A HEAD OF THE TIMES




Never have brides had so much leeway when it comes to headwear. 2010 marks a time when choosing you put on top of your head will add pizazz to your overall look. Thanks to those designers getting creative with netting, florals and plumes, the bride has so, so many options.


Oscar de la Renta

Pancake hat wrapped in netting.
Jenny Packham

A little bit of vintage to go with the evening gown look.


Lia McNairy and Antonio Gual

Light and airy, a headband of feathers would work for a Spring as well as Winter wedding.



Carolina Hererra

One of the great introductions this year by Carolina Herrera is the straw hat (she put out several) wrapped in ivory point d'spirit netting. Stunning . . .



Platinum

Getting ready for winter weddings this hat is a toasty charmer as well as chic.


Carolina Herrera

Another Carolina Herrera revival: The plume. It proffers a touch of the sophisticate as well as pure whimsy. Plumes are particularly flattering for the petite bride wanting to add some length to her look. Try a plume also if you're going with more of an evening gown look.


Amsale

This headband would pair up nicely with Amsale's clean-lined gowns

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HOW TO SAY THANK YOU TO YOUR BRIDESMAIDS





Though there's a whole panacea of gift ideas in these sets, sometimes the best gift you can give your bridesmaid and/or maid of honor is the dress itself. I had a single bridesmaid in my wedding amongst a pack kids in taffeta. Other than a few purple sashes and tartans, it was an all white wedding with my maid in a simple white silk dupioni sheath. That dress was a gift. A year later when her boyfriend proposed, she wore that same bridesmaid dress for her own wedding. I was totally honored. Thus, I would never have asked her to pay for the dress and to this day she claims it was her greatest wedding present.







Customary gift from bride to her maids is a stunner piece of jewelry. You can also say thank you in the form of perfume, Ray Bans and whole gamut of goodies found below.



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pure by JessyM featuring Lipsy





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There's no freshness. There's no originality by ♡•SimplyMoi•♡ Blazers Contest featuring Versace shoes





Happy Birthday Violet Peach!!

Happy Birthday Violet Peach!! by Natalcia♥(away) featuring Alexander McQueen shoes

Lovely Mermaid

Lovely Mermaid by BookwormForever! featuring Jessica Simpson shoes











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Mello Yellow

Mello Yellow by ✰ Xaylia ✰ featuring Monsoon

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PURITY

For brides looking for simple silhouettes in magnificent fabric look to
Acquachiara an Italian design house run by the talented Daniela Basile. Her philosophy is about as close to my own as any designer I've found yet: She believes the right gown is worn like a second skin. These seem not only to be worn as a skin as much as the bride's whole essence . . .










Photos courtesy Vogue Sposa
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A TOUCH OF VINTAGE ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

Particularly love the Sara Gabriel veil here setting off the whole vintage mood..
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STALKING THE LOOK BOOKS: YOLAN CRIS




A little bit vintage and part ethnic, Spanish designer Yolan Cris works magic with lace and satin. Totally want to find out where he gets such great lace . . . .






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WEEKEND MEDLEY

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OPTIONS

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Here's one version of 'The Little White Dress' perfect for the lunch or dinner out wedding in a restaurant. Summer friendly and simple, it also works as a rehearsal or reception dress.
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FROTH AND SPARKLE

Bulgarian designer Julia Kontogruni sculpts femininity and romance with a deft hand. The ultimate in 'Cinderella Dressing' volume and miles of fabric really create the look. The designer offers fully boned corsetry and decorates bodice and skirt with hand-bead Swarowski crystals . Each gown is a literal jewel. The rich sparkle organzas and bead treatments can be seen at closer inspection on her site.






Photos courtesy Moda Net
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REDISCOVERING THE HOUSE OF ELLIOTT

How did I ever miss this incredible BBC series back in the 90s? Thanks to my public library, I can finally see the whole kit and kaboodle, measuring out three seasons long. The House of Elliott chronicles the lives of two sisters setting up a toney couture house in post WWI London. The magnificent costuming by Joan Wadge can't be missed if you are in any way in love with jazz age fashion. While the 20's proffered little in the way of flattering silhouettes, the detailing in fashion was extraordinary. Thus, the cavalcade of chic found in this series goes for sets and decor intricate in detail as well. Tune in to the second season and I can promise two stunner wedding gowns you'll never forget.

Louise Lombard/Evie in The House of Elliott
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THE GLAMOUR OF GLOVES

photos by Sweet Light Studios
When two clients in one week ask where to find gloves like the ones in these pictures I figure it is time to devote some space to glove chic. Opera length like the ones featured here go great with evening gown and strapless looks. You can go with the classic white and ivory or jazz up your look with any length, color, texture, even pattern Just as some brides are showing some pizazz wearing different color shoes with their gown, glove color is an option you have as well. Go ahead, be adventuresome!


All gloves below are available through Mystique Vintage.



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THE BEST OF THE EARLY 1990s


Is early 90s really vintage? I'd say so. I have a whole library of bridal mags, some dating back to 1991 (had tons of 70s-80s too but those were lost in a move). Perusing these early editions, I run across plenty of those ridiculous, big puffy sleeves, bodices and skirts encrusted with such heavy bead work you can't find the fabric. There were also some magnificent gowns created back then by a group of talented designers, some so far ahead of their time it amazes me. And while there have always been gifted designers the world over, during this time the French did seem to be the chosen people for keeping couture pure. They had a knack for using just the right fabric on a particular silhouette; knowing how much detail would balance the design. They--great designers, French et all--also laid out the blue print for a lot of today's trends.

In the 1990s, we saw the emergence of the studio designer. These independents closely resembling the Etsy artisans of today, chose to create and show their own collections in ateliers and small shops all over the world. Private designers as they were also known were showcased first in the premiere issues of Wedding Dresses Magazine. Soon American editors picked up that significant bridal trends were being created not only in Paris and New York but wherever there was a talent that burned to create. Alas, twenty some years later not all these designers are still with us. All though have left their influence . . .


Lolita Lempicka
What ever happened to Lolita Lempicka? These days she's concentrating on her fragrance and bath lines more than anything else. The gown above is representative of the joyful and whimsical mood she brought to design in the nineties, her daring techniques and applications inspiring many designers today. I always thought she was the more refined version of someone like Betsey Johnson.







The Fleur d'Oranger pieces here are youthful and hint boho before its revival. The headpieces are particularly unique for the time when most brides, even those marrying semi-formal donned some version of veil.





The above dress is simply all class and timeless chic.



Though designer Ulla Maja popularized the use of pick up skirt techniques through the nineties, Nicole Legroux was using this technique as well. The hand rolled florals anchoring each tuft of silk here are an exquisite touch. Nowadays the pick up skirt can be found on almost every page of the David's Bridal Catalog as well as top New York collections.


Hanae Mori
Though Hanae Mori has retired from the runways she still has a few shops open in Japan. These days, like Lempicka, she concentrates on her fragrance lines.

Roxanna Farri
We see fabric like this more and more lately but back in the early 90s, Roxanna Farri introduced this skirt covered in sunflowers made of ribbon. The skirt and blouse combo would be ideal for the garden wedding in any age.



These last three images showcase the work of purist Michelle Arnaud. Check out the last photo in black and white. The hat/veil hybrid was . . . a tad experimental back then but now would be considered a wonderful option to the traditional veil




All photos copyright Wedding Dresses Magazine

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