Yes, well-known fashion designer/writer/actor Carson Kressley (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) recently spent several hours advising brides-to-be about wedding dresses at Running of the Brides as part of a segment he's filming for Oprah.
11/3/11 - Filene's Basement has filed for bankruptcy . . . so sadly, this brings Running of the Brides to a halt. More details
However, after hearing Carson share his knowledge with the brides and give a lot of wonderful wedding gown advice, I became a huge fan - so I'm passing on some of his best tips and words of design wisdom.
Carson's advice: "A designer dress is lovely . . . but this experience is all about getting the dress you love."
Filene's Basement brings together many famous-designer gowns for this event, and it's easy for brides to get distracted by the label. In a nutshell, Carson's tip is: Don't!!!
One bride-to-be asked, "Is white the best color?"
"No," said Carson. "Flesh tone is best. You don't have to worry about it showing, and everyone's focus stays on your dress - and you."
"If you're petite," Carson advised, "go for a simple gown. Too much detail or frou-frou will overwhelm you."
"Since you're tall and slim," he told another bride, "you'll look great in a mermaid-style design."
"When you get a discount gown," Carson explained, "You should expect to spend a little more on alterations - but it's so worth it!"
Carson really worked his magic when showing brides how to customize their gowns.
"This gown is great for you," he told one bride, "but it needs a little something along the top, something to give subtle interest and balance the other trim. Use the bow that's already here, and undo it - spread it out and applique it all across the top of the gown. It won't cost much to have this done - and it'll make all the difference."
Another bride found a perfect gown . . . except for the bands of pink. She wanted lavender instead, and told him she planned to search for another gown.
"That's not necessary," said Carson. "All you have to do is remove the pink and add the color you want. Wait right here - I'll get some lavender ribbon or something and show you."
He sprinted across the room, returning a few minutes later with a lavender dress. "This was all I could find, but see how you can use something like this to add the touch of color you want?"
We all watched with fascination as he demonstrated how to make the transformation.
Running of the Brides is always a special event, but Carson made the August 2010 event even more memorable with his great ideas and creative advice.
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