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Fashion: BHLDN

Long been every bohemian bride’s favourite label, BHLDN (by Anthropologie) has released the stunning photos from their Fall 2015 lookbook. As always, you can expect ethereal and romantic pieces that would induce a heartfelt sigh from your inner girl. That said, we do feel a greater dose of sex appeal with the generous use of illusion details in this collection! BHLDN’s Fall 2015 lookbook also features a couple of vintage-inspired dresses that take a leaf from the opulence of the 1930s. Check out the beautiful collection below!

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We are absolutely loving this dress with its subtle illusion front and feathered sweetheart neckline, which give a nice twist to a pretty “standard” look.

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Here’s another bohemian favourite updated with an illusion front detail, which lends that extra touch of sexiness to the overall look.

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We love how these two dresses reflect a more grown up look with a touch of glamour. Styled with a messy low chignon, we can totally see these two dresses taking centrestage in a classy evening banquet!

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Body chains were one of the hottest trends to come off last season’s runway. We say this dress which features a delicate low back coupled with gorgeous chain jewellery is definitely a hit.

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We’re loving how this short dress channels an easy charm even with its elaborate beadwork. Additional points for the spot-on styling with the simple tousled curls as well!

All photos from Huffington Post.

11th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest

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The winning design from this year’s Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest is a refreshing masculine-feminine wedding gown that draws its inspiration from tuxedo menswear.

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(Photos from TODAY Style)

This is the 11th year the Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest has happened in New York, and it just gets better. Apart from the usual spectacular pleats and applique that contestants fashion from plain old toilet paper, this year’s winning design is a refreshing masculine-feminine gown that takes its inspiration from tuxedo menswear. Notably, this is the first time that the contest has tied up with Manhattan bridal store Kleinfled and the winning design will be made into a ready-to-wear wedding dress that will be available on the racks of the popular bridal boutique.

On her win, designer Donna Pope Vincler said, “It’s quite an experience to work on something. And then my daughter was the model and that means a lot of me, and my mom taught me how to sew when I was very young, so it’s like the three of us. And the design on the dress has three pedals, like an appliqué and that kind of stands for the three of us, the three generations.”

Vincler took three months to create her winning look and used a total of 22 rolls of toilet paper in the process (and lots of tape and glue). Contestants are not allowed to use any fabrics or closures (including Velcro) in their garment.

“It’s amazing how strong glue and toilet paper can be. Actually, after I made it I was hitting on it like a drum because you can play it. It’s like, it’s very sturdy. And it’s just all toilet paper, sort of like if you were going to papier mache something. And so, I don’t even know how many layers I just did it till I thought it would stay together,” Vincler shared.

We think Vincler totally deserved her win as her design proved to be right on trend and definitely stood out in the crowd of traditional wedding gowns. We can definitely see sassy brides rocking this look on the aisle!

What did you think of this year’s toilet paper wedding dress designs? Let us know!

Read more at Yahoo.

Lady Gaga’s Wedding Dress Sketches

With Lady Gaga now officially engaged to Taylor Kinney following his Valentine’s Day proposal, WWD has now invited as many as 36 top designers to come up with sketches for what they envision will be the superstar’s show-stopping wedding dress. From absolutely outrageous to understated pieces that place emphasis on elegance and romance, the array of dresses available to Lady Gaga will definitely be the subject of any woman’s envy.

While Lady Gaga has yet to make up her mind on what dress she will be wearing, she has declared that her dress will be “all about my man”. Well, knowing Lady Gaga’s impeccable style, we’re sure the results would be great whichever dress she picks.

Check out some of our favourite sketches below! To view all the sketches, head over to Gaga Media. (All photos taken from Gaga Media.)

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We’re loving how Karl Lagerfeld has thoughtfully come up with two different styles for the fashion chameleon — a Victorian-esque dramatic white gown for a media bash wedding, and a gender-bending suit (definitely fashion-forward!) for a very private wedding.Alexander Wang for Balenciaga
This silver Alexander Wang for Balenciaga piece may seem a tad understated for Lady Gaga but exudes a sense of low-key elegance and extravagance. The asymmetrical train adds some interest and movement to the look.Bibhu Mohapatra
The blue and golden palette from this Bibhu Mohapatra creation screams chic winter wedding to us and is one of our favourite sketches in the lot. We’re loving how the voluminous skirt with slits promises to be a show-stopper when the bride walks, and we’re loving how the designer has injected details such as asymmetrical sleeves to cater to Lady Gaga’s adventurous taste, while keeping the entire look elegant.

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We’re intrigued by how this Dennis Bao creation manages to appear covered up and exposed at the same time. The designer has cleverly played with volume and fabric transparencies in this look which channels stately and edgy all at once.Donna Karan
This Atelier DKNY dress, with its dramatic layered pleated skirt and gold accents, screams superstar wedding when we look at it. Apart from the dress, we also love the styling with a cathedral veil and come-hither eyes.   Misha Nonoo
Compared to the other pieces, this Misha Nonoo piece channels an easy and almost casual vibe. However, we love the innovation pairing of a bandeau tube with a halter-neck wedding dress, and of course, the absolutely dramatic wide-brimmed hat which is a brilliant play on proportions. As they all say, less is more.Monique Lhuillier
It is easy to see why Monique Lhuillier is one of the most popular bridal designers around with this dress. Featuring a glorious trumpet cut, luxurious beadwork and a dramatic pleated skirt, this dress is glamorous while keeping true to the essence of what a wedding is about: romance.

Fashion: Zac Posen for David Bridal

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(Photo from Yahoo Style)

Fans of Zac Posen have more reason to rejoice with the famed designer’s new collection with US bridal boutique David’s Bridal, which is famous for providing beautiful wedding dresses at pocket-friendly prices. Posen’s new collection with David’s Bridal continues to offer brides the option of wearing a designer dress on their big day without busting their budget — the most expensive piece from the collection retails at US$1,850, a fraction of what one would usually pay for a Zac Posen dress.

The offerings from this season’s Bridal Week runway have seen designers move towards sexier silhouettes and designs. Likewise, Posen describes each piece in his collection as having “its own kind of sensuality”.  “On wedding dresses with long sleeves, I like where the back of the wrist and the buttons meet, it’s a real sensual place. A great piece of clothing should support and seduce you as the wearer,” said Posen.

Brides can expect to find classic and timeless white dresses cut in a variety of silhouettes from ball gowns to trumpet and mermaid cuts that would suit various different body types. Posen is also appealing to a wider market of brides with dresses that go up to size 26.

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(Photos from David’s Bridal)

Adventurous brides who are looking for more colour to their wedding get-up would be enthralled with the collection’s stand-out piece of digitally printed blooms against black fabric — a design that was inspired by one of Posen’s couture pieces.

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(Photo from 
Yahoo Style)

Posen’s red and black offerings made in a less-is-more silhouette and clever gatherings at the waist make a good option for bridesmaids or brides who are looking for a more casual dress.

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(Photo from 
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Read the full article at Yahoo Style.

Fashion: Delphine Manivet

For those of you who loved cool girl Lily Allen’s vintage bohemian chic wedding dress, you’ll be no stranger to the designer behind it — Delphine Manivet. The French designer manages to create effortless looks that combine the contemporary bride’s functional needs (easy to move in, check; practical and comfortable, check) with a romantic and feminine aesthetic — definitely the best of both worlds, if you ask us.

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Lily Allen’s Delphine Manivet wedding dress (photo from Pinterest).

Delphine Manivet’s 2015 collection features two series that would appeal to very different brides — the New York collection is a sassy, uptown collection for unconventional brides who are looking simply want to be a more “dressed up” version of themselves on their big day, while the Pagan Bride collection is everything we love about Delphine Manivet — beautiful bohemian wedding dresses galore, with a modern twist.

Pagan Bride Collection

The Pagan Bride collection is a good reflection of Delphine Manivet’s philosophy: the dress should be a girl’s only make-up on her wedding day. The Pagan Bride collection is a strong selection of pieces that reflect the French designer’s timeless aesthetic, while containing features, be it the cut or choice of fabric, that are nonetheless spot on in modern day.

Apart from beautiful A-line dresses (in white and off-white) that would win the hearts of bohemian brides, the collection also features an updated version with a drop-waist, which is one of the trends off this season’s runways. On the other end of the spectrum, the collection also churns out credible urban pieces that would appeal to the city bride — a gorgeous tube shift dress (with pockets!) cut in luxe gold and a white fringe sweater paired with white pants.

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A classic bohemian bride look — a white babydoll cut eyelet dress styled with a simple headband.

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A sleek shift tube dress cut in luxe gold. Our favourite part? The fact that there are pockets — so functional for the modern bride.

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A classic bohemian look with a contemporary twist — the drop waist is one of the hottest trends spotted off this season’s runways.

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We’re loving this urban chic get-up that will definitely see itself reused in your everyday wardrobe after the wedding.

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One of Delphine Manivet’s best timeless looks that will be perfect for any girl — a flattering A-line dress made in sheer fabric and cut with pleats in all the right places.

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More of the adventurous sort? Try this short dress with dramatic puff sleeves that seem to have taken their inspiration from the 1930s.

New York Collection

The New York collection echoes a core belief of Delphine Manivet when designing for her brides — the wedding should be a continuity of something, not a beginning. The French designer believes that all brides want to be a more beautiful version of themselves on their big day, instead of being someone totally different.

This is apparent from the pieces in the New York collection, which contains mix-and-match friendly separates to give brides freedom in wearing what they feel most comfortable in. The extremely ready-to-wear pieces also means that brides can easily incorporate them into their day-to-day wardrobe after the event — definitely a plus point for modern brides.

Apart from separates, the collection also features a solid selection of dresses. Delphine Manivet paired a simple and classic silhouette with beautiful sheer fabrics to maintain a romantic vibe while channeling the uptown vibe of a modern city bride. We are also a fan of the adventurous styling, which includes wide-brimmed hates and asymmetrical braids — definitely very now.

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Deceivingly simple, this dress, with its form-fitting bodice with a deep V paired with a babydoll cut dress, is universally flattering.

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We can already imagine how this playful mix of a sheer-sleeved top with a pair of perfectly-cut shorts would be great for a tropical beach wedding.

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This Grecian-inspired dress is effortlessly chic.

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One of our favourites from this collection, this sheer maxi dress is ethereal and romantic while maintaining a modern edge. Definitely Delphine Manivet at her best.

All photos from Delphine Manivet.