Posts Tagged ‘wedding dresses’

nov04I stumbled upon this week’s collection via Portland Fashion Week (October 7-10, 2009). The designer, Angelia Sasmita, currently resides in Shoreline, Washington. Another local talent! Her Spring collection is inspired by all things natural: water, wind and the heavens.


Soft and flowy fabrics that move with the wind are key characteristics in Angelia’s collection. Light and airy chiffons and french lace recreate nature’s best on the body. While heavier silks like duchess satin helps frame the body with sumptuous fabric. Subtle earthy colors such as ivories, creams and pinks are prominently found. Details are abound! Scattered beads, pearls and stones hems show off Angelia’s artistic steer towards the sparkly stars in the heavens.


Brooches and bows literally tie each of the designs together. Dainty peplums and ruching around the waist detail add texture and drama to the skirts. While the bodice and neckline showcase her exquisite beading and detail.

Her prices range from $850-3500.


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oct28This week’s collection is going to focus on one dress, Amelia, by Vera Wang. Who knew an ice skating outfit worn designed by Vera and worn by Nancy Kerrigan (love!) in 1994 would make such an impact in bridal fashion. Vera’s explosive entrance on the bridal market gave brides an opportunity to express their personality. Vera shares her insight and inspiration for Amelia in her “Behind the Dress” series.


Soft draping across a structured bodice is a challenging formula in design. At Vera Wang, we have sought to master this technique and made it a signature of my wedding dresses.

The ethereal beauty of a fairytale princess inspired this collection. I wanted to capture the concept of weightlessness through light, frothy skirts. By removing the crinolines (stiff petticoats under the skirt), the wedding dresses gain more movement. The result is a nymph-like sensuality that is both romantic and modern.


Two important elements of my design philosophy: weightlessness and draping.

With Amelia, I chose to leave the seam allowance at the back of the draped bodice free, consciously adding more detail to the back. My eye is always searching for subtle ways to draw attention there…

I never add ornamentation just for the sake of it. Like jewelry, the crystal corsage at the hip of the Amelia wedding dress can stand on its own. As it is placed here, the crystals add an organic touch of magic to the dress. As a philosophy, ornamentation on a wedding dress should reflect the nature of the celebration as well as the shape of the dress. When added directly to the wedding dress (as shown here), ornamentation accentuates.

Next week, I will feature another dress by Vera, in addition to our regularly scheduled WDW post about a local designer. Yay local!

(All content is straight from Vera’s mouth)

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sept16In March, I did a post on Dresses Under $500 Dollars and it was a hit. To this day, I still receive requests for Wedding Dress Wednesday to do a feature on dresses that are affordable. This week’s collection is about being easy on the budget without skimping on style. I hope you enjoy it!

Wedding dresses Under 1000 dollars

1) Sequin and Destroy: Elaborate crystal beading, sequins and embroidered lace adorn the entire bodice of the dress. A natural waist and full silk skirt add simpleness to this exquisite dress. (Piccione)

2) Slim Jim: This svelte silhouette has a iridescent tulle overlay. The v-neck creates instant sensuality to the a-line gown with spaghetti straps. (Mia Solano)

3) Pick Me Up Princess: Ornate beading details the top of the bodice. The ballgown skirt features asymmetrical pickups draw the luxurious satin in romantic gathers.  (Sottero & Midgley)

4) Dominating Dame: This assertive silk number has a ruched waistline and a-line skirt. The wide straps create a v-neckline and covers up any sinful skin slackage. A swanky satin bow adds some back appeal to this lovely gown. (Oleg Cassini)

5) Pleasing Pleats: A pleated bust and pleated peek-a-boo hem makes this gown full of panache. A jeweled deep v-back compliments a toned back. (Saison Blanche Boutique)

6) Drop Everything: A ruched dropped waist conforms to the body’s curves. The skirt flares at the thigh and flows to a chapel train in the back. A thick satin ribbon embellishes the waist. (Wtoo)

7) Optical Illusion: The trumpet skirt has gussets to add flounce and volumn to the skirt without making it look like a ballroom shape. The tulle overlay on the bodice reaches around the neck in a halter. (Galina)

8) Sweet Tiers: The modified sweetheart neckline is sweetly paired with a-line silhouette. The re-embroidered Alencon lace is sprinkled with glass beads and sequins. The tiers billow at the feet into a  semi-cathedral train. (Emerald Bridal)

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sept09This week’s collection will focus on the various necklines of wedding dresses. Each neckline will have a visual example of that dress, so you can see how it looks on a fasting, non-existent model. Which neckline flatters what type of body? Since necklines can be combined (ie sweetheart and strapless) to accentuate what your mama gave you hopefully, you will find the perfect combination.

Wedding Dress Wednesday  necklines

This simple neckline extends from one underarm to the other without the support of straps. This is a classic look that can be slightly modified by having the neckline softly arc up or down depending on how you want your bodice shaped. This neckline looks best on brides who have well-toned arms since the line of the strapless dress draws attention horizontally across your body, which includes your upper arms and shoulders. (Raylia; $500-1000)
Ideal for: Great shoulders, arms and defined collarbone
Not recommended for: Smaller-chested women

The name says it all: the neckline dips down in the front in a v-shape. The v-shape can create an optical illusion for both big and small breasted women. For smaller busted women, a lower dip can making the bust appear
visually smaller. While, larger breasted women can minimize their bust line by raising the v-neckline, making the focus on their shape, not their size. (Maggie Sottero Destinations; $500-1000)
Ideal for: B or C cups
Not recommended for: Anyone bigger or smaller than a B or C cup

The scoop neckline features a U-shaped line. This neckline is a universally flattering and very classic. It can be cut low, and quite often the scoop will continue on the back of the dress. (Cosmobella; $500-1000)
Ideal for: Just about anyone

Also know as the boat neck, the neckline connects at the edges of the shoulders, leaving a long slit that runs across from shoulder to shoulder. This is a modest neckline that can be worn with sleeves or strapless. This is a good option for women with pear-shaped bodies, as it helps to balance the bottom half of the body with the top by drawing attention to the collarbone and neck area. (Vineyard Collection; $1000-1500)
Ideal for: Large busts, well proportioned head/neck and pear-shaped bodies
Not recommended for: Large necks or broad shoulders

This neckline sits just below the shoulders to highlight a woman’s collarbone and shoulders. While this style is made for women with medium- or full bustlines, an off-the-shoulder neckline will look good on almost all figures. If you are not sure about showcasing your arms, but still want the chic off-the-shoulder line, consider a portrait neckline. It is just like the off the shoulder, but has more fabric around the arms for more coverage.
Ideal for: Full-chested and pear-shaped women
Not recommended for: Broad shoulders, fuller arms (Alfred Angelo Sapphire; $1000-1500)

A square neckline has a straight horizontal lines that meet the straps and the top of the bodice at a 90 degree angle. The clean line creates a beautiful look. (Allure Bridal; $500-1000)
Ideal for: Full-chested and pear-shaped women
Not recommended for:

Halter/High Neck
The halter features straps that wrap around the back of the neck, or a high neck with deep armholes. This showcases the back and arms, so be sure to be dress ready. (Sottero and Midgley; $1000-1500)
Ideal for: Broad shoulders, tall women, small bust
Not recommended for: Narrow shoulders

This neckline forms a heart (hence the name) at the bustline. This popular option is suited for most women, because it accentuates the decolletage, even if your cup doesn’t overfloweth. (Blue by Enzo Ani; $500-1000)
Ideal for: most women
Not recommended for: large chested women (it creates too much cleavage)

Even if you think you know which neckline will look best on you, try to keep an open mind when shopping for your gown. Something that looks great in a picture may not be right for your figure, while something you think you don’t like could turn out to be perfect.

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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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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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jul29Portland is a bubbling hub of fashion design. This week’s collection features, Terri of Olivia Luca. A local designer that uses lush fabrics and offers eco-friendly options without charging an arm and a leg. Each of her delicious designs are tailored to fit your body and inimitable style. Sounds too good to be true? How about, the price? Even with all the details, most dresses are under $1000. I’ve died and gone to heaven. Head over to the Design Studio and feast your eyes on the dress of your dreams (for any occasion).

Olivia Luca

1) Pouf, the Magic Dress: This silk faille strapless dress hits at the knee and puffs out with the use of extra crinoline. The ribbon sash adds sweetness to the dress in more ways than one.

2) It’s Easy To Be Green: A layer of fair trade silk organza floats atop organic cotton dress.  The empire waist and layered sashes accentuates the smallest part of the body.

3) Halter at the Alter: The mermaid silhouette slims through the hips and ends with a sweep train that will gently glide over the ground with every step. The deep v-neck elongates the neck and torso.

4) Strapped: Strapless silhouette is simple elegance at its best. A thick and handsome chocolate brown silk sash cinches the waist breaking up the a-line skirt. Boning is added for extra support and structure.

5) Trim and Tailored: Narrow spaghetti straps can be adjusted in a variety of ways with a simple alteration. The ever-flattering a-line skirt gently flares at the hips, hiding any curves to the body.

6) Off She Goes: Silk satin faced organza drapes beautifully on this extraordinary a-line skirt. The empire waist is paired with the off-shoulder surplice bodice creates a deep V in the front and back of the dress adding feminine touches without being to risque.

Did you know: All the fabrics used in the studio are 100% silk or a blend of silk and other natural fiber. She also offers a selection of certified organic cotton and cotton prints, sustainable SBP® hemp/silk, bamboo and other environmentally responsible fabrics. Wow, wow we wow. She also offers dresses for bridesmaids and flower girls. Design away, because fabric that is left over from your design is recycled, reused, or donated to local non-profit low-income artists.

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