Thursday, 31 May 2012


Gown by Dior/ Photo by Frank Balthazer

Monday we looked at the definition and origins of the ball gown, today we'll explore all the different variations out there . . .
Bouffant or Hourglass-Fitted bodice with cinched natural or dropped waist atop gathered or pleated full skirt.

Bubble, Poufs and Pick-ups have been trendy a few years now with no signs of disappearing anytime soon.  Defined, a bubble is a bouffant shaped skirt swelling out of a cinched natural or dropped waist. Skirt curves in a balloon like shape at the hemline or picks up throughout the skirt.  Pick ups were reinvented by designer Ulla Maja back in the 1990s, now they are everywhere in bridal . . . .
Petal Skirt-A very structured over skirt. Imagine a fuchsia. A cinched natural or dropped waist sitting atop a full skirt with curving under structure that slits open in the front. Sometimes shows a bit of sheath-like under dress peaking out.
Shirt Dress-Say what? How could something so utilitarian make it into bridal?  Well, the shirt dress so popular in the Kennedyesque sixties lends itself well to lighter weight fabrics.  Above is a more relaxed version of the hourglass, a classic and tailored look concentrating as much on the bodice detailing as the skirt. Typically has long shirt-like or billowing sleeves and full gathered skirt. Can be made out of lightweight fabrics like organza, chiffon and crepe, as well as medium weights like linen. Nice for a garden reception, especially with a wide- brimmed hat.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012


 Still going through a dilemma about The Dress?  Try this:  Imagine the clothes you wear every day amped up in finer fabrics and more defined silhouettes.  Next consider your venue and overall formality of the wedding or lack thereof. Wedding dates have a lot to do with decisions too. Are you marrying in New York city mid-winter or having a country picnic in late Spring?
Since there are no rules here, only guidelines, go ahead and combine styles if you like. Blending gives your look individuality. Maybe you're a little punk and vintage all at once . . . Or cutting edge and classic. Whatever combo you fancy, your options are many. My motto has always been, "Read the rules then teach yourself the art of breaking them . . ."

Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn are your icons. Everything you touch is timeless, refined, sophisticated. A Hermes scarf and cashmere turtleneck could be your everyday signature look.
Your Dress: An A-line or sheath either strapless or with bateau or V-neck. You love any fabric that has understated elegance like traditional duchesse satin and peau de soie.
Favorite Designers: Kenneth Pool, Carolina Herrera, Reem Acra, Amsale, Anne Barge, Peter Langner
Your Venue: A mansion, country club or sprawling estate defines your dream wedding site.
Veiled: A drop veil tacked to the back of a bun.
Unveiled: A tiara of course
Elle is wearing: The 'Giselle' Gown.  Empire cut silk dupioni with hand-beaded Chantilly lace bodice. Top photo: Tulle drop veil  Below:
Alencon lace and Ostrich feathered Tiara and rose adroned silk dupioni and tulle fascinator


So you look into the best parts of the past to get your look, do you? Who wouldn't with such great laces and gemmies still hanging around from yesteryear? Like those satin baby-doll shoes from the forties better than brand new Jimmy Choos? Does an allover antique lace tablecloth make you think of restyling it into a gown? Then call yourself a Vintageholic and read on.
Your Dress: Mostly evening gown and chemise styles in lace and satin. You may be a 1950s retro buff who likes Candy Anthony type dresses with miles of skirt and tiny cinched waists.
Favorite designers: Pat Kerr, Claire Pettibone, Martin McCrea, Candy Anthony.
Venue: Almost anywhere the the Jay Gatsby daytime social can be reinacted. Landmark homes with acres of sprawling lawn are ideal but certain boutique hotels and B & B's work for the smaller bash.
Veiled: A cage veil adorned by head florals
Unveiled: A picture hat
Ana Marie is Wearing: Embossed chiffon gown with silk gauze detachable train with Rose cage veil.  Below: the organza rose cage veil


Do you love peasant styles and the flower child  looks of the sixties?. Are you earthy and ethereal all at once? Consider yourself Boho if your eye is drawn to gowns sporting diaphanous fabrics topped off with head wreaths made out of fresh florals and greenery like ivy.

Your Dress: Something long and flowing, crocheted and/or full of lace and tulle. 
Favorite designers: Temperley of London, Lanvin, Claire Pettibone, Elizabeth Fillmore.
Venue: Any wooded or pastoral setting
Veiled: A floral head wreah with a drop veil
Unveiled: A Daisey or flower chain
Elle and Ana Marie are wearing: Above-Chantilly lace and point d'espirit chemise with silk gauze hankercheif hem and a dried floral head wreath.  Below-Silk chiffon gown with flared hem and Magnolia head wreath with foilage.


Photography by Sweetlight Studios
Gowns and head wear by Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal
Makeup and hair by Christal Saville
Models; Elle and Ana Marie

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Love these saree blouse designs

Black white and beautiful saree

black white and beautiful saree
The red stone accent on the blouse looks absolutely great. I also agree with the choice of black and white earrings (and not the red ones); accents look great only if they are just accents!

Brazilian blouse

Brazilian  blouse


Yellow saree, intriguing blouse

I am intrigued by this blouse design. Is this a “real blouse” or is it a “fashion/bollywood” blouse?
At times, for a photo shoot or something, one would take a blouse and modify it just enough to create a special look. Like, take a regular blouse, and put a bikini top on top of it..
I don’t think that is the case here. Click on it for a better view and you will see that the polka dot bikini is integrated in to the design of the blouse.
Interesting look, skimpy, without being actually skimpy.

Bikini blouse saree : Bold blouse design

Bikini saree blouse – there is a place for it but not sure it is next to this saree!
Bikini blouses are great, when they “go” with the saree. A playful saree with spring colors would naturally lend itself to a bikini blouse. But having a dark, rich, textured saree with a bikini blouse looks a little odd to me.
Showing a little skin is great, but the key word here is “little”.

Black saree with asymmetric sleeves design

The blouse design really caught my eye; I appreciate the asymmetry of the border on the blouse. I think it looks really elegant and sophisticated. But then I saw that the sleeves of this blouse are also asymmetric, meaning that only one side has 3/4th sleeve and other part is sleeveless. I am not sure if that would really look good or not.
Asymmetry looks great when it just a tad asymmetric; it invites the mind to see the symmetry and then appreciate the design that the asymmetry creates. But when the asymmetry is large, it is not just distracting, but actually annoying.

Ujjawala Raut black & white saree, bikini top asymmetric blouse

Ujjawala is one of my favorite models. I say this with the utmost admiration that she lets the clothes be the center piece and doesn’t over power the picture she is in, unless she is called upon to do so.
I love this black and white saree, tight fitting black bikini top and loose fitting white/silver blouse covering it all. Absolutely remarkable.

2011 Off Shoulder Wedding Dress

2011 Off Shoulder Wedding Dress


The mantilla originated in the warmer climates of Spain circa 1700. Lace versions were chic through the 17th and 18th centuries and you can find them in portraits by Velazquez and Goya. By the 19th century, Queen Isabel II encouraged wearing the mantilla. However, after her death the fashion for wearing them died down and by 1900 they were reserved only for special events like Holy week, weddings and funerals.
Defined, the mantilla is usually cut on a circle of lace or tulle and bordered with lace trim around the edges. The traditional mantilla, originating as the Spanish mantilla, is oval shaped and worn at the top of the head, held onto the head with pins or attached to a head piece. This one above is stunning made out of Chantilly lace  . . . .

Saturday, 26 May 2012


Here are a few of my quick shots within the Art Meets Fashion shoot we did a few months back. I took these between whatever styling breaks I could manage while shooters John Truong and Stuart Lirette were setting up. So what does it take to shoot vintage modern gowns? Lots of ingenuity and a dedicated team. It helped we had a private home with an impressive contemporary art collection, the perfect backdrop to create that juxtapose I wanted for the vintage dresses.  Thanks again to that fabulous team of artistic, beauty and styling professionals. What a day we had!

And here are those folks who made this possible . . . Bless you all for being so talented
                                              Gowns and head wear by Amy-Jo Tatum Bride
Makeup by Julianne Chai
Hair by Intertwine
Models: Lauren and Brandi
Jewelry available through Studiolo


Friday, 25 May 2012


Another great Etsy find.  Check out this gorgeous little white dress by Lily Fleur The baby doll dress is one of Boho's chicest options lately especially if you're going for a more informal look.  Just the right dress for summer, this one's semi-sheer, made of ivory and white fabrics, an under layer of organza with triple layer of tatter organza at the hem. Vintage battenburg lace and handwork at the mid hem line, while vintage crochet work has been couture fitted and hand sewn onto a nude lace bra with white charmeuse satin sides and hook back fastener.

Graduation Dress

Graduation Dress

Thursday, 24 May 2012


Over Coffee
What could be more inspirational on a Sunday morning to get going than a cup of coffee and lots of pretty stuff to match?  black and white make a powerful (or empowering) statement.  Ponder b&w and maybe some shades of gray for anything from a wedding theme to some new decor.  It's all good!  Thanks to Sticky over at SMP Style Circle for bringing us this novel medley of ideas . .

Wednesday, 23 May 2012


Photographer John Truong has a few subjects he addresses in his photography.  For me weddings are his finest for capturing the true spirit and beauty of a bride.  These images of Brandi in my YOLANDA dress illustrate the skill of an artist who knows the right use of light and a beautiful composition can create a masterpiece . . .

Photography by John T Photography
Makeup . . . Julianne Chai
Hair by Intertwine
Model . . . Brandi

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

In need of a cocktail dress

Cocktail Dress 1

Faviana 7070 / Faviana S7015

Allure 6635  /  Faviana 7066

Sherri Hill 2946 / Faviana S7051
Allure 6650 / Allure 6605
We all need a pretty dress in our wardrobe.  This time it’s the cocktail dress, have you got a gorgeous sexy cocktail dress ready for you in your wardrobe.  If you haven’t yet, it’s not a problem.  Check out all the cocktail dresses we have at MissesDressy, it’s quite hard to stop staring once you’re going through this section because they are so pretty.  Do you like bling bling or plain?  For the girls who love it bit of sparkle then Allure 6650 and  Allure 6605 6605 might be just for you, no? Want to tone it down it bit then how about  Faviana S7051, a mixed berry colored dress with a touch of bling on the side might be better.  We could wear less jewelry because the dress is already doing it’s job by being the centre of attention.  Grab a cute clutch, throw on some sexy heels and you’re ready to party!
If you prefer to play safe and stick to the classic black then you could try Faviana 7070, this way you could play around with accessories.  You can put on some sparkly jewelry or a bright colored or silver/gold clutch.

2012 Met Gala Red Carpet Looks, Matched! (Part Two)

As promised, here’s the second installment of our celeb style matches from the recent Met Gala:

Camilla Belle sure showed us that evening that she has grown into a sophisticated young lady with her sheer/nude Ralph Lauren ensemble.  The deep V-neck and the slender silhouette of her dress spell sexy sophisticate! The 9511 Dress by Primavera Couture possesses the same appeal with its deep neckline and sheer details along the chest area.  This sequin dress also has a nice slim silhouette, perfect to show off your figure with! (Style tip: try wearing shape wear underneath this dress for a flawless figure.)

Michelle Dockery impressed fashionistas with her Ralph Lauren outfit at this year’s Met Gala, with the stylish simplicity of her dress.  The mix of metallics and a rich black fabric along the skirt give the dress that traditional-meets-trendy look. Like the mix? Try La Femme 17612 by Gigi By La Femme.  Just like Michelle’s dress, it has an embellished top and a rich black skirt.

Another lady in red, Chelsea Clinton wowed the crowed in her bright red Oscar de la Renta lace gown.  Barely wearing any jewelry, many loved the former First Daughter’s outfit, as her dress is a vision on its own. Thanks to Chelsea (and of course, Oscar de la Renta), we now know that red lace isn’t just for tacky lingerie–it can actually be very chic! Want to play the lady in red too? The perfect dress just for that is the Jovani 158470 Dress by Jovani Mother Of The Bride. This strapless lace gown is sure to unleash your sexy chic at any event!

Hot momma Jessica Alba sashayed on the red carpet in a majestic metallic gold dress by Michael Kors. The one-shoulder stunner has got fans and fashionistas applauding Ms. Alba’s exquisite taste in red carpet outfits. Glitter and glow just like Jess with the 18272 Dress by Feriani. This one shoulder gown has that same metallic gold fabric as Jessica’s Michael Kors dress.

Top model Giselle Bundchen (pictured here with hubby Tom Brady) went to the Met Gala in a black figure-hugging Givenchy dress. What’s to love about her outfit? Well, it’s black, but it ain’t boring. The intricate details on this dress remind us that black is still the quintessential color for formal dresses. If sultry black is your color choice for your next event, be inspired by Giselle’s look with the 2054 Dress by Alyce Claudine Collection. This lace and tulle dress may be a daring choice, but it will surely be an absolute head-turner–just wear with with enough confidence!

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