Gowns, Gowns, Gowns.

While it’s true it’s not every day I’m able to wear a fancy gown… in fact come to think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever worn one, but that doesn’t stop my undying appreciation for a floor-length dress with a bit of character and charm. Though some are not ones that would usually appeal to me (Marchesa I’m looking at you even though I’ve been in love with you gowns for at least over a decade), there’s still something about all of them that I love. Case in point, the gowns below that drew my attention for various reasons.

REEM ACRA

   

VALENTINO

   

MICHELLE MASON

   

MARCHESA

      

I guess I’ll have to make do with just looking.

alice

xo

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Vera Wang SS15.

She told WWD that she hoped this collection would show how her dresses can be worn for any occasion, despite being white, and I have to say that I think Ms Wang may have proved it, especially if these pictures are anything to go by.

Modern interpretation: A particularly standout look from the presentation was a white strapless bustier top worn with a layered tulle skirt

Here comes the bride: A more traditional look is this simple ensemble with a lace embellishment on one shoulder

Sensual experience: Of using video to debut her collection, the designer said: 'In this instance, bridal becomes the artistic vehicle to advance my love of fashion in general'

Not your average wedding dress: A model poses on a marble staircase wearing a long-sleeved gown with an intricate lace detail and edgy open back

Setting the tone: The designer told WWD that 'lightness of being, delicate and discipline, sensual and seductive' were her inspiration

Looking at these gowns, they are anything but bridal. They have a wild edge and dangerous vibe to them, but at the same time still have that romanticism and whimsical allure that all wedding dresses seem to have.

Fairytale: Instead of a catwalk presentation, an edgy and somewhat eerie video was posted on her website last Monday, starring ghostly-looking models wandering around a dark wood in their gowns

Out of the ordinary: Ms Wang said in a release that the wedding dresses are meant to be 'dreamy and edgy, because girls today are edgy. I don't think of bridal anymore as a niche'

Ladylike: A classic silhouette from the collection was a plunging floor-length halter gown in flowing silk

Is grunge bride a new wedding trend? Vera Wang debuted an edgy new bridal collection last week featuring delicate gowns in satin, lace and tulle

Feeding more into the idea of being the collection of anti-wedding dresses, Vera Wang decided on a short film, directed by Gordon von Steiner, as opposed to a fashion show or presentation, to debut her latest collection. Check it out below.

What do you think? They’re pretty cool aren’t they?

alice

xo

I Wish I Was a Princess (or a Ridiculously Rich Socialite).

This morning when doing some research for my story I came across some of the most divine creations known to man. Words cannot describe how beautiful these gowns are. Made from rich materials such as: tulle, chiffon and silk; they had my mouth watering just from looking at them, and my heart beating a whole lot faster.

MONIQUE LHUILLIER

Born in the Philippines, some would call her the queen of the ultimate princess gowns. Her designs are most likely to be seen on the red carpets of the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTA’s, and on the bodies of Gwyneth Paltrow and Catherine Zeta-Jones(to name but a few). A strapless sweetheart neckline gold chiffon and tulle gown, the Chantilly features cascading gold embroidery and a rope detail to cinch the waist. Expect to this simple and yet elegant gown on the red carpet for an award ceremony or walking gracefully down the aisle.

Monique Lhuillier Strapless Tulle Chantilly Lace Gown

 

LHUILLIER

Another gown from Monique Lhuillier, only a little more dark and dramatic. The off the shoulder tulle Trumpet gown is ravishing with indigo and black tulle ruched across the thigh with a waterfall-like effect from the back. The sweeping floor hem and voluminous underlay create a theatrical effect and looks mysterious as well as beautiful and daring. Expect to see this on the red carpet for an award ceremony and on the body of Catherine Zeta-Jones and relatively newcomer Sofia Vergara.

Monique Lhuillier Off-the-Shoulder Tulle Trumpet Gown

 

 

ELIE SAAB

Lebanese designer, sometimes dubbed the Royal Designer, was the first non-Italian designer to become a member of the Camera Nazionale della Moda and became an overnight international sensation in 2002 when Halle Berry won an Academy Award, wearing his dress with a burgundy sweeping skirt and flowers covering the bust. This beaded gown, swathed with tulle, looks light and elegant, and is something I’d expect to see on a red carpet or at an ultra-exclusive event.

Elie Saab Beaded Tulle Gown

 

 

VALENTINO

Undoubtedly one of the greatest designers of his time, our time, and in fact any time, Valentino has created some truly incredible gowns, as well as famously designing Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress when she wed Aristotle Onassis. His feature length documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor showed as he went about completing his final show and gave cameras unprecedented “backstage” access. These days his design house has been taken over by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli who maintain and honour the Valentino name as well as injecting their own touches. This nude gown had me from the moment I laid eyes on it. With a jewelled neckline, intricate latticework embroidered, a beaded bodice, a full and frothy skirt, this dress is heaven on earth. Expect to see this ultra luxe gown on the red carpet.

Valentino Tulle Illusion Ball Gown

 

I’m pretty sure that if I was a princess or a ridiculously rich socialite, these gowns would be in my wardrobe and I’d be the belle of every ball, as well as having lavish events to wear these mouth-watering gowns to.

 

alice

xo