With the awards season to launch early in 2018, designer Raishma Islam gives her perspective on the Top 5 Red Carpet Trends for Women in 2018. The fishtail silhouette is classic and continues to make an entry on the catwalk. Combined with tassels as an alternative element and gold as the keynote colour, the style for 2018 will be about opulence and elegance. Blush, nude and pastel toned gowns will also be seen on the Red Carpet with intense beading and sparkle. But Raishma advises on restraint on beading if bold colours are the style of choice. And finally there are florals; Indian designers have gone heady with florals on everything from dupattas to wedding gowns. So here are Raishma’s tips for the ‘Top 5 Red Carpet Trends for Women in 2018’
Tassels have always introduced an alternative element, often made from richly coloured threads, beading or chains. It has the power to determine the aesthetic of the wearer and embody their style. Chained gunmetal tassels draped along the hem of a jacket, instantaneously evokes a grunge nature, whereas we’ve reinvented the chained tassel. Rather than the cool toned metals, we turned to gold. It gives an opulent touch and makes sure the couture pieces remain elegant. The lightweight chain combined the drape along a shrug, adds a subtle detail whilst complimenting the gold hues throughout the outfit.
2. Fish tail gowns
The fishtail silhouette is classic and continues to make an entry on the catwalk. With scattered embellishing cascading down into the trail of the gown, it appears elegant and classy. The fitted bodice, highlights the wearers natural curves whilst elongating their silhouette.
Encrusted beading along the bodice and trail in a unified form, can subtly alter the silhouette of the wearer. Raishma’s couture pieces are beaded meticulously within the centre of the bodice, with the sides remaining untouched. This creates the illusion of a slimmer waist, whilst capturing the drama intended by the gown. The balance between the amount of beading and its positioning on a gown is key.
Blush, nude and pastel toned gowns have already been seen on Red Carpet with intense beading and sparkle. The subtle colour and combination of silver beading, doesn’t overpower the gown. It leaves a subdued yet powerful impact.
Opaque bold colours, however should hold back ever so slightly on the beading. You’d find that throughout the Raishma ready to wear and couture dresses, when the colour palette is darker, she makes sure the tone remains constant throughout. Therefore, a red dress would have red beading, with subtle hints of gold to create dimension.
Whether its print, lace or beading, the floral trend will be seen on the Red Carpet. Aside from the Western market, Eastern fashion have taken an interest too. Indian wear designs have experimented with florals. We’ve seen the floral prints on the gotta of duppatas, embellished with a beaded trim and on suits too. Within Raishma’s gowns, she’s incorporated florals subtly through 3D embellishing, where the colour palette remains muted. This evokes romanticism and dainty flair.
5. Champagne colour
Nothing beats this versatile colour. It is popular throughout all seasons and is a Red-Carpet classic. Champagne oozes luxury and that is channelled through the gown. Raishma couture gowns are designed with this muted colour and are always applauded on the catwalk.
About Raishma Islam
Having trained under distinguished designer Elizabeth Emanuel, famed for creating Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress, Raishma was inspired to launch her self-named label in 1998 after much anticipation and to high acclaim. From a couture and bespoke background, Raishma is renowned for creating exceptional and beautiful gowns. With 18 years of expertise and experience, the established designer has had the privilege of dressing the likes of British Royal Family member, Princess Beatrice; A-list celebrities including Ola Jordan, singers Little Mix & Mel B and actors Rebecca Grant and Shobna Gulati and a host of women from Asian Power Couples list including Anita Goyal who wore a Raishma gown at the Hemraj Goyal Foundation Charity Gala 2017.
Raishma, 73 York St, Marylebone, London W1H 1QE. T; 020 8552 6751 or www.raishma.co.uk