Tuesday September 20 2011.


The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards have provided a rather welcome break (a big glam, star filled one) from the end of summer doldrums. Bijou brides I spied two key trends that may influence your wedding day look – an epidemic of celeb bodies draped in red and dazzling sequin patterned gowns.  There were also key lessons to be learnt from the red carpet fails!


The colour of love was the break away star of the Emmy Award red carpet but for me Lea Michele wore it best, possibly because she wore Marchesa a guaranteed head turner.

Kate Winslet wore Elie Saab, keeping it simple in her fitted fail safe style.  Whilst E! host Giuliana Rancic, with perhaps more red carpet experience than the stars themselves, opted for fishtail Roberta Cavalli.  If you were paying attention to last week’s NYFW trend report you’ll know mermaid and fishtail shapes are going to be huge.  Another celeb to embrace the trend early was Modern Family’s Sofia Vergera, a real life Jessica Rabbit, wearing a one shoulder Vera Wang gown.

Bijou brides, red is a fantastic shade to work into your bridal style not least because of its symbolism.  


Pale shades of grey remain dominant in the wardrobes of our red carpet sirens, perhaps a sign of the winter ice maidens to come.  Julia Stiles and Madmen’s Christina Hendricks were simply stunning in Georges Hobeika and Johanna Johnson respectively.

Patterned embellishment was also key as Cat Deeley demonstrated in Monique Lhuillier and Maria Bello in starburst Kaufmanfranco.  Bijou brides be bold with your sparkle accents.


Bijou brides there are lessons to be learnt from celebrity red carpet blunders.  Boardwalk Empire pin up Paz De La Huerta is by no means an ugly duck but this is the result of a major make-up and sun bed fail.  If you plan to be tanned for your wedding, have a practice run and tie it in to your make up trial.  Take a girlfriend and ask her to take photos of you in different light settings afterwards.  This will allow you to check that the look is exactly what you dreamt of and not a bridal nightmare.

It is undeniable that Gwyneth Paltrow has a banging body but this odd Pucci crop top and skirt ensemble does nothing for it.  Sack the stylist.  The pattern of the lace makes her breasts look droopy whilst the too short crop top with the high waisted maxi skirt throws out her proportions making our Gwyneth appear shapeless.