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I’m not the biggest fan of strapless wedding gowns.  It’s mostly because they are not flattering on the majority of body types and also because most of them are boring and fit the cookie-cutter bride and yes, they seem so very cliche…..  I am a fan of unique couture bridal attire, but obviously it seems like most women want to all look the same…. (for more on this topic click here)

Anyway…..I am hoping that a new trend begins and perhaps these style setters will bring classic gowns like these back into the fold.

Ivanka Trump in Vera Wang

The first beautiful gown I saw with sleeves in the past few years was this  Vera Wang creation that Ivanka Trump wore to her October 25, 2009 wedding to Jared Kushner.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Ivanka’s gown is reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s 1956 wedding dress.  It’s a romantic modest ivory gown with hand-appliqued lace overlays (three layers!). So classically and beautifully simple.

Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump

Lauren Bush in Ralph Lauren

Lauren Bush married David Lauren on September 4, 2011 in one of the most beautiful wedding gowns that I’ve ever laid eyes on.  Her gown, designed by the groom’s father, Ralph Lauren, looks even more superb in the gorgeous vintage style photographs.

Lauren Bush & David Lauren

Lauren’s ivory gown is layered with lace and hand-embroidered antique tulle of silk and metallic thread, Swarovski crystals and pearl beads.  It is a lavishly spectacular gown topped off with a veil reminiscent of the 1920’s.

Lauren Bush & David Lauren

And the open back adds some modern elegance to her old west vintage style. Definitely triple A pluses in my gradebook!

Lily Allen in Delphine Manivet

Lily Allen married Sam Cooper on June 11, 2011 in this beautiful custom lace gown by Delphine Manivet.

Lily Allen

What I think makes her ensemble so stunning is the 1920’s cloche veil she wears which I fell in love with at first sight.  Lily’s floral embellished veil looks gorgeous with her lace and silk tulle gown.

Sam Cooper & Lily Allen

Lily’s dress elegantly embraces her baby bump without over-emphasizing it.  I love the simplicity and the romance of her ensemble.

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) in Carolina Herrera

No, she’s not a real bride, but I have to include Bella’s dress from Breaking Dawn.  This dress is even more fabulous than the one described in the book and is quite apropos for a bride marrying a vintage vampire.

Edward Cullen and Bella Swan

Bella’s handmade dress is a beautiful adaptation of a 1930’s style gown made of crepe back satin and Chantilly lace and features an open back with a paisley design.


Edward Cullen & Bella Swan

Bella Swan

I just love the Chantilly lace cuffs on the sleeves and all of the buttons. Gorgeousness at it’s finest!

And we just cannot forget the wedding gown of 2011 . . . .

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen

This demure royal gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen worn by Kate Middleton marriage to Prince William on April 29, 2011 has already become as iconic as Grace Kelly’s gown which Kate’s is most certainly reminiscent of.

Prince William & Kate Middleton

Honestly, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the most talked about gown of the year when I first glimpsed it, but after seeing the details more closely, I fell in love with it.  Kate’s dress, made of ivory and white satin gazar and covered in silk tulle,  French Chantilly lace and English Cuny lace is fashion design and couture craftsmanship at it’s best. The more I study this gown with it’s nine foot train, the more astounded I am at it’s beauty.

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton's wedding gown

Kate Middleton's wedding gown

And NO, I cannot get enough of looking at the fine details of this gown…..

Here’s hoping that the trend is over for cookie-cutter brides in the same strapless gown.  Yay for vintage!