If you or someone you know is getting married in the NYC area (or can get to the NYC area), there's a pretty spectacular sale you should know about. From now until April 16th, the Oscar de la Renta outlet at Woodbury Commons (the largest outlet center in the world) is selling bridal gowns, shoes, and accessories at 50-70% off retail.
Oscar de la Renta bridal gowns usually sell for $8,000-16,000 (or more!) and the shoes are often around $1,000. Some of the gowns at the outlet are from the Fall and Spring 2011 runway shows.
Obviously, bridal gowns are usually in sample sizes, but bridal has maintained traditional sizing over the years, so the size 8 gown below probably fits like a 4 or 6 in the inflated, mainstream sizing that we see at most stores today. You often wear two sizes "above" your street size when you move into design bridal.
Here's the ombre dress shown above when it went down the runway last spring:
Here's the dress on the far right in that first picture when it went down the runway as part of the Fall 2011, also last spring:
Another one, from the Spring 2011 this time: