Today marks the 1 year anniversary of our Style House here in Los Angeles. I can’t believe it’s been one year already- it seemed like we were still under construction only a few months ago. Crazy enough, it’s also a little over one year since I launched the Lauren Elaine Bridal line. And since launching the bridal line, so much has changed. While it’s fun to reflect on the journey, I’m always planning for the future. And no matter how much we expand in order to accommodate new lines and ventures, there’s one thing that’s never changed: the Lauren Elaine brand is 100% made in the USA.
Being American-made has always been important to me. At first it was more a matter of necessity. As a new designer, the thought of manufacturing overseas was overwhelming. But as we’ve expanded, we’ve kept everything made right here in the USA. Not only does being ‘made in the USA’ ensure exceptional quality control, but it keeps jobs here in the US. Sadly, many manufacturers abroad exploit laborers (and often children) who work exhausting days for mere pennies. I want to feel good about what I sell, and no amount of profit should come at the expense and unfair treatment of others.
Being American is part of my identity. Sure- I love to travel and experience new cultures and places around the world – but America is where I call ‘home.’ Living in California inspires me as a Designer, and I believe in keeping production and the creation of my designs as close to home, and my inspiration, as possible.
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Spellbind in this enchanting tulle, lace, and chiffon gown with a dramatic lattice-wrapped bow, open back, and peekaboo lace straps. SHOP BRIARLEIGH here.
(Model: Jessica Minter | Photographed by ULE Digital )
Who says you’ll never wear a bridesmaid dress again? I’ve been looking for an excuse to repeat my maid-of-honor gown (from my brother’s wedding last October) ever since I wore it almost a year ago. While I’ll admit that I’m a little biased–seeing as I design them–I’m always happy and flattered to hear from bridal parties who love their gowns and dresses so much, that they re-wear them to cocktail parties, and even weddings. As a bridal designer, I’m always striving to break the cliche when it comes to bridesmaid frocks- I enjoy designing gowns that are more red carpet, than bridal aisle. So even though I didn’t intend on recycling my MOH gown for the International Fashion Film Awards, when I spilled a glass of champagne down the front of my original all-white ensemble while primping, I wasn’t exactly devastated about my backup choice.
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Pictured: Ice blue ruched chiffon gown with one-shoulder ruffle detailing – by Lauren Elaine Bridal. Inquiries to email@example.com, or visit www.Lauren-ElaineDesigns.com.
Old Disney technicolor classics have always been a favorite of mine. At the top of my list is ‘Summer Magic’ –namely because I love Hayley Mills, and I’ve always coveted her wardrobe from the film. When I attended the launch party for TNT cosmetics last week, I wore a tiered chantilly lace dress inspired by Nancy’s (Hayley Mills) frilly yellow frock from the film’s final scenes. While the dress is available in White and Ivory color options through Lauren Elaine Bridal, my original design pays homage to the 1963 costume in a summery lemon hue.
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I’ve been so busy these past few months that I haven’t had a chance to share this stunning red carpet look from favorite muse Alyssa Campanella. Back in late May, Alyssa looked the part of a golden goddess at the 2014 Monte Carlo TV Festival’s “Golden Nymph” awards- Monaco’s version of the Oscars – in a champagne hued Lauren Elaine Bridal collection gown. For the very royal affair, Alyssa wanted something regal, and something fitting for the event’s black tie dress code. With peekaboo french lace embroidery, a plunging neckline, and flowing train, Alyssa served up some serious drama while keeping with her signature lady-like style, and topped Glamour Magazine’s ‘Best Dressed’ list.
(Top Photo: Alyssa, post event, at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. Photo courtesy of Alyssa’s blog–to view more photos and see Alyssa’s photo diary from Monte Carlo, visit JumpersandJasmine.com
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Wedding season is officially in full swing and I’ve been going nonstop since May! With such a crazy schedule, it’s sometimes difficult to pull myself away from work. Fortunately, I had a great excuse for a break last Friday when I was invited to attend the ‘Save our Sea’ benefit event at the W Hotel for the conservation of Salton Sea. Living so close in Los Angeles, I’ve always wanted to do a photoshoot in the area (the desert is my favorite location and the Salton Sea pretty much tops the list in terms of wow factor!) I also only recently learned of the Salton Sea’s predicament.
For the “blue carpet” (very appropriate) event, I paired the new “Landry” dress from the ‘Laine by Lauren Elaine’ collection with a classic black blazer, and cocktail-worthy jewels. Shop LANDRY here.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and the time when one of my favorite color trios starts popping up everywhere. While I love a good mix of red, white, and blue, I also love to change things up. During my recent creative retreat in Palm Springs, I decided to get a head start on a patriotic summer look by pairing the new “Praireigh” Maxi from Laine by Lauren Collection with a starry navy top, and substituting the classic red with a pop of bright orange. Swapping orange for red, or even teal for navy, is a great way to channel your inner ‘American girl’ without looking like a flag. Shop Praireigh HERE.
Skirt: Praireigh Maxi Skirt – available here. | Photos by ULE Digital
There’s one word that I always use to describe my personal style: feminine. Sometimes I lean a little bohemian, sometimes more conservative–but always feminine. So while enjoying my recent creative retreat to Palm Springs, I decide to embrace my obsession for classic, lady-like silhouettes in the new “Landry” dress from Lauren Elaine Black. I love the timeless cut paired with a bold, playful print- and the open back is perfect for hot summer days (or nights). SHOP “Landry” here.
Photography by ULE Digital. | Shop the Lauren Elaine “Landry” Dress here.
As you probably can tell my excessive posts, I’m highly anticipating the release of Maleficent next week. But in the meantime, Disney’s managed to get me equally excited about their follow-up live action fairytale film, Cinderella, slated for an April 2015 release date. Lily James as Cinderella looks the part in the first released production still. And the robin egg blue shade of that dress is perfection.
And here’s a teaser trailer…