Designer Red Carpet Dresses That Would Be Beautiful Wedding Gowns

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While the summer wedding frenzy may still be a little way off, we’re right in the middle of another fashionable gown-centric season: award shows. Already we’ve seen some beautiful frocks that would be perfect for brides, so we thought we’d look at what Hollywood has to offer when it comes to bridal gown inspiration.

Hollywood Loves A Wedding

Come to think of it, Hollywood has always had a bit of an obsession with weddings. In fact, one of the most popular movies made in the last decade was a wedding movie: Bridesmaids(2011). With a star-studded comedy cast, this chick flick went far further than simply being a box office hit. It was nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globe Awards, as well as for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards. Plus, although Kristen Wiig and company may be against a sequel, the film did inspire a spin-off Microgaming online slot available at Betway Casino as well as quite literally every sort of Bridesmaids-themed merchandise you can think of. Over at Etsy, there are well over a thousand different Bridesmaids-themed goodies created by fans of the franchise, from champagne flutes to tank tops. The same can be seen on Redbubble, where the Bridesmaids merch portfolio rivals that of The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Lord of the Rings. As for the film itself, as recently as 2018, outdoor cinemas were screening the comedy chick flick on all over the place from Malibu to Essex. Really, Bridesmaidsmarked a new era for Hollywood, an era where a female-led comedy could be a worldwide sensation, and it didn't hurt that the movie revolved around a wedding.

Of course, Bridesmaidsis just one link in a long line of Hollywood wedding movies. Let’s take, for example, the classic Audrey Hepburn musical Funny Face(1957). The movie inspired Whitney Houston, Madonna, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Beyoncé, who have all created music videos and album artwork devoted to the 1950’s flick. Other top wedding movies include Father of the Bride(1950), Sex and the City(2008), Bride Wars(2009), and The Wedding Planner(2001); the list goes on! Even Fiona in Shrek(2001) had a pretty fashionable gown on, and so did Bella in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1(2011), if we’re being honest. Each and every one of these movies has gone on to inspire wedding dress trends in some way or another. Whether it be the living-for-the-frills-of-it, laid-back vibes of Bridesmaidsor the beautifully structured ivory of Funny Faceand The Wedding Planner, there’s a Hollywood movie wedding gown that everyone will love. Unfortunately, there have been fewer wedding-themed movies released over the last few years, so we've had to look for inspiration from elsewhere in Hollywood. Thankfully, we think this year's award shows have filled that inspiration gap.

From The Red Carpet To The Aisle

On January 6, we watched the 76th Annual Golden Globes and were completely floored by all of the beautiful dresses that appeared on the red carpet.

Kristen Bell was stunning in her pale pink plunging-neckline gown from Zuhair Murad, and while we’re not convinced such a revealing dress would be for every bride, the pleats are certainly sleek and flattering. As for the color, it seems pale pinks and nudes are really in fashion this season, with Emma Stone donning a mesmerizing pink Louis Vuitton number, which really should have made an appearance in the Fall show. With silver embellishments, long sleeves and a cinched waist, Stone’s gown is a little reminiscent of the frocks Adele usually wears, though in a much more wedding-friendly color.

It was Sandra Oh’s astonishing asymmetrical, white gown that really got us thinking about red carpet dresses as wedding inspiration though. Although Oh wore several outfits that night, the floor-length Versace number was the one that took our breath away. Stylish ruching, subtle accessories, perfect hair: This outfit had everything a bride-to-be could dream of.

White, nudes and pale pinks continued to be a trend once celebrities hit the blue carpet at BFCA's Critic’s Choice Awards2019 on January 13. Brides with a taste for the sparkly will love Emily Blunt’s white column Prada dress and Laura Harrier’s slightly less out-there Louis Vuitton, long-sleeved frock. Those with a subtler style though will probably prefer Lady Gaga’s bandeau Calvin Klein number, complete with a glorious train.

February Has Plenty More Bridal Gown Inspiration On The Way

With so many more award shows on the schedule in February, we’ll be keeping a keen eye on the dresses that would make excellent bridal gowns. The 61st Grammy awards are sure to give the more eccentric bride a few ideas, while the Brits will be perfect for anyone looking for a unique yet formal vibe. As for the Academy Awards, we’re sure to see even more absolutely astonishing, couture numbers that will inspire every bride who wants to stand out on their wedding day.

Dior: From Paris To The World Fashion Exhibit Is Breathtaking!

Ultra5280 had a chance to visit the Dior exhibit at the Denver Art Museum this past week, and if you have a passion for fashion, it’s right up your alley! The idea to bring in Haute Couture fashion, and more specifically, Christian Dior’s pieces, came from Florence Muller, the Curator of Textile Arts and Fashion, for the Avenir Foundation at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibit features 70 years of Christian Dior’s most exquisite work, carrying over 200 haute couture dresses, accessories, runway videos, and photographs for the public to see.

Why the excitement?  What makes Christian Dior so important not only to fashion but the world in general? Dior was one of the first artists and designers to express, through clothes, the modern woman and feminism around the time of World War II. Going against the fashion norm of predominantly masculine-based designs, Dior broke through the fashion industry, allowing only the best of the best to be seen in his designs. Women were finally then able to express themselves in a way they never could before through fashion, giving a new definition to the women’s movement. Dior dresses featured synched dresses, carrying dress lengths and a mix of both formal and casual designs. His dresses also included patterns influenced by art of all forms. Whether inspired by artists like Monet or a more contemporary art style, Christian Dior remains one of the first designers to do something different among women’s fashion.

In addition to breath-taking displays of dresses worn only by the world’s most elite, the exhibit profiles some of Dior’s most prominent directors, like Yves-Saint Laurent, Raf Simmons, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.  These were all people who not only helped Dior during his prime, but helped carry on the legacy once Dior had passed from the scene. As people walk through the exhibit, they can find the history of some of fashion’s biggest powerhouses that continue to influence the world today. The exhibit will take you through time, displaying videos of the design process of the dresses, interviews with the icon, Dior, himself, and even videos of famous models, like Gisele, on the runway wearing Dior.  Dior and his team made a revolutionary change to fashion and the industry during a time where self-expression through fashion was lacking. So, whether you are a fashion junkie or not, high-culture Paris has arrived in Denver, giving the public an opportunity to learn about the immense influence that Dior and his designs had on both women and the world.

The exhibit will be on display until March 3, 2019 so, be sure to grab your tickets here: https://tickets.denverartmuseum.org/DateSelection.aspx?item=1944

Written by: Ella Zeiler Photos: Ella Zeiler

Fashion 101 | 5 Fall Trends From Fashion Week 2018 That You Need To Know About

Written By: Ella Zeiler

With a new season among us and fall weather quickly approaching, turning to the runway for trends to look out for is a must! Fashion Weeks all over the world have come to a close, revealing new and unique fashion to gain influence from.

It may seem obvious, but neutral color pallets for fall are always on trend. Shades of brown remain fall’s staple color not only because they coincide perfectly with the colors that the fall season brings, but also because they are easy to pair with louder colors, creating a perfect look. Fendi, Tod’s, and Chanel made their most prominent looks using tones of brown, highlighting all the ways the color can be used and styled.

Photo By: Tagwalk

Photo By: Tagwalk

Photo By: The Best Fashion Blog

Photo By: The Best Fashion Blog

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Photo By: Courtesy of Tods

It may seem obvious, but neutral color pallets for fall are always on trend. Shades of brown remain fall’s staple color not only because they coincide perfectly with the colors that the fall season brings, but also because they are easy to pair with louder colors, creating a perfect look. Fendi, Tod’s, and Chanel made their most prominent looks using tones of brown, highlighting all the ways the color can be used and styled.

Photo By: Yannis Vlamos in Vogue

Photo By: Yannis Vlamos in Vogue

Photo By: Courtesy of Balmain

Photo By: Courtesy of Balmain

Photo By: Yannis Vlamos

Photo By: Yannis Vlamos

With the changing of seasons, comes the changing of weather. If you’re a Colorado native, then you know that the weather can switch up in an instance. Layering, or in this case, excessive layering, made its way to the Balenciaga, Tory Burch, and Louis Vuitton runways, showing that you can still brave the harsh weather fall can bring while still being on trend! Over-laying of jackets and mixing cold warm weather clothing are just a few examples of how this trend was representing during this year’s fashion week.

Photo By: Yannis Vlamos

Photo By: Yannis Vlamos

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Photo By: Fashion Gone Rogue

Photo By: Tory Daily

Photo By: Tory Daily

Fall means boots! In past years, the length of boots has varied and so has the way we’ve worn them. Tall boots circulated around in previous years and later, the bootie became the staple boot of the season. Now, mid-calf length boots have presented themselves as 2018’s fall boot of the season and they’re not only functional, but easy to wear with anything! What is unique about the mid-calf boot this year, is that they are being made with materials that wouldn’t typically be used in boots, giving them a different look. Saint Laurent created their boots using a slouchier look, while Fendi and Bottega Vaneta created their looks to have a cowboy boot look.

Photo By: Globe Styles

Photo By: Globe Styles

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Photo By: Celeb First

Photo by: Courtesy of Elle Magazine

Photo by: Courtesy of Elle Magazine

Finally, what would fall be without accessories. Statement jewelry is usually always “in season,” but for fall 2018, bold neck and ear pieces create a unique look for the changing season. What is always good about jewelry is that there are options for any budget. Designer brands create them, but oftentimes, “lower end” brands carry similar pieces as well, making it easy for anyone to follow the trend! Many designers expressed their take on the bold jewelry trend, but some that stuck out from the rest were Prabal Gurung and Tom Ford.




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Photo By: Imax Tree

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Photo By: Le’Officiel

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Photo By: Yannis Vlamos

New seasons mean new fashion! With new, unique trends, as well as older, redesigned trends hitting the runways, there will be no shortage of influence for this upcoming fall season.

Fashion 101 | Grandoozy Fashion

Denver’s first Grandoozy was a success! We had so much fun this weekend seeing some amazing music performances, eating delicious food and adventuring around South Park Land. Although something else we noticed was the incredible fashion that people blessed Grandoozy with! Check out some of these incredible outfits!

Photographers: Bridget Burnett (Instagram) & Robert Castro (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | UMBRLA SUPPLY

UMBRLA SUPPLY

A local Denver company that focuses on merging country club and urban lifestyles through apparel while planting a tree for every unit sold (SHOP)

Founder: Adam Swartz (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Model: Adam Swartz (Instagram) Jay Corso (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Cou Cou

Cou Cou is a "thoughtful shop that focuses on fashion and art" nestled in the heart of Denver's Highlands. We got the chance to go inside and photograph their space as well as some of the designer brands that they carry! 

 Be sure to check out their website or stop in at 3655 Navajo st. 

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Interview with Mario Conte, Co-Owner of Station

We had the chance to meet with Mario Conte, Co-owner of a vintage and streetwear clothing store called Station. Located in Five Points, the boutique carries vintage designer brands and streetwear trends that Mario and his friends have been shopping and wearing for years!

How did you get into the fashion industry? I knew since high school that I was interested in these kind of streetwear brands and clothes. Senior year of high school and freshman year of college was really when I got into all of it. I knew fashion was something I really loved and wanted to be a part of. When I was done with college I went and applied at my favorite shop in Boulder and they told me I needed retail experience, so that’s what I started to do. Then, I started working for a company called “Kidrobot” and I worked there for two years. That’s what really made me fall in love with all of it.


Tell us about Station and how it all started. Once I got my foot in the door with Kidrobot, we would do events with artists because they were an art-toy company. We’d make clothes with them, we’d have night openings and that made me see the whole community that there was around this. Around this time I linked with my friend David, who’s the co-owner with me at Station now and I had seen that he had posted that he needed help for his brand so I started helping him push his brand then. After doing one collection with him, we thought we should open a store.

Why did you decide to sell a combination of streetwear, vintage, and previously worn clothing? We wanted to not only sell stuff that my friends are I were wearing and buying online, but also stuff that wasn’t really being represented in Denver at the time. There’s this whole streetwear movement that was coming up at the time that no one or no store was really stocking in Denver. We knew we needed to bring this to Denver a) before someone else does and b) because there was nothing like it here and it needed to be here regardless. Also, if we were going to be opening a store and being around something all the time, we wanted it to be something we loved already. When we started, we had an entire art wall. Kids would come in and easily spend $200-$300 on a hoodie but not on a canvas so, we covered up the art wall and put clothes up instead.

What’s the process of finding clothing pieces that you want to carry in the store? We go everywhere and anywhere we can find stuff. My partner does most of the digging for clothes and he’s obsessed with it. Everyday he’s at the bins in the mornings at Goodwill stores, art stores, Ebay, flea markets every Sunday, and checking craigslist. He also searching for things. He’ll also look up estate sales. Also, we’re buy, sell, trade, so people will come in and bring their clothes to us to sell.

 

What are your thoughts on Denver and its fashion? Now we have a lot of great stores and a lot of them are streetwear stores, but Denver hasn’t been a fashion-forward city. It’s still behind, but there’s a lot more to do, a lot more culture, a lot more fashion than there was before. That’s what makes being here so advantageous, because in other places you can get lost in it. Everyone is trying to do similar things, but in Denver it’s just not that big yet. So, if your original and have a good work ethic, you’re going to come to life here.


What do you hope for in the future for you and the store? We equate the store to a modern-day barber shop. It’s just a bunch of likeminded people that come and kick it. We have homies that pull up every day and they’re not shopping. It’s a place people can gather and I hope that we can be here for years and I want this store to be here for a long time. I hope the brand grows and can be synonymous with the other brands we carry and streetwear that’s out there. I just hope we grow as a store but also as a brand as well. Who knows, maybe Station2 and Station3 somewhere!

 

Writer: Ella Zeiler (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Foreign Family Collective Pop-Up Shop in RiNo

We got the chance to cover the Foreign Family Pop-Up Shop in RiNo yesterday. Even though Odesza wasn't able to make it, we got to hang out with their good friend Naomi Wild! 

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Festival Fashion with Jordyn Samuelson

Ready for festival season? Check out these amazing outfits that Jordyn Samuelson, a local Denver fashion blogger, put together! 

Model: Jordyn Samuelson (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Denver Fashion Week 2018

Denver Fashion Week 2018 was an absolute blast! Check out these amazing clothes, designers, and models! 

Designers: Topping Designs (Instagram), Tyne Hall (Instagram), Rachel Marie Hurst (Instagram), Steve Sells (Instagram), Night by Charlie Price, and Stevie Boi (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Interview with Blank Canvas Fashion

We hung out with a local Denver stylist, Aaron Rodriguez, the founder of Blank Canvas Fashion and asked him a few questions! 

What's your name and where are you from? My name is Aaron Rodriguez and I’m originally from Inglewood, California but I’ve lived here in Colorado since I was 12.

How did you get into fashion styling and what do you like about it? I decided to pursue it one day in late 2015, after realizing how much I hated my day job and also that regardless of what we do or don’t do, death is a guaranteed thing. So I started to learn how to network, learn what a wardrobe stylist does, build a portfolio, and I started to climb. People see the glamour of being a stylist on Instagram but it’s also been a lot of long hours, pulling/transporting/returning a bunch of clothes, learning from mistakes, learning to match what’s been asked of you, and learning to have a business sense too. It’s not just about putting cool outfits together. What I love about it is that it’s a job that requires you to be an artist and that you get to tell a story through clothes, and you show everyone how important wardrobe is. It becomes easy to look at a photo and spot if there was a stylist present.

What trends are you seeing right now that you love? In general fashion, I truly believe we’re entering a goth and horror phase, which is so exciting because it’s what I love. Leather, vinyl, texture, things that flow, things that look sleek, and black on black on black. In Denver fashion, I’ve been seeing a lot of patches, studs, and appliqués in clothing. Bringing some punk into the daily ensemble. 

What is a trend that you could live with out? I’m not a fan of printed leggings. I’ve seen some really chic ones for activewear but I’ve also seen awful ones. Flesh print leggings come to mind. Although, if you can rock them, all power to you. 

Why the name Blank Canvas Fashion? Blank Canvas Fashion was born out of a conversation I had with my friend’s sister when she asked me how I put outfits together. I told her I approached fashion the way an artist would approach a canvas, with an open mind to create something from scratch. I also think style paints a picture of who you are and allows you to be a walking canvas. I don’t think it’ll be my styling name forever but it’s allowed me to explore a variety of styles and allowed me to stand behind a name that captures people’s interest.

What do you think about Denver's "sense of fashion"? I like where it’s going because there’s a lot more diversity but I wish people would push the envelope. Some days, jeans and a flannel are perfect, and others shredded overalls and a neon visor are great too. I want people to take more risks.

If you could live anywhere (based on their fashion) where would you live? And why? New York, because I could wear black everyday and not tire of it. Maybe Japan, the fashion there seems completely fearless.

Fashion 101 | June Threads 2

Designer of June Threads: Bree Cevaal (Instagram)

Models: Cassidy O'Hagan (Instagram), Kendel Chelberg (Instagram), Megan Mueller (Instagram), Madison Russell (Instagram), Molly Esfahani (Instagram), Alexis Nash

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Danny Herman

Model: Danny Herman (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Justin Great Launches Season 2

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Luxury streetwear designer and 21st century Renaissance man, Justin Great, launched his second collection of threads on Friday. With a tech-savvy approach to fashion shows, Great treated guests to a fresh take on the runway by projecting a previously recorded catwalk for style fiends to watch at their leisure. CRL CRRLL spun the night away while revelers rockin the latest and greatest in streetwear styles perused the racks and bumped elbows with some of Denver's finest creative entrepreneurs and fashionistas.

If you're feelin it, go scoop up some of his designs over on his online store

Fashion 101 | June Threads

Designer of June Threads: Bree Cevaal (Instagram)

Models: Bita Rejai (Instagram) Sarah Johnson (Instagram) Sara Shaffer (Instagram) Cassidy O'Hagan (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Izzy Rocha by Bridget Burnett

Model: Izzy Rocha (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Lauren Kawano by Bridget Burnett

Model: Lauren Kawano (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)