With stars turning up at awards shows in dresses from their favorite designers’ bridal collections and brides-to-be scanning
So it’s little wonder that one of spring 2012’s hottest bridal trends, the ball gown style wedding dress, got a huge boost from Hollywood, although initially inspiration came from the big screen rather than awards-show fashion. “The
Celebrities, typically fond of fitted styles for red-carpet walkabouts, soon embraced the big statement gown for their own weddings. “Even though they had completely different styles,
“Ball gowns work for a wide range of figure types, which may be one of the reasons they’ve caught on,” says Kerri Rourke Hileman, owner of The White Magnolia, a designer gown boutique in
Innovative detailing sets today’s gowns apart from their
Regardless of surface embellishment, Hileman recommends structured bodices for clients choosing strapless ball gowns – and making sure to get the perfect fit. "You need the structure to counter the weight of these larger, fuller skirts," she says. "You want to make sure that top will stay in place!"
While ball gowns are turning up everywhere, experts agree they're not the best silhouettes for bridesmaids. If the bride will be wearing a ball-style statement dress, her attendants should go with "a sleeker, simpler style," says Maddox. "The bride needs to stay in the spotlight on her special day."