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Cream City Style » Bridal Style Redux 2013 CALLS FOR A LUXE TWIST ON TRADITIONAL WEDDING DAY FASHION BY JORDAN DECHAMBRE Wear Now Something Blue Forget the blue-tipped handkerchief — the 2013 bride is displaying her colorful good-luck charm by putting her best foot forward. Blue-toned bridal shoes, in a range of colors from mysterious navy to Tiffany blue, are a subtle yet striking way to add a hint of color to any white wedding. What to Weddings are, in and of themselves, richly steeped in tradition. But modern ceremonies and receptions are a vivid reflection of the unique individ-uals who are joining as one, whether those personalities are traditional or contempo-rary. This move toward personalization is evident in every moment of a wedding — and especially prevalent in wedding day fashion. Brides must wear white: History! The groom must don a rent-a-tux: Over! Wear-once-and-Goodwill bridesmaids gowns: In this economy? Today’s bridal fashion is taking cues from vintage glamour with modern appeal. From feminine lace and ruffles to conve-nient pockets and convertible dresses, bridal parties are stepping out in high style. So why go conventional when you can create a look as eclectic as you? Here’s a look at 2013’s top bridal trends: GO BOLD Modern brides are no shrinking violets — but some of them are rocking the hue for bridal gowns and accessories alike. Colorful bridal gowns have risen in popu-larity over the past few years, and the trend continues to gain momentum. From pretty in pink pastels to bold reds and neutral grays and black, colored gowns are both sophisticated and fierce. For the newest look, go metallic in a gold or silver tone. Not ready to make the all-over color com-mitment? Opt for one or more colorful accessories for a hint of hue. MODERN LACE While lace gowns have long been con-sidered traditional, today’s designers are whipping up lace confections with a mod-ern edge. Body-hugging, all-over lace gowns are sleek and sophisticated, while short A-line dresses are stylish and sweet. For 2013, lace is fashion-forward in an illu-sion neckline or sleeves with lace appli-ques. It’s the ultimate in femininity — with a “now” twist. VINTAGE REVIVAL History repeats in 2013, with bridal gown styles from the ’20s and ’60s on the fash-ion forefront. Jazz Age beading, sequins and drop-waists are reviving the Roaring ’20s, while the sophisticated and ladylike structure of the 1960s adds an architectural edge. Looking for vintage inspiration? Baz Luhrmann’s glamorous interpretation of “The Great Gatsby,” which hits theaters this summer, is a glorious ode to 1920s fashion — and photo stills highlighting the movie’s costumes are all over the Internet. For a ’60s punch, simply flip on AMC to go mod with “Mad Men.” EASY DOES IT Planning a wedding is hard enough — so why not have a little convenience in your wedding-day style? Bridal gowns with pockets are a chic and simple alterna-tive that add an air of relaxed glamour to a bride’s look. Two dresses — one for the ceremony and another for the reception — is another hot trend. Try a convertible dress, which offers a detachable volumi-nous skirt that leaves a chic mini dress to dance the night away. Simplicity has never looked so luxurious! GET PERSONAL Found the perfect dress but want to make it uniquely you? While accessorizing is always the key to great style, personal-izing the wedding gown itself is a fresh, modern approach. A talented seamstress or designer can add that extra “oomph” with anything from extra ruffles to a pep-lum skirt or sexy, sheer overlay. Or, inte-grate a family heirloom for a truly bespoke creation. Come prepared with ideas and inspiration photos to make sure your dream dress is fully realized. Shades of Gray Black is always dashing … but it’s also expected. For a handsome twist on traditional groomswear, skip the tux and opt for a sharp gray suit. This neutral tone is perfect for all skin tones, and is a men’s style staple worth investing in for the wedding day and beyond. Finish the look with a crisp white shirt and patterned tie. Print Perfect Want to shake up your bridal party look without sacrificing sophistica-tion? Try a muted print for the bridesmaids gowns. The look is sharpest in florals and polka dot patterns, or tone-on-tone looks. A style tip? Keep prints to above-the-knee dresses, as long printed gowns are often too bold for bridal. Fit to be Tied Renee Zellweger was a show-stopper in a vivid white Carolina Herrera gown with artistic back bow at the 2004 Oscars. Nearly a decade later, the romance of the back bow hasn’t lost its luster. A strong, struc-tured or loose and flowing bow allows brides to look as fashionable from the back as from the front. Plus, many designers are creating bow accessories that can be attached to dresses like a sash to easily add the impact with the option of removing the bow later in the evening. 22 M | February 2013

Style: Bridal Style Redux

Jordan Dechambre

2013 CALLS FOR A LUXE TWIST ON TRADITIONAL WEDDING DAY FASHION<br /> <br /> Weddings are, in and of themselves, richly steeped in tradition.<br /> <br /> But modern ceremonies and receptions are a vivid reflection of the unique individuals who are joining as one, whether those personalities are traditional or contemporary.<br /> <br /> This move toward personalization is evident in every moment of a wedding — and especially prevalent in wedding day fashion.<br /> <br /> Brides must wear white: History!<br /> <br /> The groom must don a rent-a-tux: Over!<br /> <br /> Wear-once-and-Goodwill bridesmaids gowns: In this economy?<br /> <br /> Today’s bridal fashion is taking cues from vintage glamour with modern appeal. From feminine lace and ruffles to convenient pockets and convertible dresses, bridal parties are stepping out in high style.<br /> <br /> So why go conventional when you can create a look as eclectic as you?<br /> <br /> Here’s a look at 2013’s top bridal trends: <br /> <br /> GO BOLD <br /> <br /> Modern brides are no shrinking violets — but some of them are rocking the hue for bridal gowns and accessories alike. Colorful bridal gowns have risen in popularity over the past few years, and the trend continues to gain momentum. From pretty in pink pastels to bold reds and neutral grays and black, colored gowns are both sophisticated and fierce. For the newest look, go metallic in a gold or silver tone. Not ready to make the all-over color commitment? Opt for one or more colorful accessories for a hint of hue.<br /> <br /> MODERN LACE <br /> <br /> While lace gowns have long been considered traditional, today’s designers are whipping up lace confections with a modern edge. Body-hugging, all-over lace gowns are sleek and sophisticated, while short A-line dresses are stylish and sweet. For 2013, lace is fashion-forward in an illusion neckline or sleeves with lace appliques. It’s the ultimate in femininity — with a “now” twist.<br /> <br /> VINTAGE REVIVAL <br /> <br /> History repeats in 2013, with bridal gown styles from the ’20s and ’60s on the fashion forefront. Jazz Age beading, sequins and drop-waists are reviving the Roaring ’20s, while the sophisticated and ladylike structure of the 1960s adds an architectural edge. Looking for vintage inspiration? Baz Luhrmann’s glamorous interpretation of “The Great Gatsby,” which hits theaters this summer, is a glorious ode to 1920s fashion — and photo stills highlighting the movie’s costumes are all over the Internet. For a ’60s punch, simply flip on AMC to go mod with “Mad Men.” <br /> <br /> EASY DOES <br /> <br /> IT Planning a wedding is hard enough — so why not have a little convenience in your wedding-day style? Bridal gowns with pockets are a chic and simple alternative that add an air of relaxed glamour to a bride’s look. Two dresses — one for the ceremony and another for the reception — is another hot trend. Try a convertible dress, which offers a detachable voluminous skirt that leaves a chic mini dress to dance the night away. Simplicity has never looked so luxurious!<br /> <br /> GET PERSONAL <br /> <br /> Found the perfect dress but want to make it uniquely you? While accessorizing is always the key to great style, personalizing the wedding gown itself is a fresh, modern approach. A talented seamstress or designer can add that extra “oomph” with anything from extra ruffles to a peplum skirt or sexy, sheer overlay. Or, integrate a family heirloom for a truly bespoke creation. Come prepared with ideas and inspiration photos to make sure your dream dress is fully realized.<br /> <br /> What to Wear Now<br /> <br /> Something Blue <br /> <br /> Forget the blue-tipped handkerchief — the 2013 bride is displaying her colorful good-luck charm by putting her best foot forward. Blue-toned bridal shoes, in a range of colors from mysterious navy to Tiffany blue, are a subtle yet striking way to add a hint of color to any white wedding.<br /> <br /> Shades of Gray <br /> <br /> Black is always dashing … but it’s also expected. For a handsome twist on traditional groomswear, skip the tux and opt for a sharp gray suit. This neutral tone is perfect for all skin tones, and is a men’s style staple worth investing in for the wedding day and beyond. Finish the look with a crisp white shirt and patterned tie.<br /> <br /> Print Perfect <br /> <br /> Want to shake up your bridal party look without sacrificing sophistication?<br /> Try a muted print for the bridesmaids gowns. The look is sharpest in florals and polka dot patterns, or tone-on-tone looks. A style tip? Keep prints to above-the-knee dresses, as long printed gowns are often too bold for bridal.<br /> <br /> Fit to be Tied <br /> <br /> Renee Zellweger was a show-stopper in a vivid white Carolina Herrera gown with artistic back bow at the 2004 Oscars. Nearly a decade later, the romance of the back bow hasn’t lost its luster. A strong, structured or loose and flowing bow allows brides to look as fashionable from the back as from the front. Plus, many designers are creating bow accessories that can be attached to dresses like a sash to easily add the impact with the option of removing the bow later in the evening.

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