Friday, November 20, 2015

How to Recognize Fashion Trends

When looking for your gown, really prepare for a few months. You need to save every thing that you like whether it be a board in Pinterest or folders on your desktop. Also, make sure to save more than just bridal gowns that you think are "pretty". Make sure to put furniture, color schemes, photographs, accessories, etc. Anything that you find visually appealing.

Now, either you can look at everything that you pinned or saved at the end of the month, or really try to understand what you like about each photograph. Then, look at what you wrote at the end of the month. You will notice that while there are current trends that you may recognize, you may see an emerging theme.

At the beginning of every month, create a board labeled that month (some people even do it by season) then you can see trends that are starting to pick up after a couple of months. This is important for designing not only your gown, but designing your own line.
Lately, when I look over the last couple of months of my boards I have noticed ball gowns becoming more evident in evening wear. And not only ball gowns in general, but a classic weighted ball gown that has a mid-20th century feel. Not only that, but changes in layers is huge right now 
with high and low changes in sleeves, skirts, bustles, etc. Another trend that is in full swing are metallics. Gowns that look like they have been dipped in glitter and move with a weight that wraps around the body.

After a couple of months there will be no need to try and possibly be a trendsetter, because you will be able to pick up on the trends as they appear like a professional fashion designer and forecaster.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Introducing Myles Shadman and his "Man Talk Monday!"


We want to welcome Myles Shadman, our newest business intern, to our 
Lu Raquel family! Here is his self-introduction below;

Hello! My name is Myles Shadman. I am 20 
years old and I have lived nearly all my life in 
Couer d'Alene, Idaho. Usually, I like to spend 
most of my free time outdoors hiking or 
swimming, or traveling to new locations. I enjoy concerts and summer is definitely my favorite 
season of the year. 

This is my second day on the job, here at Lu 
Raquel, and I am excited to see what knowledge 
this opportunity brings me for my future. I am 
currently enrolled at North Idaho College and 
am taking classes towards two different degrees: Mechanical Engineering & International 
Business, while I am also pursuing a minor in 
Spanish. On top of all that, I also work at a 
restaurant during the week. I hope to use what I 
am learning in this period of my life to potentiallyopen my own business. Until I figure out what 
type of business, I plan to gain as much knowledge I can; because you can never have too much.

Myles brought up a fun idea for doing Lu Raquel social media posts. He is going to do an interesting theme on our social media every Monday. It's called "Man Talk Monday." He will talk about 
wedding dresses and women's fashion from a man's perspective! How cool will that be?! Are you looking forward to hearing his perspective on women's stuff? We are!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Do you know what you look best in?

A common problem for brides is when they go into a boutique, they have a picture of a gorgeous gown on the model it's made to look good on and don't want to see anything else. DON'T DO IT!

1. Keep in mind the people in the boutique have been doing this longer than you. They see all different body types and the good, and bad, dress choices they make. Go in with ideas of what you like BUT be open to their advice and ask them what THEY think you would look good in.

2. Next, research.
 I can't tell you how important this is. Research what will look good on you, research what your body type is, research bridal boutiques, etc.  Don't just find one gown that is pretty, figure out what you really like about it. There are many pretty gowns but you want to find ones that you look at and go, "I could see myself in that" or "I would look amazing in this."

3. Know your body type.
This is one of the biggest things to understand. Do you have an hourglass or are you more of a pear? If you don't know, take this quiz that will help you take your measurements and give you tips on clothes that look best on your body type.

4. If it feels like the dress when you wear it, then it is the dress. Regardless of what anyone else says, if you love how you look in it then you will be happy. And that's the point isn't it? To be the happiest you can be on this day when you're celebrating the fact that you now have a partner to help you through the good and bad times.

If you have any questions comment below, we would be happy to help!