Friday, October 30, 2015

We love our Interns! Introducing: Axel Lindy

Happy Friday!

We value the addition of interns on our Lu Raquel team. We love the opportunity to bring in college students from business, fashion, or any degree background for that matter. Our goal is to really give them a peak inside this business, the bridal fashion world, and what it entails on a daily basis! We want to welcome Axel to our family at Lu Raquel. He is one of our newest interns, coming all the way from New York!

I asked Axel to tell us a little bit about himself, and this is what he brought to us;

My name is Axel Lindy. I am 23 years old and am currently pursuing a degree in business administration at North Idaho College. I have been working at Lu Raquel for a week and a half and I absolutely love it! In my spare time I enjoy working on music, cooking and going to the gym. I am also an avid snowboarder and greatly enjoy the winter and everything it brings with it.  I hope to own my own business one day and sell furniture, art, clothing and music. Before working at Lu Raquel I was volunteering at a local thrift store and tutoring math to entry level college students.

Axel brings a fun vibe to our office. He has jumped in and started helping with ever job thrown his way, and has even started learning how to sketch! He will be a valuable part of our team and we look forward to utilizing him and having him interact with our partners and potential partners.

We are so excited to have this awesome guy join us!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Concept to creation: How gowns come to life

Have you ever wondered how the dresses on the runway came to be? It’s not all just fun and games. As much as I’d love to say it’s all creative and artistic work, there is actually quite a lot of time, thought and work that goes into the design of each gown. This is by no means a complete guide to designing, but does lay out the basic stages. 
You may be surprised that the first question is not, “What do I feel like designing?” but rather, “Who am I designing for?” If you keep up with fashion, you will notice sometimes you can identify a designer without even seeing their name. There is a certain unique style to their work and you just know it’s theirs. This is because each designer has a specific type of girl in mind. For example, one may be designing for the outdoorsy, free-spirited, feminine type; another’s target is the modern, strong, independent bride. Everything about these two girls will be different, and their dresses will reflect that! Questions like, “where does this girl live? What does she wear everyday? Where and when is she getting married? What people and places inspire her? What is her personality like? What types of movies does she watch? What is her economic situation? What is important to her in a dress?” are asked. Some may seem silly, but the more you get to know your client, the better you can design for her.

Now that you know your girl, what does she want to wear? This is where you start applying all the information you gathered in the research stage. The concept stage is where colors, themes and trends are taken into consideration.  Fashion is fast, so this is the stage where you not only have to consider, “what does our girl want?” but, “what is our girl going to want in a year?” because concept to creation, to production, to runway, to the store often takes a full year, if not more. “What direction are we moving in?” would be a good way to summarize this stage. 

After you understand what direction you are moving in and whom you are designing for, the next step is creation, or forming the gown. This is the stage all ideas get put on paper, and often multiple renderings are made for each gown with varying details.  Fabrics, finishing’s, structure, construction, layers and closures are decided and put together leading to the last stage. 
After the design is completed, a first prototype is made to get an idea of the gown in real life. Even if you consider everything in your head, sometimes the finished product reveals difficulties you hadn’t expected. Combinations of fabrics don’t pair well, drape doesn’t lay quite right, unflattering details, discomfort and difficulty dressing or moving are just some of the problems designers run into. Once tests are done and revisions made, the gown is now ready to go into final production and out to the brides or the runway!

Now that you’ve read about it, see it in real life by checking out our new Spring 2016 line, maybe you’ll have a little different perspective on all the work that goes into developing a new line! 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Spring 2016 is Getting Rave Reviews!

Has anyone taken 20 minutes to stare at our GORGEOUS Spring 2016 line yet?? If not, don’t worry, here is our nice little overview!

    Does anyone else remember watching Anastasia and wishing that you could wear gowns that were as beautiful as hers? If you were as much of an oddball as me, sometimes you acted out the scenes to be a gorgeous princess. Any serious Anastasia fan will know this pose, where you just gracefully sit on the ground, surrounded by your dress. This may or may not have been one of the scenes I acted out the most… Now, you may be asking what the heck this has to do with our Spring 2016 gown "Anna" so let me fill you in. Or maybe I should just let the pose and dress do the talking?

              I was literally jumping up and down (Well as much as you can on a dock without falling into the water) saying YES! We are doing the Anastasia pose. And to be honest, it is just so much more beautiful in real life. Anna (So close to Anya, I love it)!


    Next up, we have Blake. Blake is kind of a special name in our office right now for a little unborn bundle of joy, coming end of November/early December. And this gorgeous gown is everything the name Blake is. Unique, yet not so unique that it’s a highway direction (am I right?), yet chic and elegant.  This gown features a unique, soft lace (literally, this stuff is as soft as a feather!), cocktail dress but has a gorgeously elegant French chiffon, double slit, detachable skirt. 

    This dress is timeless and elegant until you move, then it is like a fan on a supermodel (and believe me that is EXACTLY how you will feel!).


    Brynn is our Boho Beauty. We were designing her to be perfect for the simple and understated bride that doesn't need much to be the gorgeous person that she is. Personally, what I LOVE about the Brynn is that she has a kind of boho/art deco feel to her that is so uniquely her and pairs perfectly. With hand beading, tulle, and applique's, this gown is a stunner on a hanger and will be priceless on a bride. 


    She is our spicy gown! Carmen rocks exactly who she is: a blend of tenacity and tenderness. She is the one who struts down the aisle as a sensual warrior. Let's be honest, everyone loves a woman who can brawl with the best of them while still looking amazing.

    I mean, come on! IS that the face of someone who stands on the sidelines? I don't think so!


    Chanelle is an exquisite, satin, A-line gown. This classically original strapless sweetheart dress is a gem! She comes with a hand beaded crystal belt at the natural waist that leads to an extraordinary, pleated skirt. 


    Want to know a secret? Before this dress had a name, it was the cupcake dress, and in the best way possible. She features a gossamer-like lace bodice that goes into a sumptuously delicious, southern belle ballgown skirt. Truly this is the powderpuff motto. “Sweet, Spice, and everything nice. “


    Evelynn we don’t have pictures of just yet. So you know what, I’m going to let you guys have a little more of a mystery to keep checking back for. I know, I know. Cliffhangers. They SUCK. But they also make everything so much more worth it in the end. 


     This one is a definite favorite! She has a little notch neckline to give a little fiery twist under the delicate flutter sleeves. This is the dress of contradictions, creating this luxurious gown. 

    Are you seeing the gorgeous feathery texture of this gown!? Seriously, Unreal.


    Okay seriously, this gown is stunning. And you know why? Because of her simplicity. For this gorgeous gown we only used a few lines of simple beads and crystals to emphasize its cutouts and gorgeous back. This design doesn’t need all the bells and whistles. This is pretty much the bridal version of a gorgeous natural makeup look. Stunning in the fact that it seems like you aren’t trying and still dazzling. 


    Sorry guys but Skyla is another cliffhanger. Let me just say that she is exquisite!


    Now this one is something you would see on the red carpet with her silver metallic crepe. She is the dress that looks elegant on everyone! Her clean and simple lines are reminiscent of a time of classic beauty that is so rare these days. 


     Last but definitely not the least. Our Trinity is a show stopper. With her double tier skirt that is enough to make it interesting but not overly layered (everyone loves a good cupcake dress but a layer cake dress, no thanks!),she twirls. She seems to float when you walk. To be honest, this is the Holy Trinity of Gowns and/or Bridal. 

    So what do you all think? We wanted to create a gown for everyone. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite dress is!
    Until next time everyone!

    Friday, October 9, 2015

    Fun Fact Friday and Meet Alexis!

    Did you know...?
    •     The English believed that a SPIDER found in your wedding dress meant good luck. Yikes!

    • There are approximately 2.5 million wedding ceremonies every year! (So why not choose Lu Raquel for your ever growing need for wedding gowns, right?!)

    Now that I have your attention from those little fun facts, I want to introduce myself. My name is Alexis, and I am the newest addition to Lu Raquel as part of the administrative team.

    I am also a full-time student at North Idaho College, earning my degree in Business and am a mother to two beautiful babies; a two year old son and a five month old daughter. It is a busy life for me, but I wouldn’t change one thing about it!

    With that being said, I am so honored to be a part of the Lu Raquel team and to see my experience and skills grow within this company. Be ready to hear more from me in the future!

    I cannot wait to work with each one of you!


    Friday, October 2, 2015

    2015 New York International Bridal Week

    Hi everybody. My name is Yini. I am a design team assistant at Lu Raquel. In just a few days, I will be on my way to New York Bridal Week with our team. I am super excited about that right now and cant stop telling everyone! I decided to write a blog to tell more people about New York International Bridal Week and share my excitement!

    What is New York International Bridal Week?
    I want to give you some background about market. The very first New York International Bridal Week was held in 2010 at Pier 94 in New York. This huge bridal event now happens in New York twice a year, in October and April. The market in October is always bigger than the one in April, partly because New York Fashion week is held a month ahead of bridal week and millions of people, who are passionate about fashion, gather in New York to see the freshest designs in the fashion world. At bridal market, retailers have the opportunity to meet bridal designers and manufacturers and shop for new dresses for their brides. The managers of the Piers, MMPI, offered designers great opportunities for trade shows and an opportunity to build longstanding relationships with buyers.

    2014 New York International Bridal Week
    Last year, Lu Raquel attended their first market and had so much fun! We met many successful bridal shop owners and great people. They loved their brides as much as their business. Some of them became our partners. We were so thankful for the great opportunity that New York bridal market offered!

    Here is a peak of some photos that we took last year at the market:

    2015 New York International Bridal Week
    This year, we will be back again! Come see us October 10-12, at Booth 560, Pier 94. Here is the most exciting part! This year, we will offer lots of promotions to our great, future partners. These opportunities are exclusive for market. Plus, I will be there to serve as your personal designer and help your future brides create their dream gowns!

    Cant wait to see you there!