Macrame lace gives this otherwise traditional cheongsam a twist, while its delicate Mandarin neckline and body-skimming shape lend it grace.
The Details: Ines Di Santo Norah gown and bolero. Cheryl King Couture Christina hair sticks. Doyle & Doyle earrings and necklace worn as a bracelet. Chad Allison platinum ring. Pearl River parasol. Travel poster from greatbigcanvas.com.
With a flouncy knee-length skirt and crisply tailored collar, this satin-organza cocktail dress serves up fun with a dash of formality -- just like the island itself.
The Details: Vineyard Annette dress, priscillaofboston.com. Corine Serruya headpiece, opheliehats.com. Kenneth Jay Lane earrings and cuff, 877-953-5264. Gumuchian Twinset ring. Travel poster from greatbigcanvas.com.
The full skirt of this floor-sweeping chiffon dress is adorned with appliques and fluffed up with a crinoline for a Flamenco-style swoosh.
A sheer and close-fitting corded lace jacket is a prim yet provocative addition to the delicately embroidered strapless gown underneath.
The Details: Oscar de la Renta gown and jacket, Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, 212-319-6778. De Beers Dormeuse earrings and ring. Adia Kibur necklace, Supplements NY, 800-631-3844. Cassin muff. Travel poster from greatbigcanvas.com.
With its one-shoulder sweetheart neckline, this silk-chiffon number is every bit as romantic and architectural as the city's sweeping skyline.
The Details: Romona Keveza Goddess gown. Christopher Designs platinum necklace. Rina Limor earrings, 800-999-0583. Stephen Russell bracelet, 212-570-6900. OGI platinum link bracelet. De Beers ring. Swarovski Kiosque clutch. Travel poster from greatbigcanvas.com.
It's the epitome of effortless style: a layered silk skirt, a graceful chiffon cowl neckline, and long, trailing black bows for that je ne sais quoi.
Move over, pristinely plaited tiers of fabric. This season's soft, feathery folds have little in common with the well-defined ruffles of seasons past. The new incarnation of easy, breezy tulle and clear paillettes perfectly showcases this drop-waist gown's standout shape. "Fashionista" gown, by Kenneth Pool, from Amsale, amsale.com, 212-583-1700. Pearl necklaces: 125-inch rope, Honora, honora.com; five strand, Mastoloni, mastoloni.com. Ring, Varna, varna.com.
Crystals, pearls, beads, ribbons -- it used to be that one of these elements was enough to deck out a dress, but not anymore. Piled high around this silk, satin, and organza gown's jeweled neckline, the artfully layered adornment is as striking as a piece of statement jewelry. "Rhianna" gown, Monique Lhuillier, moniquelhuillier.com. Earrings, by Jose and Maria Barrera, from Tabandeh, 202-244-0777. "Everlon" band, Macy's, macys.com.
Streamlined and strapless, Manuel Mota's architectural wonder of silk mikado boasts a centerpiece of crisply folded fabric so chic that we hesitate to call it a bow. Unlike its more delicate predecessors, this knot isn't the slightest bit frou-frou. "Chez" gown, by Manuel Mota, from Pronovias, 212-897-6393. Pearl stud earrings, Mikimoto, mikimotoamerica.com.
This tall drink of water represents a new breed of sleek, streamlined styles. It's a far cry from the satin bias-cut dresses that used to define simple. With its uniform embellishment of hand-stitched chiffon petals, the effect is just as pared down as plain satin -- only much more interesting. "Petal" gown and headpiece, Colette Komm, colettekomm.com. Earrings, Mikimoto, mikimotoamerica.com.
It's not quite long, and it's certainly not short -- no, this ballet-length ankle-grazer falls divinely in the middle. The hand-beaded bodice and soft, delicate pleating keep the look current, never retro, while skyscraping heels and bare shoulders add edge. Gown (style No. 29129), Destinations by Mon Cheri, moncheribridals.com. Short veil, Suzanne Couture Millinery, suzannemillinery.com. "Blossom" sandals, by Bourne, from endless.com. Ring, Rina Limor, rinalimor.com.
The veil will always be in vogue, but right now, there's a much more innovative alternative: the cloche hat -- a must for any bride who's willing to try what other women only wish they could. The key? Make sure it's wedding worthy, like this heavenly, handcrafted style with its delicate ribbon and cluster of pretty-as-can-be rosettes. Hat, Albertus Swanepoel, albertusswanepoel.com. Gown (No. 12n17/2), Oscar de la Renta, from Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, bridalatelier.com, 212-319-6778. Ring, A. Jaffe, ajaffe.com.
Spun from rich silk taffeta and adorned with a shimmering bodice and satin neckline, this is the most refined high-waisted number we've ever seen. It's not a bit like the bohemian versions of the hippie-dippy days of yore. After all, you wouldn't dream of going barefoot in this dress. "Neely" gown, by Mark Brower for Vineyard, from Priscilla of Boston, 800-970-9205. Beret, Suzanne Couture Millinery, suzannemillinery.com. Eternity band, Memoire, memoire.com.
All clean lines and body-skimming shape, the old column relied on its spare design to stand out. But Reem Acra's mesmerizing version, with its clusters of shimmery beading and flapper-esque court train of pleated tulle, isn't just new; it's improved. "Thumbelina" gown, Reem Acra, reemacra.com, 212-308-8760. White pearl bracelets, R. J. Graziano, 212-685-1248. Gold glass-pearl bracelet, Sequin, 212-398-7363. Ring, Zales Jewelers, zales.com.
Before now, flash like this was reserved for accepting an Oscar, not saying "I do." With this stunning gown's shape-skimming nude backdrop and twinkling, hand-beaded overlay of crystal and silver filigree threadwork, it has the power to transform the aisle into your own personal red carpet. Gown (RG337), by Naeem Khan, from Bergdorf Goodman, 888-774-2424. "Celeste" tiara, Jennifer Behr, jenniferbehr.com. "Purity" ring, Memoire, memoire.com.
We've been awed by gowns in black...and gowns that bare backs...and 30-foot trains. What haven't we seen? Carolina Herrera's tulle confection with hand-painted water lilies so gorgeous, it turns the bride into a work of art. "Claude Monet" gown, and cathedral-length veil, both by Carolina Herrera, carolinaherrera.com. Pearl earrings, Mastoloni, mastoloni.com. "Ellen" ring, Erica Courtney, ericacourtney.com.
Once you set foot on Parker Hotel's lush grounds (the site for this glamorous shoot), and channeling your inner screen siren is easy -- just put on this Chantilly-lace cap-sleeve gown and flower-embellished hat. "Hesperides" gown, by Valentino Sposa, from Pronovias Flagship Salon. Hat, Suzanne Couture Millinery. Ear clips, by Jean Schlumberger, from Tiffany & Co., 800-526-0649. Tuxedo and shoes, Dior Homme, 212-421-6009. Shirt, Giorgio Armani. Tie, J.Crew. Groom's wedding band, Tacori.
This full-skirted, double-tiered, crystal-encrusted cupcake of a dress and these jaw-dropping diamond accessories will take you straight from your wedding to a walk down the Academy Awards red carpet. Gown, Priscilla of Boston. Earrings, Hearts on Fire. Necklace, by Jose and Maria Barerra, from Tabandeh, 202-244-0777. Ring, Mauboussin.
Show a little skin -- or, in the case of this asymmetrical gown, a peek of shoulder -- to guarantee a standing ovation. Gown, by Angel Sanchez, from Bergdorf Goodman, 212-872-8957. Earrings, by Jose and Maria Barrera, from Tabandeh, 202-244-0777. "Nico" shoes, by Brian Atwood, from Saks Fifth Avenue.
Want something show-stopping? Try whisper-thin straps, chic floral appliques, delicate beading, and layers of cascading tulle. "Arianna" gown, by Monique Lhuillier; and earrings, by Janis by Janis Savitt; both from Bergdorf Goodman, 212-872-8957. "Karolina" shoes, Kate Spade, 800-519-3778.
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