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Anne Barge Bridal

Luxury bridal designer Anne Barge is known for her classic and timeless silhouettes. We like to share with you the story behind her success and inspirations in her own words.

My mother was an organ pianist and started taking me with her to ceremonies when I was barely three years old. I have one vivid memory of a wedding where the entire church was filled with gardenias. Watching the bride come down the aisle to the wedding march, smelling the sweet floral air, the whole experience was like a fairytale. It was then that I began to focus on my lifelong dream.

When I graduated from college, I worked as Jim Hjelm’s assistant at Priscilla of Boston. He is one of my oldest and dearest friends. As a retailer, I was one of Amsale’s first customers and we have stayed close family friends ever since. Beyond being great people, I think the two are both fabulous designers who have made enormous contributions to our industry.

The trend in bridal has definitely gone as low and as bare as it can in recent years. I predict the pendulum will swing back and designers will start to explore more conservative styles. My aesthetic will always be one of refinement; we interpret trends in a way that upholds our timeless and classic style.

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Short and Sweet

You don’t have to go to great lengths to find a fantastic wedding dress. Although short style dresses tend to stray from the traditional princess ball gowns, many brides prefer to walk along the aisle with grace, yet carefree and without having to worry about being weighed down by lots of fabric.

Short wedding dresses can also be the best option for a beach or an outdoor wedding reception. It allows you to keep the tradition of wearing white yet giving you more freedom to move.

Most short wedding gowns come in lengths varying between mid thighs, above the knee and ‘midi and tea’ length. With a wide choice of fabrics and styles to choose from you can look chic and dazzling on your wedding day.

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Oscar de la Renta Bridal Spring 2016

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Vera Wang Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Vera Wang unveiled her new bridal collection for Spring 2016 by releasing a video inspired by insobriety sensation of Spain. Vera’s new collection is very much in line with the same sense of freedom and dark mood of the Fall 2015 collection. Soft mermaids silhouettes with transparent illusion tulle and Chantilly lace bodice are styled with extravagant bows and feather details. The lightness and transparency of the gowns brings a mood of seductive romance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2016

Inspired by the beauty, sensuality and delicacy of the fragrant white jasmine flower, the Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 bridal collection evokes a sense of femininity and romance. Hand-stitched embroidery on silk faille brings the precious flower to life, giving the illusion of the cascading blossoms. Pin-tucked tulle and silk organza draping create slender silhouettes, while feather and organza floral applique on Chantilly and guipure lace explore modern techniques on signature shapes. Reminiscent of Carolina Herrera’s favorite scent, the new collection gives a nod to heritage and exudes a refined essence synonymous with the house.

 

Carolina Herrera, The Art of Dressing

“I have a responsibility to the woman of today – to make her feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful.” ‐ Carolina Herrera

Establishing a globally recognized style aesthetic, Carolina Herrera has resided at the helm of her eponymous label for over three decades. Proving with each new season that effortless elegance paired with modern refinement is always relevant and embraced. With the encouragement and endorsement of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, Carolina Herrera presented her first collection of women’s ready‐to‐wear at New York’s Metropolitan Club in 1981. The collection was an immediate success with luxury retailers and fashion press; and from there, her fashion house was born with the Carolina Herrera New York label.

Opening her New York‐based atelier shortly after the inaugural show and cultivating a team trained in haute couture craftsmanship, Carolina Herrera aligned her name synonymously with the city and all things luxury. With wedding gowns often included in her ready‐to‐wear runway shows, Carolina Herrera introduced her bridal collection in 1987. From the beginning, the bridal collection is designed with the same style vocabulary innate in the ready‐to‐wear. Carolina Herrera has become the destination for brides in search of femininity, a touch of romance and exceptional craftsmanship known to the atelier. Since the collection’s inception, Carolina Herrera has outfitted renowned brides such as Caroline Kennedy, Evan Rachel Wood, Amy Smart and Kristen Stewart’s character Bella Swan in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”. Finding resonance on the runway, down the aisle and in the pages of global fashion magazines, Carolina Herrera soon found a new home on the red carpet, dressing stars both on the rise and Hollywood’s iconic set such as Oscar winner Renee Zellweger, Salma Hayek, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Tina Fey, Taylor Swift and Zhang Ziyi.

With her ready‐to‐wear and bridal collections firmly in place, Carolina Herrera launched her first fragrance, Carolina Herrera Eau de Parfum in 1988. She has since released 13 additional fragrances for both men and women in collaboration with her daughter Carolina Herrera de Baez, the brand’s fragrance Creative Director.

In 2000, the first Carolina Herrera New York boutique location opened its doors on New York’s Madison Avenue and such began the brand’s retail expansion. Today, Carolina Herrera New York counts three flagship boutiques in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. As a continuation of the runway collection, CH Carolina Herrera was introduced in 2001. This lifestyle sportswear brand is created in the spirit of Carolina Herrera’s design ethos including ready‐to‐wear and accessories for men, women and children with 125 boutique locations worldwide. The House of Herrera’s product portfolio of fragrance, apparel, accessories, and eyewear has over 15,000 points of distribution in 105 countries.

With both a global focus and adoration for the sum of all things beautiful, Carolina Herrera has been hailed as “Fashion’s First Lady”. She was named the CFDA Womenswear “Designer of the Year” in 2004 and honored with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Acting as a mentor, critic and inspiration to graduating design students throughout her career, Carolina Herrera received the honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2012. In addition, she was awarded the 2012 Fashion Group International Superstar Award. Recently, she was presented with the Nat King Cole Award for her charitable works and contributions to the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund. Carolina Herrera has also served as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society and the Intergovernmental Institution in the fight against malnutrition.

 

 

Vera Wang Bridal Collection Fall 2015

The new Vera Wang bridal collection for the fall of 2015 is soft and sensual and it captures the balance between modern and vintage. With the low back beautiful sexy and bohemian wedding gowns, Vera Wang has taken bridal fashion in a whole new direction. “Young, cool and beaded “ are Vera’s inspirations for creating yet another stunning collection that proves to be unique and exceptional.

Oscar de la Renta Bridal Fall 2015

Traditional and romantic are the key elements of the new Oscar de la Renta bridal collection. Generating a real excitement after designing Amal Almuadin’s wedding gown last month, Oscar‘s new bridal collection is dominated by similar off the shoulder gowns with lace embroidered details and embellishments. In fact one of the dresses in the collection that stands out most is the recreation of Amal’s wedding gown.

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The Carolina Herrera Bridal Collection Fall 2015

The Fall 2015 Carolina Herrera bridal collection is focused on romance, feminity and fantasy. When it comes to expressing elegance and sensuality Carolina Herrera thinks in details; handmade flower appliqués and embellishments on Chantilly lace and nude sheer materials add an element of illusion to her romantic collection.

 

Vera Wang Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

The Vera Wang Spring 2015 bridal collection was Vera at her finest. Vera achieved a seductive and dramatic bridal look by releasing a short video instead of a live runway show. In a press release she explains that her intention is to reach a wider audience than she could with a catwalk presentation

“The opportunity to create a visual and expressive experience of the clothes, as interpreted by my fashion vision, is a whole new way for me to communicate with not only brides, but women everywhere,” she said. “In this instance, bridal becomes the artistic vehicle to advance my love of fashion in general. I hope you will enjoy this new experience.”

The lightness of being, delicate and discipline, sensual and seductive were the inspirations for the 2015 collection. The Vera Wang bride is as romantic as ever this season -princess and mermaid silhouettes as well as simpler column dress in lace and embroidered tulle. Overall the collection is the perfect blend of seductive beauty with a hint of mysterious elegance.

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Carolina Herrera Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

The Carolina Herrera Spring 2015 Bridal collection reflects the softness and the grace of romantic and traditional embroidered wedding gowns. The main focus of the collection is on “ hidden luxuries” such as the embellished Chantilly lace covered with layers of transparent silk tulle or hand-embroidered motifs over silk chiffon. The collection was just what you would expect from the designer- elegant and feminine with an ethereal feel, while an element of surprise was found on the dramatic back of many dresses, which added a seductive beauty to the collection.

Herrera’s wedding gowns are for the classic bride who makes no excuse for wanting to look and feel like a princess on her wedding day.