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Trendwatch: Mother-of-the-Bride Gowns Get Glam

What’s a mother to wear to the wedding? Rule #1—ban dowdy, muted tones from her fashion vocabulary. Today’s top Moms are proud, confident, and want a little star appeal of their own! Hanne Hartnell of Hartnell boutique in Santa Monica understands. Her custom-made gowns and coordinating wraps are favored by women of all shapes, sizes, and ages for their flattering fit and luxurious fabric … and they’re available in virtually every color of the rainbow.

What hues are hot for Mama? “For fall, mothers of the bride are choosing elegant, vibrant colors,” says Hanna. “They love amethyst, mahogany, and rose sorbet.” If you’re shopping now for a spring ’09 wedding, then give your mom and mom-to-be this yummy fashion forecast: “Apricot, peach, lemon and golden olive hues will be en vogue,” says Hanna. “These shades are especially light and lovely for garden weddings.

Designer Beverley Siri of Siri Boutique in San Francisco is also a firm believer in stylish MOBs. In fact, many of her creations are named for movie stars, like the drop-waist Hepburn dress topped with Ingrid Bergman jacket in Wedgewood blue. Siri’s rich, jewel-toned ensembles are sophisticated choices for weddings or nights at the opera. You may plan on having your wedding dress cleaned, pressed, and enshrined in the corner of your closet for eternity—but Mom is going to want to whip out her own glam gown for every possible special occasion! And if she wears a Siri or Hartnell, she surely will look fabulous.

Photo courtesy of Hanna Hartnell

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