Financial headlines about Standard _ Poor’s downgrading Italy’Weddings Dresses s credit rating a notch doesn’t exactly make the best backdrop for Milan Fashion Week. Not that the Milanese have ever been ones to sacrifice quality in the face of hard times (just look at the numbers of shoppers carrying designer shopping bags on via Montenapoleone.) Gucci kicked off the week with a collection that oozed luxury and was almost entirely dedicated to decadent evening dressing. Frida Giannini’s clothes (which she called Hard Deco) were dipped, embroidered, and accented with gold. It appeared everywhere: as buttons lining an ankle slit on trousers, bands of hardware around drop-waist dresses, the embroidery on a jacket and as the tip on a pointy-toed stiletto, to name just a few of a boat load of examples. It was Gucci at its flashiest and in a way seemed totally out of touch with the world. a line wedding dresses But then again, the price of gold is expected to spike to $2,000 an ounce by the end of this year due to its status as a foolproof investment in rocky financial times. A coincidence? Frida's no fool. –Kenya Hunt

Retailers carrying the Mac Duggal fall collection will soon have the catalog available for customers to view in stores. There are several new collections in the fall catalog. Among them is the Sugar collection, suitable for little girls in pageants and as flower girls, sizes 5 to 15. Two other Mac Duggal lines, the Cassandra Stone celebrity wedding dresses II and Fabulous, are specially designed for plus size teens and young ladies, sizes 14W to 30W.

"Beautiful girls come in all sizes, so that's why we create plus size dresses," said Chicago designer Mac Duggal. "We make them for many occasions, including prom, pageants, couture and homecoming."

Luckily, Philadelphia brides can now meet with Owen in her totally gorgeous, wedding dresses with color vintage-y, Anthro-y Queen Village studio and peruse the blue glass mason jars, milk-glass vases and mercury vessels into which she’ll place organic, natural-looking arrangements of rarely seen blooms. (Owen and her team can take care of your custom linens, too.) She wants your wedding to look like you—she’ll just lend her skills to help you get there.

Centerpiece of Majolica spray and Vendela roses, Tetra anemone, dusty miller, silver brunia and seeded eucalyptus in an antique-silver mercury vase, starting at $125, created by Sullivan Owen, 510 discount bridesmaid dresses Bainbridge Street, 215-964-9790,