Monday 21 May 2012

VERA WANG S/S 2013 Trunk Show at Browns Bride

Oh, Vera - you did it again. What better on a dreary, grey-skied Monday than losing yourself in collection of heart-stoppingly beautiful, bewitching gowns in rich, jewel-like shades?

With their millefeuille honeycomb tulle layers of crimson, plum, aubergine, scarlet and deep red, the latest Vera Wang collection of gowns shown at New York Bridal Fashion week has fast formed our latest bridal crush, and seeing them in the flesh at the glossy, lovely Vera Wang at Browns Bride boutique by way of a trunk show last week only served to seal the deal. These are dresses to fall in love with - light as a feather to wear, fairy-tale meets fashion world but without a hint of the meringue or saccharine.

Featuring corseted bustiers, flange silk skirts and lashings of tulle layering each dress is exquisitely ethereal yet dramatic: the sort of dresses you really don't need to adorn. Just add youthful, undone hair and the most naturally gorgeous make-up from Karen Beadle (think that early nineties supermodels no-make-up-make-up look) and you're done.

This cunningly also means you can afford to splurge on the gown and not worry about blowing the budget with accessorising - a trick that came in very handy when I spent rather more than I should have done on my dress and had to reason my way out with a rather incredulous groom!

As with Vera Wang's last collection of coal-black wedding dresses, don't worry about the prospect of shocking your mum or leaving the vicar floundering for words at being presented with a bride in scarlet - every gown is available in ivory but loses none of the impact or knockout beauty. Alternatively, if like me you've fallen for these fiery shades, why not dress your maids in a palette of autumn berry gowns?

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