Last nights MET Ball in New York provided the usual frock-spotting frenzy, with supermodels and designers, actresses and musicians pulling out all the stops to make their entrance on the red carpet. Theres nothing that Team ELLE love more than scrolling through beautiful gowns and choosing their favourites, but this year I had my eyes peeled for something else bridal inspiration.
My almost-did-a-small-squeak hands-down favourite was Ashley Greene in custom Donna Karan. The Twilight actress is a vision in the jewel-encrusted silk chiffon gown, which is beautifully draped and features a romantic off-shoulder detail and light-as-air chiffon train. How spectacular would you feel drifting down the aisle in that?
Elsewhere I divided the potential bridal gowns into three camps: the romantic bride, the sexy bride and the fashion bride. Leading the way in the romantic camp is Lily Collins, who was nothing short of a confection in Valentino. This look could be copied from head to toe, from her youthful up-do and simple make up to the pretty little bow perfectly defining her waist.
Amy Adams also fits into the romantic camp, in an asymmetric Giambattista Valli gown. Again, layers of gossamer chiffon add to the girlish effect, and Amy too chose to define her waist with a bow, this time metallic. Could we see this taking off as a matrimonial trend?
Brides hoping to look sexy on their big day should take a leaf out of Scarlett Johanssons book: her Dolce & Gabbana gown is nothing short of va-va-voom with its off-shoulder neckline and curve-hugging bodice.
Camilla Belles sex appeal is less Jessica Rabbit, more Jean Harlowe. Her Ralph Lauren gown was one of my favourites at the event, with its dramatic low-cut back and sheer detail contrasting wonderfully with the richly embellished silver.
Those brides wishing to make a fashion statement on their wedding day could find inspiration in Claire Danes J. Mendel gown, which she dressed up with a 60s beehive and a simple turquoise clutch.
Or for a summer wedding, would you dare to try Gwyneth Paltrows fresh and flirty Prada number? A wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen (especially whilst bending forward to sign the register) I nonetheless admire her for pulling off such an abbreviated number with such aplomb.