Red carpet bridal inspiration

Gowns fit for a bride

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By Patricia Campbell

As the Oscars brings the glittering LA awards season to a close, take a look back at the best bridal-esque looks spotted so far on the red carpet in 2013...

The ballgown
What bride wouldn’t want to waft down the aisle in the romantic Christian Dior ballgown Jennifer Lawrence chose to wear as she collected her 2013 Oscar for Best Actress?
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Jennifer Lawrence wears Christian Dior to the 2013 Oscars
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The fishtail
At the 2013 Golden Globes, Amy Adams and Megan Fox looked resplendent in their elegant fishtail gowns. The figure-hugging silhouette exudes old school glamour and remains a popular choice for brides.
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Amy Adams wears Marchesa to the Golden Globes 2013
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Megan Fox wears Dolce & Gabbana to the Golden Globes 2013

Timeless lace

Soft, romantic and delicate: flattering lace will always be high on the bridal agenda. If you don’t want to go down the Grace Kelly / Kate Middleton demure lace sleeve route, take inspiration from Naomi Watts’ silk strapless gown by Marchesa, with its delicate lace overlay.

Naomi Watts wears Marchesa to the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards
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At the other end of the lace scale, is this transparent Zuhair Murad number (a favourite designer of Kristen Stewart), a full length, long sleeved look that’s a daring experiment in sheer panelling.

Jennifer Lopez wears Zuhair Murad to the Golden Globes 2013

Artisan detail

So often it is artisan embellishment – such as a delicate scattering of pearls and beading – that can really make an ivory gown sing. At the 2013 Oscars, both Kristen Stewart’s Reem Acra and Amanda Seyfried’s Alexander McQueen gowns were high on detail – with intricate, hand-finished appliqué working to create a soft, dreamlike quality.

Kristen Stewart wears Reem Acra to the 2013 Oscars
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Amanda Seyfried wears Alexander McQueen to the 2013 Oscars
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Pared back simplicity

Every bride is different - and for some, a simple, well-cut style in rich, quality silk has the power to fulfil their every wedding dress reverie. Look to classic beauty Anne Hathaway for your inspiration, who strode out at both the Golden Globes 2013 and the Oscars in elegant gowns, devoid of pomp and ceremony.

Anne Hathaway wears Chanel to the Golden Globes 2013

Anne Hathway wears Prada to the 2013 Oscars

Which red carpet gown gets your vote?

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