Looking at wedding dresses can be such a magical thing; thinking about your childhood expectations, how you would envision yourself, and of course the wow factor of putting on a white wedding dress for the first time can be quite an emotional experience. For me, a future bride-to-be, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect to check out the Amsale, Kenneth Pool, and Christos lines designed by Amsale Aberra, who takes a modern approach to elegance when it comes to the wedding dress. Amsale doled out spot-on advice to me: how to think of the wedding as a whole (“consider it a party, not a reception,” she told me), as well as on the sophistication of rich winter white shades, opposed to pure white, for a dress. Upon examining and gingerly touching the gowns, it was hard to have a bias toward a particular cut or style — they were all so beautiful! Stay tuned as my search for the dress (and the shoes, and the veil, and the jewelry, etc) continues, and if you are a future bride, you can check out Amsale’s gorgeous dresses at her 625 Madison Avenue Boutique, as well as at fine and specialty wedding retailers nationwide (search here), including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
November 12, 2011
Strapless Optional Seutache Embroidered Long Gown with Beaded Accents
Sue Wong, best known for her elegant evening-wear division, aims to transform the woman into a goddess; “It’s akin to the special feeling we all had as little girls when we first tried on our mother’s or a loved one’s best garment or jewelry and saw ourselves redefined.” Let us walk you through our favorite feminine pieces from the designer, equipped with sparkle, shine, and frou.
Art Deco-Inspired Beaded Gown with Laser-Cut Petal Skirt Trimmed with Ostrich Feathers
Embellished and Embroidered Long Gown with Sunburst Pleated Skirt
For Spring 2012, Wong draws on “The Lady and the Vamp” motif as she plays with the duality of the two. Fresh designs of organza petals are delicate, while sexy black laced gowns demand gothicism. Art deco gowns and 20s inspired silhouettes of satin and chiffon allow the clothes to take on a power of their own. Each gown is meticulously hand beaded adding to the fantasy allure.
Above are my favorites within the general SS12 collection; Below I chose the best of bridal. The incredible vintage feel and bright colors made it rather difficult to pick!
Long Halter Ball Gown with Beaded Embroidered Torso and 3-D Raw Edge Floral and Tiered Skirt
Art Deco Inspired Beaded Gown with Lazer-Cut Petal Skirt Trimmed with Ostrich Feathers
Bridal for Spring/Summer 2012:
Sue Wong designs are available in over 27 countries and at department stores including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, and Nordstrom.
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September 15, 2011
[All images courtesy of Anna Sheffield]
Anna Sheffield is known for her chic, contemporary jewelry line, but this fashion week marked the launch of her Bridal & Commitment Jewelry that had everyone in the room swooning.
In the “Honeymoon Suite” of The Standard Hotel, the designer explained, “I’ve always loved making engagement rings and bands for my clients and friends. It is amazing to create jewelry that is not only a symbol of a union, but also expresses something, so timeless and distinctive as the wearers’ love and devotion for one another,” says Anna.
Anna Sheffield’s line is innovative in that it is an opportunity for clients to “make their own” jewelry; ranging from traditional to alternative in design, the 40 styles of rings and earrings are special, one of a kind rarities. At the presentation, Anna Sheffield demonstrated the epitome of downtown glamour with her black skirt, hot pink tank and a messy bun. Partnering with EFD diamond manufacturing has provided Sheffield with the highest quality diamonds and stones, both precious and semi-precious. Gorgeous mixed metals met stackable rings for both women and men alike to fuse an on-trend line of bridal jewelry most often associated with with the opposite- tradition.
The inverted cut, a signature of Sheffield’s, is designed for the chic customer, while both the princess cut and radiant cut are found in the collection, along with 14K white, yellow, and rose gold wedding bands, champagne, antique, white and black diamond engagement rings from .05 ct-3 ct. and Just when I thought there could be nothing cooler than a black diamond or a pink sapphire.
September 14, 2010
Guests of Anne Bowen‘s show were treated to a lot of leg, super-high heels, and tight dresses with flowing trains and sashes at her Spring 2011 collection. The theme was “deconstructed formality;” uber short, uber sexy pieces with both soft and edgy masculine elements, like a delicate sash billowing off a taupe one-shoulder or a blue pinstripe short suit. The designer kept the color palette muted, with a majority of silver and nude. Known for her bridal wear, Bowen did not disappoint, as the finale piece was a Swarovski crystal beaded asymmetrical one-shouldered number. Daring brides who are ready to show some skin and leg on their big day now know where to look.
[Images via Elle.com]
There were 4o reasons to celebrate at Project Runway sensation Christian Siriano’s Spring 2011 collection. The king of “fierce” maintained the impeccable craftsmanship and returned to the drama that made him the winner of PR Season Four, with pieces inspired by his travels in Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean. The travel inspiration was evident from the first look: white slim fit pants and a cognac “safari chic” leather jacket, right through to his last creation — the fiery red tulle concoction was wonderfully impractical, yet consistent with Siriano’s over-the-top elaborate aesthetic.
[Images via Elle.com]
Cushnie et Ochs
Design team Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs know how to put on a show. From the eerily wafting fog to the ethereal trip-hop soundtrack, the Cushnie et Ochs show was a cohesive experience, seemingly less about the glaring-lights-go-go-go routine of other shows and more about a sultry method of displaying the much more fluid collection this season. Less evident were some of the skin-tight, monotone mini-dresses, replaced with looser shifts in solids and the collection’s signature gray, peach and white floral print. Nevertheless, for the strong, empowered Cushnie et Ochs woman, the usual suspects — sheer elements, sharp cut-outs, and surprising pops of leather – are here to stay.
[Images via mbfashionweek.com]
Three designers, three shows within a show, three very different visions. Kwak Hyun Joo, Juyoung Lee, and Lee Jean Youn came together to create a show that was fun yet serious and crafted, with mixed media (videos kicking off each designer’s collection on a huge plasma screen at the head of the runway) and mixed sexes. Pucca by Hyun Joo featured pop art — comic book-like prints that were a flirty, free cascade down the runway, with playful additions like ruffles on skirts, fluorescent mesh and tassels on strategically-placed shirt zippers. Lee’s men’s collection, Resurrection, was like an homage to Scottish Military Goth, if such a thing existed, with a sea of black punctuated by cargo pants under kilt-like pleated skirts and strappy, military shirts and jackets. Youn’s collection was an ending full of contrasts, mixing leather and feathers, snake skin and organza, salmon and black and throwing in a little bridal at the end for good measure.