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Fresh accessories for modern brides, inspired by Fashion Week trends

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The SS18 shows saw the dawn of a new kind of bride. 

While none of the collections for Fashion Month were specifically bridal-themed, time and again we saw a play on traditional wedding motifs. 

Simone Rocha brought a modern edge to pearl sliders at London Fashion Week. Veronique Leroy traded a romantic rosy glow for a drenched fuchsia blush in Paris.

Over at New York Fashion Week, Prabal Gurung turned the traditional bridal glow into a vinyl, post-gym sheen. In Milan, Dolce & Gabbana updated tiaras into flamboyant, gem-encrusted crowns.

From striking ear cuffs to grown-up glitter shoes, take the lead from new-season trends to bring a fresh and contemporary edge to your wedding – with ideas to suit every budget...

  • Pearl motifs

    Pearls have long a bridal favourite, but their prim reputation is side-stepped thanks to Simone Rocha, who upgraded the kitsch adornment with an exaggerated silhouette at London Fashion Week.

  • Pearl motifs

    No longer the domain of twin-sets, these bold pearl accents are a great way of making a whimsical statement at your wedding.

    Get the look with large, faux-pearl sliders and drop-down earrings.

  • Large pearl hair pins


  • Smoked pearl circle hair clip

  • Silver and faux pearl earrings

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  • Spa-skin sheen

    Dewy skin is a classic bridal look, and one that SS18 embraced. Look to Prabal Gurung at New York Fashion Week for inspiration, where models took on a juice-like hue from vinyl shine.

    For your own sheen like this, let loose on the industry’s best moisturisers and hydration gels.

  • Spa-skin sheen

    A satin-y, hydrated glow was also present at Victoria Beckham’s New York Fashion Week show.

    For a doughnut-like glaze, apply serum liberally to your Cupid’s bow, the tops of your cheekbones, your temples, and even (should you wish), your eyelids.

  • Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré moisturiser


  • Clinique moisture surge cream

  • Eve Lom intense hydration serum

  • Shiny pumps

    For brides who want to hit the dance floor, Missoni’s disco-feel silver slingbacks at Milan Fashion Week are just the shoes for the job.

    Low enough to get down, loud enough to get the party started.

  • Shiny pumps

    There was a similar fiesta feel going on over at Sergio Rossi’s presentation for Milan Fashion Week.

    Think vibrant metallics paired with a sophisticated cut on flats, low-lying pumps or kitten heels.

  • Soda pop kitten heels


  • Jetset silver heels

  • Jimmy Choo glittered flats

  • Fuchsia flush

    Could anything be more suited to a wedding than a drenched blush? SS18 make-up artists took the traditional rosy hue up a notch for a glow “on the verge of arousal”.

    Those are artist Alex Box’s words, not ours, for this look she created at Veronique Leroy during Paris Fashion Week.

  • Fuchsia flush

    Over at Valentino, make-up artist Pat McGrath spread a fuchsia tint from the cheekbones up to the temples, in a wide, watercolour arc.

    To get this beautiful flush, use a creme blush in coral or watermelon, and dab on the apples of your cheeks – and if you fancy, your cheekbones and around the arches of your eyes. Mix with hydrating serum for a more subtle take on the trend.

  • BECCA beach tint in watermelon

  • Bobbi Brown pot rouge in coral

  • Benefit Posietint lip and cheek stain


  • Low-nape bun and ear cuff

    Yes, ear cuffs are officially bridal, courtesy of Sophia Webster’s reading at London Fashion Week.

    Low, nape-of-the-neck buns (just slightly undone) are offset by striking cuff designs for a contemporary yet pretty look.

  • Low-nape bun and ear cuff

    It’s modern yet poetic; a lovely bridal motif. 

    For your own version, pair an eye-catching ear cuff with a low, slightly undone chignon. Create loose strands around the face for extra softness. 

  • Mohawk ear duo

  • Butterfly ear cuff


  • Croc ear cuff in yellow gold

  • Elegant slingbacks

    Easygoing yet chic footwear has its moment in SS18; cue these Prada marvels at Milan Fashion Week.

    For brides, they’re a brilliant balancing act: structured enough to stand out from the crowd but not to the point that they’ll drown your outfit.

  • Elegant slingbacks

    Stella McCartney brings a nice balletic spin to the theme at Paris Fashion Week, for a look that is feminine without being demure.

    For your answer to this concept, look to white, modern slingbacks and cream/pink flats with a balletic edge.

  • Pale pink pumps


  • Dune white slingbacks

  • Francesco Russo slingback pumps

  • Scaled-back glitter eyes

    Glitter is usually more suited to festivals than weddings, but the rise of the understated mono-glitter look at SS18 may signal a change.

    Check out the Ralph & Russo show at London Fashion Week, where subtle daubs of silver glitter around the eyes brought a pared-back sparkle that could be great for brides.

  • Scaled-back glitter eyes

    Topshop also got their sparkle on at London Fashion Week, with ebullient hints of sparkle on the eyelids.

    As Topshop makeup artist Lynsey Alexander says, “Be playful and have fun with it. Just don’t go OTT.” 

  • NYX face and body glitter in crystal

  • MAC platinum powder

  • Stila liquid eyeshadow

  • Majestic crown tiaras

    Not a look for the faint-hearted, but if you want to create a stir at your wedding, look no further than Dolce & Gabbana at Milan Fashion Week for ideas.

    Large pearl-encrusted crowns lend a fun, progressive stroke to the traditional tiara.

  • Majestic crown tiaras

    Or what about an ornate floral showpiece? This was another one of Dolce & Gabbana’s gems at Milan.

    It throws down the gauntlet on traditional headgear. Have fun with it, make it flamboyant and exuberant. But never, ever, be boring.

  • Fleur embellished headband

  • Preserved natural flower tiara


  • Miu Miu embellished tiara

  • Grown-up glitter shoes

    Think dresses are a bit… yesterday? If you want to make shoes the talking point of your bridal attire, look no further than Victoria Bechkam’s Cindarella creations at New York Fashion Week.

    “I've always been a bit of a magpie,” the designer says. “There's something happy and girlie about sparkle.”

  • Grown-up glitter shoes

    Out-there glitter shoes put in an appearance at Valentino during Paris Fashion Week, too.

    Go big or go home, is the message of this particular look. For brides who love their sparkle, be unapologetic of your frivolity. The night is yet young...

  • Glitter block heel sandals

  • Rose gold glitter heels

  • Jimmy Choo glitter pumps

  • Balmy nude lips

    Over at Milan Fashion Week, Francesco Scognamiglio gave his own interpretation on glitter eyes – but he also created a beautiful nude lip.

    With a barely-there sheen, this is a softly romantic alternative to those who don’t want a bold lip.

  • Balmy nude lips

    Again at Bottega Veneta during Milan Fashion Week, Gigi Hadid showcases a nude lip with an elegant hint of gloss.

    To re-create this look, remember that less is more. Forget lipstick, and instead use your ring finger to dab your lips with tinted balm or a clear gloss.

  • Kiel's minted lip balm


  • MAC clear lipglass


  • Burberry lip gloss in ice



  • The rock-n-roll flick

    No delicate line here. Instead, Jill Stuart goes for a daring, Cleopatra-style flick that begins under the eye and extends almost to the temple, at New York Fashion Week.

  • The rock-n-roll flick

    If you want a truly dramatic eye, follow Jill Stuart’s lead with this strong, statement look.

    Use kohl or a thick eyeliner pen for chunky black lines with a subversive edge.

  • Bourjois felt-tip eyeliner


  • Stila liquid eyeliner in carbon black

  • Bobbi Brown long-wear gel eyeliner


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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.