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Bridal Market Recap: JLM Couture {Part I}

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 18, 2011

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JLM Couture is comprised of five lines:  Jim Hjelm, Blush, Alvina Valenta, Tara Keely and Lazaro.  And in addition to wedding gowns they also design bridesmaid dresses.

The Fall 2011 collections have something for every bride, no matter what wedding-day look you’re going for — glamorous, romantic, dramatic, classic and even destination brides.

I divided the JLM post into two, so here’s post #1 with my top picks for the Jim Hjelm and Blush lines:

1 – Instead of full blooms adorning your wedding dress opt for scattered petals instead.  You get the same spring-y, garden feel but it’s more subtle and a sweet look.

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Bridal Market Recap: Monique Lhuillier

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 15, 2011

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Since first launching her bridal collection in 1996, Monique Lhuillier has become synonymous with an amazing attention detail and well-constructed gowns, specifically her corsetry.  You have seen her gowns on Hollywood red carpets and on celebrity brides — both Carrie Underwood and Reese Witherspoon wore gowns by Monique recently.

1 – At some point in the presentation of Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2012 the royal wedding was mentioned as inspiration.  The “Catherine” Chantilly lace gown, shown here from the back, is one of the more regal gowns of the season.  The lace has a bateau neckline and a v-neck from behind.  The train isn’t as long as Princess Diana’s 25’ train, but it’s beautiful and is sure to attract oohs and ahhs from your guests.

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Bridal Market Recap: Ines Di Santo

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 15, 2011

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Designer Ines Di Santo found inspiration for her Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Couture Bridal Collection from the city of Florence — both past and present.  Baroque beading evokes the cities grand architecture while mermaid silhouettes with dramatic bows were inspired by 21st century Florence.

The 24 gowns in the collection are a mix of voluminous ball gowns to sexy form-fitting silhouettes.  Take a look at these five breathtaking gowns:

1 – This fit-to-flare  taffeta gown has an Alencon lace overlay and from the front you can see a pink sash, which from behind features a large Obi bow.

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Bridal Market Recap: Vera Wang

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 15, 2011

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Ever the fashion innovator, Vera Wang’s Spring 2012 collection is one of the most fashion-forward of the season.  Her deconstructed designs mixed with romantic gowns are always popular with editors and brides.

We saw a lot of celebrity brides wearing Vera Wang wedding gowns last year — Chelsea Clinton, Alicia Keys, Hilary Duff and Lala Vasquez – to name a few.  I’m sure some of the celebs saying “I do” in 2011 will be wearing wedding gowns from this collection.

Here are some of my favorite wedding dresses from the runway:

1 – This wedding dress mixes Guipure lace with stiff horsehair.  The lace bodice has a high neck and capped sleeve while the voluminous skirt is made from swirling honey comb tulle and horsehair.

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Bridal Market Recap: Christos

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 14, 2011

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The Spring 2012 Christos collection is a mixture of lightweight fabrics and unexpected details.  Designer Amsale Abrerra always presents a collection of romantic and elegant wedding gowns that are always at the top of my “best of the season” list.

There are 12 dresses in the collection, here are five that stood out:

1 – If you’re looking for a light and airy wedding gown but want something more than a clean tulle bodice and skirt, the “Nevine” dress is adorned with organza embroidery, which adds a layer of texture.

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