Friday, February 20, 2009
I am designing a gown that will make its debut in Chicago on March 7th at Belle Vie Bridal Couture. On Friday Fabruary 27 it will make its debut in Indianapolis at the Conrad hotel. It is all hand-made in Chicago and hand painted by yours truly. I will post photographs as soon as possible.
Please be careful when purchasing shoes, make sure they are comfortable!!!
I recommend JAMES CICCOTTI
His shoes are amazing and comfortable and he provides an in house dying service for a $30 fee and carries custom sizes, he works best by appointment. My favorites are his Evita (bottom), but in his shop he has way more to choose from than online, plus he is so sweet! www.jamesciccotti.com
If your budget for shoes isn't as high as what James carries I recommend BLUE TUX. They have dyable shoes in beautiful designs and also have great shoes for your bride's maids. My new favorite from this store is the Carrie (top). If you enter this code at checkout online you will receive FREE SHIPPING or 10% off in-store purchases!!! DDREF09 www.shopbluetux.com.
The best place to go for a wedding gown is Vera Wang Chicago. They have great customer service and amazing gowns. I alter Vera Wang gowns everyday and see nothing but great quality in fabrics and workmanship. One of my favorite gowns so far is from her Luxe collection called the Audrey, it is layers of fanned Chantilly lace with mixtures of crinkle chiffon and organza and to top it off you must purchase the ever so popular Audrey belt that goes with almost any Vera Wang gown and then later can be used for either casual wear or another special event. My most favorite gowns are in the actual store, it is amazing! If you are a bride-to-be you must check it out, they have shoes, perfume, belts, boleros, stationary, veils, jewelry, head pieces, anything, plus a sister store above called Belle Vie Bridal Couture (which is amazing as well), and if you need a custom bolero or modesty build up, Vera Wang and Belle Vie will order the right yardage of fabric for you and send you over to us at The Dress Doctor so we can create your custom piece.
Ladies! If you feel that you need Spanx or need to tell a friend that they need them;
1) make sure that the garment isn't too form fitting for spanx with a seam down the center, try and get seamless
2) if they are the long above the knee spanx take a step in the garment with your spanx on to see if they show through
3) in a special occasion garment it is always best to get the spanx that come up under your bust and no seam down the center
I recommend the Hide & Sleek Hi-Rise Body Smoother at Spanx.com
If you need the right bra;
try and find a bustier with no boning down the front
My personal favorite is the Felina Essentials Seamless Hidden Wire Bustier #7643 it is the model we sell at our store The Dress Doctor and I highly recommend.
If you are looking for coverage I recommend cups that can be sewn in or sticky chicken cutlets by NuBra. At The Dress Doctor we sell NuBras and also have sew-in cups that provide great coverage. The best model of sew-ins are called Three-Way petals at brazabra.com
A great place to purchase undergarments is Nordstrom. They let you return items which is great and also take your garment to their store to try on with the undergarment.
The best way to look great on your special day is to start from the inside and work your way out, no one wants to see a panty line!!