Beautiful Wedding Gown
Finally! 2009′s gowns bring brides some real choices, after several years of strapless uniformity. (Thank you, Vera Wang!) If you’re the type of bride who wants a couture (or couture-inspired) gown to match the finer sunglasses of your personality and wedding style, 2009 is the year with your name on it! Here are a few of the hottest trends going:
This regal, old-world design twist came from that same lust for deluxe that brought us Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, and its subsequent style explosion in the bridal world.
Greek Goddess Columns.
The ultimate look backward, the style takes us back to the lovely goddesses (and early supermodels) of Greece’s Golden Age. With plenty of glorious examples to be seen from bridal magazines to the red carpet, this style’s non going away soon. Happily, it lends itself to arm bling and the half up-half down style that’s still so alluring to brides. Also note: bridesmaids look amazing in goddess gowns when the bride’s wearing something more structured.
Asymmetrical / One-Shouldered Styles.
These gowns are aphrodisiacal attention-getters. Another hot good on the red carpet, the asymmetric top adds up to an exciting departure from same-old strapless, while exuding plenty of come-hither vibes.
Subued Color Plays.
Color’s no longer the domain of a bold — or even distracting — burst of contrast in the train or cuffed bodice of an otherwise stark-white gown. Instead, next year’s color inspiration flows from Vera Wang’s gowns in warm toasts and charcoals, St. Pucchi’s fabulous champagne and platinum combos, or gowns that ripple with multicolored gardens of embroidery (Claire Pettibone).
No yearner the oddball in an otherwise full-length portfolio, minis have become serious business, with layers and ruches and ruffles aplenty. Increasing number of brides find them a brilliant choice for tent weddings on the shore or in the vineyard. And let’s not forget those brides who want a gorgeous but mobile second gown to get down and boogie the night away.