Off-the-shoulder chic

A vintage look with modern sensibilities

As you no doubt have already guessed, I love all things classic. If I think a dress or a necklace or a shoe would have looked appropriate on my two favorite style icons (Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe), I’ll usually buy it.

So it is no surprise that designer Shannon McLean appeals to my sensibilities. Her wedding gowns look like the came out of the closets of my favorite starlets of bygone eras. Ruffles, lace, old fashioned (yet still daring) necklines, bows, and beautiful fabrics define Ms. McLean’s feminine bridal collections.

The unique and sexy dress above (named Coco, from the spring 2005 collection) features a one-shoulder draped fitted bodice accented with a bow. While I’m not usually partial to off-the-shoulder styles, this dress, which accentuates the back and comes in white or blush English net or silk gazar, gets it right. All I can say is yummy.

7 Responses to “Off-the-shoulder chic”

  1. Kourtney says:

    Oh, but the bow! The bow! How could one wear one’s heirloom necklace with a bow like that? And what kind of veil?

    I can only hope that it’s a misfired link, as that dress leaves me a little cold.

    Back to work with me now.

  2. Never teh Bride says:

    Who needs a veil when you’ve got a big, honkin’ bow?

    Well, better than a giant butt bow, anyhow…

  3. jenny says:

    Oh, I was married in the sad era of giant butt-bows. It was the worst of times.

    I really like the Vivi from Spring 2005: it’s so unusual! You’d definitely have to see it on; but I’ll bet that if you were a skinny or beyond-skinny little thing, it’d look very chic. If you’re not-so-skinny [like I am] or busty, it might not work as well; but the extra-wide middriff band would surely accentuate a small waist/lower ribcage.

  4. Never teh Bride says:

    That’s the thing that bums me out about Shannon McLean’s creations, jenny. Though I love most of them, I don’t think I’d look good in any of them!

  5. Kristine says:

    ooo- thank you for sharing her- I LOVE some of her halter dresses- fabulous!
    (the bow appeals to me in a way that butt bows NEVER did)

  6. Lawri says:

    Does anyone know if Shannon McLean is still designing? I ask because the Web site is no longer there. . . . I hope it’s just due to nonrenewal of the domain name or something, because I love this designer’s work! But I can’t find any recent press, or any mention of a 2006 line.

    I’m dying to know what’s going on!

  7. Never teh Bride says:

    Never fear, Lawri! She simply changed her URL. The new site can be found here.