Betsey Johnson

Wedding Dresses

Courtesy of Betsey

Leave it to one of the fashion industry's most fun and eccentric designers to offer a truly unexpected take on bridal gowns during her spring '09 show. Along with sexy sheer, dainty bows and bundles of tulle, Betsey Johnson showed brides wearing white derbies, blunt-cut colorful wigs and, get this, handcuffs. "Betsey was inspired by children's fairytales and focused the theme of the show around Peter Pan," says Agatha Szczepaniak, Public Relations Director of Betsey Johnson, whose designer wore a Peter Pan-esque outfit and cap for her traditional stroll and cartwheel down the catwalk. Scenes in the show included Nighty Night, Hooks&Crooks, and, our favorite, Robbed Royalty ("hence the handcuffs"). We can't wait to see how these looks translate to the stores. Looking for a fun and frilly look for your wedding day? A BJ bridal gown might just be an option. —Elayne Fluker

Wedding Wisdom: While not all of the ready-to-wear fashion shows feature a wedding dress you can still get inspired by the designs on the runway. A silhouette, color or an accessory can inspire you in your search for the dress. Visit to see the latest designer collections, and if something strikes your fancy print it out and put it in your wedding organizer. And don't forget to bring all of your wedding dress inspiration with you to your bridal salon appointments to show the sales person.

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