I love the soft, yet sultry colors in the Metro Chic palette. While bordering on the antediluvian on their own, there can be a classic, modern, vintage and romantic touch to the palette depending upon the way you take it or choose to express yourself:
stately black candelabras
lush pink peonies
romantic handwritten love letter platinum tufted chair Parisian fashion
Following along the trend of feminine and glamorous, comes the fabulous Val Stefani, with a gorgeous line of wedding dresses for the girly bride. Ranging from full princess-esque ball gowns and sleek mermaid silhouettes, there are something for every bride who wants to be amazing and unforgettable on her wedding day.
If you love watching the Red Carpet Shows to get your dose of glamour, fashion and face beatings (translation: gorgeous makeup), you will be overjoyed to know that the E! Network has teamed with Anavel Caparros to create the E! Live From the Red Carpet Shoe Collection. The stylish line of high heels is now available at Macy’s, Lord + Taylor, LordandTaylor.com, and will debut at Von Maur on May 8th.
After the stunning success of Adrianna Papell E! Live from the Red Carpet evening gown collection, as well as the Stila E!Live from the Red Carpet cosmetics line, the shoe industry is now taking everyone by storm and no prisoners. This new addition to the E! Live from the Red Carpet brand will provide fashionistas the perfect accessory to complete their own red carpet looks.
To view more from this delicious collection, visit the Red Carpet section of E!’s website.
So you’re tired of the same old dinner party, the same routine wedding festivities, the humdrum of birthday parties, right? There is no need to get down– take some inspiration from this year’s Coachella Festival. If you haven’t heard about Coachella ( how could you escape it this year when they basically “resurrected” Tupac for a “live” hologram concert performance), we’ll give you the skinny: it’s a three day long annual music and arts festival in the Coachella Valley. It’s frequented by some of the biggest names in the entertainment and fashion industry with performances, exhibits and parties throughout the sprawling desert backdrop.
Each year, it seems Coachella gets better and better (cue another mention of the amazing Tupac performance). All of the artists, performers and brands really bring it for this weekend. There were some great ideas that could translate nicely for your next event. Take a look:
Several people enjoyed the Armani Exchange and TMobile Carnival Party. We’ve posted before about getting your Coney Island on with your event— be it with food and drink or decor and details. The most important thing with having a theme is to remain authentic to the details and your personality. Basically, “skip the cheese, go for the meat“. Don’t go for the ultra cheesy details, but be authentic as possible.
Lighting is ridiculously awesome. It can transform any space into something dramatic and exciting. The key to incorporating good lighting is your base– look at your area’s walls, floors, etc. Make sure your lighting has something to reflect off of to create striking pillars or soft washes of colors.
If you’ve got a pool at your next party, don’t neglect it! Incorporate it in your party. The open air atmosphere can add so much to your event. Create custom cabanas by having personalized pillows with your pictures, monograms, colors or wedding logo. This gives your guests a great place to find respite or catch up on conversation. Your pool can be a well designed focal point as we shared with The Braxton Premiere Party.
Adoring, adoring, adoring the naturally beautiful jewels in the Rumi collection from Elyria Jewels! Created to inspire beauty and love in all, the Rumi collection is perfect for the modern bride. The line features a sophisticated choker of Chinese freshwater pearls and a center topaz crystal, and dazzling earrings made of raw sliced diamonds, blue moonstones and dramatic faceted quartz.
The ocean inspired Cat Street offer a rugged, yet feminine look that can embellish any look– from casual to formal. All of the pieces are perfect for the modern woman who wants a little edge, but still wants to remain feminine.
Balancing industrial chic with a luxurious, bohemian aesthetic, Browsh incorporates her beloved pearls and a wide variety of precious stones into sophisticated silver and gold jewelry. Her work is inspired by influences as diverse as street art and Cartier haute joaillerie. These gorgeous pieces have been featured in O Magazine, Luxury, and Bride.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and whether you have something planned for your sweetheart or vice versa, surely you’ll need a great outfit for the occasion. Here are some great ideas for you no matter what is on the agenda!
IdoJour is an online wedding boutique of curated finds for the glamour loving bride in mind. Full of stylish accents, apparel and more handpicked from co-founders and sisters, Rosanna Casper and Vanessa Maffia. Their choices are amazing– ranging from jewelry, clothing and other great accessories for your events during your wedding weekend. The items are so reminiscent of Old Hollywood and add a touch of timeless glamour.
There were some OUTSTANDING weddings that showed up this year on the little and silver screens. Some were completely over the top and others were subdued, but they all had impact! We hope to see some aspects of these famous nuptials play on in 2012!
The Royal Wedding
What we loved: Being the most anticipated wedding of the year, there was so much to be excited about! The pomp and circumstance, tradition, new designers and trends– Kate managed to bring forth her own personality in a very public wedding that was laden with time honored traditions. Her gown was absolutely amazing. It breathed new life into the wedding gown industry, being a bridal throwback of the beautiful Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. The long sleeves and beautiful lines were gorgeous and flattering. Not to be outdone, her sister Pippa’s dress was equally divine– also appearing as a throwback to sleek bias cut Old Hollywood gowns in white! Everything about the wedding was beautiful and brought forth the return of glamour.
What we want to see in 2012: More glamour, please! Having been quite through with the overdone with the rustic, vintage trend, I am SO happy to see more classic, ornate details in 2012.
Bella and Edward :: Twilight
What we love: The ethereal, garden feel of this wedding was amazing! As a wedding planner, I sat in the movie theater absolutely giddy for all the wrong reasons. While most of the tweens, teens and their moms were swooning over Edward Cullen in a tuxedo, I was losing my mind over the ferns, petal aisle and curtains and guests sitting on logs! Even Bella’s victorian-esque gown was divine with its detailed lace scrollwork on the back and wrists.
What we want to see in 2012: More florals and non-traditional decor for outdoor weddings! It adds to the experience and if it is the same place as your reception can always be repurposed. Even if it is at a local park, garden, or residence– make the space your own.
The Kim Kardashian Wedding
What we loved: This is probably the most notorious wedding of the decade– from its (un)predictable demise to its over the top price tag, Kim Kardashian definitely made headlines with her wedding. Nevertheless, it was absolutely beautiful. Taking a cue from Kate, Kim had the ultimate “all white party” her sisters and mother adorned in white gowns, who also carried white bouquets down the aisle.
What we want to see in 2012:
The Hangover 2
What we loved: First, this movie was just absolutely hilarious. But the wedding scene!? Ah-mazing. From the gorgeous outdoor ceremony by the water with gorgeous florals EVERYWHERE to the open air receptions with live music to the beautiful lantern send off– there were so many great wedding inspirations here.
What we want to see in 2012: More open air weddings! Love the feel of the ceremony and reception being out in the open– be it surrounded by twinkling lights, tiki torches or uplighting, it is absolutely divine!
Once Upon A Time
What we loved: This is one of the few times I’ve seen elements of “bringing the outside in” and actually liked it. I also loved the the chuppah being in the middle of the room with guests standing around to join in. We’ve done standing only ceremonies and they were just as intimate, if not more, than traditional ceremonies.
What we want to see in 2012: One of the things I love about this show (and yes, I am a huge fan), is the opulence and detail in the clothing and jewelry. I am hoping we see more of this in fashion this year. Feathers, layers, ruffles, jewels– all of it! Give me more!
What have been some of your favorites? What would you like to see in 2012?
When America’s sweetheart, Anne Hathaway, announced that she was engaged, everyone became enthralled with what she would wear as she went down the aisle. Once again, we’ have some of the best of the best bridal houses came up with some delicious ideas as to what they think she would choose for her wedding dress:
Claire Pettibone: Claire Pettibone specializes in ethereal dresses with a playful, vintage look; truly for a bohemian girl who wants to stand apart from the crowd. Claire’s romantic and ultra feminine line incorporates jeweled eyelet lace, silk floral appliqués and detailed European trimmings.
The Claire Pettibone 2012 “Beau Monde” collection is inspired by a languid summer in the French countryside. This juxtaposition of gilded refinement and relaxed country living adds a touch of Parisian luxury with a modern sensibility. Lots of lace, elegant sleeves, illusion necklines, and as always, Pettibone’s signature stunning back details are found in this homage to the decadence of 18th century France…ooh la la!
Designer Kelly Dooley’s sketch for Anne Hathaway:
Angel Rivera: Angel Rivera is known for intricately detailed gowns that are accentuated with the richest silks, delicate lace and intricate beading. Through studying at Parsons and working with brides-to-be at Kleinfelds, Angel acquired a keen eye for fit and proportion. His couture creations exude sophistication by dramatic sweeping silhouettes while flattering the female figure. Angel Rivera’s opulent designs perfectly combine fashion forward notions with traditional timeless beauty.
Junko Yoshioka: Inspired by the cultural movement of the renaissance, Junko Yoshioka bridges the past and present with her fabrics, construction & detailing; masterfully utilizing dimensional laser cut silks, antiqued ombre matelasses and embroidered laces to create a collection of modern grace and timeless beauty.
Christina Makowsky: With a design degree from FIT, and 28 years dressing the most elegant VIP women (as the owner of successful luxury boutique chain, Georgina) Christina Makowsky became inspired to design her OWN luxury brand. The Christina Makowsky LUXURY brand mantra encompasses integrity and exclusivity, therefore garments are never mass produced and are created and marketed in limited quantities. In addition to designing her own luxury collection,
Christina Makowsky is known for her timeless fashion pieces. She provides the highest quality pieces, made from the finest fabrics, with enduring workmanship and with impeccable attention to every detail.
Ines Di Santo:
The INES DI SANTO Collection is known for marrying a sculpted, polished bodices with sumptuously layered skirts and romantic detailing. The effect has garnered the brand an eager client base of discerning and celebrity brides. Her well-recognized designs are carried at luxury retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.
With each gown as unique as the personalities they were inspired by, Ines’ latest collection ranges from modern glamour to classic elegance. Applying today’s trends along with her signature touches, Ines adds embellishment to luxurious fabrics and delicate treatments like pleating and ruching to dramatic silhouettes. Using unique textured fabrics and sexy slits befitting the red carpet, runway or aisle, Ines’ Spring/Summer 2012 collection is award-worthy.
I also love this sweet empire waist gown that is ultra ingenue and feminine from TeKay designs:
Which is your favorite? What would you wear down the aisle?
Who Doesn’t Love Free Stuff?Munaluchi Bridal has got a super cool giveaway for all of you brides-to-be. Perhaps you’ve picked your wedding date, and wedding colors…or maybe you haven’t even gotten that far. No matter what stage of planning you’re in, one of the important items you will have to consider are your wedding invitations. Your wedding invitations and save-the-dates are often times the first impression your guests will have of what to expect on your wedding day, so they need to be a hit. Munaluchi has teamed up with IJORERE Invitations to offer one lucky winner the ultimate prize – 50 (4 piece) Invitation Suites (1 per couple or household) from the Aduni Collection (shipping not included). That equals up to 100 invitees! This is so exciting because if you are the winner, your invitations are sure to make a lasting impression.
One winner will receive 50 (4 piece) invitation suites ~1 per couple or per household = 100+ invitees.
4 piece includes: The Invitation (from Aduni Collection), Invitation envelope, Response card and corresponding envelope.
Ultimate IJORERE Giveaway begins December 19th through December 31st Midnight EST
Applies only within the U.S. Postage NOT Included.
Winner will be notified via email provided. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, another will be selected.