Current Obsession: Violet Grey

Inspiration can come from many different sources.  I’m currently working on two weddings with wildly different aesthetics (Great Gatsby glamour with Prohibition excess for this one and Barn Chic for the other). I don’t just select images related to those projects.  Before I start curating, I focus on getting inspired. I look everywhere and can find inspiration in the most unusual places.

One source that is now on heavy rotation for me is Violet Grey.  I read about the website in Vogue magazine this past fall and then it came up again at LuckyFABB.  My favorite part of the website are the incredibly curated posts of photo shoots along with the tremendous amount of work that goes behind the scenes. I also love that the posts are filed under the name of the make-up artist, not just the star.

On top of these fabulous photo shoot posts, there is also a series of tutorials.  I don’t necessarily read the tutorials for the actual how-to, but to find out what products are being used. The products tend to be high end rather than the High/Low mix you might find in most magazines. Violet Grey girls, it seems, follow a money-is-no-object philosophy.

The plan, according to the article in Vogue, is to add an e-commerce site with hard to find beauty products.  I am thrilled for this addition because of my serious obsession with beauty products.  While I get my fix regularly at Sephora and Ulta I have gotten chills from finding a really good product at a pharmacy in France and Boots in the UK.  

If you fall down the rabbit hole of Violet Grey, please let me know what you think.  I literally can spend hours there looking at all of the images!

What are you looking at? Vogue!

I have been reading Vogue since I was 8 years old.  My Aunt Sandy, the most fashionable woman I have ever known, was a subscriber. When she was done reading an issue, I was allowed to read it.

This month, Anna reminisced about her first cover. I have a specific memory of this cover.  I loved it because the jacket was so over the top (Lacroix, darling) and the Guess jeans which were oh so popular in 1988.  

That said, I would do anything for fashion magazines to go back to taking risks.  All of the covers are the exact same: famous actresses promoting their latest movie, fashion line, blah blah blah.  I am ready for a major change!

Couture at it’s Best

Charlotte Dellal is the designer behind the fablous UK shoe line, Charlotte Olympia. Married in May 2010, she had Giambattia Valli design a gown for her. And, I adore the gown for the simple fact that it looks like two gowns, but is, in fact, just one.

The photo quality is poor; but use your imagination!

For the ceremony, the bride walked in with layers upon layers of tulle. (I am loathing the 80s effect on the photo too).

After the ceremony, the bride took the tulle off to show a dress that looks very different.

Do you love it? I do.

Love It. Hate It.

In the same September issue as yesterday’s post, Vogue covered two recent brides that both happen to be models.

I adore Coco Rocha’s gown. (If you haven’t seen the video from her wedding, then where have you been? Click here.) The gown, designed by Zac Posen, it is stunning. And can be/ should be worn by only 1% of the population. She is truly breathtaking.

Lara Stone’s dress is an entirely different matter. What was she thinking?! My initial impression is that even if she was marrying a rock star (she didn’t, the groom is an actor), I hate this dress. I mean, I really hate it.

What do you think?

I love you, Oscar de la Renta

If you don’t follow politics, Huma Abedin is Hilary Clinton’s assistant, was recently married. Her gown was custom designed by Oscar de la Renta.

I absolutely adore this gown. It is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

PS. I love it even more for not being strapless.