J.Crew's been edging its way into the world of weddings for a few years. They've established themselves as the go-to bridesmaid dress catalog, but today they opened their first full-fledged bridal boutique at 769 Madison Avenue in NYC---and it's already packed.
The appointment-only lower level's home to poufed white dresses and bridal suites. Antique glass cabinets hold custom Albertus Swanepoel headpieces and vintage perfume bottles; blue-lined shoes line the wall and bridesmaid dresses hang from the back wall.
On the ground floor, Miriam Haskell, Lulu Frost and Fenton/Fallon jewelry holds court in glass cases and around the necks of mannequins wearing denim jackets or anoraks over tulle skirts and wedding dresses---quintessential J.Crew.
One could leave the store stocked for the wedding, the rehearsal, and the honeymoon thanks to collaborations with brands like Cosabella and Histoires de Parfums, or, like most of the girls shopping this afternoon, you could just leave with a prom dress. The store's exclusive collection, dubbed 769 after the address, complements the tulle and white dresses. Gold sequined minis, Mongolian lamb vests and perfectly tailored tuxedo jackets make their bridesmaid dresses cocktail appropriate.
Of course, the best part is that a good 90% of the collection's exclusive to the store, and in most cases not more than a handful have been produced. So whether you're shopping for your wedding, or just another party dress chances are you'll own the only one like it within miles.
This article taken via Fashion Files which is courtesy of Elle Blogs!
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Pregnancy.....need I say more? Making decisions and focusing on details....umm not so much. Unless of course those decisions consisted of what I was going to eat next or how long until my next nap.
After some thought, I had made the tough decision to relinquish control to someone other than myself, to plan a perfect baby shower and create what I had envisioned this day should be for the last 5 months. After many meetings with potential event planners, I was lucky enough to find Tres Fabu Events. After my first conversation with Debra I knew she was the one. Her positive energy came though the phone and I felt very comfortable as if we had been friends for years.
Throughout the planning stages for my baby shower Debra and her team listened to my ideas and offered alternative ideas that would have never crossed my mind in order to create the wow factor I was looking for. Every detail was covered. I was included in the decision making on every item, big or small. The team presented choices on everything from the flowers and menu items to the font coloring on the invitations and the candy selections for the candy bar.
Debra's list of professional referrals is an excellent resource. I had the pleasure of working with many of these individuals throughout this process and had such a wonderful experience that I will continue to use them in the future.
My baby shower was nothing short of fabulous and far exceeded my expectations. I think the photos speak for themselves. It was a perfect party to honor my little princess that would soon be entering the world. Every detail was just as we had discussed during our planning phase and the day ran seamlessly. I didn't have to think or worry about a thing the entire day. And like any wonderful event it passed by to quickly.
Debra and the Tres Fabu Team went above and beyond to make my event the "wow" I was looking for and succeeded ten fold. I was so lucky to find them and will certainly be using them for all my future events. If you dream big and have high expectations for your event, I highly recommend Debra and the Tres Fabu team to anyone in need of event planning.
I completely enjoyed myself with Kim and her mom, Susan! Time flew for this event and the creative process was fast and furious! Again, these are the reviews and results we strive for. We also had the priviledge of planning and designing the DuBach Family Thanksgiving at The Citizen Hotel last autumn as well! That's a whole other story!
I have to thank Deb Penrice with By Invitation Only for the wonderful invitations and custom paperie that set this event in motion; Shelley McArdle for her sense of style and grace she brings to all our events and my entire production team whom I am so grateful; special kudo's to Harmony Lines, Chef MJ and Chef Touey (we are still discussing & raving about our five course meal) at The Citizen Hotel for making this event over the top memorable. Divine Desserts made it perfect with these perfectly darling little Baby Cakes!
Juicy Couture Santa Barbara on Main Street for hosting our visit and giving us quite the shopping spree last spring! Thank you headquarter management back east!
Kim and I visited many venues before she chose The Citizen Hotel ~ it was the perfect setting for this abundantly beautiful baby shower! We are proud to say that the DuBach family welcomed a little baby girl late last summer. Her name is Se' Bella ~ now talk about sweet perfection!
Posted by Debra Michelle Hiebert at 8:23 PM
Friday, May 14, 2010
Tres Fabu Event Planning and Design is excited to be a part of the Inthira and Al's multi-cultural wedding day tomorrow.
We will start early with a home based Laos Traditional wedding ceremony with their appointed Monk ~ then be whisked off thereafter for their Traditional Catholic ceremony. It will be a day of bringing two families and two cultures together in wonderful harmony. They are expecting over 350 guests at their wedding reception! We kindly asked Inthira and Al share their adventures of finding the traditional heritage dress on their six-week trip to Laos last fall:
From our couple:
It was quite an adventure trying to find the right outfit to wear and all the jewels that enhance the colorful traditional wedding outfits. We went shopping almost everyday for the first two weeks looking for the right garment. But every morning before we head into the City of Laos to shop, Al and I would wake up at 6:00 a.m. to go to the local open air market to get rice porridge, coffee and rice on a stick. The market was right across the street from my grandmother's house so it was very convenient for us. Although it was interesting to know that on days when we woke up at 7:00 a.m., all the rice porridge was sold out.
Somedays my uncle would take us into the city to shop and other days we would take the local taxi which is called the "tuk tuk". From my grandmother's house to the shopping mall, it would take about 30 mins. But we did not mind the drive at all because we love passing by the rich green rice fields and the fresh breeze of the morning and the relaxing and stress free atmosphere.
My younger cousin and her mother-in-law went with us the first couple times to help bargain. Almost everything in Laos could be bargained for....if you really wanted it that particular item. Also, since my younger cousin had recently bought her outfit for her wedding, it was easier for us to get a nice price for our red traditional outfit. Although, the shirt we got originally for Al was later exchanged and upgraded to a gold trim on the collar, buttons and sleeves. Al was pretty funny because he was very particular about his overall traditional Loas wedding look as well. The second outfit for me was a little bit of a challenge because we had to not only find the pink color but also the type of design that was sewn onto the fabric. And it was not an easy pick because there were so many stores and things just started to look the same. Also we did not have too much time at the store because all the merchants closes at 5pm. Which usually leaves us at about 3-4 hrs of shopping.
But once the outfits were found and purchased, we ended up getting the outfit late Friday night, just before our departure on Saturday morning back to the USA. Glad to say though that towards the end everything just fell into place and we were able to get the garment items we wanted in Laos for our American based ceremonies.
We are really looking forward to everything coming together tomorrow!
Posted by Debra Michelle Hiebert at 9:44 AM