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Fashion Monday: Anne Barge Fall/Winter 2012

I am truly adoring the fall and winter line from Anne Barge!  It is truly a throwback to the Great Gatsby-esque glam of yesteryear.  While vintage weddings are still hanging on, glamour is also still making a huge impact, so this is a great mélange of the two styles.   Anne says that this season, “We were all about lace. Totally romantic, ethereal, and very classic Anne Barge this season. My inspiration for this collection comes from a historical take on texture.”

And there is definitely plenty here!  The rich complexities of the garments, bias cuts, sweetheart necklines, layers and lots of details!


Anne Barge Fall 2012 Wedding Dress Gown Line

Anne Barge Fall 2012 Wedding Dress Gown Line

Anne Barge Fall 2012 Wedding Dress Gown Line

Anne Barge Fall 2012 Wedding Dress Gown Line

Are you planning to go vintage glam?

Mermaid Wedding Dress with Ruffled Skirt Val Stefani
May 07 2012

Fashion Monday: Val Stefani

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.

Mermaid Gown by Val StefaniRuffled floral layered organza ball gown by Val Stefani

layered ball gown wedding dress by Val Stefani

Lace mermaid wedding dress Gown by Val Stefani

Mermaid Wedding Dress with Ruffled Skirt Val Stefani

These delicious gowns are sure to make an impact and have every one in awe of your wedding day look!  Find out more about Val Stefani, including where to buy, their bridesmaids collection as well as see real brides in the gown collection by visiting their website.

Fashion Monday: E!’s Live from the Red Carpet Shoe Line

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,, 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.

Fashion Monday: Elyria Jewels

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.

Fashion Monday: Anne Hathaway’s Wedding Dress Through the Eyes of Top Designers

anne hathaway gold ball gown

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!


basque gown sketch for anne hathaway by claire pettibone

Designer Kelly Dooley’s sketch for Anne Hathaway:

Mermaid gown 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.



Junko Yoshioka wedding dress sketch for Anne Hathaway

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.

christina makowsky wedding dress sketch for anne hathaway
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.
Ines Di Santo gown wedding dress sketch for anne hathaway

I also love this sweet empire waist gown that is ultra ingenue and feminine from TeKay designs:

Tekay wedding dress sketch for anne hathaway


Which is your favorite?  What would you wear down the aisle?

Fashion Monday: Ines Di Santo Spring 2012

Ines DiSanto’s Spring and Summer 2012 trunk show celebrates glam—which I am so very excited about. The gowns range from the very full ball gowns with curve enhancing bodices to sleek bias cut sheaths that mirror Old Hollywood sirens.  If you are looking for a gown, her trunk show should definitely be on the look out for your city.

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.

Word is that beauty Evelyn Lozada, fiancee to Chad Ochocinco is in the talks to have Ines design a custom gown for her delicious upcoming wedding. I can’t wait to see what she chooses!

Fashion Monday: RIVINI Fall Look Book


If you are one that has been in love with Rita Vinieris’ RIVINI wedding dresses, you will absolutely adore her new accessories in the Fall/Winter collection for this year.  Introducing a Black Magic, Crystal Clear and Pearl Plus collection, these chunky, ornate pieces add a touch of vintage glam to complement any wedding dress.


Rivini Crystal Clear CollectionRivini Crystal Clear CollectionRivini Pearl Plus Collectionbridal jewelry necklace ideas

For more about RIVINI, visit the website and see all of the beautiful gowns and other bridal fashion from this talented designer.

Fashion Monday: Dressing the Man

Vanity Fair Cover


I’ve been told that women have it “easy” when it comes to finding something to wear.  There are so many stores that cater to us, shapes, sizes and complexions. I will admit, it’s not always the same when it comes to men.  If you remember my pointed question, Why Is Your Groomsman Wearing an “Extra Medium”, men can have it rough if their “in” shape as much as being out of shape.  Here are some tips to help you and your honey decide on what to choose for your male wedding participants:


  • Choose something that is stylish, let timeless.  As we’ve given advice to brides regarding bridesmaids in letting their ladies choose either complementary styles and colors for their dresses, the same can be said for the groomsmen.  If you do not want to go the tuxedo route, every well dressed man has a black suit in their arsenal– and more likely than not, they’ve already had it tailored so that it looks its very best on them.  As a gift, you can give them matching shirts with their initials embroidered on it.
  • Don’t be afraid of color!  Adding a pop of color is a sure way to keep your men looking vibrant and attractive.
  • Relaxing is okay…it’s also gorgeous.  If you are having a low-key beachside affair, quality khakis and a loose shirt can look absolutely STUNNING where as a upbraided tux can look completely unnatural and out of place.  For less than the cost of a tuxedo rental, your groomsmen get to keep some stylish items to add to their wardrobe. If that goes too far for you, allow your guys to skip the ties with an open collar– this allows a sense of style while still maintaining a sense of decorum with a jacket.  Or you can skip the jacket and allow your guys to wear sleek vests which can be paired with dress pants or class up a pair of jeans for later.
  • Personality is a must!  Let every guy bring his own style to the table.  Your groomsmen are not toy soldiers, backdrops or stand-ins.  You chose them to be in your wedding because their place in your life and who they are to you. Allow them to showcase that– it could be with their choice of jewelry, footwear, boutonniere, skinny tie, bow tie or what you can agree on. Don’t think it will work?  Check out how the men of Hollywood rocked out that Vanity Fair shoot above.

Want some eye candy inspiration?  Here you go:

black tie and black shirt no tie

Black Suit for a wedding

vest and pants for wedding

Black dress shirt bowtie


monochromatic suit for weddings

I have to end with Diddy.  I am huge fan of his music, business acumen and style.  It takes a strong and confident man to show up anywhere with Jennifer Lopez looking like this.  But he pulls it off in his own right in this layered monochromatic ensemble. He complements her instead of competing with her, and even if we saw him alone we would still think he was striking. This is the exact cue your honey should take as well– showcase his style, look fabulous in his own right and forever, both in life and looks, complement his beautiful bride.

Fashion Monday: Anne Barge Fall 2011 Wedding Gowns

Gorgeous Beaded Necklace with Wedding Dress


We were able to get a sneak peek into the gorgeous designs Anne Barge has lined up for the Fall 2011 season and they are absolutely DIVINE!  The dresses are so feminine and soft and very timeless and classic. They are reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour with a refined modern elegance.  I love the ruched bodice of this dress, but also the feminine details of the beaded belt and airy full skirt.  Very ethereal!

Anne Barge Silk Wedding Dress with Beaded Belt

Anne Barge Silk Wedding Dress with belt and large flower Wedding Dress with Satin Belt

I love this dress for the gorgeous belt!  The flower completely makes this dress and the loose basque/mermaid fit really shows off her curves, but the light chiffon skirt  softens the look without making it too harsh.

Gold and ivory wedding gown by Anne Barge

One Shoulder Ruched Wedding Gown

Ivory Halter Sweetheart Neckline Anne Barge Wedding Gown Dress

Gorgeous Beaded Necklace with Wedding Dress

Old Hollywood Wedding Gown


I just love these gowns– what do you think?  Which is your favorite?