Fashion: Local business donates wedding dresses to St Teresa’s

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Fashion: Local business donates wedding dresses to St Teresa’s

Darlington College staff and students help St T’s with marketing photography for its cache of donated wedding dresses

Fashion: Local business donates wedding dresses to St Teresa’s

 

Fashion: Local business donates wedding dresses to St Teresa’s

 

Fashion: Local business donates wedding dresses to St Teresa’s

 

 

As the country is gripped by royal wedding fever, Ian Lamming discovers it has spread to one of the region’s most popular charity stores thanks to the generosity of a local business

AS a charity shop, St T’s is well versed in unusual donations. But staff could have been forgiven for thinking they were being led down the aisle when the offer of 72 wedding dresses came in.

Periodically, Bexbrides of Hurworth, near Darlington, has surplus stock and rather than stick it on eBay or into the trade, owner Rebecca (Bex) Lombard-Earl donates it to a worthy cause. St T’s is the chain of charity shops and a superstore operated by St Teresa’s Hospice, which provides services to patients and their families in Darlington, South Durham and North Yorkshire.

Fashion: Local business donates wedding dresses to St Teresa’s

Darlington College staff and students help St T’s with marketing photography for its cache of donated wedding dresses

Wow! These Curve Dresses Are Perfect For Summer — and All Available on Amazon

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Plus-Size Dresses on Amazon 2018

 

The weather is officially warm, and there’s nothing better than rocking a fun, flirty dress. From trendy picks to classic silhouettes, dresses feel polished and effortless at the same time. And if you need to get a new one quickly, like, this weekend quickly, there’s no better place to shop than Amazon! Just keep reading to shop our picks.

Mommy and Me: Shop Matching Looks for You and Baby

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Are you a nautical mom like Jackie at Hyannis Port? Casual cool like Jane Birkin? Jetset-ready like Bianca Jagger? Any way you swing it, keep your chic this summer—with the baby look to match, of course. Consider it Mommy and me done right.

1   Garden Tea Party
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Pink florals look as fetching on you as they do your little boo…

Lindsey Berns rose garden dress, $92, lindsey berns.com.

2.  Go to Sleeps Chic
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We’re fans of matching from sunset to sunrise, too, in these utterly charming sleep gowns. And who says you can’t wear them from sunrise to senset as well?

 

3.  Pretty in Pink

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A ruffle here, a voluminous sleeve there—make some statements in the color of summer.

Monica and Andy seersucker garden party dress, $58, monica and andy.com.

 

4. In the Navy

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You can’t go wrong this summer in this New England-ready shade of blue. Is it ok that we wish the romper fit moms too?

 

5. Nautical Now

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Even if the boat isn’t on its way, it’s ok to always look ready to hop on board.

6.  Moto Mama

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Brave those chillier summer nights in jackets that are seriously cool…

Anine Bing kids motley moto jacket, $399, anine bing.com.

 
7. Swim Team

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Prove you’re not a regular mom, you’re a cool mom in bikinis times two.

Marysia ‘Bumby’ top, $57, bottom, $57, marysia.com.

8.    Red Alert

These twinning dresses are for really standing out in a crowd—and for twirling. They’re definitely for twirling.

9.   All White, All White, All White
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Get in a South of France mood in airy white for you and bébe…

 

 

 

10.    Hello, Yellow

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Because every babe needs a fetching summer suit—and you need an excuse for that stellar statement top.

 

11.    On the Go

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Headed to the shore? Don’t forget to pack hats, a cool look for the babe and a cool carrier for you…

12.  In Bloom

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Because one floral look for summer is hardly enough…

 

13    Don’t Avoid a Sandal

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Because you can match from head to toe, if you’re so inclined…

14.  Sporty Spices

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Get your workouts in in killer gear—even if that workout is just dancing around the living room together.

21 Most Stunning & Sexy Cannes Red Carpet Gowns Of All-Time: Bella Hadid & More

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Bella Hadid

The Cannes Film Festival is basically France’s Met Gala. Over the years, so many stars have wowed in sexy and intricate gowns. Let’s take a look back at some of the dresses we can’t seem to forget.

Bella Hadid, 21, lit up the fashion world in 2017 when she stepped out in a naked dress at the Cannes amfAR gala. Bella was the epitome of sexy in the see-through, embellished look that was embroidered with crystals, glass beads, and a silver chain. Underneath the naked dress, Bella wore a bustier-style top and high-waisted briefs. She looked like a sexy angel! Bella has rocked a number of memorable gowns at Cannes. That same year, she also sizzled in a red silk gown that featured a plunging neckline and a slit that reached her waist.

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Bella Hadid dared to bare in this red gown with a waist-high slit at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. (REX/Shutterstock)

11 Dresses That Are Chic, Comfortable, and Belong in Your Closet This Summer

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Forget stepping out in the same old dress this Summer; you deserve a fresh new piece that you’ll be exited to rock. There are so many retailers and brands to shop these days, so we did the hard work for you. We looked to Anthropologie because this dreamy retailer carries a wide variety of fun prints and silhouettes to choose from. Ahead, you’ll find a handful of our favorites that work for every occasion, from the office to outdoor weddings. Prepare to fall in love with them all.

Anthropologie Penny Midi Dress

This strapless Penny Midi Dress ($138) comes in three other shades.

 

Anthropologie Striped Off-the-Shoulder Dress

We’re obsessing over the rainbow-inspired print on this Striped Off-the-Shoulder Dress ($158).

 

Anthropologie Michael Stars Gingham Shift Dress

Gingham print lovers, you need this adorable Michael Stars Shift Dress ($148).

Anthropologie Cloth & Stone Dorsey Dress

On the hunt for an easy Summer pick? Simply throw on a denim jacket and sandals with this Cloth & Stone Dorsey Dress ($88).

 

Anthropologie Maggie Embroidered Dress

The plunging silhouette on this Maggie Embroidered Dress ($118) sold us.

 

Anthropologie Sydney Wrap Dress

Be sure to pack this V-neck Anthropologie Sydney Wrap Dress ($198) on your next vacation.

 

Anthropologie Flutter-Sleeve Striped Dress

Stay cool in this chic and comfortable Flutter-Sleeve Striped Dress ($138).

 

Anthropologie Medea Ruched Column Dress

You can wear this versatile Medea Ruched Column Dress ($148) to work and beyond.

Anthropologie Hudson Dress

Flatter your curves in this sweet Anthropologie Hudson Dress ($158).

 

Anthropologie Teatime Off-the-Shoulder Column Dress

Attending an outdoor wedding? Show off in this pretty yellow Teatime Off-the-Shoulder Column Dress ($148).

Anthropologie Cleary Dress

You can wear this Anthropologie Cleary Dress ($118) with everything from slides to sneakers.

Spur of the moment: why cowboy boots are back in fashion

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There’s nothing simple about the return of cowboy boots, a trend resonating just as questions around American identity become more complex than ever

Main images (from left): Maison Margiela, Acne Studios, two from Calvin Klein, and Chloé. Inset (clockwise from left): Zadig & Voltaire, Golden Goose, Calvin Klein and Maison Margiela.
 Main images (from left): Maison Margiela, Acne Studios, two from Calvin Klein, and Chloé. Inset (clockwise from left): Zadig & Voltaire, Golden Goose, Calvin Klein and Maison Margiela. Composite: Getty, Pixelformula/Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock

It’s not just their cuban heels that are heavy: cowboy boots are freighted with associations. They are James Dean in Giant, reclining under a hazy Texan sky, Robert Redford haloed by a cloud of dust in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Patricia Arquette in the highway phone booth in True Romance. They are a presage to violence in No Country for Old Men. In western showdowns, the camera zooms in on them. They epitomise the wild wild west, a dangerous place of sharpshooters and outlaws.

They can be kitsch – Dolly Parton’s are pastel-hued and decorated with flowers – or political, worn by Ronald Reagan on the campaign trail and are collected by Arnold Schwarzenegger as a symbol of his allegiance to the US. They represent American pride, the horrors of US history, and the worst of the US present: in October, a pair of cowboy boots decorated with stars and stripes, which had been abandoned by survivor Stephen Vicelja, became a symbol of the Las Vegas massacre.

Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater in True Romance.
 Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater in True Romance. Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros

They are a potent – and complicated – emblem of America, resonating just as the meaning of “the United States” is more complex than ever. There is a chance that you will be wearing a pair in 2018 – yes, even you, style lone ranger. Because I have seen the future of fashion – on the spring/summer catwalks, on the feet of early adopters – and it has spurs on its heels.

The return of cowboy boots started, strangely, at Hood by Air last September, when the streetwear brand sent some surreal iterations down its catwalk. These appeared to face the back and the front simultaneously and they didn’t take off, even in the age of doublethink. They did spawn a thousand memes, however, and a seed was planted. Two of the fashion industry’s most influential designers – Raf Simons at Calvin Klein and Phoebe Philo at Céline – saddled up to the trend.

James Dean in Giant.
 James Dean in Giant. Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros

Raf Simons’ cowboy boots are part of an exploration of the dark side of Americana. As Alistair O’Neill, professor of fashion history and theory at Central Saint Martins, points out, Simons’ work references Richard Prince’s art, which reworks the Marlboro Man advertisements, and is no wholesome stars-and-stripes celebration. “It is a representation of the American man that was about individuality and a sense of adventure, a dream which is hollow, essentially,” he says. Simons’ spring/summer 2018 collection was genuinely scary – inspired by horror films – and the boots’ points peeked out from beneath satin trousers or were covered in blood-like splatters.

At Maison Margiela, they were deconstructed, as though the boot’s shaft had been torn off, and accessorised with delicate diamante spurs. Givenchy’s new designer, Clare Waight Keller, put them on models and wore a black shiny pair herself. Even when designers didn’t show cowboy boots exactly, they showed cowboy-ish boots: stompers with decorative wing tips and gleaming toe caps at Marques Almeida; cutout versions comprising different coloured sections of leather at Acne Studios; sparkly and metallic interpretations at Coach; sturdy versions with buckles and straps at Chloé. All had a cuban heel, upturned sole and an elongated yee-haw toe.

Givenchy’s new designer Clare Waight Keller on the catwalk at Paris fashion week in October 2017.
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 Givenchy’s new designer Clare Waight Keller on the catwalk at Paris fashion week in October 2017. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The cowboy boot is the ultimate marriage of functionality and dandification, says Tony Glenville, creative director of the school of media and communication at the London College of Fashion. “They became longer up the leg to protect rider’s ankles; they had that funny angled heel for riding a horse or striding on uneven terrain,” he says. “But they became pretty quite early on. Even in the 1900s, you see them becoming decorative, more of a trophy item, with embroidery and the use of complicated skins.

City slickers have worn them for decades, with their popularity often surging at times when they have featured on the silver screen, according to O’Neill. They were part of “the post-hippy aesthetic” of London in the 70s, when influential Hollywood films referencing 50s Americana – American Graffiti and Badlands – were released.

Calvin Klein, autumn/winter 2017, at New York fashion week.
 Calvin Klein, autumn/winter 2017, at New York fashion week. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

In womenswear, the look has often been more upbeat, even camp. A key reference, says O’Neill, is Thierry Mugler’s western-themed spring/summer 1992 collection, in which Ivana Trump appeared on the catwalk – proving that you are never more than two fashion references away from the Donald – resplendent in cow print. At around the same time, Patricia Arquette’s Alabama Whitman wore bright blue cowboy boots with a turquoise bra in True Romance. In the late 90s, Miuccia Prada did cowboy boots at Miu Miu. By 2000, the look was still going strong – Madonna was in her Stetson period and the ladettes were on board. Cowboy boots suggested “being a free wheeler, an idea that you are someone who is thinking about the prairie when actually pounding the pavement – positioning yourself elsewhere,” says O’Neill. “A look that came before festival chic.”

Kylie Minogue on the January 2002 cover of The Face.
 Kylie Minogue on the January 2002 cover of The Face.

Anyone who came of age in the 90s or the 00s may remember cowboy boots as a counterpoint to female nudity – a sort of sexy wild west aesthetic seen on Britney Spears, who wore hers with a bikini, or Victoria Beckham, who wore them with hair extensions and hotpants, or Kylie Minogue, in pink patterned knickers with a tan pair on a cover of the Face.

This time the approach is a lot more covered-up – think of street-style star Veronika Heilbrunner, who pairs black cowboy-style ankle boots with flowing skirts, or the vintage photograph of Julia Roberts in black cowboy boots, ripped blue jeans and a polo neck.

In the post-Stan Smiths era, their practical appeal is pretty simple: you can walk in them without wobbling, and they ground a frilly dress like a full stop. Conceptually, however, things are a lot more complicated. But isn’t everything these days?

 

Happy Birthday, Jessica Alba! See Her 10 Hottest Fashion Moments

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Jessica Alba

Happy Birthday, Jessica Alba! A style star both on and off the red carpet, we can always count on the actress-turned-entrepreneur to bring her fashion A-game — and her A-game in general! After bursting onto the scene in 2000 with her Golden Globe-nominated performance in Dark Angel, she never looked back. She had kick-butt roles in blockbuster hits like Sin CityFantastic Four and Into the Blue, before becoming HBIC as co-founder of the Honest Company. Along the way, Jess has shown off her action star physique in vibrant gowns and dresses on the red carpet, while her boho-chic street style vibe is always 100.

But that’s not to say the mom of three’s style hasn’t evolved over the years — which tends to happen when you’ve been in the spotlight for almost 20 years! After spending much of early 2000s in sexy, skin-baring numbers, she began to embrace flirtier feminine styles. When paired with her perfectly ombred mane and signature glow, Jess’ look is now both romantic and ethereal.

To celebrate her 37th birthday, we are taking a look back at some of her hottest fashion moments. Keep scrolling to see our favorites!

Winter is coming, dress for the occasion

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AS COOLER temperatures begin to settle in, jewel-coloured tones will become the top fashion choice for the season, with traditional shades of winter greys and blacks expected to take a back seat.

Brisbane celebrity stylist Sarah Elizabeth Turner said the eye-catching trend was particularly suited to Queensland fashionistas, who leant towards brighter colours more than their southern counterparts.

Lee Mathews Silk Shirt ($349), Lee Mathews Silk Satin Skirt ($330), Aspinal of London Trunk Clutch Mini Bag ($899), Tony Bianco Forest Velvet Heels ($179.95), Brisbane Designer Katheleen Kedwell No.9 Gold earrings ($180.00, available online). Model: Frankie Collard. Stylist: Sarah Elizabeth Turner. Photographer: Steve Pohlner/AAP. All clothing provided by David Jones James St
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Lee Mathews Silk Shirt ($349), Lee Mathews Silk Satin Skirt ($330), Aspinal of London Trunk Clutch Mini Bag ($899), Tony Bianco Forest Velvet Heels ($179.95), Brisbane Designer Katheleen Kedwell No.9 Gold earrings ($180.00, available online). Model: Frankie Collard. Stylist: Sarah Elizabeth Turner. Photographer: Steve Pohlner/AAP. All clothing provided by David Jones James St

“While it’s tempting to stick to demure shades in winter, expect to see bright colours – and lots of them,” she said.

“Ruby reds, emerald greens and amethyst purple, along with bold electric blues and bright red tones, are paving the way for a more vibrant season.”

Turner said despite making a bold statement, the look was versatile and could easily be incorporated into everyday workwear.

“For a suitable daytime look, work bold colours back with a neutral base,” she said.

“A long-sleeve blouse with collar and cuff detail teamed back with a work pant or skirt can be a simple way to embrace the trend at work.”

Jac&amp;Jack Coal Pure Cashmere Sweater ($399), Camilla and Marc Hamilton Slip Dress ($550), Marc Jacobs Blue Sea Backpack ($489), Steve Madden Ramone Grey Boots ($159.95), Brisbane Designer Katheleen Kedwell No.5 Gold ($180). Model: Frankie Collard. Stylist: Sarah Elizabeth Turner. Photographer: Steve Pohlner/AAP. All clothing provided by David Jones James St

Jac&Jack Coal Pure Cashmere Sweater ($399), Camilla and Marc Hamilton Slip Dress ($550), Marc Jacobs Blue Sea Backpack ($489), Steve Madden Ramone Grey Boots ($159.95), Brisbane Designer Katheleen Kedwell No.5 Gold ($180). Model: Frankie Collard. Stylist: Sarah Elizabeth Turner. Photographer: Steve Pohlner/AAP. All clothing provided by David Jones James StSource:News Limited

According to Turner, an equally popular trend to adopt from the runways is velvet.

“Whether constructed in a skirt or top, shoes or bag, velvet will be an easy instant winter updater,” she said.

“And when it comes to this seasons hottest accessories, embrace the statement mini bag, which can upstyle and refine your look no matter your age, shape or size.”

For those after a staple look for winter, long-sleeve blouses and dresses teamed with statement boots would be an essential combination for the season, she said.

Bassike Oversized Drill Trench ($650), Bec &amp; Bridge Girl Time Silk Cami ($160), KITTX Black Timeless Trouser ($495), Tony Bianco Blonde Stretch Satin Boot ($219.95), Valentino Garavani Red Butterfly Sunglasses ($390). Model: Frankie Collard. Stylist: Sarah Elizabeth Turner. Photographer: Steve Pohlner/AAP. All clothing provided by David Jones James St

Bassike Oversized Drill Trench ($650), Bec & Bridge Girl Time Silk Cami ($160), KITTX Black Timeless Trouser ($495), Tony Bianco Blonde Stretch Satin Boot ($219.95), Valentino Garavani Red Butterfly Sunglasses ($390). Model: Frankie Collard. Stylist: Sarah Elizabeth Turner. Photographer: Steve Pohlner/AAP. All clothing provided by David Jones James StSource:News Limited

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