Bride Chic: Stalking The Look Books- How I Discovered Mikaella

by Azure

About Bride Chic Recently one of my devoted readers sent me photos of her wedding. What a treat! One look at her and I was swept away by the clean lines and fit of her wedding dress. She wore an empire A-line dress by Mikaella, a relatively new label from the Toronto-based design house, Paloma Blanca. What amazes me about these wedding dresses is fit and use of fabric. Above, De Anna looks like she's wearing a second skin, the dress is part of her, moving with her. For the...

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Bride Chic: Ode To The Bias Cut

by Azure

About Bride Chic Long before knits came on the fashion scene, the bias cut was used for body-hugging silhouettes like the dress on Jean Harlow above. It all started back in the 1920s when a Parisian couturier, Madeleine Vionette developed a technique using the true cross grain of fabric. Defined, a bias cut simply means the pattern pieces are placed on the cross grain rather than straight grain lines of weft or warp of the fabric. By 1930, Hollywood designers took advantage of this...

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