Monday was an exciting day for us at Angelo Bridal as we went on our first buyers trip of the year to look at the latest collection from Curves by Modeca at the Titanic Hotel in Belfast. It's always so exciting to see a new collection for the first time, getting to feel the fabrics, inspect the details and take notes on all of the latest bridal trends. Designed for sizes 16 and up, detachable sleeves and straps seem to be the biggest trend in the new collection entitled 'Victoria'. Bodices with structured lace patterns which emphasise the bust and minimise the waist also feature heavily. Here are four of our favourite dresses from the trip and why we loved them.
The first dress we saw which we fell in love with instantly was Valerie. Minimalist styles have been in vogue for several seasons now and it is likely that sharp, simple silhouettes such as this will remain popular for years to come. This plain mermaid style features flattering side pleats and an ultra-modern cat eye neckline as well as dainty buttons running down the back. This dress can be worn strapless or with elegant detachable straps to suit your own personal style. As this dress features no embellishment, it can be easily dressed up or down to suit the theme of your wedding. Imagine it with a lacy cathedral veil for a summer wedding or with a dramatic floor length, faux fur coat for a winter wedding, the options to accessorise are endless!
We had never seen a wedding dress like Veerle before and were intrigued by its unusual sleeves which feature an inner fitted, lacy sleeve and a loose outer chiffon sleeve. It is reminiscent of Elizabethan fashion where gowns would be strategically slashed to show the fabric beneath poking through. When the sleeves are removed, the dress has lightly beaded spaghetti straps, giving you two completely different looks in one. The bodice features all of the structure and support we have come to associate with Modeca gowns and the skirt is made from flowing, elegant chiffon leading to a small train. This is an ideal choice for a summer wedding or for brides who like to borrow from historical fashion, we can just picture it with a crown of real leaves and comfy flat shoes.
Veronica is an ultra flattering a-line wedding dress made from light tulle and delicate lace. We loved how the lace in the bodice had been placed to add structure to the waist area and to emphasise the bust. The pearl buttons down the back of the bodice add a pretty, feminine touch. Like most of the dresses in this collection, the sleeves can be removed for a more relaxed look, perfect for brides who want to be unrestricted out on the dance floor during their reception.
In Roman mythology, Venus is the goddess of love, beauty and desire. Venus was our favourite gown from the new collection and we know that brides will feel just like a goddess when they put it on. This dress has it all, a dramatic train, trendy detachable bell sleeves, beautiful lace patterns and a subtle glitter underlay. This is the ultimate gown for brides who want to show off their beautiful curves while feeling supported by the boned bodice. It also has a slight vintage feel which lends itself well to sophisticated and well established wedding venues such as Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel or Galway's Hardiman Hotel.
Which dresses would you like to see in store the most? To see our current collection from Modeca please visit our website or book an appointment to come and try them on. We'll see you next Friday for a brand new blog post.
- Olwen 🤍