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16/04/2016

When It Comes to a Veil, Brides Can Take It or Leave It

Molly Guy, the owner of Stone Fox Bride, a SoHo bridal shop, often finds herself catering to an unconventional client, one inclined to tweak or entirely dispense with tradition — and with it the wearing of a wedding veil.

That bride, she said, “can barely stomach the idea of wearing a white marieprom, let alone a veil.”

Another type, Ms. Guy said, is more likely to conform. “Her mother and grandmother got married in a veil, and she will adhere to tradition.”

Yet a third, she said, reads Vogue and doesn’t care about the traditional: “She loves the accessory element of a veil.”

Whichever type of bride — in favor, opposed or simply on the fence — her decision to wear a veil, or reject it, is apt be fraught, heavily weighted by considerations of faith, family pressures, feminist principles and the no less compelling dictates of style.

But what sets this bride apart from her mother’s generation is a ringing conviction that wearing a veil is less often a matter of custom than it is one of personal choice.

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At Stone Fox Bride, the classic top knot is its preferred accessory this season.

Allison Shoening, 33, of Centennial, Colo., a project manager for a law firm, is to marry in September. She chose to wear a veil with the blusher, the portion that covers her face.

“I struggled with the decision myself for a while,” Ms. Shoening said. “Over all, I like the look of a veil. It adds an old-fashioned element to my wedding.”

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And a wisp of decorum.

“If I go strapless, I want to keep my look balanced,” she said. “I just don’t want everything bare.”

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Others drop the veil, or at least the blusher, dismissing these elements as relics of male oppression, about as unwelcome on one’s wedding day as a pair of manacles. When she married four years, ago, Jessica Huseman, 26, left her head bare. “My now-husband and I both find the idea of a veil to be a little silly,” she said.

Pointedly, Ms. Huseman said: “We had this mutual agreement to share our lives. It was troubling, if you saw marriage as a partnership of equals, to wear a veil.”

“The idea of my husband lifting a veil over my face as his possession in front of our family and friends would have made me feel objectified,” she said.

Those saying no to the veil included a number of women with deeply held religious convictions and strong family ties. Emily Dause, 30, who grew up in a family of evangelical Christians, saw no betrayal of her faith in replacing the veil with a headband for her coming May wedding.

“It seemed to me that a veil is connected to being seen as a package, something to be given away on her wedding day,” said Ms. Dause, a teacher from Mechanicsburg, Pa. “It was disturbing that the veil has been viewed historically as connected to superstitions about warding off demons.”

She and others also see the veil as a symbolic reference to the virginity of the bride.

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At David Bridal, a Russian tulle blusher with crystal comb veil.

Some brides sidestep the issue entirely, said Alexis Swerdloff, the 33-year-old editor of New York Weddings. She said they replace the frothy length of cloth with a smaller, more discreet head covering, something like the birdcage (a small veil that cups the face) or the more trend-driven fascinator, an ornamental headpiece customarily embellished with a wisp of tulle extending slightly over one eye.

Such choices tend to be governed less by custom than by taste. Wearing a fascinator, or alternately, a garland of flowers or jewel-studded comb, “is a way of saying, ‘Oh, so, I’m a modern, cool bride, and I just like the way this looks,’” Ms. Swerdloff said.

Meghan Boledovich, a restaurant forager at Print in New York, plans to wear a small veil when she marries in July.

“I would wear it mostly because of how it looks,” she said.

According to the Wedding Report, which tracks industry trends, based on government data and surveys of couples, the average cost of dress accessories (mostly veils, but other items, too) was $226 in 2015, a drop of 1.3 percent from 2014.

In a celebrity-driven culture, it’s not surprising that brides favoring the veil tend to be swayed by images of style-world muses like Princess Grace of Monaco, Bianca Jagger, Stevie Nicks or more contemporary figures, like Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, or Jerry Hall, who married Rupert Murdoch in March with her head covered by a cloud of lavishly embroidered tulle.

As with many stylistic choices, “These things really come down to what people seeing in magazines, on blogs and on the runway,” said Ms. Guy of Stone Fox Bride.

For inspiration, she refers her clients to a roster of hip role models, Gwen Stefani and Solange Knowles, among others, never mind that on her wedding day, Ms. Knowles had subbed the veil for a priestess-like floor-length white cape.

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A David’s Bridal cathedral veil.

Lindsay Short, a senior accessories buyer for David’s Bridal in Conshohocken, Pa., said she is seeing an uptick in brides who wear veils. “In particular to a return to the cathedral veil,” she said. “Our customer tends to be the bride that wants the ball gown and the fairy tale.”

A recent resurgence of lace-lavished formfitting gowns calls for the trailing veil and train, Ms. Short said. “It gives her that showstopping moment many brides still dream of.”

Kristen Maxwell Cooper, the executive editor of The Knot, said surveys last year of brides who use that wedding-planning website showed that 57 percent bought a veil. In contrast, in 2013, only 31 percent of the brides surveyed said they bought one.

“Sometimes choosing to wear a veil has nothing to do with tradition,” Ms. Cooper said. “The feeling is that it’s just something beautiful. If you’re going to wear it, it’s now or never.”

Mara Urshel, an owner of Kleinfeld Bridal in Brooklyn, said that the company is selling as many veils as it did four or five years ago, despite price increases: Some cost $6,000 or $7,000, or even as much as $10,000, for the type of elaborately embellished variations some luxury houses now offer to match their gowns.

(Veils more typically start at $300 and may go up to $2,500.)

Ms. Swerdloff, who skipped the veil at her own wedding this month, was somewhat startled to discover that, contrary to her expectations, most of brides who were photographed for New York Weddings’ spring 2016 issue did indeed wear a veil.

So eager were some New Yorkers to make a style splash on their day of days, they insisted on wearing an ultralong veil, once relegated to the formal setting of a church or palatial estate, in the most informal surroundings.

“I’ve seen a lot of long veils on modern-looking brides wearing short dresses, and getting married in a community garden,” Ms. Swerdloff said.

For some brides-to-be, an elaborate veil remains the single most effusive expression of a long cherished fantasy.

“I always imagined I would wear a cathedral veil,” said Allison Appell Cohen, 27, an account manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas in Dallas. “Every girl wants to be princess for a few hours,” Ms. Cohen said. “The veil is a statement maker, it’s so regal. Just to have it and the train of my dress trailing behind me: I knew that’s what I wanted.”

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Karen Salva wore a veil at her wedding. Credit Kendall Waldman

Others, loath to sacrifice tradition, cling to the veil’s symbolism. Karen Salva, 28, a location scout and makeup artist in the film industry, was married this month in Mystic, Conn., in a quasi-traditional Jewish ceremony, her face and hair concealed. “As I got to the huppah,” she recalled, “my mother lifted the veil up and presented my husband to me.”

Benjamin Stern, her fiancé, had covered her face with the blusher veil, a variation on a Jewish wedding custom known as the badeken. Ms. Salva was moved: “It was symbolically a way of for him to say: ‘Let me do this one last thing for you. Let me protect you and shelter you.’”

Posting on the wedding blog “Love My Dress,” Jennifer Cranham commented that she initially hesitated to wear a veil. “But now, it’s one of the things I’m most excited about,” said Ms. Cranham, who will marry this year.

Her mother was as well. Ms. Cranham said that when she tried on her veil in the fitting room, her mother gazed at her raptly. “The http://www.marieprom.co.uk didn’t get tears,” Ms. Cranham said. “But the veil did.”

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14/04/2016

Kate Middleton Fashion Style: Duchess Of Cambridge Does Not Travel Light; Hairdresser And Stylist Trailing Behind With Huge Luggage

To make sure that Kate Middleton's fashion style is not out of date, the Duchess of Cambridge literally packed on a lot of luggage. Good thing Princess Kate's hairdresser and stylist dealt with her wardrobe. If she was the one who carried them, the world may not catch her smiling during their royal India tour.

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Prince William and Princess Kate arrived at Assam, an Indian state famous for its one-horn rhino park. Upon arrival, Assam state chief minister, Tarun Gogoi, along with his wife, greeted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge warmly. They also gave the British Royals "gamochas" or the traditional Indian hand-woven scarves.

While Kate Middleton was busy appreciating the gamochas and smiling at the cameras, her hairdresser and stylist were clearly having a hard time carrying her luggage. The two loyal assistants look somewhat disheveled and one of them no longer bothered to smile at the camera.

The photos on Daily Mail showed the Duchess of Cambridge's private secretary, Sophie Agnew, was already scowling as she was carrying a tote bag and most likely one of the princess' marieprom. On the other hand, Kate Middleton's personal assistant and stylist Natasha Archer tried her best to flash the paparazzi a smile.

Kate Middleton fashion styles in India

Many women look up to Kate Middleton when it comes to great-looking fashion styles. It is therefore understandable if Princess Kate would bring handpicked dresses that will match every event she and William will attend. The princess dear has no worries, after all, it is her hairdresser and stylist who sacrifice to make sure she looks graceful and fashionable.

Charlize Theron MTV Movie Awards Speech Raised The Bar In Giving The Most Adorable Speeches USA Today compiled the list of designers responsible for Kate Middleton's fashion style. Some of the designers include Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham, Anita Dongre, Emilia Wickstead and Alice Temperley. So far, Kate wore two Alice Temperley outfits during their royal India tour.

There are still several days to go before Prince William and Kate Middleton complete their royal India tour. Many people can just hope that the princess' hairdresser and stylist like Indian food as they need strength to carry the wardrobe essentials in tune with Kate Middleton's fashion style.

Would you be willing to trade places with Kate Middleton's hairdresser and stylist? Sound off in the comments below!

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13/04/2016

Kang debuts high-tech fashion show

Greenwich-based designer Grace Kang combined high fashion and high tech at the debut of her latest collection last Thursday at Olivine Gabbro.

The boutique, a collaboration between Kang and her aunt Sue Neumann, partnered with Samsung to fuse fashion and technology on and off the runway. Though the marieprom themselves were not high-tech, the show incorporated high-tech elements from Samsung, making it more than just “a fashion show; it was an experience,” Kang said.

Designer Grace Kang, center, with the models at her latest show. Photo: / Olivine Gabbro

For the show, Kang created a collection-inspired video which was shown on a Samsung monitor as models debuted the ready-to-wear spring and summer styles. The sophisticated collection featured pops of color, clean silhouettes and detailed handiwork, such as cut-outs and inserts. She said both the video and the collection celebrate “who we are as women.” The store also provided Samsung tablets for attendees looking to place orders.

According to Kang, technology also plays a role in her design process.

“I’ve always used technology in my creative process so it just made sense to meld them together for this particular event,” she said. “Technology continues to inspire me. I sketch on my Samsung phone constantly and we were able to play our runway show immediately after it finished on the Samsung tablets and screens which was great so those who were not able to make our show could see what they missed.”

Kang, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, previously worked with Dolce & Gabbana and Donna Karan. She considers herself an artist, and fashion has become her way of expressing herself. She draws her inspiration from daily life and then integrates those ideas into her collections through color, fabric, silhouette, texture or details, like fine stitching or embellishments.

“My experience in the industry has been nothing but positive,” she said. “It presents its challenges at times, as does any career, but I feel truly blessed to be able to do what I absolutely love.”

What differentiates her brand from other brands, she said, is their emphasis on “keeping it local” as well as the quality of the clothing. Kang’s fabric is imported from Europe and handcrafted in Greenwich, and she tries to fit each piece to her clients through a made-to-measure service. She said clients enjoy witnessing the process from start to finish and that keeps them coming back.

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