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Special effects dominate this season

ALL the world's a stage for some brides-to-be. While runway designers strut their imaginations at shows in Paris, Milan and New York, the eye-catching elements and trends soon find their way into wedding gown's in local stores. This season, designers stacked on the special effects - from ruching and rosettes to pearls and piles of tulle - to help any woman feel like a princess for a day.

But not every bride is into fluff. Some designers are reining in silhouettes for fall 2010, showing trimmer gowns that are cut to fall near the body, yet they don't look like a second skin.

Gowns in full bloom

As flower power made a huge splash across catwalks for the coming season, there's no doubt the new trend has also found its way into bridal gowns. However, different from roses, tulips and lilies on full display in every corner of fabric, the floral embellishments on wedding gowns look more abstract and enjoyable. Smart designers use a more creative approach to follow the trend, using a repeating, intricate pattern around the lower part of the dress to create a floral effect. The extending and crossing flouncing looks like fluttering petals in the air. To maintain an overall balance, the upper part of the gown maintains a straight and simple cut. For any bride hunting for a romantic dress that reflects the "Happy Days" feel, a floral-themed gown could be just what you are looking for.

Retro sophistication

Many women consider wearing a vintage gown - from mom, grandma, or another family member - on her big day a choice filled with meaning and good blessings. That might be why retro-themed wedding dresses never go out of style. No matter if it's the fabulous 1950s, the swinging 1960s or the bold 1970s, brides yearning for an elegant, mysterious and stylish look can always find what they want. This season's retro gowns stick to ivory white silks and satins, mostly with simple lines. Some designers deliberately hide a bride's neck and upper arms with soft and ruffling organdy, something suitable for a more reserved woman. The use of velvet, feather and lace creates an exquisite and graceful touch to these wedding gowns. A small tip for retro brides: wear your hair in loose ringlets and put on long gloves, you may look better in a vintage-style dress.

Details add life

It's interesting that the A-line dress is flattering on almost all body types. So it's no wonder an A-line wedding gown is the most popular choice for brides-to-be. However, there are always some stylish women looking for something new and beyond classic. This season, designers are catching up with the demand, offering a liberating alternative to the repressive girdle. Chinese qipao elements, trim cuts with a twist or a bowknot in front or back are some of the special small details that help a wedding dress come to life. Designers try different fabrics such as peau de soie silk and organza, delicate embroidery and chic frills to give brides-to-be a natural, but unique look for one of life's most important occasions.


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