Monday, August 29, 2011
Top and second row: Head pieces from Moth and Bay Leaf
Third Row: Autumn Leaves Clutch from Atelier Edyta Loukia
Fourth Row: Magical Evening Earrings: Divina Locura
Fifth and Sixth Row: Chantilly Lace Tutu Skirt by Tutu Chic
Seventh Row: Jazz in Autumn Maxi Chiffon Dress by In June
Eighth Row: Olivian Rosary Necklace by Mona Abraham
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Laura Ashley 1983
Lately I've been thinking a lot about cottons and how hard it is to find quality stuff. So you'll find me traipsing down memory lane here. While Jessica McClintock revived the Prairie Gown with her Gunne Sax line in the seventies, the more haute couture versions of Prairie came to us through the stunning creations of British designer, Laura Ashley. She used finer imported cottons and voiles and in the images above and below we can see perfect examples of this look at it's best. Vintage elements were really brought out in the accessories like the straw hat and crochet gloves below.
Laura Ashley 1986
The Prairie look updated circa 2010
Photos by Berit New York
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Photography . . . . . Bryan John Hendon
Vintage Gowns . . . .Divine Elegance
Model . . . .Loren Juliet Paige
Make up and Hair . . . . Christal Saville
Jewelry . . . . Loren's jewel box
Location . . . .Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
When I first laid eyes on these stunning images I followed the links leading me to the work of photographer Bryan John Hendon. A master of composition, his specialty is his incredible use of both artificial and natural light. Here with his favorite muse and model, Loren Juliet Paige, they have created real fashion poetry showcasing these gorgeous vintage gowns from Divine Elegance . When I ran this post last year under the title, Legacies in Tulle it got off-the-charts reactions. Now, with a few more images added to the series, and gala season a few weeks off, I'm reminding everyone this is what recreating Dior's 'New Look' is all about: Elegance at its finest . . .What's your interpretation of Dior's legacy for the 21st Century?
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The headpiece: headpiece, gown and veil should all work in tandem. Modern gowns go with beaded hair combs, tiaras and any hat with a veil. A more traditional gown will look great with a Juliet cap, a bow, wreath, hair comb. The ultra-formal gown shouts out for a tiara of Swarovski crystal. Consider also a hat, Juliet cap (classic) or mantilla.
The veil: No rules any more about legnth of veil dictated by formality of ceremony. That means you can wear a Juliet cap with a waltz length veil, a pillbox with a very long cathedral veil. Just remember to keep everything in balance. If you're tiny maybe the huge hat with your veil is going to be a bit much. Scale down. . .
Monday, August 22, 2011
Images via Vogue Sposa it.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
So what is it about shorter veils brides love so much? Designers can't keep up with the demand which is just swell since we do love the act of creation. The shorter ‘fashionista' veil has not only gained in popularity, it's a bridal fashion fixture. My client put it succinctly: "I'm sure glad I chose a birdcage. Now, I won't have to worry about rearranging or when to take it off. I can really enjoy my day. " There's something chic, even edgy about a bride sporting one one of these small veils. As early as the 1990s, Vera Wang was matching up short fly aways with very formal silhouettes. Whether she wanted to show off the extraordinary back details of her gowns or usher in a new look, I don’t know; I do know the juxtaposition this duo created worked. Like my client, most brides say the number one thing about wearing a shorter veil is, they don’t have to do any adjusting in that switch from the ceremony to reception. Shorter veils are easy to maneuver around in and stay put whether you’re exchanging vows, cutting cake or dancing. Typically they are made out of either tulle, or netting—netting being wider and crisper, offering a more structured look. Since small veils are here to stay awhile, it will be interesting to see what designers come up with the next few seasons with all the new fabrics out there to play with. Above and below is my own take . . .
All veils by AmyJo Tatum Bride
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Cities have always held a particular fascination and excitement for me, namely San Francisco, which just happens to be my home sweet home. One of the best things about my job is dressing brides for almost every kind of wedding you can imagine, the city chic bride being one of my favorite themes. The metropolitan wedding can be as informal and minimal (but chic) as a city hall affair or as high dress as this celebration on a roof garden. City dressing gives you the opportunity really 'Vogue' and wear those short kid gloves, carry a tiny satin clutch or sport that pill box hat with a wisp of veiling.
What better way for Natalie and Dave to spend their fifth wedding anniversary than this improvised trek through San Francisco landmarks as bride and groom again? Natalie has been doing editorials for Bride Chic going on three years now. Having her hubby Dave pose alongside her was her idea and what a concept it turned out to be. Once we added photographer, Dominic Colacchio into the mix, the improv and element of surprise began big time. We started our adventure atop the Crocker Galleria Roof Terrace and continued downstairs through the Galleria where the Farmer's Market was in full swing. The stunning bouquet of yellow roses were bought and made up on the spot at a little kiosk called, Abigail's Flowers. After that we all treked two blocks up to the magnificent Yerba Buena Gardens, a park South of Market Street, to take a ride on the Zeum Carousel. I'll always remember this shoot particularly for the carousel ride, the calliope going with Dave and Natalie (and Dom shooting) having the time of their lives . . . .
Photography by Dominic Colacchio
Dresses and Head Pieces by Amy-Jo Tatum
Makeup by Necia Whitmore
Dave's Tux by Magnoli Clothiers New Zealand
Flowers by Abigail's Flowers in The Crocker Galleria
Models: Dave and Natalie