Strapless Wedding Gowns: A Bit of Insight

Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of buzz about pockets in wedding gowns being a “BIG NEW TREND”. Usually with several exclamation points involved.

All I can say is, well.. Duh. As a former gown designer who was putting hidden pockets into wedding gowns over 15 years ago, I’ve been amused by this recent revelation. To me, it was just common sense. No one wants to carry a purse on their wedding day!

Anyway, as I’ve been suffering a crappy bout of ADD recently – of course, as I’m supposed to be finishing up my 2nd book, “Evil Cake Overlord” – I had to take the opportunity to tweet about my amusement over the whole thing.

Immediately, I was asked “When do you think the strapless trend will end?”. Huh. I haven’t been asked my opinion of anything fashion-industry in.. Gosh, I can’t even recall how long it’s been. Might have something to do with being a dowdy, overweight baker type now 🙂 Easy to forget how much fashion history, aptitude, and knowledge a person has when they are wearing jeans and a ThinkGeek shirt, I suppose!

My response was “ Hrm, hard to say. Am starting to wonder if it’s been popular enough to transcend “trend””. It’s hard to boil a ton of information down to a single – or even a couple of tweets, and there’s a lot of information to be had, when it comes to fashion trending.

Since it’s been quite awhile since my last rumination on fashion design – oh wow, almost 1 year exactly! – I’m gonna run with it. I’m not a fan of entire decades of knowledge going to waste, so this is awesome. (more…)

Weddings, The Industry, and “Trends”

Like many wedding industry professionals, I find myself inundated with information about “trends” in the wedding industry. While some of these are actually important to me (usually to do with logistics).. it’s the idea of color trending that has me shaking my head from time to time. Maybe I’m just still burnt out from my years in the fashion industry, but I’ve never totally been able to wrap my head around the idea of planning around color trends.

It’s a long standing thing for me, I remember failing a project back in fashion school over my views. We were asked to write a paper on.. jeez, I think it was it meant to be “in style”. I wrote my paper on my own views – that to be really stylish, one should embrace their personality, appearance and go with what works for them. That it shouldn’t matter if a certain color is “so last year”. That if that’s the color you look best in, wear it, rock it, own it… look and feel your best, and THAT is what it means to have style.

Yeah. My instructors and I didn’t really see eye to eye on that at all.