[ ♡ ] Dressing Bliss, Wedding dress of the future Queen

I know most of you have seen this already but I’d like to commemorate what I feel as an important event in modern history with a short little post of what I’ve been waiting for since I first heard of the royal engagement—the wedding dress:

Kate Middleton chose a beautiful long sleeve dress topped with english lace by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. For weeks people have been trying to guess who she’d chose to make her dress and how it would look. In terms of the style, I think it matches her perfectly and it’s so fitting that she didn’t go super traditional or super modern.

What was surprising to me was her choice of designer and I’m glad she chose Alexander McQueen. It’s just a little surprising because usually his design house’s aesthetic is just so out there and bizarre and completely not Kate but the design turned out to be very fitting.

And that’s her only bridesmaid behind her, her sister Pippa who is also wearing white. People thought this was some sort of faux pas but I heard that its traditional to have bridesmaids wear white as well to confuse highway men and keep them from abducting the bride before the nuptials. Interesting huh?

♡ PaNhia


[ ♡ ] PreFall11 Picks – Donna karan, Chanel, J Mendel, Alexander McQueen

Whenever I get asked to define my style I always have the hardest time because I like a little bit of everything except casual. I really like elegant, refined, ladylike work wear but I also love edgy, downtown, streetwear pieces. And even if you put that together, refined edgy, it still doesn’t really describe it. Anyways you’ll see what I mean from my picks. I love looking through the runway looks on my style app and I thought I’d share my favorites from the Pre-fall collections.

Alexandar Mcqueen

I really like the whites and golds in this collection and the crazy texture explosion on that third dress. The first dress reflects my tendency towards more classic, feminine and refined styling. The second dress I love because I can’t take my eyes off the texture and how the dress falls so beautifully. The third dress is like an Amazon queen come to life. It’s beautiful, strong, and a little scary which is the kind of woman I’d love to be 🙂

Chanel

The thing I loved most about this collection was the color scheme, full of beautiful rich colors like dark gold, bronzes, dark teals, burgundys. The reason I’ve always shied away from jewel tones is because they’re just too bright for me. This collection is like a muted or darkened jewel tone collection. I don’t know how to describe it but the colors are exactly what I would’ve liked all those jewel toned dresses I passed up to be. It’s rich but not bright which I love.

Donna Karan

I really didn’t relate to a lot of looks in her collection because they were just too casual and drapey for me, it almost looked sloppy. But I did like her color palette and play on neutrals. I really like that first look because I love those colors together and it reminds me of something women would’ve worn years ago.

J Mendel

This collection had the most looks that I liked. I felt like I would’ve worn everything in that collection. It’s urban but still feminine.

Alice & Olivia, Thakoon, Jason Wu, Ports 1961

And last not not least, a combo of the single picks from four different designers. I really like the jackets in these.

*All Images courtesy of style.com
♡ PaNhia