Category Archives: Fashion Advice

Watch the David Fielden 2013 Collection Catwalk Debut LIVE

Known for his groundbreaking bridal designs and never following the crowd, the amazing David Fielden chooses to forgo the industry pressure to launch his new collections at the London bridal industry show, favouring to do his own epic catwalk show in Milan.

Now I was invited to go to this… and am more than a little bit gutted that I physically can’t squeeze anymore international jaunts in right now, but HURRAH! my frown was turned upside down when they told me I’d be able to watch the show LIVE via their official facebook page… and, dear reader, SO CAN YOU!

My favourites from his 2012 collection, which I snapped when I visited his London studio recently. How can he possibly improve on these!?!

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Tobi Hannah Occasionwear A/W 2011

The very lovely Tobi Hannah launches her A/W 2011 occasionwear this month and I’m thrilled to share the key pieces in the new collection with you. The core pieces are all black, bright pink or royal blue…all my favourite colours!

The structured designs are bang on trend (I kinda hate that I just used that phrase but it is true…) and each piece is inspired the work of British sculptor, Jeff Lowe.

I just love them all but I’m particularly drawn to Andi (love that skirt), Audrey (love the shape) and Olive (cute cute cute!) You?

The range is available to buy from the 26th September through Lipsy.co.uk or directly through Tobi Hannah’s website.

Andie – £300

Audrey – £200

Jen – £200

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New Melissa & Vivienne Westwood Shoe Collections for A/W 2011

Look what landed in my inbox this week – a preview of the new Melissa shoe range for A/W 2011 including some brand new, never-before-seen Vivienne Westwood numbers as well as other design corroborations including Gareth Pugh! Be still my beating heart.

This post is like a rainbow of shoe loveliness huh? Happieee Saturday!

My favourites…WINGS! These babies have wings! (Vivienne Westwood collaboration)

wings

 

The flocked skyscrapers are amazing and the mint coloured ones are just so swoooon-inducing. (Vivienne Westwood collaboration)

New colour combos of the ever-popular Lady Dragon heart shoes. Shiny! (Vivienne Westwood collaboration)

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Unique & Alternative Bridesmaid Fashion Ideas – in Association with The NOT Wedding

Are you loving the mismatched bridesmaid trend but are a little unsure about how to pull it off with your own girls? Avoid them looking uncoordinated or simply like the rest of your guests with a few of my simple tips on how to tie them together in easy and subtle ways. With effortless attentions to detail your bridesmaids really will look as faaaabulous as the girls pictured here. I promise!

This article is illustrated with images of the ‘bridesmaids’ at Atlanta’s NOT Wedding which took place in July.

Photography Credit: Once Like a Spark (image 1 & 2) & Chelsea Patricia (image 3)

Making sure all your bridesmaid’s bouquets are the same is a guaranteed way to make sure no one mistakes them. No matter how different their outfits are, anyone carrying a bouquet is pretty obviously part of the wedding party!

the not wedding scalfsPhotography Credit: Chelsea Patricia

Unusual but matching accessories such as scarves (as illustrated), handbags, shoes, or statement jewellery is another great way to tie your bridesmaids together. Even if they wear each the look quite differently (each bridesmaid pictured is wearing the scarf in a different way) the similar flash of fabric and colour will tie them together beautifully.

the not wedding hair styles and acessoiresPhotography Credit: Once Like a Spark

If their outfits are vastly different, keeping your bridesmaid’s hairstyle or hair accessories similar or the same will again, tie them together in a unique fashion. Floral hair accessoires are BIG for this year’s wedding season as are dishevelled and messy up-do’s. Remember Elsie’s tutorial for the beehive up-do? Her bridesmaids all rocked this look so well!

Photography Credit: Once Like a Spark (main image) & The Long Farewell (detail images)

Fabric details are another subtle way to make your bridesmaid’s look part of the same team. The girls pictured are all dressed in a similar colour scheme, but even if they weren’t, a dramatic and obvious pattern (ie aa distinctive pattern or lace as pictured) would tie them together really well.

Photography Credit: Once Like a Spark

Different outfits in the same colour or hue (different shade variations of one colour) has been a popular option for Rock n Roll Brides for a while now and I certainly don’t see this trend going anywhere. How about taking it to the next level and having one of your girls in a jumpsuit as pictured here? I personally love love love this look!

In a similar way you don’t have to insist your bridesmaids wear the same shoes to tie this look together, keeping them in the same colour scheme will again allow them to make some thoroughly modern and unique style choices.

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Wedding Fashion for Plus Sized Brides

Hi Kat,
My name is Sara and I just found your website. Wow I was so relieved I wasn’t the only one who hated the idea of a cookie cutter poofy foofy wedding! Amazing site! I have always dreamed of a 50′s style tea length wedding dress. I found one I love on unique vintage thanks to you, but here’s my problem. I’m plus sized. Like say a size 26  plus sized.

I’ve been really ill for the last year and between taking care of my Mom (she had a stroke on my sixteenth birthday) and my illness, weight loss has been on the back burner. I’m set to be married November 5th of this year. I’m on a tight budget, but I just can’t stand the idea of not having a wedding dress. Please please help me find one!
Thanks,

Sara, loosing hope in Georgia.

♥  ♥  ♥

I have been alarmed recently by the number of emails like Sara’s that I’ve received from my readers asking for advice on where to look for plus sized wedding dresses. I’ve had so many in fact that I thought this was certainly a topic worth covering on the blog. I also read this article on Businessweek and was pleasantly surprised that there does seem to be the beginnings of a shift in the ‘ideal’ bridal look and size. So today I indulged my inner shopaholic and have done some fantasy dress shopping for all you curvacous ladies.

You know this already but I’m going to say it anyway, you do not have to be a size 0 to look like a supermodel on your wedding day. Your fiance is the luckiest man in the world to be marrying you – he knows that and so should you. So don’t go feeling rubbish about yourself just because you don’t fit into the dress shop sample sizes!

As someone that’s be everything from a size 6 to a size 16, I know all too well what it’s like to feel pants about the way you look…and to feel like you don’t fit in with the rest of the world. But you know what, I’m hear to help and I’ve found some pretty damn awesome dress suppliers on my travels, all of whom want to make you feel fierce!

OK pep talk over. I spoke to some of my favourite designers to ask what they offered for plus sized brides and I’m pleased to report that I was inundated with responses! OK on with the shopping…

Vivien of Holloway

“Here at Vivien of Holloway we are renowned for our 1940′s and 50′s reproduction ladieswear, but we also a great place to head for Fifties style bridalwear. The Vivien of Holloway sizing is based on original 1950′s sizes. Customers are recommended to come along the shop to ensure they get fitted correctly.  If you’re ordering from home you’re advised to measure yourself before ordering anything! Our sizes range from a 10 (which is about the equivalent of a high street 6-8) to a size 24 (available in circle dresses only).”

“For gorgeous plus-sized brides, we have white or ivory Halterneck Circle Dresses available, either in plain satin or covered in our luxurious lace. These all have a boned bodice with a satin halterneck strap and a full-circular skirt. This style is also available in a fabulous range of florals and polka dots, for the sassy bride in all of us! The dresses look exquisite when worn with one of our fluffy petticoats, giving you a glamorous 50′s look!”

“Our largest size is our 24, which measure a 46″ bust, 38″ waist and 50″ hips.”

Knot Couture

Photography Credit: Story Photographer

“We cater to plus sizes since all of our dresses are made to order! One of our recent brides sent us photos of her wearing the dress and you can see them here. We can make any of our gowns in any size, or we can replicate any style dress to the bride’s exact measurements.”

Uptight Clothing

“I cater for all ladies, of any size, no limits, as they are all designed and made to measure, there is no such thing as  standard size here!”

Stop Staring

Photography Credit: a reason to be fabulous

“Although our dresses are not considered bridal dresses, we are more cocktail style, our dresses have been used countless times in weddings! Our sizing in house is offered to A US size 18…but we recently got picked up by Torrid so our dresses will soon be available to size 26. We have had such a huge demand for our plus sizes and the fit of our dresses is sooo great on ” everybody” that we just continue to be the on demand dress shop! If you go our blog you can see images of just about every size women available. As I said before, our dresses fit “everybody” absolutely amazing… By the way the designer is a US size 12 herself so she knows how to make curvier figures look great!”

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Unique & Rock n Roll Engagement Ring Ideas

I get a number of emails from my newly engaged readers who are looking for something a little different for their bling, so this week I thought I do some more fantasy shopping and share some of my favourite non-traditional rings. Oh I’m so good to you.

Feel free to add your own links to engagement rings you’ve seen and loved on your internet travels to the comments section.

unique and rock n roll engagement rings

(From top left – clockwise)

♥ Lily Royale ring
Catbird NYC, $2800

♥ Rose gold twin sparrow claw ring
Bloodmilk on Etsy, $170

♥ ‘Oui’ Ring, 18k pink gold with diamonds & morganite
Dior, POA

♥ Melting love ring
Catbird NYC, $160

♥ ‘Oui’ ring, 18k white gold & diamonds
Dior, POA

♥ Black veil claw ring, 18K Black and Yellow Gold with a 5.5ct Black Diamond
Atelier Minyon, $14,500

♥ Persephone’s jewel part ii ring
Bloodmilk on Etsy, $150

♥ Round sapphire 14k white gold ring with diamonds
Gemvara, $6629

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