Archive for the ‘Gowns’ Category

Pieces of Flair

Shopbop’s New Online Wedding Boutique

You’ve picked up a “something borrowed” from your best friend and a “something old” from your favorite thrift shop, but you’d like “something new” in the form of a few fabulous wedding-day accessories.

Shopbop.com just launched its wedding boutique, featuring dresses by the designers you’d love to be on your guest list. Try walking down the aisle in a beaded maxi strapless dress by Shoshanna or a one-shoulder column gown by Notte by Marchesa, with bridesmaids in silk satin sarongs by Halston Heritage. But for those who’d rather find their couture in the real world, the point-and-click shopping doesn’t stop with frocks. You can also stock up for the honeymoon with a D&G bikini, Tory Burch beach tote, Alexis Bittar gold cuff, Eberjay chemise or Eugenia Kim fedora. Rather than searching high and low for the perfect bridal accessories, the site has all the must-haves in one place: If the tiaras and beaded purses at the bridal salon scared you, check out the bohemian-chic crystal headbands by Deepa Gurnani and Lauren Merkin snake clutches.

Not that you’re into labels.

Visit shopbop.com.

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.

Happily Ever After

Wedding Dresses by Ivy & Aster

You had to kiss a few frogs first, but your sweetie surprised you with an engagement ring on New Year’s Eve, and your days since have been a whirlwind of planning. Ring in 2011 with Ivy & Aster, a bridal and bridesmaid collection that debuted this month.

Founded by two best friends who share a love of storybook romances, Ivy & Aster offers a magical bridal collection of sweeping and short gowns, from a cascading silk organza gown with a tiered skirt to a strapless Guipure lace party dress with full skirt. Add your own personal touch with an Ivy & Aster netted rose shrug or one of their intricately embellished sashes.

Available in sizes 0 to 16, Ivy & Aster gowns are available in 20 bridal boutiques worldwide. The dresses take about four months from order to delivery, and while custom gowns are not currently available, small tweaks like straps and trains can be made upon request.

Now onto the glass slippers.

Visit ivyandaster.com.

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.

Visit net-a-porter.com.

Italian Dressing

Alberta Ferretti’s Wedding Gown Collection

You worship Wang and lust after Lhuillier, but wouldn’t mind name-dropping a newcomer when it comes to your wedding gown. Be one of the first to wear a dress from Alberta Ferretti’s Forever collection, the Italian designer’s debut bridal line.

The queen of covetable cocktail dresses and red carpet wonders, Ferretti now concocts both sweeping tulle ball gowns and short, chic numbers for your nuptials. Named after flowers (Rose, Lily, Forget-Me-Not), the dresses in this couture collection feature lace, silk Mikado and satin with a glam sprinkling of beaded embroidery, delicate pearls, Swarovski crystals, cabachons and silver platinum thread. Rumor has it that each dress (sewn and embroidered by hand) takes 30 to 80 hours to create.

Hey, some like it haute.

Visit albertaferretti.com.