October 21, 2011

Disney Fairy tale weddings by Alfred Angelo 2012

Alfred Angelo released new versions of all the wedding gowns in their Disney princess collection and for the most part I must say I'm slightly underwhelmed. Aside from the fact that the new gowns have incorporated modern elements such as tiered skirts, asymmetrical ruffles, 3D floral embellishments,  I can't say that they improved on the original collection. It seems to me that the old gowns were more true to the Disney princesses they were representing. Take a look and decide for yourself.

The original Ariel dress

The new 2012 Ariel dress

The original Belle gown

The new 2012 Belle gown

The original Tiana gown

The new 2012 Tiana gown

The original Rapunzel gown

The new 2012 Rapunzel gown

The original Cinderella gown

The new 2012 Cinderella gown

The original Snow White gown

The new 2012 Snow White gown
Snow White

The original Jasmine gown

The new 2012 Jasmine gown


October 20, 2011

Bridal Fashion report! Pnina Tornai Fall 2012

People think of Pnina Tornai’s style as being all about opulence, exaggeration and excess, and for the most part its usually true. But the reality is, Pnina creates her collections with a more open mind than she gets credit for. Her collections actually include a wide variety of silhouettes and styles, and whilst some of them are the extreme ball gowns + sheer bodice combo that she is famous for,  others are refined,elegant and classy. There really is something in there for everyone. Well that is if you can afford to spend over $10,000 on a wedding gown…
The ruched and pleated ivory gown above, is my absolute favorite in the collection. It is simple, chic and understated (which is what I'm all about!), but it also incorporates a traditional element with the chapel train, and still manages to be daring and sexy with the split sweetheart neckline.   Out of the entire collection there are three gowns I  would actually wear down the aisle;
1.       The ruched gown above, because its sooo me
2.       The lace hi-low gown (further down the page) because its gorgeously modern & traditional all at once
3.       The feathered ball gown (right below the hi-low gown) because its soft, romantic and oddly elegant.

Pnina's 2012 collection features 3 main themes: Sexy evening gown-esque styles, Exaggerated Ball gowns  and then a few fit & flare silhouettes thrown in for good measure. Enjoy.

[1] The evening gown-esque styles

[2] The fit & flare (and A-lines) styles 


[3] The ball gowns 
2. Lace Hi-low gown

3.Feathered skirt




October 19, 2011

Bridal Fashion report! Trends in the Fall 2012 collections

NY Bridal fashion week has been exciting as usual to see which trends made the cut this season.  Aside from Vera Wangs black collection, the majority of the gowns shown were all white and ivory. In previous seasons most designers included  a few colored gowns, specifically shades of blush, champagne and gold but these colors were at a bare minimum this year. All the designers made  big U-turn towards more traditonal bridal gown colors. 3D floral embellishments are a continuing trend from the previous seasons… I'm starting think the floral theme has been slightly overdone,  I doubt I'll miss it once its gone.
 The newest trends that emerged from the fall 2012 collections are as follows;
[1] Slits- Of all the things you expect to see on a wedding gown, a daring sexy front or side slit is not one of them. Well not until now.  Monique Lhuillier stood out for incorporating this feature in several of the gowns in her new collection and she was not alone, designers such as Ines Di Santo, Reem Acra and Theia also showed gowns with slits down the front.

Monique Lhuillier

Ines Di Santo

Monique Lhuillier


Monique Lhuillier

Reem Acra

Monique Lhuillier

[2] Intricate beaded bodice- Beading on the bodice is nothing new in the bridal world, but the gowns in the new collections feature complex and unusual bead patterns that are eye-catchingly artist and stylish.


Reem Acra


Kenneth Pool

[4] Sheer sleeves and bodice- In previous seasons we’ve seen illusion necklines, sheer strapless bodice and sheer cap sleeves, but this season there has been an increase in sheer & lace short sleeves that come all the way down to the elbow  as well as sheer long sleeves.

Ann Bowen

Monique Lhuillier

Maggie Sottero

Junko Yoshioka

[3] Tiered skirts- This is also a continuing trend, but this season the tiers  are more exaggerated than ever, with more and more designers featuring many variations of this style. My favorites are the asymmetrical tiers.

Kenneth Pool


Badgley Mischka

Anna-Maier-Ulla Maija

Reem Acra

[5] Hi-low hemlines- This modern reincarnation of a 1980s trend looks best when paired with raw edged layers of fabric to create a more subtle look. Anna Maier-Ulla Maija, Monique Lhuillier and Pnina Tornai really did this hemline justice in their 2012 collections

Monique Lhuillier

Anna Maier-Ulla Maija

 Pnina Tornai

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta

Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone