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By Stef Schwalb

Walking down the aisle in style is key for every bride on her wedding day. All of the elements that come together – makeup, hair and a sensuous silhouette – are all wrapped in a beautiful package known as “the gown” that can make or break the beauty of the bride-to-be. If the dress doesn’t work, all of the other elements can seem obsolete. So Beauty News got the scoop on some exclusive trends that are moving forward in bridal fashion for spring. David’s Bridal, the country’s leading retail source for beautiful, quality and affordable styles, has over five decades of wedding expertise and is a one-stop destination for all nuptial needs. They offer a comprehensive assortment of gowns, bridal party and special occasion dresses and accessories for the biggest day of your life – and we got the 411 from them on what to look out for!!!

Four different collections that are sure to satisfy the styling desires of any blushing bride include: David’s Bridal Collection, for a bride seeking a more traditional or contemporary appearance; the Oleg Cassini Collection, for brides seeking timeless fashions and the latest trends fashioned with satin or organza, among other regal fabrics that feature exquisite beading, lace and embroidery; the Galina Collection, for brides in search of sleek, simple and ultra-modern styles that could suit a walk down the aisle, onto the beach or across a garden; and David’s Bridal Woman, sophisticated styles that suit the preference of a plus-size bride. The company also boasts an excellent Accessories Collection that offers lingerie, shoes and shawls, in addition to gorgeous gifts for bridal party and wedding guests.

On to the terrific trends for 2004 that David’s Bridal found ruling runways…

* Two-piece styles that combine a separate bustier and skirt or the appearance of a separate top and skirt

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* Subtle yet lush embellishments such as appliqués, pearls, rhinestones and sequins* Attention to special detail such as lacing, sashes, floral accents, jewels and deep décolleté* Fabric flowers, ribbon detailing and side draping to emphasize the waist

* Asymmetry in hemlines and embellishments

* Glamour and femininity

Trends that have translated over into the four David’s Bridal Collections include…
* Color – deep jewel tones like apple and indigo to off-beat colors like latte, banana and celadon

* Informal detailing – spaghetti straps, narrow ribbon belts and contrast-color stitching

* Individuality – mixing and matching of separates that come in a number of shades and shapes

* Variety – slinky silhouettes, poufy skirts and long and short hemlines

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* Garden fresh – florals in a variety of flattering shades And last but not least accessories that amaze

* Gloves show a return to 50s elegance, yet are contemporary in a cornucopia of colors

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* Bags become more beautiful with detailed embroidery or pleating and short handles that allow for a closer-to-the-body hold

* Jewelry is feminine and floral, classically ladylike with pearls or vintage-inspired styles that exude the appearance and emotion of the Art Deco or Edwardian era

* Shoes are adorned with jewels, ribbons, bead trim or bows

With all of these styles to choose from, a bride is bound to find something that makes her feel beautiful and at her best. And with more than 200 locations nationwide, David’s Bridal can assist in anything she needs. To locate a store nearby, customers can call 1-800-480-BRIDE or log on to www.davidsbridal.com.

Originally published May 2004
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