Style File

Lauren Elaine in Arizona Weddings Magazine

Here’s a look inside the newest issue of Arizona Weddings Magazine – featuring a 9 page editorial spread featuring our “Camellia” gown!  Pick up the June/July issue now on newsstands, and look for Lauren Elaine Bridal on the COVER! of Arizona Weddings October/November Issue later this year!  (Photo Credits |  Photographer: Daniel Kim, Model: Natalie Beam, Styling: Tremaine Ranch, Hair/Makeup: Monica Walsh, Gown provided curtesy of exclusive Lauren Elaine Arizona Salon Retailer, Grace Style & Bridal.)

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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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Frocking out the New Year with the Reception Collection!

Tomorrow’s the day! We can’t wait to release the new ‘Reception Collection’ from Lauren Elaine Bridal!  Be sure to visit the Lauren Elaine Official Site tomorrow morning, at 9:30amPST, for the launch of the new collection and 27 page lookbook! If you subscribe to our newsletter,  (or if you’re already subscribed) you’ll also be receiving a special promo code good towards any ‘Reception Collection’ style, for a limited time!

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About the Reception Collection: We’ve created this collection in direct response to a growing demand for non-traditional wedding gowns. Whether it’s a dress for the first dance at a wedding reception, or a dress for the bride who’s opted for a civil ceremony, weddings and related celebrations come in all varieties, and we really wanted to embrace that.  Many brides don’t want to wear the same dress they wore for their ceremony. The reception is all about the celebration. It’s a party! And the ‘Reception Collection’ offers bridal dresses that are fun to wear, and are perfect for the post-nuptials festivities. The femininity and overall prettiness of 1950’s silhouettes have always been a favorite of mine. I wanted to capture that lady-like elegance in the ‘Reception Collection,’ while keeping the looks wearable and flattering on all shapes and sizes.

Along with the easy-to-wear A-line shapes and tea-length hemlines, the ‘Reception Collection’ boasts lady-like charm with luxurious textures and details usually reserved for gowns of higher price points– and lady-like names for each of the four initial styles: the “Priscilla”, the “Shirley”, the “Lana,” and the “Margaret.”  The “Shirley” features a signature ombre tulle skirt and bodice, available in 3 colors (Blushing, Mint-to-Be, and Something Blue.)  Swarovski crystals and three-dimensional embroidered flowers pepper the cropper-mermaid silhouette of the “Margaret,” with French corded lace and satin adorning the more classic “Priscilla” and “Lana” styles.

Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter at Lauren Elaine Online and look for the launch of the Reception Collection tomorrow!

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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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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.

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.

Summer Magic

Old Disney technicolor classics have always been a favorite of mine. At the top of my list is ‘Summer Magic’ –namely because I love Hayley Mills, and I’ve always coveted her wardrobe from the film. When I attended the launch party for TNT cosmetics last week, I wore a tiered chantilly lace dress inspired by Nancy’s (Hayley Mills) frilly yellow frock from the film’s final scenes. While the dress is available in White and Ivory color options through Lauren Elaine Bridal, my original design pays homage to the 1963 costume in a summery lemon hue.

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Dress Inquiries: salesrep@lauren-elainedesigns.com / 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

 

A Blue Carpet Affair

Wedding season is officially in full swing and I’ve been going nonstop since May! With such a crazy schedule, it’s sometimes difficult  to pull myself away from work. Fortunately, I had a great excuse for a break last Friday when I was invited to attend the ‘Save our Sea’ benefit event  at the W Hotel for the conservation of Salton Sea.  Living so close in Los Angeles,  I’ve always wanted to do a photoshoot in the area (the desert is my favorite location and the Salton Sea pretty much tops the list in terms of wow factor!)  I also only recently learned of the Salton Sea’s predicament.

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For the “blue carpet” (very appropriate) event, I paired the new “Landry” dress from the ‘Laine by Lauren Elaine’ collection with a classic black blazer, and cocktail-worthy jewels. Shop LANDRY here.

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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