Walking Down the Aisle in Wedding Pants?

Elizabeth Suzann, a Nashville-based designer, offers her Florence pant in washed silk crepe-back satin for $365 for brides

Elizabeth Suzann, a Nashville-based designer, offers her Florence pant in washed silk crepe-back satin for $365 for brides

Yesterday’s New York Times Style Section posed an interesting question: is today’s bride choosing to wear pants instead of the classic bridal dress? The answer is – in some cases … yes.  For women who simply don’t want to wear a dress or want to make a different statement on their day as a bride, designers are creating more bridal options, including pants. In the article, Edwina Ehrman, the Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, who was also curator of the exhibition, Wedding Dresses 1175-2014 for the museum, explained: “Wedding dresses, like every other garment in our wardrobes, reflect social and cultural change.”

Could it be a sign of the times? The need to be less restricted and conventional? Or could it be something more fundamental? Continue reading

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Television’s secret weapons

 The costume designer Janie Bryant, of "Mad Men," with ads for her line for Hearts on Fire Diamonds and from Banana Republic's "Mad Men" spring 2013 campaign.


The costume designer Janie Bryant, of “Mad Men,” with ads for her line for Hearts on Fire Diamonds and from Banana Republic’s “Mad Men” spring 2013 campaign.                                       Photo Credit: Casey Kelbaugh for The New York Times

It seems that television’s costume designers are the new black. Well, the new influencers, that is. I was a huge Sex and The City fan, where costume designer Patricia Field’s bold fashion choices for the main characters, Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte awakened my senses. And although I couldn’t see myself wearing everything, I was inspired to wear many things. I went through the big flower pin stage, thanks to Carrie. And I never owned a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s but I often thought of buying them! It’s hard to believe that the show ended almost ten years ago when its fashion influence is still felt around the world. Times are changing, television is moving forward and the role of the television costume designer is growing as well.

Thursday’s Style Section of The New York Times ran an interesting piece: “Costume Designers for TV Have a Big Impact on Fashion,” written by Marisa Meltzer. Continue reading

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Dressing up

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Credit: Bill Cunningham, The New York Times
“On the Street – Tucked In” – Sunday, November 25, 2012

Today’s New York Times Style Section, On the Street with Bill Cunningham, highlights men dressing up and looking very much like the classic dandy. Notice the layering, waistcoats, vests, and impeccable tailoring? Designer Cally’s Kal Rieman is definitely on to something!

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