Monday, May 3, 2010

Love the Logies...

Red Carpet looks to take you down the aisle… 

What better place to draw inspiration for your wedding gown, than off the red carpet. With the mix of gorgeous celebrities frocked up by some of the country’s leading fashion designers, it is easy to get some great ideas for what you want to wear on your big day.
Today, Karen Willis Holmes is serving up the best red-carpet looks with gown ideas for you to try, to channel the look of your favorite celebrity Logies outfit.

Jessica Marais
Karen Willis Holmes ‘Sharon’ gown

The stunning gown worn by Jessica Marais has a very similar look to the ‘Sharon’ gown, with seam lines helping to draw the eye to the centre of the bodice and then down, creating the illusion of a longer torso.
Corsets are very flattering when made properly, especially in bridal-wear as they help to create a sexy, womanly silhouette accentuating the waist and creating a beautiful curve down through the hips, while hiding any unwanted lumps and bumps. Jessica’s gown uses lace for softer detailing than what we can see in the ‘Sharon’ gown, but still provides the same flattering hourglass shape that flows down into the fishtail finish.
Jessica is the pick of the night here at Karen Willis Holmes – she looked absolutely radiant and the dress choice was perfect – stylish, sophisticated, sexy and chic.

Karen’s Tip: Soon to arrive in the Karen Willis Holmes ready to wear collection is a lace-based corset, similar to that shown in Jessica’s gown. If this look has captivated you, keep in touch for more details on arrival time.

Megan Gale
Karen Willis Holmes ‘Penelope’ gown.

Megan Gale is statuesque and stunning at the best of times, but in a plunging v-neck, column-esque number, she radiates everything that the red-carpet should be about – classic, sexy and fabulous.
For brides seeking this style look, the ‘Penelope’ gown channels a similar feel, especially with the low v-neckline, teamed with an empire line and bias base, this gown skims gently over the hips, while still being semi-forgiving with the georgette overlay. The black sash adds a classical, yet modern finish to the gown.

Karen’s Tip: If the black sash isn’t for you, why not alternate it for another colour, maybe to match or contrast your bridesmaids? A splash of colour can change the whole look of a gown, so be creative and experiment with the finish you want to add.

Natalie Bassingthwaite
Karen Willis Holmes ‘Emily’ and ‘Natalie’ gowns.

Natalie Bassingthwaite was positively glowing in her gorgeous gown teamed with her growing baby bump. Here at Karen Willis Holmes, we love to add a bit of a diamante feature to finish off a wedding gown – while these are purely optional (so those who shy away from the bling, can still have the gown sans sparkle) sometimes they can be what a gown needs to get that extra ‘wow’ factor, which is exactly what has happened with Natalie’s gown.
Pictured above is the 'Emily' belt (left) and 'Natalie' belt (right) – each being used to cinch the waist and draw the eye to this point, as with the corsetry underneath the waist looks tiny. The shot of sparkle lifts the ivory colour too.

Karen’s Tip: Further to sporting the diamante feature, Natalie is carrying off another great bridal trend – she is wearing the soft grey tone, which is an excellent colour for brides to consider if they are steering away from the traditional white or ivory palettes. A muted silver is also a stunning look in terms of a bridal gown choice too.

Margot Robbie
Karen Willis Holmes ‘Keisha’ gown

Margot Robbie is rocking a fabulous silhouette in this Logies creation. This gown is completely wearable for the red carpet, or as a wedding dress with such a gorgeous shape, diamante-encrusted detailing and the on-trend asymmetrical one shoulder feature.
What really captivates us with Margot’s gown though is the shape and the ‘Keisha’ gown has a very similar shape, with its corseted bodice and straight skirt that really hugs the body and showcases the womanly curves. The silk sequined overlay is a heavier fabric, which can disguise a multitude of sins for those who are worried about showing too much.

Karen’s Tip: If the 'Keisha' gown has caught your eye, try teaming it with a diamante accessory to finish it off with the same feel of Margot Robbie’s Logies look.

Susie Porter
Karen Willis Holmes design ‘Emily’

Susie Porter takes lace to new levels with her sophisticated, yet sweet lace dress. A new style that recently made its way to our ready to wear stores is ‘Emily’, a beautiful lace jacket/top that can be worn on top of a soft bias gown, providing some coverage to the shoulders and upper arm. When teamed with a sequin diamante belt, this gown has the ability to carry a fabulous vintage look.

Karen’s Tip: We all know that lovely lace can be quite expensive, so if you are wanting a lace gown for your big day but are on a tight budget, consider using lace as a feature piece on your gown or use a laced cap sleeve. 

Jennifer Keyte
Karen Willis Holmes ‘Michaela’ gown

Jennifer Keyte definitely dazzles in her mustard silk gown, complete with diamante features. A fabulous style, which would look picturesque in ivory, such as the ‘Michaela’ gown, with its intricately draped bodice and corseting, would create a fabulous bridal look.

Karen’s Tip: For brides who want to steer away from the strapless gown, consider a one-shoulder feature as this not only looks beautiful and is very flattering on most body shapes, but also breaks away from the traditional bridal look.

Rebecca Gibney
Karen Willis Holmes ‘Fleur’ bodice and ‘Edwardian’ skirt

The deep royal blue, off the shoulder design sported by Rebecca Gibney is every bit as fabulous as she is. A stunning style that flatters her figure and truly embodies the idea that ‘less is more’. Inspired?  Our ‘Fleur’ bodice teamed with the ‘Edwardian’ skirt would make for a fabulous wedding gown, while creating the same graceful, chic look as shown by Rebecca on the red carpet.

Karen’s Tip: If you can’t find the perfect single piece dress, consider the options of a bodice and skirt – these create some more flexible options and allow you to mix and match to create your own, unique look.

And to finish with a little giggle it was pleasant to see Richard Wilkins taking his hand to housework, vacuuming away on the red carpet…

With the Logies now done and dusted, hopefully you have been able to draw some inspiration from the red carpet and get some fresh ideas to consider when hunting for your wedding dress.

Don’t forget to consider all your options, including ready to wear and couture, both of which are offered here at Karen Willis Holmes.

Feel free to stop by one of our stores and work with the girls to find your perfect gown for your wedding and don’t forget that you can be as creative as you want to truly trademark your look.

To see more Karen Willis Holmes gowns head to our website.

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