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Ditch the Dress

So you might just be wondering what on earth did I mix into my brew this morning! But following Solange Knowles’s wedding to video director boyfriend Alan Ferguson where she wore not one but two incredibly elegant bridal jumpsuits, the idea of ditching the traditional bridal dress in favour of a style that is all YOU, is absolutely the right decision.

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Solange wearing Stephane Rolland. Image credit: Rog Walker

Solange is a free spirited, creative soul who’s style has been recognised at icon status, so perhaps it is easier to accept her bridal style. But having just tried on a few jumpsuits myself to experiment, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised how flattering & sophisticated they looked. A bridal jumpsuit might or might not be your thing, but I guess my message here is that your bridal wardrobe is all about what you feel comfortable & confident in, & really don’t be scared to experiment. Tradition is a lovely thing, but a times are changing or rather have changed, so feel free to mix it up & have fun with creating your bridal style.

So, if you fancy the bridal jumpsuit, then here are my top style tips to rock it:

#1 Heel it up: Jumpsuits & flats just don’t marry well

#2 Watch the fit: A snug fit can cling across the thigh & bottom so you’re looking for a fit that skims over your hips, rather than clings. In terms of the leg fit, I’d recommend a straight leg with a slight flare (avoid 70’s bell bottom look) or a tapered tailored leg. For a slight flared leg ensure the leg length finishes an inch from the bottom of your heel & for tapered, just below your ankle.

#3 Watch the Plunge: Whilst the side boob is trending, I’m not sure you want to be spilling your bosom at the alter! Of course a subtle plunge is flattering and sexy. Avoid covering up too much, high neckline + sleeves, could make for a psychiatric ward look

#4 The detail: High end/ Designer jumpsuits offer the best fabric & fit @ a reasonable price in comparison to the average bridal dress tag but may lack the detail. So what to do? Well as Solange shows, bold red lips and big hair are her answer, but you could add an embellished bridal sash/belt or don bold chandelier earrings

# Hair: I would say the higher the neckline or less exposed = up do, and more skin on show = hair down. But its hard to define a rule for jumpsuits as its quite style dependant, so my advice is to experiment! Get your bridal party around and showcase your jumpsuit with hair down and hair up to get their vote

#5 Glow: A natural even skin tone is key, especially if there is any sort of plunge in your jumpsuit. So this may mean a good exfoliation & spray tan or light self tan. Be careful of going over board with bronzing powder as it will mark the edge of any plunging neckline. If this happened, baby wipes are amazing at removing any make-up!

Still need some convincing? Then check out my top designer bridal jumpsuits below:

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So I can’t resist, one last photo of Solange in her third bridal outfit, which was a in fact a wedding dress! But with a twist of having a cape as her train, this is one style credit to an amazing modern bride!

Image by Rog Walker

Solange wearing Humberto Leon. Photo credit: Rog Walker

 

The Houghton Bride

If you are looking for a bridal style that says minimalist, sexy city chic then you are a Houghton Bride. Founded in New York, each gown is handmade from the finest fabrics sourced from Paris, Milan & Switzerland that are often completed with hand sewn embroideries, appliques & beadwork.

“I am creating a bridal collection for the woman who wants to get married in something simple, sexy and timeless.” – Katharine Polk, Designer

Today I’ve featured an edit of my favourites from the Houghton Bridal Fall Collection. A nod to the 70’s with the fluted bell sleeves & on trend lace, this collection is perfect for the Modern bride. Look out for the jumpsuit, love!

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If you are in New York then click here to find a list of Houghton Bride stockists or in February the collection will launch with The Lovers Bride Boutique in London.

As a modern bride going for a minimalist city chic look keep you hair styled but simple & really have fun with your accessories. As you can see from the Houghton Fall Collection the bright cerise bridal shoes look absolutely stunning. Or why not choose one statement piece like go a chunky necklace (Lulu Frost is a favourite), earings, ear cuff or a bracelet cuff.  And if you’re not sure what to style with your modern bridal dress then head to the high street, pick up a few accessories, have a play at home and you can always return what you decide not to keep!

Photo Credits: Houghton Bride

Love the Long Sleeve

One of my favourite highlights from the 2015 bridal collections is the long lace sleeve. Whether you wish to cover up in the cooler months, accentuate your collar bones or highlight your wedding dress bustier shape (sweetheart being a firm favourite b.t.w) – wearing a long sleeve wedding dress needn’t be amish like but in fact incredibly elegant and stylish.

I’ve picked out the Monique Lhuillier Fabienne & Sarah dress below, which are ideal for the bride who wants to show off a longer neckline or tall frame. And for those brides wanting to show off their gorgeous bust, collar bones or shoulders then you’ll love these Pronovias wedding dress designs, Capricornio & Bellamy.

You’ll notice hair & accessories are minimal. Lace and any embellishment on the lace make for a showstopper of a wedding dress, so its best to avoid loud jewellery, hair & accessories. I really love the crystal head pieces from the Monique Lhuillier show as the simplicity of the pulled back hair & bun allow the wedding dress & head pieces to take centre stage, and of course you wearing the dress!

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Lace is by nature intricate and delicate so care and attention is the best way forward when handling & storing a lace wedding dress. For that very reason I’d avoid wearing a necklace where any claws could catch on the lace risking a tear & in fact you may need to question if you need the necklace.

So I’ll share my last two favourites from the Pronvias bridal collection and now you can see if you too share in the love for lace sleeves. Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below!

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Turn on the Frost

It appears that a touch of Frozen’s frosty blue has been a key colour featured at this year’s International Bridal Week in New York. Who knew a Disney movie would have such an impact on the runway! Bridal wear designer Alfred Angelo specifically designed his sweetheart mermaid wedding dress for the character of Elsa & designers Theia, Claire Pettibone & Houghton debuted their icy blue creations.

A hint of colour is always refreshing to see on the bridal runway & of course makes for a great bridesmaid dress colour. So my pretties if this icey blue tickles your colour board then you’re in luck as you’ll be seeing a lot more of it for the 2015 collections launching early next year!

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London Fashion Week: Julian Macdonald

London Fashion Week has yet again showcased the incredible talents of so many British designers, and I could not have dreamt up a more incredible show than that of Julian Macdonald. It is no secret that he delivers season upon season a collection that is always fresh, feminine & beautifully embellished.

And so he did not disappoint by revealing a heavily embellished diamond and pearl body con bridal gown worth an estimated 4 million pounds! So worth it right? Well it may be a out of reach for most but we can all be inspired by the incredible lace illusion panels,  on trend long sleeves, & using lace as a head piece, I really like this idea!

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What do you ladies think, love/loathe? x

Sneak Peek – NYC Bridal Fashion Week

Simply cannot contain my excitement to see all the fresh new bridal wedding designs swishing down the runway this weekend for the New York Bridal fashion week. I’ll be covering all the hot new wedding dress trends for Winter 2014, so all you beautiful brides can see what designs you can expect to be in stock at the beginning of next year. As an insider, there is plenty of lace, pleats and vintage sparkle, so hold on tight till I release the blog! Here are two of my fave designs from Reem Acra, hello pretty pleated veil xxx

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Jenny Packham’s Winter Wedding Dress Collection

If looking like a vintage Grecian goddess on your wedding day sounds appealing, then head right over to British designer, Jenny Packham.

Famed for her elegant hand writing & dressing Kate Midddleton, her winter bridal collection showcases column silhouettes that combine exquisite drapery, delicate lace & luxurious crystal embellishments; there really is pure romance, love, and extraordinary detail in every dress.

Here is an edit of my favourite pieces from the Jenny Packham winter bridal collection & a few of her stunning bridal accessories to complete the look. Head online to see the full collection of dresses & not to be missed accessories, there are so many gorgeous pieces to choose from!

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And the Bride will Dance

If like me you have chosen a beautiful ball gown of a wedding dress that is totally gorgeous but rather precious to you & wish for it to be not trodden on by your merry in-laws on the dance floor, you may wish to consider a wedding reception dress.

Fear not that the attention on you will dwindle, as who else will be wearing a white fabulous shorter length version of your wedding dress, but you!

And so I would like to introduce you to the wonderful wedding world of BHLDN.

Be warned, for not only does BHLDN stock the most fabulous wedding reception dresses, but they absolutely understand what a bride wants when it comes to her wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, shoes, lingerie……. the list goes on & on, so remember to click checkout at a pace before you start to see quadruplet figures!

So should you feel the need to twirl, twist, dip & limbo at your wedding reception, you can do so in these gorgeous dresses, here’s an edit of my favourite:

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1. Sequin Stash dress, £225 2. Omari dress, £545 3. Dolce Vita dress, £193
4. Kensington dress, £244 5. Rafaela dress, £545 6. Daylily dress, £199

Shipments are made from the US, so do budget in the customs cost when making your purchase.

Bridal Runway Wrap: Monique Lhuillier

Having just scoured though the Spring/Summer 14 Bridal Shows that graced New York this April, I just have to share with you my picks from the Monique Lhuillier show.

What I most appreciate is the accessibility shown to the everyday modern bride.  The wedding dress designs offered uncomplicated choice & showcased the stunning use of lace, floral appliques, feather light layered tulle & ivory silk fabrics.

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The overall look of the bridal hair up-do’s & make-up was effortlessly & elegantly natural, allowing the eye to grace the delicate floral jeweled hair pieces.

Nearly every bridal wedding dress trend was covered from ethereal capes, vintage 1950’s hemlines, peplum overlays, fishtails, and the new neckline……

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Sadly one will have to wait till next year to see this collection, but be sure to check out Browns Bride in London as they stock a selection from the Monique Lhuillier bridal collection.

Coast Unveils it’s Glamorous Ball Gown Collection

Occasion wear favourite Coast, has teamed up with the V&A Museum to design a magical range of ball gowns inspired by the V&A’s extensive fashion archive & their successful exhibition held last year – Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950.coast_va_ballgowns_suki

Showcased by model of the moment, Suki Waterhouse, the capsule collection of 6 gowns have been designed to complement the glamorous silhouettes of a bygone era in luxurious fabrics that are constructed using techniques inspired by the couture houses from the 1950’s and 1930’s.

My favourite wedding ballgown has to be the Cecily dress, dripping in 1930’s glamour this dress guarantees a grand entrance. Made from silk satin & embellished with crystal beading, I love the godet details that add flare to the dress and the back cut out detail which adds a modern twist to this demure design – Coast design director Kim Elliot & her team have outdone themselves!coast_va_ballgowns_suki waterhouse

Take a step back in time & check out the collection online & in stores, Karen x