Oscars 2014! Hollywood style meets bridal style?

Oscars 2014!  This fashion recap is one of my favorite posts of the year.  I love movies, I love Hollywood style, and I love elaborate events!  I'm a sucker for black tie weddings and I like seeing bridal trends inspired by red carpet looks.  Here are my thoughts about this year's Oscar ceremony: Whites, silvers and nudes.  These gowns directly translate into bridal, and they're just of few of the subtle hues featured on the red carpet in 2014.  I love the structure of Kate Hudson's Atelier Versace dress, she looked impeccable from head to toe - so glamourous! Another shade that stood out was pale pink.  I was pretty impressed with Lady Gaga's skintight Versace-- seemed like she was channeling another famous Versace…no? Lupita Nyong'o rocked a pretty headband with her gorgeous dress (she made my top 2 below…), and I have adored her short hair since she burst on the awards scene earlier this year.  I saw several beautiful ladies with killer short 'dos on the red carpet this year (not to mention Ellen!) - will we see more brides following suit this year?  And now for my two favorite looks of the night: Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive and Lupita Nyong'o in Prada.

I think the shade of Cate's dress is perfection.  And the delicate appliqués -- what a unique, but still pretty and wearable, statement gown!  Cate rarely disappoints.  Her earrings, hair and makeup are all flawless and the dress fits her like a glove.  A beautiful, very expensive glove. This ingenue is killing it!  I just love her choices.  The dress, the jewelry, the headband…simply stunning.  I don't necessarily love the dress on it's own, and I think the pale blue color is really hard to pull off for most women, but on Lupita, it's amazing.  The neckline works with her body and the she glows in the color.  I won't be surprised if we see more of this shade of blue incorporated into weddings in 2014, and I definitely think headbands will be more prominent this year.

Well, that's it!  Another Oscar ceremony down!

 

All photos from Harpers, Metro UK, and Vogue

 

 

Golden Globes Fashion, Wedding Inspiration: 2014

Hi!  Welcome to my annual Golden Globes fashion post!  (See previous last year's here.)  I look forward to sharing my opinions and predictions about award show fashion and how it inspires the wedding industry, and vice versa.  I also enjoy sharing my favorite and least favorite looks of the night.  Let's talk about celebrities, y'all! First off, Tina Fey.  I loved Tina's jewel tone gown, I thought it fit her perfectly and that merlot color would be beautiful in a fall wedding.  But the element that caught my eye first was her hair.  The host's messy, center part and full volume looked so chic! The most obvious bridal-inspired dress was on Jennifer Lawrence.  I don't hate the dress, but the fit bothered me a bit.  I just felt like she had to keep pulling it up all night.  Strapless gowns on the red carpet are a staple, and it seems that the strapless wedding gown trend is here to stay as well.  I encourage brides to dress to their strengths and keep fit in mind…Jennifer Lawrence has a long torso and I don't think this dress was necessarily flattering for her figure. But it could definitely work as a wedding gown, and J Law is super high profile this year…so I had to talk about her look!  What do you think?

Black and White - looks like a big trend again!  Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Hayden Panettiere and Jenna Dewan-Tatum all rocked the combo last night (and of course, so did Jennifer Lawrence).  I like the look overall, and I love a black tie wedding, so I am looking forward to seeing more of this trend in wedding design this year.  (Big thumbs up to Zosia Mamet, btw, she's usually a miss in my opinion.) Next up, a huge trend I couldn't ignore, but one that I am not a fan of: the High/Low dress.  Zooey Deschanel, Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth Moss, Michelle Dockery and Caitlin Fitzgerald all wore dresses that were long in the back and offered us all a little stiletto peep show in the front.  I don't get it.  I think all of these dresses would be better off floor length hems.  I also think that this trend will be all over wedding dresses this year.

Now for a little about color!  Canary Yellow popped up on the red carpet, and I liked it!  Not an easy color to wear, but it's bright and happy and I think both Lena Dunham and Melissa Rauch pulled it off.  And I was looking for Radiant Orchid--Pantone's Color of the Year--but I didn't really find it at the Globes.  Maria Menounos came close in this pink shade though, and she flaunted another 2014 trent - subtle cutouts.  Gorgeous.

There were a few looks last night that I think really missed the mark.  Below are three of the worst, in my opinion.  Paula Patton just looks silly, Zoe Saldana is all over the place, and Emma Stone is…confusing. And now for my favorite look this year…Laura Dern!  I think she looks flawless from head to toe.  If I had a reason to Spanx myself into a formal gown this year, I would choose this one.  (Or a less expensive version of this one.)  I love the metallic tones, the neckline and the print.  It fits her perfectly and her hair and makeup complete the look. Second place goes to Diane Keaton.  She works a suit in the very best way.  The cut of it was divine and I love that she had the balls to wear it for her presentation.  A suit tailored this well is certainly wedding appropriate, for a man or a woman. And her hair looked AMAZING!

 Ok, that is it!  I'll be posting about the Oscars as well - see you then!

 

All photos are from the Huffington Post, except the first one, which is from www.stylenews.com

 

 

Oscars 2013 - Hollywood Glam, Wedding Gown Inspiration!

Yay!  It's my Super Bowl!  Let's get right down to it...here are my favorite Oscar looks for 2013 and a little bit about how I think it all relates to the wedding industry trends and fashion. Reese Witherspoon - Old Hollywood Hair. Amazing for black tie weddings and a glamorous bride or bridesmaid.  This look is timeless and feminine--I love how it elevates a simple neckline or dress.

The moment for pastels and blushes is still upon us...Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried (to name a few) are all rocking the barely there shades.  I predict more and more pale shades replacing white and ivory on wedding aisles!

        

Structured shoulders and waist lines, long sleeves, and sequins were also prominent on the red carpet this year.  My favorite head to toe look of the Oscars was Jane Fonda in canary yellow Versace.  She is 75, people!  She is looking so polished and stylish...the dress is tailored to a T and I think she is simply stunning. Another one of my favorite looks was Naomi Watts in Armani.  This dress looks made for her body. I love how daring and unique it is. Lastly, the most 'bridal' of Oscar looks was best actress winner Jennifer Lawrence in the voluminous (and almost heavy looking...) Christian Dior gown.  I loved her hair and makeup, the shade of ballet pink on her pale skin, and the backwards necklace.  (And those lashes!  Her makeup artist should get an award.) Overall, a good, but not over-the-top year, in my opinion.  I'm sure we'll see some of these fashion trends on brides this year, but I want to see more risk!  More wow!  More!

Golden Globe Fashion and Trends: Wedding Inspiration

It's award season time!  I love this part of blogging because it combines three of my favorite things: Hollywood, Glamour, Fashion!  And as a wedding planner, I look to the awards shows as a prediction of the year's fashion trends, many of which will translate into wedding decor and style (and into my closet).  Here is a little of what I thought of the 2013 Golden Globes:  Trends: 1. Black and White, either together, which I think we are going to see a TON of in 2013, or a solid shade of one or the other with few, if any, accessories.                                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Julianne Moore and Rosie Huntington-Whitely, among many others, kept it simple and classic with Black and/or White.  A lean in this direction for weddings will be a welcomed change, in my opinion, moving away from all of the rustic and vintage looks of the past couple years.

2. Barely Blush is another color trend for this year.  Youthful and gorgeous, it's definitely bridal in nature...a shade one away from stark white and very feminine.   Hayden Panettiere, Megan Fox, Amy Adams and Amanda Seyfriend all looked beautiful in the shade.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Another trend was Cutouts.  Nicole Kidman, Halle 'Ageless' Berry, Emily Blunt and Kristen Wiig all wore body-hugging dresses with peek-a-boo accents.  I think we will see modest cutouts more in bridal fashion this year--the back cutouts especially are youthful and fun.

4. Hair down and Loose. Hayden, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Sofia Vergara, Kate Hudson, and Kristen Wiig rocked loose, carefree 'dos this year and I was into it!  If you have great hair, why not just go 'as is'?  Or finesse it to look like you didn't fuss much with it.  Brides should feel comfortable and confident, and very much themselves, maybe a more casual hairstyle on your wedding day will be exactly what you need to achieve that.

5. Statement Shoulders were keeping things interesting at the Golden Globes and I think they will be seen on aisles this year too.  Daring and strong, they remind me of armor--rock and roll goddess armor.  Check out Michelle Dockery and Emily Deschanel below:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only look I saw that screamed 'Bridal!' to me was Julianne Hough's Monique Lhuillier gown.  It was the shape of the gown that did it though, not necessarily the color or embellishments.  I love the entire edgy look, head to toe.  It looks like she walked through a sprinkling of gold glitter when she got out of her limo.  What's not to love about that?

My very favorite look of the evening  was actually Julianne Hough.  That's why she got a full-size picture in this post!  The more I look at that dress, the more I adore it.  And I loved Tina Fey's old Hollywood, Jessica Rabbit hair.  So she is a close second.

Well, this was fun!  Be sure to check back in after the Oscars!

 

 

 

All images from Huffington Post Style

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Reviews

Emmy Fashion, Wedding Fashion, 2012

I love Hollywood fashion, and I love bridal fashion, so of course it's time to post about the 2012 Emmy Awards!  The overall look this year for gowns was bright and modern.  My favorite dress was Ginnifer Goodwin's orange Monique Lhuillier gown--orange might not be a color for a wedding dress, but the cut was simple and beautiful, and the design on the fabric was unique and feminine.  Monique Lhuillier is a wedding dress designer, so it is easy to imagine this one in ivory or cream walking down as aisle red-carpet style!  Or rocking it in orange, I would love to see a bride in this dress! Ginnifer Goodwin orange Emmy dress

Heidi Klum and Julianne Hough were on point in mint last night (my not-so-secret pick for next year's Pantone Color of the Year).  Check out my Pinterest board 'Weddings: Mint Accents, Mint Theme'.  Again, might not be a color for a wedding dress, but I bet a lot of bridesmaids will rock in in the next year!

Heidi Klum mint dress

One of the only white dresses of the night, on Jessica Pare, immediately stood out as bridal to me.  Her whole look, from the glamourous hair and red lips, to the simple black belt, would be an amazing bridal ensemble.

Jessica Pare white dress

Lastly, I loved Zoe Deschanel's pale blue Reem Acra dress, and Sarah Hyland's gorgeous Marchesa.  Both very feminine and flattering, both very bridal!

Brides aren't all wearing white anymore.  Next week, I am featuring an Allure bride in coral on her wedding day.  Rules are meant to be broken!

Vintage DIY Wedding, Mustard and Gray

My dear friend's Apple and Martín got married last weekend and I was honored to be a guest/coordinator at their vintage inspired wedding.  For this wedding, style was everything.  Apple's dress was a tea length, lace, 1950s original.  She paired it with mustard yellow heels, and when it got chilly, a brown leather bomber jacket.  Very cool, right?  It gets better.  The bridesmaids wore handmade cotton dresses from Etsy, the groomsmen were all in bow ties that Apple made and grey cardigans, and Apple and her bridesmaids carried gorgeous fabric bouquets.  Also made by Apple!  Here's a look--I was able to take some Instagram shots. Aren't they adorable?  And that cake plate...you guessed it, made by Apple.  2 vintage plates, one vintage vase, hot glue...voila!  Here's a comprehensive list of everything Apple made for her wedding, and that her amazing bridal party helped me set up:

DIY -Bow ties for the groom and groomsmen -Bow tie necklaces for the bridesmaids (so cute!) -Bow tie, cuffs, ring pillow for the canine 'flower girl' -Fabric flower bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids -Pocket square for the groom -Fabric flower centerpieces -Yarn wrapped small vases and mason jars and votives for mis-matched centerpieces and accent decor -Tiered vintage cake plates -All invitations and signage w craft paper and stamps -The table numbers -Fabric pompom flower garlands for the walls of the reception room and the bar -A 'guestbook' made of fabric squares  for guests to write little notes, then pin on a clothesline strung up in the bar -Large fabric hand painted bows for every dining chair -All props and signage for the photobooth -Escort card favors that included goat's milk soap from Etsy and small bingo cards for the game played later in the reception

The reception was at the Fort Mason Center Conference Center and was catered by  Villa Del Sol.  The location was a perfect mix of San Francisco charm and blank-slate-DIY-possibility.  I had a wonderful time and I'm so happy for my friends. Congratulations, Apple and Martín!

 

 

Confetti {Inspiration Board}

CONFETTI!! That word, especially with a few exclamation marks makes me very happy. It gives you the immediate feeling of celebration and joy. Confetti is popping up all over the place, and not only in the truest sense of what "confetti" is, but in the designs of fashion, decor, stationery, and even food. Incorporating confetti into a bridal shower, bachelorette weekend, and EVEN your wedding, just screams fun. Plus, the addition of confetti makes for some AH-mazing photo opps - trust me on this one. So take a peak below, and peruse some gorgeous confetti and confetti-inspired designs that are applied in the most unassuming ways. I also have a swoon-worthy wedding with a little whimsey, some purple tulips, paper airplanes, and of course confetti...right here!

Tags | Stationery | Garland | Pattern | Thrown Confetti | Make Up | Envelope | Confetti in Hands | Confetti Towel | Celebrate Bag | Mustard Shoes | Dessert | Confetti w/ Girl | Black Shoes

Bows {Inspiration Board}

Bows, Bows everywhere and I love it! Bows are a big trend this year and they're showing up in the most creative ways, from hairstyles crafted into actual bows, to the simple and classic bow tie, to gorgeous bow-adorned gowns - any occasion could certainly benefit from a beautiful bow. They seem to be something that will always be a classic use of embellishment, a trend that will come and go in various styles, but definitely never leaves us for good. What do you think about the lovely bow? Classic, trendy, chic, girly? Take a peak at these uber adorable bow-tie clad mini bridal attendants. Too much!!

Placesetting | Clutch | Couple | Stationery | Bow Tie | Shoes | Bow/Braid | Gown

Bohemian. Gypsy. Hippie. Wedding style from BHLDN

  Hi Wednesday!  I just booked a wedding for this October at Camp Lotus.  It will be my first campground wedding and my first wedding with a true bohemian style to it.  The bride is currently searching for the perfect hippie chic dress and will be collecting bright jewel toned vases and blankets for the next 5 months to adorn picnic tables and hay bales.  I am beyond excited!  And I need to look into a cabin or inn in the town, because while I am loving the idea of a camp wedding...I am not exactly a sleep-in-a-tent kind of wedding planner.  Don't worry, they knew this and they still hired me.

So...I told the bride that I would send her some pics of cool dresses to consider.  I knew the first place I would look--BHLDN by Anthropologie.  I think the BHLDN dresses have that certain something for the fashion forward, slightly funky, accessory-loving bride.  Below are some of my favorites.  Imagine them with boots, beaded headbands across the forehead, and draped with necklaces.  Ooh!  And maybe a crochet shrug!  For a bride with this kind of style, I might just sleep in a tent.

 

 

The beauty here is in the ability to individualize each dress, I think.  Accessories needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The post is the perfect follow up to Kaella's inspiration board last week!  View it here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This last one--in nude--is my favorite.  So pretty!

 

 

 

 

 

ps.  I am not a sponsor of BHLDN.  I just really like the dresses, especially for the bride I am mentioning in the post!

Oscar Fashion / Wedding Fashion

Hi!  I am excited to post early this week in the name of Oscar!  Here are my favorite dresses and looks.  In my opinion, most can be wedding fashion crossovers, and I'm not just referring to the white ones (but white was predominant this year).  Some are inspired by the royal wedding--long sleeves were huge this year!  All are gorgeous and worn with the greatest accessory of all...confidence!  (And Spanx.)

 

 

 

1. Gweneth in Tom Ford.  Cape Dress, what?!  I liked it with the cape.   I LOVED it without.  For the modern, minimalist bride.  I thought it was daring and the lines are exquisite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward.  It's opulent and dramatic and I think she stole the show!  I love the shoulder detailing!  I want this dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rooney Mara in white Givenchy.  I think this is the most bridal of my faves--it's accessible and architectural, pretty and feminine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Hair and Makeup Award goes to Jessica Chastain!  This picture could be a shot from a wedding.  I am dying for the top eye liner and the soft half-up half-down do.  She looks PERFECT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Portman in Dior.  We just posted a polka dot dress on our blog on Friday!  Dots are in...Bridal and Hollywood!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Danes in Valentino at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.  Neon is huge right now; this is a dress for a daring, playful, tradition-bucking bride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These were only a few of my favorite looks.  JLo rocked an amazing top bun--not her first rodeo, right?  Milla Jovovich perfectly pulled off a one-shouldered white number, I loved the metallic hues--especially on Meryl, and I thought Viola Davis picked the most amazing shade of green.   Michelle Williams has inspired me once again with her bold color choices--bright red-orange looked amazing on her.  Lastly, I should mention that my favorite accessory of all for the night was the pretty little thing on Stacy Kiebler's arm.  Hot.

Good job, Hollywood!  It' s tough job, but somebody's gotta do it!

Preppy Picnic Inspiration Board

Christy and I are working on a fun project over the next couple of months, and I've been gathering inspiration to come up with the overall design concept.  So here's a sneak peak of what's to come!  It's all the way preppy, bright and gingham.  Can you guess what we are working on?

 

Top: Stationary, Floral

Middle: Cake, Fabric

Bottom: Croquet, Picnic, Suit

Cheers!

Kaella

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This one's for the boys!

Hello Wednesday!  I am excited to introduce the very first of our 'Vendor Love' installations here on the blog.  Occasionally, when we are working with a particularly awesome vendor and we want to tell you all about said vendor, we will here on the Allure blog!  We have so many fellow industry pals and sharing the love is important, so here we go! I have an ongoing list of fabulous photographers, designers, florists, venues, artists, musicians...you get the point....all wedding vendors that I could start showering with love and blog affection here in the first post.  Instead, I am going to get the ball rolling with the oft-neglected needs of the GROOM.  Oh yes, I know you are out there, gentlemen.  You may not be reading this blog, but I hope to get you!  For now, dear readers, pass it on, will you?

I would like to introduce Georges' Creations.  You want a suit?  Here's how it works:  A tailor comes to you--your house, your office, or you can meet at the SF City Club, or in a suite near Santana Row in San Jose.  Remember, this is an experience.  Bring your best man.  Bring some cognac.  Bring your wedding planner.  This is the bespoke tailoring experience perfected.  The tailor, expertly trained in France, takes precise measurements as an advisor discusses style, color and fabric with you.  Decisions are made.  High fives are exchanged.  The suit (and we are talking the WHOLE suit--pants, jacket, shirt, vest, even tie) is made to order in France and delivered to your door in 4 weeks.  A tailor is available if any final alterations are needed.  But they won't be. 

 

Listen, I've seen the suits and they are exquisite.  And not as expensive as you would think, considering.  Depending on what you choose, prices range between $940 and $3000.  This is a suit or tuxedo that will stand the test of time.  Looking through the website and brochure, I can't help but think of my brother Alex.  At 6'4" and thin, he has to get his suits tailored pretty extensively and he is quite the fashion plate, so one of these would be perfect for him.  Plus, Georges' can add whatever flair a man desires...bright orange lining?  Sure.  Swarovski crystals?  Of course.  I know the latter takes a 'specific' kind of guy...and I love him!

mmm...sharp!  Allure.  Loves.  Georges'.

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