We’re thrilled to chat with bridal designer Henry Roth about the latest bridal trends, flattering wedding gown styles for every body shape, and his secret bridal beauty tip to leave you radiant on your big day!
What are the biggest trends in bridal gowns for spring/summer brides?
The main trend for the Henry Roth collection is the return of the regal princess. You are going to see ball gowns that are embroidered (Edwina) that really reflect old school in a new romantic way. Also lace cut in contemporary shapes is really exciting so it’s not looking nanna, it’s much more about grand entrance statements that are fresh and contemporary with a nod to old school style (please see Endya, Ina/Diana). For Michelle Roth Couture you will find striking simplicity (Odelia, Opal) with super clean lines uncluttered, unadorned and very nostalgic in the true sense of 40s glamour.
What about bridal accessories, like belts, veils and jewellery?
Interestingly enough veils are trending longer to floor length especially when it comes to accessorising sheaths or A line dresses (Kelsey). Otherwise as far as accessories are concerned significant earrings make a striking statement (Abigail) really keeping the neckline clean for the additional drama of contrast. Brides are continuing to have a love affair not just with their future husbands but also with beaded belts seen here with Deidre.
What are your best tips for finding the perfect gown for your shape?
My favourite topic: Shapes 101. I highly recommend using a specialist bridal retailer to find the right style for your shape. You can’t beat personalised service, that’s what takes the pain of leaving stress and strain, issues and tissues out of the equation.
My tips for specific shapes are: Pear shapes should choose a style which accentuates the waist and softens the hip area, our classic Harley style is ideal. V and sweetheart necklines (Kalea) are friends to big busted brides. Petite brides should look for gowns like Helena that are fitted to the bodice with princess seams to elongate the body.
What is your favourite bridal makeup? Any must-have products?
I’m a big fan of old-school simply because you can’t beat the look and the effect. To that end whatever you’re doing with the rest of your makeup I highly recommend not using a liquid liner but a chalk or pencil liner because that truly creates Hollywood glamour. Before your wedding day, consider what you eat, I’m not saying for weight purposes but because of your skin.
Make sure you have lots of hydration, protein in the form of almonds and I must admit if you can try and remember Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil which is not greasy and moisturises and balances your skin and is a bride’s best friend.
Another one of my secret tips is trying a natural yogurt face mask. Go to your local supermarket and choose your favourite brand of natural yogurt with active cultures. Apply a thin layer to your face using your hands, stay in a non humid room and don’t talk or laugh until it dries then use your hands and stand over a sink and rub the dried yogurt off your skin to exfoliate. This is a great beauty tip and I am happy to hear from anyone and tells me what they think.
What are your favourite bridal hairstyles for spring/summer?
Overall the trend is not just about the gown but the overall styling which makes the final impact amplified. What is trending is tousled hair, whether it’s an updo or a tousled chignon make sure it is not tight or over-coiffed, make sure it has a tousled wave through it. You can use hair extensions not necessarily to lengthen but to volumise.
My own personal tip is to make sure you are doing hair trials ahead of time and that you have photos taken at this time so that you can see what other people will be seeing on your wedding day.
Catch Henry Roth in person this Saturday, 17 August at the Vision in White Parramatta Designer Day, 40 Macquarie St Parramatta.
Julia has lived and worked in London, Amsterdam, and New York, and is obsessed with food. She's either cooking or thinking about what to eat next. Follow Julia on Twitter.