Archive - January, 2005

Short and Sweet

Monique LhuillierMelissa SweetWatters Bridal

As you can see, thanks to the suitcases surrounding the model in the Melissa Sweet dress in the upper right, these short dresses are perfect for the more simple affair – the elopement, the second marriage or perhaps the ceremony on your parent’s front porch.

As someone who’s been down the aisle more than once, I’m especially happy to say that most of the bridal designers are now including short dresses in their lines. Sometimes a girl just wants to forget about all the overblown formal wedding stuff, and rush off to Paris, or New Orleans, or city hall for a simple ceremony.

Happily, thanks to the likes of Monique Lhuillier, Melissa Sweet, and Watters Bridal (shown above) we can find short dresses that allow us the freedom to do as we please but are still unmistakably wedding dresses. We can have the best of both worlds. We can feel justified in ditching the over-priced caterers, byzantine seating charts, and unpleasant in-laws, but still look fabulous.

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The Princess Bride

Dunce Bride

Manolo says, it is the dunce’s cap that makes this.

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The Mermaid

Vera WangAugusta JonesAmsale

A friend of mine has recently asked me to help her choose a gown with a mermaid silhouette, something appropriate for her wedding near the beach this summer in Florida. I’ve got to say, that this was sort of easy for me. Right now the mermaid is in, and is my favorite shape of the moment.

I’ve managed to find three beautiful dresses that would work perfectly for her. The first, in the upper left corner, is a halter top with an empre bodice by Vera Wang. The second, in the upper right, is a strapless with floral appliques and an organza overlay, by the young British designer Augusta Jones. And the bottom one is another halter top, this one by Amsale.

All three dress convey an attitude that is at once romantic and relaxed. They’re fun and flirty and any of the three would be good for my friend’s wedding by the sea.

The thing about the mermaid silhouette is that it’s very flattering and really shows a girl’s curves, and if, like my friend you’ve got them, why not flaunt them.

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Jean-Paul Gaultier Bridal

Manolo says, all eyes will be on you with this stunning get up.

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

Here’s an article about Monique Lhuillier one of my favorite bridal designers.

Monique Lhuillier has quickly gone from bridal designer to red carpet sensation.

That jade goddess gown on Diane Lane at the Golden Globes? It was hers. Britney Spears’ strapless, princess mermaid wedding dress? Another Lhuillier frock.

You can’t quite call her an overnight success, though. The petite Lhuillier, who was raised in the Philippines, has been interested in fashion as long as any 33-year-old could be. She knew in high school that she wanted to pursue a fashion career, so when it came time for college, Los Angeles’ Institute of Design and Merchandise was an easy choice. Her studies focused on bridal and eveningwear.

Lhuillier says she loves the intimacy of working with young women who are excited, nervous and in love all at once. “With bridal, I feel a huge responsibility for my customers. I really feel like when the whole event is done they’re my friends. We bond that much. It’s beyond the dress; I’m responsible for making their dreams come true.”

In 1996, she made a sample collection of eight gowns and brought them to a trade show. She picked up five stores right away. Six months later, and with another trade show under her belt, Lhuillier began to build up a following. She added evening wear in 2000 and opened her own store.

Here are three of my favorite Monique Lhuillier gowns. Note closely the way shoe uses lace.

Lhuillier brings a concern for sumptuous materials and workmanship which evokes the Old World. Yet her dresses which are at once traditional and romantic, remain utterly stylish and glamorous.

This sensibility is particularly evident in her lace creations. This is not your grandmother’s lace dress. Look at the how that middle gown shows off the model’s figure. Rather than piling frou-frou lace on top of satin, she’s created a form-fitting lace sheath which is both flattering and provocative.

Is it any wonder that Hollywood starlets have been turning to Monique Lhuillier in droves for both their bridal and evening wear?

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Amsale

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Whether or not she wants to admit it, almost every woman, well before she’s met Mr. Right, has imagined herself walking down the aisle in the perfect wedding dress.

Amsale Aberra designs dresses that look like the ones we have in our heads. They’re for smart modern princesses. Traditional and romantic but not ridiculous, opulent but not decadent.

The ones I like most are her strapless, full-skirted gowns. They have a dramatic sweep, and the details are pretty and feminine, without being overpowering.

Stuart Weitzman Wedding Shoes

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Manolo says, if you are looking for the traditional white satin wedding shoe of the high quality, these shoes from the Stuart Weitzman, they are on the sale, in both this white and the oyster sparkle lame.

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