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Stylish Alternatives For Modern Brides


Recently I was asked by Lane to write a fashion piece for modern, stylish brides who are seeking chic alternatives to the traditional wedding gown. LANE is an online wedding directory with beautiful, inspiring content and imagery to assist you in planning your big day. For more information, please visit:
www.thelane.com

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From the Runway To The Aisle

Make A Show Stopping Statement On Your Big Day

The latest round of runway collections presented some new and exciting ways to dress for your wedding day. From the high drama bygone allure of 1940’s silhouettes; to Mod mania with a 60’s twist; or the stylish seduction of 70’s glamour – your wedding gown can make a show stopping statement on your big day.

When it comes to colour, more is definitely more this season. And not just conservative colour choices, although there are plenty of sophisticated variables in soft pinks, creamy latte and luscious lavender. No, we are talking serious colour to really capture attention. Colour can inject a youthful, vitality into your wedding gown; with certain colours also heightening the overall aesthetic or theme of your wedding day. But how to interpret these iconic shapes and colours?

Timeless, Iconic 40’s Finesse

One of the season’s strongest trends involves broad shoulders that gracefully taper into a tailored waist. Across the catwalks refined 40’s feminine allure was back with a vengeance. At Gucci, Frida Giannini created looks reminiscent of film noir in colour. The designer conjured decadent long dresses with flowing chiffon in bold jewelled tones worthy of a cinematic moment. Other houses filled their collections with demure dresses and an air of restrained allure. At Ralph Lauren, an emerald green slip exuded pure iconic Old-Hollywood glamour. Whilst at Miu Miu, Donna Karan and Louis Vuitton, we were transported into a World War II-era, where skirts and dresses were worn to the knee or ankle and waists were highlighted with a clinched belt. For more 40’s inspiration… 

Bold, Daring 60’s Revolution

When you take in all of the extraordinary colour, bold lines and simple silhouettes for the coming season, you would be forgiven for thinking fashion has gone mod squad cool. The return of the swinging 60’s, saw the era’s signature style makers take centre stage at Prada, Alberta Ferretti, Stella McCartney and more. Think luxe fabrics in pop art brights with great attention paid to the smallest details. Combining just the right amount of girly sweetness crossed with a sexy edge; chic 60’s fashion icon Jean Shrimpton is your muse. For more 60’s inspiration…

Effortless, Sophisticated 70’s Seduction

Oh so heavenly, there was something particularly compelling about the delicate romance and quiet seduction of 70’s streamlined chic. In the business of style, the 70’s aesthetic marks an irresistible return to effortless glamour. The silhouettes feature floor-sweeping hemlines in a volume of cascading fabric to elongate the body and create a vibe of unmistakable cool. At Yves Saint Laurent, pussy bow blouses were worn with palazzo trousers, while at Rachel Zoe her signature boho glam aesthetic shone through in long dresses that skim the body. For more 70’s inspiration…

Making The Big Decision
Stepping into the spotlight on your big day with a gown worthy of an iconic leading lady, brings a refined sophistication to your wedding. When choosing a coloured wedding gown, be sure to reflect on the style, tone and shape. Consider the type of look you want to achieve as well as the essential wedding details – giving thought to the venue and season.

The gown is at the heart of your day and a coloured version is a sensational way to perfectly express your personality and style xx

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Mélanie Laurent For Dior’s Hypnotic Poison

Mélanie Laurent has been announced as the new face of Christian Dior’s Hypnotic Poison scent. The beautiful French actress (known for her role in ‘Inglourious Basterds’), singer, director and writer, will also wear Dior Couture on the red carpet. Love Mélanie Laurent and adore the intoxicating allure of Hypnotic Poison!

Leighton Meester For Vera Wang’s ‘Lovestruck’

The first image from Vera Wang’s ‘Lovestruck’ campaign has been released starring Leighton Meester.  The 25year old Gossip Girl favourite looks absolutely divine in a floor length purple gown. C’est Magnifique!

Marchesa For Playboy

Renowned for their extraordinary red carpet gowns; Marchesa designers, Keren and Georgina, have tackled the iconic Playboy bunny costume. The exclusive model has been created to celebrate the opening of the new Playboy Club in London on June 4. Looking to embellish the iconic costume with a couture touch, Marchesa have said,

“very excited for the opportunity to design one of the iconic symbols of pop and fashion culture. We were inspired by the original costume, but we added some of Marchesa’s signature details: embroidery and draping while respecting the classic corseted silhouette of the Playboy costume. The result is a modern and feminine rendition of this legendary look”.

Pierre Cardin To Sell Fashion House

Pierre Cardin is selling his legendary fashion house. At 88, Cardin has said, “I know I won’t be here in a few years and the business needs to continue.” Founding his house in 1950, Cardin was one of the pioneers of brand licensing. His name is now carried on hundreds of products, including; clothing, shoes, bottled water, furniture and perfume.

Best Dressed at Met Gala

Decadence, glamour and divine red carpet fashion statements – were of course the order of the day at the Met Gala. Many guests were dressed in McQueen, even the lady of the moment herself, McQueen Creative Director, Sarah Burton (aka the creator of the Duchess of Cambridge’s gorgeous wedding gown) (pictured below). Stella McCartney also had an impressive turn out of celebrity support. McCartney (pictured below), the Gala co-chair, wore a black strapless dress and platform sandals from her label.

In Alexander McQueen:  Burton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daphne Guinness and Naomi Campbell

In Stella McCartney: McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Mendes and Kate Hudson

Who was your best dressed? xx

 

Photos from vogue.co.uk / vogue.it / google images

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Emma Watson – The New Face Of Lancome

Emma Watson is officially the new face of Lancôme. The beautiful, fresh faced starlet has been spotted in Paris filming the new campaign with Mario Testino (still from shoot featured far right). Previous ambassadors for Lancôme have included: Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet and Isabella Rossellini. Having previously modelled for Burberry as well as having collaborated with Alberta Ferretti and People Tree on eco-fashion lines; Watson’s diligence, striking beauty and old-world glamour make her perfect for the brand. Lancôme President, Youcef Nabi, has said of Watson:

“Thanks to her charm, romanticism and her incredible modernity, Emma Watson has become the icon of her generation. We are delighted by this new collaboration with Emma who brings a fresh spirit to Lancôme.”

Karl Lagerfeld & Magnum?

Karl Lagerfeld and Rachel Bilson have joined forces for delicious ice-cream brand Magnum. Lagerfeld will direct the new advertising campaign which will star Bilson. Chanel muse and model Baptiste Giabiconi was also spotted on set (pictured right with Lagerfeld). Shooting in Paris, sources say Bilson was wearing a seemingly ‘Black Swan’ inspired look – with her hair pulled back in a tight bun, cream ballet slippers and tiara.

Rachael Zoe’s Chic Maternity Must-Have

Rachael Zoe took to Twitter yesterday with a tweet pic of her new seriously chic diaper bag by Alexander McQueen! Well, Zoe is set to have one seriously chic baby!

Snapping a pic of herself holding the darling bag, Zoe tweeted:

OMG!!! Mqueen diaper bag????? It leaves me speechless!! XoRZ”.

Eva Mendes – The New Face of Angel by
Thierry Mugler

It has been announced Eva Mendes will replace Naomi Watts as the face of iconic perfume Angel by Thierry Mugler. As the previous model and spokeswomen for the brand, Watts has appeared in campaigns since 2008.

Marc Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award

Marc Jacobs will be awarded the CFDA’s prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement prize.  Announced in New York on Wednesday, Jacobs is also nominated for the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. This will be his fourth nomination for this award. The full list of nominees: 

International Designer of the Year – Celine creative director Phoebe Philo
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award –  Marc Jacobs
Fashion Icon of the Year – Lady Gaga
Womenswear Designer of the Year –  The nominees: Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs & Proenza Schouler
Menswear Designer of the Year  – The nominees: Michael Bastian, Patrik Ervell & Simon Spurr
Accessory Designer of the Year – The nominees: Reed Krakoff, Alexander Wang & Proenza Schouler
Swarovski Award for Womenswear – The nominees: Joseph Altuzarra, Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen & Prabal Gurung
Swarovski Award for Menswear – The nominees: Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim & Robert Geller
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design – The nominees: Alejandro Ingelmo, Eddie Borgo, Jason Wu & Pamela Love

Happy Thursday! xx

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