First Look: All About Vera

Wedding Dresses

This morning's presentation of Vera Wang's latest wedding gown collection was low key—no big runway, no loud photographers, no "celebrity stylists." It was the dresses themselves that were the real drama. Gown shapes here were quite similar to the silhouette trends we've been seeing elsewhere for fall—ethereal, voluminous ballgowns or super-slim, trumpet shapes. The gowns were yummy and fresh and intriguing. And Vera used more color than the other designers we've seen—not just a belt or embellishment, but entire gowns in the most gorgeous, flattering shades of pink, peach, violet, and icy gray. (Considering the trend-making role Vera Wang has in weddings, maybe the U.S. will finally embrace colored gowns the way much of the world already has.) Most dresses were comprised of complicated layers—draping, swirling, wrapping around—but the effect was entirely modern. Fashion-forward to be sure, these are not gowns that will fade into the background, nor will such a strong look work on every bride. But if there was one perfect dress for everyone, would you really want to wear it? —Julie Raimondi

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