Anyone looking at the new bridal collections for 2015 will come to the same conclusion as us: next year will see the end of the ruling of strapless, the most popular of necklines that has your arms and shoulders on full show (from straight cut strapless to sweetheart), in favour of a sleeve that each time gets longer and longer, regardless of whether it’s for a winter or summer bride.
That very fine imaginary line between seasons disappears even more when testing the consistency of the fabrics in these sophisticated bridal gowns, usually light with soft draping, far from the traditional princess look, with a fuller skirt and a more rigid structure.
The new style sleeve alternates between transparency or the very delicate illusion mesh, with fine embroidery or tiny pearls, making the sleeves themselves a complete fashion statament. The ones that stand out most are the creations by Hannibal Laguna, in pink or off white, the new collection by Isabel Zapardiez, with cutting edge motifs and marine designs or in silk, like the inspirational t-shirt designs by Rosa Clará, a slightly more minimalist line, combining a fitted body with a straight cut skirt.
The closed sleeve is not just exclusive to dresses with a long sleeves. Bat sleeves and capes have also cemented their place amongst the new collections, giving more space and freedom of movement to brides. In these cases draping plays in favour of this silhouette, fitted into the waste or collected above the hips, moving with each step and rounding off the effect created by the sleeve.
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Highlights are semi fitted sleeves with transparencies and small flower embroidery in the new collection by Cymbeline, and the extremely feminine designs by Pronovias 2015, over a sweetheart neckline dress, playing against double layers.
We love this new trend for long sleeves. It’s beautiful, classic and extremely elegant at any time of year and we hope it’s here to stay.