Princess Eugenie’s wedding hair looks awfully familiar

Princess Eugenie’s wedding hair looks awfully familiar


We’ve got deja vu

Princess Eugenie married her long-term partner, Jack Brooksbank, today at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – five months after her cousin Prince Harry married Meghan Markle at the same place.

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Eugenie’s dress was pretty incredible – that low back, that train, that designer, that secret message – we could go on. And the celeb guest list was out of this world.

And that’s all before we’ve got onto her hair & make-up. Wow.

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According to Harpers Bazaar UK , Eugenie’s hair was done by Sonny-Jo MacFarlane at Hari’s Salon in Chelsea. Perhaps the Princess’ regular hair stylist? He created a low chignon with loose tendrils, topped with an art-deco tiara borrowed from the Queen. Sound familiar?

The only difference is that Eugenie took the modern approach and opted against a veil.

Fancy recreating this look at your wedding? Gorka Aararas, Creative Director at Charles Worthington Salons has given us an easy step-by-step.

Step 1: Set the hair in rollers or tongue it and then pin to set the curls.

Step 2: Separate the front from the back.

Step 3: Backcomb the back on the crown area, then pin into the lower nape.

Step 4: Put the remaining up to create a soft romantic and relaxed chignon.

Step 5: Place your tiara or headpiece on top of the parting of the hair.

Step 6: Lastly, with the front of the hair that has been curled, brush the hair softly and sweep the sides of the hair up adding that relaxed and effortless look.

For her make-up look, Princess Eugenie kept it natural on the lip, but chose a brown smokey eye to accentuate her green eyes. Hannah Martin, Pro and Artistry Manager for Bobbi Brown, created the look.

 

 

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The most unique alternative engagement rings if you’re over solitaires

The most unique alternative engagement rings if you’re over solitaires


alternative engagement rings

While the traditional solitaire-diamond-in-platinum rings can be dazzling, many of today’s brides-to-be go down the alternative route, wanting to maintain their unique style through their engagement ring.

Every woman and every relationship is unique, and your symbolic sparkler should reflect exactly that. So whether you’re into baguette diamonds or pear-shaped emeralds, multi-stone rings or vintage pearls, there’s a bespoke style to suit every bride.

Alternative engagement ring ideas

Once you wrap your hear around the fact that you don’t have to go for a traditional ring (though there’s nothing wrong with a timeless solitaire), then the sky’s the limit. There is plenty of inspiration to be found on Instagram – like Emily Ratajkowski’s two-stone statement ring – as well as films – think Carrie’s black diamond – and even the catwalk.

Your ring should be an extension of your style, so have a think about what jewellery you like and take it from there. Many jewellery brands now let you design completely bespoke rings from scratch, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box a little.

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Alternative stones for engagement rings

An engagement ring doesn’t have to include a diamond. The likes of Kate Middleton and Lady Gaga have sent the trend for colourful gems (sapphire and pink diamond respectively), and if your budget doesn’t stretch to that, then there are some gorgeous semi-precious stone and pearl styles around. In fact, your rings doesn’t even have to feature a stone, you could just go for an arty gold ring.

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Ethical alternative engagement rings

Brides are more conscious about ethical jewellery these days, and that includes the provenance of the diamonds. Luckily, so many jewellery brands now adhere to the Kimberley process (which guarantees conflict-free diamonds), but if you’re unsure it’s always worth asking.

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Cheap alternative engagement rings

Not every budget stretches to a diamond and platinum ring, but if you look to slightly more affordable brands, you’ll be surprised as to how many options you have.

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And whilst you’re here, when it comes to wedding rings, we’ll let you in on a little secret: there are no rules either.

So gold, silver, rose gold, thick, thin, it’s totally up to you.

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Here’s why Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank had to delay their engagement

Here’s why Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank had to delay their engagement


Uh oh.

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By Rebecca Fearn.

Every bride-to-be wants the spotlight to be on them during their engagement, but it seems Princess Eugenie had to wait her turn.

Reports have surfaced that Eugenie and Jack – who are due to marry on 12 October – had to postpone their engagement because of Prince Harry’s proposal to Meghan Markle.

Allegedly, the couple had decided they wanted to get married as early as last year, but due to the impending royal wedding of Harry and Meghan, they had to delay their official engagement and announcement.

A source revealed the details to Vanity Fair: “It’s my understanding that Eugenie and Jack decided some time ago that they wanted to get married, and there was some talk about a wedding in 2017, but they had to wait for Harry to go first.”

This postponement has left Eugenie’s nearest and dearest feeling that she deserves a big blow-out wedding now:

“The feeling among the Yorks is that she deserves her moment in the spotlight and a big royal wedding with all the frills,” the source added.

However, it sounds as though Eugenie was pretty chill about the whole thing: “There are no bad feelings at all. Eugenie is very close to Harry, and she knows how the system works.”

Roll on October 12 – we hope the Princess gets the big day she’s been waiting for!

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How to choose a wedding make-up artist according to a pro MUA

How to choose a wedding make-up artist according to a pro MUA


The four fail-safe tips you need to get it right

how to choose a wedding make-up artist

While some brides prefer to do their own make-up, the majority will rely on a wedding make-up artist for their big day.

But with so many out there, there’s almost too much choice and it can be hard to navigate the sea of make-up artists to find the perfect one to suit your taste and what you have in mind for your big day. (Plus, they’ve got to know what they’re doing.)

Weddings are a massive milestone event, so it’s essential that you choose right – that’s why we sought out the best of the best to advise you on the matter.

Below Amy Conway, Bobbi Brown PRO Artist, shares her top four tips for picking out that all important bridal MUA. Whatever your wedding budget, these are the secrets to success…

Do your research

‘When it comes to choosing your wedding make-up artist, find a style that you love. All make-up artists have that signature style, whether it’s glowing skin or stand out eyes, so meet with a make-up artist who creates the looks you love and reflects your own individual style.’

It’s totally acceptable to Instagram stalk!

‘Nowadays, Instagram can be a portfolio for make-up artists so you can see their previous bridal work. If you’re scrolling and just loving everything you see – meet with them! You can also use this as a tool to pick out your favourite looks that the make-up artist has created.’

Follow Amy on Instagram at @bbpro_amyconway

Calm is key

‘Go for someone that makes you feel calm, it’s a great trait to look out for when choosing your makeup artist. They would have played a part in a wedding morning many times before, so their job is to not only make you feel and look amazing, but to also keep you calm while they have you in their hot seat.

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Recommendations

‘I’ve had many brides through recommendations, but what’s beautiful about it is that you get to know their families and friendship circles well.

For a bride, it feels like you know that make-up artist a little more too, which just allows you to be comfortable with them and will make the wedding morning go even more smoothly.’

With these tips under your belt, you’re sure to find your perfect professional make-up match.

Bobbi Brown Bridal Week is taking place 22nd-29th September across their standalone studios, combining master classes, treats and exclusive bridal partnerships in-store. For more info head to bobbibrown.co.uk/pro-team-events

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The best winter wedding guest outfits in stores now

The best winter wedding guest outfits in stores now


25 perfect pieces to nail the winter wedding guest dress code…

Winter Wedding Guest Outfits

As the endless string of summer weddings comes to an end and the weather starts to cool off, it’ll soon be time to prep for a new round of winter nuptials. Figuring out how to look chic and not freeze to death in the blistering British cold isn’t an easy task however, but we’ve done a dig for our favourite winter wedding guest outfits that’ll help you stand out from the crowd.

Whether you’re looking for a sweeping maxi dress or a colour-blocked midi, we’ve tracked down something for every budget and sense of style below. Affordable high street pieces are the name of the game over at Topshop, ASOS and Mango and we’ve also included some luxury hard-hitters – just in case you ever get invited to a royal wedding. (A girl can dream.)

Sometimes, the type of wedding you’re going to might limit the kind of silhouette you can opt for. When it comes to traditional church weddings, it’s generally frowned upon to flaunt your shoulders or a little too much skin so unfortunately the spaghetti straps and bardot pieces are off the table. On the other hand, a black tie affair is a chance to really let your hair down and go for a truly dramatic piece so look to Rixo and Theory for help on this one.

Your clothes are just part of your outfit however and the right accessories can tip you into fashion queen territory. Show-stopping statement earrings or some on-trend shell jewellery can step up a minimal piece, while the right pair of high heels or flat shoes can make or break an outfit. And if you’re feeling really sartorial, why not cash in on one of the season’s biggest trends: extra mini handbags? Let’s be real – when else are you ever going to get a chance to wear them?

As far as keeping warm goes? Our fashion editor Lucia Debieux weighed in, saying, ‘A great blazer is key in colder months. It’s the one thing that will really pull your whole look together if you get it right.’

Here’s a few pieces to fall in love with below…

Elegant wedding guest dresses

Rixo is very much the fashion darling of the moment and their stunning midii dresses are a sure-fire winner. Beloved by the style set and our own fashion editor Penny Goldstone, the dress below makes the most of two popular prints this season: polka-dots and dark florals.

Rixo Camelia Multi Chalk Tulip Dress

winter wedding guest dresses

Priced at £305, available at Rixo

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Maxi wedding guest dresses

A floor-sweeping maxi always makes a statement and we’re particularly feeling this wrapped Topshop piece. While the shirt collar gives it a more relaxed vibe, the length on this beauty takes it into fancier territory. Perfect for a more understated wedding, it’d look absolutely killer with a pair of faux croc heeled boots and a crimson lip.

Topshop Stripe Maxi Shirt Dress

winter wedding guest dresses

Priced at £49, available at Topshop

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Petite wedding guest dresses

If you’re looking for a piece that you’re likely to wear again, this affordable pastel Zara jumpsuit dress is one of our favourites. We’re particular to a menswear-inspired outfit and this bubblegum outfit is hitting all the right notes, especially with the contrasting buttons.

Zara Blazer-Style Jumpsuit Dress

winter wedding guest dresses

Priced at £29.99, available at Zara

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Midi wedding guest dresses

We can’t get enough of yellow this season and this gorgeous piece by Svitlaya is only feeding our obsession. Perfect for that awkward period between autumn and blistering cold winter, this bright dress will bring the sunshine to every happy occasion.

Svitlaya Rose Midi Dress

winter wedding guest dresses

Priced at £1251, available at Svitlaya

Buy now

 

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Wedding hair: how to avoid looking like a basic bride

Wedding hair: how to avoid looking like a basic bride


You won’t find a chignon here, friends

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I’m getting married in September and whilst there are some traditions that I’m sticking to – white dress, dad giving me away, throwing the bouquet – there are some things that I just don’t want. I don’t want a cake – no one really likes it and nobody looks back on a wedding and thinks, ‘my favourite part was when they cut a cake with a random sword.’ I don’t want to pose like a prat with my bridesmaids for clichéd wedding pictures. And I really, really don’t want basic bitch wedding hair.

Stay with me.

Every wedding magazine I pick up has image after image of women with the most boring, unimaginative hairstyles I’ve ever clapped eyes on. I’ve been scrolling through Instagram and groaning at the lack of really chic ‘dos’. And Pinterest isn’t any better.

Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that not every hair stylist in the land does these boring half-up-half-down-lets-shove-in-some-diamante wedding hair looks. But I am amazed at the seemingly utter lack of alternative choices. It’s as if people get engaged, start planning a wedding and all sense of style goes out the window.

When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle (or the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as we now know them), she had two looks on the day. The simple low bun, with a few rouge tendrils by Serge Normant, followed by a fun, loose up-do by George Northwood. Northwood’s more relaxed and – let’s be frank – cooler option was the one people got more excited about. He is the king of cool girl hair after all. That’s what I want. I want my wedding hair to look modern, yet smart and I’d really like to avoid looking basic.

So with less than two months to go, I decided that I needed to take things into my own hands. If I was going to segue past the traditional wedding hair, I needed to approach it in a different way.

I thought to myself, which hair salon is the antithesis of wedding hair? There was only one salon that came to mind: Bleach London.

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If you don’t know Bleach London – it’s a salon that specialises in colour. But bold colour. Co-founded by Alex Brownsell, who counts Harry Styles, Georgia May Jagger, Pixie Geldof and Cara Delevingne as clients, and Sam Teasdale, the salon has become the go-to spot in London for hair that’s a little bit different. What better place to visit when looking for alternative wedding hair do for your big day?!

New gringe (grown out fringe), champagne blonde and funki do for @georgiamayjagger 🌅👍🤷‍♀️

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So off I went. I met Emma, the senior stylist, at their Dalston salon (they also have outposts in Soho and Brixton) and we started chatting about different looks. I explained that whilst I didn’t want to look boring, I also didn’t want to look back at pictures and think I’d taken a temporary leave of my senses with anything too wild. I’d chosen early on against wearing a veil, as I thought it made me look too angelic (a look that I very rarely associate with myself), and was considering a headpiece – as long as there was no sign of diamante detailing. I was pretty much open to trying a few different options and after showing her my dress (which I won’t post on here, obvs) we came up with three possible looks. In order not to go too left-field, we decided to take what’s mostly requested by bridal clients and update them. So in keeping with that, we went with the following: an updo, a headpiece and flowers.

Wedding hair piece

Ask anyone to describe ‘cool girl hair’ and chances are they’ll describe a mash-up of Kate Moss’ infamous second-day, blonde mop with sea-salty surfer hair. It’s hair that look effortless and is always worn down. So this was a pretty good place for us to start. I’m pretty lucky in the fact that I have a natural wave to my hair that looks quite beachy already – I actually really like the way that my ends gather to form slight rat tails. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I’ll admit. But we wanted to elevate it with a headpiece. You really have to trawl through page after page on Google until you get to a headpiece that doesn’t look like all the others you’ve just seen on Etsy. When I found Alexandra Harper’s bridal collection I knew that we had found a winner. The geometric flowers couldn’t be more different to the dainty, little diamonds headbands that I keep seeing everywhere.

wedding hair

Wedding hair updo

When you search for wedding hair, the majority of results include either an updo or a braid – neither particularly inspiring. So we decided to combine the two, with a modern twist. We went for a half up, half down, plait extravaganza. If you’re going to go with a braid – make it a different one. Emma plaited along my parting and then tied it off using my own hair. She then popped a few more smaller ones around the head.

wedding hair

Wedding hair with flowers

I had toyed with the idea of wearing a flower crown, but as much as I love them, even I can admit that they have been so overdone. And the basic bitches have taken them for their own. As we started to discuss how we could interpret this look, the image that kept popping into my mind was the beauty look from Rodarte’s SS18 couture show.

wedding hairAnd because we were at Bleach, we couldn’t not do a bit of colour. Emma used one of their new Watercolours, which are made from beetroot, to give me a hint of pink. They come out in one wash – so there’s no long-standing commitment needed.

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I personally think we nailed the non-basic-bride wedding hair. Don’t you?

If you want to book in to see Emma, or any of the Bleach London stylists, for your wedding call 020 7275 9500.

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The most awesome alternative wedding dresses for the non-traditional bride

The most awesome alternative wedding dresses for the non-traditional bride


Whether you’re a fashion forward dresser or a relaxed, fuss-free bride-to-be…

alternative wedding dresses

From Emily Ratajkowski’s mustard Zara wedding suit through to Angelina Jolie’s tulle train embroidered with her children’s drawings, more brides are turning away from traditional white gowns in favour of the unconventional. While we’re always going to have a soft spot for traditional lace wedding dresses, we love a style queen who’s willing to make a major fashion statement on her big day and we’ve found a few options that might just fit the bill.

No matter your budget, we’ve done the digging and curated our favourite styles whether you’re keen to channel a menswear vibe, going full rainbow with a colourful wedding dress or want to flash a little leg with a shorter frock.

Luxury designers like Roksanda, Alessandra Rich and Safiyaa are a great shout for modern brides who want to push the envelope, while Halfpenny London, Rime Arodaky and Ellery’s unfussy designs are definitely steered more towards those with a minimal aesthetic. Romantics should shoot for vintage-inspired pieces from the likes of Needle & Thread and Reem Acra or bring the drama in a sweeping Marchesa ball gown or bold Oscar de la Renta.

Working with a budget? ASOS, Monsoon and No. 1 Jenny Packham have beautiful pieces that still look expensive, but thankfully keep your bank account out of the red.

Check it all out below and get ready to break out the Pinterest boards…

Wedding Jumpsuit

If you’re dreading the idea of dragging a heavy dress around all day, a wedding jumpsuit is the ultimate cool girl outfit. We’ve gone for a clean minimal look with this Stella McCartney one piece with a tie-waist detail, which would look a dream with a pair of cobalt blue BALENCIAGA blade heels (which you can peep in our best wedding shoes gallery).

Shop now: STELLA MCCARTNEY Peplum-hem crepe jumpsuit for £635 from Selfridges

Beach Wedding Dresses

Destination weddings are becoming more common and for those of you heading off for some sun and sand – you’ll want something chic, light and that’ll move beautifully with the seabreeze – a strappy silky dress is always a great idea and it’s an utterly timeless piece for the minimal bride.

Shop now: JASON WU Satin gown for £644 from The Outnet

Short Wedding Dresses

Although we have a soft spot for a long lace wedding gown, there’s something to be said for a fun and flirty dress (especially on a swelteringly hot day). Stray away from cocktail dress territory by choosing a more structured piece like this Zimmermann, which features organza puffy sleeves and a daring cut out back detail that we’re obsessed with. (The buttons on the neckline make all the difference.)

Shop now: ZIMMERMANN Castile crochet-trimmed linen dress for £715 from MatchesFashion.com

Red Wedding Dresses

While red might not be what you’d usually expect from a traditional Western wedding, it’s actually a really popular colour for Chinese weddings as the colour signifies good fortune, happiness and prosperity – all things you’d wish for in a great marriage. A crimson gown is a bold choice, but one that’ll definitely set you apart if you’re down to break the mould with a colourful wedding dress. This dramatic Elie Saab cape dress has some serious Solange vibes about it and is guaranteed to turn heads.

Shop now: ELIE SAAB Cape-effect embellished silk-blend crepe de chine gown for £5,537 from Net-A-Porter

Black Wedding Dresses

Not one for floaty white dresses? Go for the exact opposite with a structured black gown. Whether you’re serving gothic Queen of the Night realness or channeling a modern fashion-forward vibe, it’s a strong choice that’ll make for some striking photographs. (We’re obsessed with the idea of a black wedding gown against a string of white bridesmaids dresses.)

Shop now: Balmain Embellished Side Split Dress for £2,350 from Harrods

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The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now

The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now


The high street has some exquisite style finds to offer any blushing bride.

high street wedding dresses

High street wedding dresses just keep getting better and better. Stylish brides on a budget now have their pick of an ever-expanding selection of high street wedding dresses – and we’ve got them all here for you to admire.

From floor-length gowns to sleek lace minis and everything in between including some rather gorgeous beaded boho dresses – there’s something for every style.

And for the spring/summer wedding season, there has never been a better selection. With Ted Baker, Whistles, French Connection, ASOS, and Self-Portrait now offering bridal collections, the price-conscious brides-to-be have never had it better. And quite frankly, when you se this amazing array of dresses you’ll wonder why anyone would ever go over a £1,000 budget.

Traditional high street wedding dresses

For the traditional brides, there’s gorgeous fishtails and caped sleeves gowns from the likes of Phase Eight and Monsoon. While for the vintage lovers and soon-to-be boho brides, Monsoon and ASOS have all your embellished and floaty lace dreams covered.

Alternative high street wedding dresses

And for something altogether more contemporary then some of our favourite high street stores, French Connection and Whistles, have launched lust-worthy collections to make you stand out on the aisle. Think off-the-shoulder lace, asymmetric necklines, on-trend midi dresses and minimalist silk slips, which are exactly what the modern stylish bride needs for the new season.

High street wedding dresses for every shape

As well as all of these, we’ve found dresses to suit all shapes and heights – from Twenties bias-cut to full-skirted prim variations. Not keen on your arms? There are some great long-sleeved wedding gowns that will solve your bridal dilemmas. Want your waist to stand out? Try a cinched style with an embellished belt. Petite figures will suit all the lovely ruffle dresses that are so in at the moment too.

So with that in mind, it’s time to pick your dream dress from the best high street wedding dresses available now…

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What does a fashion designer wear to get married?

What does a fashion designer wear to get married?


Hint: you don’t design it yourself. (Because who needs that kind of pressure?) Step inside the stylish nuptials of hot London fashion designer Alice Archer and steal a few tips for yourself…

wedding style Alice Archer

wedding style Alice Archer

When it comes to wedding style and you’re a young designer building a reputation for designing pieces that make perfect wedding dresses you’d have thought wearing your own design would be a no-brainer for your trip up the aisle.

London-based Alice Archer is an embroidery specialist, who worked for designer Dries van Noten in Antwerp. She also – fabulously – worked for artist Tracy Emin, producing the embroidery for Emin’s artworks. Archer graduated from RCA in 2013, having studied fine art at Goldsmiths and Central St Martin’s. She began designing her collection in 2014, and now has fans including Pippa Middleton, Camilla Rutherford, P Diddy, Ellie Goulding, Susie Bubble and Pandora Sykes. Her labour-intensive designs are exquisitely made in Como, Italy, and are a combination of print and specialist embroidery techniques.

Wedding style Alice Archer

Alice Archer AW18 photo by James Mason/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Her wedding style perfect pieces are often chosen by other brides: “Some of my clients have bought my pieces to get married in but they weren’t conventional ‘wedding dresses’, she tells us. “Even before starting my own label, I embroidered dresses for two of my best friends’ weddings.”

Wedding style Alice Archer

Alice Archer AW18, photo by James Mason/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Now Archer is building on her rep, with the launch of a dedicated bridal collection (hitting Browns Bride in October): “It will be a small collection of embroidered pieces, including dresses and a trouser suit. Each piece is embroidered with flowers that symbolise love, loyalty and hope,” she says.

But for her wedding to Henry, a UX (user experience) designer, she went for something completely different. Here are all the stunning steal-them-now details from her bridal look…

wedding style Alice Archer

The location: St-Martin-in-the-Fields, London – with a reception in the Crypt afterwards.

Wedding dresses Alice Archer

The proposal: “One evening last August, Henry texted me to ask me to come home early from the studio. When I arrived back at our flat there were candles everywhere and he had cooked a delicious three course meal, including an incredible chocolate cake. I am a chocoholic so this was perfect!”

The dress:  “Our wedding was quite soon after finishing a collection, so I didn’t have much time. I went to Browns Bride to look at potential dresses and completely fell in love with a Viktor & Rolf dress, and then I couldn’t get it out of my head and couldn’t imagine anything else…”

Wedding style Alice Archer

The look:  Duchesse satin on top, with a tulle skirt featuring 3D organza flowers on the skirt, from the Viktor & Rolf bridal collection. “The top was almost like a sporty polo shirt – very structured, while the skirt was romantic and ethereal. I chose it because it made me feel strong and it was unusual – romantic, innocent and modern,” says Alice.

Wedding style Alice Archer

The shoes: Gucci blue satin round-toed mules with crystal bows for the ceremony, and flat white jewelled Manolo Blahniks for the reception. “I’ve always loved shoes, and your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy a fantasy pair! I’m always browsing online. When I saw these Gucci mules, I thought they were fun, bold and beautiful. But I couldn’t resist the chance to wear another pair, too – Manolo makes surprisingly comfortable, elegant pumps.”

Wedding style Alice Archer

The rings: “Henry went to Hatton Garden before cooking the engagement dinner and chose my engagement ring instinctively. It has a deep blue sapphire in the centre and diamonds on either side. He loves sapphires, his mum has one in her engagement ring and they represent September, his birth month.” The couple bought their wedding bands from a hand-crafted jewellery shop called Ruberg in Islington’s Camden Passage.

Wedding style Alice Archer

Hair and makeup: “My hair stylist Carolina Crona did a beautiful chignon, which we practiced about a month before the wedding. Ariel Yeh, who does the make up for my Fashion Week presentations, did my makeup. She’s amazing at glowing skin and ‘natural’ beauty looks.”

Wedding style Alice Archer

Wedding vibe summed up in a sentence: “An explosion of happiness and love!”

Wedding style

Congrats, Alice and Henry….now we’ve got some wedding style inspiration, can we borrow those Gucci mules please?

 

 

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The vintage wedding dresses that’ll never go out of style

The vintage wedding dresses that’ll never go out of style


Especially when you look back at those wedding pictures

vintage wedding dress

Vintage wedding dresses are a trend that will never go away. The classic and timeless cuts and fabrics are a sure way to look elegant and ethereal when you walk down the aisle.

Just look at Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding dress, which reminded us of Audrey Hepburn’s one, which was also by the French Couture house.

They’re especially a good solution if you’ve seen all of the minimalist bandeau bridal gowns with their contemporary cuts and structures and haven’t been wowed, or just aren’t keen on the fashion-forward separates and sexy fishtail gowns.

But make no mistake, opting for a vintage style doesn’t mean you’ll look like you’ve borrower your granny’s wedding dress. This season’s spin on antique gowns isn’t all frumpy ruffles and ruching – think delicate lace, embroidery and silk with a variety of trains, necklines and cuts.

1950s wedding dress

A good way to start is to look at which style eras you fancy the most, to get an idea of what shape you’ll go for. The 1950s tea-length full skirts are often a popular choice, that goes especially well with a Hollywood wave and a red lip. Or like Meghan’s, a simple floor-length silhouette can look very modern if you keep details minimal.

If it’s a sleeker silhouette you’re after, 1930s and 1940s silk dresses and fitted styles are a sure way to add a touch of understated elegance to the aisle.

1920s wedding dress

If you’re a bit less traditional, then 1920s cuts have made a surprising comeback this year, and it’s all about the beading. Our love of all things 70s also shows no sign of going away any time soon, and we’ve seen brides opt for bohemian off-the-shoulder designs and even crochet dresses for a beach wedding.

Vintage lace wedding dresses

Of course, you’ll never go wrong with a classic fishtail champagne lace dress either – we guarantee you’ll never look back at wedding pictures and regret your sartorial choice.

In terms of accessories, we encourage you to have a bit of fun and stick to a vintage theme, whether that’s a dazzling brooch in side-swept hair, a pearl sautoir, velvet bow belt, or, if you want a really dramatic effect, white opera length gloves like the ones Sophia Amoruso wore with her vintage Alexander McQueen gown on her wedding day. The choice is yours.

From Grecian cinching to Hollywood silhouettes, we’ve rounded up the best of the more classic and traditional wedding dress designs. From Vivienne Westwood and Marchesa to Ghost and Monsoon, here are the timeless styles that you’ll never look back on and question…

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