Wedding Style Auf the Runway

Did you catch Project Runway last night?!! The designers' final challenge was to design a wedding dress and a bridesmaid dress. Holy Heidi hauteness! Don't worry, Tivoers; I won't reveal who got auf'd. But how could I resist reviewing the designs?

Let's go in the order of fug to fabulous:

1. Jerell's designs.  Say you got caught in the wedding aisle at Michaels in the middle of an earthquake.  And the glue gun you were going to buy with your 25% off coupon exploded, covering you with adhesive from head to toe.  And you had to climb through the rubble in order to reach the safety of the Martha Stewart aisle.  This is probably what you'd look like.

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Oh, and your maid of honor was there too.  Only she got caught in that special clearance aisle where they sell Grey Gardens-inspired table cloths for fortune tellers.

Love it?  Get your faux florals at Save on Crafts.

2. Korto's designs.  This dress screams: "Look, buddy, the salmon for the reception is not going to catch itself."

Love it?  Get  yours at Orvis.

Korto's bridesmaid dress is kind of cute, if not exactly couture.

Love it?  Get your flirtier BCBG version on Ebay:

3. Kenley's designs.  Okay, the girl's got the personality of nails on chalkboard, but she does flippin' adorable like nobody else.

Love it?  Get a real vintage fifties wedding dress at Tastyvintage:

Her bridesmaid dress is tres chic, but the Degas-blue color made me swoon!

Love it?  Pair this Danskin leotard from Discount Dance Supply with a flared skirt or the Bonzie bolero below:

4. Leanne's designs.  If Monique Lhuillier and Frank Gehry had a love child who happened to be a talented wedding gown designer, s/he would design something like this:

Love it?  Get Monique's more romantic version at Kleinfeld:

And the bridesmaid dress is, in a word, heavenly.

Love it?  Here's my rehearsal dinner dress, which is a Badgley Mischka with similar pleating in the skirt:

Love it in theory but not feeling the extra pleating around the buttocks?  Get these stunning shoulder wraps from Etsy seller Bonzie, which have a similar ethereal-meets-architectural vibe.

Which dress was your favorite? 

hisbirdie  – (October 9, 2008 at 11:33 AM)  

I LOVE Kenley's dress, but I'm a sucker for tea length wedding dresses. I also love Leanne's Bride's Maid dress - SUPER CUTE.

brendalynn  – (October 9, 2008 at 3:49 PM)  

hillarious post! somehow I missed the reveal on the runway last night, so thank you

Kenley's wedding dress & Leanne's bridesmaids are awesome...

Tara  – (October 9, 2008 at 4:49 PM)  

Tee hee hee, loved your descriptions.

I peeked at the Bryant Park collections several weeks ago, and thought that, if nothing else, Leanne could have a good career (a la Austin Scarlett) as a future wedding dress designer. Her general aesthetic could lead to some really cool wedding dresses!

Miss Hot Cocoa  – (October 10, 2008 at 8:51 PM)  

Did you guys know that Leanne has a store on Etsy? She sells under the name Leanimal. I can't wait to own my own Leanne original!

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