y ou don’t need a riot of color to get cheeky on your wedding day. A subtle tint or pop of paint is enough to make any grrl weep. Designers are beginning to favour off-off-white hues like pink and grey, though color is still somewhat scarce in the realm of gowns. Best to shop for dresses eith
t he ultimate in classy understatements, the bodacious black accessory is borderline melodramatic but oh-so hot-to-trot for Spring/Fall 2010. Raven-esque accents against snowy palettes of traditional white dresses are cropping up here there and everywhere on both runways and wish-lists alike. Whether ashy and ruffled, or smoky and smooth, these wearable trend options take being grrrly
p urple’s a statement-making color. It’s not for the lighthearted or the wall-flowered – it’s for those who want a stand out celebration schemed with as much vibrancy, creativity and proud unconformity as their off-center personality. Fancy your purples dark and commanding, your majesty? Go Medieval-sophisticate with dark plums, velvety purples and burgundies. Add touches of electric purple here and there for a hint of Merlin magi
r enaissance cathedrals, damselflies on the wing, dollops of jam, and napoleon ice-cream – these are the things that jewel-toned dreams are made of. If a bride-scape of white just happens to be too clinically cold for your passionate liking, warm the palette of your faceted desires with shades of Indian ruby, Persian turquoise, Red Sea peridot and Colombian emerald. These eye-popping spectral visions may be incorporated ever so sparingly or splashed upon the whole crown jeweled affair – whichever makes your heartstrings sparkle with glee.
d rape your fine affair in the blues and entrance your loved-ones into a sense of blissful calm. Ignore the color’s melancholic connotations; they’re misrepresentative of its true-blue mood-boosting powers. Blue rouses glee, serenity and harmony, and in addition to infusing ocean-side romance or ethereal whimsy into everything it touches, blue is ideal for soothing those wedding day jitters. Channel Neptune with oceanic hues.
c olor-happy polychrome-addicts are gaining prestige on the wedding plain, but that doesn’t mean white’s been knocked into ho-hum-hood. Honestly, white weddings will never be white-bread because they’ve got the elegance and grace of a thousand doves in crème-colored tutus. Admittedly though, this classic non-color could use a little help traversing over into modernity. A tug in just about any direction, (back to the retro, ironically; forward to the faddish, obviously) and a loosened grip on polished perfection is all your crisp, white wedding needs to become stylishly whimsical.
r ed is to love what cinnamon hearts are to hot what scarlet teddies are to a good relationship. It’s the hubba-hubba color, connoting confidence, spontaneity, and passion. Splatter it across the wedding-day décor and show off your personality, your verve, your out-spoken, up-the-wall, over-the-top vibe ms. (soon to be mrs.) red-hot. B&W are total classics, and red’s just the kick in the pants they need to get to that next lev
h ow-not to-wear-white on your wedding day is hardly deserving of a guide – it’s as easy as a ‘paint by numbers’ set. Think rich scarlet red for joy and good fortune, or royal blue for renaissance-type regalia.
w hen burnt or rusted, orange teeters on the brink of sensuality. Think a Mediterranean sunset or a plate of roasted squash and bell peppers. When sparkled or fruit-flavored, orange gets in your face. Think glow in the dark Halloween safety strips or bright, blossoming persimmons. Choosing which twin suits your mood is no great feat, but finding colors to match may require a little insight. Remember that orange is a hue commonly adorned by food, making it hunger-stimulating. Pairing it up with other delicious, nature-profuse colors like pink or brown is a sure bet, as are complementary, appetite-squandering shades
t aking a cue from the 2010 Oscar red carpet, today’s bridal wear designers are on the sheen train, with up and coming style trends seeped in light refracting potential and iridescent radiance. How does one capture such opulent fabulousness you ask? Use the template below on how to incorporate metallics into your marital get-up, and prepare for some shine. Good treasure hunting. A plethora of Hollywood stars (think Diaz, Bullock and Winslet) were seeing sporting m