Modern Trousseau 2011 Bridal Collection

 

While the Modern Trousseau wedding dress designs are influenced by current bridal fashion trends, each is a unique, sophisticated expression of designer Callie Tein.

      

www.moderntrousseau.com

 

Caroline Castigliano – SALE!‏

 

The amazing designer Caroline Castigliano will have a London sale that will be held in her Berner Street boutique from 4 July to 18 July. Her team would love to welcome all FashionBride readers!

  

They are offering ladies up to 70% off their gowns! Please remember that the sale is by appointment only, so to avoid disappointment you should call the boutique as soon as possible.

FashionBride Interview with Belinda Ang

We live a hectic life, we live fast and never seem to get a free moment to contemplate the beauty of our lives and the beauty in our lives. FashionBride is my piece of heaven and my peaceful oasis since this blog is the one that shows me all the time the wonders of fashion and art.

This time, trough my blog, I managed to get some fabulous answers from a very talented designer. I was mesmerised by Belinda Ang’s designs since the first moment I laid my eyes on them and this interview showed me exactly the reasons why: Belinda creates with her heart, mind and spirit and the results are breathtaking.

Find a piece of vintage design heaven in my interview and don’t forget to check her website www.belinda-ang.com .

1. When did you decide to become a designer and why did you find this domain interesting?

I was 27 when I got in touch with my creative self again and that was after a degree in engineering and several years in the corporate sector. I was fortunate to be able to indulge myself in Higher Art during high school and this desire to create beautiful things manifested itself in fashion a few years ago. I could not find clothes that I was 100% happy with in terms of design or fit for special occasions (like a good friend’s wedding) and this led me to pursue a course in pattern-making and sewing, so that I could design and make my own. Contrary to popular beliefs, my education background and experience from outside the fashion industry have in fact sharpened my sense of aesthetics and heightened my sensitivity to details, which are so important in fashion designing. Fashion continues to motivate me with its diversity, constant state of change and relevance to our everyday lives. For as long as my creativity allows, I would want to continue designing and creating pieces that make my clients feel beautiful.

2. Talk us through the first years of your work. Maybe you could tell us what did change in time? Are your designs different from the very beginning?

When I first started designing, I was creating more of what I personally liked in terms of silhouette, fabrics and details. Gradually though, my perspectives widened and I became more experimental in my designs and selection of fabrics. To me, designing is a constantly evolving process but my design style will always lean in the direction of creating classic and timeless pieces.

3. Why should a bride-to-be choose one of your gowns?

My collections tend to be colourful with plenty of motifs and I hope my designs will appeal to brides-to-be who appreciate prints, colours and laces either in their own dresses/ gowns or their bridesmaids’ dresses.

4. How long does it take to design a single wedding dress?

This really depends on how soon the inspiration comes. Sometimes, the design comes to me but it takes time to find the perfect fabric(s) to bring the design to life. Sometimes a fabric captivates me first and I will have to spend some time sketching to come up with the right design to complement the fabric.

5. Do tell us a bit more about your inspiration sources for your collection.

I am very impressed by how women in the 1920-1970’s always look so put together despite that silhouettes used to be simpler and construction, less complicated than today. There is a certain essence of timeless elegance in last century’s vintage that I try to incorporate into my designs, so that my creations continue to look appropriate and chic, be it today or decades later.

6. So you also work with brides or you just try to give them the best of your designs in your collections?

As every client has her own personality and expectations, I do work with each client to design a dress or gown uniquely for her special day or special occasion. Personalizing my existing designs to the individual client’s preferences is also an option that can be explored. As each of my designs will be made specifically to the client’s measurements, it only makes sense for my designs to be customisable as well.

7. Have you got any gown you have created and that has a very special meaning for you?

The most memorable gown I have created will be the Bliss Gown. Just the embroidery of crystals, pearls and beads on the dual-tone French lace bodice alone took 10 man-hours to complete.

Bliss Gown

8. From your point of view, how should a perfect bride look like?

I believe a bride should look and feel like herself, only more beautiful and confident on her wedding day.

9. And tell us what would you give her and maybe other brands can’t?

I think every brand has its own strengths and appeal to individual brides. What is important is that each bride must be able to connect to and communicate with her selected designer, so that at the end of the collaboration, she gets the dress or gown of her dreams. This is what I offer to the bride who identifies with my design style – the capacity to listen to her ideals and willingness to go the extra mile to fulfil her wish.

10. Can you give us an insight on your new collection? What were your inspiration sources, what did you opt for as materials, shapes etc.

The Spring Summer 2010 collection is very romantic with a lot of floral prints, laces and pastel colours to reflect the mood of the season. Silhouettes are both fluid and structured with soft fabrics like silk charmeuse, chiffon and lace being juxtaposed against crisp materials like silk dupioni and Thai silk.

11. Do you like a more tradtional approach or do you try to create a different image of the traditional bride?

I do not have a fixed approach in designing although I do appreciate and use traditional techniques in the construction of my designs.

12. Last but not least, do you have advice for FashionBrides readers?

I think it is very important to find your own style for your wedding day and to stand by your style even if it is unconventional by the usual standards. As the bride, it is your prerogative to be the centre of attention on your wedding day and to enjoy the attention, you have to be comfortable and confident in your chosen style of wedding dress or gown.

Simone Perele 2010 Bridal Collection‏

With over 60 years of “savoir faire”, Simone Pérèle has designed fine French lingerie that combines elegance and comfort. Recently they have launched the official Simone Pérèle eBoutique online so that woman throughout the United States can experience their brand.

Their beautiful bridal collections are featured on the eBoutique, please visit:  simoneperele.com 

Coupon Promotion for the Fiji Bridal Collection at www.SimonePerele.com : 20% off on the Fiji Collection until July 31st. Customers just need to enter SPBridal upon checkout.

The Bride and Groom package at Sienna Spa – Radisson Edwardian Manchester

The Bride and Groom package is NEW to the Sienna Spa at the five star Radisson Edwardian Manchester.

The package spreads over a three week period as follows:-

  • Week 1(two weeks prior to wedding):-Full Body Hot Stones-The perfect way to relax and unwind with the stresses and strains of the Big Day approaching.
  • Week 2(week before the wedding):-Absolute Pearl or Glorious Skin Facial, we will asses the Brides skin for which would offer the best results
  • Week 3(week of the wedding):-Gel overlay on the Fingers and Toes, either Colour or French providing lasting results for through the honeymoon aswell!

The package retails at £196.00.

Hot styff: Ken & Dana Jewlry Collection

 

Ken & dana design is a NYC based design collective exploring the art and language of body decoration. Their roots are in Maine, Hong Kong, and Brooklyn.

      

Their goal is to create works that are as diverse as they are- jewelry that takes chances, has a voice and looks fly. Everything that you’ll find in their shop is made by hand from their studio in Chelsea. Hope you’ll enjoy their work, more here.

Hot stuff: Invitations by David’s Bridal

Make a fabulous first impression by finding the perfect invitation. And don’t forget to order your enclosure cards such as reply cards and reception cards.

Wedding stationery plays an important role in how your guests perceive your special day. Make a fabulous first impression by finding the perfect Invitation and Response Card (or start even earlier with Save the Dates).

Once you’ve chosen the style, coordinate your entire event with matching Programs, Place Cards, Thank You Cards, even Table Numbers and Menus! Additional coordinating elements are available on every item detail page. Find more at invitationsbydavidsbridal.com

FashionBride interview with Anne Bowen

From designing a $5 million diamond-studded gown for charity worn by Jules Asner on the red carpet at the Oscars to exclusive cashmere and leather totes commissioned by Mercedes-Benz, Anne Bowen has the ability to infuse luxury and sophistication into everything she touches.

That’s why I thought appropriate asking her a couple of questions for my FashionBride readers. I found out more about her latest collection, her inspiration sources and what her gowns can do for you. Read all about it right now!

1.When did you decided to become a designer and why did you find this domain interesting?
I have always wanted to become a designer, but I did not make it a business venture until later.

2. Talk us trough the first years of you work. Maybe you could tell us what did change in time? Are your designs different from the very beginning?
I worked as a marketing executive full-time. My boss was a strong supporter and entrepreneur who factored some of my first orders. As far as my aesthetic, there is a consistency in palette, sensibility, and point of view. The evolution of confidence in my own ideas has been integral to being creative.

3. Why should a bride-to-be choose one of your gowns?
It is always a big decision: the right gown for the right bride. Our bride is confident, yet feminine. She wants to be sexy with elegance. She understands and wants something by a ready to wear designer for that reason.

4. How long does it take to design a single wedding dress?
Designing with inspiration creates a tornado of ideas. One must be focused and be able to experience the deluge of ideas. One has to be able to edit and sculpt a finished concept carefully. Time – minutes – years.

5. Do tell us a bit more about your inspiration sources for your collection.
“Arctic Tsarina” is about the reflection of light in the moonstone and crystals, in the shimmer of the chiffons and satins used coupled with the images.

6. Do you also work with brides or you just try to give them the best of your designs in your collections?
We rarely get to work directly with the brides, but it is an exciting moment to see them so exhilarated when they love the gown you designed.

7. Have you got any gown you’ve created and that has a very special meaning for you? Can you describe it or can show us a picture?
My favorite gown these past few seasons is the ENTWINE. It has a sensual silhouette and has a fashion forward look with shredded chiffon and organza layers, so it felt a bit deconstructed and spontaneous.

8. From your point of view, how should a perfect bride look like?
Brides should be true to themselves. They should be free to wear what looks best on them and suits their personality.

9. And tell us what would you give her and, maybe, other brands can’t.
Our gowns while sophisticated, feel fresh, young, sexy, glamorous, and uniquely individual.

10.  Do you like a more traditional approach or do you try to create a different image of the traditional bride?
I hope we are bringing a more modern point of view for the brides of today.

11. Last but not least, do you have advice for FashionBride readers?
1. You are beautiful.
2. You already won the prize – The Groom will be going home with you!
3. Breathe and remember #2.

Royal bride: Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling

Sweden hosted the biggest European royal wedding since that of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, when Crown Princess Victoria married commoner Daniel Westling.

  

The marriage, a love match that has weathered the disapproval of the bride’s father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, who was initially horrified that his heir was marrying her former fitness trainer, took place in Stockholm’s Storkyrkan Cathedral late on Saturday afternoon.

  

The beaming bride wore a gown of duchess silk satin by Swedish designer Par Engsheden. As the princess walked past family and friends, a lace veil worn by her mother on her wedding day clung to the cameo tiara, which was originally a gift from Napoleon to his wife Josephine.

 

The diadem– which features a depiction of Cupid and his soul mate Psyche– had also rested on the head of Queen Silvia on the day she said “I do” to King Carl Gustaf XVI. [more to come]