The Polarising Peplum!

Peplums are absolutely everywhere at the moment and are  definitely a strong presence in bridal trends. I find that some people love them, and some hate them, there isn’t much middle ground. If you aren’t sure what a peplum is (such a funny word!), it is a flare or ruffle at the waist of the jacket, blouse, dress or skirt, which are amazing for defining the waist and can be really structured or softly flowing.

Have a look at some of the many different different styles of peplums gracing wedding dresses at the moment, from romantically lacy to strikingly modern, subtle or very over the top.

Image credits: collage 1 (left to right): Badgley Mischka via Publiboda, Angel Sanchez via Martha Stewart Weddings,  via J’adore Fashion Love, Amsale via Martha Stewart Weddings Collage 2: Noir by Lazaro via Blue Gowns, white gown via Brides.com  Collage 3: all from Blue Gowns Last photo: via Saphire Event Group

I personally am a fan of this style. Not sure if I would have one on my wedding dress, but check out this amazing top I just bought and can’t wait to wear!

Such a feminine shape, modernised with rad geometric patterns and easily dressed up or down – thanks ASOS, I love you.

Nerdy lace

Photography credit: Kylie Minogue by Jean Paul Gaultier via Metalocus. Poster for “de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco”.

Laser cut lace was big on the catwalks for Spring/Summer 2013, and I love the way it puts a really modern spin on  lace patterning. Enjoying all of the beautiful, intricate designs there are floating around at the moment, on everything from invitations to dresses, and shoes to cupcake wrappers. I have even seen a few cakes with the icing painstakingly cut out to mimic lace, giving it a laser cut feel. Very cool!

Credits left to right: Elizabeth Duncan events, Louis Vuitton via Vogue , Elizabeth Fillmore via Brides.com, Giles Deacon via I Am Fashion

I love the versatility – the way you can layer it over a coloured fabric, or show a peek of skin. I think it looks amazing with a flash of bright lippie or a coloured shoe, or go for coloured laser cut lace for real impact. So striking!

 

Photography credit: Mariana Braga by Steven Chee, styled by Marina Didovich

A celebration of embellished bridal finery

Kevin Macintosh for Italian Vogue Gioiello

The shine of sequins, a spattering of crystals and the textural intricacy of beading, lace or embroidery can create beautiful visual interest on your wedding day, and is a great way to add sensuality and romance to the ‘feel’ of your outfit. In searching for these images I came across so many amazing ways to add embellishment to your wedding dress and accessories, as well as all kinds of beautiful patterns and textures, all adding so much intrigue and eye catching life to fabric.

Its all in the details – breath taking, decadent, sweet, sumptuous and fit for Marie Antoinette!

Image Credits: White beading detail via The Lane, Plunging lace dress via The Lane,  Embellished bodice by Judy Pak Photography via Style Me Pretty, Mint lace dress via The Lane, Green and gold print by Irene Suchocki for Eye Poetry Photography, via Etsy, Embellished white shoes, via The Lane, Silver shoes by Woodward & Rick photographers via Style Me Pretty, Beige gloves by Imajica Photography via Style Me Pretty, White gloves via The Lane, Embellished cut out dress via The Lane, Embellished detailing on fawn dress via The Lane, 4 x Anna Campbell gowns via Wedding Chicks, Backless dress by Inbal Dror via Fashion Bride, Headband via Jennifer Behr

Wedding trend – ruffling some feathers

I have to say, I am a big fan of this trend. Although, I do believe caution should be exercised with this one. A bit of subtlety is a good thing! I am biased towards shorter dresses with beautiful feathery detailing, sweet head pieces and a feathery appearance on a shoe, bouquet or (if plumage makes you feel a bit birdlike) incorporated into your decor. I love how feathers can look quite formal and regal, or very fun and playful depending on how you choose to use them.

I have put together a slide show of some of my favourite feathery looks for your viewing pleasure.

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See?! Truly beautiful in small doses.

P.S Did you notice I totally resisted saying ‘birds of a feather’ anywhere in this post? Soooo hard.

Photography credits: Feathery shoesFeather headband via Twigs and HoneyFeather bunting, photo by Weaver House via Green Wedding ShoesUltra short feathery dress via Martha Stewart weddingsFeathery shoulders via la mariee aux pieds nusStrapless wedding dress with feather detailingShort feather dress, tan background via One WedPaper feather garlandShort ostrich dress in lane way,  Ruffly dress on catwalk via One WedFeathers in hair via Once WedShort feathery dress

A Great Gatsby Wedding

I know, I know…Great Gatsby themed weddings are being done to death at the moment. But with the book being one of my all time faves, and the film due to be released on Christmas Day, I really just can’t help myself! I adore art deco styling and think it would be the period I would choose to land in, should a time machine make itself magically available.

The 1920s truly were a remarkable and fascinating period, and the story of Jay, Nick, Daisy and their assorted hangers on is not only captivatingly well written and clever, it is a truly intriguing story with many different layers.

The book aside though, the 1920s produced some stunning fashion and architecture, as well as some unfortunate fascist ideologies. For the sake of beauty and love of weddings, lets focus on the fashion, jewellery and stylings of the time!

Photography credits: Girl in mirror via Le Luxe Clothingclose up of chandelier, via Louisville Wedding Blog,  1920s style hanging dresses via Cotton Candy Sugar Rush

And lets not forget this modern image of 1920s inspired glory – the great Kate Moss herself! Kate wanted her wedding to be “rock n roll Great Gatsby”, with “everything kind of dreamy and soft focus”. In fact, Jamie Hince tracked Kate down a ring that was the exact replica of Zelda Fitzgerald’s (author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s troubled wife).”

Photo credits: Kate getting out of car and champagne saucers via Fashionista, Kate close up, Kate & Jamie via Vogue Australia, Flowing veil

The detailing on that dress is obscenely pretty – ah John Galliano, such beautiful work! Pity you had to go and disgrace yourself so embarrassingly last year! The designer has said that designing Kate Moss’ dress was “creative rehab” after his actual experience in rehab. Unfortunately, that doesn’t really make me like him more after his ‘incident’.  On that – did you see that he has been stripped of his Legion of Honour award? Embarrassing!

Don’t even get me started on the shoes! So perfect with her dress. Apparently Manolo Blahnik had to remake the shoes 5 times for Kate before she was happy. Ahem.

Manolo Blahniks for Kate Moss

Should you want to add a dash of roaring twenties panache to your wedding day, here are some ideas for how you could do so:

  • Have small bottles of contraband style alcohol bottles as favours or on the tables
  • Wear a bedazzled headpiece or hair comb, carry a feather fan or if you are having a wedding in the cooler months, don some cute little gloves. Guys could go for braces,  a fob watch or a jaunty Fedora.
  • Go to your wedding in an old school Ford, Buick or if you really want to push the boat out, a Rolls Royce.

Photo credits: champagne saucers via Modern Luxury, kisses in the car via Tressugar, headband via Art Deco Weddings and braces via Slice of Shaks

I will leave you with some tutorials for 1920s hair and make up inspiration! Now, pass my crimson lippie…

 

Bridal sketches brought to life

I thought it would be fun to see what the bridal sketches from my post earlier in the week (see here if you missed it) look like in ‘real life’.

Of course it would have been GREAT if that brain wave had hit me while I was posting the original sketches so you could easily see the contrast, but alas I am not adept enough at this blogging caper to be so sensible! To make up for this rookie error, I have created a slide show which include the original sketches, so you can see them come to life.

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{Credits: Slide 2 Anne Barge dress linked from Colin Cowie weddings, Slide 4 Anne Bowen dress linked from Wedding Wire, Slide 6 Douglas Hannant dress linked from Wedding Chicks, Slide 8 Francesca  Miranda dress linked from  Wedding Wire,  Slide 10 Jasmine Bridal dress, Slide 12 Junko Yoshioka dress linked from Wedding Wire, Slide 14 Maggie Sottero dress linked from brides.com, Slide 16 Rivini dress linked from Bridal Guide,  Slide 18 Ines Di Santo dress linked from Lovella Bridal}

For sketch credits please see previous post.

Sketchy bridal

Check out these beautiful drawings, giving us a look at some of the trends hitting the catwalks for 2013. It is amazing how these sketches portray the ‘feeling’ of the dress so skilfully! They have a lot of personality.

Credits, top to bottom: Anne Barge, Anne Bowen,  Douglas Hannant, Francesca Miranda, Jasmine Bridal, Junko Yoshioka, Maggie Sottero, Rivini, Ines Di Santo, all linked from brides.com

So beautiful! My favourites are the Francesca Miranda, Junko Yoshioka and Rivini drawings, and Ines Di Santo gets a look in for the dramatic quality of the sketch – how awesomely haughty does she look!

I hope to spoil you later this week with some more insights into the Spring 2013 trends.