Lillian West by Justin Alexander has always brought us the most down-to-earth, boho-chic wedding outfits, for brides who are searching for a more relaxed bridal look. As the number of religious ceremonies continues to drop, alternative wedding themes are rapidly increasing in popularity – and the new collection by Lillian West for Fall/Winter 2018 is perfect for a number of these, including outdoor ceremonies, intimate weddings, and weddings with a prominent bohemian theme. However, Lillian West goes beyond the use of fluid fabrics, free-falling skirts and long sleeves – features we have come to associate with this style of dress – in this range… did we hear someone say wedding separates? Carry on reading for an exclusive first look at this year’s Fall/Winter collection, and discover a whole new world of bridal fashion!
What a way to start off this collection! The use of exaggerated tassles and lace embroidery over a sweetheart-neck crop trop is a true bohemian look, and the addition of trousers in completing this outfit instead of a skirt pushes it to the forefront of design innovation. This look might be too relaxed for some, but for brides who want to be able to move as freely as they love, we can’t imagine a better style.
This fit-and-flare gown has an illusion bodice, and boning to create a structure that molds itself to your body shape, emphasising all of the right curves. Allover lace adds a touch of femininity to this beautiful gown, an example of just how well couture and bohemian styles can be combined.
This all-white wedding dress is immediately charming, and made truly feminine by the use of flutter sleeves that also adorn the deep V-back. Ethereal and angelic, this dress is perfect for modern brides who still desire an element of formality in their gown for their less traditional ceremony.
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Taking one of the most admired bridal cuts – the mermaid with tulle skirt – and transforming it into an alternative gown really demonstrates just why Lillian West is one of the most popular Justin Alexander brands. The unique border lace included on every layer of tulle in the skirt is so vintage, and we know that this gown would still allow a boho bride to show off her personality during a more formal wedding day.
The tassels return, and whilst we weren’t convinced at the start, we’ve decided that we definitely love them! The layering of the fringe lace in the skirt creates movement and energy, and the horizontal lace across the bodice and cap-sleeves emphasise the boho-hippie theme. You’ll really make a stir on your wedding day in this gown!
This dress practically screams bohemian at us. From the crochet lace to the long bishop sleeves, we could not imagine a more perfect look for the bride who wants a completely non-traditional wedding day. This gown was designed to be worn in the open air at your romantic outdoor ceremony!
Halternecks are often considered too informal for a wedding, and so of course Lillian West has included this feature within the new collection. The rich lace bodice gives an air of elegance to this gown, and the floral lace appliqués that are dotted around the skirt are very attractive; the informal ambience is not lost, however, thanks to the pockets!
This empire chiffon gown truly complements the figure, drawn in at the narrowest part of the body with the skirt then free to fall as it wishes. A moveable, sophisticated dress, this piece is made young and modern by the large cutout side panels, and the self-tie belt – a very sexy piece for your wedding day!
Perhaps the most traditional gown in this collection, Lillian West takes the time to remind us that whilst their main focus is on mainstreaming the bohemian bride, they can still do classical romance. The chapel length train in tulle and the floral lace appliqués are delicate additions to this beautiful gown.
The combination of allover English lace on the bodice and skirt, and the rough-cut layers of tulle on this below-the-knee number, really gives us a boho-chic vibe. Tea-length dresses are typically used for vintage collections, but the shape works very well here with the addition of the allover lace and floral accents.
Bringing us an enviable collection of bohemian outfits for the 2018 Fall/Winter season, Lillian West have truly proven their prowess in the bridal fashion industry. Original, imaginative, and totally authentic, any one of these outfits would be perfect the bride who is struggling to find a dress that truly matches her free-spirited personality and longing to stand out from the crowd. One of our favourite Justin Alexander brands here at Zankyou, Lillian West effortlessly modernises the bohemian style without losing any of its charm and character.