Look like a princess, feel like a star

 

Most of today’s wedding dresses can be quite a bore. Whether it be a strapless mermaid dress or a simple A-Line number (again, strapless), many bridal gowns are predictable and monotonous. Even lack a breath-taking quality. Perhaps this is due to an overkill in replicating modern celebrity bridal trends, or brides just following along with what’s in fashion. For the sophisticated, yet bold bride, however, there are a ridiculous amount of vintage-inspired dresses that conjure up the days of old-school celebrity and royal weddings gowns are becoming popular, as chic brides are looking for exclusive, unorthodox dresses.

Today’s fashion-focused women desire gowns fit for Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, and Vivian Leigh. These brides desire stylish, uncommon twists on popular throw backs from the 40′s up to the 70′s. As any modish girl knows, “what comes around, goes around” is a mantra within the fashion industry, so gowns that are vintage-influenced or true antiques are what hip brides crave.

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton isn’t the first royal bride to capture the media spotlight as she graced Westminster Abbey. Although her stunning gown, designed by Alexander McQueen fashion house’s creative director Sarah Burton, was classy and magnificent, several royal brides before her were adorned in enchanting dresses. Princess Diana’s over-the-top,  flowing gown was a hit with women around the world during the 80′s.

 

 

But many fashionable brides-to-be seek styles from an even older royal generation. Similar to other fashion and beauty trends, celebrities from decades ago are being invoked when it comes to bridal attire. American actress turned Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, will forever be a fashion icon; however, her elegant, refined gown has become an inspiring template for delicate, tasteful wedding dress designs. In 1978, Grace Kelly’s daughter also became a fashion icon in the bridal world when she embraced the spirit of the era and wore a charming, lacy dress during her first wedding. Much like Ms. Kelly, America’s first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onasis made a lasting impression when she walked down the aisle in 1953 wearing an Anne Lowe ball gown fit for a princess.

 

 

No other time period was as glam and alluring as old school Hollywood. Actresses like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Natalie Wood were chic trendsetters, so, naturally, these famous ladies’ wedding gowns; whether they be dresses worn during their actual marriage ceremonies or just on the silver screen; are popular with vintage loving brides. Simple, yet lovely tea length dresses are ideal for the casual, dainty bride. These 50′s style dresses also make superb bridesmaids’ attire and are available at retailers like Marks and Spencer. Brides-to-be who need something a bit more formal can look to the runways of Paris, London, and New York for awe-inducing, traditional gowns. No matter what vintage style you go with on your big day, you’re sure to look like a bride befitting royalty or a classic Hollywood star.

 

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The Stylist of the ‘Girl on Fire’

There is no greater proof of the importance of a great stylist: sometimes it can make the difference between life and death

I’ve been obsessed with The Hunger Games for a while (for those of you out there still not touched by the Games bug wondering what am I talking about, it is a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins – first of the three has been made into an accurate film, currently showing in cinemas around the world) and it felt only natural that at some point I would take some time to talk about Cinna, the stylist from the Hunger Games.

Brilliantly brough to life by Lenny Kravitz, Cinna is the stylist of the tribune from District 12, Katniss (the main character), who is sent into the Hunger Games arena to fight to the death against other 23 teenagers (one of which is Peeta, the boy from her own district who is also in love with her), until only one would be crowned victor. Cinna’s outfits were made to play up Katniss’ image as “the girl on fire”: Katniss’s first outfit was a simple black unitard, and a black cape that was lit with realistic-looking fake flames to make her look powerful and symbolise her district’s mining heritage.

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Her second dress was covered with jewels creating fire designs, so she is remembered as the ‘girl who was on fire’ from her first appearance. When she twirled, she looked like she was engulfed in pure flames. “I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.” Katniss’s third dress (nicknamed her “innocent dress”), falls to her knees and is a soft candle light yellow and she is wearing it after she and Peeta win the Hunger Games for their broadcasted appearance as victors. The purpose of this dress was to calm the spirits of the Capitol against her, as she was seen as a rebel for defying the rules of the Hunger Games.

His fourth dress is a fitted black jumpsuit, with a crown and it “comes to life as fire” turning different colors like a burning coal, which she is wearing at the 75th Hunger Games parade, meant to reinforce her ‘girl on fire’ image. Katniss’s fifth dress is a long white gown, completed with pearls. Cinna secretly altered the dress so that when she twirled and lifted her arms, she would become a mockingjay, the symbol of the rebellion against the Capitol.

Her being remembered by the crowds ensures sponsors flock the help her out during the games, hence keeping her alive,  and also rallies the rebels together. There must be no underestimation of how important the job of the stylist was to solidify the message which she sends across. And the fact that a stylist is an important character in a book that sold million of copies around the world and that the stylist is no longer the shadow of a celebrity but has even entered the realm of literature can only mean one thing: its the stylist’s turn to be ‘on fire’!

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