Tag Archive: Haute Couture

Jul 09 2014

Haute Couture Week: 10 Wedding-Worthy Gowns At Elie Saab

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I adore Paris Haute Couture week it not only brings out the most starry front rows but the fashion on display is always so exquisite and as always Elie Saab didn’t disappoint with his showstopping autumn/winter 2014 ‘Palais Des Lumieres’ collection.

I might have my two wedding dress sorted, which I love and can’t wait to wear, but there is still a part of me that would love to be an Elie Saab bride. To wear a beautifully crafted, dramatic gown is the thing of dreams and the finale gown to the AW14 show was a magnificent, divine and beautiful gown. I am not normally a lover of pearlescent white, but this dramatic and regal gown really does demand that it is the brightest of them all and I love it.

Elie Saab always produces delicate masterpieces that are exquisitely embroidered, they shimmer in the light, and each one of these gowns would make for a spectacular wedding. I love the sheer elements to some of the gowns, which of course I am sure you can get lined, I really adore the champagne gold hue it would make for a great alternative to white and ivory, and I love, love, love the short and flirty lace number, wouldn’t that just be perfect for an elopement wedding.

I have to be honest I loved everything about the AW14 collection and I can’t wait to see the gorgeous gowns grace the red carpet, but these 10 beauties definitely deserve a walk down the aisle.

Do you dream of being an Elie Saab bride?

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[Pics: Elie Saab]

Jul 07 2014

Haute Couture Week: Jennifer Lopez In Atelier Versace

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Who: Jennifer Lopez

Where: Attending the Atelier Versace autumn/winter 2014 show on day one of Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris

Wearing: A strapless pure white Atelier Versace gown with thigh-high slit and one fully beaded trouser leg, accented with two metallic straps on the hip, from the Atelier Versace autumn/winter 2014 collection, teamed with an Atelier Versace bracelet and earrings, and silver Versace platform sandals

Verdict: I am just going to say it – I adore this look. There is something about this hybrid gown on Jennifer Lopez that just works.

On paper if you had seen ‘gown with a thigh-high split and one fully beaded trouser leg’ you would have thought that Donatella Versace was off-her-head but when you see in on a superstar like J-Lo, who just embodies what Versace is about, you can’t help but think it looks fantastic.

If it was in a darker colour I don’t think I would have liked it as much but the white looks so amazing against her skin-tone and really works with the glamorous styling of the gold jewellery, so OTT, so Jennifer Lopez, so Versace.

If the outfit wasn’t enough I can’t stop starring at her flawless face, her cheekbones are sculpted to perfect and her eyes are just wow, love it.

Are you as obsessed with Jennifer’s latest look as I am?

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[Pics: courtesy of Versace]

Jun 14 2014

Video Loving: The Making Of A Christian Dior Couture Gown

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I have always been fascinated with the work that goes into designer gowns, especially haute couture pieces, and I am fortunate enough to see these wonderful gowns in person, but one of my dreams is to witness what exactly goes into making a custom gown from start to finish.

So Christian Dior isn’t doing tours of its atelier, now that would be epic, but they have released two amazing short films showing how it puts together their exquisite frocks, and I am so giddy that it includes a miniature Barbie-sized mini couture dresses – the details from the pretty fabric petals being cut out and shaped to the hand-stitched embroidery this is incredible to see.

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The first video shows the making of the “Miss Dior” dress from spring/summer 1949, one of my favourite Dior dresses it just reminds me of a gorgeous summer garden with its texture and pops of colour. What’s impressive about this miniature is the detail involved in cutting out the fabric petals by hand before they are embossed and fixed around a brass stalk. Seriously dreamy.

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The second short film is just as divine for the spectacular ‘Mexique’ gown from autumn/winter 1951 – this brown tulle embroidered dress embroidered with gold sequins and beads is so intricate and this video really shows the work that is needed to achieve such a gorgeous look.

[Pics & video: Dior]

May 29 2014

Maleficent: Elle Fanning Is A Princess In Elie Saab

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Who: Actress Elle Fanning

Where: At the World Premiere of Disney’s “Maleficent“, held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California

Wearing: An off-the-shoulder ice-blue Elie Saab fully embroidered tulle A-line gown with a matching belt from the designer’s spring/summer 2014 Haute Couture collection, teamed with the matching belt, a choker and bracelets

Verdict: I love how both Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning have been inspired by their Maleficent characters during this promo tour and this is another perfect example of a modern princess gown by Elie Saab. Everything from the colour, that ice-blue is gorgeous, to the off-shoulder design and the semi-sheer skirt is just perfection, romantic and elegant.

Elle really does embrace the girlie side of the red carpet, which I adore, and this gown is just exquisite – the detailing in the embroidery is amazing on the close-up piccie, and I really do love this princess A-line silhouette on her, it makes her already tiny waist look even smaller.

Sadly though this isn’t a complete home run for Elle, I do love everything about this look except for that choker, which doesn’t seem to match the modern youthful look of the outfit.

What do you think of Elle’s latest red carpet look?

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[Pics: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney]

May 13 2014

Godzilla: Elizabeth Olsen In Elie Saab

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Who: Elizabeth Olsen

Where: At the London premiere of ‘Godzilla’ held at Odeon Leicester Square in London

Wearing: A strapless midnight blue embellished Elie Saab gown from the Haute Couture autumn/winter 2013 collection, featuring a sheer lace skirt and a matching skinny belt, finished off with navy strappy heels and silver drop Piaget earrings

Verdict: My midnight blue love affair isn’t going anywhere fast, I love this hue as a great alternative to black and it really looks great on the red carpet. As always with Elie Saab this gown is romantic, elegant with a touch of sexy, I love the fully embellished bodice paired with a sheer lace skirt, it makes it modern and youthful.

It was the perfect gown for a red carpet event, not only did it swish nicely but with all the embellished detailing it was sure to twinkle with the flash bulbs. I am glad that because of the detailing in the dress that she kept her styling to a minimum, opting for same-colour skinny belt to nip the dress in at the waist, simply two-strap heels and a silver jewels.

What do you think of Elizabeth Olsen’s red carpet look?

[Pic: via Elie Saab]

Jan 23 2014

Wedding Inspiration: The Couture Bride

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I love checking out the couture collections from Paris, as I am always in awe at the craftsmanship that goes into each piece, and I adore that no gown is too big when it comes to couture. Normally for the spring shows I am pairing up beautiful gowns with gorgeous actresses and hoping that they will wear on the Oscars red carpet, this year however being surrounded with wedding magazines getting inspiration for my own gown I thought I would share some couture bride inspiration.

Top of my wishlist, if I won the lottery, would have to be getting a wedding dress designed by Elie Saab, this man is a genius and his spring 2014 collection was another stunning scene of decadent elegance, gown after gown was just beautiful and the bridal moments were stunning.

The final gown above literally took my breath away when I was watching the live-stream, everything from the off-white hue to the exquisite embroidered detailing and voluminous silhouette – simply stunning. Just imagine how magical it would be to wear a dress like this on your wedding day, you could rest assured that no-one would be stealing your spotlight!!!

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As well as Elie Saab, the ethereal musical Valentino gown really caught my eye, so it doesn’t scream traditional bridal gown but there is something about that I think would work for a wedding, especially if you have a love of music.

Other gorgeous dresses that I loved included Dior’s simple-yet-modern gown with its textured perforation dot design, the statement peplum gown from Alexis Mabille’s exquisite collection, and the delicate lace embroidered Valentino gown that will never go out of fashion. Also how divine is this heavily embellished white gown by Georges Hobeika – so swoon worthy!!!

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As well as the divine, couture weeks also showcases the flamboyant and more out-there of pieces, including some that could work for some very confident brides. How about the showgirl look from Jean Paul Gaultier or how about walking down the aisle in Stéphane Rolland’s white jumpsuit with wings?

If you won the lottery – which Couture bride would you be?

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Jan 20 2014

SAG Awards: Trend – Various Shades Of Blue

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There is always something special about the Screen Actors Guild Awards, maybe it is the fact that they are all judging one another, or that the red carpet has a relaxed nature while still being uber glamorous, or that it comes so soon after the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards that I am so giddy about the award season. Whatever it is, it never seems to disappoint.

Last year it was all about Nina Dobrev’s gorgeous Elie Saab and Jennifer Garner sparkling in Oscar de la Renta, and this year it seems that all my best dressed wore hues of blue. From the gorgeous Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi to Jennifer Lawrence’s shimmering Dior Couture gown.

I was just going to do my best three looks but I have to be honest I couldn’t decide who to cut – so it is now my top 4 beauties from the SAG Awards red carpet!!!

In at number one has to be American Hustle’s Amy Adams in this Antonio Berardi gown, not only is this shade of blue divine, but the architectural neckline and shoulder cut-out detail really marries sexy and elegance all at the same time, and the fit is impeccable on her. Amy really is having a great award season.

My second best is newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, this girl continues to impress me every time she steps out onto the red carpet and this custom Gucci gown is beautiful. It isn’t often that you see turquoise on the red carpet, but this hue really shined on her, and it was made even better with those gorgeous floral embroidered straps. Another breathtaking look – I think Lupita is easily my favourite red carpet star of the moment.

Third place was a tough decision between the two Jennifer’s – from the statuesque Jennifer Garner in a custom Max Mara gown and Jennifer Lawrence in a shimmering Dior Couture number. Both are beautiful, both so different. I think the constellation of multicoloured sequins on J-Law’s gown just pips Garner as it really did shimmer on TV, but I do love the simplicity of Garner’s – that is a great silhouette on her.

Were you a fan of the various shades of blue on the SAG Awards red carpet?

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