here comes the bride
“Look at all the pretty princesses,” I overheard one editor say at Monique Lhuillier’s bridal presentation this weekend, one of first bridal shows of the week. Indeed, Lhuillier had created 29 looks that were the stuff of fairy tales, from column dresses crafted from whisper-thin lace to bejeweled gowns. But as a first-time bride-to-be who was scanning the shows for some less traditional ideas for her own upcoming nuptials, there were other designers that had me saying “I do.” Reem Acra had me thinking about color after she and stylist David Yaski layered her elegant ivory bridal confections with vividly hued clothing and bright costume jewels culled from her own vintage and ready-to-wear collections. “When I was putting together the show, I was reviving my past,” explained Acra of the personal touches. “I was mixing in things that made me famous and brought me good luck.” Carolina Herrera paired separates with floor-length skirts to create some of my favorite looks from her exquisite presentation, like a Victorian-inspired lace blouse and boxy wool-felt jacket that was finished with fur cuffs. It was Oscar de la Renta (above), however, that gave me the most inspiration. He presented several knee-length numbers that would perfectly suit my 5′ 2″ frame, and maybe even allow me to change to flats as the wedding festivities carry on.