SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

10 Questions for Paris by Debra Moreland

Q: AS AN ACCESSORIES AND HEADPIECE DESIGNER WHAT IS YOUR OVER ALL VISION?

A: TO CREATE INTEREST THAT REVEALS THE WEARERS PERSONALITY AND AT THE SAME TIME, BALANCES AND COMPLIMENTS THE TOTAL LOOK.

 

Q: WHAT MATERIALS ARE YOU KNOWN FOR AND WHAT NEW MATERIALS ARE YOU SHOWING THIS SEASON?

A: I AM KNOWN FOR HIGH QUALITY METAL MILLINERY AND COSTUME JEWELRY. I ONLY USE SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS AND PEARLS. THE WORK IS PLATED IN RHODIUM OR 14CT. GOLD. MOST LACES WE USE ARE FROM MILLS IN FRANCE BUT SOME WE USE ARE FROM AMERICAN MILLS. I HAVE LONG BEEN KNOWN FOR OUR HAND PAINTED FINISHES ON MY FLORAL WORK. FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS OUR PAINTED VEILS HAVE GAINED IN POPULARITY. THIS SEASON WE HAVE A NEW VEIL THAT IS BEING HAND PAINTED USING THE OLD MASTERS STYLE OF UNDERPAINTING IN UMBER, THEN BRINGING UP COLOR ON TOP OF THAT LAYOUT. WE ARE ALSO GILDING SOME OF THAT VEIL LIKE AN ILLUMINATION.IT WILL BE PAINTED USING A RESURRECTED HEADPIECE THAT I HAVE REWORKED THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FAVORITE.

 
 

Q: IS THERE A CERTAIN HOT NEW TREND IN HEADPIECES TODAY? WHAT’S AFTER BOHO CHIC?

A: THE TREND THAT HAS STILL NOT PEAKED IS GOLD. MOST OF MY NEW COLLECTION HAS SOME ELEMENT OF GOLD WORKED INTO IT. I FEEL MY COLLECTION HAS ALWAYS BEEN LESS TRENDY AND MORE A BRIDE'S BEING COMPELLED TO OWN IT. IF I HAD TO PUT A POINT ON IT TO A TREND I'D SAY, "STATEMENT HEADPIECES”.

 

Q: HOW MANY DIFFERENT WAYS CAN ACCESSORIES/HEADPIECES MAKE ONE DRESS LOOK?

A: AGAIN I'D HAVE TO USE THE PERSONALITY OF EACH BRIDE. GOWNS CAN ALSO BE PUSHED TO BE MORE WITH ACCESSORIES OR PLAYED DOWN TO BE SPARE. A LACE GOWN CAN BE PUSHED TO AN OLD WORLD LOOK WITH A MANTILLA OR TIARA, OR OR MADE MODERN WITH CRYSTAL ORNAMENTS LIKE BOLD EARRINGS AND CUFF BRACELETS. OR FOR A CLASSIC LOOK, ENAMELED FLOWERS AND VEIL WITH LACE AT THE BOTTOM. THE VENUE AND EXISTING ACCESSORIES CAN ALL PLAY INT THE SETTING FOR THE BRIDES LOOK, A JUMPING OFF POINT THAT CAN BE SUPPORTED. AN ARCHITECTURAL GOWN IS MY FAVORITE TYPE TO ACCESSORIZE BECAUSE ANYTHING GOES!

 

Q: WHAT BRIDAL DESIGNERS HAVE YOU COLLABORATED WITH? WHO THIS SEASON?

A: I HAVE CREATED COLLECTIONS FOR CAROLINA HERRERA, VERA WANG, PETER LANGNER, ROMANA KEVEZA, ANNE BARGE, BADEGLY MISHKA, LAZARO, THIS SEASON I AM WORKING EXCLUSIVELY WITH ANNE BARGE.

 

Q: WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO SALONS OR THE BRIDE FOR SELECTING THE RIGHT VEIL FOR THE DRESS?

A: MY ADVICE ON SELECTING THE PERFECT VEIL FOR A BRIDAL GOWN IS TO LOOK AT THE LINES OF THE GOWN AND THE TEXTURES OF THE DETAILING. TRY NOT TO DETRACT FROM THE OVERALL DESIGN BY CUTTING ACROSS THE MIDDLE ON THE BACK OF THE GOWN ESPECIALLY WITH VEILS THAT HAVE A DECORATIVE BORDER THAT CREATES A SEPARATE SILHOUETTE AND COMPARTMENTALIZES THE TOTAL LOOK. PICK UP LACE, CRYSTALS OR PAINTED DESIGN IN THE EDGING AND FINISH YOUR TRAIN WITH THAT EMBELLISHMENT. FOR A MORE FORMAL LOOK GO BEYOND THE TRAIN A FOOT OR SO AND FOR LESS FORMAL OR OUTDOOR WEDDINGS KEEP THE VEIL ON THE INSIDE OF THE GOWNS TRAIN.

 
 

Q: TELL US ABOUT THE STUDIO, WHERE IT ALL HAPPENS, THE ARTISANS/FINE ARTIST THAT WORK FOR YOU THE CHARMS STORY FOR THEIR SIGNATURE. ALL MADE TO ORDER?

A: OUR STUDIO IS LOCATED IN CINCINNATI OHIO WHERE WE TRAIN PERSONS WITH DEGREES IN FINE ART. TO REPLICATE MY COLLECTION ACCORDING TO THE TECHNIQUES AND STANDARDS I HAVE DEVELOPED. EACH ARTIST IS GIVEN A METAL CHARM THAT REPRESENTS HIS SIGNATURE THAT EACH COMPLETED ORNAMENT IS MARKED WITH. THIS ALLOWS US TO TRACE ALL PIECES EVER CREATED AT PARIS BY DEBRA MORELAND BACK TO INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AS EACH CHARM IS RETIRED WHEN THAT ARTIST LEAVES OUR EMPLOY. EACH YEAR I CREATE TWO NEW COLLECTIONS THAT ARE REPLICATED FOR OUR ACCOUNTS. THE COLLECTION SPANS NEARLY THIRTY YEARS AND SURPRISINGLY MOST ARE STILL ABLE TO BE PRODUCED. ALL PIECES ARE CUSTOMIZABLE ,I.E.. GOLD, RHODIUM CAN BE SWITCHED. IVORY OR WHITE, OR SOUTH SEA PEARLS CAN BE SWITCHED. ALMOST ANY COLOR CRYSTAL CAN BE USED, AND WE CAN CUSTOM MIX OUR HAND PAINTED FINISHES FOR BOTH ORNAMENTS AND VEILS. WE ARE ABLE TO SIZE ALL OUR NECKLACES AND BRACELETS OR REDUCE OR ENHANCE THE SCALE OF THE HEADPIECES AND ORNAMENTS. REALLY, SINCE WE ARE A DESIGN HOUSE MOST ANYTHING GOES.

 

Q: WHAT CELEBRITIES HAVE WORN YOUR PIECES FOR THEIR WEDDING? DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE STORY?

A: LAUREN CONRAD, TAYLOR SWIFT, JULIANA DEPANDI, DEIDRA HALL, JULIA LOUISE-DREYFUSS, WINONA RYDER, OPRAH WINFREY, CINDY THOMPSON, DEBBIE GIBSON, KIRSTIE ALLEY, JENNY MCCARTHY, REBECCA ROMAJIN, LORRIE MORGAN, DANICA PATRICK. WE DISCOVERED THAN LAUREN CONRAD IS A QUITE A FAN AND THAT SHE USED ONE OF OUR PARIS ACCESSORIES ON THE BACK COVER OF HER BOOK, "STARSTRUCK".

 
 

Q: WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED BY PARTNERING WITH BHLD FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

A: THE BHLDN EXPERIENCE HAS REALLY HONED MY DESIGN SKILLS IN KEEPING THE PENCIL SHARP AND REINVENTING WAYS TO MAKE SIMILAR LOOKS MORE COST EFFECTIVE AND HAS OPENED UP A WHOLE HOST OF OF NEW TECHNIQUES . ALSO THE VOLUME OF THE PURCHASE OPPOSED TO THE REORDER RHYTHMS OF BRICK AND MORTAR STORES HAS CAUSED US TO REWORK HOW WE APPROACH PROJECTS TO CONSOLIDATE MULTIPLES AND OTHER FACTORS THAT DRIVE COST.

 

Q: HOW IS THE BRIDE DIFFERENT TODAY THAN WHEN YOU STARTED YOUR BUSINESS? 

A: TODAYS BRIDE IS MORE INDEPENDENT AND LESS CONCERNED WITH WHAT PEOPLE WILL THINK AND INTO THEIR OWN PERSONAL STORY AND UNIQUE WEDDING IN GENERAL. THEY ARE MORE OPEN TO WHIMSY  AND FOLLOW THEIR HEARTS ON ACCESSORIES THEY PERSONALLY LOVE. THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE CORNERSTONE OF MY DESIGN AND I'M LOVING HOW WELL THIS FITS MY STYLE. I DESIGN FROM THE HEART TAKING INSPIRATION FROM WHEREVER THAT INFORMATION COMES FROM AND OVER THE YEARS TRUSTING MY HEART HAS ALWAYS SERVED ME WELL.


SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Sneak Peek: Designer Inspirations Fall 17


SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

¡Hola YolanCris!...Spain's Coolest Brand Debuts New Collection in NYC

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO DESIGN WEDDING DRESSES AND HOW LONG AGO?  

WE HAD OUR OWN BRIDAL SALON IN BARCELONA AND SAW THAT BRIDES WERE ALWAYS TIRED OF NOT FINDING A DRESS THAT MADE A STATEMENT ABOUT THEIR SPECIAL DAY. WE COULD NOT FIND A DESIGNER THAT DID SO, SINCE AT THE TIME EVERYONE WAS TOO CONSERVATIVE AND TREATED BRIDAL AS “NON-FASHION”.   

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO DO A RUNWAY SHOW IN NEW YORK THIS SEASON?

NEW YORK GIVES YOU THE BEST EXPOSURE AND FREEDOM OF DOING WHATEVER YOU WANT. IT ATTRACTS THE BEST TALENT IN ALL THE ASPECTS OF A FASHION SHOW: PHOTOGRAPHERS, MODELS, ETC. APART FROM THIS, WE BELIEVE THE AUDIENCE THAT IS NOT ABLE TO SEE OUR RUNWAYS IN BARCELONA SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR. 

IS THIS A NEW COLLECTION FROM THE ONE YOU SHOWED EARLIER THIS YEAR IN BARCELONA? THIS IS A NEW COLLECTION CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS SHOW. WE WILL ALSO BE SHOWING SOME OF THE DRESSES CREATED FOR BARCELONA THAT DID NOT MAKE IT TO THE SHOW.  

WHAT WILL BE THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR DESIGNS FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET VS THE EUROPEAN MARKET? AMERICAN BRIDES ARE MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN WE THOUGHT, SO WE WILL BE EXPLORING TRADITIONAL SILHOUETTES. 

ARE YOU BOTH THE DESIGNERS? HOW DOES THAT WORK? YOLANDA IS THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND IS BEHIND EVERY ASPECT OF THE DESIGN, THE MATERIALS, THE IMAGE OF THE BRAND AND THE STRATEGY IN TERMS OF AESTHETICS. ON THE OTHER HAND, CRISTINA IS THE CEO AND CONTROLS MOST DECISIONS IN THE OPERATIONAL ASPECT (SHE ALSO KEEPS YOLANDA’S FEET ON THE GROUND!). HOWEVER, THE YOLANCRIS FAMILY IS OF 35 MEMBERS!

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE YOLAN CRIS BRIDE?

SHE IS AN ELEGANT, DELICATE AND AVANT-GARDE WOMAN WHO UNDERSTANDS FASHION BUT WANTS TO STAY TRUE TO HER OWN IDENTITY. 

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST SURPRISE YOU HAVE FOUND ABOUT THE AMERICAN BRIDE VS A EUROPEAN BRIDE?

WE HAVE SEEN THAT AMERICAN BRIDES ARE MORE VISUALLY-ORIENTED. THEY HAVE AN IDEA IN MIND AND SEE THEMSELVES IN IT. THEY TAKE A LOT OF PICTURES WHILE SHOPPING! ON THE OTHER HAND, EUROPEAN BRIDES (THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A FRENCH, A SPANISH AND AN ITALIAN BRIDE, THOUGH!) IS THAT THEY USE THEIR HANDS QUITE OFTEN TO FEEL THE TEXTURE OF A DRESS AND ITS MOVEMENT. THEY ALSO WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THE DRESS AND ITS FABRICS.   

WHAT ARE THE PRICE POINTS RANGE HERE IN THE US?

OUR PRICE RANGE STARTS AT $3.900.

WHERE DO YOU MAKE YOUR DRESSES?

THE DRESSES ARE ENTIRELY DESIGNED AND METICULOUSLY SEWN IN BARCELONA BY ARTISAN PRODUCTION. 

TELL US ABOUT THE EVENING WEAR IS IT COUTURE OR READY TO WEAR?

ARE YOU SHOWING IT IN PARIS? OUR EVENING COLLECTION IS A BIG PART OF WHO WE ARE. IT IS FOR A WOMAN WHO WANTS TO FEEL COMFORTABLE BUT STILL DESIRES TO WEAR HIGH COUTURE. WE MIX THE FINEST FABRICS AND COLORS TO CREATE INNOVATIVE SILHOUETTES FOR ATTENTIVE-TO-DETAIL AND DARING WOMEN WHO WANT TO ATTEND AN IMPORTANT EVENT AND FEEL RECOGNIZED BY HER STYLE. WE SHOW OUR COLLECTION IN PARIS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.   


SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Happy Anniversary T&C!

OUR RACHEL LEONARD SAT DOWN WITH BEAUTY DIRECTOR OF TOWN & COUNTRY, JAMIE ROSEN, AND DEPUTY EDITOR, DANIELLE STEIN ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT TOWN & COUNTRY AND ALL ABOUT WEDDINGS.

1)    WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT PUTTING THE BRIDAL SECTION TOGETHER FOR THE 170TH ANNIVERSARY OF T&C?

IF YOU LOOK BACK AT OUR WEDDINGS COVERAGE OVER THE LAST 170 YEARS, IT’S INCREDIBLE TO SEE HOW WELL THE WEDDINGS WE LOVE HAVE HELD UP. THEY STILL LOOK ELEGANT, REFINED, AND EXECUTED WITH GREAT TASTE, NO MATTER THE YEAR. WE’RE ALWAYS BALANCING THAT TIMELESS QUALITY WITH SOMETHING THAT FEELS UP-TO-DATE, BE IT A ROUNDED CAKE OR A CHANEL COUTURE PANTSUIT.

2)    HOW HAS THE T&C BRIDAL COVERAGE EVOLVED OVER THE YEARS?

WE'VE ALWAYS COVERED THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WEDDINGS, OF ACCOMPLISHED AND FASCINATING COUPLES. BUT THE BIG SOCIETY WEDDING—AND THE MILLIONS OF WEDDINGS IT INSPIRED—USED TO FOLLOW A PRETTY SPECIFIC FORMULA. TRADITION USED TO DICTATE THE DAY. NOW, A COUPLE'S PERSONALITY AND TASTE DICTATES HOW TRADITION PLAYS OUT. AND, OF COURSE, SOCIETY ITSELF USED TO BE A SMALL, CONTAINED POPULATION. THAT'S OBVIOUSLY NO LONGER THE CASE.

3)    IS THE 1% MARRYING ANY DIFFERENTLY TODAY?

THE OPTIONS FOR INJECTING LUXURY AND BEAUTY AND CREATIVITY INTO A WEDDING DAY ARE NOW VAST AND KEEP EXPANDING. THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO DO SOMETHING OVER-THE-TOP AND UNPRECEDENTED—MAKING THE SPECIFIC NOTES OF UNDERSTATEMENT OR TRADITION THAT A PERSON ADHERES TO THAT MUCH MORE SIGNIFICANT.

 4)    WHAT MAKES A LUXURIOUS AND STYLISH WEDDING?

A GRACIOUS BRIDE AND GROOM. A WARM, RELAXED ATMOSPHERE. SOMETHING THAT FEELS AUTHENTIC TO THE PEOPLE AT THE CENTER OF IT.

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5)    ETIQUETTE RULES WHERE ARE WE WITH THAT TODAY?

MANY OF THE OLD ONES—LIKE HAND WRITE YOUR THANK YOU NOTES—STILL APPLY. IF ANYTHING, THERE ARE MORE RULES THAN EVER, BECAUSE THE SAME OLD ETIQUETTE QUANDARIES EXIST, AND NEW ONES HAVE CROPPED UP.

6)    DO YOU THINK SOCIAL MEDIA HAS A PLACE AT A WEDDING?

IF THE COUPLE IS OKAY WITH IT OR ACTIVELY WANTS IT, SURE. IF NOT, ABSOLUTELY NOT. NEVER DURING THE CEREMONY.

 7)    WHAT WOULD BE YOUR FAVORITE SPLURGE ON A WEDDING?

WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN MAKE YOUR WEDDING MORE COMFORTABLE FOR YOUR GUESTS ARE ALWAYS WORTH THE INVESTMENT AND END UP BEING THE THOUGHTFUL TOUCHES THAT PEOPLE REMEMBER—WHETHER THAT'S FLIP FLOPS FOR THE DANCE FLOOR OR A RIDE HOME AT THE END OF THE EVENING.

8)    WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE MOST STYLISH BRIDE THIS YEAR?

PIPPA MIDDLETON IS ONE TO WATCH, ESPECIALLY SINCE THE WORLD REALLY FELL FOR HER AT WILL AND KATE’S WEDDING. AND IT WILL BE INTERESTING THE SEE THE FASHION WORLD AND SILICON VALLEY COME TOGETHER FOR MIRANDA KERR AND EVAN SPIEGEL’S WEDDING.

 9)    FOR A DESTINATION WEDDING, WHAT WOULD BE A DREAM PLACE TO MARRY?THE PLAYA GRANDE BEACH CLUB IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, DESIGNED BY CELERIE KEMBLE, IS ISLAND CHIC AT ITS ECLECTIC BEST. 

10) ONE WEDDING DRESS OR 2? THOUGHTS ON THE TRANSPARENT DRESS TREND?IT'S REALLY PERSONAL. TWO IS DEFINITELY ACCEPTABLE, BUT WAIT UNTIL LATER IN THE EVENING TO CHANGE. YOU’VE JUST SPENT ALL THIS MONEY ON A GOWN, WEAR IT FOR MORE THAN 30 MINUTES. 


SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Claire Pettibone's Relaxed Presentation

OUR RACHEL LEONARD SAT DOWN WITH CLAIRE PETTIBONE TO DISCUSS her EARLY PRESENTATION AND MORE!

WILL YOU BE PLACING ORDERS EARLIER?

YES, WE ARE ALREADY MOVING FORWARD WITH THE TRUNK SHOW SET, AND BUYERS WHO PLACE ORDERS DURING OCTOBER MARKET WILL HAVE THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO BOOK TRUNK SHOW DATES, AS WELL AS RECEIVE THEIR ORDERS FIRST.

TELL US ABOUT THE LIMITED READY TO WEAR BRIDAL COLLECTION.

THE READY-TO-WEAR IS NOT NECESSARILY BRIDAL…REALLY JUST BEAUTIFUL ALL-OCCASION SEPARATES. THE SKIRTS AND TOPS COULD BE WORN TO A WEDDING, BY A BRIDE FOR OTHER BRIDAL RELATED EVENTS, MAYBE AS A GREAT BRIDE’S MAIDS OPTION, OR SIMPLY FOR A COCKTAIL PARTY, SPECIAL DINNER, BRUNCH, ART OPENING, OR EVEN DRESSED DOWN WITH JEANS OR A TANK. I ENVISION THIS COLLECTION HAVING MANY LIVES FOR OUR CLIENTS.

WHAT ARE THE PRICE POINT FOR THAT?

SEPARATES RANGE FROM $285 TO $1,895.

WILL THAT SHIP AT THE SAME TIME AS THE COUTURE OR FASTER?

FASTER - WE WILL HAVE LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE AT A 2 WEEK DELIVERY, AND AFTER THOSE SELL OUT, SPECIAL ORDERS CAN BE ACCOMMODATED BETWEEN 6-8 WEEKS.

WHAT TYPE OF BRIDE DOES THAT CATER TOO?

THIS COULD BE ONE OF OUR PAST OR FUTURE BRIDES, OR EVEN SOMEONE WHO IS NOT IN THE WEDDING FRAME OF MIND, BUT LOVES MY FEMININE STYLE.

WHAT WAS THE OVERALL THEME OF THE COLLECTION?

MY COUTURE BRIDAL COLLECTION IS TITLED THE FOUR SEASONS. I CREATED DRESSES INSPIRED BY EACH OF NATURE’S FOUR SEASONS WITH A TOUCH OF ART NOUVEAU INFLUENCE. LOTS OF FLORAL MOTIFS, TOUCHES OF COLOR, AND AS ALWAYS, DRAMATIC BACKS AND FEMININE DETAILS. 

IS YOUR 9-YEAR-OLD LORELEI GOING TO JOIN YOUR BUSINESS SOMEDAY? HER DRESS SHE MADE WAS AMAZING!

THANK YOU! SHE REALLY DID IMPRESS US WITH THAT…I DIDN’T HELP HER AT ALL! WHO KNOWS, WE’LL SEE WHERE HER PASSION AND TALENTS TAKE HER, AND IF SHE WANTS TO COME ALONG AND HELP MOM AND DAD, WE’D BE LUCKY TO HAVE HER!


September 20, 2016

Makeup Trends at the Emmy's

Reported by vincent longo

EXOTIC BEAUTY

Exotic beauty looks focus on the natural anatomy of the face to create striking eye-catching effects.

The key to creating this look is to play up the strongest features of the face by emphasizing their positives. From dramatic elongated eyes, contoured lips, illuminated cheeks and dewy skin, the sky is the limit for this exotic beauty look.

MODERN GLAMOUR

Modern glamour is about a style perfectly balanced and equally shared between facial features by playing them up in unison. 

To achieve this alluring look, the eyes are softly contoured and elongated, while the eyebrows stay well defined and arched to frame the eye makeup.

The lips are fully contoured and layered with a semi-matte lip texture in hues that balance out the eye makeup.

With the eyes and lips taking center stage, the cheeks are kept soft with a sun-kissed dewy glow. 

SOFT SMOKEY

The magnetic effect of the smokey eye remains an all time favorite on the red carpet.

Unlike seasons past, this modern version is now softer and more transparent, exuding an airy sophisticated-like quality.

The eyes take center stage with both the lips and cheeks played down using soft highlighting and contouring techniques.

SEXY SIREN

The elongated cat eye together with full voluptuous lashes is signature to this irresistible look.

The eyes are dramatically contoured and layered with faux lash strips running from inner to outer corners of the eyes.

Softly contoured lips are topped with a semi-gloss in light pastel hues.

For the cheeks, an ombré effect is a must and created through highlighting and contouring techniques that to give a sculptured sexy finish to the look. 

MINIMALIST: LESS IS MORE

The effortless, chic and fresh looking skin layered and contoured at a bare minimum is the ultimate attention grabber for this look.

The eyes are lightly shaded and contoured with the eyebrows naturally arched to frame the eyes.

Lips are softly shaped with matte to semi-matte sheens ranging from natural rose hues to soft coral brown hues. The cheeks are kept mostly bare with a light sheen allowing for the inner beauty to shine through. 

NEO CLASSIC

This glamorous red carpet look is timeless and never gets old. The eyes are well contoured and blended to perfection portraying an airbrushed look.  

The lips are layered with a low, muted shine gloss in hues rose beiges to soft reds.

Highlighting and contouring the cheeks to achieve the ombré effect with fresh, dewy skin is always a must for this sophisticated, classic look. 

NEO ROMANTIC

Rounded makeup shapes are the hallmark of the romantic look and for this season it focuses on the eyes.

The eyes are softly shaded with transparent topaz and golden bronze hues. The pixie full volume lashes enhance the rounded effect of the eyes through the lengthening of the center lashes – making this a key element in this look. 

The lips are lightly contoured and layered with a semi-gloss in light, muted hues and the checks are rounded through the ombré effect with soft highlighting.


SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Bridal Magazine Changes Name to Modern Luxury Weddings to Be More Inclusive

AS REPORTED BY LUKAS I. ALPERT OF WSJ

Modern luxury brides says it is rebranding ‘to appeal to the newly engaged couples of today’s society.’ click here for THE story on WSJ.COM.


SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Monique’s Moment

As reported by holly Haber of WWD.

 

FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL OF DALLAS WILL HONOR MONIQUE LHUILLI- ER WITH THE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT IN FASHION AWARD AT THE NIGHT OF STARS GALA NOV. 4 AT FASHION INDUSTRY GALLERY. 

The annual ceremony and dinner will also salute model Jerry Hall for lifetime achievement. Hall grew up in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite.

In addition, local honorees for career achievement are Sue Gragg for fine jewelry and Allan Knight for interior design. Dallas philanthropist Lynn McBee will be celebrated as Art Patron of the Year.

Proceeds from the Night of Stars fund scholarships and prizes for college students at the FGI Scholarship Competition in May at the Dallas Market Center. 

Lhuillier was most recently in the spotlight at Sunday’s Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, where actress Constance Zimmer wore a long red-and-white gown by the designer. As for Hall, she wed media mogul Rupert Mur- doch in March. Meanwhile, her relationship with Mick Jagger resulted in four children, two of whom — Georgia May and Eliza- beth — have fallen in their moth- er’s footsteps and carved out successful modeling careers of their own. — HOLLY HABER


SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Pantone’s Top 10 Spring 2017 Colors 

CLICK HERE FOR STORY ON WWD.com as reported by rosemary feitelberg.


SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Council Member Designs at the Emmy's


SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

The Top Trends for Tableware

REPORTED BY DONNA FERRARI

USING YOUR FAVORITE COLOR MAY BE A GREAT CHOICE WHEN DESIGNING YOUR WEDDING DAY DECOR BUT WHEN REGISTERING FOR TABLEWARE CHOOSE COLORS THAT CAN ADAPT TO CHANGES IN YOUR HOME-STYLE FOR YEARS TO COME. HERE WE SEE HOW TOP BRANDS AND DESIGNERS, INCLUDING KATE SPADE, MARCHESA, MONIQUE LHUILLIER, RALPH LAUREN AND VERA WANG, TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THE FIVE MOST VERSATILE TABLEWARE COLORS WHEN DESIGNING THEIR OWN BEST TABLEWARE DESIGNS. 

WHITE NOW

BRIDAL DESIGNERS CONTINUE TO AMAZE US EACH SEASON WITH NEW, INNOVATIVE STYLES AND DESIGNS FOR WHITE DRESSES. TABLEWARE DESIGNERS, JUST AS ASTONISHINGLY, INTRODUCE ENDLESS CREATIVE IDEAS FOR SHAPING AND DECORATING WHITE TABLEWARE.

PASTELS

THE USE OF PASTEL PALETTES IN HOME DECOR AND INTERIOR DESIGN HAS BECOME A MAJOR TREND. IN TABLEWARE, FEMININELY PRETTY PASTELS REMAIN POPULAR, BUT GENDER-NEUTRAL COLORS LIKE BLEACHED MINERAL HUES, BUFF, NUDE AND CLAY, ALONG WITH REFRESHING SHADES IN WATERCOLOR WASHES OFFER NEW DIRECTIONS IN THIS COLOR PALETTE. 

SOMETHING BLUE

BLUE HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE NUMBER ONE SELLING COLOR WHEN IT COMES TO TABLEWARE. FROM OLD SCHOOL DESIGNS, TO THE LATEST IN CONTEMPORARY DESIGNS, HERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST IN-CLASS BLUE PATTERNS.

COOL NEUTRALS

TABLEWARE DESIGNED USING COOL NEUTRAL TONES SUCH AS TAUPE, GRAY, ANTHRACITE, SLATE AND SMOKE HAVE THE PERFECT VIBE TO SUIT MODERN INTERIORS; ADDING A LUSTER FINISH OR A MIRROR POLISHED PLATINUM ACCENT, UPS THEIR DEGREE OF CHIC.

BASIC BLACK

FUNDAMENTALLY VERSATILE, THE COLOR BLACK CAN SPELL A LOOK THAT IS SOIGNÉ OR MAKE A STATEMENT IN STYLISH SIMPLICITY.


SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

Well-dressed tables for all!

as reported by maria mcbride

SWELL WEDDING TO RESOURCE? SHOWROOM SOIREE TO PLAN? A POSH RETAIL EVENT TO HOST?   BUT YOUR LOCAL PARTY RENTAL RESOURCE HAS LIMITED OPTIONS AND HIGH MINIMUMS FOR DELIVERY?  CHECK OUT ILLINOIS-BASED BBJ LINENS,  THEY WANT TO OWN THE MARKETPLACE BY  ONLY RENTING TABLE LINENS, CHARGER PLATES AND NAPKIN RINGS. THEIR MASSIVE PRODUCTION FACILITY SEWS AND STOCKS AN IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF OVER 5,000 DIFFERENT LINEN AND CHARGER OPTIONS THAT ARE IN STOCK, BAR-CODED FOR INVENTORY ACCURACY AND READY TO SHIP ANYWHERE.    

BBJ IS A BOON TO FASHIONISTAS LOOKING TABLE STATEMENTS IN FASHION FORWARD FABRICATIONS OR CUSTOMIZED SOLUTIONS FOR EVENT.    WITH NO MINIMUMS AND AFFORDABLE SHIPPING FEES, IT’S TOO EASY TO HAVE THE SAME ACCESS TO THE BEST TABLE STATEMENTS CELEBRITY DESIGNERS HAVE LONG ENJOYED.  WHY NOT ORDER JUST A FEW OR ALL THE TABLE LINENS YOU WANT DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR EVENT?   BEST OF ALL?   IN OUR 24/7 BIZ, THEY OFFER CUSTOMER SERVICE EVERY DAY.


SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

BERTA Debuts Eveningwear Collection during NYFW

BERTA debuted her new eveningwear collection at this week's New York Fashion Week.

The new BERTA evening collection is true to the BERTA aesthetic, with bold yet classic designs, using premium fabrics and silhouettes that are sure to grab attention. 

The collection is currently available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Beverly Hills and on Saks Direct. In the coming months the collection will become available in more stores across the USA and around the world.