Here's a 2014 trend that'll have you swooning--Yes, tye dyed wedding dresses are here! I remember the rush on tye dye back in the 1960s-70s but did I ever think I'd see tye dye return in the form of a bridal gown? In the height of the hippie era tye dye was everywhere and worn by both men and women Now in cotton, silk and rayon, this rainbow of color would be ideal for the adventurous bride wanting something different . . ..
It's already Friday and here you all are looking for me! Today, I'm over on One Wed Blog talking about best bets in head chic for winter brides. Not the traditional stuff but more like the oh la la you're seeing above and below. These beauties come from a little old Etsy store called, Green Trunk Designs. I'd call these creations half way between vintage and ethnic looking. READ MORE . . . .
I call this gem The Tsarina Wedding Cape. If you're going to be getting married this winter and love the idea of being an ice princess this white suede cape (yes suede!) just happens to be one of my samples and is up for sale. An added bonus is it comes with the faux moulton lamb hat. The front of the cape is lined in faux fur and the collar has a wrap of marabou feathers. The cape is knee-length and extends into a train in the back that can be bustled. If you're going into a cold clime it's about as toasty warm as you can get. Intrigued? I'll send on a few more photos. You can email me at email@example.com and we can talk more . . . .
Winter brides going vintage can not only create a magical wonderland but rock the ages as well. Did you know Hollywood made use of all those gorgeous capes with hoods through the 1930s-40s? Think movies like Anna Karenina and Catherine the Great. Friendly furs also play big in vintage winter wear. Tibetan and Mongolian lamb are super trendy this year as are ostrich and marabou (feathers). Plus accessories add that vintage look to just about anything--gloves in particular, the longer the better because they really keep the chill of your arms--especially if you're going sleeveless. So if you love vintage and are a winter bride below you'll find a bit of inspiration to get you going . . . .
If you love a mix of rolling California hillsides and a heap of ranch elements today's feature is for you. Captured beautifully by Ballad Hall of Ballad's Photography, she had this to say about shooting Kristal and Thomas on their special day, "This fabulous rustic chic wedding took place at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch. You'll see quickly why it is one of the most popular venues on the Central Coast of California with the gorgeous barn and rock walls. Kristal did a perfect job with the details and really made this the wedding of my season! "
Winter pastels were the thing when I was in high school. This meant sweaters, plaid skirts, mufflers and gloves in lavenders, pinks and of course blues. Looking at the inspirations here, pastels could be just the thing for this winter. I found the ice blue tones here a great add on for everything from decor, table settings to fashion.
The obi effect on the back of this dress by Yumi Katsura makes it incredibly kimono-inspired
Some very important fashion is and has been based on the kimono. I'm not talking only Asian fashion here; the world has adopted the kimono in it's many facets. Fashion goes through eras where we're in love with kimono sleeves then ten years later it seems the wrap coat part of the kimono is all the rage! These days evening wear and bridal is borrowing another essential element of the kimono: the obi (sash)--for me the most beautiful part of the garment because done right, the obi can be a form of bustle and God knows how I love those bustles.
Actually the story of the kimono is rather fascinating and has entire books devoted to the history of it. In a nutshell the kimono is a traditional robe of Japanese dress. Once worn daily by everyone in Japan from babies, geishas and samurai warriors--these days the majority of the Japanese reserve kimono dress for wedding and tea ceremonies.
One of my fave designers in the world and certainly respected as one of the best in bridal is Japanese designer Yumi Katsura. Her creations are pictured in the images above where she's presented either a traditional version or has some beautiful details borrowed from the traditional kimono. Katsura's site has a special section for brides looking to purchase a traditional kimono.
I initially created this space for my clients. Eventually brides looking for that touch of wow found their way here. Draping and playing with fabric started some twenty years back when I did a three-year stint as a bridal fabrics buyer. After that I opened Bridal Alternatives, a custom design studio and ever since have had the opportunity of working with brides who want that extraordinary one-of-a-kind dress. I'm in love with fashion history and re-invention of the past.
Other connections to fashion? I’ve been a columnist for San Francisco Art and Fashion News and have a weekly fashion buzz on One Wed Blog. I founded The Design Project of San Francisco, a networking organization of fashion professionals collaborating their skills and talents on projects. I’m currently working on a book called—you guessed it—'Bride Chic', all about that white gown and very special designer/client relationship. I live with my husband Edgar and Chihuahua Piccalina in Marin County California.
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