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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: Kim Kardashian Alternative Wedding Dresses!

We were ALL ridiculously excited for Kim Kardashian’s wedding this past weekend and couldn’t wait to see her dress! Even though Kim’s gown was made by family friend, Vera Wang (okay…who wouldn’t LOVE to have a family friend in Vera Wang!?), some of the top powerhouses in bridal fashion wanted to give their interpretations on what the voluptuous beauty would saunter up the aisle in. Who do you think got it right?

  1. ANNE BARGE is known for having impeccable quality both in construction and fit. Anne’s use of pure silk couture fabrics paired with simple clean lines beautifully modernizes vintage couture. With careful attention given to every detail, many of her designs are accented with delicate embroidery and beading.
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Anne Barge’s interpretation: “My inspiration was over-the-top romantic drama. The lace was the romance and the drama was the silhouette and three dimensional beading and embroidery.” The elongated mermaid bodice and deep border hem of the gown are ivory French Alencon lace heavily embellished with three dimensional organza petals and beading. The upper portion of the full skirt is pearl silk organza appliquéd with Alencon lace motifs. The hem and chapel train are triple tiers of scalloped border lace. Accented the left shoulder is a corsage of lace, dimensional beading and embroidery which trails asymmetrically across the front of the bodice.

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  1. 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.

Ines Di Santo’s interpretation: Kim Kardashian is a perfect mix of classic with a cutting edge style. Our inspiration when creating this gown was to create something very luxe that represents Kim’s style and sets her apart from every other bride this Silk Satin Organza gown does just that. To dress a curvy body such as Kim’s it is all about accentuating the waist. As per our sketch the beading is accentuating her waist because of how the beading is concentrated at waistline. What makes the gown we have submitted special is the cut out details and different size Swarovski crystals embroidered throughout the bodice. The gown features a detachable train that can be unattached after the ceremony, with a short sexy mini for the reception. myWPEdit Image

  1. JENNIFER SALZMAN: Formerly of Prada and D&G, Jennifer now creates her own line of glamorous, elegant and Italian-inspired dresses. Her use of Swarovski crystals, french lace, ruffled skirts and bubbled tiers create a unique collection perfect for the modern bride. From dramatic tulle princess gowns to the perfect beaded mermaid dress, Jennifer Salzman’s keen eye for fit and proportion continue to set her apart.
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Jennifer Salzman’s interpretation: I tried to be true to Kim’s style, which tends to be more sexy and dramatic, but also take into consideration that for her wedding day she may surprise us all. The gown I designed for Kim has a structured bodice and trumpet style skirt that flaunt her fabulous curves. The neckline and bodice are simple so she can add her own jewelry, and the skirt has soft feminine draping with a dramatic billowing train to appeal to her usual sensational gown choices. I added clear crystal beads throughout for some sparkle. Kim has very feminine curves and she is also thin, so she can really play up her curves in a style that hugs her body and flares out below the hip, making her waist look even smaller than it is.

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4. CLAIRE PETTIBONEspecializes 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 appliques and detailed European trimmings.

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Claire Pettibone’s interpretation: Claire used Silk charmeuse which is layered with hand beaded tulle and ribbon roses. Silk ribbon flowers and leaves are scattered throughout, along with Swarovski crystals and pearl accents. This gown has a sweetheart neckline and a mermaid silhouette. A full sweeping train, opulent details and just a touch of sparkle are perfect for glamour-girl Kim. When asked how to dress for Kim’s body type claire answered, “Love your curves, and accent your waist! Try to keep the lines of your gown long and lean (rather than breaking it up say, with a belt) I think this gives an elegance to the curves. The ribcage is usually one of our slimmest areas, so if you have a full bust & hips, you can choose a gown fitted through the high waist to really give an hourglass look. I love to bring focus up to the neckline and face, so why not show a (tasteful) amount of décolleté?!”

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From what we heard about this weekend’s nuptials, there were a few wardrobe changes, so personally, I am very excited to see the fashions worn by everyone. Which of the above are your favorite?

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?

Fashion Monday: Viva La Glam

Just as we predicted last year, as well as with the Royal Wedding Obsession, the emergence of glamour will take the wedding industry by storm!  These dresses are gorgeous– adding  a touch of glamour with sleek lines and luxurious fabrics.

Anne Barge:

Anne Barge wedding gowns feature modern interpretations of vintage couture.  This blending of contemporary and classic styles, with the use of the finest materials and intricate beading and embroidery, creates timeless silhouettes. Anne Barge has created three distinct brands- Black Label, Couture, and La Fleur- to fit her customers’ taste, regardless of budget.


anne barge flowing white ruffle wedding dress gown

Jennifer Salzman:

Jennifer Salzman’s use of Swarovski crystals, french lace, ruffled skirts and bubbled tiers makes her collection unlike any other. Salzman’s mastery of fit and proportion make her line elegant and feminine. From dramatic tulle princess gowns to the perfect beaded mermaid dress the common thread found throughout this diverse line is the attention to proportion and texture.

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Dolly Couture (love this vintage, pin up-esque glamour of these tea length wedding dresses!)

Dolly Couture’s modern twist to the vintage, tea-length style dress has become a glamorous alternative to the classic bridal gown. Modest, yet still making a statement thanks to its voluminous silhouette; the full skirt is a perfect example of how to go big without going over the top. The brand is known for putting a fresh twist to the vintage tea-length style dress. Dolly Couture is Fashionable, affordable and unforgettable.


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Ines Di Santo:

Using her signature hand-ruching and tailoring techniques, the Ines Di Santo Collection is known for marrying a sculpted, polished bodice 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.

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Fashion Monday: Winnie Couture

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If there was one word I could think of when I see the gowns of Winnie Couture it would be “romantic”.  With rich textures and designs of soft rosettes, flounces, bubble skirts and ruffles, there is a gown for the bride who wants to look and feel ultra feminine on her wedding day.  Everything from overly fashionable and chic to demure to destination gowns, these wedding dresses, Winnie Couture does not disappoint.

strapless wedding dress with beaded lace overlay  drop waist sweetheart wedding dress winnie couturesweetheart wedding dress criss cross bodice winnie couture bustled wedding dress with satin rosettes layers winnie couture


Visit the Winnie Couture website for more information on buying your Winnie Couture wedding dress, additional designs (including those for bridesmaids) as well as real weddings featuring Winnie Couture gowns!

Fashion Monday: Bari Jay

ivory ruffled wedding gown with shirred waist and ruffled skirt



Bari Jay has been the creator of some of the most sleek and feminine designs in bridal fashion.  The wedding dresses invite brides to embrace everything glamorous and beautiful on their wedding day.  Additionally, the gowns capture the romance of different eras, spawns inspiration for various locales, all the while infusing chic style.

Grecian/Goddess Inspired Wedding Gowns:



Love these sleek Old Hollywood wedding dresses:



Bari Jay doesn’t leave the bridesmaids out in the cold, either.    These creatively styled dresses will have your bridesmaids looking amazing. When your bridesmaids come down the aisle the guests will be “WOWED”– a great preview to the “big premier” of the bride.



These bridesmaid dresses are definitely for brides who think “outside the box”, and who are creative and want to make a statement on their big day. Not only is the attention on the bride but also their bridal party.  According to Bari Jay “their goal is to create elegant, affordable, and versatile styles to complement and flatter the female silhouette.” Hats off to Bari Jay and mission accomplished.





Fashion Monday: Jim Hjelm

Jim Hjelm’s designs are far beyond the ordinary– they exceed the divine with their soft lines and romantic themes. The flouncy fabrics and textures celebrate everything feminine and alluring, while adding the touch of glamour every bride wants to captivate.

Fashion Monday: Joanna August

joanna august bridesmaids and wedding dresses

I am absolutely LOVING these gowns from Joanna August

Joanna August has done away with convention and designed a line of fashionable dresses that have already become celebrity favorites on the red carpet!  In the short time since her launch, Joanna has already achieved much success outfitting brides and celebrities alike: actresses including Meg Ryan and Malin Akerman recently have been seen flaunting Joanna’s gowns on red carpets across the globe.

Joanna August Wedding Dresses

She started with bridesmaids in mind but due to demand, she has been offering her dresses beyond wedding attire.  Striking the perfect balance between the romantic and the edgy, the classic and the ethereal, Joanna’s dresses are available in over 20 styles and 100 colors and even feature several maternity options.  Choose from sweeping floor length gowns in chiffon, elegant charmeuse styles channeling old Hollywood glamour, cocktail length party frocks or even daring (yet tasteful) mini dresses.

Joanna August one shoulder bridesmaid dress, Joanna August bias cut bridesmaids dress, Joanna August  bridesmaids dresses

Find out more at Joanna August and see more dresses as well as gifts and accessories as well as real weddings featuring Joanna’s designs.