Friday, April 29, 2016

Spring Teaser!

Spring 2017 Teaser

We can’t give too much away at this point. However, we thought we would share a little bit of what is going on behind the scenes of our new line. This year we are drawing our inspiration from flowers!

Flowers evoke a strong sense of femininity, and of romance. These themes have so far been underscored in our designs. With an emphasis in floral lace, the dresses we will be creating aim to touch the heart. With grace and elegance, this line will be our most impassioned to date.

We are very excited about this line. Aspiring to impress, we are confident that this collection will be a triumph. We MAY even be taking inspiration from flowers to help name our gowns!

Here is a little sneak peek at some of the lace we will be using! Love it!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Inspiration from Color Trends

Hello all! Today we are going to show you how you can use our last season gowns and keep them up-to-date with the latest trends. According to Pantone, for Autumn/Winter 2016/17, we delve into color that is “real” and “unreal”, absent and present and a blend of what is in between. We are polarized between colors that are simple, honest, unassuming, and stronger and more saturated tones that make a bold statement. An example of this is "Fade": color layered in watery pools announces itself, quietly, gradually, forming itself into mottled and ghostly hues. 
For example we took our Jillian from our Spring collection for 2016 and left her original diamond white coloring behind and replaced it with a fade of modern-day nude shades. We started her off with fleshy pinks, worked our way to an ombre of yellow ochre and dark browns, then finally finished her off with a burnt umbre. What do you think of this new design? Is this something you would wear on your big day?

Our second up-and-coming trend for Fall/Winter 2016/17 is, "Discover". This is an array of the natural and artificial; Slick and rough, heavy and light elements together, darkened color steps. Here we took Skyla and again did an ombre on the gown, using hues of florescent blues and greens, beginning with the lightest color and ending with the darkest. Remember, when you partner with us at Lu Raquel, we allow you to order your gown in any color of the rainbow!

The third color scheme Pantone predicts seeing later this year: "Proclaim" - Both synthetic and natural sit beside one another, forming new fusions to create a hyper natural atmosphere. This consists of contradictions... oddly strange and unusual, dual sided effects, lots of earth tones in this style like doeskin brown and sunrise oranges. We are loving our Tiffany in this scheme.

 The last trend we are looking at today is called "Invisible". This is an array of colors that appear and disappear like an illusion. They are multi-layered, blurring, diluted colors with sheer finishes. What do you think of our Brynn designed this way? We are absolutely smitten! What color scheme was your favorite of the day? Lets us know! 

Friday, April 15, 2016

A Brief History of the Contemporary Wedding Dress

The wedding dress, as we know it today, has not always been around. Though there are examples of brides wearing white that can be traced back to as early as 1406, the western trend of exclusively white and lightly colored wedding dresses did not begin until Queen Victoria wore white at her wedding in 1840, inspiring thousands of commoners to follow suit. Interestingly, the trend was quite different prior to 1840.

Before the wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Alpert many women wore their best dress to their weddings. A large percentage of these dresses were a variety of colors. Many brides even wore black. Green was typically avoided. Many believed that the color green was unlucky. Symbolizing purity, piety and a connection to the Virgin Mary, blue was quite popular, and worn by many brides. Like the colored dresses worn at weddings, the market for wedding dresses was also quite different than it is today.

For most of western history, brides rarely purchased dresses specifically for their weddings. Women typically wore the best dress that they owned for the occasion. At the time, wedding dresses were chosen to present the bride’s family in the best light. This was done to portray wealth and status. For a variety of occasions, the dresses worn at weddings were intended to be worn more than once. Thus, dresses worn at weddings were purchased from vendors, with the specific intent of being added to a woman’s active wardrobe. After Queen Victoria wore white to her wedding this trend changed significantly.

From then on, brides wore white to show off their wealth and social rank. Because the color white was hard to obtain and preserve, only wealthier women could afford such dresses. The color, however, was far from eggshell. At the time, bleach was not yet used to whiten the fabric. The dresses also began to change in style.

Wedding dresses began to be manufactured with excessive amounts of fabric. The excessive fabric became a symbol of status and wealth. This trend of white wedding dresses began to grow scarce with the onset of the great depression in the 1930’s, before picking back up again. The trend remains extremely prevalent in western culture today.

Today, white and lightly colored dresses remain most popular. However, the choice of color no longer symbolizes wealth and status. Instead, the white or lightly colored dress symbolizes purity and virtue.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring 2016 Runway Trends

Are you wondering what trends are making it big on the catwalks this year? Luckily for you, I have got the scoop right here!
A lot of different things are hitting the runways this Spring, but here are a few trends that really caught my eye and have given me inspiration to create concepts for our upcoming Lu Raquel line.

"Sequins" of Events
Not everything that shines is gold. The sparkle of choice for spring is candidly blingy pallettes creatively used to light up the night in the form of fun sequins.

The New Romantics
If anyone said romance is dead, they obviously have not browsed the latest catwalks. Feathers, ruffles, pastels, cream, chiffon and sheer details add up to the sort of seriously lovely gowns that make even the most scoffing fashion girl fall in love.

Give me the Slip
Although many have declared that minimalism is long gone, that '90s staple, the slip dress, is making its rightful comeback. However this time around, simple strappy numbers have been reinstated with slips that instill bits of lace, ruching, and graphic color schemes.


These trends are taking the fashion world by storm, but how can we incorporate these tendencies into bridal fashion? Fortunately, our customization options allow you to make any changes to our any of our gowns whether it be from 2014 or this Springs 2016 line. Here at Lu Raquel, we also offer a Bride Label Program where we come by alongside you and help you design your OWN wedding gown. What ever styles you want, trending on the runway or not, we can help you integrate them into the gown of your dreams.

As for me, here is a little sneak peak of the inspiration these styles have given me.