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Manolo for the Brides » Designers http://manolobrides.com Manolo Loves the Brides! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:36:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.1 LOVE/HATE: On and Off http://manolobrides.com/2012/12/14/lovehate-on-and-off/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/12/14/lovehate-on-and-off/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:09:57 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12294
This is the top of Rosa Clara’s new wedding gown, BASILEA.

So are both of these.

Rosa Clara’s latest line features a slew of gowns that are mostly strapless with sheer boleros on top. BASILEA is unique in that it features spaghetti straps and a more imaginative jacket with French cuffs.

Me? I LOVE this one. I like the clever nods to a man’s formal shirt combined with lacy, feminine details. I also rather love the elegant wedding dress yet stripped down ballgown underneath. And the pockets? Make me smile. I love pockets.

What say all of you? LOVE it? HATE it? Something in between?

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‘Reality’ Becomes a Reality http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/15/reality-becomes-a-reality/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/15/reality-becomes-a-reality/#comments Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:09:55 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12221
Brides.com has an overview of wedding gown designer Austin Scarlett’s latest collection for 2013… and I was struck by how familiar this gown looked.

In fact, I knew precisely where I had seen it before.

That’s right, it’s a very slightly reworked version of the wedding gown Austin used as the big finale of his collection for Project Runway All Stars season 1!

Clever lad! I always said he was one of the most resourceful and imaginative designers ever to grace the Project Runway stage. He may have ended up the bridesmaid twice now, but his career was the first one of all the designers ever to appear on that show not to be captioned with the fact he was a reality show contestant.

And yes, when I saw this gown I said straight off the bat that he could sell the look like pancakes. Here’s hoping he does!

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Trends From NYC Bridal Market 2012 http://manolobrides.com/2012/10/16/trends-from-nyc-bridal-market-2012/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/10/16/trends-from-nyc-bridal-market-2012/#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:06:39 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12053
(Image via Love to Know Weddings where you can get some good tips on making your own gown)
So my little chickadees. For the past few days, NYC has been abuzz with the bridal collections shown for 2013 at Bridal Market 2012.

And the nice thing about seeing all those collections over the course of three days is that trends get easy to spot. Here are a few that are making the news in bridal this week.

Statement Headpieces. The bridal runways had lots of drama up top with headpieces like this one from Reem Acra featuring bandeaux, or large fascinators. If you love a great headpiece, this is going to be the season for you.

Illusions. While there’s still plenty of strapless being shown, more and more gowns are featuring straps, sleeves, and illusion overlays, like this gorgeous gown from Lazaro. Whether decorated in lace, jewels, sequins, or left plain, illusion is a big story right now in bridal.

Soft/subtle color. After a couple seasons where designers vied for stronger and stronger colors, this soft moss green gown by Claire Pettibone was one of the strongest colored on the runways. Even Vera Wang showed all white this time. But fear not, colorful gals! For those who like a dash of color, it’s still to be found in more subtle hues and smaller dashes. Most of the color was in the pastel range and limited to either a bit of embroidery, a belt or sash. All the same, color is not going away anytime soon.

Lace Overlays. As illustrated by this gown from Alfred Angelo’s new Disney collection, lace is on top as bridal gown decoration.

The great thing, though, is that there is plenty of variety being shown. Long and short, mermaid and ballgown, strapless to long sleeves, ruffled or sleek, even prints! If you’ve been dreaming of it in a wedding gown, chances are somebody showed it.

And as I like to say, trends aren’t orders. If you don’t love what’s in the salons, seek alternatives. Find the gown of your dreams and wear it with joy.

That’s how to be a beautiful bride.

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Coming Soon to a Salon Near You: More Disney Tie Ins http://manolobrides.com/2012/09/26/coming-soon-to-a-salon-near-you-more-disney-tie-ins/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/09/26/coming-soon-to-a-salon-near-you-more-disney-tie-ins/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:57:19 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11967
We all know that many brides are inspired by fairy tale ideas when planning their weddings. And when it comes to fairy tales, is there one that has inspired more weddings than Cinderella? I would suggest not. I’m guessing a lot more brides are basing their Cinderella weddings on the iconic Disney version than any other.

Yeah, not many couples do the Grimm’s version. Can’t imagine why. It only involves the bride’s stepsisters losing hunks of their feet, after all. It’s not like that one ended in dozens of dead bodies. For Grimm, it’s positively Disneyesque.

But I digress.

What’s the point of all of this? Well, next month Disney is hauling Cinderella back out of the vault for release on Blu-ray. At the same time, there will be bridal tie-ins from both Alfred Angelo and DSW. Alfred Angelo will release a limited line of blue wedding gowns inspired by the blue ballgown Cinderella wears in the film. Here’s a sketch of one of them that I found at Bride’s.com:

As for DSW, they’ll come out with a line of shoes based on the theme, too.

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Lady In Red: Is a Colorful Wedding Gown for You? http://manolobrides.com/2012/07/03/lady-in-red-is-a-colorful-wedding-gown-for-you/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/07/03/lady-in-red-is-a-colorful-wedding-gown-for-you/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2012 16:58:49 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11597
This gown comes from Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2013 collection. As you may have noticed, it isn’t white.

de la Renta showed several colored wedding gowns in his latest collection. Some were vibrant red like this, the others were a more ethereal blue. Vera Wang showed gowns in shades of red from an almost black burgundy to a vivid vermillion. Red, blue, purple, pink… color is one of the top stories of bridal couture for the coming year. But what does that mean for you?

Frankly, it means what you want it to mean. While color is being shown in more and more collections, it’s still just a fraction of what’s available. White isn’t going anywhere, anymore than ivory, blush, or ecru are. If your dream is a white gown, then I say go for it.

But white just isn’t for everyone.

There are brides who cannot find a shade of white they feel they look good in. There are some who prefer to buck tradition whenever possible. There are some brides even in this day and age of four time divorcees wearing white to the altar again who feel that white would be false advertising if they aren’t virgins.

For my part, I consider the state of the bride’s hymen to fall firmly into the ‘none of my business, so please don’t share with me’ category. I do happen to believe that there is a shade in the white spectrum that will make the most of nearly any complexion, if you look for it. As for the tradition of white… it’s not nearly as set in stone as most people think. Until very late in the nineteenth century the vast majority of women simply wore their best dress, whatever color it happened to be, or had a dress made that would then be their best dress until it got too shabby to wear and was cut up to dress the children or make a quilt. While more and more women had white available to them after the invention of the sewing machine and the home washing machine, it still took until well into the last century for most women to assume they would marry in a white gown they would wear only the one time.

All the same, colorful wedding gowns aren’t for everyone, either.

Take a moment to really consider how you feel about the color of gown you will wear to get married. Consider the feelings of those close to you. Will your mother be horrified or supportive? Will a scarlet wedding gown give your beloved grandmother a heart attack? How often will people demand you explain yourself? There are some social circles where nobody will even blink, but there are some where you could find yourself being whispered about for years afterward. How much this matters to you is, of course, up to you. All the same, it’s worth recognizing.

Think about the space you’re getting married in and where you’re having your reception. What sorts of colors are already in place? If you’re dreaming of a pale green wedding gown and you’re getting married in a garden, that’s a dream of a combination. But it might not look as lovely in a church with a lot of red stained glass windows muddying up the color of your gown.

Also keep in mind that while big name designers are doing colored gowns right now, that doesn’t mean that your local bridal salon will have much selection for you in the color of your choice. That means you’ll need to be flexible about how you find your gown. Don’t be afraid to look into having a custom gown made by a seamstress, or to check out the evening wear selections at department stores instead of going to a bridal salon.

Me? I love a colorful wedding gown. One of the prettiest brides I ever saw wore bright rose pink for her nuptials. And yet when I walked down the aisle it was in a cream colored gown with silver grey lace… and a tartan arisaide… and bright scarlet dancing ghillies.

So remember, even if you do decide on a white gown, it doesn’t mean you can’t be colorful. Details can say a lot, too.

The most important question of all is this: what makes you feel like a joyful bride?

The correct answer? Wear whatever that happens to be.

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LOVE/HATE: Face the Music and Dance http://manolobrides.com/2012/06/22/lovehate-face-the-music-and-dance/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/06/22/lovehate-face-the-music-and-dance/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:41:13 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11569
One look at this gown from the Reem-Acra Spring 2013 collection and I’m having a total Ginger Rogers moment.

From the beaded illusion on the bodice to the sumptuous cascade of tulle at the hemline, I’m utterly in LOVE with this one. The silhouette would work on quite a few body types, and – while it’s fitting for a spectacular setting – this is one dress a bride can wrangle in the facilities by herself. Yes, I think about these things. It’s my job to think about them. You’re welcome.

And then if Fred Astaire happens to show up unexpectedly at your reception, you’ve got the perfect thing to wear while you do what he does backwards and in heels.

So what about you? Do you LOVE it or HATE it?

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de la Renta Gets it Right http://manolobrides.com/2012/05/16/de-la-renta-gets-it-right/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/05/16/de-la-renta-gets-it-right/#comments Wed, 16 May 2012 16:56:21 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11383
Oscar de la Renta has come out with his 2013 collection for flower girls, and I’m in love. This is a perfect example of why. It’s simple, and it’s appropriate for a wedding. Most of all, it’s appropriate for a little girl to wear.

Most of the dresses are white, though a couple are blue or feature blue touches. I’m guessing that at least a couple of them will come in other colors when they get to salons… and most of the dresses inspired by them will probably be available in most of the popular colors for the season.

While de la Renta may feature price tags that most brides (and mothers of flower girls) can’t afford, the inspiration is certain to trickle down to more affordable designers and to pattern makers.

I’ve always preferred flower girl dresses that acknowledge that flower girls are generally very young girls, that are shaped for little girls’ bodies, and that can be worn at other events like parties… and in this case, the occasional First Communion.

Thumbs up for age-appropriate clothes for little girls!

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LOVE/HATE: Origami Tornado Strikes Again http://manolobrides.com/2012/05/15/lovehate-origami-tornado-strikes-again/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/05/15/lovehate-origami-tornado-strikes-again/#comments Tue, 15 May 2012 12:30:00 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11379
I’m usually a big fan of Monique Lhuillier. In general, I like the flow of her lines, her tasteful use of tulle and lace, and her respect for the shape of a woman’s body. Her designs tend to be feminine and romantic without looking fussy or puerile.

This one from her spring 2013 collection, though, well… I have to say I’m HATING this one. I’m not sure if she’s standing in the middle of an attack of interstellar Charmin or if the entire world just dumped their used tissues on her, but either way she’s being swallowed whole with no escape.

Now excuse me while I go throw this poor waif a lifeline.

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LOVE/HATE: One Tight Trumpet http://manolobrides.com/2012/04/26/lovehate-one-tight-trumpet/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/04/26/lovehate-one-tight-trumpet/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:32:23 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11301
Okay, setting aside for one moment the fact that this gown is about the bisect this poor model’s bazooms, can we talk about the extreme hobble effect of the super-tight skirt? Because I think this woman is going to need to hop down the aisle with that little room at the knees.

And then there’s that… sleevelet? That odd little blip hanging halfway down her left arm. Is that meant to be a sleeve? Is it meant to be there at all? Because it looks a little like someone told Ramona Kaveza that sleeves are in and she tucked a Kleenex around the model’s arm to see how it would look and forgot it there.

In short, I’m HATING this one, and I don’t think if it fit it would help very much.

What say you all?

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Hey Bebe! http://manolobrides.com/2012/03/28/hey-bebe/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/03/28/hey-bebe/#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:54:00 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11176
The first ever Bebe bridal collection, designed by Project Runway alumnus Rami Kashou, has come out. And while I have a deep and abiding love for Mr. Kashou’s work… I’m kind of wishing it had stayed in the closet.

The gowns range from the messy (see above) to the merely expected:

to the frankly kind of tacky.

On the further downside, these gowns are available in sizes from 00 to 12. Yeah, that’s right, size 12. Just for reference, the average woman in America wears a size 14 when last I heard. The model shown in the gowns is – according to the text – 5’9″ and wears a size 6. I like the fact that there is a reference in that regard, but couldn’t they have shown something on a shorter or heavier model? Or one who isn’t white? Or something?

On the upside, the most expensive gown in the collection, the Kate Middleton homage, runs only $2,500, making it the most expensive gown in the collection. Designer gowns for under two grand are pretty rare. In this case, there are several under $1,000, and even a couple under $500.

All in all, I’m kind of disappointed. I didn’t expect Bebe to be much of a bastion for elegance or size acceptance, but I have really loved a lot of Kashou’s designs in the past and was hoping to be able to sit up and applaud a bit more. The designs are scattershot without a real point of view. The design work is some of the weakest I’ve seen from this designer.

Still, I’ll keep a weather eye on the experiment. Who knows? Perhaps if things go well the next collection will make more sense and look less random yet uninspired.

PS: There’s still time to enter the drawing for the gorgeous tiara from USABride. Get your entry in now to have a chance to win something sparkly for your wedding!

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