Wouldn't we all love to have our dream dress on our wedding day - a la Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and the City"? That Vivienne Westwood gown called "The Carrie" is now available for the lucky brides who can afford its $22,000 price tag! More than ever we are seeing Hollywood style translate directly into bridal wear according to Rachel Leonard, Fashion Director of BRIDES Magazine.
"Women are paying close attention to what's happening in Hollywood, they're scouring fashion magazines and they're definitely determined to look sexy on their big day," says Rachel. "In the wedding world, we're seeing a variety of trends that all have one element in common; Glamour. Women want to look like themselves, only better."
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"Probably the hottest trend at the moment is the ONE-SHOULDER, clearly influenced by Michelle Obama. This is a terrific look in ivory silk chiffon, which is soft and romantic and would be perfect for a formal garden wedding. This is also a great choice for those women lucky enough to have terrifically toned shoulders show off. I love this look with a bracelet worn opposite the asymmetrical strap," says Rachel.
We're also seeing SOFT, NARROW TIERED SKIRTS with sweetheart necklines. This is a fit that really works for tall, small-busted women and is great for a ranch, loft or beach wedding. Brooke Shields recently wore a Badgley Mischka gown in fuchsia in exactly this cut and it was stunning on her. For this style, it's crucial to have a perfectly-fitted strapless undergarment that keeps everything in its proper place. You'll want to pair this type of gown with soft and delicate accessories, like a fabric flower in the hair.
Kerry Washington has great style and wears a lot of soft BODY-SKIMMING VERTICAL PLEATING. This is translating into bridal for a variety of reasons. It's a great look on almost everyone, it elongates the figure and creates the illusion of height and it's definitely a forgiving cut that can camouflage any imperfections. In a color like blush, with very simple accessories, the affect can be striking.
The 50s STYLE CINCHED WAIST with big skirt is very 'SJP' and very right now. With a sweetheart neckline, it's a signature Dior cut that shows off cleavage (again, you'll want just the right undergarment) and flatters most figures. Here it's definitely all about the glam-factor and you can go all the way with a sparkly necklace, long earrings or even a jeweled comb in the hair. This could be worn at a formal country club or hotel ballroom. This Old Hollywood feel is timeless.
FANTASTIC FOLDS WITH SLIM DRAPING exploded at the bridal market this year. Marisa Tomei is a big fan of this and for good reason. It's immensely flattering and dramatic when the drape goes in the diagonal. It works wonders for hourglass figures and has elements of both sophistication and playfulness. This can definitely be a lot of gown, so keep it simple with satin heels and concise jewelry.
No matter which style you go with, remember, there are RULES OF THUMB for every look. Most importantly, no matter how much you love a particular style, it must flatter your unique figure. Making decisions based upon your own body type is key. Secondly, it's all about balance. If you have a particularly flamboyant dress, keep the accessories simple. If you start with a slip dress, embellish and personalize with vibrant jewelry that makes a personal statement. And in most cases, go with a heel. They just make everyone look taller, leaner and more put together.