5 Beautiful Ballgowns
Why this full silhouette will never go out of style
A ball gown can be bold and dramatic or sweet and romantic depending on the fabric and embellishments. A popular wedding dress style for centuries, ball gowns continue to be a favorite with brides who are looking for a traditional or formal wedding-day look.
This season brides can shop for light-as-air ball gowns made with layers and layers of tulle, or more structured designs inspired by vintage couture fashions. For modern (or fashionista) brides getting married in a ballroom, you’ll be able to shop for a range of classic styles with lace detailing and crystal embellishments that are both sexy and suitable for a black-tie affair.
Here you’ll see 5 of the sexiest, sweetest and traditional ball gowns in New York bridal salons now.
Soft & Sweet
The lovely embroidered details that spill from the bodice and sleeves to the knees and the delicate, full skirt make this Monique Lhuillier ball gown exude romance. Add a scoop neckline and sheer long sleeves for full-on modernity.
Monique Lhuillier is available at her flagship salon, 19 East 71st Street near Madison Ave., (212) 683-3332.
Cafe Latte Anyone?
Tired of the traditional bridal hues? While some designers use color to make a statement, this cafe au lait gown by Tara LaTour isn’t just unique because of its color, it’s the gorgeous details of spaghetti straps, lace bodice and light-as-air tulle skirt that really make it a contemporary couture confection.
Tara LaTour available by request at taralatour.com
Naked Lace Neckline
This swoon-worthy wedding dress by Ines Di Santo has lace panels in just the right places, making it subliminally sexy but still radically romantic. With a beautiful bodice and voluminous skirt, this ball gown hits the perfect balance of a wedding dress that is timeless but also very current.
Leave it to Vera Wang to create a ball gown that has what looks like a classic bodice (straight across strapless, seemingly unadorned) but really has many contemporary finishes such as an embellished waistline, a large bow in the back and multiple modern twists in the tulle skirt.
Vera Wang is available at her New York flagship salon, 991 Madison Avenue at 78th St., (212) 628-3400.
Brides who want to channel 1950’s elegance and couture fashions are sure to fall in love with this retro-influenced ball gown by Dennis Basso. The shimmering brocade fabric gives off just a hint of sparkle in the light, and the belt and capped sleeves is a nice mix of vintage elements and modern details.