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Sheerly Stunning

Sometimes the best fashion statements are the ones that we borrow from the past.  The currently trendy illusion neckline is a look that was popular in the 1950’s and now seems to be sticking.  Created using a sheer fabric, often organza or tulle, the illusion neckline shows skin without being overtly and brings to mind a classic, antique feel.

This vintage style has been updated by bridal designers to fit the needs of the modern brides while still maintaining the elegance of its original incarnations.  The look has been adapted to suit a number of gown silhouettes including v-necks, one-shouldered looks, or even three-quarter sleeved gowns.  Some more provocative gowns even include sheer backs, carrying over the illusion style.

While many brides opt for the traditional unadorned illusion neckline, there are also plenty of options for those with a more contemporary aesthetic.  For a touch of whimsy, the Christos collection offers a v-neck style with polka dots coating the sheer straps.  On the sexier side, Monique Lhuillier created a figure-hugging off-the-shoulder gown with sheer, ruched three-quarter length sleeves.

So whether you’re interested into paying homage to antiquity or adding a fresh twist of modernity, take a look at the options that are out there and see if an illusion neckline could be the perfect detail for you.

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Red Carpet vs. Down The Aisle

Award season is the time when celebrities pull out all the stops and go for the fashion gold.  Strutting down a red carpet in designer duds is always a huge deal but at the Oscars, the king of award shows, who you’re wearing becomes even more important.  From sleek and sophisticated to modern and fresh, the red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards was home to some major fashion statements.  Fortunately for brides-to-be, you don’t have to be famous to wear a stunning gown to a very special celebration.

Whether you hope to exude the confidence of Halle Berry or the grace of Natalie Portman, there is a dress that will make you look as wonderful walking down the aisle as they do gliding across the red carpet.  If emulating a certain celebrity style icon’s Oscar look is what you wish for, then it’s easy to make that wish come true.

When you see a fabulous gown on the red carpet, think simple!  Don’t try to find an exact dupe of the gown in white.  Instead, choose a few of the most important details, or simply the ones you find most striking, such as a neckline, embellishment, or silhouette, and use those as inspirational guidelines throughout your search for that perfect dress.  In the slideshow here, I’ve found some stunning bridal gowns that echo the red carpet style of some of the best dressed celebs at this year’s Academy Awards.

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