Friday, December 30, 2011


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


Another happening 2012 trend is the illusion neckline.  Popularized in the 1950s this style allowed modesty as well as showing some skin, albeit opaque but sexy and demure.  These days illusion is found in a few varieties of sheer fabric: tulle, power netting, organza and chiffon to name a few.  Designers are using softer and stretchier fibers for the max in comfort . . .

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.

Monday, December 26, 2011


 I've been wanting this book for so long you can imagine how jazzed I was Christmas morning when I found it under the tree.  From 1700 onward, The Wedding Dress by Edwina Ehrman is a pictoral history of what brides have worn and why.  I'm still perusing through it over these holidays and so far would reccommend it to any bride-to-be.  In addition, anyone into fashion history will find this coffee table gem chock full of gorg photos a real boon . . . .

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Have yourself a merry little Christmas . . .

Hair by Kathi Rothkop

Friday, December 23, 2011


Catch me over on One Wed talking 2011 trends we all loved and embraced.  Here's one of my faves: Upcycled chic from the 1960s.  This refurbished gown says Grace, Audrey and Jackie all over again.  READ MORE

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Has bridal fashion become less traditional and more in 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 Saab
 Elie Saab  Elie Saab
 Elie Saab
Elie Saab

 Elie Saab
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 . . . .
Since 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.

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


What could be more romantic than a tartan wedding during the holiday season?  Tartans and plaids are practically synonomous with Christmas both in decor and fashion, not to mention everything from wrapping paper to Christmas cards. It took me a long time to locate an actual Scottish designer of bridal wear who specialized not only in couture but the true essence of how tartan relates to fashion.  Designer 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.

William Shakespeare
(1564 - 1616

Model: Rocio
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


 Just a pointer here for finishing off your bridal look with belts and sashes: the simpler the gown, the more ornate the belt can be.  These floral sashes are works of art by indie designers and could jazz up the look on most gowns.   I'm loving the feathered looks here . . . so ultra-sophisticate and Boho all at once . . .

Top photo: Feathered Flower Bridal Sash by BC Girls
Row 1: Vintage inspired flowers by Erica Elizabeth DesignRow 2: Lissette Sash by Lo Boheme