By Daniela Degrassi
Dear vegan brides, while I was on vacation, the bridal fashion market was in full throttle… talk about bad timing! I’ll just have to catch up quickly and scout out all the vegan options available for you out there. Let’s start with French Connection. Known for their chic but hip street style, they have just released their new wedding collection, that, hear hear, it’s vegan friendly! Ranging from cotton, nylon and polyester textiles the collection offers long and short dresses for brides and bridesmaids, and their price tag is wallet-friendly too.
FOR THE BRIDE
The Cari Sparkle takes its inspiration from classic bohemian style. The floor length gown has a lofty, fluid shape with a full skirt which creates plenty of movement. The voluminous balloon sleeves further emphasise the bohemian influence. A plunging neckline is partly covered with a delicate eyelash lace insert, while a beautiful waist panel embroidered with sequin and bead work embroidery all in sparkling silver tones. The intricate thread work and draped chiffon-feel fabric work together to create the wholly romantic and ethereal feel of this gown.
In its simplicity, I envision up-cycling it after the wedding and transform the top into a fun blouse.
The Palmero Wedding Dress is ideal for summer garden or beach weddings. The floor length empire line dress has a flattering draped shape finished with a cap sleeve and simple lightly plunging neckline. A full, fluid skirt flows out from the bodice, which, with its delicate and highly detailed white thread work, delicate white bead embroidery and crochet lace trim, is the centerpiece of the dress. Keeping the embellishment white allows for the complex and dense thread work to remain soft against its base, creating a beautiful and timeless dress.
Opt for a modern take on occasion wear with the Arta Lace Trousers. Intricate lace covers a light, fluid georgette lining, turning these trousers into a statement separate. The dainty floral lace is finished with a crochet lace hem, revealing the delicate lining underneath. A concealed fly fastening and two side vent pockets provide practical elements to this modern take on romantic lace.
The Consenza dress effortlessly combines a modern, fun shape with intricate, eye-catching embellishment. The short cocktail dress is crafted from a faux silk organza, giving the dress a fitted, lightly fit and flare shape. A crochet overlay bodice is created using a mixture of materials including sequins, sparkling beads and delicate opaque teardrop beads giving the dress a dazzling finish. A contemporary approach to bridal wear, the Consenza is perfect for an evening wedding with plenty of dancing.
For more details on French Connection wedding gowns visit their Bridal Gallery
FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS
The Whisper Ruth dress updates the timeless fit and flare shape for every special occasion with a delicate crochet lace bodice. The tailored dress has a fitted bodice which billows out into a full skirt, creating a draped effect with lots of movement. The fitted dress has a pretty crochet lace overlay, bringing a contrasting texture and dainty pattern to the dress. A soft bell sleeve mirrors the full shape of the skirt, creating a flattering dress that you’ll love to wear again and again.
The Genoa Embroidered Dress comes in a short or maxi length. The intricate and dream-like maxi dress is perfect for special occasions throughout the summer. The sweeping floor length dress has a full, layered skirt billowing out lightly from the fitted bodice. The bodice is finished with dainty floral embroidery which runs throughout, creating a romantic and eye-catching piece. Styled with strappy heels, this is an eye-catching dress that you’ll want to wear again and again. The Mini dress promises a fun, striking piece for every special occasion throughout the summer. The fit and flare midi dress has an endlessly flattering shape, with a fitted bodice and a full, layered skirt perfect for dancing. The bodice is finished with eye-catching delicate embroidery which stands out against the bright, bold azalea hue. With thin straps and a lightweight feel, the dainty mini dress is made for moving when paired with dance floor-ready strappy heels.
Taking its inspiration from classic 1950’s silhouettes, the Glass Stretch Bardot Dress has an endlessly flattering shape. A fitted bodice with a strappy Bardot neckline flares out into a full, sweeping mini skirt to create a pretty dress with plenty of movement. In an eye-catching azalea hue, the structured dress is a modern update on a timeless fit.
Saving my favorite for last, the Christy Bloom Embroidered Maxi Dress is a romantic, striking and an unique piece. The floor length dress is made up of wispy sheer material embroidered with scattered flowers to create a wistful, delicate design. A full skirt billows out from the fitted waistband, with a v-neck finished with ruffles. A mini-length slip dress provides coverage whilst allowing the sheer material to drape freely. Worn with strappy heels, this dress is a perfect piece for special summer occasions.
For more details on French Connection bridesmaid dresses visit their Bridesmaid Gallery – And to finish the look, take a peak at my latest sandal finds!
A feminist and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California where she lived for 15 years before moving back to her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.