October 24, 2014

Monique Lhuillier: Fall 2015 Bridal Collection

I have exciting news to announce...  The Frosted Petticoat blog now has a Fashion Editor!  This makes me feel so official!  Annie Havlicek de Sanchez is the ridiculously talented fashion designer and illustrator behind Parchment & Pixel.  Educated at Parsons and with a resume boasting of her own fashion line at Anthropologie and a stint as a designer for Michael Kors, I'd say we're in good hands.  Annie will be our fashion guru and give us the insight into the newest trends.  In addition, she's going to grace our pages with her stunning illustrations.  Here's a sneak peek of what she did for today's post (you'll have to scroll to the bottom to see the final illustration):

Oh, I'm so excited!  But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, I'm going to let Annie take over...

Hi Petticoat Nation! So excited to be joining! One of the best parts of being Fashion Editor of The Frosted Petticoat is being able to tag along with Sam to the amazing events and shows she gets invited to.  Recently we attended the stunning Monique Lhuillier Fall 2015 bridal runway show.  We had front row seats and made sure to take plenty of pictures to share with you, the lovely readers.

The collection was inspired by the fantasy of a jewelry box.  A professional ballerina began the show, slowly twirling on a small platform at the front of the room... as if she was part of your childhood jewelry box.

The small, ornately painted room helped contribute to the feeling, almost as if one was in the jewelry box itself.  As the gowns floated down the small runway they evoked a lovely feeling of nostalgia.  So here's what you can expect for 2015's bridal fashion trends...

This strapless mini features antique gold guipure lace and a gold tassel wrap belt.  It has been paired with the Papillion shoe with gold glitter.

This two-piece crop top with crisscross back and a tea length ballerina skirt is made of silk white and nude re-embroidered lace.  The Odette shoe with white satin compliments the look.

Ivory and nude embroidered guipure lace adorns this sheath dress with an illusion neckline.  The look is complimented with an ivory lace veil.

This dress features a cameo-embroidered tulle v-neck and 3/4 sleeve with a natural waist and A-line skirt.

Silk white and blush embroidered tulle cover the illusion neckline with a blouson top and fishtail skirt.

Pistachio floral degrade embellished tulle adorn this strapless gown with a natural waist and tiered handkerchief skirt.  The piece is complimented with a gold tassel wrap belt, a gold headpiece, and a pistachio floral embroidered tulle wrap.

Mist embroidered tulle covers this illusion 3/4 sleeve trumpet gown and is paired with a gold tassel wrap belt.

Peach embroidered lace cover this stunning strapless ballgown with a natural waist. A soft peach embroidered lace veil tops off the look.

Primrose embellished tulle and lace net cover the illusion neckline and natural waist ballgown.  This dress also features a detachable train.

Ivory re-embroidered lace and tulle adorns this strapless ballgown with a cascading horse hair and tulle skirt.  An ivory lace and horsehair veil tops off the look.

My favorite! Rose gold embroidered tulle covers the illusion long sleeve gown.  The dress features stunning detachable shoulder streamers and a gold headpiece.

Lavender floral embellished tulle adorns this sleeveless illusion gown with a natural waist and ballgown skirt.  A lavender floral veil compliments the look.

And lastly, the designer herself... Monique Lhuillier, ladies and gents!

It was such an inspiring evening, truly beautiful!  As a special treat, I chose to illustrate the Elizabeth:  a champagne gown with intricate beading on delicate tulle.  The detail that really blew Sam and I away was the back.  Airy tulle attached at the shoulders drifted behind the model and gently floated down past the sweeping train.  It was an ethereal and breathtaking detail that I had never seen on a wedding dress before.

I think we are going to see these beautiful, dramatic back draping details trending for 2015, along with pale color and fresh takes on two-piece bridal dressing.  Which of these looks is your favorite? Which new bridal trend would you be most excited to rock?
xo Annie

Special thanks to all the people who made this post possible...
Designer:  Monique Lhuillier // Fashion Illustration:  Parchment & Pixel // Press:  HL Group // Casting: Jessica Weinstein Casting // Hair: Nina Dimachki for Kerastase Paris // Make-up & Nails: Katie Hughes & Butter London // Jewelry: Monique Lhuillier Fine Jewelry - Exclusively sold at Blue Nile // Shoes: Monique Lhuillier Footwear // Music: Javier Peral // Set Design & Lighting: BLT Productions // Ballerina: Anne O'Donnell from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

October 23, 2014

Eureka Moment

When soon-to-be newlyweds love square dancing and homemade pie, you know it's going to be one fabulous wedding.  For Jessica and Jeff, their Eureka, Missouri nuptials were filled with just the right amount of country and good food.  Bride Jessica explains the inspiration behind their adorably rustic day:

I had a lot of fun gettin' crafty! The inspiration was rooted in the old time square dance, which tied in nicely with the burlap and lace trend.  Chalkboards and the 'J & J' was an easy theme to use throughout as well.  I saw a 'wish tree' on Pinterest and decided I could make one.  I also knew I wanted candles all around and flowers of some sort.  I asked family to save all their glass jars, plus I had a few old mason jars already.  I fell in love with the look of baby's breath for flowers and it's super affordable.  We made simple bouquets in the jars and surrounded them with candles.  My mom sewed burlap table runners and a really pretty one with ruffles for our sweetheart table.  She also made our heart shaped ring bearer pillow out of burlap and embroidered 'Reed' onto it.  

Pie is big in my family!  For the pie table, I bought several glass cake stands and hung a burlap 'Let them Eat Pie' sign.  My cousin, uncle, aunt, and a dear friend each made 2 to 3 pies for the table.  Having all the homemade pies was really special and helped make the day feel more relaxed.  Everyone that made a pie said they thought it was really fun to contribute and it added to that old time feeling we were going for.

Photographer:  Oldani Photography // Musicians: Downstream Duo // Musicians: Dugout Canoe // Invitation Designer: Neilly Design // DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Peony Papeterie // Bakery: Pie Oh My // Veils and headpieces: Ruche // Floral Designer: True Lei Floral Design // Reception Venue: Wyman Center

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