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Bridal Market Here We Come!

This weekend we are off to bridal market…what does that mean again? Bridal market is a multi-day event where bridal designers descend on New York City with their brand new collections. From runway shows to intimate appointments with designers, this is an incredibly-fun-but-also-really-tiring series of days where we are presented with anywhere from 10-15 new styles for each designer, and we select a handful from each designer to purchase for the store. So how do we choose when presented with so many gorgeous gowns?

The short answer…it’s hard! We are naturally drawn to what we like best, so it can be tempting to favor styles that we, personally, want to wear. However, that’s exactly what we make sure not to do. The biggest factor in our decision is whether or not a particular style is something our brides will want to wear. We can’t buy a designer’s entire collection, so we are going to hone in on those styles we think will work best for our brides.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram (alittlesomethingwhite) starting this Sunday, as we post updates and pictures live from bridal market!! In the meantime, here are a few teasers!!

Photo credits: Erin Cole Design (top left), JLM Couture (bottom left), Kelly Faetanini (middle), Marchesa (right)

Oscars: Red Carpet Roundup

The Oscars. One of my favorite nights of the year. Watching the Oscars’ Red Carpet is my favorite three hours of television all year long. Typically, I find a comfortable place on my couch, delegate the childcare responsibilities to my husband for a few hours, and soak up the gorgeous fashion. This year was a little different. With my husband on a business trip and my rambunctious 2 1/2 year old by my side, I enjoyed the red carpet but wouldn’t describe my personal viewing party as particularly relaxing. Nonetheless, I was able to focus enough to come up with our list of favorite red carpet looks from the night!

Bridal-Inspired

Many of our favorite gowns seemed plucked from the aisle! In our opinion, Jennifer Lawrence (Dior Haute Couture) and Amy Adams (Oscar de la Renta) were two of the more gorgeous stars of the night. We hate following the crowd, and we know Jennifer Lawrence was a favorite of many people, but we couldn’t help but fall head over heels in love with her gown. Amy Adams also wowed us with her entire look, not just her gown! We loved Charlize Theron’s sleek Dior Haute Couture gown and sparkled peplum. Her hair felt a little severe to us but we also recognize she didn’t have much length to work with and it is probably cut that short for one of her movies! And last but certainly not least, we thought Georgina Chapman, co-designer of Marhcesa, was stunning in her gown. Pregnant? No big deal for Georgina!

Black Beauties

On the opposite end of the spectrum, some of our favorite stars were beautiful in black. Norah Jones really wowed us…when we first saw her we didn’t even know it was her! She has grown and matured so beautifully, and we think she looked statuesque in this Tadashi Shoji gown. Adele, in Jenny Packham, is a perfect example of how to dress a fuller figure in the right way. We think her gown hugged in the right places and she was ravishing. Sandra Bullock typically wows us, and this year’s Elie Saab gown was no exception. We would have preferred to see a bit more with her hair, but the gown was beautiful. Giuliana Rancic (in Rafael Cennamo Couture) and Stacey Kiebler (in Naeem Khan) were also gorgeous in black. But one of our favorite black beauties was Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Her Reem Acra gown was simply stunning on the soon-to-be mom, and the keyhole back on her gown was just gorgeous. She moved quickly down the red carpet on Sunday, and we wish we had the chance to see more of her!

Pop of color

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton, Jennifer Garner in Gucci, and Kerry Washington in Miu Miu all wowed us and stood out among a crowd of stars that often wore white, black, or nude hues. It’s not as obvious in these photos, but Jennifer Garner’s gown had a gorgeous cascading detail in the back that just added to the whole look. We also wanted to give a huge applause to Robin Roberts. Coming off a rough year, we think her poise, beauty, and confidence on the red carpet only served to enhance the beauty of her gown (Marc Bouwer).

Shimmer and shine

While not overly prevalent on the red carpet this year, there were two stars in particular whose shimmer we cannot ignore. Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive looked absolutely gorgeous, and she was reminiscent of the Oscar statue she was vying for. Jennifer Hudson was just….wow. Does she continue to get more and more beautiful? Her deep blue long-sleeved gown was gorgeous on the carpet and the slit up the front was glamorous and tasteful. Nicely done, ladies!!

Disappointments

Our Oscar round-up wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention those who disappointed us on the carpet this year. The biggest disappointment for us was Anne Hathaway. We are still elated over her Oscar win, but felt that her high-necked, dull pink Prada gown just wasn’t glamorous enough for what proved to be one of the biggest nights of her career. It is rumored that she decided at the last minute to not wear the gown Valentino had designed for her because it was rumored to be too similar to Les Miserables co-star Amanda Seyfried’s gown. We think she would have been much better off taking that risk! Was Jennifer Anisten beautiful? Yes, she pretty much always is. But we felt her Valentino gown and hair down was boring and blah. She always wows on the red carpet so we were surprised with her selection. And last but not least, we felt Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera was just a big thumbs down. At various points throughout the night, her hair appeared wet and messy, as if she had gotten caught in a rainstorm. And we felt that her gown was not all that flattering to her body. The back of the dress seems to be pulling strangely, as if it’s just a bit too tight. Again, a big disappointment for us because the shimmer of the gown is gorgeous!

All photos taken from The Hollywood Reporter

Golden Globes 2013: From the Red Carpet to the Aisle

If you read our previous blog post, you know which Golden Globes red carpet looks we are in love with (and which ones not so much). Believe it or not, many of the styles shown last Sunday could just as easily show up in a wedding (just in white or ivory)! Below are five styles from the Golden Globes that we think would translate beautifully into the bridal world.

1) Open any magazine this week, and Amy Adams is definitely on the best dressed list from the Golden Globes. We happen to agree. She absolutely blew us away in her Marchesa gown. Want this look? Marchesa introduced a similar look in their Fall 2013 collection. Even better? This collection will be at A Little Something White on February 8th and 9th during our Marchesa trunk show!

2) Do you love Anne Hathaway’s sleek Chanel gown? We do!! Junko Yoshioka has a similar style that is part of their Fall 2013 collection. It is certainly more embellished than Anne Hathaway’s gown, but it is just as sleek and striking. Want to try on this style? This collection will be at A Little Something White on February 1st and 2nd during our Junko Yoshioka trunk show!

 3) Jessica Alba was stunning in her Oscar de la Renta gown. We think the Anna Maier “Laetitia” gown from Anna Maier’s Spring 2013 collection is the perfect option for a bride who loves Jessica Alba’s look. And while we can’t suggest how to get your hands on the $5.8 million Harry Winston diamond necklace that Jessica wore, Laetitia does come with a gorgeous crystal beaded bow in back that ups the drama of this gown even more. We carry the Laetitia gown at A Little Something White, and if you think it’s beautiful in these photos, you should come see it in person…it is simply stunning!

4) Kerry Washington and her Miu Miu dress were not on our favorites list. We actually love the sheer overskirt on Kerry’s dress, but we didn’t love the length. If you like this gown, Kelly Faetanini’s Georgina gown from her Fall 2013 collection could be the perfect bridal look for you and is definitely in the right length! Even cooler is that Kelly’s gown can be made in two pieces so that the overskirt can be removed during your wedding or in one piece with the overskirt attached. So cool, right? This is one of the dresses we ordered from Kelly’s collection, and we actually ordered it in a way that gives brides not two, but three different options. Curious? Make an appointment to come see this gorgeous gown when it arrives at A Little Something White in March or at our Kelly Faetanini trunk show on March 8th and 9th!

5) We still can’t get over how gorgeous the very-pregnant Kristen Bell looked on the runway in her Jenny Packham gown. We think her look can easily translate not just from the red carpet to the aisle, but from maternity to non-maternity. Marchesa has a gown in its Fall 2013 collection that we think is the perfect option for a bride who loved Kristen Bell’s look. This Marchesa gown is also part of the collection that will be at A Little Something White on February 8th and 9th during our Marchesa trunk show!

Golden Globes gowns photos sourced from US Weekly and Pop Sugar: Amy Adams (Marchesa), Anne Hathaway (Chanel), Jessica Alba (Oscar de la Renta), Kerry Washington (Miu Miu), Kristen Bell (Jenny Packham)

Golden Globes 2013: Red Carpet Roundup

Many of those close to me know that one of the things on my bucket list is to walk the red carpet at a major awards show, preferable the Oscars. Will this ever happen? Probably not, but a girl can dream, right? Watching the red carpet pre-shows during awards season is one of my favorite things. I’m not a big television watcher otherwise, but I absolutely love watching the red carpet!! I always find the red carpet portion of the evening goes way too quickly.

The Golden Globes 2013 certainly didn’t disappoint, delivering many swoonworthy styles as well as many that left us saying, “what were they thinking?” Here is our roundup of the best and worst looks of the night!

The Best

We think Amy Adams, Jessica Alba, and Julianne Hough stole the show on Sunday. Amy Adams wowed in her blush-colored Marchesa gown. Jessica Alba was simply stunning in Oscar de la Renta. And Julianne Hough took our breath away in Monique Lhuillier. Everything about these ladies was perfect in our eyes, from their gowns, to their hair and makeup, to their jewelry.

Anne Hathaway and Michelle Dockery were simply stunning in their sleek white gowns. Anne opted for understated elegance in Chanel while Michelle was sleek and sexy with her embellished Alexandre Vauthier gown. Both gowns remind us of styles we saw on the bridal runway last fall, and we think both ladies were beautiful.

Claire Danes and Jennifer Garner also blew us away. Both wore red ensembles but wowed us for different reasons. The draping on Claire’s Atelier Versace gown was done in such a slimming, lovely way, and the color really allowed her to pop on the red carpet. It’s hard to believe she just had a baby…one month ago! Jennifer Garner’s Vivienne Westwood Couture gown was more subtly beautiful, which worked well since she wasn’t there as a nominee but to support her husband. We are hard pressed to find a time that we don’t love Jennifer Garner’s red carpet looks. We give both moms a huge thumbs up!

In our view, Kristen Bell wore one of the most beautiful maternity gowns than we have ever seen on the red carpet. She radiated beauty and confidence from head to toe in her Jenny Packham ensemble, and we thought her gown was gorgeous from all angles.

Mixed Feelings

There were really only two styles on Sunday that really left us with mixed feelings. We think Kate Hudson’s Alexander McQueen gown was drop dead gorgeous, but were disappointed with her hair style. At times, her wavy locks covered up what we think was the most beautiful part of the gown, the embellished neckline. Our thoughts on Jennifer Lawrence changed depending upon the camera angle. From the front, we thought her Dior gown was simply stunning, but from the side her pointy chest area left us wondering what she was thinking.

Worst

We know there are people out there who loved the prints and patterns on the red carpet. We love prints and patterns, but hated them for the red carpet. In our opinion, Halle Berry’s Atelier Versace gown looked like a beach cover-up. While the cut of Lucy Liu’s gown was quite flattering on her, we felt that the pattern of her Carolina Hererra gown looked more like the pattern of a bedspread. And Sienna Miller? We have no words. We know she is a free spirit, but there was nothing about this Erdem gown that we liked. The pattern, colors, and texture just didn’t seem well suited for the red carpet. And the gown didn’t even seem to fit her that well!

We generally think Eva Longoria could wear a paper bag and would look glamorous in it. However, the moment she walked onto the red carpet, we were kind of embarassed for her. Wasn’t the Angelina Jolie “leg” incident just last year at the Oscars? It felt like she was trying to copy Angelina’s look from last year and then take it up a notch. The deep plunging neckline would have been gorgeous on her Emilio Pucci gown without the dramatic leg thrust. With Jessica Chastain, we absolutely loved the color of the Calvin Klein Collection gown, but really disliked the draping around her chest. It looked to us like the gown was just too big on her. Combined with her sleeked-back hairstyle which we didn’t love with this drapey style, we just felt the whole look was blah.

We loved the deep blue/purple color of Jodie Foster’s Giorgio Armani gown, but that was about it. We felt that the the geometric pattern around her bust wasn’t flattering at all and the whole look was just so-so. Rachel Weisz might get our worst dressed vote of the night (it’s a close call between her and Sienna Miller). Her ill-fitting Louis Vuitton gown and polka-dot illusion neckline and skirt was too busy and distracting. You don’t know where to look when looking at her, and none of it was all that appealing! If you are going to get the length of your gown wrong, don’t do it on a gown with a sheer skirt that will easily show bunching at your ankles.

Stay tuned for a post later this week about how the Golden Globe styles might translate into the world of bridal!

Photos sourced from US Weekly  and People Style Watch – Amy Adams (Marchesa), Jessica Alba (Oscar de la Renta), Julianne Hough (Monique Lhuillier), Anne Hathaway (Chanel), Michelle Dockery (Alexandre Vauthier), Claire Danes (Atelier Versace), Jennifer Garner (Vivenne Westwood Couture), Kristen Bell (Jenny Packham), Kate Hudson (Alexander McQueen) and Jennifer Lawrence (Dior Couture), Eva Longoria (Emilio Pucci), Lucy Liu (Carolina Hererra), Jodie Foster (Giorgio Armani), Jessica Chastain (Calvin Klein Collection), Halle Berry (Atelier Versace), Rachel Weisz (Louis Vuitton), Sienna Miller (Erdem)