Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I've been meaning to write a follow-up post to last Wednesday's about Vera Wang, but I haven't had a spare second! So when life doesn't give you spare seconds, make them, right?

Just because I'm not engaged doesn't mean I can't drool over some epically gorgeous wedding gowns, and Wang's 2012 bridal collection is seriously drool-worthy. She decided to go for nudes and blacks instead of whites, which I personally love. The white gown wasn't known as a wedding must until 1840, when Queen Victoria popularized the style; before that there wasn't really a set color. While red is still a prominent color in China, Vietnam, and India, white implies not only virginity (which, let's face it, doesn't really apply much anymore) but also higher economic standing: a white gown is easily soiled and thus probably only worn for the one occasion.

Also, from my personal standpoint, the construction of the dress and the way you carry it are all you need to turn any dress into a "wedding gown", so I am a huge fan of the nude and black look Wang went with.

While not ivory, the nude gowns are definitely "bridal":

Tulle-y and romantic:

Modern Cinderella:

Bride 2.0:

But, as you may have guessed, the black ones are the ones that really make me blush:

Black + nude = a sexy artistic cupcake of a ball gown:

I call this column the Diane Kruger:

And you knew I'd save my favorite for last. I think I may be officially obsessed with this gown:

Sorry for the low-res. All pictures from Vera Wang.

I'd divorce my husband and remarry him just to wear this gown twice.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new, non-white gowns! Beautiful but not for you? Whackadoodle but perfect for you? A heartfelt "meh"?

1 comment:

  1. What a fun post! I LOVE the first nude gown. Nude translates very well to wedding to me. Black... hmmm. I find them to be a bit too dramatic, so maybe that's why they appeal so much to the thespian in you! They look Oscar red-carpet worthy, but I don't know that I'd love to see it on a bride, unless it was a highly theatrical wedding setting, or something at night by candlelight. Something about more than one color on a wedding dress has always bothered me (including all the colored sashes and trim that were in style a few years ago - blech).

    Love your blog! keep it up!