The 2005 Modern Bride 25 Trendsetters of the Year…PLUS – Today’s hottest trends in fashion, beauty, receptions and travel

Vera Wang, Wolfgang Puck and Serena Bass Among the Honorees Featured in the Magazine’s June/July ‘Trends’ Issue

NEW YORK, April 18 /PRNewswire/ — The June/July 2005 Modern Bride features the 25 people who have shaped, influenced, re-imagined and, in general, sent the world of weddings to a whole new level of hipness. For the second year, Modern Bride editors have picked truly unique and gifted individuals whose talents will be talked about (and imitated) for years to come. The honorees are not only the best in their respective fields, but they each have managed to help rethink how the world views the bridal industry. From a catering legend whose name is synonymous with post-Oscar bashes to a mother and daughter team who travel the country as wedding dress philanthropists, Modern Bride found the cutting-edge people who are ahead of the curve and setting the trends.

The list of Modern Bride’s 25 Trendsetters of the Year (in no particular order):

1. Dress design doyenne Vera Wang (New York City)
2. Catering legend Wolfgang Puck (Los Angeles)
3. Serena Bass, celebrated caterer and hostess (New York City)
4. Hairmaster to the stars, stylist Danilo (Los Angeles)
5. Event-design guru Mindy Weiss (Los Angeles)
6. Invitation innovator Christine Kay Traulich (Epping, NH)
7. Trish Grady, shoe goddess (New York City and Palm Beach, FL)
8. Inspiring interfaith minister, Kim Kirkley (Brooklyn, NY)
9. Crackerjack wedding planners, Elizabeth K. Allen, Jung Lee, & Josh
Brooks (New York City)
10. Ariella Chezar, Freeform florist (Saratoga Springs, NY and the
Berkshires, MA)
11. Happening honeymoon planner, Priscilla Alexander (New York City)
12. Terry deRoy Gruber, trailblazing wedding photographer (New York City)
13. Nadja Swarovski, countess of crystals (London and New York City)
14. Event producer extraordinaire, Randi Pellegrini (Beverly Hills)
15. Male grooming guru, John Allan Meing (New York City)
16. Fran Hansen & Anna Nelson, mother & daughter wedding dress
philanthropists (Portland, OR)
17. Takeo & Shintaro Okamoto, father & son ice carving artists (New York
18. Pop florists and event designers, David Stark & Avi Adler (Brooklyn,
19. David Chang, international wedding DJ (New York City)
20. Creative cake baker, Sam Godfrey (Napa Valley, CA)
21. Divine event designer, Tara Guerard (Charleston, SC)
22. Anne Carullo, Estee Lauder beauty pro (New York City)
23. Cheesecake Queen, Susan Morgan (Half Moon Bay, CA)
24. Hans Xu, registry revolutionary (Greenwich, CT)
25. Nico De Swert, floral fantasist (New York City)

Also in the June-July Modern Bride annual “Trends” issue:

Fashion Trends

* Simpler styles-such as strapless sheaths-are featuring one bold detail
like a vintage-style brooch.

* Colorful petticoats are adding whimsy to bridal gowns.

* Ribbon details are hugely popular, especially on the waist or hips of

* Fine-feathered trends are now hitting the bridal scene with dainty
plumes accenting everything from dresses and shoes to purses and hair.

* Fashion-forward shrugs and capelets give brides a chic, sophisticated

Beauty Trends

* The natural look is big; brides are staying away from foundations with
too much matte or shimmer and going for instead for a fresh, barely
made-up face.

* Pastel eye shadows in baby-blue, lavender and grassy green are

* Thin-brows are out; a fuller style that widens the eyes is in.

* Hot getaway-inspired colors-especially fuchsia, coral and violet-are
showing up on honeymoon ready toes.

* Cappuccino, caramel and buttery blonde are the hottest shades in hair
color, both for highlights and all over; they warm up the skin tones
and result in a more natural look.

Reception Trends

* Flowers – Highlighting the bouquet as an accessory, many florists are
adding wired rhinestones or crystal accents to the flowers, or dimply
adhering them to petals, for sparkle.

* Decor – Everyone is getting the head of the table treatment these days
with all guests being seated at a long, banquet-style tables.

* Food – For foodies, tastings are a popular alternative to traditional
menus, with four or five smaller courses replacing the usual three-or
an entree made of two or more main items, rather than one.

* Beverage – For a new take on the signature drink trend, couples are
serving chilled shots, such as iced Limoncello in square shot glasses.

* Entertainment – The acoustic guitar is jazzing up ceremonies, in place
of the more typical flute, piano or small string ensemble.

Travel Trends

* Wedding gifts to go – Online honeymoon registries are letting couples
enjoy a wish list of fantasy perks. Some of the most popular: Starwood
hotels (, Sandals resorts (via and adventure outfitter Mountain Travel Sobek

* Two for the Road – More and more couples are embracing the idea of
going on adventure honeymoons and travel companies are catching on. No
longer the province of solo travelers, now lovebirds looking for an
exotic itinerary can travel as a duo courtesy of companies like
Destinations & Adventures International ( and Travcoa

* The gang’s all here! – For honeymooners planning a destination wedding
and are social butterflies, bringing friends and family along on the
honeymoon helps to prolong the party. Hey, not everyone needs privacy!

Modern Bride June/July 2005 issue is available April 19, 2005. For more information go to

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