Love is in the Air

We are officially in the second day of the second month of the year! Yay 2012… how are your resolutions going?? February is always one of the loveliest months of the year and besides Black History Month, we’ll be celebrating Saint Valentine’s Day which is one of the most celebrated days of the year. Along with the record number of engagements during this holiday, this is the time for many designer bridal shows, so we wanted to give you a glimpse of what the designers are offering! Whether you’re single, married, or engaged, these looks will get you in the Valentine’s Day mood!

Designer: Armsale $5,350

I love the fluttering neckline, and ruffled train attachment to this dress. The fitted bodice and slimming waistline make this dress applicable for so many size brides!

Designer: Carolina Herrera – Price upon request.

The floral detailing on this dress is great! This is a great way to add color to a dress, and I love how they added the powder pink flowers on the waistline so the black doesn’t seem so harsh against the white.

Designer: Douglass Hannant $5,950

This was one of my favorite dresses! I know this look is very strong, and may not be for most women, but I just adore the oversized bow! She looks like a perfectly wrapped gift, and I love the color.

Designer: Ines Di Santo $8,700

This look is so regal and red carpet worthy! I’m not so in love with the champagne color and ivory lace together, but the lace caplet and silhouette are great. I love a strong ball gown.

Designer: Kenneth Pool $8,900

This dress is gorgeous! The feathery skirt probably isn’t the most slimming, but it probably flows beautifully down the aisle. This designer was smart to have a very slimming bodice to top this skirt.

Designer: Lela Rose $3,995

I’m definitely not an expert on wedding dresses but I love this! Great for smaller sizes, the lace topper creates an amazing boatneck with an off the shoulder illusion. I’d love to try this dress on.

Designer: Marchesa – Price Upon Request

Perfect for women who’d like their arms covered, this flowy and unstructured piece is a dream! I can definitely see this dress being worn at a beach wedding.

So to all the lovers out there, enjoy the 14th and we hope your spending it with someone you love, lovers and friends!

First Bridal Fashion Show!

When I first heard of local bridal designer Joy Teiken, I was definitely intrigued by her story… Her very first design EVER was a beret constructed from vintage dresses. It was custom-made for her mother, who was dying of breast cancer in 1989. Just from reading Joy’s bio, it is obvious that she is an extraordinary woman. Before creating her signature line Joynoelle in 2003, Joy received her MA in Arts Education, taught and was a former Peace Corps volunteer (served 1993-1996 in Botswana). With such a diverse and interesting background, it is no surprise that her hand-made/hand-finished, Ready-to-Wear and Bridal Collections are as successful as they are. Joy has gained national and international attention with her work (um, she was just recently interviewed for O Magazine!!), which is why I was so excited to be invited to attend her exclusive-invite-only viewing of her 2012 collection a week ago.

Inspired by the Caged Bird, on Monday November 14th the Grand Café was recreated to look like a turn-of-the-century parlor, with the interior stylings of Lime Canary Vintage and Flora Bella. The decor and mood were intimate and romantic– fashioned perfectly with these amazing feathery, floral, vintage birdcage installations. The salon-style show was a 28-look journey from the caged bird (linear, crisscross cage-like fabric applications) to the free bird (hand-made feathers, whimsical and airy). Vision Model Management Group provided the gorgeous models; hair and makeup by Extrados.

There were several gorgeous designs– feminine both in shape and in fabric. I loved everything that was black, white and/or feathered. Creams, blacks, whites, chocolate browns, and wine reds were the obvious color focus of this collection– very seasonal.  Lots of great wedding gowns as well as bridesmaid choices! And of course, rehearsal dinner/ reception options for those who want a wardrobe change.

Above are my two favorite looks from the evening, thanks to fashion blog Art of Wore photography. Love the feathery skirts in both garments and would LOVE to see that second dress as a full length gown. Flash Revolutions also had some great photos too.

First Bridal Fashion Show was super fun! Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with the designer in a future post as well as photos from her adorable studio and shop.

by Nkechi Njaka

You can check out more wedding-related posts that I have written on Charcoal&Lace, a wedding and lifestyle blog that I co-author.