Curtain raiser At Alexander McQueen, suit of white lace.

Curtain raiser At Alexander McQueen, suit of white lace.

Curtain raiserAt Alexander McQueen, creative director Sarah Burton opened the show with a fitted suit of white lace.

Skull disclosure -The trademark Alexander McQueen skull was woven into the lace designs.

The trademark Alexander McQueen skull was woven into the lace designs.

The best of haute-couture bridal gowns – J’Aton Couture

Holly Valance pulled out all the stops when she worked with designers Jacob Luppino and Anthony Pittorino to create her unique J’Aton Couture wedding gown. The dress was hand embroidered in fine silk and hand dyed in white to silver metallic and deep shades of grey. The full skirt resembling feathers represented Holly’s love of organic textures and had an embroidered flowing vintage-style veil which doubled as a train.



haute-couture bridal gowns – Giorgio Armani

Katie Holmes looked every inch the fairytale princess when she wed Tom Cruise at the Odescalchi Castle in Italy in a couture Armani gown. Her off-the-shoulder ivory silk gown was embellished with Valenciennes lace and Swarovski crystals and her veil was made from crinoline and tulle. The beautiful creation took the Italian designer more than 350 hours to make.

“Katie wanted a simple, elegant dress,” said Armani. “I wanted to make it modern but at the same time complement the sweetness and energy she conveys.”

haute-couture bridal gowns– Vera Wang

Ivanka Trump radiated elegance in her custom-made Vera Wang dress when she wed Jared Bedminster in 2009. The A-Line cut dress had three hand-appliqued layers of lace and was inspired by Grace Kelly. Sleeves were added to make the dress more demure, as her groom Jared is Orthodox Jewish and Ivanka was newly converted.

couture bridal gowns- Galliano for Dior

Staying true to her rock star roots, Gwen Stefani opted for a Galliano gown with a twist when she married Gavin Rossdale in Covent Garden, London. The ombré dress faded from traditional white into a bold pink at the skirt, sparking a trend for pink wedding gowns with Jessica Biel, Reese Witherspoon and Anne Hathaway following suit.

Marilyn Monroe Today in 1962, the world lost an incredible talent and a beautiful person

67 Years Ago Today: Norma Jeane started using the name Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn was after the actress Marilyn Miller and Monroe was her mother’s maiden name).

Today in 1962, the world lost an incredible talent and a beautiful person

haute-couture bridal gowns-Valentino


Anne Hathaway looked beautiful as she took to the beach in Big Sur in a haute couture Valentino dress. The gown was made from ivory silk with point d’espirit tulle and the train was embroidered with satin flowers. For a finishing touch, the bottom of the dress was hand painted with a soft pink hue.
“I begged Valentino during the first fitting to make the train detachable,” said Anne. “He looked at me and said ‘But it is a dress, not a costume.’ The memory of creating it with him is something that I will treasure forever. He somehow read my mind and designed the dress that I’d always wanted.”