The Mist and Powder

In the spirit of the much anticipated (and blogged about!) MALEFICENT, I thought I’d share this newly discovered editorial obsession: ‘The Mist and the Powder,’ photographed (and styled) by Natalie Shau and Hideo, and featuring models Solveiga amd Gabriele. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous color treatment in this series, and the styling and contrast between light and dark is just magical. Enjoy.


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STYLE FILE: Love is Heroic

In late March I had the pleasure of attending another wonderful Unlikely Heroes benefit event – ‘Love is Heroic’.  I’m a big supporter of Unlikely Heroes and their tremendous work to rescue and provide homes for victims of sex slavery around the world.  The Love is Heroic benefit took place at Supperclub in Hollywood, and featured performances by the hillarious Anjelah Johnson and singer Andra Day.  For the event, I went for a soft angelic look.  I’d been waiting for the chance to wear the new “Astra” Capelet Dress from my new bridal collection.  While it’s from the bridal collection, I wore it in Softest Champagne, which lessened it’s ‘bridal’ feel, especially when paired with shimmery gold heels and jewelry.  While I’m definitely biased, I’m absolutely in love with this dress!  The chiffon cape layer makes it so much fun to wear, and the dramatic low cut back definitely makes a statement.



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Dress: “Astra” Capelet Dress in Softest Champagne from Lauren Elaine Bridal (Available soon at Lauren Elaine Official) | Pearl Ring: Family Heirloom | Midi Ring: Love Gold | Clutch: Vintage | Shoes: Guess


Castle by the Sea

Once upon a time, there was a castle by the sea…


This past Friday, we shot several gowns from the new Lauren Elaine Bridal collection at a magical location in Laguna Beach, CA. While I was hesitant to shoot bridal gowns at the beach, I discovered the existence of this special place, and I just couldn’t resist. Built in 1926, the Victorian Beach “Pirate Tower” as it’s called, looks more like a medieval castle relic than it’s actual purpose –an old stairwell.  Full saga here.   The extreme wind, high tides, and treacherous hike over rock formations was well worth the extra effort. A perfect backdrop for my modern-day “princess” bride,  I can’t wait to share more photos from this amazing spot. Take a look a few “behind-the-scenes” snapshots below.

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Model: Alyx Bien |  For more info, visit Lauren Elaine Official

Sunday Safari

Nothing boosts creativity and inspires new ideas more than a change of scenery.   Seeing new things and exploring new places inspires new ways of thinking and looking at the world.  Sometimes, amidst all the craziness of work and life, you just need to take a break, and get out! Living in LA, there’s no shortage of beautiful places to visit– and in just a day. No long vacation required.  So this past Sunday, I decided to take a drive through the Angeles National Forest. Although I’ve lived in LA for nearly 8 years, I’ve  only passed through bits and parts of the huge mountain range a few times (it’s 1,024.0 sq miles!) So a couple of hour before sunset, I set off for a ‘Sunday Safari’ — scouting new hiking trails, picking wildflowers, and taking in one epic sunset.  On my adventure, I wore the new “Kenya” dress- fitting with it’s tribal safari print, and made of super comfortable rayon.  Shop KENYA here!

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Dress: KENYA from Laine by Lauren Elaine Collection |  Photos by ULE Digital



Once Upon a Dream

A little less than 2 years ago, I posted about the most fantastic production still  that got me all sorts of excited.   Now I’m not quite sure what to make of the three trailers that have been released so far (the first one was amazing, and the second I’m not even going to link), but two things are for certain: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent is terrifyingly perfect, and Lana Del Rey’s version of ‘Once Upon A Dream’ in the latest trailer is just the best. Enjoy.

Breakfast with Tiffany

I love a good red dress. Give me a little red dress over a little black dress any day.  There’s something so feminine and powerful about red, and it commands attention like no other color.  So in the spirit of Valentines Day,  I’m excited to release one of my absolute favorite new dresses– the little red “Tiffany” dress.   I can never get enough of the 1950′s inspired silhouette, and  topped with polka dots and an oversized bow, this dress is perfect for the ‘Sweetheart’ season.  Dress it up with classic stilettos, or go comfortable in simple ballet flats. Given it’s name and vintage style, I couldn’t resist paying a little homage to the 1961 classic while spending some time in Pasadena.  SHOP “Tiffany” here.














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


Best Dressed: Alyssa Campanella at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards

I love a good challenge.  So earlier in January, when my good friend and favorite “muse” Alyssa Campanella asked if I could design her a special gown for the 2014 People’s Choice Awards- I jumped at the chance.  Not only is Alyssa a Designer’s dream, but her style is very similar to my own.  The challenge?  A four day deadline.  Alyssa+Campanella+Arrivals+People+Choice+Awards+CIyIzutzn36l

Luckily, Alyssa knew exactly what she wanted.   Something elegant, romantic, and effortless.   The result: an ethereal, iridescent custom gown  fit for a modern-day princess.


I’m so happy with the end result of this gown.  And it’s also very exciting to see Alyssa toping many of the season’s  ‘Best Dressed’ lists!


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And a special congratulations to CW’s “Reign” for winning Favorite New TV Drama at the People’s Choice Awards!

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EPILOGUE: Janna’s Restored Vintage Rehearsal Dress


This fall I had the honor of designing my new sister-in-law’s bridal gown for her October 12th wedding in Morro Bay, California  (pics and post coming soon!)  During one of her fittings, she mentioned that she wanted to incorporate material and lace from her grandmother’s 1930s vintage wedding gown into her ensemble.  She asked if I had any ideas?  While we originally brainstormed a one-of-kind heirloom garter, after seeing the gown for the first time, I suggested a restoration project to create a very special rehearsal dress from her grandmothers vintage gown.  The inspiration was something bohemian, feminine, and appropriate for her seaside venue and semi-casual rehearsal dinner.  The entire new dress is made solely from the materials and fabric of her grandmother’s gown.  Here’s a look at the before and after:





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LAUREN ELAINE: Something Old, Something New | LAFW

 Old World elegance meets modern luxury as Designer Lauren Elaine unveils SS2014 Lauren Elaine Bridal and Black Label Collections on October 22nd, in partnership with D’Argenzio Fine Wines. Enjoy intimate installations featuring the new collections while D’Argenzio uncorks centuries of artisan excellence.  Hosted by Alyssa Campanella.
6:30-7:30PM: Arrivals |  7:30PM-9:00PM |  Rotating Installations (New Lauren Elaine Black Label and Bridal installations revealed every fifteen minutes)
9:00PM | Finale Installation
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