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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ --

Hot off the runways of Bridal Market Week in New York City are the new looks for 2001 from top fashion designers. -- the web's #1 wedding planning resource and premier authority on bridal fashion -- is sharing these exciting new styles with brides around the world weeks before the dresses reach the pages of bridal magazines or local bridal salons. is the first to provide a comprehensive online report on the latest trends, including more than 500 photos of new gowns, headpieces, veils, shoes, and other accessories. Today, brides can log on to view the bridal collections of fashion's most well-known designers who are showing a gamut of styles for next season -- some gowns rich in details, some lavish in ornamentation, others classic in silhouette, and many in icy new colors. showcases 2001's top trends:

Regal Opulence and Adornment

After a decade of understated bridal fashion (epitomized by Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's famous "slip dress" wedding gown), bridal fashion is moving back towards the extravagant and ornate with grand ornamentation and embellishment. Models came streaming down the runways in "Belle Epoque" style gowns -- full-skirted, sweeping gowns comprised of yards of rich fabrics, fanciful corsets, bustles and hoops. Elaborate ornamentation in the form of beading, pearls, sequins and detailed embroidery suggest that, for now, opulence reigns.

The Return of Sleeves

After seasons of strapless or nearly strapless dresses dominating bridal fashion, designers are showing more gowns with real sleeves in all shapes and sizes. Depending on how much coverage a bride wants, she can choose from an abundance of options, from three-quarter sleeves reminiscent of Jackie Kennedy's White House years to bohemian-inspired bell-shaped sleeves. This spring, savvy designers are giving brides sleeve options in answer to weather concerns and religious conventions.

Newest Necklines

The reemergence of sleeves means that necklines are changing too. Halters are hot in ready-to-wear, and top-name designers are finding ways to adapt the popular neckline style into their newest bridal fashions. Shown in a variety of styles -- bib front, deep v-necks, triangles -- the halter is a great alternative for the bride who wants a little more coverage and a fresh alternative to strapless. The trendy neckline allows for a very stylish bare look without going too far.

Ice and Metallic Colors

A little frost arrives this spring as wedding gowns turn icy in shimmery pale pinks and cool baby blues reminiscent of crisp winter landscapes. While some gowns are an overall pale hue, others feature colorful details or layers of tulle in ice or metallic colors. For the bride who favors a richer palette but still wants to shine, many designers featured dresses in striking gold and platinum shades as well as creamy white and ivory gowns with metallic accents.

Unique Embellishments

Brides who are looking for a fun and sophisticated way to show their style on the big day can look to two new favorites to jazz up their gowns: flowers and feathers. These unique embellishments, that appear on all parts of the gown -- at the neckline, at the hem, on the sleeves -- inspire a fresh and whimsical approach to bridal gowns.

To be one of the first to glimpse 2001's exciting, new Bridal Fashions, including designs by Vera Wang, Richard Tyler, Carolina Herrera, Amsale, Jim Hjelm, Bill Levkoff and many more, enter the 'Fashion' section at

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