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Gio Rodrigues Bridal Collection

Sophistication, passion, refinement and elegance are the key elements of Gio Rodrigues’ designs. The Portuguese designer believes that brides should be true to themselves, offering unique dresses that can be tailored and personalised to suit each bride’s need.

Gio is dedicated to creating glamorous Haute Couture dresses using unique fabrics with exquisite high quality finishes creating contemporary and modern designs with simple and sophisticated lines, always keeping abreast of international market trends. Gio refers to his dresses as stories told from a fabric, from the moments of its conception to the moment of its fitting, every dress is one of a kind.

Choosing Your Wedding Gown

Whether you have a clear idea of your ideal wedding gown or are not sure about the style you want to chose, it is vital that you get the professional advise you need in plenty of time to make sure that you look your best on your big day. It is very important to consider the time of the year you are planning on getting married. Bridal dresses in lighter materials such as tulle, chiffon and other soft and floaty fabrics create a light and delicate style which are ideal for a summer wedding whereas Satin, Lace or heavier fabrics are the perfect choice for winter weddings. If you are concerned about being cold in the evening consider wearing a matching warp or bolero to complement your dress.Wedding gowns can de made in different shades of white, cream, champagne and Ivory so before deciding on the colour consider your venue or the theme of the wedding. A traditional church ceremony is the perfect setting for a more classic and traditional gown but if you are getting married on the beach or having a open air civil ceremony you can opt for a more extravagant and less formal.

You should remember that whatever style of the dress you go for, should feel comfortable and reflect you as an individual, giving you a look that not only accentuate all the best bits of you, but one in which you will feel a million dollar.

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The Magic of Lace

Once again lace is at fashion’s cutting edge and this time the look is seductive and romantic. What could be better for brides than mixing stunning lace with soft fresh and flirty materials? The ultimate romance, lace is the perfect choice the brides this season. Make the trend your own by adding individual, delicate lace accessories to your dress; use it to soften a simple design or add more drama to a decorative style. You can be certain that lace’s combination of sexy and demure will wow your guests at your wedding day.

BRIDAL FASHION WEEK APRIL 2016

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From sexy to romantic, which of these six looks you choose for your wedding ?

So retro

A full, prom- style skirt is easy to wear and shows unique style.

If your shoulders are going to be bare wear an eye-catching necklace to add sparkle.

High, strappy heels are just the things to flatter your legs.

With a distinctive style like this keep your hair simple.

Add a sophisticated finishing touch with calla lilies dotted through your posy.

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Classic with a twist

A plunging back and long fishtail skirt gives a surprising slinky edge look.

An elegant up-do elongates your neck and makes the most of a backless dress.

If your dress has a train, wear shoes that are high and don’t step back.

For the subtler look with your lace dress, keep your jewellery not too over powering.

A simple rose posy will complement your dress perfectly.

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Fairy tale Charm

A traditional country- bride look can be brought up to date with an asymmetric bodice.

If your dress has an interesting neckline try to keep your hair up to show if off.

A beautiful hair accessory will add shine to your big day.

Kitten heels will give extra height without being impractical for outdoors.

For a natural bouquet include sprigs of lavender.

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Sassy in the city

Don’t be afraid to choose a slinky silhouette to express your joie de vivre.

Sparkly details work well with ivory, so pile on the glitz even down to your shoes.

Go for a pink rose bouquet for a more romantic accent.

Shiny unfussy hair with a slight wave looks sexy and elegant.

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Modern Miss

Moving in a big dress can be tricky so choose something light with a tulle overlay

A pretty corsage is an easier option than trying to hold on to a bouquet all night

Pick shoes that will ‘hold’ your feet if they swell in the heat, strappy sandals can cut in and be uncomfortable

Keep your hairstyle relaxed and easy to wear

A delicate tiara add sparkle and a fairy-tale finish to your bridal look

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Lady Luxe

An evening urban reception demands a chic gown to match the surroundings

The beading on the dress calls for a small but glitzy accessory

Don’t overwhelm a simply shaped dress with a fussy bouquet Calla lilies are perfect

A bias- cut dress normally shows off your figure so go for high heels to lengthen your silhouette

Sleek hair is best for a sophisticated look

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Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014 Bridal Collection

Oscar de la Renta stole the show at the New York Bridal market with his new collection for the Fall 2014. The classic and stunning soft lace embroidered tulle ball gowns with asymmetric hemlines and watue train simple cuts were re-inventions of his previous bridal collections featuring very feminine and glamorous gowns with low back cuts.

As part of his Latin heritage, Oscar strongly believes in the institution of marriage. So when he designs a gown for a bride, he understands the importance of her wedding day. It must be the most special and timeless gown she will ever wear.

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Vera Wang Fall 2014 Bridal Collection

We can all admit that Vera Wang is the true master of bridal fashion who continually sets the trend by surprising the Bridal market with her unexpected palet of colours. “ Think Pink “ is the main theme of her Fall 2014 bridal collection. She has taken her latest collection one step further by showcasing in different shades of pinks. Vibrant shades of pinks such as rose petal, salmon, coral, Carnation pink and blush are the key elements of the new collection.

Pink as sensual, pink as seductive, pink as dreamy, pink as sophisticated, pink as strong, pink as cool. Thing pink! –Vera Wang

The entire collection has all the hallmarks of Vera Wang’s designs and craftsmanship such as 3D floral appliqués hidden under layers and layers of silk organza and tulle complemented with Chantilly lace on stylish silhouettes ranged from voluminous ball gowns with big ruffled skirts to slinky and sophisticated sheath mermaids.

 

 

Wedding Dress Necklines

Bodice:

The bodice is the most important part of the dress that is structured around the rib cage, covers essentially the back and the chest and includes the waist and neckline. A bodice can be in many ways and not only is the part that shapes the body but also draws attention to the face and the entire anatomy of the area including the shoulders, neck and bones of the clavicle.

Different types of neckline:

High neck: Inspired by the traditional Chinese dresses, it is a neckline that extends to the neck.

Recommended for: Brides wishing to lengthen the torso area.

Not recommended for: Thick collars.

Boat Neck:covers the curve of the collarbone almost to the end of the shoulders.

Recommended for: small busted brides as it enhances it.

Not recommended for: Large cups.

Jewel: Similar to a T-shirt, this neckline is situated at the level of the throat.

Recommended for small busted brides or brides with very prominent neck bones.

Not recommended for: Very large cups.

Of the shoulder: characterised by a wide curve that goes from one shoulder to the other.

Recommended for: Well defined chest bones

Not recommended for:  Not very well defined or prominent chests

Sweet heart: This is a low cut that accentuates the natural cleavage. In many cases it is accompanied by a bolero that rises above the line of the neckline covering the torso and neck.

Recommended for: Brides who enjoy an open neckline

Not recommended for: Brides whose weak point is the neckline

U-shaped: Also known as a ballerina neckline, this neckline favors all types of brides

V-neck: This v-shaped cut lengthens the neck and de-emphasizes the neckline.

Recommended for: B or C cups.

Not recommended for: Any cup larger or smaller as it would result either too full or too empty.

Square:  it is a modified square neck line

Recommended for: Brides with full busted brides

Not recommended for: Almost nobody

Halter: This is a neckline with a strap tied at the back of the neck, normally with a low back.

Recommended for: Brides with shoulders to look.

Not recommended for: Brides with very wide or very narrow shoulders.

Strapless: the most common neckline usually straight across or sometimes with a small curve in the center.

Recommended for: Wide or well-formed shoulders.

Not recommended for: drooping shoulders or small breasts (unless you wear a good bra).

Not recommended for: very broad shoulders.

 

 

Which Bridal Gown Works Best For You?

Look taller and slimmer: A floor length trumpet gown is the best choice for petite brides; the horizontal lines have a ” telescope effect ” that appears to lengthen the body.

 

Define your waist: Full skirts with sash nips in the waist gives the illusion of curves at the lower half of the body.

 

Flaunting your shoulders: Broad shoulders look proportional when balanced by the weight of a dramatic skirt.

 

Balance your shape: A-line gowns makes a heavy bottom look smaller while the corseted bodice instantly slims the waist

 

Enhance your bust: Folds in the bodice add to the shape lines and draw the eye upward.

Minimising your bust: Tank dresses with wide straps are ideal for full busted women.

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Masters of Design and Style

Oscar de la Renta

He talks about brilliant beginnings: An apprenticeship with the famous designer Cristóbal Balenciaga paved the way for the debut of the first  Oscar d era Renta collection in 1965. Since then, his own artistic genius and his modern ingenuity have helped him to build an empire of fashion. The Dominican native designed his first ready to wear bridal collection in 2006 and since then his bridal gowns  have already been worn by thousands of brides, including Katherine Heigl and Jenna Bush.

Signature style: “The dresses I make are for the most extraordinary day of a woman’s life,” says de la Renta, who is known for her use of rich ornaments and curvaceous figures. “For that reason, everything is very feminine.

Words of Wisdom: Try as many dresses as you can, do not limit yourself to a single silhouette. “Never before have there been so many options!” He says. “For me, that’s inspiring.”

About this dress: The drama¡tic silhouette of this gown reflects the Oscar de La Renta   Latin background. “It’s sleek cut and volumne at the bottom reminds you of a Spanish dancer”.

Vera Wang

A former Vogue editor, this New Yorker turned fashion designer and opened her first bridal shop in 1990. In addition to having dressed notable brides such as Uma Thurman, Victoria Beckham and Chelsea Clinton, she Brings haute couture designs to the masses.

Signature style: “My designs are original, modern and imperfect,” says Wang. ” I’m trying to bring something interesting and unusual to everything I do. ”

Words of Wisdom: “Be honest with yourself – in your taste and what fits your body better,” he says. “My ideal bride is a girl who really knows who she is and who she wants to be”.

About this dress: Inspired by the pale pink ballerina dresses of Edgar Dega paintings, there’s a tremendous focus on the narrow waistline and full skirt.

Carolina Herrera 

The world-famous Venezuelan aristocrat attended her first fashion show -Balenciaga- at the young age of 13, who inspired her to introduce her own line in 1981. She created her first bridal collection in 1987, after Caroline Kennedy put a special order for her wedding  day. Herrera’s designs – each as timeless as her signature shirt – have attracted everyone from Jackie Onassis to Renée Zellweger.

Signature style: Fashions come and go, but brides consistently return to Herrera for an elegant, modest, and flawlessly tailored dress.

Words of Wisdom: Herrera is firm in making important decisions alone. “You go and buy the dress for yourself,” she says. “Many opinions only confuse you, and at the end of the day, only yours matters”

About this dress: “The  silk satin and lace dress with the three quarter sleeve, and removable skirt is exactly as I see the bride today, romantic, feminine, and sophisticated”, she says.

Vera Wang Fall 2013 Bridal Collection

Vera Wang ‘s new bridal collection is back to the traditional colors of white and ivory, after brakeing the boundries for two season with sahdes of black , nude and red she has once again dazzeled the audience with yet another outstanding collection.

“The 2013 Fall bridal collection reflects an exploration of laces and hand-wrought, placed appliquéd and tossed onto an assortment of light, airy confections with a casual nonchalance. This study in femininity and romance celebrates the wedding gown in a new take on classicism and ornamentation.” explains Vera Wang