It all started with that red sash. My client Donna (above) wanted to experiment with picking up some color. How about you? Are your shoes going to be in hue? Believe me, even brides all dressed in white from veil to hem are opting for green, blue, red or yellow shoes under their gown. Actually I'm not certain this is a passing trend so much as tradition broken. White pumps and sandals with white gowns will always be with us. Now though, so will any shoe in any color that works under your gown . . .
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Here's a sneak peak at a little something for the 2012 Bride. Not only are the traditional laces still inspiring, check out above and below. These are separates from Alberta Ferretti's knit and cotton laces, definitely on the cutting edge. For the eco-conscious bride who wants to find a better alternative for her bridal ensemble than storing it in a box under her bed, any of these could easily be reworn post-wedding.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
sinc with haute couture? Think of the brides of the 1960s-70s era. Did their gowns have that fashion forward edge like they do now? No. They were more like satin uniforms trimmed in Alencon lace--the stuff society expected? Bridal fashion aside, women just don't dress up like they used to. Once upon a time we dressed at least three times a day and the right morning, afternoon and evening wear was de riguer. Tune in any episode of I Love Lucy and you'll see what I'm talking about. With the invention of microfibers and ease of wash and wear, we cashed in for comfort eliminating most of the work it takes to sport the kind of chic we created not too far back. In some ways we miss all that and it's coming out in the ultimate dress up game of all: the wedding day. Thus, bridal fashion may be the last bastion designers can really practice their art as an art. So much of fashion is about manufacturing and high production. True designers love an actual niche where someone will fork over some bucks for top quality. Yes, designers want to incorporate all those couture methods no one uses anymore to craft a garment into a work of art.
Competition though sometimes grinding, typically generates excellence. The dresses here are the visions of the top designers in the world. You can see each has put some sort of couture touch or signature on each gown . . . Valentino with pleats and ruffles; Saab with beautiful fitting and one-of-a-kind laces . . . .
Valentino ValentinoElie SaabSince fashion is more about casual chic these days, there's still a glut of bridal designers all competing to make the finest gown in the finest fabrics. Each has their own version, moving more and more away from the bridal template of traditional into the more experimental realm of couture. And brides as a whole are loving it.
Elie Saab Elie Saab
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I hope these pictures have inspired you. I also hope we keep our casual trends going as well as moving into more of a mode of dressing up. Dressing up to go out to dinner, dressing up to do cocktails, a ride in the country. We all loved Sex and the City. I believe one of the reasons we embraced it was we understood Carrie's need to express herself through dressing. Sure her closet was improbable. And of course I practiced my suspension of disbelief just to get a good look at some of her finds . . . .
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
While it's been like spring here in Northern California Winter and Christmas are actually here. That means my next season's glam is on the way or already out on the floor of my design studio and I have to bid farewell to a few samples. While my sizes are limited (mostly size 4), the good news is, my sample markdowns usually go half off. This listing is for the ultimate in Boho, The 'Musetta' gown, a mix of imported Chantilly laces and diaphanous chiffon. The full skirt is gathered silk lined in crepe backed satin. Bodice has lace cap sleeves and is accented with a gold braid tie belt. Just a stunner and I'll sure will miss looking at this gem once it finds the right bride . . .
Monday, December 19, 2011
Joyce Young works wool tartans into bridal wear with some real edge. For years I've been in awe of Scotsmen in kilts and the flair they have at using plaids to go formal. Will you get a load of these gowns? Tartan godets. Tartan trains and insets. Joyce is an incredible designer who pairs up these wools with the richness of shantung and taffeta. Her shops are in Glasgow, Gretna Green and London. 'Touch of Tartan' is only one collection she offers as she has a whole range of traditional as well as destination gowns to choose from.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone, besmear'd with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
'Gainst death and all oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room,
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till the judgment that yourself arise,
You live in this, and dwell in lovers' eyes.
(1564 - 1616
Photos copyright Bride Chic 2011
Photos copyright Bride Chic 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I lifted these chic and sweet winter pieces off yesterday's Etsy Newsletter. It's the Winter Wonderland here that intrigues and inspires me most to want to get married allover again--this time with a snowy backdrop and me under a pile of fur--faux of course . . . .
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Top photo: Feathered Flower Bridal Sash by BC Girls