wedding attire

Reiss

Oh, Kate—you looked absolutely marvelous in that Shola dress you wore to meet the Obamas last May!

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Such was the feeling of thousands of other women the moment they saw her in that nude dress from Reiss, the British fashion brand that’s been around since 1971. They were originally a menswear label but branched out to womenswear in 2000.

Wait. Let’s go back to Kate. Only about 1,000 Shola dresses were made by Reiss, which all sold out within hours of her wearing it. Their website also crashed as shoppers everywhere rushed to buy the dress. And there’s still a waiting list for the others who weren’t able to grab one, but founder David Reiss only had 600 more made when he could have cashed in on the event and had thousands more produced. But he doesn’t want cheap, mass-produced clothing.

And we agree. Reiss has that rare mix of luxury tailoring and a reasonable price tag—their pieces are always modern, youthfully elegant, but not loudly glam. And that’s why Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge is a loyal Reiss customer. She simply loves their dresses, and they have always been very private about it.

“She chose us because we are not always issuing press statements about who is wearing one of our dresses on the red carpet,” adds David. “She has shopped with us for years, and we never once let anyone know. We have always been very understated.”

Well, now we know where she shops! And we’re happy about it. Now let’s get on to the fabulous frocks they have online. These would be amazing as bridesmaids dresses…

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“We’re a design-led, iconic, modern, sexy label,” says Reiss brand director Andy Burling. “We act and think as a luxury brand, and design that way, too.” Their design team travels the world for design inspiration, like they do at brands like Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton.

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Reiss is currently not stocked in Australia, but no worries, ladies. They are carried by stockists all over the world. And you can get around this by setting up a UPS postal address with a mail forwarding company. Easy, huh?

For more wedding attire inspiration, visit Reiss online.

{First image via The Mirror; all other images via ASOS}

Reem Acra Wedding Inspiration

Silky, flowy dresses in nude colours are so in at the moment.

And Lebanese fashion designer Reem Acra’s Spring 2012 Collection was afloat with not just nudes, but cool champagnes and warm bronzes. If you remember our New York Bridal Spring 2012 Collection feature, her pieces then were inspired by the royal wedding and filled with princess gowns and tiaras.

This ready-to-wear collection, however, is more toned down. Some of these frocks would be fabulous to wear on your pre-wedding rehearsal dinner or during the wedding reception. Reem Acra’s signature use of intricate embroidery and delicate beadwork under luxurious fabrics, along with the simplest of silhouettes that flatter the female form, result in the most gorgeous gowns.

Out of the collection, these would be perfect as wedding (or pre-wedding event) dresses…

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Reem said that she wanted to keep a luxurious look in daywear for this collection, which she has brilliantly achieved—don’t you think?

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This look has an edgy, glam feel to it—great for the rocker chick who still wants to be in her elegant best during the rehearsal dinner or wedding reception.

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Which is your favorite? Let us know!

Reem Acra’s flagship store is in Manhattan, New York. Her label is also carried by exclusive stockists all over the world, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

{Images via Style.com}

Dear OSB: Wedding Attire Issue

Dear OSB: Should we tell our guests what to wear at our wedding?

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If you want to avoid awkward fashion moments at your wedding then the answer is YES!

That said wedding dress codes are open to all sorts of interesting interpretations, so we suggest sticking with well-known dress codes like the following:

White Tie – This is definitely the most formal attire for a wedding. Gents should wear a tailcoat, a formal white shirt, white vest and tie, white or grey gloves, and shoes without laces. Ladies should wear formal floor-length evening gowns.

Black Tie – For gents this means black tuxedo or evening jacket and matching trousers. It can also mean black tie, black vest or cummerbund, and suspenders. For ladies this means wearing a formal floor length gown or a short cocktail frock.

Black Tie Optional – Guests can wear the same attire as for a black tie event. For guests who want to go a bit more casual, gents can wear a dark suit with a white shirt and conservative tie. Ladies can wear dresses and even dressy separates.

Creative Black Tie – Gents can wear a tuxedo with a fun twist, such as a colourful tie. Ladies can wear a floor length gown or a cocktail dress with a fun twist, such as a colourful shawl or bold piece of jewellery.

Semiformal – Gents can wear a dark suit with a white shirt and conservative tie. Ladies can wear a cocktail dress or a long dressy skirt with a top.

Casual – Gents can wear a button-down shirt with tie and a sport jacket, plus trousers. For the ladies, think sundress or maxi dress.

In the end, definitely define your dress code with examples on your wedding invitation or wedding website and try to avoid ambiguous and confusing dress codes like “boho chic”. I mean really, who knows what the heck that means!

{Image via BHLDN}

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”