques as, “The classic pearl is as feminine as it is timeless.” He explains, “I use pearling to add emphasis to certain areas of the body, like the hips, bust, shoulders and neck. It is a beautiful addition and gives your gown a subtle sparkle.”
3. Lace Applique
Another timeless fabric, lace has been embraced for centuries as the go-to Wedding gown embellishment. Bring the romantic and traditional lace into the 21st century by layering different fabrics to create your own unique piece.
4. Shoulder Embellishments
Gone are the days when shoulder padding was only for 80s-themed dress-up parties! Embellishing the shoulders is one of the most chic and flattering silhouettes of the season. Con says, “I am using feathers or pearl beadwork to create incredible, regal and fierce shoulder detail and it will give your Wedding gown a serious edge.”
If you’re wanting to inject some extra glamour to your gown, feather embellishments are perfect! Con generally uses feathers to craft features at the bottom skirt area of the gown or around the shoulders. He says, “Integrating feathers creates a soft and fluid finish to the gown and I think adds a little more personality.”
Con Ilio launched in 2016 and is an evening and Bridal fashion-house based in Melbourne, Australia. The brainchild of Head Designer, Con Iliopoulos, Con Ilio uses European-sourced fabrics and employs intricate hand-beading and lace-crafting techniques to cater for the Australian haute-couture market.