Archive for the ‘Art’ 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!


Inspiration

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

I am off to NYC to look in windows and be inspired after a long season.  I spent some of my childhood in the city and love walking the streets, soaking up the this great town.  But I have chosen the country as my home-base and nothing is more inspirational than nature.


 


Spring is really the most exciting month for me.  This beautiful garden in Japan is just magical.



Summer in Vermont is full of happy Sunflowers.  MW and I  grow many varieties with help from the Chipmunks.



I would miss Fall but then I would miss stick season too.



And then the monochromatic beauty of winter.  It is snowing right now so I am going to enjoy the moment.  XXX

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



Theater and Events

Saturday, March 10th, 2012


I have been so fortunate to be able to work with Bill Castellino, director, choreographer, and a brilliant creative mind.  One of our small but exciting collaborations was at the glorious Wheatleigh in the Berkshires.  Using the White House model, Bill and his team created the most inventive and amusing night celebrating our guest of honor’s many interests.  Needless to say, there was laughter, tears and great applause.



Wheatleigh was beautifully appointed for the holidays and Lindsay Norris Floral Design added the extras along with Grace Connell’s calligraphy.  As always, the linens were provided by Table Toppers and they were perfect!  Thank you Barrie Fisher Photography.



Our guest of honor loves good food and fine wines.  It was Broadway in the Berkshires!  Let’s do it again…


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 Power of Light for Events

Monday, January 16th, 2012

As I sit down to start the visual journey with a couple, light or lighting is always on my mind. There is no theater without lighting; no diamond was ever bought without great lighting. This is far from my Bride and Groom’s mind but never far from mine.


There is behind the scene lighting – spots, up lighting, template lighting. But then there is the design lighting – a great chandelier, an abundance of candles or an amusing bar that draws a crowd. Both are needed and both have a voice in my head.


Ahhh, let there be light…


Great design by Flowers in Season and Dark Star Lighting.  Everyone working as a team.


This was accomplished by the incomparable Dark Star Lighting. The midnight sky was magical and everything was perfectly lighted. The ugly ceiling is now beautiful.


This is one of my very favorite couples, and lighting only enhanced their love.


This is an excellent example of focused pin spotting on the table and great lighting for the backdrop.


Spectacular use of mood and style lighting. The ribbon tree provided a perfect focus for the center of the bar.


More is better!


I love the ceiling becoming the atmospheric design.


With Flowers in Season we created these chandeliers of whimsy.  Nighttime was magical!


Just a great detail having the pillar candles on the rafters.

Art Begetting Art

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Dearest B,

Recently you sent a few stunning photographs my way, pairing creator and muse.   Do you like?

Yours,

Millie

Degas Dancer, Chanel Spring 2011

Le Bar des Folies-Bergère (1881-1882) by Edouard Manet, Carolina Herrera Spring Bridal 2010

Christo and Jean-Claude's "The Gates", 2005; Spiderman on Broadway, 2011