These Gowns Are Real Gems



When it’s your turn to shine, there’s no brighter choice than a gown gleaming with crystals and shimmering with pearls. And whether you want a hint of glint or a heap of high-beam intensity, one of these elegant selections will certainly light your fire.

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Photography by Darryl Estrine

Text and Fashion Editing by Catherine Censor

Fashion Stylist: Nelly Adham

Model: Tara Stiles, Ford Models

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Hair: Aysen Hurriyet of Demirjian Salon, White Plains

Makeup: April Dawson of Demirjian, White Plains

Model: Rashida Harris, Wilhelmina Models

Hair & Makeup: Angela Huff

Flowers: Daniel Florals and Events,       Port Chester

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Location: Reid Castle at Manhattanville College, Purchase


a many splendored thing




Strapless embroidered, beaded ball gown with silk organza skirt of sequined “leaves” by Platinum for Priscilla of Boston. Available at Fontana Bridal, Scarsdale ? $13,000.

Accessories: Necklace, Fontana Bridal Salon, Scarsdale; Bracelet, Club Monaco, White Plains; Shoes (see cover), Manolo Blahnik, available at Neiman-Marcus, White Plains


flickering by candlelight




This embroidered, strapless, satin A-line gown featuring embroidery, bow accents and appliqués is worn over an embroidered lace illusion bodysuit. “Lovey Dovey” by Reem Acra. Available at House of Botticelli, Bronxville, and Reem Acra, New York City ? $7,245

Accessories: Handbag by Judith Leiber, Neiman-Marcus, White Plains ? $3,695


A Shining Example



The drop-waist bodice on this strapless, peau de soie gown is exquisitely detailed with Swarovski crystals. The box-pleated skirt has hand-embroidered swirls and vines and an elegant chapel train. Style 9267, by St. Pucchi Couture. Available at Bridal Reflections, New York City ? $13,250

Accessories: Necklace, stylist’s own; hair ornament, Fontana Bridal Salon


On Crystal Wings



French lace spaghetti strap sheath with jeweled butterfly motif by Pnina Tornai Exclusively for Kleinfeld. Available at Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City ? $13,000

Accessories: Earrings, Fontana Bridal Salon, Shoes, “Twistee” by Stuart Weitzman, available at Neiman-Marcus ? $298


lit-up lace



This long sleeved, body-skimming ivory lace gown is completely covered with glowing beads. Style “Debora” by Valentino for Pronovias. Available at Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City ? $14,910

Accessories: Mother of Pearl ring by Steven Dweck, Neiman-Marcus, White Plains ? $490; 18-karat gold pearls-in-motion necklace and platinum, diamond, and 10mm South Seas pearl drop earrings by Mikimoto Pearls, Wilson & Son Jewelers, Scarsdale, and Mount Kisco ? $2,150 and $9,500


frosted roses



Silk satin ball gown with sweetheart jeweled bodice, pick up skirt, and jeweled floral accents by Pnina Tornai Exclusively for Kleinfeld. Available at Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City ? $18,000.

Accessories: Hair ornament and earrings from Fontana Bridal Salon, Scarsdale


glowing goddess



Empire silk chiffon gown of gathered layers with crisscross beaded bodice detail. “The It Dress” by Reem Acra, available at House of Botticelli, Bronxville and Reem Acra, New York City ? $4,950

Accessories: Hair ornament, Fontana Bridal Salon, Scarsdale; Necklace, Wilson & Son Jewelers, Scarsdale and Mount Kisco



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