Wednesday, September 23, 2009

GOING ARCTIC



Change is just around the corner and as we feel that mid-September nip in the air, Winter brides are thinking about what fabrics and silhouettes will whip up nicely for a cold weather wedding. Getting married in a sub-zero clime shouldn't be a hassle for you or your guests with a little forethought and planning. While there are some heavier and beautiful winter fabrics out there like brocades and peau de soie, any gown can be winterized with a little ingenuity. Add gloves, a muff and shawl and you'll be surprised how warm you'll be. These gorgeous gowns offer just the touch of inspiration for winter brides . . .



Stand out in your arctic circle, caressed by a tower of slim sparkle. Silver and gold paillettes turn up the wattage on a lace gown with chiffon-wrap detail, about $6,490, by Elizabeth Fillmore, elizabethfillmorebridal.com. Mother-of-pearl flower cuff, by Iradj Moini, iradjmoini.com.



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The Russian revival lives on, thanks to statement pieces—a beaded bolero, a fur hat—that evoke Eastern European elegance. The ivory silk-taffeta three-tiered gown has a crystal-beaded neckline and straps, about $2,530, by Jim Hjelm by Francesca Pitera, jimhjelmvisions.com. Silk-brocade jacket with crystal trim, about $5,500, by Cynthia Rose, 212-242-6133. Leopard-print fox hat, by Anne Dee Goldin, goldinfeldman.com. Earrings, by Iradj Moini, iradjmoini.com.



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A Swarovski crystal-embroidered satin bodice floats on a cloud of draped silk-tulle. Chase the chill with a stole slung over your shoulder, about $11,625, by Evalina Schmidtke Couture, evalinacouture.com. Fox stole, by Cassin, 212-564-0946. Necklace, by MEG Jewelry, megweddingjewelry.com



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Size matters this season, as the balloon-shaped ball gown steals the spotlight. Turn up your volume with a billowing, iridescent sequined skirt and a blue-and-silver Chantilly lace bodice with ribbon detail. Fur blanket, by Adrienne Landau, adriennelandau.com. Earrings, by Diego for Jaded, jadedjewels.com.


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Moscow goes mainstream with a trendsetting double-face satin coatdress featuring Victorian-style floral embroidery, blouson sleeves, and a belted waist, about $3,940, by Reva Mivasagar, revadesigns.com. Woven fox hat, by Cassin, 212-564-0946. Embroidered boots, by Edoche, edoche.com. Earrings, by Diego for Jaded, jadedjewels.com.


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A hand-embroidered organza confection is unforgettably feminine, thanks to tiers of poetic pleats and Swarovski crystal-beaded bands, about $5,890, by St. Pucchi Couture, stpucchi.com. Coyote muff, by Anne Dee Goldin, goldinfeldman.com. Aquamarine necklace, by Iradj Moini, iradjmoini.com.
sourceLace gets an update when it's shaded in a powder-soft hue. A romantic gown with bubble skirt combines ice-blue silk mikado and silver French lace to ravishing effect, about $4,500, by Tomasina, tomasina.com. Multistrand Austrian crystal necklace and pendant, by R.J. Graziano 212-685-1248.


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It's your time to shine in a slender strapless column of white satin, overlaid with gold metallic chiffon. A retro rabbit cover offers climate control of a charming kind. Dress, about $4,990, and bolero, about $650, both by Lara Hélène Bridal Atelier, larahelene.com. Woven-mink headband, by Cassin, 212-564-0946. Multistone enamel earrings and multistone bracelet, by Diego for Jaded, jadedjewels.com. Mother-of-pearl flower necklace by Iradj Moini, iradjmoini.com.


2 comments:

True Blind Faith said...

Ok, this is making me miss summer (a teeny bit) less and fall in love with winter weddings. The first one is exactly what I have in mind as a base for my Halloween costume this year (Snowfall)

Shannon Grant Photography said...

Oh my goodness! This is so inspirational... I'm a photography that likes to dabble in shooting "Fashion" - I can't WAIT for the snow now! Bring it on :D Thx for posting this.. gorgeous dresses and love the ice hotel!