wedding-trend-mixing-bridesmaids-dressesThere’s a memorable scene in the 2008 movie 27 Dresses in which the sweet, lovelorn protagonist Jane Nichols (played by Katherine Heigl) flings open the double doors of her overflowing Manhattan closet to reveal an astonishing assortment of bridesmaids gowns: kooky, eyebrow-raising remnants of, yes, 27 separate weddings. From spangled mesh crinolines to ill-fitting satin corsets, each piece is more comical (and notably poof-ier) than the last.
While our fictional film heroine had no choice in her wedding attire, in the real world it seems that an increasing number of brides are loosening the style reins and allowing their designated ‘maids to select their own dresses in a specific color palette. Of course, there are rules. To avoid a total cacophony of shades, gowns should be synced to a single fabric swatch (honestly, even navy has a surprising number of variations). And although it’s imperative that every woman in the wedding party find her own figure-flattering silhouette, it’s advisable to give guidelines on fabrications, necklines, hem lengths and heel height too.
vita-kin-new-folk-label-youll-loveThere's a new label we're just a little bit obsessed with here at Grazia Towers: Vyshyvanka by Vita Kin is the purveyor of the statement-making but dreamily comfy folk dresses of your dreams. Aztec embroidery, super-sized tassels and awesome bell-sleeved silhoettes have earned the Ukranian designer a cult following on Instagram, where she started out selling her dresses to commenters who begged to know where to buy them.
She's fast earned herself a dedicated following which includes the likes of Anna Dello Russo, Man Repeller blogger Leandra Medine and Russian Fashion Ed. Mira Duma, and now they're coming to an online fashion mecca near you. Praise the fashion gods! Matches and Net-a-Porter will be selling the lust-have blouses, jumpsuits and frocks as of August and June respectively - just in time for us to flaunt them on our summer holidays.