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How to Accesorize for Prom 2011
Monday February 28, 2011 No comments yet
The big day is rapidly approaching...the moment you’ve been anxiously waiting for
since you were a little girl. No, it’s not your wedding day, but it’s the next best thing. It’s PROM 2011!


Now if you’ve found that perfect dress, the one that you look and feel amazing in and the one that all your friends wish that they had found first, you’re one step ahead of the game.  On one hand, the dress is everything, but it is nothing without the right accessories to make it pop! You need those few key pieces to make the look your own, to add a dash of glamour to the dress, and to pull the look together. Whether you have a modest dress or one that expresses your fun and flirty personality, you will need some accessories to compliment the dress and make a statement.

Here’s your must-haves: shoes, a purse (preferably a clutch), and pair of earrings.
After that, the choice is yours whether you want to wear any other accessories or not.
But maybe subtle has never been your style and you’d rather transform from Cinderella into Belle of the Ball. In that case, you’ll want to try a few additional accessories to make a statement:
  • Necklace
  • Cocktail ring
  • Bracelet
  • Anklet
  • Hair accessories: jewels, feathers, netting, etc.
  • Belt
Jewelry is really the key to setting the mood and celebrating your style. Itgives your
look a little something extra, in the form of sparkle, shine, and high-design. A cocktail ring draws attention to your dainty hands and rockin’ nail polish. A bold pair of earrings draws attention to your beautiful face and adds balance. 

Try pairing some of your finds with some of our prom dresses. A statement necklace would go perfectly with a strapless gown or a simple pair of studs or dangling earrings would work with a classy halter dress. A one-shoulder gown, with diamond-studded hoops would really make you look both stunning and hip.

If you’re in need of a cute clutch to go with your amazing dress try this one. You can either get this clutch to compliment your dress, or order it in white and dye it to match your dress.

To give you some more accessorizing ideas, seventeen.com gives you a look at the
hottest accessories for prom this year  that won’t break the bank.
 

At The Oscars: Who’s Gonna Knock Our Socks Off?
Thursday February 24, 2011 1 Comment
The moment has arrived. The dress, selected from dozens of contenders makes an impeccable match with the fabulous shoes. The hair, finished with a gloss, complements the make up, sublime. Accessories are chosen. The jewels loaded on. It’s time for all things glamour to spring to life at the Academy Awards. 

Image credits: WireImage

For the past several weeks, we’ve duly noted all the details from every Swarovski crystal to each mermaid silhouette as our favorite actresses traipsed from one red carpet to the next. Now, it’s time to gather our notes, and stake our claim on which Hollywood starlets will steal the show with her gown. Grab your metallic clutch, and let the strut begin!

In 2006 Michelle Williams charmed her way into fashion’s graces with a yellow stunner of a gown by Vera Wang. She literally popped off the red carpet as The Best Dressed of the night. While we weren’t huge fans of this years Golden Globes floral Valentino number, we do feel she’ll bring back her game at the Oscars. Her pure dazzle in Azzaro at Blue Valentine’s premiere, and daytime chic in Chanel at the Academy Award Nominee Luncheon reminds us that Michelle knows how to turn it on when prompted. With her gamine features and pixie cut, we think her gown should add a playful elegance to the night. Perhaps something both smart and dreamy like this from Tadashi

It’s no wonder that Anne Hathaway is front and center on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue. After wrapping The Devil Wears Prada, she procured the styling services of Rachel Zoe which has since jumpstart the actress’ appearances to aspirational grounds. In a Giorgio Armani Privé evening gown at this years Golden Globes, she wowed us with her sexy sophistication. As an Oscars host, we are sure to go ba-na-nas over Anne’s steady stream of too-die-for gowns.

Cate Blanchett has always been a fashionable force to reckon with, and as a presenter this year, we detect no slowdown. Never one to resist the urge to surprise, she plays with fashion the way most of us play with dolls – with a sense of adventure and fun. We would love to see Cate work the drama of this Tony Bowls gown. But whatever she wears, we know she’ll easily make the translation from the runway to her-way, and the gown will fall nothing short of spectacular.

 

Red Carpet Fashion (It's Not for the Everyday)
Thursday February 24, 2011 No comments yet
It takes a village to achieve swoon-worthy red carpet looks. While we may enlist a BFF to help navigate through the sartorial trenches, Hollywood's A-list signs on an army. Stylists, make-up artists, hair-dressers, publicists, agents, fitness instructors, estheticians, and plastic surgeons conspire to clinch the ultimate in red carpet magnificence for their client. In hopes of ascending to the top of best-dressed lists, and avoiding the infamous Fashion Police run-in, our favorite stars must dress and impress to the nines. In order to shine on the red carpet, actresses must step into the spotlight of scrutiny. With every detail devoured, red carpet fashion holds its own set of rules. Here’s what’s needed to score big style points on the red carpet.

Image credits: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America

Snatching a gown straight from the runway is like winning the golden ticket to red carpet success. Stylists attend fashion shows with their clients in mind, and once they’ve spotted The Dress, the battle has just begun. Magazine editors, eager to shoot their spring fashion pages, are coveting the same gowns. There’s also the inner industry competition between celeb stylists chewing at the bit for a piece of sparkling couture. By the time the Oscars roll around in late February, the collections from Spring, Fall and Haute Couture  are all up for grabs. Beat the heat, and start your warm weather shopping now with our wide selection of summer frocks.

If the dress sets the foundation, the jewels add the glow. Natalie Portman gallivanted at the SAG awards in 2 million dollars of Tiffany bling. Her white Azzaro gown was enhanced by yellow diamond drop earrings and matching bangles for each wrist. At the same awards show, Lea Michele complemented her Oscar De La Renta sheath with almost 1 million dollars worth of Tiffany rocks stacking her arm in shimmering glitz.

Holding ground for all gowns is a sharp pair of heels. The right pair carries the look from head to toe. The wrong pair recklessly skids into worst-dressed territory. At the Grammy awards, Jennifer Hudson was smoldering in a Versace dress that cinched her tiny waist to perfection. Unfortunately, the shoes didn’t provide the proper pop. A pair of silver gladiator sandals would’ve given a better lift, and a flawless look could have been hers.

And lastly, there's an attitude that must be conveyed which measures beyond mere confidence to an engaging radiance. Kristen Stewart’s go-to accessory, the frown, does nothing to help her win points in the style department. But the cool grace of Nicole Kidman shows all signs of a bona fide star who has mastered the red carpet with savoir faire.
 

Trendy Bridesmaid Hairstyles
Wednesday February 23, 2011 No comments yet

Image source: totalbeauty.com

A bridesmaid’s hairstyle  shouldn’t be too complicated. It is the bride’s day, after all! But, when you’re stuck trying to think of how your favorite girls should wear their hair as they stand up there with you, we’re here to help. 

Think simple, and think of the dresses they’re wearing.  A shorter bridesmaid dress would look great with a low side ponytail with curls, while adding a rhinestone clip or flower to cover the hair tie. This hairstyle is not only elegant, but fun. 

Another good hairstyle would be a low messy bun in the back of the head, such as the one Miley Cyrus has above.  You can even pair it with a matching headband. If the dress is long, a messy updo would look gorgeous and fun (the whole messy look is very “in” right now). As the model shows here, her hair is not only elegant, but definitely adds a little something to something so clean and kept. It’s very chic and very modern, and is sure to be a bridesmaid crowd pleaser hair style—none of the girls should disagree with wearing their hair like this on the day of your wedding. 

You don’t always have to follow trends, though. If you’re looking to keep your bridesmaid hairstyles more on the classic, elegant side, then definitely do a half up-do, half down-do  with curls.  This hairstyle never seems to fade and is very traditional. Plus, this is also a great hairstyle if you plan on wearing your hair up in a beautiful up-do. This way, you stand out from the bridal party, and it may be worth considering how you want to wear your hair first if you’re really looking to be different from the other girls in the wedding. 

On the flip side, if you decide you want your hair to be down, and theirs to be up in a classy, elegant way, try a French twist with some fancy pins stuck into it. 

Choosing your bridesmaid hairstyles doesn’t have to be difficult. Remember that it’s your wedding, and the choice is 100% yours! 

 

Runway Trends: Spring '11 Colors
Monday February 21, 2011 No comments yet
Neutral dresses should be a staple of your wardrobe, but true fashionistas always make sure to make a statement in the high-fashion colors of the season. And even though the temperatures are still quite cool across much of the country, spring color trends are already heating up. The mod, 60s inspired palette includes a broad range of brights punctuated with neutrals, cream, and black. Shades of orange and orange-red, including persimmon and vermillion, are colors du jour that will definitely gain you notice. 

Image source: becomegorgeous.com

Designers including J.Mendel, Marc Jacobs, and traditionalist Oscar De included orange in their spring 2011 collections, in looks ranging from casual to dressed-up. If you personally believe that orange should be reserved for prison jumpsuits, think again. It’s a fresher take on red for spring, especially when picking up on other trends like the one-shoulder look as in this design by Faviana. If an entire dress in orange is too much for your taste, try an orange-toned red lipstick; it’s primed to be the hottest makeup look of the season, whether it’s from a drug or a department store. Mod fuschia is also being featured heavily in spring fashions.

All of these colors will pop against shades of cream and white—spring’s new black. Stylist Rachel Zoe coined the phrase “white moment” last year for the leading ladies she dresses, and the white-at-night trend continues into 2011, with actresses including Amy Adams and Black Swan star Winona Ryder choosing the shade at the Screen Actor’s Guild awards

Shades of linen and tan are also being combined with cream and white, continuing a safari-style look that started last year. While shades of dove gray and pewter were popular last spring season and continue to be classic choices, white dresses are no longer reserved just for brides; stars including Eva Mendes, Sandra Bullock, and Cameron, Diaz who have all had all-white red-carpet moments. Just don’t wear a white dress to a wedding other than your own, even if it’s short—it will garner the wrong kind of attention.

When planning your dress purchase, keep in mind that the best colors of the season are the ones that work for you. A fair-skinned redhead or blonde with pink undertones may look fantastic in one of the royal blue or emerald dresses seen on the runways, but should stay away from the orange trend, or be careful of the exact shade so that it compliments her looks rather than clashes with them.

 

Your DIY Red Carpet Look
Wednesday February 16, 2011 No comments yet
Everyone wants to look and feel like a star for that special event, whether it’s for prom, a black-tie wedding, or that charity gala. Translating Hollywood fashion into do-it-yourself (DIY) red carpet fashion can be a cinch if you know how to make the trends work for you. 


Pick a palette that makes you shine. At this year’s Golden Globes, for instance, stars Angelina Jolie and Catherine Zeta Jones made viewers green with envy wearing deep shades of emerald: take a look on Access Hollywood to see how the color made them pop off the red carpet. This dress by La Femme will give you a similar look in emerald. But while the shade may work on these brunette beauties, it may not put blondes in their best light. Red carpet blondes including Mad Men’s January Jones wore red instead; a better option to interpreted the jewel-tone trend. This look by Jovani definitely has a wow factor that will help you outshine the competition. 

There are red carpet fashions that will never go out of style. These include old-Hollywood satin gowns in shades of silver, champagne, and can’t-go-wrong black. Some stars are also wearing white satin year-round as a neutral—and while some style gurus call it a new look, the look is a timeless as Marilyn Monroe herself. 

Accessories are key in taking your style from good to great. While non-celebrities may not be able to afford a celebrity stylist like Rachel Zoe, you can still stay tuned in to what’s happening now on the high end by visiting her site or reading the latest fashion glossies. But you can never go wrong with glam classics like a metallic gold or silver clutch and matching shoes, black or white satin bags and footwear, and a healthy dose of bling in the form of beading or crystals. 

Pick a single piece of statement jewelry so you don’t overdo it. There’s a fine line between glam and gaudy. Top your ensemble off with a real or faux-fur shrug or a chiffon wrap, and you will be ready for your close up.
 

We Love Our Customers
Monday February 14, 2011 No comments yet
It's Valentine's Day, and we must confess year after year we grow a lil' sweeter on some very important people: our customers. The cupcakes pictured below were the result of a very long journey involving searching, but not finding, the perfect dress for a very special occasion.


Suriah was helping a very special customer, K, who was in need of a dress in a hurry to celebrate her 25th birthday,  just two days away! She placed her order for a dress on a Thursday for next day air. She was expecting the dress on Friday and traveling to Atlantic City that evening. But Friday morning came, and the dress did not ship from the designer. Suriah called her immediately with the bad news and asked K if she'd like to come into the office to try on a few dresses in her size. K agreed, came to the office, but didn't find a dress that she liked.

Suriah decided to see if the designer could ship K's original dress pick to her hotel in Atlantic City. The designer was able to fulfill this request, and K was ecstatic. She'd be able to wear the dress she wanted to celebrate her big day.

This was almost a perfect story, but when K's dress arrived at her hotel, it was too big for her. She had a backup dress and was still able to celebrate her birthday in style. K stopped by our office on Tuesday on her return trip to drop off her dress. And even though things didn't work out perfectly, she was very happy with the service she received from the NewYorkDress.com team. She brought in cupcakes to say thank you. It's one of the sweetest, nicest gestures and it still has us blushing.

Thank you, K! And Happy Valentine's Day to all of our customers. We hope it's extra special this year.


 

It's Glamour Season (We Can't Get Enough)
Friday February 11, 2011 No comments yet
We are always up for a quick trip to fairy tale land, but we must confess that the romantic storyline isn't really the catch. A beautiful princess swept away by her prince charming is a dream for many. For us, the magical princess gown is the true heart stealer—especially when it's encrusted with myriad shimmering crystals!  

 Image credits: msn.com

Currently,  we’re in full princess mode. It started with the Golden Globes, and stretches out to the grand Oscar finale. We get to play dress up via our favorite celebrities who take on the sparkly role of modern day princesses. Each year they take us on a ride from haute couture to not really sure (Swan dress anyone?). So far, this year is proving to hold its own in terms of capturing style and dictating trends. As Award Season shifts into full gear, the glamour is bursting from its sequined seams. Here's what’s rolling down the 2011 red carpet.

This is definitely the year of the Swan—not the previously mentioned Bjork Swan. It's all about the Black Swan, which is hands down the big winner when it comes to merging fashion and film. As soon as sister act Rodarte signed on to costume seven couture tutus, a designer spectacle was primed to take the stage. The poised charm of Natalie Portman, and carefree elegance of Mila Kunis leaps easily from ballet barre to red carpet. Both have proven their finesse in selecting gowns as they continue to rank high on best dressed lists. 

With our gaze glued on the prima ballerina, the obvious color choice for the red carpet is pink. And boy is everything coming up roses! While we love the breath of fresh air that a soft blush delivers, we go wild for the shock value of a bolder shade. Claire Danes hit the right note at the Golden Globes in a neon silk halter gown by Calvin Klein. At the SAG Awards, Jennifer Lawrence let her Oscar de la Renta fuchsia dress do the talking. Follow the lead of these ladies and think pink for your next gown. And don't forget to add a rosy pucker to your pout!

The bling was bright and the ice was right, but the biggest accessory
on the red carpet was the belt. Among the belted beauties at the SAGs were the aforementioned babes: Mila Kunis, Claire Danes, and Jennifer Lawrence. With a multi-purpose twist, the cache of a sash brings every figure into shape. A little cinch adds a sharp punch that lifts a simple gown from wow to pow. Find your belted gown, and get set to tie one on. 

 

Prom 2011: Makeup Trends & Tips
Wednesday February 09, 2011 No comments yet
Doing your own makeup for the prom doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little practice, you can create your own perfect look.

Image credits: Fredrick M. Brown/Getty Images

Start by creating a flawless base. Prep your skin by putting on moisturizer before anything else. Then, use a good primer such as Dior SkinFlash primer. A primer like this works wonders and will hold your makeup in place. 

Next, use a concealer to cover up anything you want to hide, such as dark circles under your eyes or blemishes. Follow up with a really, really good foundation, like Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation. This foundation is designed to make a girls’ skin look great in person and in pictures. Finally, dust on some lose powder to set your foundation and cover up any shine. 

Cheek Tip: Add some blush and luminizer to the APPLES of your cheeks for nice glow. 

One makeup trend that’s really hot right now is the smoky eye, which is all about using a mixture of light and dark shades, and blending them well (Marie Claire offers some great step-by-step instructions). It’s a runway classic, and celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Beyonce are always rockin’ it. It’ll make your beautiful eyes really stand out. 

Eye Tip: Using an eyebrow pencil to define your eyebrows and fill in any patches will pull your whole look together, along with a soft-colored lip gloss.  


You don’t have to use the standard black and gray eye shadow combination—a smoky eye can be created with just about any color scheme! Check out Bianca’s video at Seventeen.com which shows you how to create a blue smoky eye (kind of like the one Selena Gomez has in the photo).  Just by following Bianca’s tips, you can match your smoky eye to your dress. If you have a purple dress, wherever Bianca tells you to put blue, put a nice plum shade instead. 

Don’t forget about your lips either. And it IS prom, which is a great reason to get a lil’ bit bold. If you’re wearing a red dress, feel free to rock that matching red lipstick you love. A magenta colored dress looks fabulous with magenta lipstick, and an orange dress looks fab with a reddish-orange lipstick. Before you apply your lip color, exfoliate your lips to make them smooth, and use a lip liner to help prevent the lipstick from fading. 

Lip Tip: Add some clear lip gloss to the center of your lips to give them a fuller appearance. 

Whatever look you choose is up to you, and the possibilities are endless. It’s your prom, so be sure to have fun with it! 
 

Dancing with the Stars Dresses
Monday February 07, 2011 No comments yet

We know you love it. And why not? Dancing with the Stars is a fabulously fun show that quickens the pitter-patter of our hearts to the sensual rhythms of the cha cha, rumba, tango, mambo, and more. Charming celebrities with outlandish personalities bring just the right amount of drama to those dance floor  triumphs and follies. But for us nothing's better than those bedazzling La Femme dresses.

Even, Coco Perez has taken note of these fabulous ensembles. But guess what ladies, you don't have to wait until March to get your Dancing with the Stars dress! We've got 'em right now:


Season 12 is just around the corner, and the cast has yet to be announced. What better excuse than to order your own gown now, and see who ends up taking it for a spin across the dance floor?

 

Prom 2011: Long vs. Short Dresses
Wednesday February 02, 2011 No comments yet
High school is so much more than worrying about that next Shakespeare test. It’s also about making memories with your closest friends, and there’s no better time to do that then at the prom. It’s one of the most important times in a girl’s life, and it all starts with getting the perfect dress. But how do you know what length is right for you?


The traditional prom dress is long, and there’s nothing wrong with that! There are tons of long dresses out there to suit just every body type and style. We like this strapless long dress by La Femme because it’s classy and elegant.  It features a slit, which gives it just a hint of sexiness, and will have you set to stun. With long dresses, you also have a variety of silhouettes to choose from. Go for a princess look in this gorgeous beaded ball gown from Joli, or get your hips into it with this mermaid dress from Allure

There are cons to getting a long dress, too, such as alterations costs. If you’re not super tall, you will have to get the dress hemmed so you won’t be tripping as you walk in, or even worse, step on your own dress and ruin it!  If you plan on hitting the dance floor as soon as the music begins and dancing the night away, then you may feel a little uncomfortable in a long dress.

Enter the short dress option. In addition to freedom to dance, dance, dance, shorter dresses will always make a petite girl look taller. They show more leg, and paired with some glamorous high heels, a short dress can make it seem like you grew three inches the night before the prom. Plus, you can save money by not having to hem it. Another pro to getting a shorter dress is they’re usually much more versatile, if you don’t want that “prom-esque” look. This dress from BG Haute is very versatile, and we won’t tell if you wear it to another event.

Take the venue into account, too. If your prom will be held at a fancy place instead of your gym, then consider a long dress, which usually tends to be more formal. Also, be aware of any school dress codes! Some schools won’t allow someone to come in wearing a dress that’s too short.  After all planning you made for the big night, you don’t want to spend the night at home.  

Overall, just make sure that no matter what length you choose, the dress reflects your style and makes you feel fabulous all night long.  

 
 
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