Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa Dish on Nicole Richie’s 4 Wedding Dresses, Their Favorite Red Carpet Moment & More!

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Apr 242014
 
Marchesa Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman

Photo: Lauren Frankfort

Bridal fashion week may have just ended, but we're still buzzing from all of the runway-related excitement including our sit down with the beautiful ladies behind Marchesa, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. We chatted with the fashion powerhouses at their event for their new Wedding Paper Divas invitation collection (which, if you haven't seen it yet, you should seriously check out stat!), but we also got them to spill on a few other topics including their most memorable wedding dress designs, favorite red carpet moments, and their advice for brides-to-be. Here, what we learned about the Marchesa designers.

Like us, they suffer from major dress envy.
"After every show Keren and I are like, 'Hmmm maybe we should get remarried' — with our current husbands, of course," Georgina divulged.

Every one of their designs hold a special place in their hearts — especially Nicole Richie's wedding dress(es).
"When we're thinking about the bride we're really trying to think about all the different occasions they may be wearing the dress whether it could be a cathedral wedding or a garden wedding," Keren said. "There's so many different dresses that I think hold magical places in our hearts."

"And it's so much fun designing different dresses," Georgina added. "We had a lot of fun with Nicole Richie's wedding, actually, because she wore four different dresses. So it was really fun. She went from a very classical look to something completely rock-and-roll."

If you want to have a red carpet moment on your wedding day, videotape your fittings!
"We had a fitting yesterday and it was actually great because the lady we were fitting asked us to film her, in the dress, and see her walking," Georgina said. "It was so good. Normally we take photographs, but now that's going to be my thing. Film yourself in the dress. Get your friend to do that, see how you move. See how you feel in it. Because the way you stand is different in each dress, and that's when you can really get the, 'Oh my gosh, that's the one' feeling. Your whole body will change when you put on the right one. You can see that confidence coming through. So I think that'll be my new tip. Film yourself. You see different angles you might not get in a photograph."

And don't forget about checking how your dress looks in different lighting!
"I think it's always good to check with different lights to make sure you have enough lining, etc," Keren added.

Their favorite red-carpet look was their first.
"It's hard but our first ever look was with Renee Zellweger so I think to Keren and I that's most special," said Georgina. "She was the first person who ever believed in us enough to stand in front of a bank of photographers and say 'I'm in Marchesa.'"

P.S. Don't forget to check out Marchesa's Spring 2015 wedding dress collection in our complete slideshow!

Apr 152014
 
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Jennifer Aniston has been engaged to Justin Theroux since August 2012, giving her plenty of time to pick out a wedding dress right? You would think! We had designer wedding dress sketches commissioned for her as soon as the news broke — after all, this is one of the best-dressed ladies in Hollywood. And yet, news on the gown front has been relatively quiet. As our favorite former Friend plans her second trip down the aisle, we're more than happy to offer her some insight into finding the right wedding dress.

Aniston is a well-known fan of slinky, streamlined silhouettes that showcase her perfectly-toned body. She also favors strapless and halter necklines — and can you blame her with those arms? But it's most exciting style-wise when she mixes it up with a short, funky cocktail dress or a princess-worthy ball gown like the one she wore when she brought Theroux to the 2013 Oscars. And it's anyone's guess what her favorite wedding dress style is since she never released a full-length photo of the dress she wore to her 2000 wedding to Brad Pitt.

With all of this in mind, we looked to the recent Spring 2015 runways to find Aniston a few dream wedding dresses fresh off the runways.

Jennifer Aniston Amsale wedding dress

Photo: George Chinsee

If any wedding dress designer is Aniston's spirit animal, it's Amsale. Filled with clean lines, sheath silhouettes, and minimalist detailing, every gown in the designer's most recent collection would be a knockout on Aniston. This one in particular stood out to us because of how it would spotlight her enviable figure. It's sleek, modern, and refreshingly simple — so very Jen.

Jennifer Aniston Vera Wang wedding dress

Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang

This ballerina-inspired Vera Wang gown embodies Aniston's occasional desire to step out of her comfort zone. (This is a woman who wore dreadlocks to the Emmys once, after all.) This one has a neckline she'd love, and the voluminous tulle skirt is whimsical and festive, exactly how anyone would want to look on their wedding day.

Jennifer Aniston Houghton wedding dress

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

Speaking of necklines Aniston would love, this delightfully refined Houghton wedding dress is an arm-flattering halter. It's reminiscent of her trademark style, with its figure-hugging shape and unadorned material. We especially love how the model has a small braid woven into her hair — just the kind of hippie-meets-surfer-cool-gal vibe that Aniston's perfected since she got together with Theroux.

Jennifer Aniston Marchesa wedding dress

Photo: Robert Mitra

Aniston knows how to flaunt what she's got, and she has a lot to flaunt. To her credit, she always picks one asset and lets it shine, whether it's her arms, her shoulders, or her legs. This sophisticated Marchesa is ideal if Aniston is planning a low-key or City Hall wedding. The illusion lace neckline is conservative and ladylike, but that short hemline would make her legs look amazing.

Apr 142014
 
Mila Kunis Ashton Kutcher

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Mila Kunis has had a busy two months, to say the least. First, news broke that she was engaged to Ashton Kutcher. Then, excitement heightened when we found out that she's not only marrying Kutcher, but that they're expecting a child together, too. Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind with all of this bridal and baby buzz is her future wedding dress! While we're unsure if she'll wait until her baby is born to get married, we do know one thing: Kunis's dress will be as show-stopping as her past red carpet looks.

Kunis, after all, is a fan of drama, often opting for eye-catching necklines (everything from one-shoulder, to a deep-V and sweeping scoop) and skirts with volume. When she's not making our jaw drops in tulle confections (2010 Met Ball, anyone?) she's donning intricate ruching and draped silhouettes (we know you remember her lavender Elie Saab number at the 2011 Oscars). If there's one thing Kunis favors, it's a flowy gown.

With all of this in mind, we looked to the recent Spring 2015 runways to find Kunis a few dream wedding dresses fresh off the runways.

Reem Acra Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

If there were two style details Kunis had to stick to for the rest of her life, we could confidently say it'd most likely be a flowy skirt and a deep V-neck. This Reem Acra gown not only boasts both, it also features an intricate lace bodice with regal short sleeves. Plus, the plunging V, and slight cutout underneath it, offers up a dose of sex appeal.

Marchesa Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

Photo: Robert Mitra

This Marchesa gown is the bridal translation of Kunis's affinity towards draped silhouettes. While it doesn't have a diagonal gathering of fabric, or a one-shoulder neckline, this off-the-shoulder sleeve and airy skirt have a similar effect in a much more wedding-worthy way.

Jenny Packham Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

Photo: Robert Mitra

If Kunis chooses to make like Drew Barrymore, Savannah Guthrie, and most recently, Ginnifer Goodwin and get married while she's pregnant, we think this Jenny Packham dress would be perfect. It has all three things Kunis loves: a draped sleeve, a plunging neckline, and a free-flowing shape, while offering a natural waistline — perfect for accommodating what we're sure will be her adorable belly!

Carolina Herrera Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

Photo: John Aquino and Thomas Iannaccone

A sleeker option for Kunis is this Carolina Herrera sheath, which still offers the va-va-voom factor with the deep V-neck Mila adores. We love the little lace inserts for a bridal finish to this clean and minimalist gown.

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

Photo: Robert Mitra

Last but not least, Monique Lhuillier's lace illusion sleeve gown, with a voluminous tulle overskirt, is the most formal option for Kunis. The lace, though, is modern enough to appeal to her attention to detail, while the shape of this gown is both dramatic yet ethereal enough to satisfy her personal style.

Must See: Marchesa’s New Wedding Paper Divas Invitation Collection!

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Apr 112014
 
Marchesa Wedding Paper Divas Collection - Lace

Photo: Courtesy of Wedding Paper Divas

What happens when Marchesa, beloved bridal designer and red carpet regular, teams up with stationery gurus Wedding Paper Divas? A magical collection of romantic wedding invitations that would appeal to stylish bohemian, glamorous, and vintage brides.

The recently launched collaboration features eight ornate designs — including "night blooms" (a dramatic black-and-white floral), "breathtaking blossoms" (a watercolor lavender-and-green floral print), and "little lace" (above, a black-and-white lace print). All of these invites are inspired by gowns from Marchesa's Spring 2014 runway and recent bridal collections.

We were lucky enough to sit down with the fabulous women behind the Marchesa empire, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, to talk about their latest partnership. The ladies explained it's a natural extension and reflection of their covetable wedding gowns. "We really wanted them to reflect the designs and the dresses," said Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig. "We really were looking at the embroideries, laces, and things that we have on our dresses — and in the bridal collection especially — and we wanted to translate that onto the stationery itself."

"It was a very organic process," added Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman. "It was going back to our dresses and seeing what we thought would work on paper. It was an interesting process to see how you can translate embroidery ... We just wanted it to be romantic, beautiful, and to have that special side that a wedding deserves."

Here, a look at a few of the designs in the exciting new collection and the dresses that inspired each suite!

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Photos: Courtesy of Wedding Paper Divas

Stay tuned for Marchesa's Spring 2015 bridal runway show and our interview with Georgina and Keren about how to have your red carpet moment on your wedding day!

First Look: Marchesa’s New Bridal Collection

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Apr 112014
 

If there's one thing Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa have mastered, it's artful lace and romantic florals. Marchesa's Spring 2015 wedding dress collection was full of both — illusion lace was embellished with three-dimensional floral appliqués while tulle skirts and soft sleeves added to the line's inherent romance. As opposed to last season's more bohemian styles featuring lightweight lace and soft-as-air sheaths, this season Marchesa's dresses were full-skirted and voluminous.

Just look at the smiles on the models backstage, above. It looks like they're loving their side-swept updos and feminine designs just as much as we do! Can we also discuss that off-the-shoulder sleeve? Too gorgeous.

We spy with our little eyes some of that unbelievable floral beaded lace work we got a sneak peek of in our exclusive behind-the-scenes with the design house. Also, dress's ruffled train would make for some heart-stopping movement up and down the aisle.

Just as gorgeous as the front is this standout lace back! We love the three-dimensional additions, and eye-drawing pattern to the fabric. After all, open-backs are all the rage right now.

Want to see more of the newest looks from Marchesa? Click here for the entire slideshow!

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

The Wedding Event on GILT.com Starts Today, and Brides Has Put a Few Things Aside Just For You

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Oct 262013
 
The Wedding Event on Gilt.com

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You wait for it every year, and on Saturday, October 26th at Noon EST, GILT will be kicking off its bi-annual Wedding Event, this time with a selection of handpicked bridal gowns, jewelry and accessories curated by the editors of Brides. I mean, can your Saturday afternoon get any better?

Included in the sale are luxe looks from our favorite bridal designersReem Acra, Badgley Mischka, Theia, Monique Lhuillier, BHLDN, Marchesa, Valentino, and more—at up to 60% off.

Here's a sneak peek of what you'll find at Gilt's Wedding Event, starting promptly at noon on Saturday.

Valentino silk long-sleeve wedding dress gilt

Photo: Courtesy of Gilt

Valentino
Silk Embroidered Long Sleeve Dress
GILT: $1,499 (Original Retail: $4,980)

Piranes Round Sapphire Diamond Platinum Ring

Photo: Courtesy of Gilt

Piranesi
Round Sapphire, Diamond, & Platinum Ring
GILT: $6,799 (Original Retail: $19,500)

So what else is on our must-have list this wedding season? Editor-in-Chief Keija Minor says the trend towards less traditional dresses is gaining momentum—"Gowns with just a hint of tint, like blush, cream, and cafe au lait, are growing more popular. And a ton of ready-to-wear looks are also making the transition into bridal, with designers incorporating jumpsuits and two-piece looks—even midriff-baring tops with skirts!—into their collections."

So make sure you're poised and ready tomorrow afternoon to point, click and save your way to a dream wedding. Deals like this don't come along very often, but when they do, they're guaranteed to go fast. (In fact, some of these amazing steals will be gone within seconds.) Happy shopping, and tell Gilt that Brides sent you!

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Yes, You Can Be Decked Out in Marchesa From Head to Toe

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Oct 252013
 
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Photos: Fairchild Archive, Courtesy of Revlon by Marchesa (inset)

Marchesa can seriously do no wrong. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the talented ladies behind the romantic, ultra-luxe label we (and stylish celebs like Kerry Washington and Halle Berry) love have expanded their design empire to include ornate nail appliqués.

See more: 7 Products No Bride Should Go Without

Launched just a few weeks ago, "Revlon by Marchesa" features eight limited edition textured appliqués, which echo elements of the brand's couture collection. We love the baroque black and gold lattice design (above) and the minty blue and gold brocade design (below), both of which remind us of a particularly romantic looks from the designer's most recent ready-to-wear collection.

marchesa nail appliques revlon by marchesa

Photos: Fairchild Archive, Courtesy of Revlon by Marchesa (inset)

Although there are plenty of aqua-colored wedding dresses (and colorful gowns, for that matter) on the bridal runways, if you don't plan on wearing the designer's powder-blue embellished confection, you can still sport the brocade nails for any whimsical wedding event.

See more: Wedding Color Scheme: Mint with Gold

Another design in the Revlon line—a swirling geometric garnet look—brought to mind a deep burgundy mermaid gown from Chapman and Craig's Fall 2013 collection. Plus, the gold and oxblood show-stopper is extremely wedding-worthy, especially for a winter nuptial.

Marchesa Revlon Collaboration Runway Dress Lookalikes

Photos: Fairchild Archive, Courtesy of Revlon by Marchesa (inset)

Of course, we couldn't look at this opulent collaboration without thinking of Marchesa's wedding dress collection. The duo's gilded mosaic nail reminded us of a twinkling beaded bodice we saw on the pair's Fall 2012 bridal runway (see below). If you want to add some glam to your wedding-day look without dousing your gown in gold beads, these twinkling tips might just be the way to go!

Marchesa Revlon Collaboration Runway Dress Lookalikes

Photos: Robert Mitra, Courtesy of Revlon by Marchesa (inset)

No matter what your wedding style, a textured nail design will add a welcome element of surprise to your big day ensemble. Be sure to grab a kit for yourself, available at Walgreens and CVS through Fall 2013.

—Lauren Frankfort

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Marchesa Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection: First Look

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Oct 112013
 
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For their Fall 2014 wedding dress collection, the lovely ladies of Marchesa drew inspiration from The Secret Garden.

Channeling ultra-feminine vibes, the celebrity favorites used handmade floral appliqués, effervescent tulle skirts, and romantic re-embroidered lace on their delicate designs. Dotted pearl accents and twinkling crystal beads topped off the gorgeous draped dresses.

See more snaps from the preview below (including a great shot of our editor in chief Keija Minor with designers Georgina and Keren!), and check out the full slideshow to see the entire Fall 2014 collection!

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For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

—Lauren Frankfort

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Watch: Marchesa’s Spring 2014 Runway Show

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Jul 022013
 
Marchesa Spring 2014 video

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No one combined the Victorian elegance of lace with the ethereal effect of tulle quite like Marchesa's Spring 2014 collection. Want to see a dreamy skirt that seems to float through air? Watch the Marchesa runway video, which highlights how the luxurious draping flows with each step. And don't forget to check out even more from your favorite designers Spring 2014 runways on our Bridal Fashion Week page.

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A Chantilly Lace Marchesa Wedding Gown with a Bow

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May 222013
 
Marchesa "Bree" Wedding Dress from Spring 2014

Photo: George Chinsee

No one does pretty better than Marchesa, and this wedding gown is no exception. I love the sweet Chantilly lace fabric and grosgrain bow at the waist, but the winning detail is the delicate straps—such a fresh and flattering alternative to strapless. The soft A-line silhouette makes it a perfect option to wear for an outdoor wedding, and the shape is utterly timeless (not to mention universally flattering!)

View the entire Marchesa and other looks from Bridal Fashion Week.

—Beth Swanson

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