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Academy Awards Inspiration

February 28th, 2012

by Keely


Well, I’m back to round out the awards season with a wrap up from the movies’ (and fashion’s!) biggest night: The Academy Awards. There were some clear trends throughout the evening – a lot of white gowns, red gowns, one shouldered frocks, long sleeved stunners, peplum skirts and metallic accents to name a few! I’ve pulled together a few of my absolute favorite gowns from the night and have set them side by side with some of our own beauties from The White Gown. What were your favorites of the evening?

My favorite trend of the evening was the peplum skirt. Michelle Williams wore an amazing Louis Vuitton coral gown and Tina Fey looked stunning in a midnight blue Carolina Herrera gown. I chose to pair the peplum styles with an Enzoani stunner, and while it may not technically be a peplum, the natural waisted bodice and flared skirt of this Enzoani gown has a similar shape overall. Love!!

Next up is the always-beautiful Angelina Jolie – she wore an amazing Atelier Versace gown. When I saw this gown, I immediately thought of our layered organza David Fielden gown – it features similar asymmetrical draping and a flattering natural waistline. In short, I’m obsessed.

I noticed a lot of sleeved options – both cap sleeves and long sleeves – on the red carpet, which I love. Check out the amazing silhouettes on JLo (in Zuhair Murad), Meryl Streep (in Lanvin) and Octavia Spencer (in Tadashi Shoji).

I can’t help but think of our amazing Lusan Mandongus gown that features a similar cinched waist and gentle cap sleeve.

Emma Stone was another favorite of mine Sunday evening in Giambattista Valli. I love this high neckline on her – even if it was similar to Nicole Kidman a few years back! The gown is also reminiscent of our Alyne Bridal gown, Fiona that features a high neckline and natural waist.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Natalie Portman in vintage Christian Dior (another red gown!!). The silhouette is classic and lovely – just like our Alyne Bridal gown, Audrey.

Milla Jovovich’s Ellie Saab gown was yet another favorite of mine (sorry - I had a lot of favorites!). The beautiful one-shoulder detail along with the beaded draping was nothing but stunning. While the fabrics are different, the draping and shoulder detail reminded me of our new Soft by Rosa Clara gowns. Gorgeous!

A structured bodice and textured skirt goes a long way. Take a look at Jessica Chastain (in Alexander McQueen) and Kristen Wiig (in J Mendel), for example. And then take a look at our gorgeous Maria Karin gown that combines the best of both!

Another jaw-dropping moment was Stacy Keibler’s amazing Marchesa, metallic gown! Between the gorgeous color and rosette draping, I was immediately reminded of one of our favorite David Fielden gowns at the salon.


And finally, I just had to include Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tom Ford dress and cape. I didn’t pair this with a gown in the store simply because every bride can achieve this look with a cathedral veil! A statement indeed – what’s not to love about this look?


What was your favorite look of the night? Will you wear an Academy Awards-inspired gown? We’d love to hear!

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We just received more gowns from one of our newest designers, Soft by Rosa Clara and we just couldn’t wait to share them with you all. The entire line is made up of long-flowing gowns in white and nude draped silk voile and tulle. Draped in figure flattering silhouettes, the gowns hug the body and exalt its femininity.¬†The short of it is, they are simply GORGEOUS!

Here are some of our favorites:

The slim silhouettes are perfect for everything from outdoor venues and destination weddings to formal evening affairs. Be sure to make your appointment today to try on these amazing gowns from Soft by Rosa Clara!

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by Keely


We are excited to announce a new designer in our store – we think you’ll all be pretty excited, too! Introducing Soft by Rosa Clara – a gorgeous line featuring beautiful silk chiffon gowns and elegant draping. The first gown we’ve received so far is Homero – a tulle and rebrod√© lace gown with detailed beading throughout the bodice.

Wouldn’t this gown be stunning in a white winter themed wedding? We’ve pulled together some inspirational winter wedding images for you to enjoy.

Venue decor via Apartment Therapy

Sparkly wedding cake via Oh One Fine Day

LOVE via Oh One Fine Day

Venue decor via The Knot

Make your appointment today to try on this beautiful Soft by Rosa Clara gown!



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