Monday, December 19, 2011

You Said 'Hello' & I Said 'I Do' ... To The Dress

2011 was the year of The Weddings with that came the Dresses ;  from the traditional to the effortlessly chic - these brides truly honed into their very best self and strutted down the isle not only as the quintessential blushing brides but as true individuals. Here's a look back at some of our favorite 2011 brides and two books that pay homage to the Dress

The Duchess in Sara Burton for Alexander McQueen... Legendary 
Photo: Getty
To say the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William was the wedding of the year was an understatement. From his cousins' chapeaux to the maid of honor's derrière the wedding was a visual overload! The bride's dress resonated the old world glamour of  Grace Kelly yet refreshing at the same time. 

Lauren Bush Lauren in a custom gown by her Father in law Ralph Lauren - a gorgeous gown for a gorgeous bride. 
Photo: Norman Jean Roy/Vogue
Lauren Bush Lauren tied the knot to her beau David Lauren at the Lauren Family ranch in Colorado. Clearly she was inspired by her surrounding and her dressed conveys this. While her look might not tickle everyone's fancies she stayed true to her vision and in the end result looks stunning. 

The Wedding Dress 
 by Oleg Cassini 
 Rizzoli New York

Oleg Cassini born to a Count and Countess in Paris rose to become the first celebrity designer,  outstanding wedding designer and a legend in his own right. In The Wedding Dress (Rizzoli New York) the designer shares his thoughts and vision on the Dress. Culled from years of experience in the fashion business Oleg is responsible for cultivating Jackie O's and his one time fiancée Grace Kelly style. The Wedding Dress (Rizzoli New York) is filled with the stories, secrets, intrigue, and insights behind the most indelible wedding dresses. Filled with countless photos the tome is a page turner! This book celebrates the staying power of these gorgeous, sleek, sultry, and whimsical creations as well as the lasting impact they’ve had in fashion, popular culture, and the brides' lives. With a plethora of images, a witty, informative text, and exclusive tid bits from the designer  reveal the initial spark and captivating drama behind the white dress.

Available: Rizzoli New York 

Sofia Coppola  married Thomas Mars in an exquisite lavender gown by  Azzedine Alaïa having an Alaïa gown in itself is a dream and for your wedding... amazing! 
Photo: People
Like Coppola's films  her wedding dress was thrilling, captivating and a joy to behold. 

Kate Moss  celebrated her union to Jamie Hince in a three day celebration the Galliano designed frock she wore was a feast for the eyes. 
Photo: Mario Testino/Vogue
Kate Moss, John Galliano and Mario Testino are a trifecta for absolute perfection. When it comes to design (and design alone!) Galliano can do no wrong and her dress exemplifies this. 

Harper Bazaar‘s senior market editor  Joanna Hillman in Rochas archives. Simply Perfect. 
Photo: Michael Falco/Christian Oth Studio
Being a native New Yorker I LOVE when a couple has a  city wedding - the outcome is stunning. Fashion editor Joanna Hillman goes for full on city chic with the to die for fur along with the sleek Rochas archive dress - the silhouette works perfectly with her body. 

It's All About the Dress
 Savvy Secrets, Priceless Advice, and Inspiring Stories to Help you Find "The One"
 By Randy Fenoli
Grand Central Publishing
There are some things girls are born instinctively knowing: the LBD – the all purpose get ‘em dress, the RED dress… really must I go on? But the one dress that is the dress of all dresses is THE WHITE DRESS and in the engaging tome by Wedding Gown Connoisseur Randy Fenoli and star of TLC's 'Say  Yes To The Dress' - It's All About The Dress : Savvy Secrets, Priceless Advice, and Inspiring Stories to Help you Find 'The One' (Grand Central Publishing) you will be enthralled by the brilliance of this thoroughly engaging book that covers every type of bride imaginable! From the Fairytale Princess to the Ageless Siren bride. Fenoli leaves nothing uncovered- he effortlessly shows how a bride’s gown are a direct reflection of her philosophy/dream/aspiration/current dilemma appeals to one’s individual style who are looking for glamour, sophistication or controversy on the most important day of their life. He gives the every bride to be the do's and don'ts on planning her big day, shopping etiquette and going down the isle must haves that will have you prepared and looking your absolute best on your very special day. Technical acumen, tremendous creativity, and attention to detail are the overriding principles that Randy Fenoli showcases are the driving force behind the mythical entity known as Klienfeld's bride. Fenoli and the very lucky brides to have had experienced his priceless service is the foundation of this book (I literally could not stop reading all the stories and wish there were more brides featured!)  An absolute must for brides to be,  wedding enthusiasts, fashion lovers or day dreamers It's All About The Dress will certainly have you craving to say ‘I do’.


Photo: Chanel
This Chanel confection is a contender for my dream nuptials (I want at least four to eight changes - seriously).  Would Randy approve? 

15 comments:

karshma said...

my cousin got engaged this weekend and these two books would make a perfect gift to her upcoming wedding the Harpers editor looked really nice I like the fact she wore a fur that wasn't white on her day she looked very relaxed she was my favorite and I like the kate moss too they had on similar styles kate's had emblesshiments but still really pretty some women hate looking at wedding dresses because they are single etc but i love it it's just so lovely thanks for the idea I hope they have these books at barnes and noble I don't think I can get them in time if I ordered online great post

Anonymous said...

I love that you didn't include the Kardashian in this post! I am not a vera wang fan

meredith said...

I want to get married and change 7 times you go girl for wanting to do 8 changes

Mona Lisa said...

THIS IS SO CUTE I LOVE RANDY AND SEEMS SO NICE I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE HIM HELP ME ONE DAY VERY SOON I HOPE

Anonymous said...

yes yes yes yes yes to all the dresses

Trisha said...

For my wedding I wore two dresses for the reception I wore this vintage Red Valentino dress that was out of this world! I made no apologies and did what I wanted I loved the wedding but trust me future brides the wedding is nothing compared to your beautiful life as a wife. Merry Christmas

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