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Fashion sense: The blushing bride

Today's brides don designer duds for their walk down the aisle

 by Kalea Yoshida
Web Devil

 published on Friday, April 23, 2004


Carmen Electra wore Badgley & Mischka, Sarah Michelle Gellar strutted in Vera Wang, and Jennifer Aniston bought a dress from American designer, Lawrence Steele. For those wondering what to wear on that special day, here are some fashion forward suggestions.

Vera Wang is a name known to most celebrity brides-to-be. As a child, Wang had dreamed of Olympic medals, but didn't make the U.S. team for figure skating. Instead, she became editor of Vogue for 17 years, worked for Ralph Lauren and then opened her shop in 1990. Her star-studded clientele includes Mariah Carey, Posh Spice, and Sharon Stone, among many others.

Wang's 2004 Bridal collection was shown in Paris and included a strapless, white satin ball gown with a full skirt. This style, which is empire waisted with gorgeous bead detailing, will flatter most body types. Traditional brides will want to look at this dress and similar styles, seeing as this is one of the bridal seasons' hottest designs.
Women opting for a glamorous look should consider Wang's short-sleeved, textured dress. A sexy, slim fit contours the body's every curve with this multi-faceted couture gown. Feathers accent the neck and chest, adding to the dramatic effect of the dress. Contact Neiman Marcus at Scottsdale Fashion Square for prices, 480.990.2100.

Since 1992, the American duo Badgley & Mischka, has had their house financed by Escada, U.S.A. Celebrities Winona Ryder, Whitney Houston, and Madonna have already worn their masterpieces, with Electra whom recently joined the list.

Modern twists are always fun, especially Badgley & Mischka's ivory crepe, sheath gown. English netting overlays the entire dress, creating a floating bead effect, crowding at the top and dispersing by the waist. The actual dress has spaghetti straps but the overlay is a wider section for the shoulders, giving a new look to this old style. For prices, call Escada, U.S.A., 800.869.8424.

Shoe designer Stuart Weitzman known for his fancy footwork is precisely the reason why his, 'Bodega' bridal shoes are great for any bride. The shoes are versatile and delicate and can dyed to match any dress, no matter what subtle shade it comes in. Each slingback shoe has a 2 7/8" heel, large rectangle pattern, and a delicate bow on the front, which intersects with two slim straps. Weitzman's creation costs about $275.

Brides who like their feet to have breathing room can match their dresses with an open toe sandal. Kenneth Cole's, 'Bride 2 Be' shoes in satin, are dyeable, and have a nearly 4" heel platform. The strap has an iridescent sequin and bead detail with an adjustable silver buckle. These shoes are priced at $145 a pair.

If the textured, feather gown from Vera Wang is your choice, pick up the 'Satin Diva' from 'Bellissima Bridal' to match. Swarovski crystals and Japanese pearls adorn the sassy, silk and feather bag. Retails for around $387.

Although there are several styles of veils available, go to and check out the elegantly embroidered, 120" veil. Available in white or ivory, the veils are made with while and silver threads, pearls, and gathers on a single comb. The price of this masterpiece is quadruple the average veil price, retailing $430.

Finally, take care of the small but important details, and indulge in a Sherry et Cie custom-designed garter. Sequined, 'Alencon' lace is imported from France and is available in white or ivory. The garter features a delicate, ribbon bow with tiny sequined flowers that dangle from a beaded centerpiece. Average prices for a traditional garter can be as low as $8. Plan on forking over at least $50 for this French import.

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