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Many trends begin in New York and this one is no exception.Society brides have been walking down the aisle in vintage frocks thatvary from traditional and tame to wild and wacky. Vintage dresses often winwomen over with their attention to detail and these two are no exceptions. Wefell in love with this antique white boucle Chanel day suit from the mid-50s withtraditional appliqué on the sleeves and classic gold lion-stamped buttons with anA-line skirt with open vent to the knee. For those who prefer a gown, DesignerConsigner carries several including an off-white silk cotton pique a-linedress that pairs with cropped French style jacket with satin puff sleeves. Thisdarted dress has a bouquet of pleats gathered in the front to create a feminineshape and a pearlized lapel with little pearl studs. Available at DesignerConsigner, 1919 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. (202) 296-2610.
If you’ve been wondering what all the talk about gyro is around Washington,it’s not a come-back of the Greek wrap sandwich. It is the latest infitness trends popping up at two of Washington’smost luxurious health clubs. Long-time favorite Sports Club/LAat 1170 22 nd Street, NW (202.974.6600) just began offeringGyrokinesis, which incorporates many key principles from yoga,dance, pilates, gymnastics and tai-chi. The soon-to-open studioinfinity at 2200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (202.333.0663)will be Washington’s first GYROTONIC® studio and featuresthe highest standard of instruction and treatments to continuallyexpand your body’s capabilities and to broaden your mind. Thisis a perfect way for brides and grooms to breathe, relax and slimdown before the big day.
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We will resist the urge to blame thesudden trend of non-white diamond engagement rings on anyone celebrity, but pink, blue and most off all canary diamondshave been flying off the shelves at some of Washington’s finestjewelers. Classic cuts paired with colored diamonds make astriking first impression, one that is certain to elicit a “Yes, Iwill.” 4.0ct fancy yellow radiant cut diamond with 2 trillient cutdiamonds on sides, all set in platinum mounting, available atBoone & Sons Jewelers, (301) 657-2144.
Vera Wang Forever:
Vera Wang is an icon of wedding day glamour and her current collection iscutting-edge yet classic with its use of draping andasymmetrical shirring. One of her most popular looksis the modified mermaid, which is fitted to the kneethen flares. The dress at left, $3150, features thisfit in ivory Mikado and has a gathered bodice anddetachable self-belt. Her Luxe collections, priced from$6,000 to $18,000, are filled with A-Line shapes,and lace and sheer funnelnecks with illusion over theshoulder. Be among the first to preview Vera Wang’sSpring/Summer 2004 bridal collection May 29 toJune 1. Available at the Vera Wang Bridal Boutique at Saks Jandel. (202) 337-4200.
The new slogan for Neiman Marcus’ bridal registry is an allusionto both the ease they are promising leading up to the momentous day and to thecopious amounts of luxury goods available to betrothed couples. Experienced bridalconsultants will help couples select traditional items such as china and crystal, as well asunique accents for the home from Raynaud, Hermes, Christofle, Haviland (pictured aboveand left). You can view and update your registry anytime, and post changes instantly.What makes the registry even more rewarding is that brides earn points from all giftspurchased for them from their NM registry. As if the gifts themselves were not fabulousenough, you can also redeem your garnered points for more gifts! (888) 462-4725.