Collection Overview – Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011

8 Jun

Wow, this beauty just dropped into my inbox courtesy of Brides Magazine and I had to share it with you. Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2011 bridal collection , and every piece is so beautiful and elegant. So, if you are looking for your wedding dress and need a little nudge in the right direction, this is definitely worth a look.

Every piece is feminine, glamorous, sexy and, well, fabulous! Here are my highlights from the collection…

The one above is great if you are feeling particularly inspired by Kate Middleton’s gorgeous wedding gown

Visit the Oscar de la Renta website here

 

grab yourself a bargain! bridal designer sale – this weekend!

2 Jun

If you are free this weekend (4th and 5th June) then why not head on down to The Lancaster Hotel in London for the Bridal Designer Sale, and grab yourself a designer wedding dress at a smidgen of the original price. Being pitched as ‘the sale no bride can afford to miss!’, you get the idea that it might be a bit of mayhem. But don’t fear if you can’t make it for first thing on Saturday as I have heard that new stock will be arriving throughout the weekend.

With discounts of up to 70% from designers such as Amanda Wakeley and Caroline Castigliano (amongst many others) it is definitely worth a visit. To make sure you hunt for the right size you will be measured upon arrival, and advised as to what will be the best fit for you. There will be trained bridal wear advisors and consultants on hand to help you get the perfect dress with the perfect fit.

It is completely FREE so what have you got to lose?! Register here. Get rummaging!

Vintage Weddings by Marnie Fogg

2 Jun

‘Vintage Weddings’ is a new book by the Marnie Fogg, exploring inspirational wedding dresses through the ages in the form of a fabulous coffee table book. It is jam-packed with imagery to make you go ‘ooooh’ and ‘aaaah’, and I am sure you will find some inspiration in it for your own special day.

Vintage Weddings

The book is a visual journey through weddings over the past century, not only exploring the style of the dresses, but also the ceremonies, designers and cultural influences. Organised in a clear chronological order it is easy to flick through to find inspiration if you are planning a themed wedding. So if you are inspired by the belle opoque elegance of the Edwardian times, or thirties art deco, you will be able to find nuggets of information, including typical cocktails of the era, that will help you on your wedding planning way!

Marnie Fogg is a media consultant in the fashion industry. She has lectured in Visual Studies and the Culture of Fashion at the University of Nottingham. She also has a Master’s degree in Art and Design Advanced Practice and Theory, and has a large number of books to her name.

‘Vintage Weddings’ is available to buy as hardback directly from the publishers, Carlton Books for £15.00 or from Amazon for £16.25 with free delivery in the UK.

Bunting

1 Jun

Bunting is very traditional, and many of you may be thinking ‘oh no!’, but, believe me, it can look gorgeous and works so well with a handmade wedding theme.

Bunting has been transformed into something kinda kitsch, and is something you can easily make yourself. Or, even better, enlist the help of someone else! If you don’t have the time/energy/patience/sewing skills (delete as appropriate) there are people out there to help! Head on over to Etsy and grab a handmade masterpiece. Here are my top picks:

* JUST MARRIED Vintage Pennant Banner on Kraft Paper by PurplePeonyCouture

By the looks of things I think the item is listed as sold, but get in touch with the designer/maker and they might be able to rustle something up for you

JUST MARRIED Vintage Pennant Banner on Kraft Paper 

* SAMPLE SALE . Love Sweet Love Papel Picado Banners by aymujer

£14.42 for a banner with 9 flags. Beautiful, intricate and delicate. It reminds me of Rob Ryan’s work.

SAMPLE SALE . Love Sweet Love Papel Picado Banners

* MR & MRS Glittered Burlap Banner with Tattoos by funkyshique

£17.55 and measures 4.5 feet. The natural hessian is beautiful and I think would work well for a rustic, country-style wedding.

MR & MRS Glittered Burlap Banner with Tattoos

* Lets Make Love Glitter Burlap Banner by funkyshique

£15.05 for bunting stretching approximately 6 feet. Very light and bright, with a distinct handcrafted appeal.

Lets Make Love Glitter Burlap Banner

* Paper Lace Garland – 10′ by thePathLessTraveled

£5.96 for 10 feet. A bargain!

Paper Lace Garland - 10'

* Mini fabric bunting 6 feet 6″ long in duck egg blue, a mini version of True Romance, only sweeter… by BettyandBarclay

£10.03 for 9 flags stretching 6ft 6in. Very cute and floral, reminding me of Cath Kidston prints.

Mini fabric bunting 6 feet 6" long in duck egg blue, a mini version of True Romance, only sweeter...

Designer Spotlight on Johanna Johnson

1 Jun

Johanna Johnson is an Australian bridalwear designer, who has a penchant for designing beautiful dresses inspired by the 1930s, channelling old school glamour. Every dress is handcrafted in Sydney, Australia, using the finest fabrics and trims available. Every piece is created as an heirloom which can be passed down through generations. I think the fabulous dresses already look like timeless treasures which have been cherished over many decades, she manages to capture the essence of Art Deco opulence so beautifully.

Due to popular demand here in the UK, you can now purchase your treasure from Luellas Boudoir. Check the collection out online, or drop by the beautiful store in Wimbledon, London. You will not be disappointed!

Below are a pick of my current favourites available from Luellas Boudoir…

Vivenne dress – Reminiscent of the screen icon Vivienne Leigh. £5,400

Lottie gown – French embroidery lace over ivory silk satin. £5,800

And here are my picks of other items in her Templar collection…

And my top picks from her Trousseau collection…

P.S. You may have noticed the fairly hefty price tag, but I think it is worth it…

Summer 2011 Bridal Style Unwrapped

1 Jun

Wedding season is upon us, with couples up and down the country choosing to tie the knot with a summer wedding (fingers crossed for the sun!).

So, if you are planning to get married this summer and haven’t yet bought that all important wedding dress (or suit!) here are my pick of the top styles to opt for to be the centre of attention:

*POLKA DOTS

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Above: Dress by Christos


 

Polka dots can be used in a subtle way, as illustrated by the gorgeous, dainty dots on the Christos gown. Or, they can be blown up and used to create a more quirky dress, which I think is perfect of a beach wedding.

* GRECIAN GODDESS

Above: Dress by Coast

Above: Dress by Kenneth Pool

Be a Grecian goddess with a gorgeous slinky number. The styles look beautiful on all shapes and sizes, and are especially flattering on larger women and I think look great with a pregnancy bump. The softly draped fabric suits summer weddings perfectly.

* 1930s

Above: Dress by Isabel Zapardiez

Above: Dress by Johanna Johnson

The 1930s was a period of time where bias cut dresses were in abundance. In all honestly, the style of dresses, in the slinkiest of silks, suit svelte women as they cling to the body. If you have a back to be proud of, these styles will be perfect for you, as many 1930s influenced gowns have the low back detail. However, you don’t have to take the style literally, little details can be taken and utilised in more structured fabrics.

* EMBELLISHMENT

Above: Dress by Amanda Wakeley

Above: Dress by Jenny Packham

Embellishment is a great way to transform a plain and simple wedding gown into something more intricate and unique. It can be introduced in a way to suit you and your personality – you may want the embellishment to be isolated to one area, or perhaps you want it to cover the entire dress. These dresses have a lovely bohemian feel about them

* SUITS

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Above: Suit by Armani

Above: All-In-One Tuxedo by Alexander McQueen

If you are after something a little less conventional for your wedding day, how about a sharply tailored suit or all-in-one?  A chic suit is timeless and classic, and can be worn after your big day, if you so wish. If you are opting for a suit it is worth shelling out a bit to make sure it is beautifully cut, and tailored to you, that way you know that it will unbelievably flattering.

all hail the jam jar

17 Aug

Cheap chic. Don’t believe me? It really is easily achievable. Get collecting now, the weirder the better. Ask friends, family, neighbours…anyone…to save up their empty jars so you can turn them into a personalised decoration for your special day.

You may have seen in my earlier post how you can use jam jars for cocktails, but here is how they can be used for anything from place names, to wedding favours…

Place setting

Candle holder

Wedding Favours (fill it with gorgeous homemade jam or chutney, and stick on a label with your names and the date of your wedding)

Place names

Serve items from it, e.g. tea bags, sweets etc.

Confetti holder – being such a new and innovative idea (!) I couldn’t find any images of this, but here is an idea of how you can paint the jam jars to match your colour theme, and then fill them with confetti – be it edible rice paper or dried rose petals

Sparkler holder

Vase

Dessert in a jar

Drinking glasses

Who would have thought the humble jam jar would have so many uses?!