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
Your Fabulous Fashion Scoop
3 Espresso Shots Of News & 1 Style Tribute…
Karl Lagerfeld has reunited with Diet Coke to create three iconic bottle designs for Summer. Of the collaboration, Lagerfeld has said:
“I loved what we did last year but I will love 2011 even more. I’m delighted about this collaboration. It’s exciting for me because I love the idea and as everybody knows, I drink Diet Coke and nothing else, night and day. It was pure pleasure to do a campaign with people I like and for a product I love”.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THESE BOTTLES!
Coco Mademoiselle – The New Film
The new film for Coco Mademoiselle, starring Keira Knightley, has been released online. The film, directed by Joe Wright (who also worked with Knightley on Pride & Prejudice and Atonement), follows Knightley waking from her slumber; applying Coco Mademoiselle Parfum to her décolletage; riding around Paris on her motorcycle and seducing photographer, Alberto Ammann. This time round sees Knightley’s leading lady more seductive, sexy and independent, yet always encapsulating the beautiful elegance of a Chanel lady.
Rachel Zoe & Rodger Berman Welcome Their First Child
Congratulations Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman who have welcomed their first child – Skyler Morrison Berman – into the world! Zoe took to Twitter and wrote:
“Thank you all so much for your love! [Rodger] and I couldn’t be happier with little Skyler Morrison in our arms … he is everything”. I cannot wait to see his baby wardrobe!
Style Tribute –
Mesmerising beauty, undeniable style & extraordinary glamour…
On Wednesday the world lost one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress and style icon, died at age 79.
Receiving two Academy Awards for Best Actress; her endless championing for AIDS awareness, research and cure; her eight marriages; her love of show-stopping jewels – Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most beautiful women the world has ever seen. As well as her four children, Taylor is survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Uptown Twirl Loves Elizabeth Taylor xx
Photos from vogue.co.uk / catwalkqueen.tv /google images
Your Daily Fashion Scoop
6 Espresso Shots of News…
1>> Keira Knightley graces the cover of Vogue UK’s January 2011 issue (pictured right). Photographed by Mario Testino, the cover is strikingly different with its dramatic black and white tones and Knightley’s red necklace. Inside the issue she also models looks from Miu Miu, Sonia Rykiel, Prada and Marni…
2>> Speaking of Mario Testino, the renowned fashion photographer, has taken the engagement pictures of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Testino also captured Prince William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, when she was alive. The photos are set to be released before Christmas…
3>> Proenza Schouler looks set to sell a 45% share in their label to businessman, Andrew Rosen. Rosen is also head of Helmut Lang and has investments in Alice + Olivia, Gryphon and Rag & Bone…
4>> Kohl’s has announced they will renew their license to manufacture Simply Vera by Vera Wang as well as bring a Vera Wang Cosmetics line into production. Vera Wang cosmetics will be in stores for Spring 2012…
5>> The winners of the 2010 British Fashion Awards have been announced at London’s Savoy Hotel and Theatre. Some of the winners included: …
Phoebe Philo Designer of the Year award
Alexa Chung British Style award
Lara Stone Model Of The Year
Burberry Digital Innovation Award
6>> The super stylish stepped out looking divine for the British Fashion Awards (as is to be expected!). My top 4 best dressed of the night (and pictured below):
Alexa Chung in Chanel with a Burberry jacket
Lara Stone in Calvin Klein Collection
Yasmin Le Bon in Christopher Kane
Victoria Beckham in a dress from her collection