Playing favourites

As the new bridal collections for 2016 are unveiled at London Bridal Fashion and White Gallery, we ask four designers to pick their top three dresses of the moment, including one of their own showstoppers

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Charlotte Balbier picks:
Lilac by Charlotte Balbier

“Lilac is my personal favourite gown from the new Willa Rose collection. It's a dream-like gown, with a French lace bodice adorned with soft organza flowers and a full romantic tulle skirt, making it an ideal choice for all the modern fairytale brides. Ethereal beauty has, and always will be, my signature style.”

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Charlotte Balbier picks:
Christelle by Sassi Holford

“I love this dress from Sassi's signature collection. I'm in love with this dress because of the beautiful neckline of roses – I'm very partial to roses, especially as I've incorporated them into my designs this season. Christelle is an example of ethereal bridalwear at its very best.”

 
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Charlie Brear picks:
Arlette by Charlie Brear

“This is currently my favourite from the Charlie Brear 2015 collection. From the neckline to the pockets, this dress is a perfect blend of fashion and romance as well as strength and femininity, with a timeless elegance and youth. Many of our brides feel it's the closest the collection gets to couture.”

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Charlie Brear picks:
Chanel Couture spring/summer 2016

“This dress features two of my favourite things: ruffles and separates. The drop-waist skirt and T-shirt combo creates a chic fashion statement while the colour creates the romance.”

 
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Katya Shehurina picks:
Rosa by Katya Katya Shehurina

“Rosa has been my favourite from day one. I love the elegance of her full silk taffeta skirt and petticoat and the hand-sewn pearl bead detailing. The decorative lace always fits so perfectly and looks whimsically beautiful on all of our brides.”

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Katya Shehurina picks:
Winona by Claire Pettibone

“Claire has always been wonderful at mixing her bohemian bridal style with well-placed lace, and this dress is a perfect example of what she does best.”

 
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Elizabeth Stuart picks:
Bliss by Elizabeth Stuart

“My favourite dress from our spring/summer 2015 collection is our Bliss set. I think brides are loving two-piece options right now, as seen with the popularity of our Moon Flower dress. With Bliss, they have the option to really transition their look throughout the day. The two skirts can be worn over the playsuit for a fun strapless style, or the bride can choose to wear our Rosemary bodysuit with one of the skirts for a more classic look. Ultimately, it allows the bride to really showcase her own style.”

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Elizabeth Stuart picks:
Joshua by Delphine Manivet

“This dress is feminine and light. The beautiful lines of the piece aren't compromised by beading or heavy embellishment, which really allows the bride to shine."

 
 
 

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