Wedding Dress Wednesday - Designer Spotlight
I haven’t been blogging as of late, but I am back this week to highlight designer Catherine Dean, known for her exquisite red carpet and bridal gowns. Her gowns have been seen all over the red carpet this year on starlets from Selena Gomez (one of her fave designers) and Taylor Swift, to Pink and Britney Snow. The visionary draws inspiration partly from her experiences around the world, born in Ireland and residing in South Africa and currently London. Her designs are a multicultural fusion of modern femininity, soft and sculptured fabrics, and well crafted elegant lines. What I love most about her designs is the cost. These one-a-kind, fabulous, gowns are all under $2,000 (Brides that means you can opt out of cookie-cutter retailer, Davids Bridal)! Check out these swoon-worthy, jaw dropping designs, from Dean’s new collection!
Love this peach blush color! I think its perfect for a winter or spring wedding palette paired with gray tuxedos.
She totally gets it with the sleeves and the illusion lace on this gown (above)!
Love the intricate beading (left) and sculptured bodice(right) on these gowns….and the muted color palette, OH MY!
Love a non-traditional champagne wedding dress…Don’t you?
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Bridal Style Tips: How To Travel With Your Wedding Dress
I have been hearing a lot of discussion on how to travel with your wedding dress on the plane. It’s not as scary as it sounds ladies! Here are some tips to get you and your gown across the clouds in the best shape possible.
1.) Make sure you reduce your number of carry on luggage. Most planes have closets available to hang wedding gowns, so you should always bring the gown onboard when possible
2.) If taking your dress on the plane is not an option, make sure your bridal salon can pre pack your gown in a dress box (which is usually free along with domestic shipping), if you are going to check your precious cargo.
3.) Always hang the dress inside a sturdy travel garment bag. Stuffing the dress with acid-free tissue paper or plastic dry cleaner bags helps the dress retain its shape. FYI, the bodice and sleeves are the areas most likely to suffer from crushing, so they should be stuffed until almost full.
4.) If you have some extra spending money, you can always pay for a seat for your dress and have it flying beside you in style. Be sure to buckle it in!
5.) 3)Upon arrival, always go for steaming your gown rather than pressing it. Know the materials your gown is made from to ensure the best care for it. If you have any tulle on your gown never press it and always steam. Upon arriving at your destination, unpack your gown and hang it immediately.
Wedding Dress Wednesday - Designer Spotlight
If you have been reading my blog, then you know I am all about profiling the off beaten path, under the radar, bridal gown designers. This week I want to introduce you to a fabulous Isreali designer by the name of Inbal Dror . Her 2012 haute couture collection is to die for. The collection is Roman inspired, using gorgeous fish tail hemlines, tulle, and lace. The best part is that she takes custom orders and will design a gown just for your body type and style. Take a look at some of this amazing collection (by the way this is my dress crush of the week)!
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Wedding Dress Wednesday - Emmy Edition
So this week for Wedding Dress Wednesday, We wanted to give our top ten picks, courtesy of the Haute & Styled team, on Emmy inspired gowns for your big day. From the runway, to the red carpet, to down the aisle and at the alter, these gowns are Haute! *Warning the eye candy might blind you*
1) Zooey Deschanel- Wearing an Ice Blue Reem Acra gown. Check out the stunning sweetheart neckline and the laser cut hemlines in the tulle! The dress has to be paired with some killer gems and all things bling! This one is for all you princess brides.
2) Jessica Pare- Wearing a classic white one shoulder Jason Wu gown, accented with a black sash. Who doesn’t love a classic black & white wedding? We would love to see this dress with a dark romantic or sultry red lip- Oxblood anyone? This dress looks stunning with a classic or vintage updo or exaggerated bun!
3) Padma Lakshmi- Absolutely Stunning in this trumpet style Monique Lhuillier gown in one of this year’s hottest colors: Tangerine Tango. This gown also has a sweetheart neckline and is perfect for all you curvy girls. We think this gown would look best on dark skinned and nicely tanned women. Can’t forget how awesome this would look accented with all things gold metallic on a wedding day for that added touch of glam!
4) Emily Vapcamp- “50 Shades of Grey” (We had too) This is a beautiful, danity, muted grey gown, by J. Mendel. We love the fit of this dress for a girl of any size wanting to show of some skin, but not too much! When wearing this gown on a wedding day, you defiantly have to play it up with accessories and accent colors. For accents, choose colors like sea foam, turquoise, jade green, tangerine tango, lavender and plum or the classic black & white paired with blush pink.
5) Kristen Wiig- Wearing a super trendy tea length gown in blush by Balenciaga. This gown would look best on a smaller chested woman due to its halter neckline. We would love to see this paired with flesh tones, hues of nude, blush, and creams, for a gorgeous, soft, wedding. We love the lace detailing and flowy fabric on this one.
6) Julie Bowen- In a figure flattering, fit & flare Monique Lhuillier neon yellow gown. This is so fab, we love it! If you are brave enough to wear this stunner down the aisle, forget gaudy jewels and accessories and keep it simple. Pair this with accent colors such as shades gray, black & white, khaki, or something blue (preferably navy) for a fall/winter wedding.
7) Christina Hendricks- Va Va Voom! This strapless Christian Siriano in metallic silver is magnificent. This dress will work on anyBody and as you can see can be equally as stunning on a heavy chested woman. Those girls look like summer melons! The belt and the sweetheart neckline adds a great silhouette. An added bonus is Christian Siriano just announced he has a wedding collection in the works (Happy Dance, with cartwheels)!
8) Allison Williams- Dress Crush! Stunning jade green Oscar De La Renta gown. No bridal dress countdown is complete without one of the biggest trends in bridal and fashion for 2012/2013 - Peplum. You can’t lose with this one! We all know green is one of fall’s biggest trends from NYFW and looks great on all skin tones. Choose accents such as fuchsia, blue hues, tangerine tango/sherbet orange, or metallic gold.
9) Lily Rabe- This classic Tadashi gown screams vintage and/or art deco- Two huge trends for fall 2012 and spring 2013. We love the collar, the nude & black color, and the Chantilly lace detailing. Tadashi pulled out all the stops on the one, as the dress features a Venetian lace bodice. This gown works on all body types and shapes.
10) Kata Mara- This gorgeous and glamorous Badgley Mischka gown is last, but not in the least bit lacking. We love the floral appliques, fit, and gold-blush metallic color of this gown. We also love the side swept hair, but this gown would also look great with a vintage deep finger waves. We love the pretty nude pink lip, but would have done more with the cheeks. The fishtail on the dress is amazing, creating a gorgeous silhouette for any body style.
Who was your best dressed? Would you wear any of these gorgeous gowns down your aisle?