Artsy Williamsburg Wedding

Even though they joke that they have about 200 friends in common, ethical fashion designer Arden Wohl and artist Jonah Freeman didn’t actually cross paths until they both happened to be at a book party for the art dealer Jeffrey Deitch in 2014.

Exactly two years and two months later, Jonah broke his pelvis in a skiing accident and was relegated to a wheelchair during his recovery. He was practically apartment-bound due to the injury, but he still managed to surprise Arden with a proposal. “There was a beautiful snowstorm on January 7, and we were really trapped in the apartment,” remembers Arden. Jonah proposed with a ring he had created with the help of Arden’s mother. “He felt the snowy, sleepy romance added to the surprise. [And even though he was in a wheelchair], he stood up.” After Arden accepted, the couple leapt into planning what ended up becoming one of the most Instagrammed weddings of the year.

With a guest list 440-people long, they first needed to find a venue that could accommodate the large number, and after some searching, ended up choosing the Weylin in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “It was originally built as a bank in 1875 and has been restored as a beautiful event space,” says Arden. “We love the Beaux Arts aesthetic and its two beautiful domes. It was the perfect place for an expansive ceremony and dinner, and then it also has a downstairs for an intimate dance party.”

The bride called upon longtime friend Zac Posen to create her custom wedding gown. “It was truly a dream come true!” says Arden. “It was really organic—he just knew exactly what I wanted my physical appearance to express on my wedding day.” The two grew up in New York City and were introduced when Posen returned to the city after attending school at Central Saint Martins in London. “Arden came over with a few friends to my parents’ loft, where I was starting my company, and she quickly became one of my earliest customers,” Posen remembers. “From that point on, she became a very close friend; we celebrated holidays together over the years and she was a staple from the very beginning in all of my front rows. She and her mom have remained very loyal customers of mine. [And, of course], it’s so flattering and so wonderful to be asked to make a friend’s wedding gown. She could have had anything she wanted, and this is what she wanted. She asked, and I, of course, said, ‘Yes!’”

The entire process was very collaborative, and lots of research and references were soon texted Posen’s way. One main source of inspiration for Arden and Posen was a favorite poem of hers, “The Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti. “She wanted to capture the feeling of it,” explains Posen. “Art Nouveau, whimsical, forest and nymph-like creations.” Arden also gave him drawings by illustrator Edward Gory. “She liked a mixture of what felt like Victoriana with ’20s jazz elements,”adds the designer. “On the last frost of the year, I decided I wanted to drape it in a rural setting, and she started sending me music that she wanted me to listen to while I worked [at my country house], and this was the beginning of our Victorian pressed flower concept. I started taking periwinkles and sprigs of ivy and pinning them to the tulle.” He then had to figure out how to take these dried pressed flowers and translate them onto the dress. “[What can I say?] We’re both into our botany!” says Posen with a laugh.

“Arden wanted the overall dress to have a wow level up close, but also a subtlety to it,” continues Posen. “She didn’t want loud embroidery or something garish. We played with layers of different fabrications on her skin. We played with light like you work with a fresco. She wanted the dress to feel like a feather with no structure inside. She wanted it to be as light and airy as possible, and all of the shape had to come from the seaming, as she didn’t want any corsetry.”

Furthering the flora-and-fauna motif, Posen also created a 15-foot detachable veil embroidered with ferns, based on the plants at his home in Pennsylvania. The veil was lighter than the dress and ran the expanse of the train. It had hand-sewn gossamer wings embroidered in gold that were the size of Arden’s shoulder blades and lay perfectly against her shoulders.

On the day of the wedding, Christopher Niquet and Posen both styled the bride. For makeup, Mara Capps created a look that was as unique but also timeless. “I combined a classic bridal eye using soft pinks and a deeper buff tone, and then added some interest with a pop of gold glitter liner along the lash line overlaid with single hair lash extensions,” explains Capps. “That gold glitter peeked through her lashes as she walked down the aisle, giving her the feel of a psychedelic flower.”

Brittany Asch of Brrch Floral took direct inspiration from the wedding dress when creating Arden’s bouquet, making sure the arrangement felt elegant but also contemporary. “Flowers can evoke feelings similar to being in love, so we tried to represent that state of being,” says Asch.

The bridesmaids all wore different bright floral gowns and flowers in their hair—and when standing together, the color combination looked like a beautiful tapestry. Meanwhile, Jonah was in a custom dark blue suit by J. Mueser. He finished off his look with a purple and blue tie, a marigold and indigo opera scarf, and black boots by Jeffrey West.

The entire day came together with the help of the couple’s many friends and was a true testament to the strength of these relationships. Bridesmaid Mandie Erickson, who has been Arden’s agent and publicist, helmed the entire planning process. Friends Connan Mockasin, Andrew Vanwyngarden (the frontman of MGMT), and James Richardson (MGMT guitarist) played live during the ceremony, with a full string quartet and arrangements created by musician Alex Waterman. Twelve groomsmen and 22 bridesmaids (yes, you read that right, 22!) took their places up at the altar, flanking the groom.

Arden walked down the aisle escorted by both of her parents. Eleanor Friedberger, formerly the singer of the Fiery Furnaces, officiated; friend Monroe Robertson read “Somewhere I Have Traveled, Gladly Beyond” by e.e. cummings; and then the couple recited vows they’d both written. Just as they were pronounced husband and wife, and Jonah kissed Arden at the end of the ceremony, the band broke out into “Feel So Good” by Spacemen 3.

Everyone moved downstairs for cocktails and then back upstairs for dinner where the room was transformed. Brrch created rows of pink, green, and lavender florals inspired by the Garden of Eden, and they lined all of the long tables in the space. “Our florist paid attention to things I mentioned liking and then enhanced those moments, knowing people would be sitting with these flowers for about three hours,” explains Arden. “It was a long dinner, and we wanted people to be able to discover new aspects of the arrangement throughout time.”

Silkstone Catering made the entirely vegetarian five-course dinner, and during the meal, friends and family toasted the newlyweds extensively. For dessert, Nine Cakes created a beautiful lavender-vanilla wedding cake with a watercolor effect on the fondant and white doves and rough edges at the top of each layer. “We also had a chocolate version,” notes Arden. “And Vegan Diva made chocolate and vanilla gluten-free and vegan options.”

After the cake had been cut, everyone migrated downstairs to let loose on the dance floor with DJ Simon O’Connor, the frontman of Simon Doom and a member of MGMT. “We also had a light show designed by Joel Fitzpatrick,” says Arden. “The whole room, which had originally been used for cocktails, was entirely transformed!” For this portion of the evening, Posen created a custom lavender dress made for dancing. Karen Erickson of Erickson Beamon, a longtime friend and collaborator of the bride’s, also made a custom headband for Arden that matched the colors in both dresses. She had also created a custom comb for the ceremony made from the same materials. Arden removed this for dancing, but kept the headband on all night.

After hours, those looking to continue the party went to Baby’s All Right across the street. Says Arden: “Our friends are the owners and they closed the club for us. Stella Schnabel, who was one of my bridesmaids, organized a world-music band to perform live!”Read more at:wedding dresses adelaide | SheinDressAU


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Diamond wedding

A TROWBRIDGE couple who met at a dance in Lewes Town Hall in Sussex in 1951 have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Daphne and Michael Wood, of Halfway Close, Trowbridge, met just before he was due to depart for his National Service at RAF Padgate near Warrington in Cheshire. He later worked on Meteor aircraft at Tanmere near Chichester, East Sussex, and Biggin Hill in Kent

The happy couple married at St Leonards Church in Seaford, Sussex, on September 7 1957. Later, they moved to Tunbridge Wells in Kent, where Michael was working as a draughtsman for the local electricity board.

The following year, in June, they moved to Bath, for Michael’s work with the South Western Electricity Board. He retired in 1995 as second engineer.

Daphne, 81, and Michael, 83, have three daughters, all born in Bath: Jane now lives in Hampshire, Christine in West Sussex and Linda in Melbourne, Australia, for many years. They also have two grandchildren: Sebastian, who has just graduated from Durham University, and Henrietta in Australia.

Daphne worked as a receptionist and telephonist with East Sussex Police and then for Unigate in Trowbridge after having the children. Later, she worked for Bowyers in Trowbridge and retired in 1996 after working for local opticians, Carter & Harding.

Daphne said: “We have lived in Trowbridge for over 50 years, moving here in November 1963. Everybody has their ups and downs but we have always been honest with each other.”

Throughout their marriage, they have always enjoyed separate and joint interests including walking, gardening, music and theatre.

They will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family trip to Dartmouth on the Torbay Express steam train on Sunday.

“There will be eight of us going and we shall have breakfast on the way there and a four-course champagne dinner on the way home,” Daphne added.Read more at:SheinDressAU | simple wedding dresses


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New female director has real passion

If Anna Campbell is not the first female board member of the Otago Cricket Association - she is certainly the first in a long time.

The businesswomen and scientist replaced long-serving board member Darin Smith in August.

Smith stepped down due to work commitments after more than five years on the board and Campbell has stepped in to fill the vacancy. She had previously been approached by OCA chairman James Lovelock and asked to consider applying for a board position at the association's annual general meeting next month.

Campbell will have to proceed through a formal appointment process to continue in the role following the AGM. But she has already made a positive impression during her short stint, Lovelock said.

''I think Anna brings an excellent all-round set of skills to the OCA board,'' he wrote in an email.

''Alongside the extensive business experience she's built up, particularly in her role as managing director of AbacusBio, Anna is active with the Institute of Directors and has well recognised governance credentials.

''She is also an excellent communicator, as her regular columns in the Otago Daily Times reflect.

''Importantly, Anna also has a strong personal interest in cricket and good administrative experience, particularly at the community level where she has served on club and Dunedin district junior committees.''

Lovelock said, to the best of his knowledge, Campbell was the first female director of the OCA but ''things are different now and she most definitely won't be the last''.

Both New Zealand Cricket and the OCA have been conscious of the need to broaden the sport's reach and women's cricket has become a strong focus.

Campbell describes herself as a scientist who moved into business and governance. She is analytical, strategic and has a deep passion for cricket which her father helped foster.

''My father, John Campbell, played club cricket until he was in his 40s and my two brothers and I all played as juniors in Dunedin,'' she wrote in an email.

''Later, I played senior women's cricket in Christchurch. More important were the many hours of backyard cricket our family played.''

Campbell said her family was always glued to the television set whenever there was an international on ''to the point that even on my wedding day, when New Zealand was playing India in a one-dayer, the wedding was stopped for regular updates -we won!''.

Campbell and husband Kevin Wilson have three children - two boys and a girl - and they all play club, school and representative cricket.

''A fellow mum told me once on the sideline that her son's teacher told her that playing cricket had improved his concentration at school and given him greater self-confidence.

''It's comments like that which make me realise that games like cricket, which are tactical and physical, with so many elements, are great for children's development.

''Overall, I would love to see greater depth in community cricket, particularly. In my mind, this will translate to senior and representative cricket.

''I am also aware that many mums are put off by the length and complexity of cricket and mums have a big influence on whether their sons and daughters play cricket.

''Cricket needs to become more accessible and less intimidating to females of all ages as spectators and players. Otago and New Zealand Cricket are working very hard on this and I hope I can help them make a difference in this.''Read more at:plus size bridesmaid dresses | blue bridesmaid dresses


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Ricochet reinvents style for everyone

Ricochet reinvents style for everyone

Ricochet is the type of storefront that you might notice for the first time every time you pass by, but more and more it seems to stand out amongst the newer, larger buildings around it.

The building itself is a small, green cottage with picture windows and a wooden sign that sits back from the street on El Camino. Or at least it seems to sit back from the street in that it doesn’t tower over you, forcing you to notice it, but rather, it coaxes you with its quaint quirkiness.

What’s inside is equally quirky: An art gallery by way of a retail fashion boutique. Once inside, one discovers dozens of displays of clothing, and art, all handmade by local artists and curated by owner Jill Pillot.

Pillot has eclectic tastes – a side effect of her mother’s globe trekking lifestyle.

“My mom always thought the grass was greener somewhere else,” Pillot said of her mother’s wanderlust, which took them to places like South Africa, Bulgaria, Belgium, the Canary Islands, and Greece. “I’ve lived in many different types of countries, from areas where kids were walking with no shoes, to places that were quite swanky with private beaches, and I think that’s where my eclectic nature came from.”

As a child she never got to put down roots for long. She dreamed of starting a hotel in which local artists would be featured in the décor, but settled in 1996 for a 200-square-foot retail space where Ricochet began as a second-hand clothing store for children.

Eventually she began repurposing materials from thrift store items for her own fashion designs, and soon the store was carrying both her own original creations and those of local artists.

“As I was evolving with my line of clothes I was doing a lot of fashion shows and I was getting great response from it because at that time recycled materials were not so in,” Pillot said.

Pillot was able to move to a larger space just two doors down from her original location to expand the reach of Ricochet’s inspiration.

Internships & Classes

Ricochet has offered classes for over ten years. They began on the second floor of the original space, where Pillot was living with her two sons. She converted a spare bedroom into a studio where she taught sewing classes for students as young as 8 years old. Now in the new larger space and with their fashion shows starting to take off in popularity, they have been able to offer modeling classes for all ages.

“I wanted to start teaching,” Pillot said. “So I started the academy for children and adults to teach them how to create from what they have in their closets, and in that sense be very environmentally friendly… Often the children say, ‘I have this vision,’ and I used to have a vision, too, and I could never make my vision because I didn’t have the tools or I didn’t have the fabric. So we teach them how to create with what they’re surrounded with.”

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Gems Like Sofia Andres

Wear Your Hats With Flashy Text Patches and Gems Like Sofia Andres

Patches and embroideries can make for eye-catching designs. Even the simple dad cap can show your personality via graphic prints. Sofia Andres did just that with a denim blue cap decorated with a baby pink “BABE” patch.

This is a good accessory for dress-down days as it adds a fun element to your outfit. You can also choose from flashy text to other embellishments like crystals and pompoms.

Pull & Bear Corduroy Cap

Show some love to the City of Lights with this simple floral “Paris” cap. Wear this on your next Euro trip, or if you just want to reminisce your past vacation.

Stradivarius Floral Embroidered Cap

Pair this cap with your casual t-shirts or summer-looking blouses. This will give you a feminine look without going overboard with the pink hue.

Forever 21 Hollywood Patch Cap

For a monochromatic option, go for this one from Forever 21. Just like the Paris cap, this pays homage to busy Hollywood.

Topshop Gem-Embellished Denim Cap

If you want to add a little shimmer to your look, throw on this embellished cap from Topshop. People will see you coming from a mile away, especially if you wear this on a sunny day.

Fendi Pom Pom Baseball Cap

Don’t want to sport gems on you hat? Go for a pompom hat instead. This one from Fendi comes with multi-colored pompoms which adds a youthful vibe to it.

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the Ever-Growing Sophistication

New Levi's Lawsuit Exposes the Ever-Growing Sophistication of Counterfeiters

Imagine that you head online in search of a pair of vintage-looking Levi’s, which have swiftly emerged as the latest must-have jeans, thanks to the resurge of retro styles on the runway and redone denim a la Vetements. Bloomingdales has sold out of your size, but you locate the exact same pair on what appears to be a perfectly legitimate – even sophisticated – e-commerce site for almost exactly the same price.

The website – which showed up towards the top of your Google search for “Levi's 501 Skinny Jeans” – bears photos that seem completely legitimate. The site makes you walk through all of the security measures that you would on Amazon or even Levi’s own site. It displays all of the indicia of authenticity and security that you have come to associate with authorized retailers, including the Visa®, MasterCard®, and/or PayPal® logos, and even includes the customary little customer service popup that allows you to chat with one of the site’s employees about sizing and/or the time frame for the delivery of your order.

You were not on the hunt for a fake pair of jeans, and yet, that is what you ended up with because – even with all of these valid-looking factors at play – what was not necessarily obvious from the looks of or even the experience provided by that website: It is nothing more than a sophisticated front for the sale of counterfeit jeans.

And it is just one of hundreds of perfectly legitimate-looking websites that Levi’s is currently fighting in order to “combat counterfeiting of its registered trademarks” and to “protect unknowing consumers from purchasing counterfeit Levi’s products over the internet.”

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Fashion books

Fashion books that will add style to your coffee table

Much like investing in a matching set of towels or hanging art on your walls, owning a stack of coffee-table books goes a long way toward making your décor feel polished.

Fashion titles are an obvious choice: They’re visual, bridge the fields of photography, pop culture and design, and, yes, look great on Instagram.

Here are some of the best new tomes about clothing, style and design for 2017. All are available at major booksellers.

“Avedon’s France: Old World, New Look” ($40), by Robert M. Rubin. See France through the eyes of one of the most legendary photographers of the 21st century. Expect Audrey Hepburn, Jean Moreau and, of course, unmissable fashion.

“Rei Kawakubo/Comme Des Garcons: Art of the In-Between” ($50), by Andrew Bolton. This volume features gorgeous images of the clothing on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition, plus insights from the curator and a look into Kawakubo’s creative mind.

“The World of Anna Sui” ($50), by Tim Blanks. You’ll lose yourself in the eclectic, bohemian and creative world of an icon of New York fashion.

“True Style Is What’s Underneath: The Self-Acceptance Revolution” ($45). Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum, the mother-daughter duo behind fashion site StyleLikeU, have carved out a welcoming space on the internet. In their second title, they celebrate the myriad forms of beauty and style.

“Margiela: The Hermès Years” ($60), by Kaat Debo. This catalog, which accompanies an exhibition at the MoMu Fashion Museum in Antwerp, manages to lift the veil a bit on the elusive Martin Margiela and the designer’s tenure at Hermès.

“Harper’s Bazaar: 150 Years: The Greatest Moments” ($65), by Glenda Bailey. This tome commemorates the magazine’s anniversary and draws from its rich archives of photography, articles, fiction and poetry.

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a lot in terms of fashion

I have evolved a lot in terms of fashion

She is one of the biggest fashionistas in Bollywood but Malaika Arora Khan said things were completely different way back in the early days of her career. The 43-year-old star, who has always impressed critics with her fashion choices, said she turned experimental over a of period time.

"I have evolved quite a bit from what I was. With age you kind of understand things better. My whole approach towards fashion and clothing has changed immensely."

"Initially I wouldn't think twice if I had to wear micro shorts, but now with time and age these things have come to consideration. Now, I am little more experimental. I was rigid earlier," Malaika said. The producer-host said she doesn't like it when people wear clothes which don't suit their body type.

"I want people to check themselves before they leave their houses," she added. Malaika today walked the runway for young designer Ridhi Mehra Sekhri, whose collection was inspired by the beauty and intricate interiors of Islamic domes.

Dressed in a red attire, the fashion diva looked elegant and sensuous. She said she has always liked walking for budding labels as they are the future. "Every time a young designer asks me to walk for them I feel it is my duty to say yes and promote them. And If I can be a part for their success it is great for me as well. I like pushing new talents. Even in reality shows, I like supporting the budding artistes. It makes me feel happy and content."

"After being in the industry for so many years, promoting the upcoming stars is our duty," she said. In her collection Ridhi presented printed handmade fabric stripes ingeniously woven together. The delicate bugle beads were turned into jaalis, while scallop print patches, fringes and metallic and fabric tassels added oomph to the ensembles.

"I love retro fashion and love the bell bottoms, the fringes, the tassels and the bling. It is my eternal go to fashion," Malaika said.

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The Gospel According to Andre

Magnolia Acquires Andre Leon Talley Doc 'The Gospel According to Andre'

Ahead of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Gospel According to Andre has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures in North America.

The fashion documentary from director Kate Novack chronicles the life and career of Andre Leon Talley, from Andy Warhol's Factory in the 1970s to the pages of Vogue magazine as editor-at-large. Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Valentino are among those who give interviews in the feature, which also includes archival footage.

Andrew Rossi and Josh Braun produced the film. Executive producers are Lindsey Acree, Daniel Pine and Ken Novack.

Magnolia is planning a spring 2018 theatrical release. Submarine negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

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Flower Strass Clutch

Now's Your Chance to Design Your Own Roger Vivier Flower Strass Clutch

The square buckle and satin sheen of Roger Vivier's Flower Strass collection has achieved icon status in the luxury accessories realm, as a go-to for style-savvy celebs Kate Bosworth, Adriana Lima and Andie MacDowell, as well as 2017's reigning fashion queen, Celine Dion.

Now's your chance to get a coveted piece of the collection exactly how you want it. The Roger Vivier store at South Coast Plaza is offering a made-to-order option for shoes and bags Aug. 19 and 20, which allows customers to choose from one of five accessories styles (the soft clutch, the ballerina flat, the 100 mm slingback, the 65 mm pump or the 100 mm pump) to customize in a range of 16 satin colors and finish with either a gold or silver buckle. Prices range from $1,595 to $2,295 and styles take 12 weeks to arrive.

Though the Flower Strass collection was first released for the fall 2016 collection, the bedazzled Swarovski crystal-embellished buckle was inspired by the Vivier archives and other vintage styles. Each of the asymmetrical buckles is handcrafted in France and sure to add the perfect amount of sparkle to evening looks. Or if you're Celine Dion, to a Starbucks run.

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