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Musings of a Stylist: 2014 Oscar’s Red Carpet Fashion Recap

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Overall, I felt the fashion this year was a little lack luster.  We look to the Academy Awards Red Carpet every year to inspire us, to push fashion boundaries and to inspire trends.  Many of the starlets this year looked stunning, but so many of the looks were very safe. Perhaps we can blame it on the rain?

Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow where we will be posting segments from my appearance on Monday’s Academy Award edition of MassAppeal where I weigh in on red carpet trends and how they can be translated to the aisle.

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Let’s cut right to the chase….my hands down favorite for best dressed is Lupita N’yongo in Prada.  The color and silhouette were simply stunning on her!  She has been our favorite all awards season and this red carpet did not disappoint! I am dreaming about this silhouette being interpreted into a wedding gown!

lupitanyongo-best-dressed-oscards-2014Lupita N’yongo in Prada | Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

 

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We are always looking for runway-worthy trends on the red carpet.  This year, little had to be left to translation, as one of the big trends of the evening was pale hues of white and ivory as well as warm metallics.  Below are my faves:

portia-de-la-rossi-oscars-2014Portia de Rossi in Naheem Kahn | Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

This gown is a close second for me.   It is simply stunning and red carpet worthy!

kate-hudson-oscars-2014Kate Hudson in Versace | Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

I love this  architectural silhouette worn by Kate Hudson.  To me, this is what a Hollywood star should wear to the Oscars! I fell even more in love with it when I saw during the show that the gown had a removable cape!  The gown by itself was stunning as well!

kate-blanchet-oscars-2014Cate Blanchette in Armani Prive| Photograph: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Cate Blanchette is always effortlessly stunning.  This romantic gown by Armani did not disappoint. This is such a subtle and lovely way to wear a sleeve.

jessica-beil-oscars-2014Jessica Beil in Chanel | ABC/Rick Rowell

A little known fact about this gown was that it had buttons down the back…which of course, made me love it all the more!

Kristen-Chenowet-oscars-2014Kristen Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli |  ABC/Rick Rowell

This metallic architectural beauty worn by Kristen Chenoweth was the perfect gown for her stature.  She looked elegant and worthy of an Oscar herself!

jennifer-garner-oscars-2014Jennifer Gardner in Oscar de la Renta | ABC/Rick Rowell

I did not love the top of this Oscar gown.  I think it is a bit ill-fitting and a little dated, but the bottom is absolutely dreamy!

guliana-ranic-oscars-2014Guliana Rancic  in Paolo Sebastian | E! News

Guliana’s gown was aisle-worthy all the way.  This would make a stunning wedding gown!

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mm-white-dinner-jacketMatthew McConaughey in Dolce & Gabbana | WENN

I always love a classic ivory dinner jacket and was enthralled with the fact that several men showed this look on last night’s red carpet. My favorite was Matthew in his ivory dinner jacket, black vest and black bow tie. So chic and handsome. I’d love to see this look find its way into more wedding parties.

The few below don’t fall into any particular category for me, except just plain beautiful!

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kerry-washington-oscars-2014Kerry Washington in  Jason Wu | Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision

Kerry Washington has become a style icon on the red carpet and this Oscar gown did not disappoint.  And, it was designed by one of my absolute favorite designers, Jason Wu.

emma-roberts-oscars-2014Emma Watson in Vera Wang  |  Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision

This Vera Wang look was youthful and a bit edgy.  It was a perfect choice for Ms. Watson.  She is one to continue to watch on the red carpet!

Chrissy-Tiegan-oscars-2014Chrissy Tiegan (Mrs. John Legend)  in Monique Lhuhllier | E! News

I adore the floral pattern and silhouette of this gown. It looked totally fresh amongst all of the very classic, stately gowns on the red carpet.

What were your favorite looks on this years red carpet? Stay tuned to social media next month as we will be posting directly from April Bridal Market – we’re dying to see if our favorite red carpet trends will be translated to make their way down the aisle.

xoxo, TWD


Latest Bridal Gown Arrivals!

It’s like Christmas in February over here! We have received a slew of new gowns from our favorite designers. Take a peek below and then ring us at 860.669.4596 to book your appointment to try these beauties on.

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Here is ‘Caitlyn’ and ‘Pandora’ from Modern Trousseau! You just have to see these two in person- their pattern and texture will take your wedding ensemble to the next level.

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If you love the avante garde, then London-based David Fielden is your designer! We have two new lace arrivals ‘Gwendolyn’ and ‘Rhea’ and each is pretty as a picture!

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We welcome ‘Evan’ and ‘Khaleesi’ from our newest designer, Hayley Paige! Both gowns bring the drama with a full mermaid skirt and opal embellishments.

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San Francisco based designer, Amy Kuschel gives us options! A lovely organza ball gown called ‘Emma’ and a fitted lace dress called ‘Georgia’

5-augusta-jones-skylar-jocelynAugusta Jone’s “wows” us with these two new lace stunners. ‘Jocelyn’s’ pattern is like nothing we have ever seen and ‘Skyler’s’ neckline is so unique and flattering!

xoxo, TWD

 


New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 Trends

 We love New York Fashion Week! Not only because we simply adore fashion on all levels, but because we can always trust the top designers to end the show with gorgeous designs that are sure to inspire upcoming bridal trends.  As a whole, we felt this season lacked color, pattern and vibrancy but we have a few front runners sure to inspire the designer’s collections at New York Bridal Fashion Week this April.  Below are our top picks:

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Oscar de la Renta never disappoints and this stunning deep red velvet bodice compliments the ballet-pink ball skirt in a way that sets our hearts a flutter. With the blush trend reigning bigger than ever in the bridal world, we could certainly see this shade hitting the runways come April.

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Polka-dots are forever a favorite with us… Oscar hits the mark again with this whimsical gown (and matching shoe…eeek)!

dvf-38We saw plenty of plunging necklines like these from Diane Von Furstenburg…do you think they will translate onto the bridal runways?

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Pant suits have already made their way into a few bridal designer’s collections, but with their increasing popularity at the RTW Fall 2014 shows (like this one from Douglas Hannant), we wonder if they will be even more present in April.

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Zac Posen knows how to dress a woman’s body! We love this gown for it’s color, silhouette and refreshing neckline!

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Naeem Khan dazzled us with this vintage-inspired luminescent gown. We love how the fitted design highlights a woman’s figure.

zac-posen22Talk about regal! Mr.Posen hits the mark again with this stunning soft-teal gown. We could certainly see a more understated variation of this neckline on next season’s brides. How about you?

Stay tuned for more bridal fashion when we hit NYC this April for Bridal Market!

*all images courtesy of wwd.com

xoxo, TWD


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change furs to thisimage by Carla Ten Eyck, styling  by Beth Chapman, beauty by d.d. Nickel

And be sure to ask us about our fur muffs for rent! 

xoxo, TWD


What We’re Loving: Amsale’s Collection

With our Amsale Bridal Trunk Show rapidly approaching (November 7th-9th), we thought we would share our jovial anticipation with you by posting some of  the that will be in-store this Thursday through Saturday.

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We love how Amsale adapted it’s ‘forever modern’ style to suit the tastes of any bride this season- whether you would describe your style as etherial/bohemian (see Carson) to city-chic (see Houson and Jane) to classically elegant (see Cameron and Bryant), there is truly a dress for every bride in Amsale’s Fall 2014 Collection!

Ring us to book your trunk show appointment to receive 10% off the ‘forever modern’ gown that’s just for you! Purchase during the trunk show to be gifted a FREE veil in addition to your discount! 860.669.4596

Can’t get enough Amsale? While you’re at it book an appointment for next weekend’s Amsale Bridesmaid Trunk Show from November 14th-16th.

 

xoxo, TWD


Finding the right wedding gown for your body type

Of course many factors come into play when finding the dress of your dreams- your venue, your vision and your personal style, to name a few. But perhaps the most important factor of all is that you feel great in your gown. Your wedding dress should highlight your best assets while minimizing the areas you aren’t so fond of! The right silhouette is key so that you may feel beautiful and confident on your wedding day.

We have selected gowns from our collection that we feel best flatter each body type- take a peek and then give us a ring so that we may help you in finding the right wedding gown for your body type-  860.669.4596

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If you have are less endowed, you can always add a bit of volume in your bust with rouching, a sweet heart neckline, or with a cowl cut like this gown by David Fielden.  A small bust means you can get away with a sheer or very low back (no need for a proper long-line style bra). We love this gown because it is sexy, without the need for cleavage. Wish a small bust, stay away from a straight-across neckline as it can make your bust appear smaller!

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If  you have a full bust and your top half makes you a bit self conscious, you can show off the ‘girls’ in a more demure way with a softer neckline like that of ‘Marena’ by Modern Trousseau. The security of straps allows for a “worry-free” wedding day and the fuller skirt creates the effect of balance between the top and bottom halves of the body.  Avoid gowns that are backless if you are larger than a C cup, as it is difficult to support a full cup size without a proper bra.

 

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If you would describe yourself as a-little-less-than-curvy or ‘athletic’, then a gown like this is for you!  ‘Dove’ by Modern Trousseau offers structure and creates curves in all the right places. The combination of thoughtfully placed lace, a fit to flare silhouette, and corset detailing, draw the eye down an athletic frame and pull in your waist. If this style isn’t for you, consider adding a sash to any gown- and voila, instant waistline! Stay away from dresses with a sheath-like shape or empire waist.

 

 

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With a fuller hip, look for a gown that highlights your waist! A modified A-line style like Amsale’s ‘Paige’ is great for masking a larger bottom half without overwhelming the rest of your body. The gown is fitted through the waist and then delicately skims the hip- enhancing your shape without adding any extra volume as a fuller ball gown may do (which can sometimes amplify this insecurity). Steer clear of ultra-mermaid styles and large ball gowns.

 

 

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If you are petite, then finding a wedding gown can be harder than it seems! Samples are made to fit a taller frame and it can be difficult to get a good idea of how they will look on you once altered. Be sure to bring heels to your appointment (even if you don’t plan on wearing them on your big day) to give yourself a better idea of how the dress will look once it is in proportion. For petite girls, as with all shapes and sizes, it is important to trust in your seamstress and your stylist.  It can be difficult to envision the finished product when trying on samples, so listen to their recommendations. For a smaller frame, we will often recommend  a gown like Augusta Jones’ ‘Jayma’.  Its sweet heart neckline elongates your top half and the clean lines create length within the body. Avoid gowns with horizontal seams or too much ‘poof’, as they can divide and overwhelm your shape.

 

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If your arms are your insecurity (aren’t they almost everybody’s?!) then a bolero, sleeve, or bridal cover up may be for you! If you are looking for a seamless addition to conceal your arms, we can order extra fabric from your dress designer to create a custom sleeve or strap. If that option doesn’t work for you then we have a variety of boleros and cover ups that make the perfect addition to any gown. But do be aware, sometimes when we are concerned with our less-than-perfect-arms our first tendency is to cover them up, yet that may not work for every body. In some cases, a sleeve or strap can just add attention to your least favorite part. Explore some strapless options as you may find that it looks (and feels) better than you expected.  If you do opt for a sleeve, we recommend one that hits a bit lower on the arm if you are looking to draw attention away;  the ‘Addison’ top from Jenny Yoo does just this! Want to see more of our favorite coverage options? Click here.


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If you have broad shoulders, look for a gown that draws attention inward. This can be done using a sash with a central focus (like a brooch or feather) or with straps that bring the eye towards the center of the body. A V-neck gown such as ‘Osmonde’ from Anne Barge helps to balance a broad upper half. Steer clear of off the shoulder styles.

 

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Our recommendations are simply a guideline as we understand that all brides are unique.  It is our ultimate goal to make sure each bride feels comfortable, happy and beautiful, so be sure to book an appointment with one of our talented stylists so that they may help you feel your ultimate best on your big day. All of the gowns above are currently available to try on in the boutique, so if you are curious on how they might look on you, give us a ring at 860.669.4596!

xoxo, TWD

 

 

 


Fall 2014 Bridal Market Trends

We spent the weekend in New York City sitting through runway shows and visiting the showrooms of our designers for Fall 2014 Bridal Market.  By the end of the weekend after a hectic schedule and seeing hundreds of gowns from all of our favorite designers, it began to all be a blur of white.  But, there were definitely a few spectacular standout trends we couldn’t be more excited about.  Below is a recap of the trends for Fall 2014 bridal market:

1.       PINK

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Blush made a debut last season as the color-du-jour in bridal, but Vera Wang brought it to another level this season, by showing her entire collection in various shades of pink!

Vera’s selected more intense hues of the color for her pieces, however,  I forsee Vera’s color choices being more popular for bridesmaids rather than the bride. It cannot be denied that brides respond more openly to gowns in a subtle blush tone,  like this gown from Romona Keveza Legends.   Blush is a romantic color that truly flatters all skin tones and we are happy to see the trend continue in varying shades this season.

 

2.      OFF THE SHOULDER NECKLINES

We are happy to say that the neckline of the season was ‘off the shoulder’! It graced every runway.

This neckline style  is so flattering because it still shows off your decolletage, but provides a little more coverage and interest than a strapless gown.  It also lends itself beautifully to a sleeve at varying lengths. Check out a few of our favorites below:

3.      GOLD

Gold was also a staple at Fall 2014 Bridal Market.  Many designers incorporated gold into their collection through gold thread woven into their laces, providing a subtle hint of metallic shimmer.  Accessories are also taking on a golden hue,  in both gold and rose gold.  This warm metallic tone was a breath of fresh air against the flurry of  blush tone gowns being shown.

Gown by Jenny Yoo

Gown by Jenny Yoo

Gown by Theia

Gown by Theia

Headpiece by Maria Elena

Headpiece by Maria Elena

4.       DELICATE BEADING & CAP SLEEVES

Last season was all about opulent beading coming off of the Great Gatsby movie trend.  This season, the beading was much more delicate and subtle; it was shown either  just on the cap sleeve of a gown or all over,  like these Modern Trousseau gowns:

 

Gown by Theia

Gown by Theia

5.       DRAMATIC BACKS

The interest on wedding gowns has shifted to the back.  Every designer had at least one plunging-back design in their Fall 2014 collection.  We also saw quite a few  illusion backs like this one from the “forever modern”, Amsale:

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Gown by Amsale

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High-drama on the back of this gown by Hayley Paige

 

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We love the scooped back of this  Hayley Paige

6.       ILLUSION NECKLINES

Another hot neckline of the season is the sheer illusion neckline.  It was shown in sheer lace, organza, or even at times with delicate beading.  It is a  very classic and elegant silhouette that flatters nearly every figure;  we were so happy to see it reemerge on the runway this season.

Gown by Anne Barge

Gown by Anne Barge

 

7.       TEXTURE

Designers were showing beautiful textures as an alternative to lace, which has been extremely popular over the last few seasons.  Our favorite was this jacquard gown from Anne Barge.  With its substantial texture, it is a stunning option for a fall or winter wedding :

Gown by Anne Barge | Image from Martha Stewart Weddings

Gown by Anne Barge | Image from Martha Stewart Weddings

Gown by Ivy & Aster

Delicate organza circles make for an whimsical element of design on this gown by Ivy & Aster

8.      BRIDESMAIDS IN LACE

The hot trend for bridesmaids is lace!!  Lace has been so popular for brides for many season, now maids get to share in the fun!  Lace was shown in both short and long silhouettes, in pastels (blush and mint), metallics and in neutrals (black, grey and champagne) and we simply cannot get enough!

Dress by Donna Morgan

Dress by Donna Morgan

Dresses by Jenny Yoo

Dresses by Jenny Yoo

Dresses by Amsale

Dresses by Amsale

Please tell us, what is your favorite trend from Bridal Market!?

**all images, unless noted otherwise, are from The White Dress by the shore instagram account, taken by owner, Beth Chapman.

xoxo, TWD

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