Archive for December 2012
We are currently obsessed with all things bright and cheery, including a little pop of yellow underneath your wedding gown. Yellow really packs a punch this wedding season in all gradients. Neon is back and taking over, light sunshine hues are as pretty as ever and of course we always love a classic pure yellow.
Documented fact that we love it when a bride rocks a colored shoe for her wedding. Yes, one of the main reasons being that you are able to wear them again, but they also make a statement-piece for photos. Another bonus is if you decided to slip into a shorter party dress for the evening reception. All your guests will be able to see what has been hiding underneath that pretty gown of yours.
This week we are visiting the wedding shoe again. So far we have listed our favorite gold, blue and now pink wedding shoes. We are huge fans of incorporating color into your wedding shoes. It really does add a little extra bit of fabulous to your wedding look and feel. Skip the white satin pumps and say, “yes” to something with a little color.
As we have said before we are firm believers in accessorizing on your wedding day, at your boudoir shoot, pretty much anywhere. Simply by adding a hair accessory or a simple sash, is often the finishing piece to your already striking ensemble. If you are on the prowl for that perfect accessory to finish off your look, be sure to peruse one of our favorite accessory and now dress designers Tessa Kim. Her looks are refined, gorgeous and unique.
These accessories with the vintage inspired bride in mind. From the headpieces to the dress sashes, every accessory entails vintage millinery accents ranging from the 1920s-1960s. For this photo shoot I wanted create ornate accessories that would make a statement for any wedding day. I used very soft and romantic fabrics such as silk, satin, velvet and cotton to compliment the more ornate details such as the crystals, rhinestones, glass pearls and detailed vintage lace.
I wanted to take an unconventional approach to styling this shoot. It was important to me to capture the architectural integrity of each individual piece and focus on the intricate details Tessa is phenomenal in creating. Rather than put the models in bridal attire, I envisioned the styling to encompass a bare and sensual aesthetic to compliment the beauty of each piece.
Haute couture by definition is clothing that’s custom made – not purchased off-the-rack. That’s lead to an association with creative freedom, designers and fashion house’s being able to showcase what they’re capable of in terms of their craftsmanship and creativity. The fall 2012 haute couture runway shows spanned aesthetics from the elegant and minimal (showing you’re a master tailor is important, too) to the mildly insane. But what we’re looking for today is neither of those. We’re singling out the kinds of floor-sweeping, embellished, breathtaking and beautiful gowns that couture runways inevitably produce – and that we all, inevitably, love to feast our eyes on.
Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are 10 couture gowns most fit for a fairytale.
If Murad was in fairytale land, then this particular black lace gown would be found in the wardrobe of Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen. But with it’s off-the-shoulder black lace, it’s also delicately beautiful enough for any belle of the ball.
Georges Hobeika’s aquamarine strapless gown is not only an impressive feat of embellishment, it also channels the mythical mermaid, flowering out into a fan of fishscales at the bottom.
Giorgio Armani Prive
If Armani’s collection mirrored the changing sky from dusk til dawn, then this dark sequinned gown is the starry night personified. It feels like something you might find amidst the drama of a 1920s silent film.
Embroidered sheer fabric and a cape of oriental silk. Valentino’s couture runway had more obvious showstoppers, but it was the Eastern influence that was the most unique; making this the blushing beauty of the collection.
Leave it to Donatella to make something both beautiful and sexy. Versace’s bodice of tiny buckles had visual impact softened only by the bursts of sheer organza spilling out from under it.
Gold continues to be a major trend, and Basil Soda’s burnished, beaded take didn’t hold back on the detail.
Elie Saab’s embellished lace dresses were not only impressively detailed, but they followed the lines of the body in the most feminine of ways. Another jackpot for gold.
OK, so we have two from Saab – let’s just say that from this collection you could easily kit out an entire fairytale kingdom, let alone a single princess. Saab’s full-skirted gowns had a different appeal to those of the form-fitting lace variety.
It started off with grey boucle suiting and crescendoed to an unapologetically voluminous snow-queen wedding dress. The sparkling icing on the couture Chanel cake.
Grecian hair styles and accessories were huge on the A/W 2012 catwalks this summer, with designers such as Louis Vuitton, Rodarte and Emilio Pucci preferring delicate braids and bold brassy accessories over slicked backed city styles. And, with so many gorgeous floaty dresses in next year’s bridal collections, we think these ancient regal styles are sure to be a go-to for 2013 on-trend brides.
Love them or hate them, plaits/braids are a real fashion statement for Grecian style bridal hair. Wear yours in a wishbone style intertwined with a gorgeous hair vine, or add some detail to your crown with a soft French side plait under a foliage headband. Another way to add some Grecian style to your hair is to wear hair down and wavy and add in some random small plaits and hairpins throughout.
Updos in Grecian styles should be soft and slightly messy and simple double or triple strand hairbands (below) are a perfect way to set this style in an understated way so as to draw concentration to the face… and dress!
Accessories for a Grecian style vary from sparkly silver hair vines and diamante petal grips (see Stacey Hannan’s collection for inspiration) to gold leafy bands to full floral hair wreaths. The main thing is to make sure your headpiece complements your dress without taking away from it.
The top knot is the newest hair trend for the elegant, refined bride. Heights and degrees vary to suit each individual but generally the hair is pulled top the top of the crown, neatly and softly, showing off the neckline and making room for a stunning headpiece or veil.
A high bun is a timeless style, it looks less complicated and therefore less fussy than the popular bridal chignon. If you haven’t been blessed with a lustrous full mane (we hear ya sista), a donut is your best option to create a big, buoyant bun. Donuts provide shape and support to the bun and are very easy to use if you want to try doing your own hair.
Try not to pull the hair back too much –you don’t want to look like a startled ballerina for the day and be left with a pounding headache for the wedding night! But also remember that wear it too loose and you may be at risk of looking a tad ‘day-after-the-night-before‘. You need to get it just right so that it says complete elegance, but also seems natural and easy.
Only go for this look if you are happy to be very ‘out there’ for the day, there is nowhere to hide when you’ve pulled the hair back off your face unless you’ve opted for a birdcage veil, so make sure you are content with your side profile and your make-up. Don’t be afraid to go for statement earrings to make your whole look ‘pop’.
When brides wear strapless wedding dresses many people show their indignation as they think brides reveal too much. Yes, many still imagine wedding gowns to be white, of classical cut, a little bit puffed, and completed with classical wedding veil. But times change, everything changes, and bridal fashion is not the exception. Nowadays most of bridezillas consider that more they open their delights more they are sexy and attractive. Exactly for such ‘advanced’ brides the German brand Kaviar Gauche presented a very bold wedding outfit yesterday at Berlin fashion week. Taking into consideration its risqué nature, this, so to say, wedding gown is suitable for beach ceremony or the wedding night even more.
The wedding outfit is made up of a few small sections of white fabric attached together with a central strip. The base of this ensemble is a white bikini set with thong brief, and the whole outfit is covered by a translucent organza veil.
Alexandra Fischer-Röhler and Johanna Kühl, the designers who created this dress have been kicking off provocative shows since founding label Kaviar Gauche at past. For example,at 2009/10 handbag collection show, Fischer-Röhler and Kühl sent models down the catwalk almost nude but for been dripped with placed accessories. Though, either conservative or traditional, this design duo is known as the individualists in the bridal design world. There’s a question popped up in everybody’s mind: will the look catch on among modern brides?
Today we’re looking at wedding stationery, and wedding invites. Wedding invitations can do so much to set the tone of your day, so that people will know what type of wedding to expect. From fun cartoon styles, traditional letterpress and glamorous gilding to romantic and personalised love stories, you can find the perfect invitation for whatever your personality as a couple.
Comic Strip Style Wedding Invite
We love this very retro, very whimsical idea for wedding invites. It’s a great way to include the story of your relationship in fabulous colours and is sure to make quite the impact on your guests when they receive it! How could you NOT RSVP?!
For an equally cute but personalised alternative, think about getting a caricature wedding invitation done, perhaps based on an engagement photo? Or for a real burst of colour, try Rosy Days – Wedding Stationery, who create unique designs based on your wedding style and venue in a wonderfully fun cartoon style.
Couture Stationery Collection
If you really want to inject personality into your wedding stationery, couture letterpress is a brilliant way to go. Pretty as a Picture provide a bespoke letterpress service and can design an entire range of stationery to include save the dates, table names and bridal shower invites (as above) to your specifications. They work by putting together a mood board of your style, your passions and your ideas for what you want your wedding to be like, and drafting several drawings before creating a range that’s as unique as you are.
Laser Cut Invites with Ribbon Finish
For a romantic and feminine feel to your invites, consider something similar to this laser cut floral edge cream invite with statement silk bow by Save the Date!
Vintage Minimalist – Calligraphy
Calligraphy is a beautiful, fresh and romantic way to have your wedding invites written up. Think about hiring a calligrapher, and use simple, plain off white card for a modern look with a dreamy feel.
Fun Poloroid-Inspired Invites & RSVPs
These poloroid style invites are ideal for those planning a particularly peppy wedding day! They add a whimsical feel while also being very personal. Wedding photos are popular for thank you cards such as The Parlour Press’s wonderful vintage-style photo thank you cards (which we definitely suggest you take a look at!), but why not use a great photo of you both as an invite too?
Traditional Monogrammed Invitation
For a traditional black tie affair, we love the idea of monogrammed stationery. This invite by Finer Details certainly gives an air of sophistication to your celebration even before your guests know where your fabulous celebration will be held!
Luxurious Gold/Silver Foil Stamping – Bella Figura Foil Stamping at Pretty as a Picture
Bella Figura letterpress is a style of foil stamping to create a gilded look on the face and the sides of card. This style of stationery is done by Dublin based wedding stationery suppliers Pretty as a Picture. Bella Figura can be mixed with letterpress or used on its own as all-foil printing with all foil printing (Pretty as a Picture recommends think matte gold on shiny gold for a real ‘wow’ factor!) It is perfect for a gold or silver themed wedding, for a 20s style vintage inspired celebration, or a thoroughly elegant affair.
Quirky Art-Deco Inspired Invites & RSVPs
This invite by Feather & Ink displays a beautiful modern art deco style and can be customised to your own colour scheme. It’s clean lines and contrasting colours make for a very contemporary feel to a vintage style.
Handmade Origami Booklet Style Invite
For something with more of a traditional feel, Steph’s Personalised Cards and Designer Weddings are two stationery designers to consider. This origami style invite from Steph’s Personalised Cards is a more unusual take on the traditional.
Your Love Story Wedding Invites/Save-the-Dates
Love story invites are a major trend for 2013 weddings, and we think they’re a great way to share your personal story with your guests.
Floral Print Invite with Quote
White or Cream’s Beggan wedding invite is a stunning display of graphic design for wedding stationer. We love the way the whole collection sits together, bound by a pretty floral design. The collection is simple yet intricate and the quote provides a unique and romantic feel.
Bottle Shaped Rustic Vineyard Wedding Invite, Save-the-Dates & RSVPs
A very non-trational shape for wedding invites, this set including a bottle shaped day invite was created for a vineyard wedding in the U.S. We love this rustic look with a bit of a twist as it shows that you can really think outside of the box(y) when it comes to your stationery!
When Spanish wedding dress designer Novia D’art launched its 2013 bridal collection at Barcelona Bridal week this year, attendees found themselves instantly smitten with the fun and flirty creations floating down the catwalk one after the other. The Novia D’art 2013 collection features a contemporary take on traditional style silhouettes. Gowns come in an array of shapes and fabrics, from luxurious lace A-lines, to strapless satin princess cuts and floral embellished mermaid styles. A burst of colour comes through with a few pretty peach gowns that really pack a punch (in particular Valentina below – wowza), and in embellished floral belts to add depth and structure.
Valentina is certainly the biggest show stopper of the entire collection. A strapless peach bodice with crystal embellished belt and statement ruffle skirt, this is certainly not for the wallflower bride! It’s an instant classic, modern but timeless and the most fun thing about it? The skirt can be easily adjusted to a shorter below-the-knee version for dancing!
The fun and flirty Jazmin is a gown created for a particularly girly bride, with its floral embellished straps and sweetheart neckline bodice. The full princess style soft tulle skirt glides like a cloud for a real traditional bridal feel.
We love the very cute Nernia with its simple ballgown silhouette and sweet peach-coloured floral belt.
Novia D’art even does lace well, evident with the beautifully structured Andrea. This crochet style lace makes a big impact, and is balanced perfectly with a simple, feminine silhouette and sweetheart neckline. The gown is accessorised with a very on-trend, lace lined high neck sheer cape with statement trail.