Two of the world’s most recognizable style icons. Two enviably incredible couture wedding gowns.

With the world still aflutter from admiring Kate Middleton’s royal wedding day wonder, and with my own nuptials looming, it seems only natural to delve a bit deeper into the most glamorous days of these two designers’ lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s start chronologically. Mrs. Berman married in 1997, wearing a di-vine Isaac Mizrahi creation. She shared on her hit Bravo TV show that she came up with the idea before she even had the ring, and mentioned in the car to her future hubby and baby daddy that if they got married, she wanted to wear the dress on the cover of Vogue (Isaac’s dress was on the cover in red on Amber Valetta, sharing the cover with Shalom Harlow) That night, she got the rock, and soon after, she got the dress.

The satin gloves and tiara just scream ‘90’s, but for a 25-year old style novice, Rachel seems to have created her own fairytale princess moment. No wonder she has become one of the most watched celebrity stylists, and designer in her own right, creating her fashion empire along the way. It’s as if everything she touches turns to gold like her beloved bangles.

 

Two years later, in June of 1999, Victoria Adams walked down the aisle in a hugely publicized event. The opulent affair rivaled the weddings of royalty, which according to British tabloids, “Posh and Becks” in fact were. To make the day even more adorable, their four-month-old Brooklyn served as the ring bearer. Victoria’s day was the epitome of European elegance: she strutted (oh you know she strutted) down the aisle in a dazzling Vera Wang with a 20-foot train, supported by custom-made shoes created just for the occasion by Manolo Blahnik. She also embraced the ‘90’s trend of regal headgear, although she upped the ante a bit by donning an 18-carat crown as opposed to a demure, bridal tiara.

 

Both Rachel and Victoria enjoyed the royal treatment on their wedding day, with custom-made couture, headpieces dripping in diamonds, and footwear on par with Miss Middleton. It is no wonder they both went on to have incredibly successful careers in fashion.

 

I will not be walking down the aisle in shoes made just for me, but they are Louboutins all the same. My dress was custom-made for my measurements, even if it didn’t land the cover of a magazine. I won’t be donning a tiara or a crown, shockingly enough; I’ll be content with the gardenia gracing my hair. But every bride has her own style, and deserves to feel her very best on her wedding day. That’s what I’m focusing on for my bridal gown inspiration: my own interpretation of all the gorgeous wedding dresses displayed during the years, with my own unique style and comfort of the day.

 

Both fashion empresses (and brand new mamas) set a standard of bridal styles of the rich and fabulous, and we mere mortals can only attempt to emulate and idolize their examples. Isn’t that what great fashion is all about?

 

Oui, c’est magnifique. 

 

Media Credits:

Rachel Zoe photo courtesy of nymag.com

Victoria Beckham photo courtesy of latestcelebrities.com

Rachel Zoe wedding photo courtesy of amouramour.com

Victoria Beckham wedding photo courtesy of bridalwave.tv

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