BRIDAL FOCUS: And the bride wore white

(WB)-A Weddingbells survey indicates that although the times are

changing, 96 percent of millennium brides will be following tradition

by wearing a long white or ivory gown.

Weddingbells editor Crys Stewart remarks that “although the long white

gown still dominates bridal fashion, bridal designers are offering

beautiful and modern styles to today’s engaged women that let the

bride wear the dress. The dress doesn’t wear the bride. And although

the current designs favor more simplistic lines, these wedding dresses

are anything but plain.”

Stewart adds “The emphasis is on the silhouette, whether it’s a bell

gown or a sheath. D?collet? and shoulder-baring styles are inspiring a

whole new range of dress options for brides. Many bridal designers are

featuring dramatic, strapless gowns with beautiful, rustling, A-line


The second big trend emerging in the new millennium is the incredible

attention to detail. Stewart is seeing “gowns completely adorned in

pearls or nugget-shaped crystals; blue-green semiprecious stones the

color of the sea on a summer day; acetate flower petals and feathers

on hems, shawls, and bags. These are all examples of a completely

modern approach to detail.”

Other dress-defining notions include silver threads zigzagging through

lace or tulle like tiny lightening bolts. Sheer and embroidered panels

cover bodices and provide accents to slitted skirts.

And with the increased popularity of strapless, spaghetti strap and

halter-neck gowns, a wide array of cover-ups are readily available.

Says Stewart, “Almost every collection is offering a shawl, shrug, or

stole option. Some are simple wraps in the gown fabric, while others

are richly embroidered or beaded and fastened with a jeweled button.

Many of the cover-ups we are seeing are often as striking as the

dresses themselves. Alternatives are limitless and include such

choices as a sheer organza tuxedo jacket with swallowtails or a

stunning, white satin floor-length tuxedo jacket.”

Stewart also notes that many turn-of-the-millennium brides are

personalizing their gowns with added color. Gowns in platinum, antique

gold, and pale rum pinks are increasing popular. Even brides favoring

white are choosing to add a dash of color in surprising places.

Stewart suggests some simple alternatives such as adding a pale pink

pashmina shawl or having a store-bought white satin stole lined in a

pale color. And crystal drop earrings chosen in a shade to complement

the bridal bouquet add an elegant sparkle.

For the latest in bridal fashions and style, see “The Style Repo

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