And the bride wore … who cares — is that her mother?
When Ilene heard that her daughter was getting married, her first call was to the Vivaldi boutique on the Upper East Side, where the 50-something mom had outfitted herself for all four of her kids’ mitzvahs for years.
“I knew right away I wasn’t going to do a typical mother-of-the-bride dress,” says Ilene, an attorney who asked not to use her last name for professional reasons. “I wear really short skirts, and I don’t care. I feel good about myself — I do what I want.”
She decided on a $5,000 slinky, hot-pink gown from Ysa Makino with side cutouts and a plunging low back.
“This is me — this is how I’ve always been,” she says of her daring and risqué look. “The reaction I got from most people initially was, ‘Your daughter let you wear that?’ ”
The answer is yes.
Sexy mothers-of-the-bride dresses are forgoing stereotypical, dowdy duds and matronly gowns that mask their figures in favor of bombshell pieces that might look more at home painted on a red-carpet ready Kardashian than at a church wedding.