Saturday, June 21, 2008


Today’s Novia, as the Spanish call a betrothed woman, is not slavishly beholden to tradition. She takes the styles of her forebears and reinterprets them, or abandons them altogether!
Couture Carrie admits that the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” superstition is one that will survive the ages, but today’s bride is not afraid to combine them.
The focus of today’s post is the forsaking of the traditional white gown in favor of color. After all, the ivory-clad bride is a rather modern invention, as chronicled in Color Me Beautiful, a recent W Magazine article which explains that “white has only been donned by Western brides since the Victorian era, when . . . Queen Victoria set a trend by slipping into a colorless lace confection” for her 1840 wedding. Read the full article at
Georgina Chapman's new wedding line actually includes black in the “color” repertoire. Photo at top left of black and white Marchesa gowns with floral appliqué courtesy
It is the right (nay, obligation) of the bride to simply don a gorgeous gown, in whatever shocking shade she so desires. It is, after all, her day – her very own red carpet. It may, indeed, be her only chance to wear such a sumptuous frock and be famous for the day. Weddings are the new Oscars!
In that vein, Couture Carrie takes great pride in suggesting some lovely bridal gowns in adventurous hues (and also
some less traditional cream-hued stunners).
My personal favorite, in a signature CC shade, is the Zac Posen purple gown shown at upper right, taken from the pages of Spanish VOGUE. It is decadent, alluring, sultry, and fabulously flattering, with a plunging neckline, delicate feathered straps, and expert draping.
A brave bride indeed might don Gai Mattiolo’s rose asymmetrical gown, from the Hiver 2009 Paris Collection, as pictured in French VOGUE.
Or go glamorously green with this Amanda Wakely spaghetti strap slipdress . . . ideal for l'mariage sur l'herbe.
If you are insistent upon a white or ivory gown (such as the Armani Privé, Douglas Hannant, Carlos Miele, and
Dolce & Gabbana gowns pictured from top to bottom at left, via, may Couture Carrie at least suggest an adventurous shoe, in a purple or periwinkle?
Several years ago, Christian Louboutin introduced a wildly successful line of wedding footwear (now, sadly, no longer in production) that rejected the traditional Louboutin red sole in favor of a baby blue one, providing something both new and blue for the lovely lady’s upcoming nuptials. Pure genius!
The best part about opting to wear color here is that you can buy the most fabulously decadent and expensive pair of Jimmy Choos and actually get to wear them again!
CC likes Manolo Blahnik’s blue satin Sedaraby (pictured here at right and available at Barneys New York). Or go for a strappy Alexandra Neel sandal in a luscious shade of chartreuse. Remember: it is your day, and your privilege to express yourself.
Be a slave to tradition only if it works for you...


Ella Gregory said...

I really don't like those Marchesa dresses, I would not want to wear one to my wedding.
I think there are much nicer dresses in their actual collections.

Couture Carrie said...

Totally, Coco . . . I was less than impressed with Georgina Chapman's wedding confections - particularly since her gowns are typically a lot frothier and lighter; any old Marchesa dress would do the trick for the postmodern bride! Thanks for visiting and have a fash-tastic Saturday! Smooches, CC

natalia said...

I love the shoes. !!

Couture Carrie said...

Thanks, Natalia! Me, too . . . now I just have to get married so I have an excuse to buy them!

Anonymous said...

Hm... I still prefer Elie Saab! :D