Friday, May 7, 2010

Rosemount Australia Fashion Week - Day Three...

Rosemount Australia Fashion Week – Day Three…

Karen Willis Holmes ‘Daisy’ gown

Alice McCall’s designs are always very fun and pretty, and this collection showcased this signature style of hers. This little strapless, high-waisted dress, with its sweetheart neckline is such a sweet design. The use of the print fabric has the ability to add detail to a simple silhouette.

Karen’s Pick – To channel this fun little number in your wedding gown, look no further than ‘Daisy’. With its soft sweetheart neckline, detailed with gorgeous scalloping, teamed with the high waist and made from a gorgeous embroidered tulle lace, this is the perfect design match!

Karen Willis Holmes ‘Karenna’ gown

A world away from bridal, but at Karen Willis Holmes we are huge fans of this gorgeous neckline and the fabulously, fresh colour.

Karen’s Pick – This colour can be a bit hard to pull off for most people, but the neckline certainly isn’t! This type of neckline really frames the face and is very soft and feminine. The ‘Karenna’ gown showcases this look and also boasts a long fitted bodice to help to give you a killer body shape. 

Kate Sylvester (left) and Bianca Spender (second from the right)
Karen Willis Holmes ‘Roberta’ and ‘Poppy’ gowns

Ruffles sit very comfortably in the whole flirty, feminine theme we are seeing a lot of in the Spring/Summer Collections this year. Kate Sylvester (left) and Bianca Spender (second from right) offer up two lovely alternatives for this trend.

Karen’s Tip – For those wanting to rock ruffles on their big day, opt for a fitted bodice with a ruffle skirt like ‘Roberta’ (second from left) rather than having too many large ruffles throughout the whole dress. The reason for this is that the ruffles have the ability to swamp you. In a short style like Bianca Spender’s design, this is not an issue, but in a long gown, you can end up looking a bit overdone. If you do want a full ruffle look, go for a very simple comlumn silhouette, with very small, delicate and soft ruffles, like the ‘Poppy’ gown where the ruffles become more like a texture and create a vey soft romantic, yet quirky feel.

Karen Willis Holmes ‘Angelica’ gown

Kate Sylvester always keeps her designs super chic and unique and this is evident here, with a simple gown consisting of soft draping and quirky details (the shirt collar necklace).

Karen’s Pick‘Angelica’, a soft georgette wrap-around overlay, works over a base gown to create that lovely floaty look, similar to Sylvester’s design.

Karen’s Tip – Pop a brooch or a small fabric flower at the hip to finish off the look!

Karen Willis Holmes ‘Carmalina’ gown

Bianca Spender has created a stunning design, with the use of a nude palette and the popular soft draping, resulting in a sophisticated and sexy gown.

Karen’s Pick – With an intricately draped bodice, high waist and adorable cap sleeves, ‘Carmalina’ shimmers in diamond silk organza. Finished off with a diamante brooch at the waist, this is a truly sophisticated look for the modern bride.

Karen’s Tip – Draping that follows V-shaped lines on the bodice help to draw the eye in to the centre and create a more flattering shape on the torso with the detail.

Karen Willis Holmes ‘Penelope’ gown

A plunging neckline is always sexy and Manning Cartell proves this is the case, whether done with a sheer overlay or in a more pretty look with lace, it is a definite showstopper.

Karen’s Pick – ‘Penelope’ with its plunging neckline, is perfect for the bride who is seeking a bit of a sexy feel to her wedding gown, without being overly exposed. Simple and chic.

Karen’s Tip – Plunging necklines are definitely one for girls with smaller busts. Those with larger busts run the risk of looking a bit too risque in a deep neckline.

Karen Willis Holmes ‘Grace’ and ‘Rebecca’ gowns

Konstantina Mittas’ draped corset style dress is a perfect example of how flattering draping to the side can be for the figure, as it prevents the eye from looking straight across at the hips, which tends to be the widest part in your gown.

Karen’s Pick - For a classic look, go for ‘Grace’, a beautifully draped, full gown. Alternatively, for a slight twist, ‘Rebecca’ features asymmetrical draping on the bodice and within the skirt, creating that little bit of difference from the more traditional ‘Grace’ gown.

Karen Willis Holmes ‘Audrey’ gown

Nookie has designed a sexy shift with a pretty gathered scoop neck, perfect for a casual beach affair.

Karen’s Pick – For a flattering shape, opt for a slightly body skimming line like the ‘Audrey’ gown. With its lovely scoop neck and simple line, it is a perfect option for a beach or garden wedding.

Karen’s Tip - Switch the plain cap sleeves for some little lace ones for a softer, prettier look.

If you were in search of a modern, unique choice for a bridal dress, you could go for one of these options. A lace jumpsuit from Bianca Spender (left) caught our attention first, or Jayson Brunsdon has created a sexy alternative that could look lovely for a destination wedding...

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