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Today’s bridal wear is refusing to go under the radar when it comes to walking the aisle. Super-sized and super-refined, white-hot designers are choosing to go over the top with timeless embellishments. Elbow-deep in arts-‘n’-crafts heaven, the cream of the crop are choosing to stitch, sew, pair and patch downright scrumptious accoutrement to luscious yet minimalist silhouettes.
lace-y does it
While a gorgeous silk Mikado lace-laden wedding gown harkens back to a time when sensuality was an art, delicate lace overlays reveal dream-like hints of the honeymoon to come.
Donning the catwalk for Spring and Fall:
Monique Lhuillier’s Spring Collection featuring avante-garde overhauls of traditional stoic lace garb
Melissa Sweet’s adornment of organza bows and elegantly contoured sleeves
J.Crew’s drop-waisted scoop neck A-line teeming with heirloom covered buttons
applique with care
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Photo by Melissa Sweet
Accents are known for their third-dimension-expanding powers and touchable fabulousness. It’s no wonder why the 2011 runway is coming up daisies.
Why not try:
Floral appliqués with sepals of handstitched Swarovski crystals or cascading petals
Oversized clusters called ‘corsages’ for prom-like wonder without the hangover
A silk chiffon number a la Anne Barge with a peony-like accent pinned to an empire waist
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Photo by Badgley Mischka
Perfectly perfect in every way – ‘paillette’ is this season’s buzz-word.
Look for this re-vamped take on sequins:
All over sinfully hot bodices and pick-up skirts
At the top of an inset for a jingly-jangly effect
Oversized and crystal-clear – competition for the dated mirror-backed rhinestone
fab fabrics
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Photo by Claire Pettibone
Whether you opt for opulent fur collars or breeze-kissed seersuckers, playing with fabrics is a treat if you’re one of those kinesthetic learners.
Be sure to try:
A lustrous piqué for something more silken
A pattern-rich cloqué that screams museum art-piece
A delicious devoré that allows for a raised design over a sheer background