Tips from Madeline On Wedding Gowns Planning

Posted on March 5th, 2015 by admin

Do you ever wonder what inspires your favorite designers? Here are a few questions Madeline answered for an interview with The Knot, and a few tips you may find helpful!

TK- What is your favorite celebrity bridal look?

MG- “My favorite Celebrity Bridal look… Hard to choose just one! I loved Amal Clooney’s Oscar de la Renta dress, as she was classic and beautiful. She looked so elegant and timeless!! Another one of my favorites was Gwen Stefani. Her amazing ombré gown was so fitting to her personality, yet she maintained a true bridal look. I love when a bride can show who she is by her choice of gown, yet be traditional in her own special way to still be that gorgeous bride!!

TK- What would your best piece of advice be for the bride to be that is going dress shopping?

MG- “My advice to all brides is to be sure that the dress fits perfectly for their big day. Once the look is chosen, it is so important that the fit not only accentuates their best features, but that the fit is so perfect that the dress is worn with ease. I am a stickler about how the interior is made with the construction of the bustier being couture quality. This is what allows the dress to fit perfectly and hug the torso. When a bride puts on a Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner gown, they always compliment us on how wonderful it feels and fits!

When choosing your perfect dress, remember: Stay true to your personal style, and wear a gown that you feel comfortable in. If you feel beautiful, you will look beautiful!

Mother Of Bride Gowns

Posted on February 14th, 2015 by admin

Your daughter or son has finally found their perfect match. Now, all you have to do is find the perfect gown to wear to the wedding. But with all of the options out there, from colors and cuts to length and style, this decision may seem just as overwhelming as planning the wedding itself. So how do you find a dress that will make you look glamorous, without going over-the-top? Follow these five tips to have guests gushing, “Is that the bride’s sister? She’s gorgeous.”

• Play up your best assets. If you often get compliments on your toned arms, choose a dress that’s sleeveless, such as this black stretch mesh dress. On the other-hand, downplay other areas of your body you may not want to be as exposed. If you aren’t as comfortable showing off leg, for example, choose a floor-length gown. The best accessory any woman can wear is confidence so choose a dress that makes you feel that way.
• Choose a dress that’s age appropriate. While you want to look young and vibrant (who doesn’t?), you don’t want to look like you went shopping in the junior’s department. So choose one asset you want to show off, and make sure you have enough coverage everywhere else.
• Don’t be afraid of color, but use it wisely. Avoid loud colors, such as red or hot pink, and go for something more subtle yet stunning, like deep eggplant or silver. A gown with a little sparkle can also add a touch of glamour to your ensemble, but avoid head-to-toe sequins. Even if the wedding is in December, you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree ornament.
• Follow wedding blogs for MOB/MOG trends. These can help you get a gauge of what you like and what you don’t before heading out to the stores, and they can also help you choose a dress that’s up-to-date with the times. The Knot’s Blog is a good place to start. One rule every Mother of the Bride should strongly adhere to: No shoulder pads. Your shoulders are fine just where they are. We promise.
• Ask the bride and the other mother for input. If the bride wants you to be a part of the wedding processional, she may also want you to dress in their wedding colors. If the bride doesn’t have a preference, talk to the other mom and ask what she planned to wear as a courtesy. But remember, MOBs always get first choice.

Ready to start your search? Check out our Squidoo post, “Sleek, Stylish Mother of the Bride and Groom Dresses.”

Bridesmaid Dress Trends:

Posted on February 13th, 2015 by admin

While a wedding is all about the bride (and maybe the groom, too), when it’s your turn to stand at the altar, you’ll also be sharing the spotlight with a handful of your very favorite ladies. These are the girls that knew you when you had braces in high school, and were kind enough to destroy all photographic evidence. They’re also the girls who celebrated your victories and mourned your losses with you. So when they stand by you once again on your wedding day, you also want them to look – and feel – like the beautiful women they are. But how can you choose one bridesmaid’s dress style that will flatter all of them? Easy, don’t choose just one. We’ll give you the lowdown on why many brides are now mixing it up – from different cuts to different colors – for a trendy new take on the traditional matching bridesmaid’s dress.

Individualized Style
More often than not, your bridesmaids are likely going to be very different shapes and sizes, from voluptuous to pencil thin. And, of course, they also each have their own unique personality. Choose a different bridesmaid’s dress for each girl that flatters both their body type and their unique style. Give the fun and flirty girl a dress with ruffles, like this black, strapless bridesmaid dress. Find a conservative, knee-length A-line dress for your conservative friend who enjoys art galleries and independent films. If you do go this route though, make sure there is at least one aspect of the dresses that is consistent throughout, whether it’s matching accessories or matching colors. You want some form of uniformity to make sure they still look like they’re an important part of the party – not just another guest at the wedding.

Playing With Color
Another trend that brides are falling in love with is choosing bridesmaids’ dresses in colors that are complementary to one another, but not the same. If your wedding ceremony is being held on the beach, play with different shades of blue, neutral and gray, such as this chiffon bridesmaid dress. If you’re getting married in a garden, consider pale pinks and creams. You can even take it one step further and use the same base color, but assign slightly different shades to each girl. So if you decide to go with purple, the bridesmaid standing farthest away from you would wear the darkest shade of purple, like plum or violet, and each bridesmaid next to her would wear a slightly lighter shade of purple than the girl before her, leading up to you – the bride – in white.

No matter what bridesmaid’s dress you choose, make sure to pick a day to get together with all of your girls to try them on before making your final decision. While, ultimately, the decision is yours to make, it’s always nice to let the other girls weigh in on their top picks and ideas as well. Then maybe when it’s their turn – they’ll return the favor.

Prom Dresses from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

Posted on January 20th, 2015 by admin

Wild (Zebra or Leopard) Print Prom Dresses from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

Printed prom dresses are for a unique girl who is not afraid to wear what she wants. She is fashion forward and ready to show the world her true colors. The options below include a zebra-esque print Prom dress and two leopard-style print Prom dresses in tropical colors.

Mori Lee’s Flaunt Style 91105 is a beautiful beaded halter dress that skims the curves. The fabric is a multi-color charmeuse in a bright leopard print which is predominantly blue, magenta, and lime green with a hot pink lining seen through the thigh high slit on the left side. This leopard print Prom dress makes a statement entering and leaving a room, with a barely-there back of crisscrossed beaded straps and a small train.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91007 is sexy and sophisticated in silhouette yet screams party on the dance floor in print. The brightly printed charmeuse is tropically colored with bright blues, purples and reds on a lime green background. The fabric reminds us of a Lisa Frank zebra print. There is a removable beaded strap attached to the top of the bodice, which is designed to be figure-flattering, curve-hugging, ruched fabric to mid-thigh where it flares out into an A-line skirt.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91037 is for a unique girl. This printed Prom dress has the wild leopard-esque print as the lining and as a belt beneath the bust. The outer layer of the dress comes in bright blue or berry pink silky taffeta. The cut is a sweetheart neckline with ruched cups, under which is a patterned belt above a mini-skirt of layered pick-ups in the taffeta fabric. Although the dress is short in the front, with a peek-a-boo edge to a printed mini-skirt visible, the back of the dress has enough fabric for a ball gown, with pick-ups, below a criss-crossed corset back.

What is your favorite print to wear?

White Prom Dresses from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by admin

White Prom dresses have a certain amount of elegant refinement to them. Although white is a color typically associated with bridal fashion – wedding dresses especially – the color can make a stunning choice for your Prom dress. The following are three white Prom dresses that couldn’t be confused for a wedding dress.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91032 has a corset top and all the volume you would expect with a princess ball gown style wedding dress, but this white Prom dress hits above the knee in the front. You get drama in the sparkling accents on the corset bodice, the layer upon layer of ruffles in the organza skirt, and the show of leg due to the mini-skirt length front. This Paparazzi Prom dress is also available in black.

Mori Lee’s Flaunt Style 91128 also has a combination of a mini-dress and a full length skirt. This strapless beaded charmeuse dress has a waist-high slit with a beaded miniskirt beneath the floor length fabric. A thickly beaded belt and neckline add to the allure of the dress. This Flaunt Prom dress is also available in bright red.

Mori Lee’s Flaunt Style 91102 is a sleek and sexy white Prom dress made of charmeuse. The neckline is a beaded halter that then wraps around the waist forming a keyhole to bare skin in both the front and the back of the dress. There is a high slit up the left side of the dress. The simplicity is what enhances its beauty. If you are a fan of the simplicity and curve grazing cut of Kim Kardashian’s third wedding dress during her marriage to Kris Humphries, be sure to check this dress out. It is also available in bright red.

Would you wear a white Prom dress?

Prom Dresses, Polka Dot, Paparzzi

Posted on January 6th, 2015 by admin

Sometimes you fall in love with a print or specific fabric pattern that lets you express your individuality. The following two dresses in dotted fabrics made of chiffon or taffeta are a wonderful choice for expressing yourself at Prom.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91017 comes in two color combinations: black/white and white/red. The chiffon fabric is light and cut in an A-line from a thickly beaded waist band. This dress is strapless and has beading along the sweetheart neckline. We love the added sparkle of extra rhinestones on the fabric. This dress takes dots from day to night!

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91078 is a long fitted mermaid silhouette of taffeta fabric that comes with a removable strap. There are two color combination choices for this polka dot prom dress: orchid/black and silver/black, black being the color of the polka dots. The fabric is gathered for a flattering cut and has beading at the waist on the left side. The back of this dress is corset style, making it adjustable.

We love polka dot prom dresses – do you?

Prom Dresses in Chiffon from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

Posted on December 28th, 2014 by admin

Are you looking for something flowing and white for your Prom night or a dress with sparkle and an ethereal look? Mori Lee’s printed chiffon prom dresses are perfect for a Prom in a location with a garden. The following three printed prom dresses are our favorites of the painted white chiffon Prom dresses available through Paparazzi.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91026 is soft and demure. This strapless sweetheart Prom dress has silver beading around the neckline and waist and lavender or pink butterflies printed on the white chiffon. Within the silver beading are matching stones to the color of the butterflies (the lavender dress has lavender butterflies and lavender beads amongst the silver ones). Each butterfly is approximately a foot in wing span. As the dress moves, it takes on the look of a watercolor painting.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91012 is romantic with a pink, yellow, and green floral print over white or black chiffon. Both styles are strapless with beading around a slightly transparent waist. The chiffon fabric is light for girls who want to twirl on the dance floor. This style is perfect for a romantic at heart who wants her dress to be unique.

 

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91014 is a beautiful white chiffon halter dress. The neckline is thickly beaded and the flowing fabric is very flattering. From the middle of the waist to the floor of the front of the dress are yellow roses with lavender leaves. The back of this dress is solid white.

Are you planning on wearing white or black to prom this year?

Metallic Prom Dresses

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by admin

Are you looking for a patterned prom dress? Mori Lee has a number of printed metallic prom dresses that are sure to turn heads. Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91066 has all the glamour of old Hollywood with a high slit up one side and a jewel encrusted strapless sweetheart neckline. The fabric is made of sleek black sequins that shimmer with gold, silver, and deep pink hues. This glamorous prom dress also features a mini train fit for a red carpet walk. Pair it with a shawl or boa to amp up the glamour effect.

If you are looking for something brighter, bolder, and sizzling, check out our chameleon fabric dresses. This multi-colored fabric mimics lizard’s skin by using sequins in every shade of the rainbow. Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91040 is made of chameleon fabric with a sexy high slit on one side and a jewel encrusted halter top. This curve hugging dress also has mini train and for an added shock, is lined on the inside in purple. If you had your heart set on something shorter, Mori Lee’s Sticks & Stones Style 9158 is made of the same multi-colored sequin chameleon fabric, but is strapless and cut to be a mini dress. This style is strapless and also has a jewel encrusted neckline.

These printed metallic dresses make our hearts beat faster – what do you think?

Turquoise Prom Dresses from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

Posted on December 6th, 2014 by admin

“Under the sea” is a classic Prom theme possibly immortalized by the Back to the Future movies in the early 80s through their portrayal of the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance. A bit more recently, the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on November 29, 2011 chose an underwater theme for the line that included the $2.5 million Fantasy Treasure Bra, worn by Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr. The Angels rocked aqua, turquoise, and silver outfits as they walked the runway. You can do the same with the right accessories and a Mori Lee turquoise Prom dress.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91001 is for the girl who wants to look like a princess – a fairy tale princess. This strapless sweetheart neckline turquoise Prom dress is a ball gown with layer upon layer of beaded tulle. The corset is made up of beading and layered tulle and hits right above the hips. The corset and overlay of the skirt are made of a light sky blue to aqua shade of tulle, the middle layer of the skirt is a deep turquoise and the very bottom of the dress is a midnight blue. The blue-toned color of this dress is referred to as “twilight” on-site, reminiscent of the shades of blue seen at this time. The dress is also available in “sunset” which fades from bright pink to magenta or orange.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91003 is for any girl who has ever dreamed of being a mermaid. This fishtailed style hugs your curves before flaring out around the knees. From the strapless top to right after the flare, the dress has an overlay of sequined fabric. The flare itself is beaded tulle. This style is available in turquoise, purple, and fuchsia. The beading on top of the sequins is silver, so make sure to pair it with your favorite silver heels and clutch.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91030 is a more classic fit and flare style that hugs the curves with shiny taffeta fabric before flaring out at mid-thigh. This would make a stunning aquamarine Prom dress for someone who is sexy, yet sophisticated. The bodice is heavily beaded, the taffeta is ruched for a flattering effect, no matter what your figure, and there is a palm print sized appliqué below the left hip. This style is available in aquamarine as well as a light gold.

What is your Prom’s theme?

Wedding Dresses Perfect Fit

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by admin

Just imagine: It’s your wedding day and all of your friends and family are seated at the ceremony, anticipating the moment you’ll walk down the aisle. The violinist is playing, the bridesmaids are matching (as they tend to do), and you begin your walk down the aisle. But, in actuality, it’s more of a small hop than a step because the dress isn’t really allowing you to do much else. At this pace, you’re not sure if you’ll ever make it to the end of the aisle to marry your future husband. Although, these days, anything goes when it comes to wedding dress styles, there are four questions you should ask yourself before saying “yes” to the dress.

1. Can you move? Throughout the course of the evening, you’ll be making your rounds to greet friends and family you haven’t seen in awhile. And you’ll – hopefully – be breaking it down on the dance floor (who knew grandpa Joe could move like that?). Make sure the wedding dress style you choose doesn’t keep you from working the room.
2. Can you breathe? Every bride has different aspects of the wedding that are most important to them. For some, it’s the photography. For others, it’s the dress. And for others still, it’s the food. If you find yourself in the latter category, make sure your dress provides enough room for you to enjoy the appetizers, entrees and wedding cake you worked so hard to select.
3. If I bought this dress now, would I stop looking? Too often, brides choose a wedding dress style they feel relatively ho-hum about, and then they continue to browse online or in stores to find a different one. Save yourself time and money by shopping around at several places before deciding on the final one – and then sleep on it. If you still want it the next day, you can purchase it feeling confident that you did your research first.
4. Does it fit my wedding theme? If you’re having a beach wedding, you might want a dress with a mermaid cut and intricate beading. If you’re getting married in a garden, look for wedding dress styles that are romantic and flow elegantly as you walk, such as this beaded Alencon lace and tulle wedding dress. And for destination weddings, keep the location in mind when shopping for your dress. If you’re getting married in Spain (lucky you), a fitted lace dress would be more appropriate than organza.