Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category

The World of the Bouquet

Monday, December 24th, 2012

The bouquet is not the first decision a bride makes, really.  Far from it.  The dress is always first.  The bouquet should enhance the dress not be the star.  In this, I tend to be a traditionalist, preferring neutral colors but then it is not my wedding.  

 


 

 


These classic bouquets are still playful with the intertwining of shape and color.



Moving away from the classic, these two bouquets are more unique.  I love the single flower because you really are not distracted from the dress.  I am also a ribbon fan.



I think the sage color in this bouquet is lovely.  Carolina Herrera’s wheat bouquet was spectacular especially against the textured and elaborate fabric.



One of my Brides wanted pinecones in her bouquet .  The brown of the pinecones would not have photographed well so we made them her private secret.  Even though I am not a fan of color with the wedding dress, this bouquet is spectacular!


 


One way to get color is to let your Bridesmaids’ bouquet represent your love of color.  I do love the hint of purple in this bouquet and it works because of the wildness of the arrangement.  This Bride just had to have color and I agreed with her.


Finally two of my favorites bouquets!


It is all about the hair!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

This is the most personal decision a bride will make for her wedding.  It is important to feel special but not so different your fiancé is not happy.  Hair up, down, to the side, messy or tight…Question, who am I on this day and will he like it.?


Of course you then have the power of the dress.  It has found you and has a strong voice about hair, makeup and accessories too.  So much pressure!



 

Carolina Herrara showed this beautiful headband with her collection.  I think both headbands work and are a lovely addition especially with no veil.



And then you have the extreme Chanel messy looks.  And this winner up-do is perfect with it’s soft and romantic curls- even he will like this.

 



 


Oh, this is one of my favorite Candice Bergen images.  This up-do is copied and modified over and over again. Just perfection. Blake Lively looks wonderful with this version.



Then how can you leave out having your hair long!  The beautiful Kate shows us exactly how to do it and many brides now opt for the groom pleasing style.

Elegant Bride

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Dearest Alexis,


I was so excited by your letter.  You posted gorgeous images!  How fun to hear your voice on B’ blog.  You are my newest bride and someone I admire for your style, taste and lovely person.


You know all about the consturuction of the dress don’t you!  Here you are looking beautiful and with very few tugs!  The dress must fit!


Photo by Barrie Fisher Photographers

Ballet and the Wedding Dress

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

I love ballet especially George Balanchine.  Ballet and wedding dress designers are connected through style and function.  Each dress/costume tells a story which includes hair and make-up.  Additionally,  they must work!

 


A ballet has all the ingredients of a wedding!  So my brides are the ballerinas of the day.  Even their posture and movement becomes a beautiful dance.


Oscar de la Renta’s lace treatment this year is magical.  I think this dress would be as beautiful in all white.  I just love the textures.  Clearly these two masters, Balanchine and de la Renta,  see eye to eye.


I am sure Elie Saab took inspiration from the Ballet Master.  Look at the hair and make-up.


Marchesa’s dresses are so feminine and bold.  This is a tutu!  J’adore.


So Degas……….and so Vera.


Lovely, edgy.  Ralph Lauren.


This is my favorite Balanchine look, simple, powerful, clean.  Ralph Lauren has the perfect long version.


When I saw this Gaultier dress at the de Young Museum in SF I immediately thought of ballet and how we always had layers of wool on our bodies.  I love the idea of a knitted jacket over a wedding dress.

 


So, let the dancer come through when planning your wedding…the designers do!

 


Gaultier and the Muse

Monday, June 4th, 2012

The second day at the de Young I was able to notice some of those details Gaultier clearly loved and wanted to include in his exhibition.


The photo of model, dancer, gymnast Elena Sudakova is exquisite and the dress is well….Gaultier!



Gaultier Surprise

Monday, June 4th, 2012

What joy, my trip to San Francisco started when my sister surprised me with a visit to the de Young Museum and the Gaultier exhibit.



It was so remarkable,  so we went back the next day!



The 30 animated mannequins are projections that talk and sing in playful and poetic vignettes with the appearance of interacting with you, even flirting.



Then there were the clothes.  I will focus right now on the French sailor period because that was a hard room to leave.


More details soon…..sigh


From High Fashion to Wedding?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

How beautifully  this  captures past and present.  It reminds me of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress in High Society…a favorite!  I just loved the Christian Dior Couture show.





And here the great Elie Saab takes my breath away



More…………



I think this is the most amazing mixture of fabric and texture by Oscar de la Renta. Love it the heavy lace.  So Spanish.




What can you say about this…..so beautiful in all ways.  Charles James, 1953



The Impossible Collection of Fashion by Valerie Steele…sigh

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Dearest Millie and Jenn,


Have you seen this beautiful new book The Impossible Collection of Fashion by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator at New York’s Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  It is a treasure of style and beauty. Fashion inspires everything don’t you think………

Cristóbal Balenciaga dress detail, 1953

Balloon evening dress in silk taffeta. This gathered gown is a classic example of Balenciaga’s play on volume.

Roberto Capucci dress, 1956

Silk taffeta evening gown with ten skirts. Though he later gravitated to more abstract shapes, this early Capucci design is an example of haute couture as art.

Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, 1959

Armide tulle short evening dress with silver sequins. Audrey Hepburn immortalized this dress in a 1959 fashion shoot by Richard Avedon in Paris.

Christian Dior, 1947

Silk jacket, wool skirt. This Bar Suit was the most famous look in Dior’s influential 1947 collection.  I love the fit that flatters a woman’s body

John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture, 2000

Tulle gown and hand-painted pink and ecru silk taffeta.

Emilio Pucci, 1967

Pucci has always been a favorite.  My Mother’s hung in her closet and we would pick out which color she would wear that day or night.

The Tux

Friday, January 13th, 2012

I love everything about my Ralph Lauren Tux from the cut, to the feel of the velvet, to the beautiful ruby red lining. The play of male/female has intrigued many women and I get it!  Here are some of my favorites over the years.


I had to start with Fred because he always inspires me.

He is always perfect but never more so than in his top hat,white tie and tails!

Anne Hathaway at the 2010 Oscars in a Lanvin .   Brian Atwood FIONA pumps with hand applied Swarovski crystals. Oh my…….


Rihanna in her Dolce & Gabbana Tuxedo in 2008


Jean Paul Gaultier 2011



The ever line crosser Marlena Deutrch


And the amazing Diane Keaton looking particularly well put together.

Style and Inspiration

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Dear Jenn,

I think what initially drew you to me was your unique style.  I often ponder where style comes from and running across this photo of my Mother continues this train of thought.

As an event planner, I have to be a chameleon because I never want my style to be featured but that of my Bride and Grooms.  I often say, they are my inspiration and I get to guide it.

So when I saw this long forgotten photo of my Mother, which screams natural style, it made me think about all my influences and yours.  Clearly my love of Grace Kelly has maternal roots!

Write me soon!