Carolyn Genao

Gowns Fit for A Crown: Elie Saab Fall Couture 2013


Posted on July 3, 2013 by

saab1The audience saw red on red as a ruby red gown appeared on a red catwalk opening the Elie Saab Fall Couture 2013 collection. The colors of the 48-piece assortment of gowns seemed to have been plucked from a royal crown of rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Like any beautiful jewel, each gown glimmered and sparkled – vying for the crowd’s attention.

Lengths ranged from floor-length gowns to leg-bearing teacup dresses, and although ruby red, sapphire blue and emerald green ruled the runway, Saab scattered in some soft taupe looks to help transition between the richer colors. Each dress had its own appeal, whether it was a plunging neckline, an open back, or a simple long-sleeved, one-shouldered look. However, there was one very obvious common denominator throughout – sequins, lots and lots of sequins.




As for hair and makeup, models sported slicked-back buns and smokey eyes to balance elegance with sultry. The overall dramatic look was toned down at times as Saab peppered in a touch of  whimsy with the addition of shorter dresses – each featuring pockets and different necklines.

Closing the show was a breath-taking wedding dress that required three bridesmaids/models to carry the extravagant train. Is there any other way to close an Elie Saab show?

Elie Saab Fall Couture 2013

Elie Saab Fall Couture 2013


Crop Tops: Be Cool In This Hot Summer Trend. Catch My Drift?


Posted on June 14, 2013 by

Midriff, that is. Uncovering those arms and legs might not be enough to beat the heat this summer, so why not opt for a little more exposure? Sunblock is highly recommended, of course! One of this season’s hottest trends is the crop top – a staple in anyone’s wardrobe if you’re looking for a fun, simple look that’s equal parts versatile and unique.

Crop tops are completely interchangeable with any look, and since you’re only revealing a few inches of that toned waistline you’ve been working on, you don’t have to worry about showing too much.

Pair a crop top with high-waisted shorts, combat boots and a fun hat for a funky-edgy look. For the girly look, go for a white crop top with a floral skirt, chunky necklace and metallic sandals.  These not-too-short, not-too-long tops can still have a cameo moment on a cool summer night – just layer with a light-weight cardigan or a flannel, and you’re out the door!

Crop Tops


Look One: Black Fedora $23; Marine Crop Top $15; High Waisted Shorts $45; Combat Boots $99

Look Two: White Bralette $15; Floral Skirt $31; Pearl Bracelet $47; Gold Sandals $33

Look Three: Red Flannel $32; Black Bustier $62; Black High Waisted Shorts $67; Converse $65


Zac Posen Creates a Happily Ever After with David’s Bridal


Posted on June 13, 2013 by

From being featured as a guest judge on Project Runway to dressing beautiful woman like Portia de Rossi and Coco Rocha, Zac Posen’s name is well-known in the industry. His intricate pieces are a celeb favorite and starting February 2014, blushing brides of any budget can tie the knot in a Zac Posen wedding gown.

Zac Posen is launching Truly Zac Posen for David’s Bridal featuring six styles ranging from $850 to $1,1350. Brides-to-be can say “I Do” to Truly Zac Posen without getting cold feet about an overpriced purchase.

Posen’s designer touch is guaranteed to give every bride all the glamour, romance, and detail they desire for their dream wedding. From one-of-a-kind bridal gowns designed exclusively for celebrities, to an entire collection made available to the everyday stylish bride, Posen knows what women want on this special day. Get ready to hit the stores or the web to get your hands on your future wedding gown because this collection has “sold out” written all over it!

“When a woman wears a Zac Posen gown, I want her to feel embraced and empowered, joyous and confident.” -Zac Posen

Visit David’s Bridal for more information.




Just In Time for Summer: The Maxi Dress Gets a Leg-Baring Update


Posted on May 30, 2013 by

The cooler than normal days of May are slowly coming to end, and June is quickly approaching. Don’t let the increasingly hot days of summer keep you from rocking those wedges with the season’s updated maxi dress. Maxi dresses are not only versatile as they can be dressed up or down without giving you that Junior prom look – they also have the ability to go from season to season making them a closet staple through spring, summer and fall.

Accessorize with a chunky necklace, strappy sandals and a jean jacket and you’ve got the perfect outfit to take you from day to night. This season’s styles add some variety to the typical all-around floor-grazing maxi.

Forever 21 Slit Floral Maxi Dress, $24.80

Forever 21 Slit Floral Maxi Dress, $24.80

Side slits and front slits are trending right now so ditch that high-low dress and start shopping away with the beautiful maxis below as your guide.

If you already have a few and feel like splurging on a new one, they’re available at different price points to cater to your summer wardrobe budget.

Free People Love Sam Embroidered Stripe Gauze Maxi, $268

French Connection ‘Chelsea’ Silk Maxi Dress, $198




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