Thursday, October 7, 2010

PROM 2011 PREVIEW!


I was flipping through the new Paparazzi by Mori Lee prom catalogue for Prom night 2011 and found this AWESOME little number. I love it because its EVERYTHING girls are looking for in a prom dress, all rolled into one fun and beautiful prom gown that will have people talking!

From the heavily beaded sweetheart neckline, cumberbun cinched waistline and a breathtaking printed REMOVEABLE skirt, this dress is ideal for a girl who wants something different and show stopping. Another reason I find this fabulous prom gown even more amazing is that the removeable train can be taken off after the prom festivities simmer down, and you have a adorable short cocktail dress to wear for after prom, or a night on the town. And with a price range between 398.00 - 425.00 it's no wonder this gown is going to be so hot this prom season.

STAY TUNED FOR EVEN MORE PROM GOWN 2011 PREVIEWS!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010


We've all seen the amazingly hot blue Monalo Blahnik heels that were practically a character in themselves in the first Sex and the City film. (Pause to be mad at Bigs.) And from the moment Carrie Bradshaw presented the shoes that would be under her Vivian Westwood wedding gown (which was originally a t-length wedding gown by the way...the peek-a-boo tull effect was added to the gown later just for this movie) girls everywhere started putting their something blue on their pretty manicured feet. (Later I saw a wave of bright red for a more vintage motif.)
But lets open the piggy banks and refrain from over drafting our bank accounts. A lot of brides do not have Blahnik money to blow. The hypnotic peacock blue pumps with silver cigarette heel and dazzling crystal buckle embellishment will run you around 950.00. That's some brides whole attire budget alone...So, how can you get this timeless shoe and not have to sacrifice your wedding cake?
I usually find a similar style (like the one above) and simply dye it to match! My only word of advice here is to MAKE SURE you are purchasing a dyeable shoe! I can't tell you how many brides of mine have bought shoes elsewhere, brought them into the store to be dyed then realize the shoes they have found might be beautiful, but also may not be dyeable. Keep in mind silk bridal shoes can NOT be dyed. So double check with wherever you get your shoes that they can be dyed to whatever color you may want them to be. ( I am in love with the idea of blue shoes, but right now I am totally wanted girls to rock a yellow shoe...just an idea...)
Having a bright colored shoe makes for many creative photo opps and also can be a great way to express your own style! Check out many more dyeable and bridal shoes at dimitradesigns.com! And remember...put the best foot forward in your wedding attire.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

THIS JUST IN...


This came fresh off the pages of french Vogue and right onto our new arrivals rack! This would be ideal for a winning pageant gown or a girl who wants to turn heads for prom night 2011. Made from an awesome rich satin and adorned with flattering rushing topped off with a splash of a-b stoning, this beautiful evening gown will have the judges or that girl who kissed your boyfriend talking.
I must say I am in love with the avant-garde ruffled one shoulder neckline that absolutely turns this stunning dress into a piece of Hollywood glam that anyone would envy.
The high school pageant are coming up soon girls! And I am sure this one will not be on my sales floor very long...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Something Old, Something New


Last March Marc Jacobs previewed a collection inspired by classic, clean lines. A week later Prada showed a similar collection in Milan. The feminist silhouette is back in.

A 1950's iconic mid-twentieth century dress would be perfect for your wedding day too! Dress like Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire. You can see these ensembles every work day and you can also rock down the isle in styles straight from Fashion Week.

The cinched waist line and full skirt is also all over the bridal industry. One of my favorite gowns of the season is a huge reflection of this fall trend. This t-length Justin Alexander gown is ideal for the fashion forward bride. Available in floor length and also in a more solid natural color this gown is nothing short of romantic.

I think paired with some bright blue or red closed toed pumps or even an unexpected nude shoe would be perfect for your big wedding day. You do not have to go to Paris or Milan to stay in with the trends.

Until Next Time,

Cory

Thursday, August 19, 2010

THIS JUST IN...

I've been so busy getting ready for Atlanta market next week
and trying to keep up with all the new arrivals that I've been
so overwhelmed and it's time to show you why!

I am proud to announce that we now carry Anais collezioni and the whole line of gowns we have in are simply AMAZING. One of the gowns (pictured right) is such a show stopper I had to give a little sneak peak. I am in love with the nude underlay and the soft texture of the gown. The bead work on it is even more stunning and person! I am always a huge fan of the mermaid and this one is at the top of my list.

I think the biggest reason I like this gown so much is its versatility. This is perfect for the bride who wants to WOW her guests and make a statement, or perfect for a pageant contestant who is out to win!

We should have the rest of the pictures posted on our website so check back soon to view the entire collection at www.Dimitradesigns.com

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Underworkings of A Blushing Bride


You've found the perfect gown and your standing on a platform getting your first fitting. At this point you may have noticed a few things that need nipping and tucking besides your hem and bustle. For example, you may have the large gap from the bust of your dress to your chest. Maybe you've noticed a little extra in the stomach region that needs smoothing out. Maybe you just want your bust to look bigger that day.
This is why you need the long formal bra (as pictured)! This will fix all three problems listed above and believe it or not the fit of your gown is crucial to how you look and feel in it. What this bra is going to do is make everything go in...and push a couple things up...
Most bridal salons have these on hand for you to try on with the gown. (We do here in our store.) I am a firm believer in that the fit is just as important to how pretty the gown actually is. When the gown is altered to fit you, you will fill more confident and this will show in your pictures.
I find that most girls will take the "easy" or "cheap" way out and have cups sewn in. While in some cases this works out beautifully, in most it does not. If you are going to spend 25 - 30 dollars to have cups sewn in you could pay just a little more, and get a bra out of the deal to use for future formal occasions. And lets be honest, there are only so many things cups are good for. Filling in, and maybe lifting.
Dressing you outside and underneath...
Cory

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Too Much of A Good Thing. Why Mixmatching Works...

I had a bride just last week who really, really,
really LOVED hot pink. We were selecting bridesmaids styles, and after each gown I pulled immediately followed was, "CUTE! DOES IT COME IN HOT PINK?!" Between flipping through swatches and checking color availability, I scanned the bridesmaids she had with her.

I noticed she had one blonde, a red head, and two commonly brown headed girls. In my head I am thinking okay the blonde is gonna look great in this and maybe the two brown headed girls, if they tan. The red head in the hot pink is going to be quite the sore thumb standing at the alter.

After hearing how the bride was wearing hot pink shoes, was going to go with hot pink bridesmaids dresses, how the grooms and groomsman were going to be in paisley hot pink vests and hot pink ties, and how she managed to find hot pink roses for her bouquet. *Insert screeching break sound effect here* I took a deep breath, and decided it was time to have the talk with the tickled pink bride.

First off I would like to say that NO not EVERY bridal party has to be mix matched. You can do the same color for every girl if this is exactly what you want. However, I always suggest doing another color to compliment your party color to add a little contrast for pictures.

The reason I like mix matching different dresses and colors is simple. Not every girl looks great in the same shade of your color as every one else in your party might. You want bridesmaids to have some sort of similarities, which yes, is traditional and looks great in your photos. But, you also want your bridesmaids to look pretty and feel great too.

After we picked the styles that we liked for the bridesmaids party, we checked to make sure they came in hot pink. They all did, and this was where we had the talk.

I could tell in the red heads face, she was not looking forward to this loud shade of pink. And she shouldn't be. This is when i casually said, "You know what would be really pretty and really different for pictures?"

"What?" asked tickled pink.

"What if I showed you different colors..." I asked with hesitation falling from my mouth and onto the color swatches between us. She looked puzzled for a moment, and as I showed her light pink, bubblegum, and hot pink all together, I could tell the pieces were coming together in her head, and eventually a smile.

"Oh, we could do all of those colors together!" She exclaimed. We then checked that all the dresses we picked out were available in all the pinks, and success. They were. Now, the red head smiled with relief at the new baby doll pink she was to wear (and look great in with her fair skin). Now, only one girl was to wear the hot pink and that was the maid of honor. Yet another mass of color prevented, and an opportunity for a more stylish, happy bridesmaids party for her wedding day was in the works.

Keep in mind you will have flowers to tie in all the colors to make your wedding party look more uniform. Jewelry and shoes is also a great way to tie all the loose colored ends together. Bridesmaids attire has come such a long way over the years.

Embrace the new, remember the old...

Cory

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Homecoming...It'll be here before you know it...


Most high school will be starting back in less than a month and NOW is the time to shop for the perfect homecoming dress. Shopping now means less stress and you won't be picking from what's left on the racks two weeks before you need to look better than the homecoming queen herself.
The trend for fall this year on the runways will be a more tailored fitted look, and as far as color goes metallics, black, and neutrals are whats in. That's why I found this little number by Sherri Hill.
This dress would be PERFECT to stand out in homecoming court! The shape is tailored, the color is festive, and the design and material is kept somewhat futuristic (which is all over the place right now) yet at the same time gives a retro glam vibe that would have any girl feeling sexy.
Giving the catwalk its claws...
Cory

Monday, July 19, 2010

More Than Just A Chip...

The one-shouldered look hit the runways in 2009, just in time to wrap up the decade in a new, futuristic, avant-garde neckline. All of the hottest designers were rocking out the asymmetrical look for an edgy look that followed with celebrities sporting this look on the red carpet.

I am so happy to see this look and how what I thought would be a trend has made its way from edgy runway looks, to many gowns now hanging on the racks in the store here. This neckline has managed to show up in many prom gowns last year, and even the clean cut look in design has been softened to work on wedding gowns and pageant dresses.

I've also started to see strategic cut-outs in one shouldered gowns for an even more science fiction futuristic trend. One shouldered gowns with draped sleeves are also becoming a hit in bridal fashion for a Grecian look. Even embellishments such as bead work and textured rosettes are being placed on the one shoulder for a more dimensional look.

Although we saw the one shouldered look last prom season, I am predicting a HUGE demand for this neckline for prom 2010 and I plan on seeing it done in many ways. So, who can pull of this neckline?

Girls that need enhancement in the bust and want to show off their toned shoulders and arms can rock this look. I find that bustier ladies simply can not wear this because it makes the bust even larger, and the neckline just doesn't seem to lay right, making the neck look smaller as well.

Keeping you ahead...

Cory

Friday, July 2, 2010

Its a Big Day for Mom Too


You've found your wedding gown, had it altered and it's hanging up ready for your big day. The bridesmaids have been ordered. The tuxedos have been selected. You've paid your deposits for vendors. Now it's finally time to find the perfect dress for mom!
I've found that this is one of the last choices made in the wedding party attire selections, and I also find most moms dread this for many reasons. Most mothers of the bride and groom have not had to purchase a formal gown in awhile. This can lead to uncertainty of what looks good on them, and most moms are not sure what they are looking for. There are some guidelines to make this process easier, and there are also a few rules to follow:
-Mother of the BRIDE gets to shop first. I am unsure why, but it is proper wedding attire shopping etiquette that the mother of the bride gets to select her gown first. Keep in mind that the mother of the groom should not select a color or style that is too similar to the mother of the brides.
-Do NOT wear the same color of the bridesmaids! However, you may wear a different shade of the bridesmaids color. For example, if they bridesmaids are wearing pink, mom can wear a different shade of pink, or even red.
-Keep in mind, PICTURES. Both mothers will be in a TON of pictures, so I recommend keeping your gown elegant, however do NOT chose something that will draw attention from the bride.
As far as long or short, mothers dresses have come a long way! A lot of designers such as Sarah Danielle, montage, and JDL Boutique have some HOT short mother of the bride/groom styles. This is my rule of thumb for this...It doesn't matter the length of the gown. Normally, if its after six you should wear floor length, however I am totally open to wearing a shorter gown, so long as is it elegant enough for the occasion. The advantage to a shorter dress is the ease in being able to wear it again, and this of course means less alterations, which means more dress for your dollar in the long run.
While we are on the subject, if your finding it difficult falling in love with a dress in the mother of the bride section, I have had a TON of luck find the perfect gown in the bridesmaid section. This will open up your options as far as style and color is concerned. All that would be needed is perhaps a jacket or shawl, and the perfect shoes and accessories. This way mom isn't looking matronly, and everyone is happy.
I hope these pointers help in your search for the right dress. Remember, this is a big day for you, just as much as it is for your soon to be married son or daughter.
(Just got word of new gowns in...off to the shipment line!)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

...Just Breathe...


So your hair is great, your make-up is flawless, your dress...oh no! The button fell off! The zipper wont budge! There is foundation on the neckline! Calm down. Just breathe. I have assembled the perfect kit for your big day, just because these things DO happen.


I would suggest keeping these things in a small tackle box with compartments, or any other small container.


1. spool of white and black thread.

2. needles

3. assorted buttons (most gowns come with extra buttons)

4. hook and eye

5. crazy glue (gorilla glue is what I recommend. I cant tell you how many of my drag queen friends and pageant contestants SWEAR by it.)

6. Bobby pins (They aren't just for your hair)

7. A stain removing pen. (Shout, Clorox, there are so many brands but you ll be glad you have one no matter who made it) or fabric cleaning wipes.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Just in time for your late summer or fall wedding

I walked into work this morning and noticed some amazing new dresses hanging on the new shipment rack. Before I could even sit my coffee down, I walked over and felt the soft silky taffeta and the colors caught my eye immediately.

I noticed the dresses were by Angelina Faccenda, the new designer bridesmaid gowns from Mori Lee. After I saw the color availability (aqua, berry, cerise, emerald, mandarin, jade, onyx, sunflower, wisteria, and many more unique bold colors) and felt the material my first reaction was 'this is gonna be expensive'. I pulled the price tag and noticed it was only 130.00! PERFECT! Chic, flattering, easy to wear again, and AFFORDABLE!

There are many other designers that we carry that offer similar styles. Cute, affordable, and able to wear it again. But there is something about the Angelina Faccenda collection that blows away the Alfred Angelo Purely collection. (Love Alfred but you have to admit when you are outdone :) )

Call today to make an appointment to view these beautiful dresses your girls will actually WANT to wear!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Here She Comes...


A lot of my Miss Teen South Carolina and Miss South Carolina contestants have been coming in getting their last minute jewelry and their final nips and tucks on their evening gowns. I've gathered a few of their tips, as well as my own, to give to rising beauty queens who may be competing in some summer or high school pageants to come...

-Smile, smile, smile, and when your jaw is in so much pain, smile again.

-When on stage, hold your head and walk as if there is already a crown on your head. Don't forget to smile. Scan the judges, scan the audience, then back at the judges again. If you have trouble looking the judges in the eye, that's okay. Just look at their foreheads.

-Swimsuit is not about who has the hottest body. This is a test of confidence to see who can carry themselves in what feels like underwear.

-On your fact sheet, don't give it all away. Leave some answers vague so that the judges have to think and ask you questions. Also, DO NOT LIE ON YOUR FACT SHEET! If you get caught it will cost you. You can be the girl next door on your fact sheet and not seem boring. Judges are looking for unique hobbies and talents. Play sports? Double jointed? Breed lizards? put it down on your fact sheet. These small things make you stand out from the rest of the girls. Keep in mind that 99% of question and answer comes from your fact sheet. I also suggest having someone proofread your sheet before turning it in.

-Chose a platform that means something TO YOU, not something that you think will impress the judges. A good way of impressing the judges is to drop a fact from your platform in the interview session. If your platform is cancer, maybe someone famous recently passed away from the illness. Touching on this during the interview will show you are involved in your platform.

-Evening gown does not have to be a completely beaded gown to have stage presence. Pick something that looks good against your skin tone. I've learned the best evening gown colors are reds, whites, blues, pinks, and SOMETIMES black. Although I always say black is too safe, and may come back to bite you if the stage background is black (which it often is). Chose a gown you feel confident in, and a train never hurts either.

-Keep swimsuit simple. Pick solid bold colors that compliment your skin tone and hair color.

-Hair should be elegant for evening gown, yet simple enough for swimsuit. I suggest styles that are easy to style backstage and NATURAL in looks. PROM UP-DO's WILL NOT CUT IT. Consult with your stylist many times before the pageant.

-Jewelry is easy. Big rhinestone earrings to pull attention to the face. Enough said. This should be all you need. If you are wearing a one-shouldered gown, pick earrings that do not fall on the strap or compete with the neckline of your dress. After all, CONFIDENCE will be your BEST ACCESSORY.

-Diet pills DO NOT WORK. Once you find your evening gown I suggest MAINTAINING your weight. If you loved it when you try it on, it may not fit or look the same if you lose weight or gain anything. Cut out sodas before the pageant to prevent bloating and break outs.

-Tan. You do not need to look like leather, but a tan helps show muscle tone and will keep you from washing out on stage.

-BE PREPARED BACKSTAGE. Make sure everything you will wear is pressed, steamed, ironed and hung up in garment bags. I suggest hanging the attire in the order you will wear them on stage. Take extra shoes, earrings, sewing kit and bras. You never know what could happen. I've been backstage and have items go "missing".

-HAVE FUN! If any of this starts to seem like a chorr than maybe pageants aren't for you. Pagentry can be an expensive, yet rewarding hobby. There are many scholarhsips and prize money to winners and even girls who happen to place.

I hope some of this is helpful to the rising Miss Americas out there.

Thanks for reading!

THIS JUST IN


I've noticed quite the trend with ball gowns this wedding season (and I am TOTALLY okay with this) and this is one we recently got in from Allure Couture bridals.

This AMAZING unique ball gown features lace, with delicate chiffon rosettes scattered throughout the bust and skirt. A rushed taffeta waistline accentuates a smaller waist while a sweetheart neckline keeps the gown youthful.

I have fallen in love with the Couture collection from Allure. There is simply no other line out there quite like this one.

Visit Dimitradesigns.com to see more Allure Couture gowns and other gowns for your big day!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Tips for an EASY bridesmaid party experience

You've probably been a bridesmaid one or two or a million times, and now it's your turn to seek revenge for the taffeta nightmare you had to wear in Cousin Jane's wedding two Octobers ago.

Below are some tips to help the bridesmaid process a little easier:

-There is nothing wrong with looking for bridesmaids the same day as your wedding gown. You don't have to spend another two and a half hours after picking your dress to select your bridesmaid gowns. But it is a good idea to go ahead and get some planning done while your there. (I'm all for one stop shopping. That's why I work at Dimitra Designs.)

-Go ahead and pick your color (or colors). If you're unsure of what colors to do consider the season of the wedding, your favorite color, or even your school colors. (If you both met at college I think that could be a really cool idea.) Get creative. Another thing to consider is one or two colors? Most wedding parties choose two colors. My suggestion is maybe picking ONE color and doing different shades of the same color. Not everyone looks good in the shade of purple that your made of honor looks great in.

-In matters of style consider your range of body types. If you want your girls in one style, select a dress that will flatter any body shape or select two styles that complement one another. You can also pick a dress that comes with straps, or a dress that straps or a halter top may be easily added.

-One of the best pieces of advice for a happy stress-free bride is this...DO NOT BRING YOUR ENTIRE PARTY TO SELECT THE BRIDESMAID DRESSES. I can not tell you how stressful and unorganized this can get. BY doing this you will hear TONS of opinions, suggestions, and other chatter that might only frustrate you in the process. The best way of doing this is letting the girls pick between the two or three styles you have selected for them. This way, your girls will have somewhat of a say so in the decision, and you are getting what you want for your wedding party.

-Make DEADLINES. Most bridesmaid gowns can take up to sixteen weeks to order! Not to mention you will have to allow time for alterations. Once the gowns have been selected I usually tell my brides to place the order a month and a half later. Tell your girls ONE MONTH just for peace of mind. I've learned that a lot of girls will order late, and it becomes quite the headache having to rush, or super rush, the dress to make sure she has the dress in time. Meanwhile, you're worrying if she can be in the wedding or not. Bottom line is this...it saves you SO MUCH when you order on time. This means no rush fees and no stress.

-Discuss a price range over lunch. Make sure you pick dresses that everyone can afford. I've seen this way too many times. The brides selects a gown that one or more of the girls cant really afford at the time and I've seen girls that had to be dropped from the party because of this. The best way to approach this as a bride is this...ask your girls flat out, "I really want you to be a part of my wedding. If you can't really pay the cost of the dress just let me know." Perhaps arrangements can be made. This will be good to know ahead of time when you make your bridal party list.

There are a few designers I love to use for my brides. Enzoani (Love), Bari Jay, and Alfred Angelo have three of my favorite designers for bridesmaids. Alfred Angelo has GREAT wear-it-again styles that are both fashionable and affordable. Bari Jay has AWESOME modern designs. Love by Enzoani are for the couture party and the color pallet for this line is so unique! These styles can also be found on the red carpet!

If you have any questions about Bridesmaids feel free to shoot me an email! Info@dimitradesigns.com and be sure to check our some of our bridesmaid styles at www.DimitraDesigns.com

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The bridal appointment at any salon should NOT just cover finding the perfect dress. There are other things to consider when outfitting yourself for your wedding day, and after we find THE dress the question always comes up...Are you going to wear a veil?

I dress a lot of brides who respond with "I don't want a bunch of poof on my head." "No, I think they look stupid." or "Are you serious?!" I can totally understand not wanting to have a lot of stupid poof on your head, but before you completely rule out not wearing a veil you should consider finding a veil that complements your style and one that does not compete with the look of your wedding gown. Veils have come a long way since the mass volume of tulle crowning at the top of ones bridal up-do. Your consultant should be showing you different options when choosing your headpiece and veil.

When trying on different styles consider my research:

- The blusher is a simple veil that is drapped over the face and is a big part in the ceremoney. This is the veil that is lifted by the father at the alter to give away his daughter, or by the groom before the kiss. Both are very special moments in a girls life. (be sure to tell your photographer to capture this! I had a bride frame this for her father and place the picture in a shadowbox next to the veil as a 'thank you' for all he had done for the wedding.)

- The elbow length veil is the most common length of veil that my brides chose and is traditionally the veil that is passed down to your daughter, or daughter-in-law. This veil (along with any veil) could have lace edging, beading, or any other form of embelishment to compliement your gown.

-The fingertip is a beautiful length that adds a little drama to your look. The length is also called a mantilla. The mantilla is a spanish veil that has worked its way into American bridal fashion.

- The Cathedral veil. The veil is also called the unity veil. Your maid or matron of honor ties your chair and the grooms chair together at the reception to symbolize the unity between you two as husband and wife. After the reception, the mother of the bride is given the veil and keeps until the first born. Afterwards, you line the babies bassenet with the veil to symbolize the unity between the two familys. This is the most dramatic looking of the veils, and I always recomend just a plain single layer cathedral veil. It does so much to your look without adding a lot of glitz and volume to your look.

I hope you found this little bridal history lesson of value. Be sure to check out or veils and headpieces on Dimitradesigns.com to find your own veil and bridal accesories!

I'm off to check out one of our new lines that has come in! I'll fill you all in when I get back!

Ciao

Cory
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hello everyone! I am Cory and I have been a evening wear and formal stylist since I graduated High School. One reason I love what I do is making any girl feel her part, whether it be your wedding day, pageant, prom, or just a formal night on the town. I have many years of experience with bridal fashion and design not only for the bride, but for the entire wedding party. I also have dressed many pageant contestants from little girl pageants, to Miss America and have had many winners along the way.

I work for Dimitra Designs in Greenville, South Carolina. We are a full service bridal and formal salon complete with couture wedding, pageant, bridesmaid, tuxedos, and everything in between. We even have a full service hair and make-up salon on site to complete your head to toe look.

I take pride in my attention to detail to make sure you look your very best when you need to be remembered. Keep checking back for details on wedding and pageant tips, hot trends, and new designers! I am also open to questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Until next time,

Cory