Fantasy Hair & Petal Dresses: Q&A With Theia Creative Director Don O’Neill

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Don O’Neill, the creative director of goddess-like wedding and evening gown collection Theia, may not be a household name (yet), but we’re pretty sure you’ve seen his creations on a bevy of celebs: Most recently, he dressed Angela Bassett in a jewel-toned amethyst gown for the Tony Awards. He also created the high-tech, image-projecting gown in which Carrie Underwood performed at the Grammy’s, sewing thousands of crystals on the bodice. O’Neill’s personal life has been in the spotlight recently, too: In May, he proposed to Pascal Guillermie (owner of floral boutique Fleur De Pascal), his partner of 20 years, while the two were vacationing in Miami Beach. Not content with a simple old proposal, he had an airplane fly overhead with the banner: “Pascal Je T’aime! Will You Marry Me?” Here, we chat with him about the dramatic proposal, his latest wedding dress collection, his favorite bridal hairstyles and more.

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Zac Posen Designs Diffusion Line For David’s Bridal

Zac Posen’s name brings to mind old-Hollywood glamour, refined tailoring, dramatic details. It conjures up images of all the celebrities he has outfitted for the red carpet, including Beyoncé, Natalie Portman, and Claire Danes. But with his new diffusion line for David’s Bridal, Truly Zac Posen, a more diverse variety of women—of brides, to be more specific—will be able to pick up his designs, off-the-rack. Featuring the designer’s signature details, such as mermaid tails, figure-flattering corsetry, and delicate layering of textures, the line will launch next February online and in 50 stores, with six wedding-dress styles ranging from $850 to $1,350, and five social occasion dresses (perhaps for the bridesmaids?), which will retail for $195 to $225.

Read the details at TIME Style: Style for a Steal: Zac Posen Joins Designers to Offer Diffusion Wedding Line

Q&A With Heidi Elnora, Wedding Dress Designer And Southern Belle Extraordinaire

Heidi Elnora

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I met wedding dress designer and Project Runway Season 2 alum Heidi Elnora at Bridal Market this spring, and she and her assistant, Rachel, are the sweetest people ever. I had been doing some work for hair designer Oribe, and pitched this profile to them. So happy it came out well!

It’s the height of wedding season, so conversations are turning to beautiful gowns, stunning accessories and, of course, glamorous hairstyles. We recently talked to wedding dress designer Heidi Elnora about her latest collection, up-to-the-minute trends in bridal fashion and hair (Great Gatsby inspiration galore!) and the edgy hairstyle she wore for her own wedding.

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Sleeves, Lace, & Bling: Highlights From Bridal Fashion Week!

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Just like ready-to-wear fashion, wedding dress trends are fickle, changing from decade to decade depending on popular culture, political conditions, tastes and whimsies. Gone are the puffy sleeves of the 1980s, for example, making way for sleeker styles. Yet season after season, while creating that “something new” brides lust over, wedding dress designers continue to draw their inspiration from bygone eras. At the recent Bridal Fashion Week in New York City, we saw vintage-inspired styles like longer sleeves, high-neck illusion necklines, and all types of lace, a step back from the ubiquitous strapless dresses and a return to more covered-up times. Every spring and fall, magazine editors and buyers flock to these shows to catch the latest in bridal fashion. Here’s a preview of the “something new” brides will soon be wearing down the aisle–liberally sprinkled with “something old” inspiration.

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How Do I Love Thee, Blush Wedding Dresses? Let Me Count the Ways


My mom’s wedding dress in the 80s was pinkish, so maybe it’s no wonder that I gravitate toward blush-hued and neutral-toned wedding dresses. They’re simultaneously untraditional—and thus a bit rebellious—and yet ethereal and romantic.  I love that they’re classic, yet slightly different. I picked just a few from the Fall 2013 bridal runways, plus interviewed Brides fashion director Rachel Leonard about the latest wedding dress trends.

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