The last wedding gown I posted was a certain McQueen by Sarah Burton creation that was fit for a duchess; this latest one is perfect for a fashion darling. Stylist and muse Vanessa Traina donned a Givenchy Haute Couture dress designed by Riccardo Tisci to tie the knot with photographer Max Snow last month. It’s modern and vintage, lovely and edgy, and incredibly cool, all at the same time. I’m gushing, I know, but it’s just that kind of dress.
Image Credits: Olivier Zahm for Purple
Everyone around us seems to be newly engaged or knee deep in wedding planning, so we thought we’d take a moment to say ‘Congrats!’ and send a little something your way. How does a pair of tickets to the best wedding show in Toronto sound? In fact, we’ve got two pairs of tickets to this weekend’s The Wedding Co. Show at The Carlu, and we’d love nothing more than to give them to you!
Check out our coverage of last year’s show here for an idea of what’s in store, and find out more about this year’s show here. Then enter our contest for those tickets! Good luck everyone, and see you there.
- To enter, leave us a comment on this blog post with your full name and valid email address and then go ‘like’ our Facebook page here. That’s it!
- For one bonus entry, follow The Backseat Stylers on Twitter and tweet the following: “The @backseatstylers are giving away a pair of tickets to @TheWeddingCo, and I want them! http://bit.ly/wR1Caz #giveaway”
- Maximum 2 entries per person.
- Entries must be received by January 12, 2012 11:59pm. The winner will be selected randomly from the submissions using random.org and will be announced on January 13, 2012. The winner will be notified by e-mail.
- There are no prize substitutions. Please ensure that you are able to attend the Show on the above noted dates. Travel expenses not included.
We’ve selected the winners of this giveaway via random.org. Congratulations to…Arianne and Susan! We’ll be in touch about claiming your tickets.
Thanks to everyone else who entered, and we hope to see you at The Wedding Co. Show!
xx, T & S
Charlene Wittstock married Prince Albert of Monaco in a religious ceremony yesterday in a beautiful Armani Privé wedding gown, but it was her reception dress that really blew me away. Now officially Charlène, Princess of Monaco, the bride wore a beautiful white tiered column gown, also Armani Privé, to dance the night away with her prince.
I dare say I prefer this gown to that other royal wedding reception gown from earlier this summer. It isn’t a particularly regal dress, but rather a chic, fashion-forward choice. Charlène’s style has been evolving lately, and I look forward to seeing more fabulous outfits from this newly-minted princess.
Images via TFS, stylejacking.com
After months of speculation, Kate Moss married YSL-clad musician Jamie Hince yesterday in a custom gown by John Galliano, as had been rumoured. While many have expressed disappointment with the supermodel’s ’safe’ choice, I find Moss’ vintage-inspired dress to be refreshing. It may not have the wow factor of a couture show finale dress, but it’s beautiful in its simple silhouette and subtle detailing. Besides, how could I not post photos of a gorgeous bride, grinning from ear to ear, who just so happens to be an international fashion icon?
Images via Vogue UK
With wedding season in full swing and this year’s brides-to-be in the final stages of planning, they just might find that one of the details they’ve left to the end is the shoes that will be adorning their feet. The dress has been ordered and the make-up artist and hair stylist booked, but which fabulous shoes will she don for her walk down the aisle?
I already danced my first dance almost four years ago in blinged-out Stuart Weitzmans, but if I were getting married this summer I’d do it in these Valentino leather and tulle-embellished mesh sandals (pictured above) in a heartbeat. They’re a reissue of a Spring 2010 style in white, and are available only at Net-a-porter.
In fact, from ornate Alexander McQueens to trendy Charlotte Olympias, the online retailer has stocked exclusive styles by the world’s top shoemakers for the bride with some room in the wedding budget…and likely an existing shoe problem.
Miu Miu crystal heel silk-satin sandals ($895)
Valentino bow-embellished satin sandals ($1,195)
Charlotte Olympia Paloma satin pumps ($840)
Alexander McQueen sculpted resin and leather leaf sandals ($3,495)
Alexander McQueen resin leaf silk-satin peep-toe pumps ($1,675)
Image Credits: Net-a-porter
After months of speculation, Kate Middleton married Prince William today in a breathtaking gown designed by Sarah Burton for the house of Alexander McQueen. Details from the Official Royal Wedding website:
Miss Catherine Middleton’s Wedding Dress has been designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work. Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.
The dress epitomises timeless British craftsmanship by drawing together talented and skilled workmanship from across the United Kingdom. The dress design pays tribute to the Arts and Crafts tradition, which advocated truth to materials and traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often Romantic styles of decoration. Ms Burton’s design draws on this heritage, additionally giving the cut and the intricate embellishment a distinctive, contemporary and feminine character.
The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. The lace design was hand-engineered (appliquéd) using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. Individual flowers have been hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.
Hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace has been used throughout the bodice and skirt, and has been used for the underskirt trim. With laces coming from different sources, much care was taken to ensure that each flower was the same colour. The whole process was overseen and put together by hand by Ms Burton and her team.
The dress is made with ivory and white satin gazar. The skirt echoes an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats. The train measures two metres 70 centimetres. The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen’s designs. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.
French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace to be hand-worked in the Irish Carrickmacross needlework tradition.
All other fabrics used in the creation of the dress were sourced from and supplied by British companies. The choice of fabrics followed extensive research by Sarah Burton and her team.
The Royal School of Needlework
The Royal School of Needlework (RSN), based at Hampton Court Palace, assisted the Alexander McQueen team in accurately cutting out the delicate motifs from the lace fabrics and positioning the lace motifs with precision into the new design. The lace motifs were pinned, ‘framed up’ and applied with stab stitching every two to three millimetres around each lace motif. The workers washed their hands every thirty minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and the needles were renewed every three hours, to keep them sharp and clean.
The RSN workers included existing staff, former staff, tutors, graduates and students, with the youngest aged 19.
The RSN’s work was used primarily for the train and skirt of the Bride’s dress, the bodice and sleeves, the Bride’s shoes and the Bride’s veil.
Veil and Jewellery
The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The veil is held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen. The ‘halo’ tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday.
The Bride’s earrings, by Robinson Pelham, are diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the centre. Inspiration for the design comes from the Middleton family’s new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves. The earrings were made to echo the tiara. The earrings were a personal gift to the Bride from her parents for her Wedding Day.
Robinson Pelham have also designed and made a pair of diamond earrings for Miss Philippa Middleton. These earrings are more floral in nature to compliment the headpiece worn by Miss Philippa Middleton during the Service.
A tourmaline and diamond pendant and matching earrings have been designed and made for Mrs. Carole Middleton. Two gold stick pins, one with a single gold acorn at the head and the other with an oak leaf, are also worn respectively by the Father of the Bride, Mr. Michael Middleton, and the Bride’s brother, Mr. James Middleton.
The wedding shoes have made hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.
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Planning a wedding for later this year and still on the hunt for your gown? You’re in luck – Jason Wu and Net-a-porter to the rescue. Jason Wu’s inaugural bridal collection, exclusive to Net-a-porter, is now available for purchase. From the ethereal tulle tiered gown ($5,475) to the ostrich-feather embellished skirt ($1,680), Wu’s got you covered from the ceremony to the after-party.
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Oscar de la Renta gown at White Toronto
Ask a few married women if they enjoyed wedding planning and you’ll get answers ranging from “I loved it – it was so much fun!” to “I hated it, it was so stressful, and I’m glad I never have to do it ever again!”. I fall in bucket A, with a tiny bit of B thrown in there. Even so, I wish I’d paid a visit to The Wedding Show when I was planning the big day. When rock-it promotions so graciously invited me to the show this weekend (thank you!), I paid it forward by bringing along my bride-to-be friend A along for the ride.
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