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February 23, 2011  | by: Nessa Nguyen

From Badgley Mischka, Marchesa and Monique Lhuillier Fall 2011 collection

Thanks to celebrities and the red carpet, the fine line between bridal dresses and formal gowns has been blurred. Last year at the Cannes Film Festival, Eva Longoria showed up at the Robin Hood premiere in a cream Emilio Pucci gown with full ruffle train.  More recently, at the 2011 SAG awards, Winona Ryder sported a gown from the Alberta Ferretti bridal collection. Unfortunately, the dress didn’t do her any good. But wedding dresses are doing well on the runway.

A full Marchesa ball gown

On the Fall 2011 runway, designers displayed many beautiful gowns with delicate details and materials. All the trains, ruffles, organza, lace, chiffon and nude palettes suggest a lean toward bridal gowns. Some of the most impressive pieces come from Badgley Mischka, Marchesa and Monique Lhuillier.

In a collection full of blacks and rich colors, Badgley Mischka still managed to produce an off-white sweetheart gown with a multitude of ruffles down the side. A bride needs height to pull off this look, but it’s nevertheless a romantic option. Nude wedding gowns in a non-traditional nude tone creates a unique, vintage feel to the ceremony. This is what Urban Outfitters’ BHLDN line is all about. Two dresses from Marchesa and Monique Lhuillier collections (above) with lace details on sheer fabrics are perfect examples for brides who want to go in this direction.

Do you think these dresses fit well as wedding gowns?  As formal looks?

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