Archive for the ‘Dresses’ Category

“I let the wedding get bigger than Big”

June 4, 2008

Let that be a lesson to us all!

So, I’m dying to know: what did everybody think?  I’m really not sure what the critics are complaining about–the movie version of Sex and the City was like watching 5 episodes with higher production values and more loose ends being tied up by the end of the film.

Can anyone explain the black, red and blue bridesmaid dresses?  Patricia Field, please?

Oh, I love this–it really adds a new dimension to the peacock-themed wedding:

Loved the whole NY Public Library scene!  So Spanish and dramatic!  So Lorca!


Subdued royal wedding

May 29, 2008

I just got around to looking at the photos from this recent royal wedding. I love the subdued tones of the castle, horse and carriage and the bridesmaids celadon gowns.

And oh, the hats!

Me likey: online shopping

May 16, 2008

Ann Taylor dresses I’m digging as engagement party/ garden party/ rehearsal dinner frocks:

Cynthia Rowley “Dirty Dishes”

Bags from Mabel’s shop:

Sundress round-up

April 21, 2008

Love these sundresses from Harolds:

And over at Garnet Hill, the difficult choice of Liberty fabric or seersucker:

(both with optional halter strap) and a Beautiful Boden wrap dress:

I want my girls to look like a field of bluebonnets!

April 21, 2008

My Vogue with a very airbrushed Gwyneth Paltrow arrived yesterday, with an article on Jenna Bush’s imminent nuptials, and they showed the Lela Rose sketches of the dresses of the “house attendants” (apparently a ‘Texan’ custom I was unaware of, but then again, I was unaware that Texans vacation in Kennebunkport).

(Image from Bridalwave)

I thought, I’ve seen that idea before, and indeed, I saw it in Vogue a few months ago when they had a huge spread on Lauren Davis’s wedding in Cartagena, Colombia:

Bridal fashion show season!

April 16, 2008

This Oscar de la Renta gown is a little over the top (and a straw hat as well?), but it has a nice light blue sash/cummerbund.  My mom and I were thinking that my grandmother’s dress would look nice with a light blue sash or grosgrain ribbon.  It was worn originally with a peplum (kind of a mini apron that is extremely Katherine Hepburn), but I am not looking to add volume to my hips!  Example of a peplum:

The greenest part of my wedding…

April 16, 2008

…Will probably be my grandmother’s wedding dress. I know I posted a photo (squeezing myself into it) earlier, but let’s have another look, shall we?

Looking at this dress has reminded me of my professional dreams before I wanted to become a doctor: for a long time I wanted to be a pioneer and travel the Oregon Trail. I spent a lot of time in calico version of this dress with a calico bonnet as well. Oh, times have changed!

Wedding inspiration from the pages of Vogue Living

April 11, 2008

I think I subscribe to Vogue just so that I can received the quarterly Vogue Living which is awesome.  This spring’s issue is kind of about layering and shabby chic themes.  There is a great article on the decoupager John Derian who bought an old house in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and just kind of let it’s antiquity ooze.  I love his aesthetic, especially how he carries over his trademark decoupage eye into decor.  There was also a section of the magazine devoted to the look I’m interested in achieving at my wedding.  Here it is: a Victorian theme to go with my Victorian ring.

This picture also illustrates the color scheme I’ve been considering (light blue, coral and white) without evoking Howard Johnson’s.  As much as I love the parasol/umbrella presence, I’m not sure that I have the gall to carry a parasol, but there are huge umbrellas on the deck of the club where we are planning to have the reception.  And although my dress is definitely from the 40’s, I think the gold buttons and pintucked silk organza are very Belle Epoch.

Bees and WASPs

April 9, 2008

A friend of my who hails from the North Shore of Massachusetts and attended boarding school recently gave me an engagement present that chronicles WASP style:  the coffee table book A Privileged Life: Celebrating WASP style.  If you haven’t seen this book (it came out last year and received some PR probably because of the lush photos of CZ Guest, etc) it makes a good companion to the slightly dated The Official Preppy Handbook published by Lisa Birnbach in 1980.

While the latter is truly more of a handbook (complete with checklists), A Privileged Life has beautiful photos and is rife with design inspiration.  Think you can’t mix stripes with florals with toiles with leather?  Think again.  Looking through this book brought back some ideas I had about the wedding.  I love the our wedding’s location can really draw on some uber-preppy themes, like blue ticking stripe and blue awning stripe, Lily Pulitzer shift dresses and color palettes, seersucker, and, of course, embroidered critter motifs.  If we do any kind of motif it will probably be a clam shell or silhouette of Narragansett, but isn’t a whale or a peacock or a pineapple tempting?  Oh, or a bee motif?  Maybe later…

Dress possibility?

March 28, 2008

Okay, don’t balk.  I don’t want chrome bridesmaid dresses.  But what do you think about this style/cut:

Aria Style 122

In 100% cotton eyelet:

Blue cotton eyelet

This is all from Aria dresses.  Just a thought.