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Iconic Wedding Dresses: Carolyn Bessette

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 15, 2013

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Photos (clockwise from top left): Ines di Santo, Vera Wang, Nicole Miller and Amanda Garrett

Carolyn Bessette wore a bias-cut silk crepe wedding dress complete with opera-length gloves at her September 1996 wedding to John F. Kennedy Jr. at Georgia’s First American Baptist Church. She asked close friend Narciso Rodriguez to create a minimalist look that ultimately launched his career, but (fun fact) the couple’s planners used fashion designer Nicole Miller’s name instead as a ruse to keep their wedding under wraps. And it worked! Check out of favorite look-a-likes above.

Whose iconic wedding dress inspires you? Let us know in the comments below!

Go for Gold!

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 17, 2012

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Maybe it was the 2012 Summer Olympics that inspired designers, because gold (and silver too) made their mark on the bridal runway this week. Metallic embellishments debuted a few seasons ago but this time around they have a beautiful boldness to them.

A very regal color, gold gives a simple white dress the va-va-va-voom factor the glam girl is looking for. If you’re shopping in the non-white dress market (or for a fabulous number for your reception) you’ll find all gold gowns that will surely have all head’s turning.

Marchesa’s majestic ball gown with a full tulle skirt is paired with a structured strapless bodice featuring an ornate gold pattern.

This red-carpet worthy shimmering metallic gold Ines Di Santo gown is as sexy as it gets, with a thigh-high slit in the skirt and a one-shoulder neckline.

You can barely see it but this Reem Acra ball gown with elaborate gold embroidery has an illusion neckline with a high crew neck. The gold pattern continues to the edge of the tulle, creating a capped sleeve unlike any we’ve seen on the runway, and the result is simple stunning.

 

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Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Fall 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

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Barely There

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 16, 2012

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Strapless is still the most popular neckline but coming in at a close second is the illusion neckline. Brides who want something revealing but don’t want to worry about pulling the bodice of their dress up throughout the night will love the creative ways designers are using lace and embellishing tulle to add modesty or glamour to a wedding dress.

The three examples shown here are all sleeveless gowns, but an illusion neckline can lead into off-the-shoulder, capped or even long sleeves, usually made of the same see-through fabric: lace, tulle, or net.

Here are three examples of how an illusion neckline can be blinged out or understated:

Jenny Packham, known for her vintage-inspired looks, and dressing Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, placed crystals over sheer netting to create the illusion that the bride is wearing three necklaces with her wedding gown.

Ines Di Santo appliqued a delicate lace with fabric flowers dotted with crystals, continuing the floral embellishment theme on this blush colored ball gown.

For a simple and elegant look, Christos placed lace along the shoulder and crew neckline made of tulle.

 

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Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Fall 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

**All Images in the Blog Post are Copyrighted by Dan Lecca and cannot be used without permission**

See More Bridal Gowns in the WeddingWire Photo Gallery!

Five Fabulous Looks from Ines Di Santo

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 19, 2011

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Inspired by Hollywood’s red carpet and today’s celebrity brides, the Spring 2012 Ines Di Santo collection is filled with both classic and glamorous looks. The opulent designs the designer is known for are understated in this collection but she still adds her own personal touches. Here are a few of the ones we loved:

Lace as Illusion: Illusion necklines is one of the trends from this season’s runway and designers played with different ways of illustrating this detail. One that we really liked was lace as illusion. This fit-to-flare Alencon lace gown has a pink underlay and a bateau neckline with off-the-shoulder sleeves.

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Gauntlets: The models on the Ines Di Santo runway wore tulle gauntlets embellished with various details including crystals, ribbons and “flowers.” Similar to having sleeves in that part of the arms are covered, yet more casual and definitely modern.

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Asymmetrical Bodice: While strapless still rules as the most popular neckline, a strapless neckline doesn’t have to cut directly across one’s chest as Di Santo shows with this asymmetrical one. The off while silk Peau de Soie mermaid gown has a draped bodice and full pickup skirt.

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Beaded Flowers: Sometimes less is more, as is the case with this silk taffeta mermaid strapless gown with rouched torso accented by asymmetrical beaded floral crystal appliques.

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Crystal Belt: Continuing with the less is more theme, this sleeveless fit-to-flare gown is embellished by a Swarovski crystal belt. It’s a classic look yet with a modern sensibility.

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Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Spring 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

**All Images in the Blog Post are Copyrighted by Dan Lecca and cannot be used without permission**

See More Bridal Gowns in the WeddingWire Photo Gallery!

Bridal Market Recap: Trend Report {Part II}

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 20, 2011

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Now that you’ve seen some of the best looks on the runway, here’s a look at the overall trends.  There were some obvious ones like lace and tulle dresses, and then some more subtle detailing such as Obi bows that after a few shows we started to see.  Here’s Part II of WeddingWire’s Bridal Market Trend Report:

Floral Details

About two years ago fabric flower embellishments took the bridal world by storm and this detail doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.  This season designers went big, featuring large floral designs on skirts, one-shoulder necklines and at the waist.  For brides not looking for a such big embellishment there were also a number of wedding gowns with smaller floral details as well.

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