Best Of Fashion

NOVA: Mini Lookbook

Shimmer in this cascading gown of chiffon with ruched sweetheart bodice, horsehair petal detailing, and Swarovski crystal embellishment. SHOP NOVA here.
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(Model: Alyx Bien | Photographed by ULE Digital )

BRIARLEIGH: Mini Lookbook

Spellbind in this enchanting tulle, lace, and chiffon gown with a dramatic lattice-wrapped bow, open back, and peekaboo lace straps. SHOP BRIARLEIGH here.

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(Model: Jessica Minter | Photographed by ULE Digital )    

Fashion, Film, and a Bridesmaid Gown

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 salesrep@lauren-elainedesigns.com, or visit www.Lauren-ElaineDesigns.com.

Best Dressed: Alyssa Campanella in Monte Carlo

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.

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(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

For gown inquiries, please contact salesrep@lauren-elainedesigns.com or visit Lauren-ElaineDesigns.com

 

Patriotic Play

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.

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Skirt: Praireigh Maxi Skirt – available here. | Photos by ULE Digital

Spotted: The Landry Dress

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.

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Photography by ULE Digital. |  Shop the Lauren Elaine “Landry” Dress  here.

 

BELLARA: Mini Lookbook

Dazzle in this magical ball gown of layered tulle, french lace, and Swarovski crystal and pearl detailing with a dramatic open back design. SHOP BELLARA here.

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(Model: Dylan Marie Quigg | Photo Credits: KEE Photography and ULE Digital )

PANDORA: Mini Lookbook

Unlock your inner goddess in this hypnotizing off-the-shoulder gown of ruched chiffon with crystal and pearl detailing. SHOP PANDORA here.

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(Model: Alyx Jade | Photography: ULE Digital )

Belles of the Met Ball

Ah…the Met Ball–the Oscars of Fashion.  Personally, I loved this year’s theme –celebrating American couturier Charles James,  and encouraging ball gowns and bustles galore.  I’m sharing 3 of my favorite looks below – categorized by ‘Most Exciting’, ‘Most Appropriate’, and ‘Best in Show.’

MOST EXCITING:  Emma Stone

It’s not easy to pull off a head-to-toe hot pink look with red hair…and on top of a red carpet. But Emma Stone blew me away in her Thakoon ensemble, finished with gorgeous metallic makeup and accents.  Her look was exciting and unique– and definitely stood out amongst a sea of debutante-worthy gowns.

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MOST APPROPRIATE:  Sarah Jessica Parker

Sure, it’s over-the-top, but it’s the MET BALL. Given this year’s theme, it’s absolutely perfect.   And only SJP could pull off this decadent Oscar de la Renta creation, complete with a red John Hancock.

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BEST IN SHOW: Hayden Panettiere 

I love a look that isn’t afraid to embrace ‘pretty.’ Classic ball gown with a deliciously modern pastel twist.  I love this Dennis Basso gown paired with an effortless updo.

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ASTRA: Mini Lookbook

Float in this ethereal chiffon capelet dress with french lace detailing and dramatic open back. SHOP the new ASTRA dress here!

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(Model: Dylan Quigg | Photography: ULE Digital | Cover Photography: KEE)