This summer London’s calling for more than attention to the 2012 Olympics, it’s also demanding attention to its stellar list of fashion collections: Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith, Paul Galliano, Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney, John Richmond, Philip Treacy, Julien McDonald and Vivienne Westwood.
If you don’t recognize the names of any of these British designers, you may recognize the high-end celebrities they dress. Lady Gaga, for example, is an avid admirer of Alexander McQueen and responsible for making popular his SS2010 stilettos which she wore in her “Bad Romance” music video. Rihanna has been spotted numerous times wearing Stella McCartney and teen icon Selena Gomez has made Vivienne Westwood a go-to for her red carpet events.
Although these designer’s signature pieces run in the thousands, there are elements of their collections that you can incorporate into your Quinceanera dress, especially since they are all known to have signature styles that make their designs iconic.
Elements to add to your Quinceanera dress
In the case of Vivienne Westwood (image above), the designer is known for incorporating her rock edge into mainstream fashion, and in her 2012 bridal collection Westwood adds that flare to her gowns through the use of unconventional hemlines and necklines. Her designs are softened with the use of elegant draping, lovely lace and romantic styles.
After Alexander McQueen committed suicide in 2010, Sarah Burton was named head of the British design house. Since then, Burton has upheld the name of McQueen presenting collections that are theatrical, intriguing and forward thinking. For her fourth Alexander McQueen collection, Burton presents adventurous pieces that are textured with feathers, volume and ruffles. But Burton also has the ability to create more delicate wear, as was the case in the fairy tale gown she created for the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, which was an ivory gown with lace bodice, embroidered sleeves and a 9-foot train.
Unlike Westwood’s designs (which are edgy and daring) and McQueen’s (which are theatrical), Stella McCartney’s designs are recognized for their femininity. The daughter of former Beatles member Paul McCartney made a name for herself since her first collection and largely due to her “no animal” policy, meaning the designer does not use any leather or fur in her designs, which is a practice not too common amongst high-end designers. The most recent McCartney creation to be quickly picked up celebrities is her SS2012 oval circle motifs designs that are designed to create an optical illusion following the wearer’s natural curves. This collection has been worn by Salma Hayek., Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman.
Keep the British inspiration going with accessories for your Quince party and a British-inspired music playlist.