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Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s the hottest wedding gown for fall? Choosing the perfect wedding dress is never easy, but provides everything a prospective bride needs to make an informed decision. Unveiling the most extensive web collection of Fall 2006 Runway wedding dresses-including intricate close-ups of each gown- cordially invites you to view the latest in bridal fashion. Though this fall offers the most enchanted line of wedding dresses yet, with resources like these, it won’t be to hard to find the fairest of them all.

Within the first few clicks, the exquisite workmanship that’s gone into each designer’s fall wedding gown collection becomes apparent. The top ateliers have toiled amid a flurry of seamstresses and tailors to create regal ball gowns fit for marital bliss. The result? The most starkly dramatic, bejeweled, and theatrical wedding dresses. This bounty of bridal dresses beckons one and all to fall’s sultry ball, no glass slippers necessary.

Indeed, magic is the order of the day for fall bridal fashion. From heavy-metal heroines to shipwrecked sea sirens,’s fall 2006 runway images captures wedding dresses glazed in fairy tale whimsy,. View models alternately swaying and gliding in glittery bodices and exaggerated trumpet skirts as brings you runway-close.

And now, here’s just a few ways fashion’s top wedding dress designers spun straw into gold this season:

The first hint of glint is found in the new color trends. Preppie green and cake-frosting pink melt away as gold, silver, and the most electric shades of robin’s egg blue ignite fall’s bridal gowns for looks that are fresh, eccentric and mesmerizing. These colors are most noticeable in the deliciously original offerings of Justina McCaffrey and Claire Pettibone.

Patterns too, undergo a metamorphosis this season. Last season’s sweet cupcake ruffles intensify to outrageous rivulets of flounce and circumstance when under the magic touch of wedding maven Vera Wang.

But through the vivid depictions of virtual runway, it becomes clear the real pattern trendsetter for fall isn’t floral at all. Rather it’s the boldly geometric, ethnic motifs best demonstrated by Lebanese rainmaker Reem Acra. When it comes to acres of tangy, vivacious patterns, decadent fabrics and etchings so intricate they resemble tapestries, there’s no doubt Acra is at the helm.

But what’s a good fairy tale without some enchanting jewels? Via’s magic mirror, one can watch as last season’s girlish pearls darkly turn to heavy glistening silvers. These precious metals encrust bodices and bands like elegant armor, as costume jewelry clings like crustaceans for a drippingly beautiful effect.

This jeweled trend is perhaps nowhere more evident than in this season’s centerpiece: the bride’s back. No doubt there’s something magical about a seemingly plain dress that, when pirouetted, reveals a booty of beads, a giant bow that streams from the hips to the tips of the toes, or the low clusters of gaping roses that replace spring’s blushing buds.

Last but not least, no magic show would be complete without a disappearing, reappearing act. In light of the fall’s overtly womanly look, even the most traditional ateliers aren’t adverse to a flash of flesh, a now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t moment. In the time it takes to pull a rabbit out of a hat, thick fabrics give way to sheer panels that swing like doors, obscuring and exposing in time. Sheer cleavage and daring frontal slits abound, adding spice to superstition for a look that is exultantly adult.

Ethnic touches such as Carolina Herrera’s Spanish motifs, the new stark designs, and blatant high-fashion touches make this batch of ball gowns the most evocative and original in years. With wedding dresses like these, who needs a fairy godmother?

The moment you find your dream wedding gown is nothing short of magic. Your tingly sensation awaits at

About is a leading online resource for wedding planning. The site offers expert advice about everything from wedding dresses and cakes to jewelry and etiquette. BRIDES magazine is the leading Bridal publication in America, published by the Fairchild Bridal Group.


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Beth Goode