Monday, March 7, 2011

Pretty bridal dresses by Japan bridal boutique Micie

The Micie bridal boutique in Tokyo, Japan (Aoyama and Motoazabu) makes the prettiest gowns that range from simple and chic to glamorous. I picked some of the gowns pictured below for their intricate detailing, particularly on the bodice and back. Feast your eyes on the following wedding dress eye candy.

The puffed sleeves and belt give this classic gown a retro feel.
I love the interesting and unexpected back detailing on these gowns.
Frothy layers at the back give this gown an element of fantasy.
A playful bow gives this strapless gown a pretty focal point.
The interesting draping on the bodice gives this strapless A-line gown a unique twist.
Fancy detailing at the back gives this gown a playful element.
Pretty in pink A-line gown with an elegant shirred bodice
A gown that's a simple bustier in the front with a surprise at the back.
Beautiful lotus-inspired detailing on the bodice
Kimono-inspired obi and back detailing


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Stunning bridal gowns from Tokyo boutique Juliet Rosa

Tokyo bridal boutique Juliet Rosa has a stunning collection of bridal gowns ranging from simple and elegant to chic avant-garde. Any bride will surely want to step into these beauties!

I love the pretty floral print on this elegant and simple A-line gown!
Pretty in pink ballgown with a frothy chiffon skirt.
Darling 2-piece wedding floral print dress. The balloon skirt is a playful and unexpected touch.
Simple but attention-grabbing 2-piece strapless A-line gown with a bustled skirt.
Classic strapless A-line gown with fabric rosette. The veil edged with floral lace creates a lovely impact.
This empire-waist gown has a classic cut on the top but has a surprising twist below. 
This pink gown with a layered, uneven skirt will turn heads for sure.
I love how clean this gown looks on top and avant-garde and offbeat below.
Beautiful classic gown with an uneven layered skirt.
Sweet princess-line gown with an asymmetrical hem and a burst of chiffon below.

Chic silk and lace modern wedding gowns by 1+1

Japanese atelier 1+1 One Plus One is made up of two bridal fashion designers, chief designer Yukinori Morinaga who has been designing wedding gowns since 1988 and Masami Miyanishi, an independent fashion and costume designer. 1+1 is reknowned for sticking to only the basic silk and lace combination when designing bridal dresses so, as a result, their gowns have a pristine quality that exudes purity and sheer sophistication. The addition of precise draping and origami folding techniques make the gowns structural works of art. See some of their work below.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ginza Couture Naoco's Fun and Feminine 2011 Bridal Dress Collection

Ginza Couture Naoco's pretty wedding dresses have that certain quality that makes you go "awwww!" If you want gowns that will make you feel like a princess without losing your girlish charm, their dresses are the way to go. The dresses have a sophisticated air but they also have a childlike and innocent appeal through the addition of playful elements like rosettes, rows of big and small bows, ruffles, pleats, cascading ribbons, and more. See their selection of sweet, darling wedding dresses below.

More of their gorgeous gowns can be found at their website.

Bibi Bridal House' Kimono Couture Collection

Japanese Bridal House Bibi's original Kimono Couture collection features modern-cut gowns with elaborate twists, turns and textures. Check out some of my picks below.

Wedding gown with multi-colored floral lace texture, a chiffon sash and skirt overlay and scattered silk rosettes.  I love the unexpected details on this sophisticated gown.
Sleek silk A-line wedding dress and asymmetrical tiered skirt ruffles
Sweet empire-cut wedding dress with off-the-shoulder chiffon sleeves and lace ruffles
Blush pink Princess-line wedding dress. The bodice is adorned with a chiffon rosette and the skirt is overlayed with bustled chiffon.

A-line dress in gold kimono fabric. I love how the fabric layers on the bodice opens up like petals on a flower.

 Princess-line wedding dress covered in lace flowers and multi-colored fabric rosettes. Funky and romantic at the same time!

A modern take on the kimono wedding dress.

Another fresh take on the kimono wedding gown.
See more on Bibi Bridal's website.

Fun, flirty and girly wedding dresses from The Treat Dressing

The Treat Dressing is a Japanese wedding boutique that carries brands by popular bridal fashion designers Reem Acra, Vera Wang, and Ramona Keveza (among others) as well their own collection by in-house designers.

I took a peek at their collection and fell in love with the array of sweet, feminine and girly wedding dresses. Have a look at them below:

Flowy girly wedding dress with straps adorned with girly ribbon bows

Super-cute ruffly tiered bridal mini-dress 

Strapless dress with a puffy ballroom skirt and a playful bow at the back

Off-shoulder bridal dress with an Audrey Hepburn-esque nostalgic feel.
Strapless gowns in white and champagne with flouncy layered skirts

Pretty and pink strapless wedding gown. Skirt is composed of soft chiffon layers.

Empire cut Goddess gown in pale yellow. Has a soft, shirred bodice and charming cap sleeves
Sweet and flirty 60s-style wedding dress. The waist is cinched with a ribbon belt decorated with rosettes.
Find more darling gowns at their website.

Western-Style Kimono Fabric Wedding Dresses from Setsuko Wakatsuki

While we're on the topic of kimonos, I thought I'd show you the genius work of bridal fashion designer Setsuko Wakatsuki.who is known for remaking heirloom kimono fabric into modern, Western-style wedding gowns.

Kimono remakes are popular these days, which isn't at all surprising since the garment plays a huge role in Japan's history and it's only natural that young women don't entirely want to let go of their cultural heritage while embracing the contemporary style of dressing. When it comes to modern Kimono dresses, Setsuko Wakatsuki's designs come to mind because she beautifully infuses traditional kimono elements into her Western-style gowns - be it through the use of kimono fabric or through incorporating traditional kimono-style stitching and folding techniques into her work - resulting in a wonderful marriage of East and West.

Below are photos of her work so you can see what I mean:
Modern kimono gowns featuring a mix of contemporary and traditional elements: note the obi sash knot on the first gown and the flared kimono style sleeves on the gown on the right.
Western-style wedding dresses (and a mother of the bride dress) with kimono-inspired details.
More takes on the modern kimono wedding dress.
Soft flowy bridal gown constructed out of kimono fabric with chiffon overlay (right) and a kimono fabric serpentina-cut bridesmaid gown
Modern bridal gown made from kimono fabric with obi knot and train at the back (left). Kimono fabric gown with chiffon overlay (right)
See more of Setsuko Wakatsuki's designs on her website.
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