Fashion Feature

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:

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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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6 Fabulous Fashion Shots

Editorial Love… Emma Watson For Harper’s Bazaar UK

OK, I admit it… I have a bit of a style obsession with Emma Watson of late. The darling English beauty, covers Harper’s Bazaar UK and her editorial depicting her ‘good girl / bad girl’ style is enchanting. Wearing heavenly whites and seductive black looks – from Dior, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Pucci and more – Watson’s striking beauty shines throughout the shots…

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Sneak Peek – Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s

From August 31st, Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s will be available in over 200 stores and online – & here is a sneak peek. The 45 piece collection is priced between $50 – $170 (US). The first official shot from the collection can be seen in the August edition of American Vogue, which features a dress  Lagerfeld describes as a coup d’oeil to the dresses I designed for Chloé”… cannot wait to see more! 

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Drew Barrymore for Neiman Marcus Fall 2011/12

Drew Barrymore channels ‘Old-Hollywood’ glamour for the Autumn / Winter 2011/12 campaign for Neiman Marcus. The campaign features Barrymore lying on a crumpled car, exuding timeless chic.

The images have caused some speculation online, with some drawing reference to photographer Robert Miles’ famous image of Evelyn McHale, who committed suicide in 1947 by jumping from the observation deck of the Empire State Building and landing on a parked limousine. However, a spokesperson for Neiman Marcus has said,‘”The shoot tells the story of a star’s transformation”…

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Gwyneth Paltrow for Coach

Gwyneth Paltrow’s debut campaign as Brand Ambassador for American luxury leather goods label, Coach, has been released online. Paltrow looks intrinsically beautiful and relaxed in the shots, which were taken by Peter Lindbergh on a New York rooftop.  Of her new role, Paltrow has said: “I grew up in New York City and I’ve always thought of Coach as the quintessential New York brand. I’ll never forget getting my first Coach bag.”

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Dylan Lauren’s Wedding Gown

When Dylan Lauren wed Hedge Fund Manager, Paul Arrouet, of course she would call upon her father to design her gown. Ralph Lauren created a glamorous fitted bodice with voluminous, flowing trail for his daughter’s big day. Combining duchesse satin, tulle, silk and georgette – the handmade gown is romantic, whimsical and timeless chic perfection.  

Of creating a spectacular gown for his daughter, Ralph Lauren said: “I want to just give her something that she’d really treasure and give her something that would be really amazing. I want her to feel fantastic”

Of the gown, Dylan Lauren said: ‘I told my fiancé, I may sleep in it. I might wear it the next day. It’s really beautiful. I know that every bit of his energy and heart went into making sure that I liked it.”

For all the beautiful details, Andre Leon Talley will give a personal account of the day in the August edition of American Vogue.

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Versace Says No To Sandblasting Denim

Versace has joined the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) which aims to improve work conditions in the textile industry.

Sandblasting is often used to give jeans a faded look. The sandblasting technique can cause fatal health risks to workers. It was outlawed in Europe in 1966; however, still occurs in other countries around the world, such as Bangladesh, China, Egypt and Mexico.

The CCC has stated, “After an intensive campaign… the Italian textile brand Versace has just announced that it will join other denim manufacturers around the globe in calling for a ban on the practice of sandblasting.”  Launched last year, other brands who have already joined the campaign include: Benetton, Burberry, Carrera Jeans, Karen Millen, Gucci Levi-Strauss, H&M, Pepe Jeans and Replay.

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Hope you all have a fabulously fashionable weekend! xx


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Your Fabulous Fashion Scoop

5 Espresso Shots Of Fashion News

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


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