Archive for September, 2010

Ready to Wear

Net-a-Porter’s Online Wedding Boutique

The internet is great for creating a wedding website, surfing bridal blogs and setting up a registry, but serious shopping is usually done in person. That is, until the thought of dragging your entourage to yet another stuffy salon has you rethinking the need for “something new.”

Net-a-Porter, the online luxury fashion boutique where you can buy Valentino and Versace at 2 a.m., recently launched a wedding boutique to outfit brides, ‘maids, moms and guests. Most exciting is Matthew Williamson’s exclusive line of chic silk-chiffon gowns (the designer’s first official bridal collection after fulfilling private clients’ custom requests) with romantic details like gold beading, wispy hemlines or a sexy keyhole back. Or click through Lee Angel drop earrings, Pedro Garcia peep-toe pumps, Philip Treacy headpieces and Pucci cocktail dresses all befitting an important bash. Best of all, you need not worry about pushy salespeople or a showoff bride in the next dressing room, and you’re free to return an item that doesn’t fit into your wedding vision.

No appointment necessary.


Table for Eight

Marchesa by Lenox China Collection

If a dream dress were to exist surely it would be designed by Marchesa, high priestesses of the red carpet and ambassadors of true wedding-gown glamour. But can the same passion exist in a place setting?

Give your registry a touch of couture with the new Marchesa by Lenox china collection. Each of the eight dinnerware patterns is inspired by duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s fab frocks. Of course the grandeur of line’s namesake, Marchesa Luisa Casati, is evoked in ornate lace details, rich florals and artistic paisley. The aesthetic may be ethereal, but the tabletop treasures are made of durable bone china and even dishwasher safe. Your first dinner party as Mr. and Mrs. will be part foodie, part fashionista, whether you’re serving truffles or takeout.

Seconds, anyone?


All Ears

Eco-Friendly Jewelry by Rebekah Green

A green bride at heart (conflict-free diamonds are a girl’s best friend), you’ve been on a hunt for elegant, eco-conscious jewelry dressy enough for your wedding.

Los Angeles-based designer Rebekah Green offers a simple and delicate collection of chandelier or stud earrings created from 100-percent recycled 14K or 18K gold and fair trade gemstones. To complement a sweeping up-do, choose from six styles of intricate gold danglies — for a simpler look, try her tear drops or pearl studs. The designer also offers 5-percent off and free shipping on orders of three earrings or more, making it the perfect accessory choice for your bridesmaids.

Going green never looked so good.


About Face

Scientific’s Rejuvenating Skincare Line

The countdown to the big day includes a quest for perfect skin. But living at the dermatologist’s office is not an option, and facials are only an occasional treat.

Get that sought-after bridal glow on your own. Dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Beer of West Palm Beach, FL, launched Scientific, an addictive skincare line that subtly renovates and renews. While plenty of medical expertise went into its development, Scientific feels anything but clinical. Highlights include an Intensive Repair Serum that restores elasticity and plumps wrinkles, Brightening Serum that uses botanical extracts from the Swiss Alps to create a more even skin tone and brighter complexion, and White Bamboo Exfoliator that corrects daily damage and smoothes skin. And don’t worry that there’s not enough time to start a pre-wedding regimen — you’ll see and feel a difference in days.

Start glowing healthy.


Walking on Sunshine

Simple Beach Wedding Sandals by OKA b.

You’ve always envisioned getting married with your feet in the sand, sans sky-high heels. OKA b. offers spa-meets-street (or in your case, surf) sandals you can slip on and off throughout your beachfront bash.

The super-comfy sandals (the lightweight footbead features massage beads) come in thong and slide styles (slight wedge heel options are available for brides who want an extra inch). Sprinkled with embellishments like satin ribbons and silk rosettes, the shoes feature recyclable Microplast that prevents slips and is waterproof (you can never be too prepared). For your bridesmaids, tropical hues from aqua to pineapple will make shoe selection a breeze.

It’s better than barefoot.