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New York Bridal Week- Fall 2017 Trends

Twice a year, a magical thing happens… New York Bridal Week. 

::sigh::  Let me tell you, it truly is filled with gorgeous mouth dropping dresses that will make you wish you could have numerous weddings with unlimited budgets (well that’s how it is for me at least).

This past season, designers were debuting their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection. These beautiful lines were full of wonderful trends (some cross covered from last season) and unique details. Here are the top 6 trends that I noticed the most:
1. Sleeves. Everywhere you look, gorgeous sleeves. Sure there was a fair share of strapless gowns but I have never seen a season with so many different sleeve styles. There were numerous gowns with full-length sleeves:
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FROM THE LEFT:  Watters , Mark Zunino, Maggie Sottero, Rivini
Some designers used bell sleeves, which shows some influence from the ready-to-wear market:
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FROM THE LEFT:   Rivini, Costarellos, Galia Lahav, Odylyne The Ceremony
The bishop sleeve was also very popular:
FROM THE LEFT:  Rivini, Isabelle Armstrong, Theia, Claire Pettibone
Designers added a little whimsicle touch to gowns by using flutter sleeves:
FROM THE LEFT:   Sachin & Babi, Rivini, Inbal Dror, Theia
All different lengths of “short” sleeves were used, here are just a few examples:
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FROM THE LEFT:   Marchesa, Rime Arodaky, Reem Acra, Rivini
But most of all, off-the-shoulder sleeves were EVERYWHERE and in every style.
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FROM THE LEFT:   Alon Livne White, Lela Rose, Vera Wang, Rivini

2. Cascading ruffles were another huge trend this season. Now I’m not talking about just the skirt having this detail (as per usual), I’m talking all over and with different materials such as fringe, tulle, lace, and even feathers.

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FROM THE LEFT:   Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier, Persy, Odylyne The Ceremony, Yolan Cris
3. Colour was another big trend that was full of blush and blue hues along with deep rich golds. Some designers went all out- head to toe.
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FROM THE LEFT:   Rivini, Monique Lhuillier, Ines Di Santo, Haley Paige
While some used colour as details, either subtle or bold:
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FROM THE LEFT:   Yolan Cris, Carol Hannah, Morilee By Madeline Gardner, Ines Di Santo
Then there were a few that introduced colour with beautiful prints.
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FROM THE LEFT:   Galia Lahav, Yolan Kris, Malan Brenton
4. One of the more provocative trends was the boudoir inspired theme that popped up in quite a few collections. A few designers kept these dresses somewhat modest, where others went all out with super sheer fabrics and wispy lingerie-like details.
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FROM THE LEFT:  Sanchin & Babi, Berta, Naeem Khan, Inbal Dror, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang
5. Pant and jumpsuits are continuing to pick up speed among the bridal world. (To be honest, I love it!) Designers showcased a variety of different options which proved a bride in pants is beautifully chic.
new york bridal week- PANTS
FROM THE LEFT:   Mark Zunino, Galia Lahav, Lela Rose, Rime Arodaky, Randi Rahm
6. Last but not least are those beautiful embellishments that we all love. The most prominent across the board was floral and foliage inspired designs that were seen as 3D appliqués, rich embroidery, and beaded patterns… just to name a few:
new york bridal week- FLORALS & FOLIAGE

FROM THE LEFT:   Inbal Dror,Naeem Khahn, Claire Pettibone, Ines Di Santo, Oscar de la Renta

Photo credits: The Knot & WGSN

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Say Yes To The RIGHT Dress- A Guide For Wedding Dress Shopping

Recently, I had an exciting and extremely emotional day shopping for a wedding dress. Not only did I try on wedding dresses but I got to be the bride. I’m so used to creating bridal accessories and apparel that it was such a great change of pace to be on the other side.

From the moment I saw the big window displays, I knew that the experience I was about to have made getting married a reality. Even though I’ve planned our whole wedding and secured almost 80% of the details, going wedding dress shopping made it real. Like really real.

I went into Kleinfeld’s with hopes of figuring out what dress style would look best on my figure. I already knew what I wanted but needed to be sure. (I had sketched the design immediately after he proposed to me, couldn’t help myself.) Needless to say, I didn’t expect it to be as hard as it was to say “No”. Especially when they had almost exactly what I sketched up. What are the chances??

Trying to make a decision on whether to buy or to make was unbearably difficult. I had the bridal moment in the store. They took me to the main room, “jacked” me up, and even gave me a bouquet. I said “Yes” when they asked me. I was surrounded by tears from my family, myself, and from people I didn’t even know. It was totally my dress and as soon as I said “Yes” out loud, I thought “What the f@$! did I just say?”. Everything was pointing to yes, even the freaken price tag. It was a $4,000 dress marked down to $999 because it was the last dress available. The dress was in my size. I would have to take it in only slightly and repair a little bit of the illusion on the back, but no big alterations.

Everything and everyone wanted me to buy that wedding dress.

Within the twenty-some feet back to the dressing room, I realized that if I were to buy this beautiful wedding dress, it wouldn’t actually be MY dress. I wouldn’t have designed it. I wouldn’t have carefully picked out the fabric. I wouldn’t have spent hours drafting the pattern. I wouldn’t have had the late nights sewing and cursing at my machine. It would just be a dress that I bought and I would regret the fact that I didn’t make it.

So… after at least 40 minutes sitting on the dressing room floor discussing what to do with my mother, sister, and 3 phone calls to my fiancé, I decided that the dress was not for me. It was a hard choice, but the right decision… For me anyway.

Each one of us is unique and we all have our own tastes but when choosing your wedding gown, its extremely important that you pick a silhouette that properly accentuates your figure. Some silhouettes are extremely versatile, while others are less forgiving when it comes to hiding problem areas. Let’s be real, we all have those areas we want hidden on this special day.

So, before you make your appointments at Kleinfeld’s or at a cute bridal shop in town OR ask Alyson Nicole to make you a very unique bespoke wedding gown… do your research to figure out the silhouettes and styles you want to try. Keep in mind that its very possible that the dress you think you want is not the dress for you. Take a deep breath because its just not the one. Don’t force yourself into loving a wedding dress either. If you don’t have that moment or you have any hint of doubt, move on.

Below are some of the many options out there.

A-LINE DRESSES are slim on top, fitted at the natural waist, and softly flares away from the body. Flatters most body types by creating a slimming effect while accentuating your waist.

BALL GOWNS have a fitted bodice and a full skirt that can range in volume and length. These classic gowns work with most body types for average height to tall women. It is a very forgiving style due to the skirt hiding everything below your mid-section. If you are a shorter bride, this may not be the dress for you since the bottom might overwhelm your small frame.

MERMAID DRESSES are fitted from the torso down to the knees and then flares out to the floor. The mermaid silhouette is ideal for tall, slender brides and voluptuous brides who want to show off every curve.

 

FIT-AND-FLARE or TRUMPET DRESSES are fitted from chest to mid thigh and then flares out to the bottom. This silhouette is another style that will flaunt your curves in a very flattering way.

EMPIRE DRESSES are fitted at the bust and flare out to the ground. This wedding dress silhouette is an extremely versatile style for most body shapes due to the forgiving high waist line.

SHEATH, SHIFT, OR COLUMN DRESSES have a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. Depending on the designer, this silhouette can be either be slightly fitted or not at all. This silhouette style is a timeless classic that looks best on brides that have lean frames and soft curves.

Below are some options of necklines, sleeves, and train lengths to consider when wedding dress shopping!

Wedding Dress Silhouette Glossary
Wedding Dress Neckline Glossary
Wedding Dress Sleeve Glossary
Wedding Dress Train Glossary

As mentioned before, the above options are extremely helpful to know when you are wedding dress shopping. There are also a few more things to keep in mind:

  1. BUDGET… Its extremely important to have a set budget that you can afford. It is also very important to let the attendant know your budget!  One of the worst things you could do is fall in love with a dress that is over your budget. Also, keep in mind that alterations (always needed) and taxes should be kept in mind. Alterations are never included.
  2. THE WEDDING DRESS YOU THINK YOU WANT, MAY NOT LOOK GOOD ON YOU and that is OK. That style wasn’t meant for you but there is a wedding dress out there that is. Even if it has to be custom made, cough cough.
  3. HEMLINES DON’T HAVE TO TOUCH THE GROUND you have more options. Tea-length hems stops below the knee but above the ankle, while the mini is usually above the knee and a bolder choice. There are also high-low hemlines that add a little bit of drama to the hemline and can go as high as you want.
  4. DON’T FORGET ABOUT ACCESSORIES they help tie together your look on the big day. Try on different options and see which one(s) you like best. Its possible that you might go for a veil instead of a flower crown but its best to try on options with the dress you are buying. If you can’t find any accessory that strikes your fancy, remember that bespoke accessories, made by yours truly, is another great option.
  5. HAVE FUN! This is the MOST important part of it! This should be an enjoyable experience and no one should stop that. Drink some champagne (if they offer it) or go out to lunch before/after and celebrate the experience. Whatever you do, just enjoy it!

 

I hope this was helpful for your future dress shopping! If you have any questions or would like to start your bespoke wedding dress OR accessories please email me at designs@alysonnicole.com.

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{GUEST BLOG POST} Chasing Fashion: New Year’s Eve Wedding Glam!

Written by Sage Beauty Blog

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

Maya Angelou

 

Hi Lovelies,

Tis’ the season for engagements and magical winter weddings.  Having a New Year’s Eve wedding is a festive and glamorous way to tie the knot. What better way to start the new year than starting a new life with your true love.  What can I say….I’m a hopeful romantic!

I had the pleasure of creating a New Year’s Eve winter bridal look with the help of the brilliant designer Alyson Nicole.  Her pieces are 100% handmade right here in New York, and are the perfect finishing touch to your wedding day look. She creates bags, belts, custom-made veils and jewelry. Each piece is a work of art with a feminine, elegant, and timeless aesthetic.

Let’s start with something new:

Finding the perfect dress is the first step in creating the look and feel of your wedding. The dress I’m wearing is an ivory empire waist dress with pearl embellishment.  It matched my accessories perfectly, and I loved the flowy and romantic feel of the dress. This dress is very versatile and could also be worn for engagement pictures, a rehearsal dinner, or a bridal shower.

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Now we need something borrowed:

The moment I put the Pearl Veil on I felt Princess Grace of Monaco. The Pearl Veil is a birdcage veil made with french tulle and glass pearl details, and stays firmly in place with a metal comb.  This is a good choice if you plan on wearing your hair up for your ceremony.  It matched the vintage-inspired look of my dress as well.   I chose the The Madelyn Earrings because they were a perfect compliment to the veil and can be worn with many other looks after the wedding festivities are done. These chandelier earrings can also be worn with a little black dress for a night out or during the day for a touch of art-deco glamour.  The Pearl Rhinestone Headband was also my ‘something blue’.  It is a fun alternative to a veil or after the ceremony and formal pictures are done, simply switch out your veil for the headband and dance the night away at your reception after midnight.

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Don’t forget something old:
I was able to incorporate two pieces from my own closet with my dress. A winter wedding calls for a luxurious fur to keep you warm. Whether you have a soft faux fur coat like me or perhaps a vintage fur from your mother or grandmother, it pulls the look together on the most glamorous night of the year. Or rather, your most glamorous night! And New Year’s Eve is not complete without some sparkles.  I opted for my favorite sparkly gold platforms.
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Love It, Buy It, Wear It:
Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Chinese Laundry
Coat: I.N.C  International Concepts
Accessories: Alyson Nicole
Photo Credit: TRVphoto/Todd Vorenkamp
XOXOX
Lily

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Lily Sage

Lily Sage

Beauty & Lifestyle blogger

Lily Sage is a makeup artist, beauty educator, stylist, and blogger based in New York City. After working in the industry for ten years she decided to create a digital platform to share her knowledge and empower women to look and feel beautiful  everyday. She also loves baking, traveling, knitting, and home decor. You can visit her on her site,  sagebeautyblog.com and find her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook(@sagebeautyblog).
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Behind the Scenes: Fall Bridal Launch

After weeks of planning and multiple rescheduling, a group of 16 amazing people gathered together for a photoshoot on Saturday, October 3rd. Even though it was dark and gloomy outside, we managed to keep the mood light and cheerful indoors.  Mind you, the first scheduled date was postponed due to the weather. I was not letting a little ol’ hurricane stop it this time.

I honestly don’t know what I was thinking when I first planned this shoot. I’m definitely a creature of habit because I always bite off more than I can chew, but somehow it all came together.

11 models total; 2 brides, 2 grooms, 5 bridesmaids, 1 ring bearer, & 1 flower girl. All of which I designed and made new accessories for every single model.  I didn’t even think twice about doing it, which either means I’m crazy or extremely passionate about my work.

Originally the shoot was supposed to be outside so that we could capture the historic Brooklyn Bridge shot in Dumbo. Like I said earlier, mother nature wasn’t cooperating. So I sucked it up, gathered whatever decor I could from my apartment and my friends, made some wall hangings, and voila! Wedding photoshoot decor.

The bouquets that the girls are holding were also made/arranged by myself. I took a trip to the flower district the week prior and bought a ton of silk flowers. I’m glad I did because I wouldn’t have had the time to arrange fresh flowers the morning of. Between decorating the room, styling the hair, styling the models, and directing the shoot I had barely anytime to think.

However, this day would not have happened without the talented individuals who shot the photos, applied the beautiful makeup (with next to no breaks! sorry for the marathon!), and lets not forget the models. You were all outstanding and I can not thank you enough! I seriously can’t. Another big thank you to Patty who started the day at 9:30 running around and of course helping me immensely.  All of the behind the scenes photos can be viewed in the gallery to the right. I cannot wait to launch the new accessories that were used for this shoot! Stay tuned, because “Vintage Romance” is launching soon!

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1 Dress 5 Ways

Wedding season is here and it’s a great time especially when you’re a guest for multiple weddings. The celebration is joyful, the food is delicious, the dancing is non-stop fun, and the memories you help create will start the newly weds lives off right.

The only downfall can be the attire, especially if you’re on a budget. As we ladies know, dresses can add up, rather quickly might I add, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Instead of buying multiple dresses, use one dress and style it with different accessories to transform your look for each wedding to come. I promise you, it’s that easy and I’ll show you how.

I asked my dear friend Cat to help me out with this project. She sent me multiple pictures of dresses she already had in her closet. From those, I chose only one and asked her to model this dress while I styled her five different ways.

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Pulling separates from her closet and mine, styling with some of my handmade accessories we were able to take this one dress and create five different outfits.


Look #1 – Casual

This look is GREAT for a casual wedding. The dress is styled with a blue jean jacket, a pearl y-drop necklace, pearl drop earrings, a blue & white pearl rhinestone headband, and the Cherish clutch in silver.

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Look #2 – Hamptons chic

A nice preppy look for a beach front wedding. I added a white button up shirt from my closet and tied it in front to add a trendy detail. The outfit is also styled with  the pearl choker necklace with matching bracelet, the beaded pearl headband, and the Lace but Not Least clutch.

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Look #3 – Glam

If you don’t have the money to spend on a gown, use signature pieces from your closet to glam up your dress. For an example, I adding a black skirt overtop and it already makes this outfit more glamorous! Styled with the crystal chain drop earrings, a hand beaded sash, the Cherish Clutch in black metallic, and the Chloe headband as a beautiful bling necklace!

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Look #4 – Boho Chic

The Boho trend is in more than ever recently!  To get this look pair your dress with something with fringe or macrame. Luckily Cat owned this crochet fringe vest which worked perfectly with this look. I also styled this dress with the crystal quartz pendant, gold chain fringe earrings, the boho chic satin flower wire crown, & a lace belt.

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Look #5 – Art Deco

Ever since the Great Gatsby came to the big screen, people have been obsessed with the fashion. To achieve this style I paired this dress with the hand beaded Aubrey Tiara, the pearl reverse necklace, the pearl & rhinestone bracelet and matching earrings, the Forever & Always clutch, and belted it with a hand beaded crystal belt!

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 As you can see ladies, don’t stress out about wedding season. Take a good hard look in your closet for key pieces to style with some brand new accessories! Preferably from Alyson Nicole 😉

If you are interested in anything you see here thats not available online yet OR you want to make your own custom accessories, email designs@alysonnicole.com.

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Lovely Happenings Lifestyle event <3

Lovely happenings hosted their very first lifestyle event at drift studios on May 2nd.

What an event!
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There were so many lovely people that attending to learn from wonderful speaker, great bloggers, and talented vendors/designers. Not to mention the amazing spread of food and drinks. I mean they had a Bloody Mary bar, need I say more?
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Tickets were $40 when bought in advance but $45 at the door. If you ask me, it was definitely worth it! Each guest had the chance to do multiple DIY projects, get their make-up done, get their hair braided, and learn how to make healthy smoothies. All of this, the food, drinks, and more was included with their ticket. A great deal!
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The guests also had chances to win gift baskets and products by purchasing raffle tickets. I offered up one of my canvas with leather trim tote bags to one lucky winner. (Coming soon to my shop!)
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For my DIY project, since suede will be trending this summer, I showed people how to make a suede braided bracelet!! The hardest part about this DIY was the loop, which only a handful of people mastered. Most of the time, I helped them out and they did the rest. The bracelets were a hit! Some guests made more than one.

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Besides all the festivities, everyone was able to shop my products along with a couple other vendors. Christine fell in love with my peacock earrings (shop them here). She ended up wearing them immediately!
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My floral hair clips were another hit (shop them here). These cute clips have handmade wire flowers that can be customized to any color. Email designs@alysonnicole.com to customize yours!
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The last popular item of the day was my crystal rhinestone headband. It might have been because I was wearing it but I think the piece is beautiful! (Shop it here!)
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I am honored to have been a part in such a fabulous event. The ladies who founded Lovely Happenings, Rachael and Jaclyn, are amazing, wonderful women. I wish them much success not just in their business endeavors but their lives as well.
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Lovely Happenings plans on having their next event this coming fall. You really don’t want to miss out! Keep checking their event page for more information.
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One last thing…
A HUGE thank you to my mother who once again came to NY to help out.
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