Showing posts with label vera wang. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vera wang. Show all posts

Monday, March 21, 2011

Vera Wang comes to David’s Bridal

image So the impossible has happened!!! Vera Wang teamed up with David’s Bridal and has launched her exclusive line of wedding dresses for a lower price point than her designer line that you would find at an upscale boutique salon. I have mixed reviews on this…the biggest downside is the fact that David’s Bridal is a mass market store for brides and therefore the customer service will not reflect what you would find at an upscale boutique that normally carries designer lines such as Vera. On the upside though, if you haven’t seen the line yet, I recommend you take a look. She has done a great job of creating a line that will fit almost every type of bride. The dresses might not be as intricate as her regular line but they are surely stunning enough on their own and at a lower cost to the consumer…you the bride! Gowns begin at $600 and go up to about $1400.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

How to use upcoming fashion trends when choosing your gown, aka thank God for Fashion Week.

I love Fashion Week, love love love looooooove it. I get so excited and spend countless hours on the internet flipping through every single fashion show, gushing over a million gowns that I would never be able to afford, ah wonderful!!! Now it’s not often that most of the major trends work in the wedding dress world, but this year they totally do. Fashion is very pretty right now and that works really well for wedding dress shopping.

 Trends.003 Sheer fabrics were all the rage on this years catwalk. I love this trend!!! It can be really sweet and ethereal...it can also be super sexy and revealing. I think the key to this trend is making sure that it’s not too sheer. I mean, I am all for a little scandal, but your wedding day is not the time. I am also a fan of sheer fabric bunched together so that it’s opaque and full of volume. 

Trends.001Draping rocks my socks. I can’t get enough of this! It’s stunning and interesting and I prefer it to the hard, edgy origami that was all the rage last Fall. This trend houses so many different looks within itself. I am a sucker for a Grecian drape, but I also love the modern and funky things being done a la Vera Wang and Lela Rose. This trend work beautifully for wedding dress. love.

Trends.002 Sparkle. Who doesn’t love to sparkle? Answer: Bitter, mean-hearted souls. Shine is everywhere this season and I am a super fan! The goal is to not look like a child playing dress up or a cheap prom date. Don’t think shiny lamé and plastic sequins, think crystals, pearls, glass beads, and any iridescent fabrics. Yes, this will cost you, but it is so worth it to get the intended affect which is, of course, guests/groom to be knocked speechless by your radiance. Plus, I adore the way sparkly  gowns look in black and white photos, it is such a to die for look. Seriously, I die. Yes, I have been watching far too much of the Rachel Zoe project.

Now, as you can see many of the gowns mix and match within these three trends and I say as long as one is definitely the more dominant trend, rock it!!! Just as always, less is more, unless you are a drag queen, then more is definitely more.

Until we meet again, stay bridal and walk that aisle like a runway, can you say FIERCE!?!?!

Lauren

Friday, July 10, 2009

How to dress Eco-Friendly for your wedding and not look the least bit crunchy.

The subject of eco-friendly is the hottest topic around! Forget a fancy foreign sports car, you’re only uber cool if you own a dorky Prius. Even Hollywood is crazed with saving dear ole mother earth, crazies like Alicia Silverstone, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and a host of others have jumped off the deep end for saving our planet. I have to admit, I do love my reusable grocery bags and my new organic sulfate-free shampoo, I’m so hip. But weddings and eco-friendly have not always gone hand-in-hand in my mind, but that has all changed. The amount of super chic and sassy planet loving designers out there is astonishing. It is so easy and affordable(gasp!!!) to find environment friendly wedding gowns. You have two choices when going all DiCaprio on your wedding, using a new gown made with renewable/sustainable products made with the least amount of detriment to the earth or buying used, not only can you find super great deals on gowns and designers you might otherwise never be able to afford, you are doing a little something to help out our world.

ecofriendly.002Olivia Luca is the coolest website ever, you  are essentially designing your own gown and having it shipped to your door. The website offers great descriptions of styles, fabrics, you even get to pick the models skin color to get the perfect idea of what the dress will look like on, plus you can order swatches before making your final decision. You get to choose from a huge variety of eco-conscious fabrics, such as organic cotton sateen, organic linen, fair trade handwoven silk shantung, and hempcel, a 100% sustainable biodegradable product. Now this is a great idea even for the non eco-chic brides because the site offers the “norm” wedding fabrics as well. And get this, the dresses average for about 1200 dollars! Killer good!

ecofriendly.001Morgan Boszilkov, an Atlanta based designer(whoo-hoo), has a great offering of eco-friendly traditional wedding gowns in her “natural bridal collection.” She also decided to enhance her greeness by making some of her gowns convertible with detachable skirts so that they can be worn shorter and possibly again.

ecofriendly.003Now, Deborah Lindquist makes me really happy! This is not for the traditional bride, this girl has got some serious spunk and I love it! Prices start around 750 for separates, skirts and bodices, but get up to 3000 dollars. That still nothing compared to a Reem or Monique!

ecofriendly.004If Deborah Lindquist makes me happy, Wai Ching puts me over the moon! This is some crazy wild stuff, but on the right lady this is the perfect gown for a boho chic wedding. And trust me some of it is seriously nasty, seriously, but the rest of it is just amazing.

ecofriendly.005Used or Vintage

I have no idea why more brides don’t do this, but I found TONS of Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang, Reem Acra, etc on ebay for cheap. Some of the dresses for more than half off of the original price tag!!! Beware the words like or inspired by in the descriptions...they’re knock offs. So don’t deprive yourself of the fancy salon experience, just don’t purchase there...go home and find the same dress that some smarty pants has decided to sell. Try ebay and craigslist for some amazing options. Also, hit up vintage stores and/or Grandma’s closet, repurposing a vintage piece is super hip and has loads of character. ecofriendly.006

So until we meet again, stay bridal and don’t let granola anywhere near your wedding.

Lauren

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Keep an open mind.......

Ladies...my beautiful brides......I too, was a bride not so long ago, and I tried on almost every designer gown I could get my hands on knowing full well that there was no way I could dole out 10,000 for a Vera Wang or Lazaro! But that didn't stop me from trying them on. Nor should it you....but here is a tip. A bride will wear a gown ONE TIME...and then she will either store it or sell it. The new trend is buying gently used designer gowns for a fraction of the cost. That doesn't mean that you have give up the 2 hour champagne and chocolates when trying them on with your bridesmaids and mother....by all means...do it! You deserve to be spoiled...and you need to know what style and size you will be looking for anyway! If you decide that you cannot afford the original price tag at the bridal shop, then try these:

www.preownedweddingdresses.com

www.encorebridal.com

www.bridecouture.com

This option also goes for you brides that have purchased one of the dresses and would like to sell it back! Really....are you ever going to wear it again? I used to tell myself that I was going to throw a party for all of my friends to wear their wedding gown, suits, and tuxes again...but truthfully...can we still fit in them? Or are they still in style if we could?

Go ahead save some money!!!!