Friday, March 25, 2016

Axel Learns to Draw!

My name is Axel Lindy. I’ve been an intern at Lu Raquel since October of last year. This week the team has had me working on renderings! This has been a really exciting opportunity for me! I love fashion and I’ve really relished the opportunity to develop my sketching skills. Below you’ll find some drawings that I completed this week. One of the renderings was done for our Dream. Design. Win competition where we are giving a bride the opportunity to design her own gown! Visit to learn more about this!

The first thing I’ve learned about fashion renderings is that they take considerably longer than I initially thought. I was under the impression that fashion renderings took ten to fifteen minutes to complete. So far it has taken me at least an hour to complete each rendering. Kasey, Lu Raquel’s expert on drawing renderings, told me that it typically takes her half an hour to an hour to complete each rendering, and that depending on the level of detail, and it can sometimes takes even longer. In addition to learning about the length of time that renderings take to complete, I have learned a good deal about what goes into making them.

A great deal of effort goes into each sketch. The detail in each rendering does not simply magically appear on the page. Someone has to put that detail there. It takes a lot of work to put the different features onto the page. I definitely have a new-found respect for everyone that draws fashion renderings. Sometimes I am in awe of their work. In addition to the level of effort that goes into each drawing there is a certain amount of vision that is required.
You have to be able to imagine, in some level detail, what the final product is going to look like. You have to be able to, in your mind, piece together multiple images and translate that vision onto the page. At Lu Raquel, our design team typically bases renderings off of multiple photographs, each showcasing different elements of numerous dresses. After trying a few renderings out myself, I am now in awe of the design teams work. It is very cool see their drawings unfold. They make it look easy (trust me, it’s not).

Friday, March 18, 2016

What if you could have a completely custom wedding gown for free?

There are no catches with this one and no you are not dreaming! We are currently doing a promotion where all you have to do is get the most likes on Facebook to win your custom couture wedding gown for free! We have had some amazing entries so far but it's not too late! The contest ends April 8th and all of the directions are on our event page.

ANYONE can enter! So tell your friends, family, barista, babysitter, neighbors, or anyone you think would want to WIN a one-of-a-kind wedding dress on their special day. {Who wouldn't?!}



Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Dream. Design. Win. How to win your dream wedding gown that you designed!!


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Friday, March 4, 2016

I do, I don't... Do's and Don'ts for dress shopping!

If you're like me, you probably have a Pinterest board or two of dream wedding dress ideas. I've found that no matter how many countless hours of Say Yes to the Dress I've binge watched, dress shopping seems like such a daunting task. Here are some tips and insights on wedding dress shopping. 

Shop early
Start shopping at least 6-9 months in advance. Gowns take time! At Lu Raquel you can customize any aspect of any dress so the more time, the better, that way you won't have to worry when it comes down to crunch time for the big day, you'll have your dress and one less thing to worry about.

 Come prepared
Whether you have exactly what you want or have multiple ideas, bring reference photos or a list of ideas, but still be open to trying new things!                               

   Our CEO Sarah says:
     " Throw out all the rules, try on anything you want, and buy what makes you feel absolutely beautiful...experts say a size 20 can't wear a mermaid style...I say what do they know?! I've seen plenty of 12, 18, 20's that rocked a form fitting mermaid. Short girls shouldn't get ball gowns because it will overwhelm them...I've seen a 5'1" bride rock a ball gown like no one's business. BUY WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL AND SEXY...who cares what the experts say."

Don't bring too many people
Bring one or two people that you trust and really want to share this special experience with you! Too many people can make the process more overwhelming with too many opinion being thrown your way, when in the end it's your day and your dress. 

Shop at the right time
Saturdays are very popular day to go wedding dress shopping, so why not take a Wednesday morning off and go then? You won't have to deal with as much chaos and you will also have more time to find what you're looking for. 

Have a budget in mind
Let your consultant know your budget, there is no point trying on a 10,000 dollar gown if you're budget is nowhere close to that range. 

If you're still not finding the perfect dress you're looking for, and if you still haven't had that magical moment, instead of trying on 100 more dresses, you always have another option. What if you could have a custom made dress just for you? A design team working diligently with their creative genius to create the dress of your dreams? What sounds completely out of reach for us non-celebrities is actually possible thanks to Lu Raquel! I was so amazed when I started working here when I heard about our Bride Label Program, which allows brides to design a custom gown without having to pay movie-star prices. A design team working diligently with their creative genius. How great is that?!