Mar 11, 2010

Down the Isle…on to the Red Carpet

From Givenchy, Chanel, Monique Lhuillier, to Marchesa, the award shows this year featured some of the best dressed stars in beautiful and often bridal-inspired gowns. There was no holding back on ruffles, floral embellishments and tiers of organza in full-length trains this past Sunday night at the Oscars. Actresses opted for dresses in white, ivory and subtle hues of blush, in designs that were undoubtedly drawn from this seasons wedding gowns and bridal silhouettes.

Jennifer Lopez looked like she was ready to tie the knot wearing a pale pink, strapless Giorgio Armani Prive gown with an elaborately structured side train embellished with Swarovski crystals. Jenny Packham designed a shimmering, ivory bustier creation for Miley Cyrus while Heidi Klum donned a gorgeous ice-blue mermaid silhouette created by Roberto Cavalli for the Golden Globes.

An interesting trend in the bridal industry the past year has been to add color into the traditionally all-white wedding gowns. Soft shades of creams and pinks were not just a bridal runway trend this spring, but seen all over the red-carpet. Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks wore a peach-hued Christian Siriano dress with layered asymmetrical ruffles (reminds me of Oscar de la Renta’s 10’ spring bridal collection). Emily Blunt looked utterly romantic at the Golden Globes this year in a strapless tulle/chiffon Dolce and Gabbana gown. 
A similar style was worn by newbie actress, Anna Kendrick, designed by Elie Saab. Grecian and off-the shoulder, her dress was gathered at the bodice with this season’s rosette and lace details.

The styles this year were so feminine and whimsical! I think luxurious fabrics and details will still be key, becoming more hybrid and dream-like. Think Valentino’s recent spring RTW show, with interesting layering techniques of lace, silk and crystal adornment. Bridal fashion has definitely made an impact on the red carpet and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down. 

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