Bridal Week Wedding Inspo: How to the plan perfect weeding, high fashion style

Weddings are sometimes the hardest events to have to plan. It takes a detailed and well-organized plan to really have a wonderful wedding come to life. Recently, at Bridal Fashion Week, many of the world’s great bridalwear designers once again blew away their audiences with utterly stunning and completely forward-thinking designs for spring. With that said, just a simple article reviewing the gowns wouldn’t be enough to demonstrate how different the bridal world is becoming. Instead, this article aims to feel more like a how-to guide on how to plan an artistic wedding steeped in fashion that will blow any guest away.

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The Luxury Couture Bride

Photos: Vogue Runway

The Dress

Vera Wang can essentially be seen as the reigning goddess of the bridal world and for very good reason. This season, Vera Wang brought her already stunning gowns to a new level. Rather than following bridal trends, Wang created new trends by infusing more personal couture elements to this season’s gowns. Draped in stunning lace and luxurious volume, Wang created a new silhouette and new expectations for what a wedding gown should be. Pictured above, The Aurore wedding gown creates a stunning regal silhouette that mirrors the luxury and excess of European fashion, which perfectly reflects the grandiosity of a true couture wedding.

Photo: Taylor Hazell Architects

The Venue 

Casa Loma, Toronto’s historic castle has been the go-to destination for old-world opulence in the bustling city. Set within stunning manicured gardens, Casa Loma offers a stunning take on the traditional wedding. Rather than pushing for your run of the mill hotel wedding or golf course wedding, splurging on a one of a kind venue like Casa Loma and you will definitely have your guests gasping for air. Another brilliant aspect of the castle is its many rooms: You can have your dream wedding in either an outdoor or an indoor space, and take in the beauty of any season on your special day.

The Décor

The best way to blow your guests out of the water at a dream couture wedding has to be with excess! Pull out all the stops to effectively create a couture wedding. Chandeliers, strong neutral colours, like black, white, and grey, and beautiful blooms are all perfect ways to create the luxury fairytale you’ve always wanted. For the perfect day, pick a venue that either has outdoor space or allows a lot of light to come in. This is especially important if you’re having a summer wedding because nothing is more beautiful than the late evening summer sun setting and bathing your venue in warm sunshine as your guests dance and enjoy the evening.

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The Bohemian Bride

Photo: Vogue Runway

The Dress

Now, most boho brides are often inclined to buy lacey, hippie-inspired dresses that are more like Coachella than wedding day glamour. But don’t just give in and put that flower crown on your head. Carolina Herrera has answered every boho girl’s prayers with a dress that is equal parts elegance and flower child. This fall 2018 confection fuses timeless elegance with a sweet and pure floral print that perfectly encompasses the floral fantasy every bohemian bride dreams of. Rather than rely on lacy overload, this dress uses its sheer volume and embroidery to create the gentle elven fantasy that signals an outdoor boho wedding.

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The Venue

The Toronto Botanical Gardens is the perfect backdrop for the bohemian bride. Filled with stunning flora and beautiful open-air spaces, Toronto’s botanical gardens offer the beautiful nature filled backdrop a bride craves when planning an outdoor wedding. However, the wedding itself doesn’t have to be entirely outdoors — the gardens offer various indoor venues that accommodate different sized groups that all open up to beautiful gardens and terraces, giving guests the option to enjoy the outdoors or the party inside.

The Décor

The beauty of boho décor is that it doesn’t have to be pristine. Often, the more organic and natural your decor looks, the more on theme it will look. Boho décor is about embracing the raw aspects of nature and allowing things to look more relaxed and natural. Avoid any kind of mirrored or jewelled accents as it may throw the earthy décor completely off. Another good way of creating a simple bohemian theme is to simply have your event outside. Let the natural spring of summer landscape engulf your guests and creating a whole new world within the city.

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The Classic Vintage Bride

Photo: Vogue Runway

The Dress

The classic bride loves the idea of timeless simplicity and Viktor & Rolf are the kings of understated and timeless excess. This season, V&R once again created a collection based heavily on vintage tropes from the ’50s and ’60s, creating a time capsule filled with old world glamour and elegance. Mirroring the gowns of old world royalty like Princess Grace, Duchess Kate, and Princess Margaret, this Viktor & Rolf embodies what it means to be a queen on your wedding day. It’s reserved yet extravagant, just like the royals of the world.

Photos: Caesars Centre

The Venue

With simplicity comes elegance. Caesar’s Center in Bolton, Ontario, fuses the chic minimalist appeal of a boutique hotel in Europe with the care, comfort, and attention to detail that comes with old world dining and event hosting spaces. The space is perfectly geared toward a bride who craves something very different from the traditional banquet centre scene. Something new and fresh, yet effortlessly classic. With soaring windows and ceilings, the space is always bathed in natural light, with a view of blue skies and white clouds peeking through from the uppermost windows. What stands out the most about this venue is the openness of its minimalist design, giving the classic bride (and any bride) a blank canvas on which make their dream a reality.


The Décor

When it comes to modern elegance, the best way to go is with simple and luxurious minimalism. Pristine white linens and crisp deep blacks pair beautifully with simple glass vases filled with subtle florals. Orchids in white, Cala lilies and monochrome exotic flowers in bright colours are all wonderful choices that add a strikingly simple and subtle elegance to your event. Remember, think classic elegance, vintage Calvin, crisp lines, clean design, and contemporary minimalism. This is one wedding where less is definitely more, avoid over-the-top extravagance at all costs!

Fashion Trend Report: New York and London Spring 2018

After a grueling few seasons, it’s good to see how New York and London have finally started to batten down the hatches and weather the storm that’s been pummeling the industry for quite some time now. With so many of the world’s most talked about brands closing doors or downsizing dramatically, it’s reassuring to finally see these fashion capitals reinvent themselves to push forward. And luckily for the fashion loving crowds of the world, with innovation and change come new trends that will paint the market and influence what the everyday retail fashion will see for the rest of the year. Here are some of New York and Londons best trends for Spring!

Tomato Soup & Lemonade

Bright colours reigned this Spring season. But above all the jewel tones and pastel that walked the runway, it was tomato red and lemon yellow that reigned supreme. New York seemed to have started the trend, with more than a handful of designers sending bright tomato red pieces down the runway with a ton of success. Across the pond, Londoners were treated to a healthy dose of vitamin C, with designers opting for bright and tart lemon yellow instead of red as their statement colour. The great thing about having warm pop colours for this spring is that fashion can now move away from the pastel trend that’s taken hold of Spring the last few seasons. Giving fashion lovers a bright alternative to whispy delicate spring hues when the warmer weather arrives once again.

Peek-A-Boo

To no one’s surprise, last year’s biggest trend was carried over to this season. Sheer clothing managed to sweep the runways once again this season, with almost every designer incorporating sheer garments into their collections. Both London and New York had their fair share of sheer frocks and two pieces, with designers choosing either sheer fabric or lace to create an alluring silhouette that oozes sensuality and delicateness. Now what you can get away with on the runway v.s. what’s practical for everyday can sometimes be two very different things. Fortunately, wearing the sheer trend doesn’t have to mean wearing a head to toe sheer dress or a translucent jumpsuit. Instead, opt for a sheer lace blazer or sheer silk blouse to create the same effect for a more everyday look.

Power Shoulder, Power Sleeve

Call them what you want (puff sleeves are probably the easiest generalization) but the dramatic ’80s sleeve and shoulder are back and stronger than ever, and they graced the runways of New York and London’s runways this season. The choice to bring the puff sleeves back from the dead most likely stemmed from last year’s high and fast fashion industries’ obsession with bell sleeves and elongated sleeves. However, the addition of puff sleeves to the extravagant sleeve family adds a touch of vintage glamour, straight out of the mid-80s’s most popular girl’s wardrobe.

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For the past two years, denim has been the be-all-end-all in popular fashion. During London and New York, denim took a more decorative turn with destroyed and reworked denim. In London, elongated denim jackets created a beautifully elegant silhouette with an alternative and modern twist; in New York, ripped denim was paired with elegant evening outfits, creating a new wave of eveningwear that’s sure to end up as the go-to night-out outfit for many of the fashion world’s social media elites.

Fairytale Eleganza

Every season has its fair share of over the top, highly stylized gowns. However, this season seemed to up the ruffle factor by creating fairytale gowns fit for any princess. Many of the gowns featured this season’s hottest colours, while others featured stunning floral patterns and beautifully sheer fabrics, which all fell in line with the season’s trends. The gowns recreate the old-world fairytale silhouettes that feel as though they’ve come straight out of the world’s greatest stories. In New York, designers opted for more romantic stylings, trading in modern flair for a more vintage and sheer alternative to evening gowns; London chose to feature more contemporary versions of old-world looks, featuring brighter colours and far more modern silhouettes, while still adhering to the aesthetics of the inspiration.

Art x Fashion: 5 Spring Looks Inspired by Mystical Landscapes at The AGO

Art and fashion have always gone hand in hand. Through the use of colour, texture, design, and more, both art and fashion have been able to invoke feelings, memories, and emotions within the people who interact with them. It’s said that those with a true appreciation for art can experience a masterpiece on a spiritual level; the same can be said of fashion. This in turn proves that fashion and art really aren’t that different. Both aim at creating an experience that goes deeper than what’s seen on a superficial level.

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This October, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Musee D’Orsay have partnered to bring Mystical Landscapes to the AGO from October 22, until January 29. The exhibition aims at connecting the spiritual world and art. Masterpieces from around the world, some of them national treasures that have never left their home countries are now being displayed for all to see and experience until January. Novella magazine was recently invited to view the Mystical Landscapes exhibit during a media preview held by the AGO, where the countless masterpieces inspired a thought: Does life really imitate art and to what extent do the two coincide with one another? Here is a look at handful of the marvelous masterpieces being shown within the AGO, and the masterpieces of design that pair beautifully with them.

Photo: Delpozo
Photo: Delpozo

Wenzel Hablik – Starry Sky x Delpozo Resort 2017

Since the birth of the human race, man has always looked to the stars as a symbol of the spiritual world. It represents something visible, yet unreachable, terrifying, yet comforting. Czech artist Wenzel Hablik understood this deeply when creating his masterpiece Starry Sky. The majesty of space can be seen in the painting with the raw creative force of space swirling around until it meets at one central point. What that point is, we’ll never know, but it’s for that same reason that this painting is held in such high regard. Part of what makes up spirituality is not knowing what really lies beyond what we can see, and this painting does just that. Josep Font interprets the night sky in a very similar fashion to Hablik. The cosmic print on some of his resort collection carry the same feeling of movement as seen in the painting. There’s a sense of something untamed with the clothing itself. The seemingly random arrangement of stars splattered all over the pieces not only mirrors the untamed nature of Hablik’s stars, but also mimics our very own night sky.,

Photo: Umberto Fratini
Photo: Umberto Fratini

Claude Monet – Water Lilies x Simone Rocha Spring/Summer 2017

Sometimes, all it takes is looking at a flower to experience an array of emotions. Joy, rage, sadness, serenity, and longing can all be felt depending on the flower and the memories associated with that flower. Claude Monet’s series of Water Lily paintings are another prime example of how flowers can convey emotions. The expressionist style and subject matter can instill a somber feeling, or a sense of serenity, depending on the viewer, just as flowers do in real life. Their mystery mixed with their beauty intrigue us and leave us wanting more. The same can be said for Simone Rocha’s ss17 woman. She’s mysterious, beautiful, and intimidating, just like a flower. The collection, which is rooted in all things organic, takes texture, shape, volume, and print and makes them fluid like Monet’s brush strokes. There’s a sense of expressionism within the collection. With many of the elements of the collection coming together to create a singular thought. There is one outfit in particular featured in the Mystical Landscapes exhibit that bares a striking resemblance to one of Monet’s Water Lilies. This particular sheer frock features a diaphanous silhouette, which is covered in ruffles and embroidery that closely resemble a group of water lilies drifting through a body of water. The look itself paints a serene picture, with the model looking fresh and soft, yet mysterious and reserved. It’s as though she was one of Monet’s flowers herself.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos
Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Eugene Jansson – Riddarfjarden x Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer 2017

One major highlight of the Mystical Landscapes exhibit is Eugene Jansson’s painting Riddarfjraden, which is regarded as a national treasure in its native homeland of Sweden. Now, some people would argue that making a painting a national treasure is silly, since it really has no monetary value other than the one that was made up for it. But rather, it’s not the cost of the artwork that makes it a treasure. It’s the moment in history that the painting captures which makes it a treasure. It’s the dark inky blue Swedish night lit up by streetlights and a rising or setting sun in the horizon that makes this a treasure. It’s the painter’s ability to capture a moment of sheer serenity that makes this more than a monetary treasure, it’s a treasure for the soul. Now treasures can be found in the world of fine art all the time, but in the fashion world, only the most distinct and emotion provoking outfits can be deemed as treasures. During Carolina Herrara’s ss17 collection, there occurred a few moments when fashion found it’s own treasures. Among the dozens of beautifully designed pieces, a handful of gowns stole the show. One such outfit was a denim blue dress that resembled Jansson‘s beautiful painting. The skirt, which is the real show stopper, takes on the life of Jansson’s brush strokes. The glossy fabric shines with a print that resembles water rippling and reflecting the light cast above it. It’s cold like the Jansson’s Swedish night, yet warm like the sun at its horizon. It instills a sense of magic, just like the Swedish master did in his painting.

 

Photo: Luca Trombolini
Photo: Luca Trombolini

Georgia O’Keefe – Red Hills x Aganovich Spring/Summer 2017

Colour has always been a vital ingredient in creating both beautiful art and fashion. In Georgia O’Keefe’s world, colour is one of the single most important factors in creating a masterpiece. For her painting Red Hills, O’Keefe used bright and bold flashes of white, black, and red. The painting resembles an explosion, with all three colours working with one another to convey the artist’s internal emotion. The painting, which showcases a dark and brooding atmosphere, is offset by the brilliant white sun at its center. Although vastly different, this duality actually blends together perfectly allowing the contrasting colours to compliment one another rather than clash. For Aganovich’s ss17 show, bright contrasts in colour were a very important aspect of the collection. The bright ruby red of the outfit against the models stark porcelain skin mirrors the contrasts in colour created by Georgia O’Keefe in her painting. Like O’Keefe, the contrasts creates a dark atmosphere around the model, drawing you in for a closer look. Creating a sense of brooding darkness with the deep red of that gown that’s immediately offset by the model’s pristine completion. The entire look fights with itself as it conveys what it really is; is it dark and gothic, or is it angelic and pristine? But it’s in this exact duality that the look comes alive. It isn’t one or the other, it’s a perfect balance of the two.

 

Photo: Umberto Fratini
Photo: Umberto Fratini

Emily Carr – Sky x Aalto Spring/Summer 2017

Another aspect that art uses is uniformity. In Emily Carr’s Sky, Carr uses different shades of blue and beige to create a monochrome uniformity within the painting. The painting depicts a celestial occurrence, wherein the clouds swirl around one another, as if being mixed by an unseen heavenly force. The different shades of blue, ranging from the softest powder blue, to a deep navy, all work with one another to create different levels of depth and movement. This sense of depth, paired alongside the wisps of white seen among the different blues, create the illusion that the painting is singing a glorious yen to the sky, and whatever might be just beyond our range of human understanding. At Aalto, designer Tuomas Merikoski presented a collection heavily based in monochrome colour combinations. Light wash denim was paired with smart powder blue suiting and delicate navy lace to create levels of depth within the outfit, just as Carr did in Sky. Now sometimes dressing in one singular colour can confuse the eye, since it’s hard to tell when one piece ends and another begins. While at other times, monochrome outfits may come off as uninspired and boring. However, Aalto’s use of varying blues creates a sense of movement, separation, and surprise within the outfit. Allowing the eye to follow a path that starts with the denim jacket and ends in the center with the navy blouse in the same way Carr uses her blues to help guide the eye to the central location of her painting. 

The Most Fashionable Moments on the Tiff Red Carpet

Fashion, red carpets, and celebrities go hand in hand. Every year, designers and stylists race toward celebrities in hopes that they’re favourite Hollywood “it-girl” will showcase one of their outfit choices on the red carpet. This marriage between Hollywood stardom and high fashion not only thrusts best dressed celebrities into the lime light, but also provides a lot of positive publicity for the designers and stylists involved. This year, many Oscar hopefuls flocked to attend countless movie premiers at The Toronto International Film Festival, each one with their own personal style army and dazzling sense of fashion. Here are some of the highlights from TIFF’s best dressed celebrities.

Photo: Mike Windle
Photo: Mike Windle

Michelle Willams in Louis Vuitton

Leave it to Michelle Williams and Nicolas Ghesquière to create a moment of simplistic, yet futuristic elegance at TIFF. This Louis Vuitton gown pulls out all the stops without having to pull out all the stops. The asymmetrical hem of the dress and short sleeve provide a refreshing take on elegance that injects a sense of youth to the entire look. The all black, patent leather accessories also help in keeping the entire look clean and elegant by providing a stark contrast that doesn’t over power the white gown.

Photo: Michael Tran
Photo: Michael Tran

Lupita Nyong’o in Carolina Herrera

The House of Herrera has always been a staple for elegant and classic design and Lupita Nyong’o is as elegant and classic a beauty as they come. Her beautiful dark skin tone just seems to radiate when paired with this lemon yellow and royal blue Carolina Herrera strapless gowns. The striking blue appliqué set against the bright yellow add a playful ease to the entire look. Yet the real crowning glory of the look isn’t in the gown itself, but rather in the way the gown is interpreted. Lupita really took a fashion risk that paid off by wearing a matching royal blue Gele. It’s risks like this that have solidified Lupita as one of Hollywood’s most fashionable and trail blazing women.

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez

Brie Larson in Alexander McQueen

McQueen once said “I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress” and this dress does just that, in the best way possible of course. Fresh off her Oscar win for Room, Brie Larson is quickly starting to gain momentum as one of Hollywood’s new it girls and with more media attention comes more scrutiny. Unfortunately, those looking to criticize will have to look elsewhere because Brie isn’t going to give them an inch, especially in this Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton gown. The gown has everything a modern warrior princess would ever want. Colour, eccentricity, fluidity, and movement are all staples that come into play with this beautiful gown, taking Larson from Oscar winner to Goddess ready for battle all in one night.

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Photo: Taylor Hill

Emma Stone in Chanel

Never one to miss a beat on the red carpet, Emma Stone chose to wear a playful Chanel mini on the TIFF red carpet. The best part of this of this look is how wrong it could have gone. Between the colour of the dress and the silhouette, this outfit could have really dated Emma and made her look matronly. Instead, Emma’s smart choice of pairing her Chanel dress with a matching headband and muted pointed toe pumps make this outfit look delicate, fresh, and youthful rather than doughty and old fashioned.

Photo: George Pimentel
Photo: George Pimentel

Fan Bing Bing in Elie Saab

Fan Bing Bing is no stranger to the red carpet, having attended countless of them throughout her career as a leading actress, both in China as well as Hollywood. What sets Fan apart from other actresses is her affinity in choosing the most exquisite haute couture gowns when attending events. For her TIFF appearance, Fan chose to wear an Elie Saab couture gown that truly epitomizes old world glamour. The full silk skirt which sports bird motifs in royal blue and red really works in harmony when set against the dark matte velvet portion of the dress. Another wonderful aspect of the dress are the long sleeves and plunging neckline of the gown. These two design details help balance one another out, with the long sleeve toning down the sexiness of the plunge and the plunge adding a risqué feel to the entire look.

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez

Kate Hundson in Alexander McQueen

McQueen seemed to be very in demand on the TIFF red carpet this year, with many celebrities opting to wear creations by Alexander McQueen’s current creative head, Sarah Burton, for the lavish event. Kate Hudson was one A-list celebrity who followed in suit, wearing a sheer Alexander McQueen gown (and not much else) to the star studded event. The beauty of this gown is the harmony it creates between the three focal points in the gown. This outfit could have easily become an over the top mess, with the jewelled embellishments, black lace, and lingerie all competing for the spotlight. Instead, the three design work together in unison to create a beautiful, body hugging silhouette for Kate.

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Photo: George Pimentel

Rachel Weisz in Alexander McQueen

Although there were multiple instances where celebs chose to wear McQueen on the TIFF red carpet, nothing compared to the gown Rachel Weisz wore to the premier of her movie Denial. Rachel, who isn’t particularly known for her red carpet style, wowed in this Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton gown. The beauty of this dress is in McQueen’s classic storytelling. If Brie’s dress conjured up images of a warrior queen preparing for battle. Rachel’s dress paints the picture of the gown worn after the great battle, after the war has been won and the warrior queen can rule over her kingdom in peace. The nude gown, along with its bight jewel tones and pastel coloured embroidery, does something no other gown at TIFF was able to do; create a sense of ease. While other actresses wore gowns that were glamorous and red carpet ready, this McQueen gown looks effortless while still remaining elegant, landing Rachel in the best dressed spot among all of the best dressed stars at TIFF.

Photo: George Pimentel
Photo: George Pimentel

Coco Rocha in Christian Siriano 

The red carpet has always been a home away from home for Hollywood’s creme de la creme, but that doesn’t mean fashion royalty cant walk behind the velvet ropes as well. Canada’s reigning queen of fashion, Coco Rocha, wore a dazzling off white Christian Siriano gown to the AMBI party earlier this week. The gown, which comes complete with feathered fabric details and a matching caplet, does not cut any corners when it comes to theatrics and creating a wow moment on the red carpet. Coco’s choice of dark makeup and playfully undone bun also help counteract the soft purity of the white gown by giving it a modern edge. Transforming Coco from model to high fashion bird of prey in one fell swoop.

Photo: Mike Winter
Photo: Mike Winter

Gemma Arterton in Amrani 

The biggest surprise of the festival (fashion wise) came from Gemma Arterton, who wore a sleek Armani outfit on the TIFF red carpet. The Armani brand, which is known for smart Italian dressing and attention to luxurious details really provided fashion lovers with a breath of fresh air at TIFF this year. The outfit, which consists of a cropped black pant and a black backless halter top, creates a sense of glamour without having to rely on any embellishments or gimmicks. This allows to the look to rely on the beauty of the silhouette, rather than any “flash,” which is extremely refreshing to see, especially in a world that is currently obsessed with excess.