Richard Nicoll’s Topshop Brides

Looking for a wedding dress on a budget? Or just an alternative to a princess-style meringue? Fashion-conscious brides-to-be should make a date in their diary for June 15 at Topshop as Richard Nicoll’s (as well as Topshop’s for that matter) first ever bridal designs go on sale.

The seven alternative wedding dress designs have finally been revealed, as Richard Nicoll’s ‘Blushing Brides’ capsule collection for Topshop was unveiled today. Nicoll is known for his directional designs and pared-back femininity and the collection has an understated yet decidedly feminine feel with delicate lace, pretty ruffled hems and intricate detailing rendered in unconventional styles.

Nicoll had in mind a more directional take on wedding dressing from the outset: “I wanted to offer a younger, cooler alternative to meringue culture, something special, but not precious, like my friends, something they would wear if they were getting married”. This laidback luxury is what sets Nicoll’s designs apart and is certainly channelled in this collection. The designer also observed that whilst the dresses are marketed as bridal, they would also be suitable as bridesmaid or cocktail dresses. This one of my initial observations, as most of the designs would definitely be suitable for other formal occasions… lucky for non-bridal Nicoll fans like myself!

The seven piece collection is a testament to Nicoll’s unique brand of wearable cool. Both full-length and shorter styles are available in white and pink and prices range from £75 for a white silk slip dress with spaghetti straps and ruffled hem (my favourite!) to £350 for a maxi dress with lace bodice and sheer skirt.

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