Here’s Part II of my review of the JLM Couture collections with gowns from Alvina Valenta, Tara Keely and Lazaro:
Tara Keely – You don’t see many ball gowns with box pleats these days. I think when I started working in bridal you saw a lot more of them. This mikado satin ball gown has a pleated bodice with sweetheart neckline, a crystal belt for just a touch of sparkle and a full ball gown skirt with a chapel train and pockets, which I’ll discuss next.
Tara Keely – There were a lot of fabrics with texture or the illusion of texture shown at market. This ball gown is made from a brocade that gives a little dimension to the dress. It also features box pleats and pockets.
A little advice: If your dress comes with pockets the only thing you should use them for is a handkerchief or tissues. A cell phone will weigh down that area of the dress, makeup may run and you don’t need to carry a wallet with you on your wedding day.
Lazaro – This organza ball gown features a ballerina sweetheart bodice with spaghetti straps. The neckline comes a little lower than a traditional sweetheart neckline. The waist is accented with a beaded floral cummerbund.
Lazaro – There were two versions of this dress and I decided to pull this one. The sheer jewel encrusted bodice is over alencon lace and is accented with a beaded belt at the waist. The skirt is made from ivory organza set in a spiral wave-like pattern. The other version I mentioned has a similar bodice but it’s a dropped waist silhouette and the organza skirt has layers on top of one another in a tiered pattern.
Alvina Valenta – This formal duchess satin gown is very elegant. I like the “V” notch on the strapless neckline and the satin ribbon detail at the dropped waist. Accessorize with a pair of chandelier earrings and maybe a fabulous bracelet.
Jewelry Tip: If you wear a bracelet on your wedding day, make sure that it can’t catch and snag your dress.
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