Wedding dresses from Reem Acra SS2012

Reem Acra of course does some of my favorite draping and layering of all the designers…you really have to see them in person to appreciate the handiwork that goes into each dress.  True works of art if you ask me!  I loved the hot pink accents and the chic hairstyles the models wore for this seasons collection.

[top 2 sets from Reem Acra, last set by me] 

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Phi-Style: Reception Dresses

1. Narciso Rodriguez Petal-Print Silk-Charmeuse Dress, $2,485 | 2. BCBGMAXAZRIA Fei Fei Strapless Dress, $278 | 3. Kimberly Ovitz Comey Crepe Gown, $645 | 4. Notte by Marchesa One Shoulder Silk Dress, $795 | 5. Rick Owens Silk-Organza Bustier Gown, $2,695 | 6. Max Azria Asymmetric Silk Crepe de Chine Gown, $650 | 7. Thread One Shoulder Dress, $495 | 8. Alexander Wang Asymmetric Silk-Satin Dress, $675 | 9. Thakoon Gathered Front Dress, $1,050 | 10. Valentino Silk-Organza Strapless Dress, $3,990

Oh, the reception dress.  Should I wear one, or shouldn’t I?  Should it be long, or should it be short?  How much should I spend on it?  Undoubtedly, these are all questions that have crossed your minds.  For me, I didn’t decide to spring for a reception dress until the last few weeks before the big day.  My two musts – that it be fun, and that I be able to dance in it.  Here are a couple of my picks of great dresses that you can dance the night away in.  Get inspired!  – Tram @Phi-Style.com

[images from Net-A-Porter and Shopbop]

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Phi-Style: Met Ball 2011 Inspiration

1. Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexander McQueen | 2. Freida Pinto, Chanel | 3.  Jessica Stam, Tommy Hilfiger | 4. Ashley Greene, Donna Karan | 5. Emma Roberts, Michael Kors | 6. Naomi Watts, Stella McCartney

I love gathering wedding gown inspiration from celebrity red carpet looks.  The Costume Institute Gala, held last Monday at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, is arguably the most fashion-conscious event of the year – a perfect event to snag some ideas!  This year’s ball honored the work of the late Alexander McQueen, but the event did not fail to showcase a multitude of other beautiful designer gowns.  From sheaths, to a-lines, to fit-and-flare, these looks could easily be developed into a bridal look.   My personal favorite?  Jessica Stam in Tommy Hilfiger.  What a great way to showcase a pair of fabulous wedding shoes!  – Tram @ Phi-Style.com

[images from style.com]

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Phi-Style: Long Sleeved Gowns

Vera Wang | Stephane Rolland | Jenny Packham | Reem Acra

Kate Middleton’s classic and timeless dress is sure to inspire gowns in upcoming seasons.  Designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander Mcqueen, Kate’s dress featured a narrow v-neck, collared neckline, and its most distinctive feature – long lace sleeves.  Here are some long-sleeved choices that will have you feeling like a princess as you walk down the aisle. – Tram @ Phi-Style.com

[photos from Vera Wang, Stephane Rolland, Jenny Packham, Reem Acra]

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