Tag Archives: Wedding dress

Sunday Best: Collette Dinnigan Silver Moon French Lace Dress

16 Oct

From the 2011 Hamptons High Tea collection, I give you:

 

Source: Collette Dinnigan

Originally sold for in excess of £2500, this seller has the dress, a size 12, listed for £1000 with 5 days left to run on the auction. Love it.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290620447593

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Kate, the royal wedding, and the inspiration behind her wedding dress.

29 Apr

Congratulations to Kate & William! And bonus points for plumping for Alexander McQueen.

Kate Middleton's Wedding DressSource: BBC News

We love it, but it does remind us of someone else. The words Grace Kelly were used a lot in the initial reaction to the dress, but there is a very good reason for this:

Source: Vogue

There’s an excellent piece in The Guardian from Jessica Cartner-Morley about the impact of Kate’s dress, and we couln’t have put it better ourselves:

“The message of this wedding dress is clear. Kate looks every bit the princess, but nothing at all like Princess Diana. My fear before the wedding was that, in wanting to avoid the overblown, Dynasty-esque glamour of Diana, Kate would opt for safety and understatement. Instead, the slender lace sleeves and the glory of the swagged train, the piety of the neckline and the splendour of the chantilly lace all draw on the wedding dress of fashion’s favourite princess bride, Grace Kelly. With this dress, Kate has redrawn the order of princess succession. She has stepped out of Diana’s shadow, but by making a strong visual connection to Princess Grace, made a strong statement that she intends to look every inch the princess.”

It looks like Kate, who up until now has not scored high in the style-stakes, may well become our favourite contender for the fashion crown.

Sunday Best: Monique Lhuillier Swan Lake

24 Apr

Following Black Swan’s success at the flicks, there may well be a ballerina trend in wedding dresses coming to a church near you – check out recent shoots by Style Me Pretty and the UK’s own London Bride themed around this very subject.

Monique Lhuillier’s Swan Lake has been around since 2006, and is the epitome of prima ballerina style. It’s not really to my taste, but if you want to go full-on net and tulle, you might as well do it in style.

Source: Monique Lhuillier

Bear in mind before bidding that this dress needs repairing and dry-cleaning, and a couple of layers of tulle adding to restore it to its original state. The dress is sized to a 29 inch waist, and has an original retail price of $3700 (around £2250). It is currently listed for £500 with no bids, and the auction has 2 days left to run.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150594512563

Sunday Best: John Galliano Silk Wedding Dress £500

17 Apr

Firstly, apologies for the lack of Sunday Best last week – I was sunning myself down in beautiful Cornwall, as we took a trip to relax and visit the Wed Magazine fair. We’re back on track today, however, with this gorgeous John Galliano gown. Drunken ramblings of an idiot aside, there’s no doubt he made some beautifully flattering clothes, and this is a prime example…..

Source: Ebay

Although the seller lists it as a size 6, the French size is 38 and this makes it a US6/UK10 by my calculations. It will need lining f you’re not keen on showing flesh through the cut-out detail, but check out the back!

Source: Ebay

Love it! It’s silk, a mermaid shape and I think it would look completely amazing on the right figure. The seller states it’s vintage, but it looks like a modern cut to me – you make up your own mind!

Listing finishes on April 20th and is currently at £500 with no bids.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/JOHN-GALLIANO-Beautiful-Silk-Vintage-Wedding-Dress-/260768691300

Stop Press! BHLDN now ships internationally

14 Apr

Anthropologie wedding label, BHLDN, which was launched earlier in 2011, now ships internationally to 32 countries including the UK and Ireland.

Source: http://www.bhldn.com

Just sayin’.

Sunday Best: Sarah Arnett bespoke wedding dress £400

3 Apr

Sarah Arnett is a Brighton-based designer well-known for her striking, graphic fabrics. Sadly, her eponymous clothing label is now defunct, but occasionally a wedding dress shows up on the listings.

 

Source: Ebay Auction

 

Today’s find  is one of those dresses, a bespoke satin, cowl-neck dress in a size UK 12-14 with a lovely low-slung band of crystals. Originally priced at £1500, bidding starts at £400, although has a reserve, and the Buy-It-Now price is £600. Listing ends in 6 days.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320679882362

Sunday Best: Ritva Westenius Rio dress £300

27 Mar

Seeing some of Ritva Westenius’s design on the catwalk at the Designer Wedding Show made me rethink a designer I’d previously overlooked. She had some amazing twists on classic wedding dress silhouettes, not in an overblown way, but clever enough to set her apart from the other a-line dresses and ball gown shapes.

 

Her dresses are mid-range in price, and typically cost from £1500-£2500. The dress we’ve found for you today is Rio. a duchess satin fishtail gown, with beaded french corded lace at the neckline and hem. It has an original RRP of £2140, but is listed here for £250 with no bids, and a buy it now figure of £300.

 

Source: Ritva Westenius

It is size UK10-12, and the listing ends tomorrow.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150580619967