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Three Faces of Perfect 

Fashions for All of Today's Brides

 

 

 

 

Pretty in Purple -- Perk up any bridal party in a sheer lilac dress that has a delicate sequined ruffle around the neckline and angled hemline, gathered sides for a flattering fit and a beaded vine of purple sequin flowers by Betsey Johnson, $298, from Betsey Johnson (333 Canal St., Canal Place, 525-1061). Around her neck, a strand of crystal-studded silver balls and rings add sparkle, $157; with matching drop earrings, $19, from Ashley's Adornments (3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7090). A double row of crystals takes the glitter to her feet in flexible clear-top mules with acrylic heels by Pierre Dumas, $29.99, from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).

 

 


 

Bright and Outgoing -- Wave good-bye in this lovely pink and red floral lace dress with a tiered skirt and a flowing design by Betsey Johnson, $192, from Betsey Johnson (333 Canal St., Canal Place, 525-1061). Iridescent crystal beads add sparkle to a necklace made with double-strand red organza ribbons and a red leather rose drop, $89, from Mira Bella (115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888). Slight rows of gold chains form a high heel mule by Moda, $57.99, from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).

 

 


Wings of Gold -- Three rows of gold chains decorate the top of this minimal high heel shoe by Moda, $57.99, from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).

 

 

New Traditions -- A new take on the traditional white, flowing gown wedding dress is a beautifully beaded white silk bustier that fits perfectly over a graceful skirt with a train, $1,600. Small freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals alternate on a four-strand necklace, $399. A lovely traditional short veil is made more beautiful with a crown comb with iridescent crystals embedded in the silver frame, $39; all from Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666). For happy soles, champagne and eggshell leather ribbons are knotted on top of this dainty high heel cocktail mule by Martinez Valero, $145, from Mira Bella (115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888).

 

 

 


Bridal Toast
-- What could be more perfect than toasting champagne flutes with sculpted pewter grapevines and fruit clusters on the base and stem by Seagull Pewter & Silversmiths Ltd., $90 a pair, from All the Best (3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 835-1499).

 

 

 

 

Bon Voyage -- Make a lasting last impression in this going away suit that's perfect for an island wedding or any dramatic sendoff: Silver and gold embroidery adds sparkle to a dramatic white three-piece pantsuit with cut-out designs, $999; made even more spectacular with gold chain links and crystals connected in a net design in a necklace, $329; both from Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666). Finish with lustrous white high heel shoes by Versani, $78.99, from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Party Perfect -- Brown acid-cut velvet strikes a beautiful background for a slight cowl neck, spaghetti-strap dress with a sheer black border around the angled hem by Poleci, $372, from Angelique (7725 Maple St., 866-1092). The dress is paired with platinum leather high heel mules by Charles David, $150, from Mira Bella (115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888).

 

 


 

Ribbons of Silver -- A pair of platinum leather straps are knotted on the side to sexy effect in this spike high heel mule by Charles David, $150, from Mira Bella (115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888).

 

 

 

Her Own Vision -- Sheer cream silk is decorated with pale purple satin flowers and beaded vine and leaf designs in a beautiful gown with satin spaghetti straps, a beaded border around the neckline and a short lace-up in back by Scala, $238 from Decor Couture (4608 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9060). The outfit is made more spectacular with faceted iridescent crystal beads and beaded silver spacers interspersed among pearls with a pearl and teardrop crystal drop necklace, $60; with matching earrings, $23; from Ashley's Adornments (3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7090). The bride's head is adorned with a wide comb hairpiece with highly detailed flower and leaves motif in silver, crystals and pearls, $58, from Decor Couture.

 

 

Head Start -- Crystals and pearl beads are intertwined into a delicate handmade 4.5-inch tiara on a comb, $200, from Ashley's Adornments (3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7090).

 


 


Spunky Bride -- A great party dress that spells fun for both bride and guests is a dark rose sheer overskirt cut into strips on the skirt with a blush underskirt by Betsey Johnson, $270, from Betsey Johnson (333 Canal St., Canal Place, 525-1061). It's dressed up with a crystal and freshwater pearl necklace, $68; bracelet, $45; and earrings, $18; all from Ashley's Adornments (3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7090). Understated gold chain high heels by Moda, $57.99, finish the elegant ensemble, from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).

 

 

 

 

Tying Up Fashion -- Black satin upper is tapered to a point that mimics the toe and is dressed up with a black satin bow and low spike heel by Hype, $99.99, from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).

 

 

 

Sassy Sendoff -- Sexy and bold is a retro design ultra-sheer knit dress with black over pink underskirt, side shirring and gathered shoulders with a fabric rose and a flirty, multi-tiered skirt by Diane von Furstenberg, $325, from Angelique (7725 Maple St., 866-1092). The earrings are flowers made from rhinestones and accented with a smoky bead drop, $28.99, from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525). An angled strap on the top of this slight platform high heel disco shoe adds interest, intensified by a black leather ankle strap by Charles David, $155, from Mira Bella (115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888).

 

 

 

Ear for Design -- Dainty rhinestone and smoky bead flowers have a smoky faceted teardrop dangle on a pierced earring, $28.99; Rhinestones topped with a gold beaded button form a flower with a milky bead dangle, $28.99; both from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525).

 


The Artists:

Models: Hope Breland for Romney Photography, Amy Louise Landry for All Model and Talent Management, and Joy Grazer

Makeup and Hair: Glenn Moseley

Photography: Romney Photography

Art Direction and Styling: Kandace Power Graves


Fashion Sources:

All the Best 3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 835-1499

All Model and Talent Management 738-2594

Angelique 7725 Maple St., 866-1092

Ashley's Adornments 3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7090

Betsey Johnson 333 Canal St., Canal Place, 525-1061 Décor Couture 4608 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9060

Feet First 4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525

Glenn Moseley By appointment, 400-0018

Joy Grazer By appointment, 739-4195

Mira Bella 115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888

Romney Photography By appointment, 366-1808

Vanda 8120 Hampson St., 314-6377

Yvonne LaFleur 8131 Hampson St., 866-9666

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