Archive for September 2012

Ahh! So Award Season has officially come to an end, and men and women all over the world can finally breathe a sigh of relief (and let their bellies out). Sigh. I have to start by letting you all know, however, that I was not one of the ones glued to twitter and my TV screen this year, in the hope of spotting a designer before the next fashionista, I instead decided to sit back and let the wave of beautiful people wash over me while I sat in PJs drinking red wine and eating bread. The super stylish world of a magazine editor there ladies and gents. Anywho, I decided to jot up a little piece on all the sartorial goings on on Sunday night, and how they will translate into weddings the world over this year -a flashcard for the bridal-trend curious if you will.

Finally! Just to note that there are some very prominant members of the EL AY fashion society not present here, this is either a) They wore nothing worth noting or, b) they wore something I didn’t like, and unlike most eds I don’t believe in doing the ‘who got it right/who got it wrong’ saga, as it often comes back to bite you on the behind.

Here’s how I see trends translating into bridal style. As it does every year. What were your fave looks of the night?

The Bridemaids:

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Translate the look:

oscars bridesmaid dress

The guests:

Oscar guest dress

Translate the look:

Oscar guest dress

The Bride (shapes to steal):

Oscar wedding dress


Oscar wedding dress

The Showstopper:

Oscar Showstopper dress


Oscar Showstopper dress


Evoking the nonchalant charm of the bygone era, This wedding gown is renowned for the retro twenties ultra-glam design. Inspired by the quaint historical town of Harrogate in northern UK that is richly full of life, the designs impart an air of vintage demureness with modern sensuality.

Radiating the wedding blitheness, These designs are not short of eccentricity for brides searching for non-traditional wedding gowns with innovative use of fabrics and creative beadings to exude the personality of each bride.

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The 2013 collection shows the traditional French lace layered with the forwardly modern Italian lace to bring out the sophistication of the rich texture while affirming its antique accents. Elaborate and bold details of three-dimensional tulle flowers and crystal embellishments create unforgettable statement for the bride.

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Following the success of his previous collections, Irish bridal designer Patrick Casey returns with an “even more exquisite and luxurious” collection, “going all out on quality and sumptuous detail.” From A-line cuts to full-circle designs, in his 2013 offering, Patrick Casey incorporates high quality silk fabrics with hand crafted detail using both embroidered pearls and Swarovski crystals.

Inspiration for the new collection evolves from a wide range of influences such as contemporary art, architecture, freedom and the “art of living”. Several of his creations certainly capture those inspirations with structured pleated bodices and full circle gowns of silk flat chiffon. Perhaps his strongest creative source is nature itself, often reflected in designs that incorporate intricate floral detail while others are adorned with appliquéd handmade flowers of organza, georgette and chiffon. Other gowns feature stunning tulle embroidered backs with imaginative design work and extended tulle trains.

Adele dress

Adele | Ivory silk and lace dress with sheer front and back necklines. Featuring extended shoulders of appliquéd lace and pearl detailing.

Aurelia dress

Aurelia | Winter white silk satin dress. Bateau neckline with plunging back encrusted with muyki, pearl and Swarovski beading.

Scarlet dress & Maria dress

Scarlet (left) | White silk georgette full circle dress with exaggerated cropped sleeves. Waist embellished with pearl, fabric pallets and Swarovski crystals.

Maria (right) | White, bias pleated halterneck silk georgette dress, embroidered gross grain ribbon at waist.

Carla Back of Dress

Carla (and main image) | Winter white hand embroidered silk georgette dress with tulle embroidered back and extended tulle embroidered train. Lace headpiece to order at Patrick Casey.

Carla dress

Eliza: Metallic Winter white silk and lace dress, delicately embroidered with pearl and crystals. Flower headpiece courtesy of  The Garden, Powerscourt Townhouse.

Carlotta dress

Carlotta: White silk georgette dress with extended column train. Embroidered with Myuki pearls.

Cristina dress

Cristina: Metallic ivory silk and lace dress with open keyhole back. Embroidered with pearls and Swarovski crystals.

Eva dress

Eva: Winter white silk and tulle adorned with appliquéd handmade flowers of organza, georgette and chiffon. Pearl leaf beading.

Tara dress

Tara: Winter white silk flat chiffon fabric embellished full circle dress with pleated bodice. Pearl and crystal straps.

Antoinette dress

Antoinette: White hand embroidered silk georgette dress. Separate basque delicately embroidered with pearls, Swarvoski crystals and georgette flowers.

Sofia dress

Sofia: Winter white silk and tulle dress elaborately embellished with minute pearls and Swarovski crystals. Veil to order at Patrick Casey.

Whether you are getting engaged, married or just in love with the romantic look this Valentine’s Day, these dresses are an absolute must-see!

You can tell that love really is in the air with these beautiful bridal gowns! So romantically sweet, they are perfect for the bride who is the epitome of grace and femininity! Sweet shades of ivory and blush and lashings of lace and tulle are essential for the romantic look! What’s not to love?

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The bridal collection is a boutique based in Oregon which showcases the oh-so-sweet creations of acclaimed designer and owner Elizabeth Dye (it also houses dresses and accessories from Jenny Yoo, Nicole Miller and Twigs & Honey to name but a few). However you don’t have to fly across the waters to get your hands on one of Elizabeth’s gowns, as she is housed in the homemade-lovers dream website.

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What better way to spend a Friday than sifting through gorgeous images of beautiful dresses?! Today we’re giving a quick run down of the trends we spotted, and loved, on the S/S 2013 catwalks. Do you imagine youself in any of these gorgeous creations? Let us know your favourite style!

2013 bridal dress

1. Hi-low Hemlines


2. Long Lace Sleeves


3. The One-Shoulder

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4. Punchy Peplums

peplum bridal dress

5. Bright and Sparkly

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6. Floral Embellishments

Floral Embellishments

7. Anything-but-White


8. The LWD

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9. Statement Backs

Statement Backs bridal dress

Tea length dresses are becoming more and more popular every year. Their retro, fitted style is perfect for small and sassy brides who want a sexy and feminine look that packs a punch. From structured satins to pouffy tulles, the big skirt is the main focus of this cute little number, while a corsetted bodice will give you all the support and shape you need no matter what your bust size. Incredible shoes are a must, and if you want to really look the part, colourful shoes (and matching nail varnish, obviously) will make this a most memorable style!

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Main image: Dress by Tobi Hannah 2013

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Arabesque by Matthew Christopher
Matthew Christopher is only available in the US & Canada

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Tiffany $349.99 (left) & Charlotte (right), $499.99 by Ruche

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Alexis by Alan Hannah

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Masquerade by Stephanie Allin 2013

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Connie by Alan Hannah

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Cecile (left) & Fiona (right) by Fancy Bridal NY

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Cadillac by Ian Stuart

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