Two things that made me laugh

Two things that made me laugh this week:

Look closely – Will’s hair has taken on a remarkably reddish patina.  I’m quite seriously tempted to buy it, just for the amoosement factor.  You can pick up your own here »

And this animated gif had me shooting tea out my nose (too charming I know).

It’s true, this really did happen to this most unfortunate couple – see their original wedding video on YouTube here»

Via Wedinator »

Vera Wang has arrived…

…in the UK.  You probably knew that already, but the news arriving in my inbox made me smile.  Vera Wang is my favourite designer of all time, and although her couture dresses are eye-wateringly expensive, they really are beautiful.  You can now buy Vera Wang at Browns Bridal, in London.  Joy!

Alan Hannah Accessories

I’d like to share something rather special with you – one of the projects we’ve been busy with over the last few months has been an ecommerce website for Alan Hannah.  They’ve put together their very own Alan Hannah wedding accessories range to match up with their gorgeous Alan Hannah and MiaMia dresses, and I can honestly and unbiasedly… is that even a word??… say that they have some of the prettiest bling I have ever seen.

Well hello there…

I think it’s time to stick my head out from under this rather cosy rock I’ve been living under these last four months. And what a four months it’s been.  Wills and Kate got engaged, there was a rotten earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, and another rotten earthquake in Japan. Two mornings I’ve woken up to news of bad earthquakes and felt sick with dread at the knowledge that people I loved were at the epicentres (my brother lives in Christchurch, my best friend was holidaying in Japan).  Both are fine, thankfully, though my brother’s house not so much.

Sandwiched in-between all that was some bad health news (not terrible, I’m not going to keel over or anything, hopefully…*gulp*) that I’ve now mostly managed to get my head around, along with other work that has had to take precedence (paying the rent and all that).  Thus I haven’t been feeling up to posting.  Heyho. QUITE glad those four months are behind me.

SO ANYWAY, I’m back, and raring to go.

Designer Spotlight: Ian Stuart

It suddenly struck me that I’ve never done a blog post about Ian Stuart – a stunningly good designer, he has a scary number of designer awards strewn in his wake, and his newest collection is up to his usual very excellent standard.  View the latest collection on his website » (under Revolution Rocks).   Here’s a few of my favourites (I am exceedingly fond of the lace oriental style gown):

Top 10 Wedding Dress Trends for 2011

It’s THAT time of year again – the time for donning my fashion forecasting hat (and what a dashing hat it is) to predict what the top ten trends are for the coming year in the bridal fashion world.

Here, in no particular order, are the top ten wedding dress trends for brides-to-be in 2011.

1.  Ruffles

Ruffles are something brides tend to love or hate – they’re slightly over-the-top, definitely unminimilistic and tend to swing between either being a hot trend or likened to a toilet-roll doll (remember those?).  There are some stunning ruffled gowns out there, and for the bride who wants to create impact, ruffles may be well worth a look.

From left to right:
Sarah Houston, Lucca Bride, Mia Mia Bridal

Pepe Botella, Maggie Sottero, Two by Rosa Clara

2. 1950s Style

Yep, the 1950s style influences are still in vogue – hour-glass brides all together now –  “Hooray!” 1950s chic is appearing in many designers’ collections, so hour-glass girls are spoilt for choice.  And that makes me happy.

From left to right:
Ian Stuart, Alan Hannah, Justin Alexander

Charlotte Balbier, Stephanie Allin, Paloma Blanca

3. Asymmetrical Seams

Asymmetrical seams have been around and hugely popular for a couple of years, and there’s still plenty more of that style to come – mostly because it’s highly flattering to many brides.

From left to right:
Ronald Joyce, Mark Lesley, Benjamin Roberts

Blue by Enzoani, Cymbeline, Eternity Bride

4. Flower Power

Flower detailing is everywhere at the moment, and there really is nothing more pretty or more feminine, whether you go for a skirt smothered in foliage, or just for some small detailing.

From left to right:

Pronovias, Ritva Westenius, Suzanne Ermann

Lyn Ashworth, Amanda Wyatt, Augusta Jones

5. Bows to wow

Back in the late 80’s (as a teenager), my fantasy wedding dress featured a large bow just above my butt (amongst other things I hastily add), and there are many bow adorned dresses around to satisfy my teenage desires (though actually not so much on one’s rear…).  Definitely stylish, definitely adds wow factor.

From left to right:

Jesus Peiro, Vera Wang, Alberta Ferretti

Sassi Holford, Stewart Parvin, Sharon Bowen

6. Beading Highlights

Eye-catching sparkly beading on strategic areas of your wedding gown adds je ne sais quoi to what otherwise might be a fairly plain gown, and it’s very popular right now with designers.

From left to right:

Carolina Herrera, Olivia Couture, Claire Pettibone

Kate Sherford, Sincerity Bridal, Veromia

7. Sleeves & Straps

Non-sleeveless gowns are currently having their moment in the sun – around ten years ago, any non-sleeveless designs looked distinctly lonely amongst the plethora of sleeveless wedding gowns, and any bride with untoned arms had to suck it up.  But sleeves and straps are back with a vengence, so if you want the variety that different styles of sleeves & straps provide, or don’t want the pain of endless push-ups, rejoice!

From left to right:

Domo Adami, Lee-Ann Belter, Suzanne Neville

Johanna Hehir, Amanda Wakeley, Nicole Spose

8. Flowing Greek Goddess Gowns

If you’re blessed with a fast metabolism or the determination and will to spend hours in the gym, these gowns will probably look amazing on you – made from soft, slinky, flowing fabrics, they are super-sexy.  Meanwhile, I would probably most  resemble a giant lump.

From left to right:

Ella Bridals, Elizabeth Fillmore, Marchesa

Wendy Makin, Marylise, Nicola Anne

9. Ballgowns

Super fashionable for the last couple of years, ballgowns are still hot stuff, and if you always fantasised about being a Disney princess style bride as a little girl, you can safely do so without being accused of not being up to date.

From left to right:

Madeline Isaac James, Hollywood Dreams, David Fielden

Paloma Blanca, Sophia Tolli, White Rose Bridal

10. Lace

Whether you go for lace inserts or a complete covering in lace, lace embellished wedding dresses are hot right now.  This is a favourite look of mine for sentimental reasons – both my mother and my sister got married in wedding dresses with a lace overlay and long lace sleeves.

From left to right:

San Patrick, Essense of Australia, Martiana Liana

Tara Keely, Monique Lhuillier, Melissa Sweet

Designer Spotlight: Sarah Houston

Sarah Houston is an über talented Canadian wedding dress designer.   Her gowns are modern but with a vintage vibe, and every time I look through her collections, I find myself sighing over how pretty her designs are.  Here you go, join in – check out her website ».   I’m hoping we can all get to know her a little better in the very near future.   That was supposed to sound mysterious, rather than stalkerish.    Basically, check back here at WGT, and you should have that opportunity!  Her blog is here », you can see her Facebook page here », and if you want to check out some of her gowns on YouTube, go here ».