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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EPILOGUE: Courtney’s Ocean Green Gown

This September, my cousin Tyler married his fiancé Michael in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA.  While each groom’s brother served as their respective ‘Best Man’, Tyler’s sister Courtney walked him down the aisle.  When they started planning for the wedding, Courtney asked if I could design her something unique and special.  She didn’t want a typical bridesmaid dress, and she needed to work within a specific color palette.  She also knew she wanted a halter neckline and A-line silhouette.  Not only was I happy to design something special for my cousin, but I loved working with Courtney to dream up a gown that accommodated both the event, and her personal style. The result: an Ocean Green gown that’s sleek and elegant–but not overly feminine or fussy. CourtneyHillCustomGownFRONTBACK

An accordion pleated chiffon overlay creates texture and subdued detail while a parting draped chiffon skirt adds elegance. The gown features a cinched waist with belt over a fitted and structured bodice.  Here’s a look at some of the sketches we did for Courtney – with her final gown resembling sketch #3.

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To begin your custom design experience, or to book a consultation at the Lauren Elaine Style House in Los Angeles, CA,  please contact salesrep@lauren-elainedesigns.com or visit LAUREN ELAINE CUSTOM.

 

 

Hello October!

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – Anne of Green Gables

October in Big Bear Lake, Designer Lauren Elaine, Fall Fashion

If Fall is my favorite season of the year, then October is my favorite month. Happy October 1st! While I’m busy prepping for our upcoming LA Fashion Week event coming up later in the month– this week, I’m soaking in the cooler temps and changing leaves up in the mountains of Big Bear, CA, where Fall is officially in full swing.

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AURORA: Mini Lookbook

Reign in this regal gown of billowing chiffon, handcrafted french lace floral embroidery, and sweeping one-shoulder silhouette. SHOP AURORA here.

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(Model: Jessica Minter | Photographed by ULE Digital )

Fall Festivities

Today marks the official 1st day of Fall–and the start of my absolute favorite season of the entire year. Maybe it’s because my birthday’s in November, or maybe it’s the anticipation of the Holiday Season, but when Fall rolls around, I can’t help but get excited. This year, I’m combining a little bit of my own love for fall (Halloween in particular) into our event for Los Angeles Fashion Week (LAFW).  Halloween, much like Fashion, allows for dressing up and transforming into someone else. Since I’ll be showing my bridal collection this season, and given LAFW’s October calendar, we’ve decided to liven things up with an event that combines both fashion and All Hallow’s Eve. Inspired by movies like ‘The Bride of Frankenstein” and ” The Corpse Bride”, we’ll be hosting an ‘All Bridal’s Eve’ reception featuring inspired installations with the new Lauren Elaine Bridal line, along with spirited cocktails. While costumes will not be required, an appreciation for all things Fall and spooky will be.

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