Darn You, Martha Stewart! Or: Forget Bridesmaid Dresses — I Want to Be a Bride!
Wedding porn, indeed. The fall fashion issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is making us swoon.
This is a radical statement coming from a girl who does not dream of marriage and considers herself to be the original single girl (Carrie Bradshaw got her cues from me), but even I cannot deny that there’s something to be said about a wedding gown. There is absolutely no woman who could ever wear a gorgeous wedding dress and not feel beautiful in it. And the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings has me drooling. Just a bit.
This was a year for high profile, center of attention weddings. The Royal Wedding had every girl and her best friend pulling all-nighters to watch Kate Middleton and her gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown. Meanwhile, America’s own version of the royal wedding starred Kim Kardashian in not one but three Vera Wang concoctions.
Vera, of course, is on the star-studded list of designers (including Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Amsale Aberra, and Reem Acra) profiled in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. In fact, MSW invited all the designers to their studios to pose with their latest masterpieces for the cover story shoot, “Icons of the Aisle.”
In a word, MSW makes us swoon with their selection of formal, flirty, and fantastic gowns on display.
“When it comes to wedding-day style, it’s all about the dress,” says Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings. “So we brought together the top designers who have truly influenced what brides have been wearing down the aisle. Their signature styles have made them icons in the industry, and they know how to make women look—and feel—nothing short of stunning.”
“Our inspiration this season was old Hollywood movies, our big favorite movies… All About Eve and The Women,” designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka from Badgley Mischka gushed in the behind-the-scenes filming for the shoot. Check out the video:
Other film favorites name-dropped as inspiration by Vera Wang were Yoko Ono, Grace Kelly, and everyone’s favorite Funny Face, Audrey Hepburn. Dresses fit for every young girl aspiring to be a princess in organza and tulle, and dramatic gowns for women looking for a more avant-garde imperial look make their debut (with all available to purchase this fall).
Kate Hudson in the film Bride Wars may say a bride doesn’t, “alter Vera to fit you, you alter yourself to fit Vera!” but Wang isn’t focused on that kind of girl. She describes her dream client as “knowing who she is and who she wants to be. Somebody who has a sense of self.”
Fashion designer Amsale gives her take on the dress making process, explaining that she what she designs is “classic but at the same time it is current.”
No puffy-sleeved ’80s gowns to be found here, ladies. These designers have us all in good hands with heartbreakingly beautiful and modern couture dresses for every shape and style.
“I don’t care about best sellers,” wedding gown superstar Reem Acra says, “I care about the bride.”
Words of wisdom that take the cake, don’t they?
I don’t have a fiance and I’m not on the hunt for one, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be sneaking a copy of this magazine in my grocery cart anyway.
Heather Taylor is BettyConfidential’s LA Correspondent.