This morning, flipping through an issue of C Magazine, I was suddenly stopped in my tracks by a gorgeous gown in an ad for designer Tadashi Shoji. Minutes later I found myself googling his name to hunt down this dress and find out more about the designer behind it. There was just something about the romantic textural quality of the flutters of silk, which covered the entire slim profile, strapless, a-line gown – neatly belted with a simple ribbon sash. Much to my surprise and delight, Tadashi Shoji designs are not only beautifully designed but they are also surprisingly accessible and affordable. Nordstroms and Bloomingdales have a variety of designs available online.
This blush color would be perfect for a Bride who is looking for a non-traditional dress, or as spectacular bridesmaid dresses. If you are considering it for a bridesmaids dress, it also comes in short version. If you are a bride that must wear white, below are some other options from the collection.
Choosing the perfect dress goes hand in hand with choosing the perfect location. Your dress should reflect the feeling of where you decide to say ‘I Do’. The secret is to match style to style without losing your own personal identity. Stay true to your taste and ensure your dress works with your body type. Throughout the dress shopping experience keep the conceptual nature of the location in mind.
Below, for your inspiration I have handpicked a selection of Bridal fashions straight from the 2010 runways and paired them with some of Santa Barbara’s most popular venues.
For a winery, ranch or rustic estate a more romantic and whimsical feel applies. Your guests will embrace the wind gently blowing through the trees; the smell of lavender floats in the air, their toes may be tickled ever so slightly from the grass beneath their feet. Softer color pallet, lace, and delicate features will better be received by their eye.
For a smaller intimate wedding on the beach, at a courthouse, or in a park, a more casual and simple tone should be set by the dress. Instead of the perfect little black dress we all have in our closet, find your perfect little “white” dress and wear it with confidence. Short is in ladies, pair it with fun accessories for a bold statement. The length of a wedding gown doesn’t have to be long to grab their attention.
With so many choices for hosting a green wedding these days, there are still very few wedding dress designers considering their environmental impact and catering to the socially conscious bride-to-be. This is why we were thrilled to learn about our very own Santa Barbara based, Eco Couture Designer, Jessica Iverson.
Jessica Iverson Eco Couture is a “green,” fair trade bridal collection. She designs for the modern bride (and bridesmaid) with fashion ethics who seeks sumptuous couture bridal while staying green. Working with the most luxurious eco friendly silk fabrics, Jessica combines timeless elegance with modern, fashion forward style. Her designs have been featured in Brides, GetMarried TV, CBS the Morning Show, Fox, NYTimes and more.
Jessica Iverson’s long time passion for being “Green,” and for humanitarianism inspired the creation of Jessica Iverson Eco Couture. Jessica’s Eco Couture brings together a love of haute couture with care and responsibilty for the planet, and human rights. Aware that the fashion industry is hugely draining on mother earth, Jessica strives to use organic, sustainable and socially responsible materials whenever possible. ”My goal is to make the whole process as harmonious as possible, from start to finish. The fabrics are produced ethically and responsibly, the manufacturing is fair, and a percentage goes back to charity, and offsets our carbon footprint. My goal is for the bride to love her gown, but also for everyone involved in bringing that gown to her to benefit from it as well, it’s a way of manufacturing that is more holistic and less ‘bottom line” shares Jessica.
Jessica was truly breaking new ground with her approach to wedding dress design and manufacturing. As the competition begins to follow Jessica’s lead, she welcomes them with open arms and is encouraged by the progress. Jessica recalls, ”When I launched my Eco Couture collection there really weren’t any desirable options for brides seeking something Green and Cruelty Free either, (other than sourcing the fabrics themselves and finding someone to design it locally). Immediately after the collections launched we were featured in bridal publications and the major news sources across the country- other designers and manufacturers have since stepped up and started to offer both eco-friendly couture and maternity options.”
Jessica began dreaming up gown designs when she was 13 years old in the Vermont farmhouse where she spent her childhood. At the age of 21, after pursuing her education in NYC and Los Angeles, Jessica launched her first bridal collection Maternity Bride, making her the first to design bridal exclusively for expectant women. She now resides in Santa Barbara, California, designing bridal and formal attire and raising her five-year-old daughter Anna Lee.
Jessica, along with her couture gown designs will be featured at the upcoming Santa Barbara Wedding Couture bridal showcase, March 27th, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a special presentation of her gowns. If you are interested in meeting Jessica and attending her upcoming showcase at Santa Barbara Wedding Couture, visit www.SantaBarbaraWeddingCouture.com to purchase advance tickets at a discounted price.