It’s only March, but I’m calling Huppah.com’s top huppah of 2012: the Organza Huppah. Organza always places among the top wedding fabrics, but this year it’s pulling away from the rest of the pack early. Organza’s light weave lets light diffuse through, creating a soft, romantic aura. The fabric has more drape than tulle and more body than chiffon, making it a great choice for dress overlays, fabric flowers and huppah canopies. Huppahs.com’s Organza Huppah features a thin ribbon scrolling across the fabric, to add texture and play gently with the light that filters down to the ceremony below.
In celebration of organza, I’ve gathered these organza wedding dresses, accessories, and decorations from some of my favorite Etsy designers:
“Acacia”, vintage-inspired tea length bridal gown from Ellana Couture.
“Floressa” organza flower bridal hairpin by PowderBlueBijoux.
Silver organza favor pouches with navy and white scalloped circle thank you tags by WeddingsBySusan.
Pale pink satin, organza flower girl dress with cascading vertical ruffles. For babies, toddlers, and girls, from Daisies + Damsels.
Organza chair sashes, custom made in a rainbow of colors by GiftsForHer26.
Whimsical organza bridal headband with rhinestone accents by TKDesignsetc.
“The Lucille”, Ivory organza bridal or bridesmaid satin sash or belt by Ted Zeppelynn’s Fine Wedding Accessories.
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Jean Paul Gaultier unleashed a sartorial tsunami last week when he released his Spring 2012 couture collection, a very literal interpretation of the personal style of Amy Winehouse, the troubled, soulful singer who died last June. In addition to clothes that channeled the singer’s eclectic vintage style, the models wore Winehouse’s signature cat eyes, beehive hairstyle, and beauty spot. Gaultier called the collection an overdue tribute to a fashion icon. Many fashion commentators, as well as the singer’s family and friends, called it exploitative.
Whether the clothing and styling were a tribute or a rip-off, Gaultier did show us a whole lot of original with a fashion accessory that ran through the collection: the dramatic veil.
The designer’s veils, mostly shown in black, evoked the dark drama of Winehouse’s final troubled years and the iconic video for her track, “Back to Black,” but they were original. Their boldness and the novel techniques used to finish them will likely inspire wedding veil designers for many years.
The veils were draped simply — no gathers or poufs. They were long, some chapel length, and they sported dramatic details.
Here are some of the details that we will likely see cross over into mainstream bridal fashions in the coming seasons:
- Widely-spaced pin tucks creating substantial graphic edges,
- Edges finished in wide swaths of bias-cut fabric,
- Overlays of large baroque patterns, and
- Large head pieces on top of the veils.
And specific details aside, Gaultier’s veils have renewed brides’ license to bring on the drama.