Favorite Things

That’s a wrap, 2016!


As the first week of 2017 comes to a close, I’m sharing some of my favorite things from 2016 – as featured on our @LaurenElaineBridal Instagram countdown! I can’t wait to share what we have in the works for 2017!


 

White Friday 2016

Happy White Friday 2016! In honor of White Friday, we’re excited to introduce our two newest lovely ladies, “Arabelle” and “Giselle!” See their full look books below. And to celebrate engagement season, book an appointment at our Los Angeles Style House and receive special Trunk Show promotions when you say ‘yes’ to your Lauren Elaine gown in 2016!

An inside look at the 2016 Knot Gala and Bridal Fashion week in New York with Designer Lauren Elaine of Lauren Elaine Bridal

VIDEO DIARY: Bridal Fashion Week | The Knot Gala 2016

Last month, I traveled to New York for Bridal Fashion Week and the 20th Anniversary Annual Knot Gala!  Here’s a look at some of my Bridal Fashion Week adventures, a glimpse at the making of our newest collection, as well as an inside peek at the “Fete des Reves” Knot Magazine party 20 years in the making (and the ultimate celebration of all things Bridal!)

 

 

Logan’s First ‘Lauren Elaine’

Today I’m sharing a look at a very special custom gown, designed for a very special little lady.  Later this year, my sister-in-law Janna will be welcoming her first daughter, Logan Kai, into the world…and I can’t wait to be an Aunt!  I also couldn’t wait to start playing dress-up and dreaming up all things ‘Princess’, so in celebration of her birth, we’ve designed Logan’s first edition ‘Lauren Elaine’ gown.  Complete with my favorite lace appliqué and pearl detailing, here’s a peak at this decadent blush and cream tulle confection…the first of many.

Lauren Elaine Bridal: RECEPTION COLLECTION LOOKBOOK

FROCK ON!  Presenting the inaugural lookbook for the Reception Collection by Lauren Elaine Bridal! Curated especially for destination weddings, elopements, wedding receptions and rehearsals, the Reception Collection offers a variety of fete-worthy retro-feel frocks in tea length silhouettes and unique fabrications, including Ombre tulle and 3-D lace flowers.  To highlight the Reception Collection’s fun and retro mood, we headed to the bright lights of Las Vegas, NV.  View the behind-the-scenes video from the shoot here.  And shop all of the styles from the ‘Reception Collection’ at Lauren-ElaineDesigns.com.

Enjoy! – LE

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TREND TUESDAY: Oversized Bows

Today’s trend: Oversize Bows. As seen on the cover and inside the current issue of Brides Magazine, oversized bows are having a moment.  Not only do they add a punch of unexpected drama with the right placement, but if you select a gown featuring a self-tying bow, like the Lauren Elaine Briarleigh, you can create the shape and look you prefer –from big and voluminous to loose and draped.

Lauren Elaine Bridal Review Brides Magazine

 

TREND TUESDAY: 3-D Flowers

In the spirit of the New Year, we’re introducing new weekly themes to the blog! Today, I’m happy to be kicking off ‘Trend Tuesday’ – a weekly post highlighting timely trends in bridal fashion.

Today’s trend: 3-D Flowers. As seen in the current issue of Brides Magazine, currently on newsstands, up the luxe in your bridal look with textured flowers. Whether on the neckline, hemline, or even added to a veil or headpiece, texture is always exciting and decadent, and lace flowers keep the effect feminine and touchable.

Many of the newest Lauren Elaine Bridal gowns are peppered with our signature, 3-D french corded lace hand embroidered flowers – including the new Gardenia, Aurelia, Ivy, Aurora, and even the soon-to-be released Margaret dress from the upcoming “Reception Collection.” Lauren Elaine Bridal Brides Magazine Review

If you’re keeping your gown look sleek but want a pop of floral, experiment with a textured hair accessory like the “Empress” headpiece (available by special order, salesrep@lauren-elainedesigns.com, see below.)

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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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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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It's snowing!!! Walking in a November wonderland… #behindtheseams #bigbear #snow #november #californialove #yourstruly

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

“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.