Thursday, June 21, 2012

SASsy & Sophisticated Bridals Vol 2

Hello SASsy Friends and welcome to SASsy & Sophisticated Bridals Vol 2: Designer Feature Edition!

This week I interviewed up and coming accessories designer Citizen LMS by L. Marissa Scott for her take on the latest trends in bridal accessories and how to achieve the bridal look of your dreams!

SASsy: Hello, and thank you so much for being a part of The SASsy Report this week.  To start off our  interview, I would like to hear all about your favorite trends in bridal fashion and accessories.

Citizen LMS: It’s been a really exciting year in bridal fashion and it seems more and more that the average bride to drawing additional inspiration from couture runways to add a little jazz to the traditional bridal look.

One of my favorite trends is adding pops of color into your accessories, whether it’s a bracelet, shoes, or a clutch. Adding that extra element not only breaks up the monochromatic white, but also adds a little unexpected whimsy to any look.

The second trend that I’m seeing a lot of, and love is the birdcage veil, hair combs, and bridal headbands. The birdcage veil is a throw-back to vintage glamor and makes a definite statement. Headbands or bridal combs have the same nod to vintage glam and are just as stunning but a bit more subdued in tone.

The final trend that I’m swooning over, is wedding gowns in different colors. My favorite being Monique Lhuillier’s beautiful ballet inspired blush dresses in her spring 2012 collection and Vera Wangs’s dark romantic collection for fall 2012 that features nude and black gowns of tulle, silk, organza, and chiffon. 
 Monique Lhuillier 2012 Blush Wedding Dresses

SASsy: Do you prefer a more classic and traditional bridal look like Kate Middleton's or do you lean towards a more contemporary look like Carrie Bradshaw's from the Sex and the City movie?

Citizen LMS: I think I’m a mixture of the two, but I lean more towards Carrie’s sense of style in that I love mixing vintage with contemporary. What I love most about Carrie’s style is her bravery. It takes guts to be able to wear a bird on your head proudly while everyone around you is guessing what it is. You either love it or hate and her character has always seemed to exude “I don’t need anyone approval I wear what I love”…a bit of a style rebel if you will.

 Christina Wu Contemporary Gown with Traditional Touches

SASsy:  So for brides who love Carrie Bradshaw's "rebel" style,  what would you recommend them do to complete their look?

Citizen LMS: I think it depends on the style of the dress and what your comfortable wearing: My general rule of thumb is if you have a dress that’s strapless or some sort of modified sweetheart neckline go for a statement necklace or statement earrings.

 Try one or the other; wearing two together at such a close proximity to one another will make the look a bit clunky. Also don’t be afraid to try wearing multiple bracelets on one arm. The simpler the dress the more avenues you have to play with your accessories. If your dress is more embellished then I would suggest just going with a gorgeous hair comb and/or earrings.
Elaborate Wedding Dress with Simple Earrings

SASsy: For brides interested in a more traditional look, how can they still look young and fresh while keeping with bridal traditions?

Citizen LMS: I think with a traditional look, the fit is super-important and you want to look for lace details done in an unexpected way. For example, Marchesa’s 2012 spring collection features some of the most gorgeous lace applications done over barely-there tulle. It’s a nod to vintage elements but done in a modern way.
 Marchesa Lace & Tulle Wedding Dress

For accessories I would say keep it simple and clean as to not compete with the elements of the gown. To help you look young, try make up that brings brightness to the eyes, blush that brings dewiness to the cheeks, and pink/nude lip that looks fresh, natural, and has a bit of shine.

SASsy: How can brides on budget  but wanting a super glam look achieve this without breaking the bank?
Citizen LMS: My two suggestions are secondhand/vintage shops and DIY.  Trying to find beautiful accessories can put a huge dent in your budget and one way to combat that is to check out secondhand/vintage shops for broaches, hair clips, and earrings. It’s a great way to find one-of-a-kind pieces at a fraction of the cost.

You could even raid your grandmother or mother’s jewelry box for pieces as well! If you still can’t find the items that catch your eye or if you come across something you love but the clasp is broken, try getting a few pin or bracelet/necklace closures from your local Michael's. Most of the time all you have to do is replace the jump-ring that attaches the broken closure to the jewelry with a new one. For more labor intensive project try perusing a few DIY Bridal blogs on the net.

SASsy: Traditionally, a bride should have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.  Accessories are a great way to get all of these!  What are your recommendations?

Citizen LMS: Accessories are a totally efficient way of covering those bases. Something borrowed and old could be a piece of jewelry from someone in your family and the something blue could be your garter.

SASsy: Final question, what is the best piece of advice you can offer brides, as they get ready for their big day?
Citizen LMS: The only advice I could give is to drink in every moment you can as you get ready for your big day. I’m sure its stressful and brutal dealing with the millions of balls you have to juggle but take some time out to just breathe and take it all in, a happy bride is a beautiful bride! Congrats to all you lovely brides to be and have a blast coming up with your wedding looks!!

I would like to give a huge thank you to L. Marissa Scott for contributing to this week's post.  Please be sure to stop by her blog, and follow her on Twitter @CitizenLMS for the latest updates on her designs.

Coming Soon on The SASsy Report:
  • Ask a Bride: Danielle- she had a beautiful wedding in Atlanta, GA and flawlessly pulled off 2 very different dresses
  • Vendor Feature:  The Blessed Bride - full service wedding planning and event design company
  • Ask a Bride: Ashley- A Memphis wedding with the perfect guest favors
  • Bridal Salon Review: NYC
  • Bridal Fashion Review
  • What Bridesmaids Really Think About Their Dresses
  • Ask a Groom- my own groom to be will be interviewed by a guest writer
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