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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.

So Sorry

Manolo says, the Manolo he apologizes to you, dear reader, for the lack of the posting in this place. Our beloved Donatella, she has been down with the cold of the head. We must pray for her speedy return to our blog.

Soon, with the return of the Donatella, this blog, it will be the place of wonder.

The Designer Dress Auctions

Manolo says, the Manolo, as the part of his on-going service to the humanity, he has put up the site so that you may look at the designer wedding dresses for the sale on the Ebay.

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Hong Kong Bride Blogging

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Arm Chub

I’ve received a question about a problem that, not surprisingly, even one of my most glamorous friends is faced with in her own upcoming nuptials.

I’m in a wedding this summer. I’m the only bridesmaid/maid/matron of honor and may buy any dress as long as it’s red. I’m a big girl, size 16ish and of a certain age ie. 36. My upper arms are not for public viewing and yet most of the dresses I see are sleeveless. I do have a small waist compared to the rest of my outline. What is a girl to do? I have started better eating and going to the club (I used to be a size 24) but I don’t want to apply too much pressure to myself. I’m thinking that I could be a size 14 or 12 by the summer. Ideas for an outfit that covers the arms and isn’t cut down to the waist?

The problem of the chubby upper arms is not unique. Even I, the Donatella (as the Manolo would say) am no stranger to the stubborn fat of the upper arms. Rare is the woman who, after a certain age or a certain weight, has perfectly slender arms.

First, I commend you for losing the weight you’ve already lost. There is no other way to get slender arms than losing weight, and the best way to do this is to exercise and eat less. (Manolo has already recommended this book, but here it is again. If you have to lose weight quickly, and are serious, it works.)

Second, I don’t think you should be afraid to bare your arms. Show off the new you. Continue on your program, get a little tan, and I’m sure you’ll look great.

Also, as you may have noticed, all the prettiest dresses this season are sleeveless, and this will be a summer wedding, so sleeves might look both out of place and out of style.

Here’s my best advice: find the prettiest red sleeveless bridesmaid’s dress you can, one that isn’t too billowy, but instead emphasizes your shapliness. Of course, although the bride has given you carte blanche, make sure she likes the dress before you pay for it, after all it’s her day.

You’re in luck. In the past couple of years, the best bridal designers have turned their attention to making beautiful dresses for bridesmaids. The Vera Wang bridesmaid dresses are gorgeous, and comparatively affordable, usually under $400. The same can be said for Amsale and Nicole Miller.

After having said all that, if you’re still self-conscious about your arms, get a silk wrap or a shrug. I always like the way a wrap looks; it can pull an outfit together and make you look polished, and they are in this year. Besides, if it’s a church wedding, it seems more respectful to me to cover your shoulders and bosom.

I’m of the old school. I like things to be somewhat formal for a church wedding. Save the breast-bearing for Vegas.

Finally, I can tell from your letter that you’ve got the right attitude. You’re preparing well in advance, and you’re not stressed out. Weddings should be fun, all mine were.

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