Dramatic dresses, but less tied to tradition, accompanied by refined footwear

Now every event has its own red carpet; from the Oscars to film parties, from the Met gala, to the Music Awards, every occasion is a catwalk to show off fabulous dresses. What can transform a woman into a diva if not the most important dress of her life? Here, the wedding dress is influenced by the glamour of the red carpet from which are stolen lines, cuts, and dramatic details. A trend that also emerged from the ‘Sì Sposaitalia Collezioni’ event, held in Milan from the 14th to the 17th of April, where in addition to the classic traditional dresses, romantic and exaggerated in volumes and trains, there are outfits that sculpt the body thanks to corsets, necklines and extreme slits, underwear on show, transparencies in veils and laces, and discreet sparkles. Perhaps a sexier and more mischievous bride who prefers white, but also blush and subtle shades of colour.

And through the slits and transparent details, the shoes are immediately noticeable. Here are some ‘Made in Italy’ proposals for next year.

For her: pointy, high, but comfortable heels

The Francesco shoe factory in Palermo, specialised in wedding and ceremony shoes, confirms the woman’s predilection for pointed high-heeled pump and sling-backs, slightly larger and more stable heels, sometimes supported by small wedges. Open toes are less in demand and wide instead to sandals decorated with feathers and flowers. For the Campania-based company Danira Calzature, which specialises in both bridal and daily collections, the ideal shoes have a thin 7cm or 9cm heel with décor motifs; lace, vinyl, glittery fabrics dominate, while the trendiest colour is blush with a nude effect. And for those who want to feel more stable, there are models with an ankle strap.

Daniele Giovani Milano is a new footwear brand that with its Metafore di Luce collection offers sophisticated models that are also suitable for the wedding day, in satin or laminated leathers with silver reflections. And why not, even an enveloping boot with an opening on the heel.

For him: paints and midnight blue shades

According to Calzoleria Marini, the ceremony veers towards shoes with shiny, but wavy leathers, such as varnishes with three-dimensional effects and shaded and dégradé (in multiple tones) varnishes, in navy blue, burgundy and English green. New are the square shapes and the models where the lacing is covered by a “pocket”. Then there are the chenille or corduroy slip-ons, coordinated with the numbers for the page boys. MG Arcione offers lace-ups in glossy patents combined with speckled leathers and models in patent leather mixed with straw-effect materials. Shiny midnight blue or lighter shades of leather are attracting a lot of interest for ceremonies.