Happy New Year! Our editors’ mother came up with the perfect pink dress for New Year’s Day that falls on a “Pink Wednesday” – Kaley Cuoco’s petal pink wedding gown from last night! The Big Bang Theory star wed boyfriend Ryan Sweeting in a New Year’s Eve party/wedding on December 31st. The Vera Wang creation made her a blushing bride in more ways than one. The strapless tulle ballgown had a sweetheart neckline, with hand appliqué Chantilly lace accents. Cuoco also wore a veil by Wang, which was nude tulle, also with petal-pink floating hand appliqué Chantilly lace. The bridesmaids wore various styled black dresses, making a beautiful & unique looking wedding party. Happy New Year to you all & congrats to the happy couple!! <3
For Valentine’s Day, we’ve counted down our least favorite bridal wear, favored bridesmaid looks, and vintage wedding dresses, so it’s only natural we finish off the Valentine’s week by showing our Top 10 favorite wedding gowns in film (especially on a Fancy Friday)!
1. Fran Donolly (Bridgette Wilson), The Wedding Planner Personally, I would have taken Bridgette Wilson over Jennifer Lopez. She’s crazy. But their characters did a good job picking out what Wilson’s character, Fran, wore on her wedding day. This was the first bridal gown I can remember loving onscreen. A sophisticated lace bodice with a small cream ribbon around the waist, a beautiful ballgown, delicate straps and a simple veil – I was in love. Too bad Matthew McConaughey’s character didn’t feel the same way about this beautiful blonde on their wedding day… he goes for J. LO instead – no, thanks! It’s no surprise this stunning creation is by bridal gown magnate Vera Wang. LOVE IT! <3
2. Elaine Robinson (Katharine Ross), The Graduate The ceremony doesn’t last very long, and it’s probably the most famous interrupted wedding we can think of, but at least Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, Elaine, looks good when fleeing the church with Dustin Hoffman’s character in The Graduate. The beautiful lace gown was created by Charlotte Todd, who beat out many other designers to make the famous dress. We would have taken Mrs. Robinson over her daughter – she’s way more interesting than her flaky spawn. Our editors still think the film is overrated, but the fashion (and the great soundtrack) is certainly something to remember!
3. Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams), The Time Traveler’s Wife We think Rachel McAdams looks adorable in anything, but after seeing her as a fictional bride in this 2008 drama, all we wondered was why someone hasn’t scooped up this cute Canadian for a real wedding! Hehe, we only kid. But she did look beautiful, as always, as Clare, a woman in love with a man, played by Eric Bana, who travels through time. He nearly misses the wedding, but shows up in time to see her in this gown of simple elegance by Lea-Ann Belter. The organza ballgown is called the Cecilia dress and hails from her Niagra Collection.
4. Tracy (Sasha Barrese), The HangoverThis movie really isn’t about a wedding as much as it is about the bachelor party that precedes it, but the bride, Tracy (Sasha Barrese), certainly looks beautiful on her big day. This editor has been obsessed with the idea of a black and white wedding since middle school, so this is the perfect aesthetic in my mind. Tracy sported a strapless Amsale dress with a black ribbon around the waist adorned with some delicate flowers. It was from the line’s Fall 2008 Collection called the “Tyler” gown, and apparently is nowhere to be found for brides looking for a similar look!
5. Rachel (Piper Perabo), Imagine Me & You This 2005 film probably isn’t remembered for its elegant formal wear, as much as its edgy premise. The film opens at the English wedding of Rachel, played by Piper Perabo, and Hector, the adorable Matthew Goode, but the bride ends up falling for the florist… who also happens to be a woman! It’s a romance, but it’s certainly not a typical romance focused on the handsome groom! Perabo looks just lovely when she meets her true love Luce (played by Lena Headey), while wearing a sophisticated, ballerina length gown. The sheer neckline is beautiful and flattering, accented by a small white ribbon under the bust. Costume designer Consolata Boyle told IFTN the dress “was made from scratch because in the text the character says ‘I look like a meringue.’ and yet I wanted the dress to look good and have a coolness to it too.” Mission accomplished Ms. Boyle! We adore it!6. Jennifer Grogan (Jennifer Aniston), Marley & Me This movie wasn’t particularly as popular as the book, but Jennifer Aniston looked stunning as dog-lover John Grogan’s bride. She sported a floating satin and lace gown by Florida-based designer Carolina Boulton, which is fitting because the couple decides to move to Florida after their snowy wedding! Accompanied by a silky cream shawl and falling snow, this scene is wildly romantic and why it ended up on our #6 spot!7. Liv Lerner (Kate Hudson), Bride Wars Kate Hudson may play the uptight one in this terrible movie with Anne Hathaway, but at least she gets to wear a magnificent ballgown by Vera Wang. Hudson’s character, Liv, exclaims at one point, “You don’t alter Vera to fit you, you alter yourself to fit Vera!” Those are wise words, but in reality the dress was designed specifically for the film – meaning Vera probably altered it to fit Hudson! We love the dusty lilac ribbon to accent the bouquet!
8. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Admittedly, this dress would have been higher up on the list if the movie wasn’t so anti-feminist and ridiculous. It’s actually not even that exciting from the front (as shown below), but dayum… That is one beautiful back! Designer Carolina Herrera did the work on this stunning gown, which is studded in 152 white satin buttons down the backside. Eighteen-year-old Bella Swan is marrying a vampire in the woods, but her gown is estimated to be around $35,000! (Well, her husband has been of working age for about 100 years, so let’s hope he’s been saving all that money, haha!) In terms of an appropriate style for a wedding gown, this is actually a fantastic selection, because it’s both conservative and very sexy – a hard combo to come by! Every bride wants to look attractive on their wedding day, but they don’t want to look like a floozy either! But then again, the character is deciding to sacrifice her life and future by marrying a bloodsucking old man stuck in a teenager’s body – she’s not exactly ahead of her time. (Come on, you know in reality, Edward would probably be trolling for ladies in a nursing home so he could trade racist tirades, and find someone to listen to the Andrews Sisters with instead of a high school senior.) But I guess they do make a lovely-looking couple, although Bella is so pale she kind of looks like the vampire here. We’re all for staying out of the sun, but put on some blush, girl!
9. Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl), 27 DressesAfter putting on 27 horrible gowns, Katherine Heigl’s character, Jane, finally gets her moment in the sun (literally) at her own Long Island beach-side wedding at the film’s finale (did we ruin the ending for you? Did you really expect her to die alone, surrounded by 27 cats and shreds of taffeta and tulle from 27 dresses? NOT.) Anyhow, earlier in the film, her selfish sister, Tess, ruined their dead mother’s vintage gown by cutting it up into a million pieces to create her own ugly, modern dress without consulting her big sis first. But it leads Jane to find her own individual wedding, instead of just copying her mom. And she chooses well – a simple, V-neck column gown by Amsale accentuates the star’s natural curves, and goes perfectly with her simple hairdo and yellow flowers. Haha, too bad her friends weren’t nicer to her, or they could have worn pretty dresses, too! 😉
10. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Sex and the City Her original gown may have landed her on our worst-dressed list, but we had to let Carrie redeem herself. She is, after all, the biggest television fashion icon of our time. In the 2008 film, her first wedding dress was accessorized terribly, but it’s quite the opposite from the frock she finally goes with. Carrie originally spots this vintage silk suit, and decides that what she wants to marry Big in. But some of her friends disagree, which eventually leads to this mess… When it’s time for Carrie and Big to tie the knot the way they originally hoped, Carrie puts her original suit back on, with her “something blue” – a pair of Manolo Blahniks! What else would Carrie wear?! The designer actually named the shoe “Something Blue Satin Pump,” which retails for about $895. The creators did a play on Cinderella, with Big eventually proposing with Carrie’s version of her glass slipper, after leaving her pumps behind in the apartment she and Big intended to buy. It’s the quintessential ending to Miss Bradshaw’s singledom (although, in the book, she stays single… aren’t we ever the pessimists?!) Happy Belated Valentine’s Day! <3
Earlier this week, we featured the Top 10 WORST Bridesmaid Gowns from film and television (an adjective that is usually attached to attendants’ dresses), but in the beautiful gowns below, it seems the brides were much kinder to their friends!
1. Monica Geller & Rachel Green (Courteney Cox & Jennifer Aniston), Friends We wish we could find better photos of these stunning gowns by Michael Kors, because they’re our favorite bridesmaid dresses on film! It’s no surprise Phoebe is the most freethinking of the six characters we came to love over the ten seasons of Friends, but we were stunned at the glamorous choices she picked for her girlfriends to wear for her wedding to Mike (played by Paul Rudd). Her best friends, Rachel and Monica, put on two-tone gowns with sleeveless gold-accented antique lace tops, with different full skirts in muted amber and blue tied with satin ribbons around their waists. The wedding was surprisingly elegant for the go-to hippie of the group, but nothing is ever the norm for Phoebe, and the couple decides to get married in the middle of a freak snowstorm when they can’t make their original venue! Which is why the bridesmaids all have winter coats on! Even the pretty pink, soft blue and white coats look beautiful on the two-toned dresses complemented by bright wild flowers and falling snowflakes, which is why these dresses our #1 choice! It’s so romantic, you actually feel like you’re watching one of your best friend’s weddings! <3
2. Tracy (Sasha Barrese)’s Friends, The Hangover For a film about a dopey foursome of guys and the shenanigans they get into, the girls certainly looked elegant. The groom may be missing, but the bride and her maids look lovely while waiting. Black and white is how I’ve envisioned my wedding since I was a child, so obviously Tracy and Doug’s wedding appealed to me tremendously. It’s amazing how sophisticated the black dresses with white sashes look on the older bridesmaids, while the flower girls look angelic in white dresses with black sashes. The older girls sported Betsey Johnson Fall 2008 dresses, while the little girls wore J.Crew “Alison” dresses made of ivory silk. Black sashes were added to the flower girls’ outfits to match the bridesmaids. The women look like they’re out of a fairy tale in this raunchy comedy!
3. Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), Sex and the City Charlotte York was featured earlier this week with her three best friends for the worst bridesmaid dresses, but there was a time when Sex and the City was much simpler – like when it was on TV, hehe. Here is Kristin Davis as the prim and proper Charlotte in one sexy bridesmaid gown. In the episode, Charlotte exclaims how excited she is to wear a black halter gown to her friend’s wedding, instead of the usual hideous dresses she had to wear in the past. This is extremely elegant and subtly sexy – the perfect combination!
4. Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past This movie got terrible reviews, but we thought it was pretty cute. There were some tender moments between siblings and some hilarious moments with Emma Stone as the lead’s first girlfriend haunting him. Here is Jennifer Garner as Jenny Perotti at her sister’s wedding in the 2009 film. This dress has been noted as burgundy in other articles, but we think it looks much closer to eggplant. Costume designer Denise Wingate got the stunning dresses from Jenny Yoo, and couldn’t say enough nice things about Yoo’s shop. The gowns are very sophisticated and feature the most beautiful necklines on the list.
5. Alicia & Charisse (Maggie Castle & Jane McClean), The Time Traveler’s Wife Her husband may travel through the ages, but Clare’s bridesmaids look timeless. Rachel McAdams is such a cutie in real life, it’s no surprise her onscreen alter egos are just as nice as she is, putting her friend, Charisse, and sister, Alicia, in lovely shades of sage for her nuptials. Costume designer Julie Weiss said, “The bridesmaid dresses were designed so that the bridesmaids felt like they were part of the wedding party but still individuals. And that’s the way it should be for an artist’s wedding.” The group looks gorgeous, and altogether actually they look like they belong in a real bridal portrait!
6. Sarah Walker, Julia Walker & Rebecca Harper (Rachel Griffiths, Sarah Jane Morris & Emily VanCamp ), Brothers & Sisters This ABC drama about a large family in California was certainly addictive for our editors, but not that popular among other crowds. Anyhow, when Kitty Walker gets married, she asks her female relatives, Sarah and Julia Walker, along with possible half-sister Rebecca Harper, to act as her maids in these lovely white-piped chocolate gowns. Each woman dons a different style dress, but all look gorgeous and complement one another beautifully.7. Claire & Gloria Cleary (Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher), Wedding Crashers Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher are adorable to begin with, so it couldn’t have been too hard to pick out dresses for them in this 2005 flick. The two play sisters, Claire and Gloria, who hook up with a pair of best friends at their other sister’s nuptials, and it’s no wonder – those are some sexy dresses! We don’t love nude, but the backless, silk beige gowns look just lovely on McAdams and Fisher’s fair complexions. No wonder Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn fall so hard for these sensual siblings!
8. Casey & Tess (Judy Greer & Malin Akerman), 27 Dresses In this film, Katherine Heigl’s character, Jane Nichols, has to wear a lot of ugly gowns to please her friend’s many theme weddings (what was that about?) But when it comes her time to walk down the aisle, she’s very kind to her sister, Tess, and best friend, Casey, putting them in delicate, soft yellow gowns that go with the beach theme of her Long Island nuptials. But the rest of her bridesmaids aren’t so lucky – they have to sport the 27 gowns she saved for all those years (pictured, below)! Haha, revenge sure is sweet! 😉
9. Alexis (Kate Hudson), My Best Friend’s Girl This is a raunchy comedy about a guy (played by Dane Cook) who falls for… well, his best friend’s girl. With zero expectations, our editors actually enjoyed it (despite parts of the montage at the end – it’s funny until that). Alexis (Kate Hudson) is in the girl in question, and when her sister gets married, she gets to wear one pretty frock – an off-the-shoulder scarlet Amsale gown. If the sleeves weren’t so slouchy, this dress would be closer to the top of our list, and probably more flattering on the bust. But it sure does float like a cloud!
10. Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald), Sixteen Candles This dress is definitely a little dated, but man, it’s just so romantic! Samantha Baker is not having a good day. Her sister decided to get married the day after her sixteenth birthday, but it seems no one remembered whose day it was first! Molly Ringwald was the teen queen of the 1980s, and the shot of her in her bridesmaid gown after her love, Jake Ryan, brings her a birthday cake to celebrate with is iconic. While we’re not totally in love the floral wreath upon her lovely red hair, Molly still pulls it off. We love this light lavender chiffon gown, that actually photographs pink in other shots. Talk about a great birthday!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve been dedicating the week to weddings on film, but we have to include the bad, too! Here is our Top 10 List of the worst wedding gowns on film. At first, we thought it was going to be difficult to come up with ten terrible wedding dresses from movies, but then we actually had a hard time narrowing it down!
1. Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried), Mamma Mia! Yuck… we don’t even know where to start. There is no redeeming feature of this disgusting outfit. Amanda Seyfried plays Sophie, a 20-year-old girl getting married on a Greek island. You could wear a white bikini, and it would be a better choice than this. Sophie is supposed to be a free-spirit, but good god, this is atrocious. The lack of makeup, the frayed layers, the tiny crown in the middle of her head, the fact you can’t separate her hair, tiara, gown or skin from each other in the dimly-lit church she almost gets married in – it’s all just bad. Even her handsome husband-to-be looks horrible! Who is he channeling? John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever?! Our biggest question was, she lives in Greece… why didn’t she go the route of Grecian goddess?2. Betsy Hopper (Molly Ringwald), Betsy’s Wedding We love when people think for themselves, but this wedding gown was just too hideous to pass off as inventive. It’s just plain awful. Molly Ringwald plays an independent young bride marrying into a wealthy family, and everything goes wrong planning her wedding – just like her gown! It’s short in the front and long in the back (just like a mullet), paired with long gloves, cream ruffles, white cowboy boots and a top-hat. Ringwald had just chopped off her beautiful red locks to shake off her teenage queen status, so she looks all the more terrible. It’s bad when you know the top-hat is probably the best part of the getup. Blech!
3. Kimberly “Kimmy” Wallace (Cameron Diaz), My Best Friend’s Wedding Good thing Cameron Diaz was cute, because this dress would have been #1 otherwise. In the 1997 romantic comedy, Julia Roberts and Diaz fight over sexy Dermot Mulroney, and after seeing this dress, we remembered why we rooted for the redhead the whole time… We don’t even know how to describe it – a bunch on geometric shapes in unflattering angles? Film Scouts describes it as, “off the shoulder and double-bodiced, constructed of white silk gazarre and silk satin, hand-beaded with Austrian crystals and detailed with silk roses. The silk tulle veil, piped in silk satin, flowed 20 feet over a 14-foot train.” That description was a hell of a lot prettier than whatever the hell Diaz is wearing. She started her career as a model, so it’s impressive they found something so gross to put her in. Kimmy is supposed to be a wealthy Chicagoan and her wardrobe is pretty and preppy up until this point. We just don’t get it – does she hates herself AND her cousins?!
4. Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet), Sense & SensibilityThis dress was originally in our Top 3, but we Googled it and found photos of it from behind, and the train is actually stunning from behind. It just looks bad on a chubby, curly-haired Kate Winslet. She’s not even that large, but she looks perpetually pregnant in every empire waist she dons in the period film. Her wedding scene looks particularly horrible, because her skin-tone matches the material of her mesh dress, the the gold beading matches her hair color, and it doesn’t look like she’s wearing any makeup, which turns her into one big blob. According to IMdb, the gown was actually trimmed with straw… what?!
5. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Sex and the City It’s not surprising why Mr. Big nearly left Carrie at the altar in this ridiculous outfit. Our editors constantly argue about whether or not Carrie was well-dressed in the TV series, and while I argue that I don’t love everything she wears, her character certainly took risks and inspired many trends. But this is just terrible. Sarah Jessica Parker is such a clotheshorse, and can almost wear anything, but not this crinkly monstrosity by Vivienne Westwood. The dress itself isn’t even that bad – it looks beautiful on the hanger, but it’s a gown you’d constantly have to steam to keep it’s shape. On Parker’s tiny frame combined with severe, slicked back hair, hideous gold heels and the bird on her head, Carrie Bradshaw ended up in our #5 spot. This was especially disappointing after the beautiful gowns she modeled earlier in the movie at the Vogue wedding dress shoot. But Carrie later realizes she made a fashion faux-pas to Miranda at a Valentine’s dinner together: “I put a bird on my head!” Miranda responds, so relieved, “Is that what that was?” As if it had been bugging her, the whole movie, too! Fun Fact: In real life, Parker was definitely unique at her own 1997 wedding – she wore a little black dress!
6. Henrietta “Duckface” (Anna Chancellor), Four Weddings and a Funeral Poor Duckface. She was definitely crazy, but that’s because she loses Hugh Grant, not once, but twice in this 1994 romantic comedy. And it’s probably because she looked like a huge meringue at her wedding. (No, not really – it was the early 90s… Most brides looked like puffy meringues!) There’s a famous scene in this film where Andie MacDowell tries on a bunch of different wedding gowns, and discusses how ridiculous they all look, and it seems Duckface didn’t get the memo. At least she gets to hook up with a prince instead!
7. Emma Allen (Anne Hathaway), Bride Wars We missed something about this Vera Wang gown that ended up on so many “Best Wedding Gown” lists… The cream colored dress matched Anne Hathaway’s pale skin, completely washing out the star. In some shots it isn’t so bad, but we’re over the crinkly mermaid look. And paired with a luminous Kate Hudson, she just looks so blah! In the film, her character, Emma, is supposed to have inherited the gown from her mother, indicating that she’s not having the wedding of her dreams, but just repeating her parents’ day. Well we’re glad she doesn’t end up getting married in this dress, cause it stinks.
8. Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos), My Big Fat Greek Wedding Nia Vardalos wrote this sleeper hit about planning her own nuptials to her co-star, Ian Gomez. We hoped the pretty Greek looked better than this in real life! When Nia’s character, Toula, sees herself for the first time in her gown she exclaims, “I’m a snow beast!” After the ceremony, she starts ripping bows and rosettes off her goofy gown, which makes it look a lot better. Eh, at least she gets John Corbett!
9. Juliet (Keira Knightley), Love Actually Keira Knightley is one of our favorite fashion icons, and she’s so adorable it’s hard to forget how strange her wedding gown is in this Christmas classic. (Especially considering we just featured her TWICE on the Vintage Wedding Gown List!) Her frock in this romance is see-through, her midriff is showing, and she’s covered in feathers… probably three of the biggest “dont’s” on your wedding day, hehe. She still looks so cute from the neck up, but really trashy and immature from the neck down.10. The Bride (Elsa Lanchester), The Bride of Frankenstein There’s only one explanation for this gown: Men.
With the best, must come the worst. Bridesmaid gowns notoriously have a bad reputation, as some self-conscious brides stick girls in ugly dresses, so that they look better on their big day. Thankfully, we haven’t had any friends or relatives do that to us, (and if you have, I’d suggest finding new friends…), but apparently these onscreen girls got stuck wearing some hideous frocks!! Here goes…
1. Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher), Confessions of a Shopaholic The book version by Brit Sophia Kinsella is one of the best pieces of chick lit ever written. The movie? Not so much. It does have its moments, but what the hell is going on in that wedding at the end?! Rebecca Bloomwood, a spunky city girl with a shopping addiction attends her best friend’s wedding in probably the ugliest bridesmaid gown of all time. It’s a poofy, hot pink tea-length mess with bright red, lime green and bright blue tulle sticking out. As if that wasn’t enough, it has a matching short pink veil from the 1960s, long white gloves, and a furry dalmatian print shrug. When she tries it on, she’s actually in the famous NY bridal store, Kleinfeld’s, and her reaction is priceless. Maybe this was the only thing they could find that looked bad on the adorable redhead. Maybe her best friend, Suze, secretly hated her. (Although in the book series, she’s an important society figure. I’m pretty sure they don’t make their friends look like clowns on acid at their weddings…) Costume designer Patricia Field (a la Sex and the City) explains she thought they looked like tropical flowers. We think it’s the worst wedding attire of all time!
2. Samantha Newhouse & Mandy Newhouse (Rachel Griffiths & Carrie Preston), My Best Friend’s WeddingJulia Roberts tries to break up her best friend’s wedding, when she realizes she’s been in love with him this entire time, but now she’s too late. To make matters worse, the young bride (played by Cameron Diaz) appoints her the new Maid of Honor. But at least she didn’t have to wear THIS. Beauties Rachel Griffiths and Carrie Preston (who both went on to be TV stars) are hardly recognizable in these bubble monstrosities. They play obnoxious cousins of the bride, and I guess she makes her feelings known about them by dressing them in these Easter egg explosions. Lavender and yellow never looked so ugly! Although, she didn’t do herself any favors in the bridal gown department either…
3. Cousin Nikki (Gia Carides), My Big Fat Greek Wedding Poor Toula. It was hard enough trying to get married in the first place, without her extended family almost ruining everything, but by the time the wedding arrives, her crazy relatives are still causing problems! Here is her cousin Nikki, sporting a seriously horrible polka-dotted bridesmaid gown. The skintight blue halter is adorned with roses, tulle, frizzy hair, too much cleavage, and a cross – obviously, this is a religious ceremony, after all. The dress looks like it’s straight out of the 1980s, just like the bride’s gown does, but this is seriously hideous. The bride didn’t even pick these horrible frocks – her family did, so the bridesmaids can only blame themselves for looking bad!
4. Ali & Lisa (Ashley Lilley & Rachel McDowall), Mamma Mia! Why does Amanda Seyfried’s character, Sophie, hate herself and her friends so much? This has to be the ugliest wedding in film history! It was hard digging up a secondary photo of her friends Ali and Lisa (played by Ashley Lilley and Rachel McDowall), so we had to use the wedding photo with Seyfried in it. All three gowns look like they were dug up in a thrift store, or honestly a children’s toy chest (possibly the point, as the bride is 20-years-old). All three girls are beautiful, and they look awful in their ensembles! Ugly wreaths in their hair, drab and shapeless beige lace dresses, and bouquets of weeds – if these girls weren’t smiling, they could double as Romans following Christ to his execution.
5. Scarlett (Charlotte Coleman), Four Weddings and a Funeral Hugh Grant’s crazy sister in this 1994 rom-com is played by the late Charlotte Coleman. She was hilarious, and as wild as her hair color, so it’s no surprise sticking her in a bridesmaid dress also ended in humor – she’s carrying her hairpiece with her, and loses the bow on her back, exposing her blue undies (pictured, below)! But what do you expect sticking a grown woman in a puffy pink gown, white tights and an enormous bow on her butt?! The bride is lucky her friends even showed up in these horrible gowns!
6. Annie, Rita, Megan, Becca & Helen, (Kristen Wiig, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper & Rose Byrne ) Bridesmaids “It’s a Fritz Bernaise,” Rose Byrne’s character, Helen Harris III, purrs while the funny girls of this 2011 film go for their first fitting. For the most popular movie about being a bridesmaid, you’d think Maya Rudolph’s character, Lillian, would have shown a little more consideration for her best friends, but she doesn’t, and listens to the snotty society girl instead. The result is this hideous, fictional French gown that costs a broke Kristen Wiig and her fellow maids a whopping $800! No wonder she throws up during their fitting! There’s too many layers, it’s bright purple and isn’t flattering on any the five pretty ladies! But then again, it is a comedy about being a bridesmaid… they can’t wear nice dresses!
7. Charlotte, Samantha & Miranda (Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall & Cynthia Nixon), Sex and the City This is a film based on the biggest television fashion icon, probably in history. Imagine our disappointment with Carrie’s wacky wedding dress, and then sticking her friends in these clashing mermaid messes by Zac Posen. All of Carrie’s girlfriends were in their 40s at this point, so it made sense not to put them in anything cutesy or revealing, but the four of them just look ridiculous in this scene. The gowns are too long, there’s way too many ruffles, and bright blue, black and fire engine red don’t exactly go together… especially when you’re having a lavish society wedding at the NYC Public Library. Yikes, we think part of the reason this film got so heavily criticized was for scenes like this in the 2008 film. Should have just kept things simple, like the early episodes of the HBO show..
8. Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl), 27 Dresses Based on some of the other dresses we’ve shown above, Jane probably doesn’t deserve to whine about how bad some of the frocks she’s had to wear are… Anyhow, she did have some terrible outfits to sport at 27 weddings, most of which are to theme weddings (who the heck is she hanging out with?!) Director Anne Fletcher talked of the difficulty making Katherine Heigl look bad, “No matter what the dress was, she still looked beautiful. So we’d just add more flowers, more tulle, a hat.” Mission accomplished, although Heigl still looks pretty cute, whether she’s in 1980s wear or dressed as a goth! 9. Serena Van Der Woodsen & Friends (Blake Lively), Gossip Girl We know Blair Waldorf is more likely to have frenemies in her bridal party than actual friends, so it’s pretty appropriate she only put her bestie, Serena Van Der Woodsen in an attractive gown (the $5,500 “Farrah” gown from Vera Wang’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collection), and the rest of her girls in these terrible cocktail dresses by, shockingly, also Vera Wang! They’re actually Vera Wang’s line for David’s Bridal called White, and retail for $198.00 – which would make Blair Waldorf shudder with horror haha… Buying off-the-rack dresses?! That would freak the Park Avenue Princess out like nothing else! Is that why she put her “friends” in them?! Hehe, good thing this wedding doesn’t go as planned…
10. Laura Rosen & Tripler (Katie Holmes & Malin Akerman) The Romantics This dress isn’t even that terrible, and the tall and beautiful Katie Holmes and Malin Akerman look good in just about anything, but this is what you pick for your bridesmaids to wear? It’s bad enough that her best friend, Lila (played by an irritating Anna Paquin) stole the love of her life, she’s making her dress bad, too?! In the book version, by Galt Niederhoffer (who also directed the 2010 film), the bridesmaids are confused by their ugly gowns. “Are they gray or pewter?” the girls wonder. “No, they’re tin, the color of her heart.” Costumer Danielle Kays actually did a stunning job with the film, and every outfit is awesome, until this one. She made sure that Lila looks just lovely on her wedding day in Amsale, while the rest of the WASPs look a little out of place. Kays went to a Neiman Marcus in New Jersey to find these dresses by Philip Lim. They aren’t bad for brunch or going to work in, but to attend an expensive seaside wedding? No, thank you!
In honor of Valentine’s Day this Thursday, we’ve created lists of our favorite, and least favorite, bridal wear on film! And what’s more romantic than a wedding?! (Probably a lifetime of commitment, but you usually have to get married first to do so!) Our first list is our Top 10 favorite vintage gowns on film.
1. Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright), The Princess Bride Technically, this is a made-up era (since it’s just a storybook), but it’s our absolute favorite old-fashioned wedding gown on film! Robin Wright played the title character of a fantasy novel being read to a tiny Fred Savage by his grandpa. Even if her dress is imaginary, it’s stunning nonetheless. Legendary costume designer Phyllis Dalton, who won Oscars for Henry V and Doctor Zhivago, created the medieval wardrobe for this 1987 film. Princess Buttercup is about to be married off to an evil prince, but her peasant-turned-pirate lover, Westley, interrupts to save the day! Her bridal gown is simply gorgeous. It’s an empire-waist gown of intricate pearl work and soft white flocked velvet with just a hint of blue. Accented by Wright’s flowing waves and probably the prettiest tiara of all-time, it’s no wonder two men are fighting over Buttercup! Plus, Andre the Giant gets to be her Maid of Honor! “As you wish…” <32. Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams), The Notebook Rachel McAdams looks good in anything you put her in, so it’s no surprise she looked impeccable as a 1940s lovelorn woman in this 2004 romance with former boyfriend, Ryan Gosling. (Watching this movie now breaks our hearts, because we just want them to reunite!) The clothing in this film was designed by Karyn Wagner. In this scene, Rachel’s character, Allie, is getting fitted for her wedding gown for her upcoming society nuptials and sees something in the newspaper that stuns her – the love of her life has completed his wish by refurbishing his formerly beat-up dream home. She’s the only part that’s missing is his soul mate, Allie Hamilton. This editor’s dream wedding gown is Pierce Brosnan’s wife Keely’s stunning lace gown from their 2001 Irish wedding, so I obviously loved the old-fashioned lace McAdams’ sports here. She may be getting fitted as a bride to another man, but she still looks gorgeous and straight out of the post-WWII era. Ugh, we don’t want to hear about another celebrity wedding unless it’s McAdams and Gosling eloping in the Carolina setting where they met.
3. Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn), Funny FaceThis is probably the most recognizable bridal look on our list. Here’s our icon, Audrey Hepburn, in the film Funny Face. She’s actually not getting married in this scene, but modeling a wedding dress in her new-found career. The tea length gown, delicate lace gloves, and tiny veil epitomize high-end bridal fashion of the 1950s. Legendary costume designer Edith Head, and longtime outfitter of the starlet Hubert de Givenchy created the clothing in this famous fashion film. (Fun Fact: Givenchy didn’t receive his due credit – or the Oscar that came with it – for his stunning work on Hepburn’s earlier film Sabrina, so for this 1957 movie, Hepburn personally made sure that Givenchy would receive a film credit. No wonder she remained one of his most loyal friends for the rest of their lives!)
4. Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt), The Young VictoriaThis movie is a dramatized version of the early years of the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria, and while not all the facts are correct, it’s still a great movie with a powerful performance by Emily Blunt as the title character. Costume designer Sandy Powell won her third Academy Award for her amazing work on this film, and based the the gown on the real queen’s dress. It’s described as, “An ivory duchess silk satin dress with antique lace detail as well as an ivory silk satin train with silk flowers sewn on. Finished with an antique cream silk lace veil.” With a flowered wreath upon her head, and adorned with royal jewels, it’s hard to believe these photos of Emily Blunt are from this decade! She and co-star Rupert Friend look right at home in their 19th century roles (pictured, below) as one of the most famous couples in history, Victoria and Albert, who are easy to root for.5. Maria Von Trapp (Julie Andrews), The Sound of Music The plot of this 1965 film sounds so ridiculous, it has to be true: an adventurous, freethinking and musically-inclined nun becomes a live-in tutor and nanny to a military captain’s seven unruly children, eventually breaking the rug-rats and bonds with them, decides to leave the church to become their full-time mother, after falling in love for their rigid father, and creates a family singing group. Oh! And they escape the Nazis! Sounds made-up, but it’s actually the incredibly true story of the Von Trapp Family, and it’s one of the greatest movies ever made. Julie Andrews plays the lead character, Maria, and when she marries Captain Von Trapp (played by the dashing Christopher Plummer), she doesn’t look so bad herself! Here, Maria is getting married on the cusp of World War II, but in reality, the couple was already married and on baby #3 by the time Hitler took power. This gown has a very 1930s/40s feel with the high collar and long sleeves, and the veil was an astounding fourteen feet long! Andrews makes one heck of a glamorous nun!
6. Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s ChestOne of Johnny Depp’s pirate movies certainly doesn’t seem like a likely candidate where a vintage wedding gown would be found, but Keira Knightley gets to sport a gorgeous gold ballgown in this Disney sequel! Costume designer Penny Rose created this stunning bridal outfit of golden silk taffeta and tons of beaded pearl work. Accented by a long white veil, a bouquet of calla lilies, and lots of raindrops, she makes one magical, and tragic, bride. The editors of The Costumer’s Guide to Movie Costumes wrote a lovely analysis of this memorable gown.7. Margaret “Clover” Russell (Angelina Jolie), The Good ShepherdThis film is about the birth of the Office of Strategic Services and its segue into becoming the CIA – not exactly a romance. Unfortunately, this wedding scene is also a bit of a sham. Without revealing too much, Matt Damon’s character is trapped into marriage by a classmate’s wild sister named Clover, played by Angelina Jolie. Interestingly enough, we’ve seen another beautiful costume Jolie wears in the 2006 film mentioned in top wedding dress lists, but it’s not her bridal gown. It’s the outfit she’s wearing when she meets Damon’s character for the first time. Here, she’s wearing a classic 1930s cream-colored gown with a slightly poofed shoulder and lovely satin buttons at the wrist. Costume designer Ann Roth commented, “I knew a lot of Clovers in my life. They went to finishing school; there was a glamor about them, but it was very homegrown.” Clover looks like a movie star, but in reality ends up having the personality of a hag! Poor Matt!
8. Cinzia Zaccardi (Sophia Loren), Houseboat In this 1958 film, Sophia Loren plays an Italian girl named Cinzia looking to get away from her overbearing father, and ends up living on a houseboat as a housekeeper, or a nanny, or whatever to widower Cary Grant and his three children. It’s actually pretty hilarious, despite being nearly 60 years old, and definitely worth renting. We’re pretty much ruining the ending by showing you this scene, but it seems Cary Grant’s character likes having an Italian sexpot with a smart mouth live on his houseboat, and they marry. Cinzia sports a beautiful, long-sleeved white lace gown, fitted at her tiny waist and adorned with satin white buttons down the front, accompanied by an elaborate head piece and a short veil. It’s very traditional-looking, and perfect for an Italian-American wedding during the 1950s. No surprise here, the stunning clothing Cinzia brings with her from Italy were designed by the legendary costume designer Edith Head. Fun Fact: During the filming of this comedy, Carlo Ponti obtained a divorce in Mexico from his first wife, and married Sophia Loren by proxy while she made the movie in Hollywood, even though Loren was actually dating co-star Cary Grant at the time! That must have made things awkward onset…9. Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley), The DuchessOne of our dedicated readers told us we should just feature Keira Knightley in period clothing, and for real – this girl can wear a dress. Any dress! Be it her stunning gown in Atonement, or costumes from the 19th century, this Brit looks drop dead gorgeous in anything. In this film, she plays Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, who is married young, and finds she’s much spunkier than her very cold husband. In reality, the Duchess was nicknamed the “Empress of Fashion,” in her day. Costume designer Michael O’Connor says of the 1700s dress, “It’s the second costume you see in the film – a creamy silk with lots of decoration. It’s a way of being flamboyant, but not as ostentatious as if she were married in the presence of the king and queen. It’s a grown-up dress; it says she’s apprehensive about her future.” Unfortunately the marriage seems to cause nothing but heartbreak for the rest of her life, but at least she has several beautiful daughters, and her vast interest in politics to keep her busy – as well as a steamy affair with future prime minister Charles Grey! Guess she really did have a passion for politics! 😉
10. Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst), Marie AntoinetteThis is another historical film about a European queen during her youth – although it doesn’t end as happily for Marie Antoinette as it does for Queen Victoria (the beheading puts a damper on things). The Austrian princess, played by Kirsten Dunst, is married off to the heir of the French monarchy, and lives a life of extreme luxury at her peasants’ expense. Her wedding was no exception. She dons this intricate 18th century gown, trimmed with gold, lace and bows – perfect, considering the bride was only fourteen-years-old in real life! The aesthetics of this Sofia Coppola movie are so beautiful, we’ll eventually write an article on all of the costumes featured in the 2006 film, but for right now we’re just showing her bridal wear. Italian costume designer Milena Canonero won her third Oscar for her historical and elaborate work on the movie.
“Let’s get Katniss Everdeen to her wedding in style.“ The Hunger Games is a novel about survival, starvation, torture and fighting to the death, yet apparently some people seem to find that very romantic! Several Hunger Games-themed bridal photo-shoots popped up before the premiere of the film last month, earmarking a huge trend to come surrounding the famous series. The Wedding Event Institute announced a contest called “The Wedding Games,” where 12 planners and stylists will compete to create the best Katniss-inspired wedding. (You think anyone notices the irony about turning a dystopian horror story into part of a competition that feeds the completely corporate and over-the-top billion-dollar wedding industry…?) Hmm, well irony aside, some of the elements could translate pretty well: table numbers by District number, incorporating the herbs rue and katniss, as well as dandelions and primroses into a bouquet (you could even use the wilted dandelions to blow the spores onto the couple, instead of throwing rice!), and, of course, putting the bride’s hair into a long braid. (Fun Fact: Traditional Irish brides wore braids, as they were a symbol of feminine power and luck. Hmm… you think Suzanne Collins did that intentionally?) You could also easily come up with an entire menu, based on the absence and abundance of food Collins describes in the series – you could serve Katniss’s favorite lamb stew with plums, “sugar berry” jam, fresh-baked bread (or even bread for each district, like the seaweed kind from District 4 that Peeta describes), Mellark bakery’s cheese and apple tarts, hot chocolate from the train, Primrose’s basil-wrapped goat cheese, pudding the color of honey, and, of course, a beautifully detailed wedding cake adorned with handcrafted sugar flowers – just like the ones Peeta Mellark made while working in his father’s bakery. (Damn, you could start a whole restaurant out of the delicious treats Suzanne Collins describes! Those were just the dishes we could remember!) All of the shoots incorporated the forest setting, which makes sense since that’s where Katniss hunts in District 12 and fights in when she’s in the arena. Each of the bridal models carried Katniss’s signature bow-and-arrow (considering that’s cupid’s weapon, that actually makes a lot of sense to incorporate that element). Green Wedding Shoes featured an adorable table setting with tree stumps for seats (pictured, above), and a bouquet of arrows in place of flowers (pictured, above left). We loved the stunning bright wildflowers and gorgeous table settings by Courtney Clarke Photography (pictured, below). Our favorite shoot was done by Stacie Shea Events (pictured, top and bottom). We found their use of berries, bread and bows-and-arrows to be the simplest, yet classiest. Their idea of having mini berry jams and tiny baker loaves as parting favors was particularly adorable (pictured, below), as well as recreating the Katniss and Peeta suicide pact (pictured, top left) that feels reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet (not that we’re encouraging it!) Each shoot included gorgeous wedding cakes decorated with mockingjays, but we’re surprised no one went with the descriptive passages Collins had written about Peeta’s beautiful floral handiwork on desserts. (We’re also surprised they didn’t include any gorgeous blonde grooms – guess these stylists and photographers were all Team Gale? Hehe. Although, a traditional wedding ceremony in District 12 features the bride and groom toasting bread – if the “girl on fire” and “the boy with the bread” marry, one would get toast…) Rustic wedding settings full of birch trees, evergreens and wildflowers do provide a naturally stunning venue, so it makes sense people might be drawn to creating a Hunger Games-esque wedding, but considering the amount of death and destruction that takes place over the series, we don’t think that was the message Suzanne Collins was trying to send… Katniss Everdeen is not a girl just trying to get a ring on it. Although, it’s not really fair for us to assume what the author would like, since all she ever wanted for her characters was happiness, and the prospect of hope. <3
theSkinnyStiletto had been on a bit of hiatus at the end of September, because one of our editors had been in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. over the last two weeks, and this gorgeous couple was one of the destinations! Here are Leigh and Jerry, a former “Tuesday Twosome,” on their wedding day in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This stunning bride looks like a magazine ad, but she is surprisingly not! Leigh wore a sophisticated high-neck gown with a plunging back and a fitted waist. The gentlemen seated at my table could not get over how much she resembled a J.Crew model! Leigh accessorized her look with a fabulous feather (pictured, insert left), strands of pearls wrapped around her wrist with matching drop earrings, and a bouquet of yellow flowers, which matched Jerry’s tie! His slick dark suit made this couple one posh pair! This beautiful photograph above was courtesy of the extremely talented Genevieve Stewart. Her work can be seen on her blog of the same name. The wedding was incredibly intimate and charming, and I feel absolutely blessed to have been a part of it. Here’s wishing Leigh and Jerry all the best! <3