Posts Tagged ‘empire’

nov11It takes a bold person to wear feathers on their wedding day. Feathers are often shunned and categorized as tacky or is placed in the costume accessories department. If overdone, yes, they can over the top. However, is this week’s collection, the designers use feathers and take on an airy new approach and create dramatic silhouettes and accents.


Belted Beauty: The bodice is pulled towards to the natural waist with mild ruching and flows down the skirt. A feathered belt is encrusted with crystals and beads giving this overall simple dress some creative expression. (Priscilla of Boston; $3000+)

Wedded Whisps: It only takes three words to describe this dress: strapless, short and sexy. Ostrich feathers layer the skirt to add some oomph to this streamline silhouette. Sparkling details around the waist and hem kick up the drama.(Sue Wong; $518)

Belted Bird: The skirt features an organza overlay and ruffled hem which adds femininity and flare. Fine feathers and beading line the belt. Watered silk peek-a-boos from under the ruffled hem adding shimmer and sheen to every step.(Junko Yoshioka; $3000+)


Full of Feathers: This tight-fitting mermaid silhouette envelopes the body with structured diamond-like pleating. The full skirt has a canopy of ostrich feathers that will surely seize the scene. Swarovski crystals at the bust add sparkle. (Jane Yeh; $4500)

Light in Flight: Feathered flowers are fastened to the single strap on this empire dress. Sweeping and light weight chiffon float around the body. An assymetrical overlay gathers at the bustline and splits into handkerchief hem. (Augusta Jones; $1500-3000)

Flowers & Feathers: The folded layers of organza create stunning architectural lines and appeals to the eye. Flowers dot the dress and feathers line the neckline and hem. (Becoming Mrs; $1800)

Did this collection ruffle your feathers?


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oct07It is almost the season that glitter, sparkle and shimmer embellishments take over. The weather is causing you to turn up the heat, so take a hint from nature and enjoy this week’s collection of cool shimmer and spice. These dresses will make you shine!


Silver Collar: A modified halter creates a dazzling display of sparkle on the bust and back. Sparkle adds interest to the ruched bodice and intricate embellished loops frame the back like wings. Airy chiffon glides over the body in this natural waist a-line gown.  (Jenny Packam; $3000+)

Bold Borderline: Layers and layers of hand painted pale pink tulle dominate this empire-cut ball gown. The band of glitter outlines the hem of the bust adds sophistication to the dress, making it appealing to chic and of the moment brides. (Vera Wang; $3800)

Silver Supreme: A bold band of geometric figures and crystals wrap the smallest part of the waist. The silk satin gives off a natural sheen that shimmers in all lighting levels. Mini pleats detail the girth of the skirt. (Priscilla of Boston; $3-5000)


Demure Diva: Svelte and shimmer make a lovely pairing. Trumpet silhouette glides over the body and embraces the body’s curves. The simple line of crystal decorates the sweetheart neckline. (No Ordinary Bride; $2700)

Mesh Mash: The smooth continuous bodice eases softly into the full ball gown pleated skirt. The brilliant mesh belt is made of Swarovski crystals and adds flair to this understated silk and cotton faille dress. (Priscilla of Boston; $3000)

Glittery Gal: The sweeping incandescence embroidery outlines the entire dress from bust to hemline to the chapel train. The modified trumpet silhouette is sure to put you in the spotlight. (Sophia Tolli; $1000)

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sept23There is something utterly romantic about the Greek Isles. Celebrate your love next to jewel toned green and blue waters, between crisp white buildings and with a love from another world. Or if you don’t want a destination trip, try on a dress that will elevate you to another level. This week’s collection is inspired from mythical goddesses. Float around and peruse the options and please enjoy the view.  


1) Venetian Vixen: Glamourous and fitting, this silk sheath gown will drape the body magnificently. Gold rhinestones embellish the straps and form an X over the v-neckline. The dare-to-bare back reveals thin gold detailed straps and a pre-bustled train, ready for a goddess on the go. (Amy Michelson; $3200)

2) Garden of Gaia: The crepe back statin is draped loosely into a scoop neckline. Mini rosettes nestled in the loose pickups of the skirt. A deep v-back dips down around the natural waist. (Elizabeth Fillmore; $3500)

3) Celestial Being: Decorative broad pleated straps form a v-neckline. The empire waistline gives rise to an a-line skirt that flows until eternity. Silk Georgette has a lustrous sheen to the fabric allowing the fabric to appear light and sheer. (Nicole Miller; $1500)

4) Divinely Devoted: This ethereal gown is made of light and airy tulle. Empire waist elongates the body while the skirt naturally flows down like gentle waterfall. Coils of tulle shape giant roses on the hemline, creating an illusion of a cloud around the feet of the bride. (Vera Wang; $5500)

5) Classic Couture: Demand attention with this ever-stylish v-neck a-line dress. Twisted rope-like straps are reminiscent of days of antiquity. Silk dupioni and beaded detailing around the waist make this a classy option. (Manuel Mota; $2200)

6) Simply Supreme: Empire waist dress made of Italian cotton and silk elegantly hangs on the body. Thin and feminine straps extend from the v-neckline. Sweet details like covered buttons and sash make gown an easy choice for the no-fuss bride who just wants to be on cloud 9. (J Crew; $650)

Which gown inspired you?


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sept02This week’s collection is a second glance at short dresses. If you missed the first posting, here it is. Even as the economy is slowing turning around, brides are still opting for smaller and simpler weddings. Going to the courthouse for a Justice of Peace ceremony and simple restaurant reception is showing you’re financially aware of your situation, but still want to share your love with a close knit of family and friends. Here are eight options that will put the spotlight on you, no matter where you say your “I do”.

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1) Flower of Youth: Innumerable cotton flowers dance tightly around the skirt of the dress and create a scalloped hem. The strapless sweetheart neckline and bodice is wrapped in lace. (Watters; $950)

2) Chic Attack: Silky smooth Mikado silk makes this little number a classy choice. Scoop neckline softens the somewhat stiff structure of the dress. A wide waist band sits pretty around the natural waistline. (Jenny Yoo; $500-1000)

3) A Rose By Any Other: This graceful scoop neckline and pleated skirt draws in the waistline and flatters any figure. An accent rosette sits atop of the right shoulder. (Kirribilla; $385)

4) Ballerina Belle: Halter straps and sweetheart neckline adds adulate the torso. A full and flouncy organza skirt waver with the wind. The seam pockets keep your something borrowed hidden away. (Vineyard Collection; $1000-1500)Click here to find out more!

5) Slim Jim: A sheath silhouette is slimming and feminine. The fabric has room for stretch, thus hugging the body very tightly. The neckline of the dresses features a scalloped edge. (Kirribilla; $75)

6) Double Band: This glamorous dress hits just above the knee. The silk falls naturally from the waist. (Paula Varsalona; $1500-3000)

7) Chip Off Your Shoulder: This refined gown has off the shoulder straps that call attention to the shoulders. This pleated bell shaped skirt swells from the empire waistline. (Jenny Yoo; $500-1000)

8) Ruffle Effect: Liberated ruffles drip down the dress, giving it a flowy and whimsical feel. Tank style neckline and bodice is sealed with a tie wrap. (Calvin Klein; $178)

Short dresses may still be a way to go, but for some, it is not even an option. Have these options (or prices!) changed your mind?

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aug26Tulle was originally the fabric upon which lace is stitched. It was not an official fabric until a factory in Tulle, France started mass producing it, thus making it more affordable. Queen Victoria started the tulle tradition by wearing it as a veil for her wedding in 1870. From that point forward, it was used in every wedding way imaginable. Tulle is sometimes overused in poufy petticoats that resemble whipped-like topping that engulf the body. However, this week’s collection show classier options use tulle to its advantage by delicately layering it over silks or with rows of ruffles.


Birds of a Feather: Beaded flowers with feathers accent the skirt of the dress. The natural waist is wrapped in English net and emphasized with the feather flower. Sweetheart neckline adds oomph to the bust with surplice detailing.  (Watters; $1000)

Three Tiers To You: A dropped waist and trumpet silhouette emphasizes the curves of your body. The tiers of organza and tulle ripple down the skirt in a loose and organic fashion. Lace detailing compliment the fitted bodice and flutters of the skirt.  (Watters; $1500-3000)

Whisper Sweet Nothings: This illuminating dresses has layers upon layers of gossamer fabric that cascade from the empire waist. This sweetheart strapless frock features a small notable bow in the center of the bust. Lace detail throughout this a-line tenderly designed dress. (Pronovias; $1500-3000)

Belle of the Ball: This alabaster colored dress ball gown grabs your attention with its full a-line skirt. The filmy layers of tulle floats over the silk under layer. A muted raspberry satin ribbon wraps the waist. (Jasmine Collection; $500-1000)

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Tankini: The wrapped obi-like waist with bead detailing creates an illusion of a longer torso. The tulle descends gracefully from the ball gown skirt and floast just above the ground. (Demetrios; $500-1000)

Ethereal Angel: This strapless dress has a vaporous feel, as the English net softly hovers over the body in an empire silhouette. A beads and crystals speckle under the bust and attract the eye. (Emerald Bridal; $500-1000

Vogue: Strike a pose in this strapless stunner. Embroidery decorates the bodice embroidery drips down the skirt adding color to the dress. The skirt is made of tulle sways with every step, while a sweep train trails along behind you. (Allure Bridal; $500-1000)

Tiers for Fears: The spaghetti straps and a scoop neckline flatters the neck and shoulders. Rows of ruffles as light as air fabric billow with the gentlest of breezes, as they surround the body. Rows of ruffles drift in a downward manner to the chapel train. Sparkles and detailing accent the asymmetrical skirt. (Demetrios Sposabella; $1000-1500)

Are you tulled out or would you wear a dress with tulle?

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aug19The ever-feminine adornment is the bow. Adding sweetness to any item, this ultimate feminine touch is back in the racks. This week’s collections gives a nod to the dresses that feature a bow, whether it is a soft and tiny tie or a large and in-charge twist. Bows are being used as a focal point, embellishments or scattered haphazardly. Don’t worry, I didn’t find any butt bows. Whatever your style, you may find a dress that is as perfect as your future husband or wife.

Dropped Jaws: The ruched bodice envelopes the body in silk shantung. While, the mermaid outline dramatically billows out at the knees. The dropped waist is accentuated with a large silk bow. This stunning number comes in a variety of delicious color combinations. The one on the left is a duo of champagne and bronze and the right is in ivory and red. For a more traditional look, the dress also comes in ivory. Detachable straps are also included if you feel the need. (Mon Cheri; $1300)


Fit to be Tied: The modified mermaid adds instant appeal in this svelte silhouette. The bodice is bejeweled in hand beaded crystals. The empire waist elongates the torso and creates a tall illusion. The impressive twist creates a significant detail on the bodice. Chapel train produces drama upon entering and exiting a room. Optional straps included if one does not prefer the strapless neckline. (Mon Cheri; $1200)


Bow Tied: Lace bodice and v-neckline leads to the thin spaghetti straps. The fit and flare silhouette hugs the curves and flares out at the knees. A silk bow ties off right under the bust line for a feminine touch. A dramatic and plunging back makes for a great exit. (Paloma Blanca; $1700)

Twisty Tie: Silky taffeta streamlines the silhouette in this dropped waist dress. The strapless neckline and a-line skirt updates the basic strapless. The obi-like sash and bow is wrapped about the natural waist and the Swavorski brooch adds a sparkly spotlight to the center of the bow. (Saison Blanche; $1300)


Tie the Knot: The encrusted sweetheart bodice catches the light with ever step. The satin fabric flows from the empire waist and wisps around the body. A loosely tied bow hangs from the smallest part of the waist and the strands flows down the dress like a waterfall. (Maggie Sottero; $800)

All Tied Up: The slight sweetheart neckline creates a bit of a dip in the center of the dress. The beaded alencon lace bodice connects with organdy tie at empire waistline. A soft feathery flower made of organza is at the heart of the bow. The bias cut organdy skirt clings to the body without being restricting. The added length in the back of the dress makes this sweep train ever so sweet. (Mikaella; $1000-1500)

What do you think? Are you a fan of the bows?

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jun24Five recent blockbusters all have drop dead gorgeous gowns that shine even when they are off set. However, the price tag will only allow NYC writer and fashionista, Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City) or fashion designer, Tess Nichols (27 Dresses) to afford these couture pieces. I’ve found a similar dress comparable to the silver screen silhouette, but is easier on the bottom line.

1) Bride Wars: Best friends torn apart by their bridezilla like behavior can have a huge affect on ones friendship. But their classless acts are done while wearing beautifully designed gowns by Vera Wang.


Liz (Kate Hudson) wears a frothy ballgown made of whipped topping, I mean tulle. The bodice is made of lace and is tied with a suede ribbon at the natural waistline. If you can’t afford custom designed Vera, how about these two options that will allow you to pay for the catering as well?

moviedress2(Sincerity Bridal; less than $1500 and Cosmobella; less than $1000)


On the other hand, Emma (Anne Hathaway) wears a timeless silhouette to reflect her more conservative, yet chic taste. The dress was Emma’s mother’s, so the style was supposed to reflect just that. The silk taffeta adds structure to the dress and the hour glass shape gently hugs the curves. It was harder to find this dress and to stay within a reasonable price range. You can always seek a dress maker to create a unique dress made for you.

Desktop2(Vera Wang; $4000 and Jasmine Bridal; less than $1000)

2) Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: A modern day story of the Christmas Caro with a wedding twist has Jenny (Jennifer Garner) about to marry a man, Paul (Breckin Meyer) and Pauls’ brother,  Conner (Matthew McConaughey) is trying to convince Paul it is a mistake he might soon regret. However, Conner is taken to the past, present and future to see where his selfish womanizing ways make take him if he continues to treat the women in his like like trash.

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This stunning strapless gown by Manuel Mota has crystal beading throughout the skirt and a silk bow at the natural waist. You can buy the exact dress that Jenny wore by visiting any shop the carries the Manuel Mota line. Or you can find a similar dress by Jasmine Bridal.

Desktop3 (Manuel Mota; and Jasmine Couture; less than $1500)

3) I Love You, Man: Without a close best friend to be his Best Man for his upcoming nuptial, Peter (Paul Rudd) is on the mission to spark the perfect bromance. Eventually something must have happened, as Zooey (Rashida Jones), the bride-to-be walks down the grass covered aisle wearing a simple dress from J Crew. A perfect compliment to an outdoor wedding!


The sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice accentuate the curves, yet minimizes the problem areas by flowing out above the natural waistline. The dress is no longer available from J Crew, but search for it on Ebay, Once Wed, Preowned Wedding Dresses, or the Green Hanger.

moviedress(J Crew; $350 and Wtoo; $1284)

4) Sex and the City: The Movie: The season’s most hyped up wedding. But what is a wedding without the groom? Just looking at this scene gives me the sadness chills. As you can see, the dress was too much. It took over the wedding. But don’t let the dress scare you off. If this dress is your dream dress, you can now find a replica by Madam Westwood herself. Just get your name on the list now, as there is a 6 month waiting period to even order. The dress is only 5k. If you want the longer version, don’t worry, it is only 15k.


As Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) said, “A dress so special it could wring a wedding tear from even the most unbelieving of people.” This strapless confection is made from ivory silk and a large Radzimir taffeta skirt. The dart neckline with beading detail and gold-backed ivory corset top is the frosting on the cake. Portions of the skirt has pickups and a partial bubble hem to reveal the underskirting. A dress fit for a diva or two.

moviedress3(Sarah Danielle; less than $1500 or Vivienne Westwood; $5000)

5) 27 Dresses: Tess Nichols (Malin Akerman) from 27 Dresses gets engaged to her older sister, Jane (Katherine Heigl)’s boss/secret crush and heads down the aisle before Jane. Thus, using their mother’s wedding dress (well a portion of it) for her own. The dress that Tess “designs” is sweet without being too foufy and features beading between the v neck. The empire waist would hide a multitude of sins and secret pockets for your vows.

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The dress from the movie was designed by Amsale, with the additional lace waistband that was added specifically for the movie to imitate a portion of the mother’s dress. You can go straight for the gold and order the Amsale version or find a more affordable option that should fit your needs and budget.

moviedress1 (J Crew; $1950/Etsy; $340 and Amsale; $4700)

Would you wear a dress that was in a featured flick? I am in love with Tess’ dress. If only I could renew my vows now…

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