Bride Chic: LACE: New Spins on an Old Tradition

by Azure

About Bride Chic Lace as we know it evokes images of woven florals and scalloped edges on flounced skirts and collars. Though these time-honored looks will always be with us, lately we’re seeing new spins on the use of lace in bridal wear. Not only are the traditionals like Alencon and Chantilly now used in cutting edge ways, new inventions in knit and revivals in cotton and crocheted laces are showing up. Some of it is being used discreetly on no more than a sleeve or yoke, while...

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Bride Chic: A Castle Wedding

by Azure

About Bride Chic Nothing could make me happier than watching one of my brides get married in a picturesque kingdom by the sea. Kalmar Castle in Sweden is the ultimate Once-Upon-a-Time experience for a romantic wedding. Elin chose the 'Mira' dress from my Dioresque Collection to work with the backdrop of her August 15 wedding to Anton. For me, first thoughts of Sweden conjure up toy-village castles and pastel painted facades like this one above. These images are by the very talented...

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Bride Chic: The Mantilla

by Azure

About Bride Chic Recently a client came to me wanting a veil not because she was getting married but going through the ritual of converting to Catholicism. Once she walked into my studio with the imported laces she'd just purchased and we discussed her design in greater depth, I realized this is one headpiece that evolved from a truly remarkable history worth posting about. The mantilla originated in the warmer climates of Spain circa 1700. Lace versions were chic through the 17th...

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