The industry is awash with all sorts of super sexy, barely-there big day dresses, but what if you want to WOW on your wedding day, but still wear something totally timeless? Award-winning British Bridal designer Sarah Barrett, creative director of the Lyn Ashworth label tells House of Thabiso how to choose a show-stopping but wearable gown for your big day.
Inspired by texture and light, Sarah Barrett’s collection for Lyn Ashworth’s 2018 ‘Daydreamer’ collection is all about beautiful fabrics, ruffles, twinkle and tulle. From hand appliqued three-dimensional embellishments and delicate beaded French lace, to shimmering sequins the collection is the perfect contemporary take on traditional bridal styling.
When it comes to inspiration, Sarah says: ‘We are surrounded by texture and light. Different light can portray a different texture and a different texture can portray a different light. I wanted to mimic the amazing contrast between the two and use beautiful fabrics to portray this. We used hand-appliqué, beading and 3D embellishment to maximise the luxurious and luminous fabrics used across the collection.’ The collection features an abundance of amazing fabrics including three- dimensional floral tulle and guipure lace, delicate French beaded lace and light shimmering sequins. There are also a few monochrome accents threaded throughout the collection using black velvet ribbon belts.
Texture and fabric is the key to updating a dress with a conventional silhouette: ‘From beautiful Guipure lace to delicate light catching sequins there is something for all brides. You can easily pick a wearable shaped dress that will be brilliantly flattering in all the right places, but by playing with incredible fabrics and texture, you can choose an up-to-date style that will nod to modern trends but will never date and you will love even when you look back at pictures in years to come. Champagne Blush was the first dress I created for this collection and the perfect dramatic gown with breathtaking head-to-toe sparkle.’
And finally, when it comes to finding that dream dress? Sarah says: ‘Do your research and communication is key. Be open and honest with the boutique or designer at all times and don’t be afraid to ask for changes. If a design isn’t quite right for you and you would like minor changes, this can be easily accommodated. Stay true to your own style, as your wedding dress should always be an extension of your own personality.’