Valentino said it first – Haute Couture dressing doesn’t always need to be about whimsical gowns and fairytale moments. For his Spring Summer 2018 collection, Pierpaolo Piccioli sent out a collection fueled by bold colours, satirical-led moments and dresses more in tune with abstract artists than princesses, and as the Middle East’s wedding season fast approaches, we’re taking that notion and running with it. Think fiery hues such as blood orange and violet; maximal impact with oversized bows and luminous materials; and unlikely prints along the lines of check-work. When searching for gowns to wear to that every growing list of weddings, look towards the likes of Alexandre Vauthier and Viktor and Rolf, and think twice before seeking comfort in your go-to princess dresses with floral prints and miles of fabric. The less tulle and the more ostentation the better. Conceptual and abstract are key words – if florals are still high on your agenda then consider over-sized nuances and shy away from pretty, delicate prints, and turn towards sturdy, statement ruffles as opposed to free-flowing and whimsical. This year is all about statement making moments instead of traditional dressing.