Cutting-edge Japan is also deeply traditional, with wedding rituals that date back centuries. Though she may swap a Shinto temple for a hotel hall, the bride's likely to wear a shiromuku kimono at the ceremony, adding an uchikake—a brocade kimono bearing symbols of nature—for the reception. With a wig, kanzashi hair ornaments, and snowy skin, she's every samurai's fantasy. Ensemble, Kyoko Ohnishi, 718-793-2551.

Elements of the look: For a Pacific fusion of geisha girlishness and Kabuki cool, turn to Eyeshadow Duo No. 13 in Copper Burgundy/Faded Rose, $36, and Rouge Pur Lipstick No. 11 in Authentic Red, $26, both by Yves Saint Laurent, ysl.com.

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