A wedding gown needs just one quality to make it perfect -- it must flatter the bride. Too often trends, the prestige of a famous label, or misguided advice from friends and family lead a bride into choosing an extravagant dress that overwhelms her.
This season, however, fashion and flattery have entered into a perfect union. The A-line silhouette dominates designer TC collections and it is being carried over into the bridal market. The A-line is one of the most becoming shapes to ever walk the wedding aisle. It carries the eye up from flowing hem to the face -- no cinching, no bouffant bubbles, just a graceful line that skims the figure.
Styled and produced by Suzin Boddiford. Assistant: Vanessa Wapinski. Floral designer: Elizabeth Nuttle for Secret Garden. Hair and makeup: Wendy Latshaw. Models: Kristen Huff, Eve Robinson and Patricia Jordan for Nova Models. For shopping information, please see Page 28.
Cover -- Gown, $2,700, by Vera Wang, and choker, $35, at Gamberdella's Salon for Brides. Headpiece and veil, $290, at Romance Studio. Gloves, $240, at Bridal Fashions by Niko.
Page 7 -- Gown, $699, by Oleg Cassini, and veil, $190, at David's Bridal. Earrings, $52, and gloves, $30, at Romance Studio.
Page 8 -- Gown, $750, by Victoria Bridal Collection, and earrings, $43, at La Bella Bridal. Hat, $300, at Romance Studio. Bag, $58, at Gamberdella's Salon for Brides. Shoes, $48, at Bridal Fashions by Niko.
Page 9 (left) -- Dress, $72, at the White House. Hat, $225, and gloves, $220, at Romance Studio.
Page 9 (right) -- Dress, $146, by Nicole Miller at the Pied Piper. Necklace, $70, at Romance Studio.
Page 10 -- Gown, $800, by Alfred Angelo at Juliet's Bridal. Veil, $145, at Romance Studio.
Page 11 -- Gown, $990, by Monique. Headpiece, $169. Gloves, $18. Shoes, $46. All at Bridal Fashions by Niko.