Archive for February, 2011

Clean Getaway

The Laundress Wedding Emergency Kit

Your wedding gown is an investment piece. Even though its classic lines may not have the longevity of a Chanel 2.55, such a showstopper should remain pristine well after its day in the spotlight.

Preserve your princess-y fashion with The Laundress wedding pouch, exclusive for J.Crew. The handy emergency kit, consisting of a fabric spray, stain remover, wrinkle release, spray starch and anti-static spray, will solve any conceivable wedding-day couture emergency. Your gown, the groom’s tux, bridesmaid dresses and even your grandmother’s tasteful linen suit will be absolved of champagne splashes, sweat stains or unsightly creases with these heavenly scented travel-sized sprays. The Laundress, an eco-chic specialty collection of fabric care, is tops for handling luxe laundry. Keep one prettily packaged kit in your bridal suite for quick gown fixes (until you can get the dress to a proper dry cleaner), and an extra one in the ladies room for guests to use for touch-ups.

Clean up your act.

Visit jcrew.com.

The Laundress Wedding Pouch for J.Crew

Tech Support

Google Launches Wedding Planning Portal

Lately your to-do list is as long as your gown’s cathedral-length train. To help brides and grooms simplify the process, the tech titans have launched Google Weddings, a free online destination for everything from creating your wedding website to budgeting your big day.

Enlisting the expertise of wedding-planning guru Michelle Rago, Google unveils exclusive templates for creating wedding websites, engagement announcements, save-the-dates, budgets and detailed to-do lists. For websites and announcements, easily customizable templates feature a variety of design themes to complement your style (the Photoshop-shy can even use Picnik’s simple photo editing tools). For keeping track of the endless details and staying on budget, begin with a budget page followed by different sheets to track essentials like the guest list, seating chart and address book. Use your smartphone to update lists before you even leave the florist, and make sure to “share” all pertinent documents to keep the fiance, friends and family in the loop.

My big, fat, geek wedding.

Visit google.com/weddings.

The New Romantic

Anthropologie Launches BHLDN Bridal Collection

Your wedding day is no time to be a demure wallflower. BHLDN plays up to the fashionably fearless with bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses that infuse color, daring silhouettes and inventive embellishments.

Inspired by the Dutch word “to keep,” BHLDN (pronounced beholden), offers all the romance, whimsy and subtle boho touches that Anthropologie is known for. Ranging from a flirty silk dupioni tea dress to a flowing pleated gown in a whisper grey, no two gowns are alike and feature unique details like crocheted lace bits, embroidered fronds and fluttering appliqued butterflies. Adding a modern touch, BHLDN infuses color into its bridal collection with rich palettes of buttercream, taupe and florals with hints of coral. Brides-to-be can shop BHLDN’s treasure trove of jewelry, hair accessories, lingerie, shoes and cover-ups. For guests or bridesmaids, the collection offers a variety of colorful frocks to fit any nuptial from black tie to beach. Currently, the collection is only available online.

Dare to be different.

Visit bhldn.com.

In Living Color

Dabney Lee at Home Accessories

Who wants a newlywed home full of beige? Add a pop color with gadgets, knickknacks and other embellishments in a cheerful hue of sunshine or tangerine rather than the same old black, white and boring.

Color your casa with adorable accessories from Dabney Lee at Home. A personalized lucite tray makes the perfect gift for your favorite couple, or preserve wedding photos in a large frame that screams your name. Treat party-planning bridesmaids to pretty ice buckets emblazoned with their monogram. Choose among the many perky prints (if you can narrow it down to just one), customize with a bright color, then finish with a tasteful name plate for flair. So preppy it’s stylish, this is one collection that will never blend into the background.

For domestic goddesses only.

Visit dabneyleeathome.com.

Something Borrowed

Rent the Runway’s Bridesmaid Dress Collection

Let’s face it: No matter how fabulous the frock, a bridesmaid dress’ post-wedding life is pretty bleak. Save your ladies some money (and closet space) by using Rent the Runway’s new bridesmaid service.

To rent the perfect outfit, enter your wedding date to gain access to hundreds of dresses from the likes of Rebecca Taylor and Tracy Reese. Designers Catherine Malandrino, Badgley Mishka, Nicole Miller, Robert Rodriguez and Shoshanna have also created exclusive dresses in a variety of styles and hues so bridesmaids have options in finding a flattering frock. Ranging from $50 to $150 for a rental, the collection is searchable by size, color, length and designer. Rent the Runway guarantees timely delivery, and dresses can be rented for up to eight days — to prevent any last-minute disasters, a back-up size can also be ordered for free (a stylist is even available for personal consultations). After the wedding, simply return it in a pre-paid envelope (they’ll handle the dry cleaning).

Say yes to the dress.

Visit renttherunway.com.