Holiday Road

Oh how I love a good road trip.  Maybe it’s the change of scenery, or maybe it’s the drawn out anticipation of the destination. When it comes to traveling, I’d happily trade a day on the road, inspired by new landscapes, for a few hours in the sky.  Road trips are not only an American tradition, but when it comes to the holidays, road trips are just as much a tradition as decorations and presents.  To Grandmother’s [ or insert family member’s] house we go… LaurenElaineHolidayRoad4

I kicked off this holiday season with a road trip into high altitude and cooler temps for Thanksgiving.  And next week,  I’ll be road-tripping to Las Vegas for a project I’ve been dreaming up for a while.  I’m exciting to be launching a new collection of tea-length, 1950’s inspired bridal dresses geared towards receptions, rehearsals, showers, and unconventional weddings.  They’re fun to wear, and made for celebrating.  I love it when brides break away from tradition when it comes to their weddings – whether it’s the location or the gown.  And so I thought, what  better place to capture the nontraditional, fun, and flirty retro feel of the new collection than Vegas, and all it’s neon glory!  I can’t wait to head out on a road trip through the Mojave desert  to bring this vision to life– behind-the-seams blog post to follow!!LaurenElaineHolidayRoad8LaurenElaineHolidayRoad1LaurenElaineHolidayRoad2LaurenElaineHolidayRoad7LaurenElaineHolidayRoad5

 

 

 

 

 

LOTUS: Mini-Lookbook

Shimmer in the iridescent beauty of cascading tulle and horsehair petals over the sumptuous ball gown silhouette of the Lotus gown by Lauren Elaine Bridal. SHOP LOTUS here.

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(Model: Sabyr Omens |  Photography & Post by ULE Digital )

GARDENIA: Mini-Lookbook

Bloom in the delicate, hand-crafted beauty and charm of the feminine Gardenia gown from Lauren Elaine Bridal. SHOP GARDENIA here.

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SHOP GARDENIA HERE.

(Model: Jessica Minter |  Photography & Post by ULE Digital )

Epilogue: Lisa’s Victorian Violette

Vintage inspirations are prevalent in many of our bridal gowns, from silhouettes and fabrications, to finishing techniques and embellishments.  Additionally, many of the brides we work with are quick to describe their wedding theme as vintage-inspired.  While vintage inspiration can take many forms,  I truly fell in love with these dreamy images from beautiful bride Lisa.  Not only did she make for one stunning bride, but her Victorian venue was such a perfect compliment to the vintage-inspired Victorian lace and feminine details of her “Violette” gown.  I also adore her use of  color (the red shoes!) and her spot-on styling. Here’s a look at some of the images from her wedding at the Top O’Woodland Historic Inn in Nashville, TN,  photographed by Suzi Daggs.

 “I absolutely loved this dress, and it was perfect for the venue and feel of the wedding.” – Lisa

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Gown: Lauren Elaine “Violette” | Photography: Suzi Daggs | Venue: Top O’ Woodland Historic Inn in Nashville, TN

 

 

 

 

Inspiration Orientation

I get inspiration from just about everything– places I’ve visited, movies, music, nature…the list goes on.  As inspiration is such a huge part of my world, I’ve decided to make a change.  Can you see/guess what it is? …As you may have noticed, the name of the blog has changed! And over the course of the next week or so, we’ll be making some other additions and modifications to the blog and the layout in the spirit of this theme.

Just as every fairytale begins with ‘Once upon a time…” — every creation of mine starts with a seam.  But more meaningful to me is the inspiration behind the seams, and what inspires every design, collection, photograph and fashion film from the very beginning. I love reading and seeing the inspiration behind other artists’ work, just as I enjoy sharing mine. Inspiration is a story, and you can read all of my stories on ‘Once Upon a Seam.’

One of my biggest sources of inspiration is travel – and visiting new places.  While I frequently trade Los Angeles for a change of scenery in Big Bear,  it’s not exactly a “new place”- as it’s more like a second home. However, on a recent trip I did a little exploring  of the town of Fawnskin, CA–nestled on the other side of Big Bear Lake.  As you enter the rustic town square, it’s hard to miss the massive and seemingly abandoned Fawn Lodge.  Today it looks like a wild-west inspired saloon, but apparently it wasn’t always that way (it even holds a deep dark secret.) I love it’s kitschy look, and it helped inspired the wild west cowboys and indians theme and concept of our 2014 SWIM campaign film, shot entirely in Big Bear.  While exploring, I paired the western-inspired “Polly” dress from ‘Laine by Lauren Elaine’ with a chunky wool cardigan, tights, and my favorite boots. Gingham can be a go-to year round with the right layering.

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AURELIA: Mini Lookbook

Entrance with a heavenly vision of tulle and French lace in the dramatic mermaid-silhouetted “Aurelia” gown from Lauren Elaine Bridal.  SHOP AURELIA here.

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SHOP AURELIA HERE.

(Model: Sabyr Omens |  Photography & Post by ULE Digital )

Walking in a November Wonderland

Southern California hasn’t seen rain in what feels like a year!  While Los Angeles was treated to much needed showers…in Big Bear Lake, CA, I got to experience precipitation in its most magical form–SNOW!!  I came up to the mountains a few days ago to spend Halloween and enjoy a long weekend/creative retreat after a busy October, and this early snowfall was nature’s icing on the cake!  After frolicking in this November wonderland, I spent the day curled up by a blazing fire, sipping hot cocoa, and looking over photos from a recent shoot we did last week for Lauren Elaine Bridal.  A perfect Saturday. Happy November, everyone!

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Dress: Lauren Elaine Black Label – available by special order (inquiries to salesrep@lauren-elainedesigns.com)

Fall Florals

While it may technically be Fall,  in Southern California it still feels very much like summer. And although I’m desperate to break out the plaids, faux fur, and houndstooth, I couldn’t help but gravitate towards florals when picking a dress for my cousin’s recent wedding brunch in Montecito, CA.  With temps in the 80s, the jewel-toned “Petunia” dress from LAINE by Lauren Elaine not only felt appropriate for the event, but also for exploring the picturesque 1920s historical home that accommodated my family for the wedding weekend.

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Pair florals with black, navy, or chocolate accents and accessories to make them wearable year-round in warmer climates. SHOP PETUNIA here.

“Stolen Moments” with my favorite Royal

Step aside, Kate Middleton. My favorite “Royal” style icon has always been Charlotte Casiraghi.  And this new “Stolen Moments” film for Gucci Cosmetics is really pure perfection.  It’s regal, timeless, and mysterious– and so beautifully fitting for the non-titled Princess of Monaco and granddaughter of Grace Kelly.

All Bridal’s Eve: October 28th, 2014

‘All Bridal’s Eve’ is now closing out the LA Fashion Week festivities on the 28th of October. We’re summoning our corpse brides for a fashion filled evening with a haunting twist.  Read more about the event  here.  Press/Blogger/Industry invite requests to info@lauren-elainedesigns.com.

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