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If 2020 was a normal year, we’d be taking advantage of the summer season to write a whole lot about weddings and wedding dresses. But, with a global pandemic canceling almost everything about life as we knew it, we’re not. Instead, our carts are filled with bike shorts, WFH-friendly office chairs, and face masks (of both the beauty and PPE varieties). We do know, however, that people are still getting married — and that means they’re still finding ways to browse, try on, and ultimately purchase nuptial-ready frocks. Which begs the question: how exactly are they accomplishing this? We started asking around and as we talked to different women across the country, we learned a lot more than how they wedding-dress shopped during such strange times. The women whose weddings were derailed by COVID-19 still managed to have them and, although different, their ceremonies were just as special as what was planned pre-pandemic. Ultimately, we decided to tell the stories not only of their dresses but of the marriages themselves and the unique ways that their unions took shape in the face of one particularly un-celebratory year. DashDividers_1_500x100 The Show Must Go On“I was planning what I wanted to look like long before there was any engagement,” explained healthcare project coordinator Bri Hodges of her dream wedding dress, but as she browsed bridal salons in advance of her March 27th ceremony, she saw a lot of “bling and tulle” that didn’t match the timeless gown she was envisioning. She enlisted bespoke bridal atelier Anomalie to create a shimmering, all-satin number that would make her “feel classically beautiful and regal.” When the dress that Hodges had customized online arrived at her home in Syracuse, NY, and she put it on for the first time, she had “the experience I’d been waiting for with a wedding dress. My mom was sitting on the couch and immediately burst into tears. I felt like Belle from Beauty and the Beast.” Her dress-bliss, however, soon gave way to panic as the pandemic threatened to derail her ceremony. As she waited on final alterations, “Everything started shutting down — and I literally had to go pick up my dress a day early for fear I wouldn’t be able to get it at all.”> We had so many phones going for FaceTime. You could hear my sister sobbing hysterically in the background.> > Bri HodgesBri was determined to get married on the day after the 6th anniversary of making it official with her then-boyfriend: “it was the only date that was significant to us,” she explained. As the pandemic loomed larger and larger, she told us, the guest list “kept dwindling and dwindling,” until it was whittled down to an essential roster that consisted only of Bri’s parents and daughter and her fiancee’s mother and grandmother. The remainder of the 70-person guest list tuned in via video. “We had so many phones going for FaceTime,” Bri said. “You could hear my sister sobbing hysterically in the background.” The wedding party was diverted from the ballroom of the brand-new hotel that had been booked for the nuptials to a fireplace-lit lounge, where the hotel staff surprised Bri’s family with a celebratory, celestial staging of the intimate space. “I thought they were going to do what I asked, which was just to set up some chairs. But they put up twinkle lights, lanterns, and garlands, and set up a cake station and champagne toasting station. I got overwhelmed walking in and not only seeing my husband but seeing how they’d decorated it.” Post-ceremony, say Bri, “we’re hoping to grow our family, so we’re holding off” on re-scheduling the large, proper celebration that she’d originally planned. “I am definitely getting a second dress when we re-do this again in five years,” she says. “I already got the regal look, so I might be a little more adventurous and colorful next time.”DashDividers_1_500x100 The Grand (Wedding) TourAfter City Harvest volunteer director Erin Butler’s plans to hit the standard circuit of New York City wedding-dress purveyors (Kleinfeld, BHLDN, and Lovely Bride) were cut short by citywide closings of non-essential businesses in mid-March, it became clear that she’d have to try another route if she wanted to get a dress in time for her late summer wedding. At the suggestion of a coworker, Butler reached out to womenswear label Carleen about re-creating a dress from the brand’s archive that she’d seen online. “It was long and flowy and really beautiful — it’s completely my style.” With early-pandemic uncertainly at its height, Carleen designer Kelsy Parkhouse “was so happy to have something positive and uplighting to think about, and work on,” said Erin. Parkhouse sent a sample to her in-laws in Minneapolis (where she and her partner were sheltering in place) to be worn during a Zoom fitting. “We had no idea what we were doing,” said Erin, “but Kelsy was really creative and thoughtful — she sent a beautiful package of fabric swatches along with a measuring tape,” and Erin’s partner used painter’s tape to mark changes to the garment’s pattern. “It’s not really my thing to be on display,” Erin explained. “The fact that we could do [the fitting] from the comfort of my own home — I did not feel nearly as stressed about it as I did about going to Kleinfeld.” > We had no idea what we were doing, but Kelsy was really creative and thoughtful — she sent a beautiful package of fabric swatches along with a measuring tape.> > Erin ButlerNow, in lieu of what she and her partner had previously planned — “a very fancy, 300-person banger in Minneapolis”, they’re taking their show on the road — and of course, wearing the sweeping, floor-length gown at every stop. Not only will she don it on her original August wedding date during an intimate ceremony in her in-laws’ backyard but the frock will also make an appearance in Florida, where she and her partner will have “the beach wedding that [my mother] always dreamed of for me. My goal is to wear this dress to as many ceremonies as possible, and perhaps every anniversary thereafter.” Erin is happy to have gone this route and ended up with a dress that she can herself wearing over and over again; “Everything is aligning with the way I feel about textiles and waste,” she said. “I couldn’t see myself wearing a Kleinfeld dress ever again.”DashDividers_1_500x100 A Virtual Affair“We all remember the last thing we did before shelter in place,” says Elisa Benson, manager of lifestyle partnerships at Instagram, “and the last normal thing I did was go wedding-dress shopping.” The Brooklyn-based bride-to-be made the rite-of-passage pilgrimage to Kleinfeld, she told us, “and it was kind of a surreal experience — it was empty.” Two days after that mid-March visit, New York City went into lockdown mode and it quickly became clear that her planned June nuptials were off the table. So, she and her fiancee moved the wedding up a month and decided to live-stream the whole thing from their apartment. This meant finding something to wear ASAP — and circumventing the restrictions making it impossible to shop for a dress IRL. Benson devised a plan to buy, try on, and return as many dresses as she could order, all within the standard 14-day return window that most stores offer. “I basically looked at every white dress that was available on the internet,” she explained. “I kept doing a thing where I was panic-ordering more and more dresses, and obsessively checking the return policies.” She converted her office into a shopping svengali’s war room, hauling in a garment rack and an oversized mirror, and creating a Google spreadsheet to track all of her purchases. > My grandmother is 90 years old and never would have been able to join in person, but she was able to tune in and see all the dresses.> > Elisa BensonOnce her “virtual bridal salon” was fully staged, she streamed a virtual try-on via Zoom for her family. “When I was changing, I would turn off the video on my camera, and then would be like, surprise!” While it wasn’t the in-person experience that many of us have watched unfold on Say Yes To The Dress, Elisa took advantage of the dial-in to expand the audience. “My grandmother is 90 years old and never would have been able to join in person, but she was able to tune in and see all the dresses,” Elisa explained. “My three-year-old niece watched from her laptop at home surrounded by all of her dino and stuffies.” Elisa was thrilled with the results of her digital shopping trip and ended up with a balloon-sleeved sheath from Moda Operandi. “I could see the virtual bridal salon being a trend that outlasts the pandemic. You get to include more people, you get to try stuff on at home, you get to drink good champagne instead of free warm champagne.”DashDividers_1_500x100 Flowers Of HopeIn early March, communications professional Laila Neufville was riding high after an inspiring design meeting with her florist Holly Chapple — one of the last things on the to-do list for her May 23rd wedding. At Hope Flower Farm, Chapple’s property in Waterford, Virginia, they pored over inspiration images and discussed the bridal party’s color scheme. “It was such good energy all around,” said the bride, “I was like, ‘I trust you to do whatever you want. I don’t want to limit or stifle your creativity.’” However, within two weeks of that meeting, said Laila, “things started spiraling.” A trip to Spain to celebrate her 30th birthday and bachelorette, a bridal shower, and then the wedding was put on hold. After Laila joined a Zoom call that Holly organized for all of the brides whose nuptials she’d been scheduled to design that summer (“It was nice to talk to other people who were going through the same process — like, you can grieve [your wedding], but not really grieve it”), the florist invited Laila to host a scaled-down ceremony at Hope Farm. “She was like, ‘You can come say your vows, stay as long as you want; you can watch the sunset, take your pictures, whatever,‘” said Laila.> A lot of what Holly and I had talked about had resonated with me: ‘This was your day, you were looking forward to it. Don’t let something beyond your control take it away.’ You should honor the day.> > laila neufvilleLaila had her eye on a re-scheduled date for her 150-person wedding, but as May 23rd approached, she said, “the [COVID-related] numbers kept getting worse, and I needed some kind of happy or bright spot,” so she emailed Holly about using the farm for an impromptu micro-ceremony. (“She was like, ‘I knew you were going to come back. But I didn’t want to pressure you.’”) The property — a former dairy farm — boasts two barns, a manor house, and 25 rolling acres planted with the flowers that Holly uses in her floral designs. “It’s amazing and so peaceful and you feel like there’s nothing else around you,” Laila said of the bucolic setting. The show-stopping designer dress she’d selected for the wedding was sequestered in the temporarily-shuttered bridal boutique where Laila has purchased it, so a “mad scramble” to find a new outfit commenced — “I was trolling internet sites all hours of the day.” She discovered a strapless Jay Godfrey jumpsuit on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue. “It was different, but I was like, this day isn’t what it’s supposed to be, so I’m gonna wear it. I was so comfortable, and I loved how it looked on me.” She wore a suite of vintage jewelry both borrowed and blue; heirlooms from her paternal grandmother, who’d passed away before she was born. Laila’s father, Fred Yette, used a Chinon CM-4 35mm camera that belonged to her grandfather, a photojournalist, to shoot film portraits of the couple at the intimate ceremony. “A lot of what Holly and I had talked about had resonated with me: ‘This was your day, you were looking forward to it. Don’t let something beyond your control take it away,’” Laila shared. “You should honor the day.”DashDividers_1_500x100 Marriage, Dinner, & A MovieIn late February, freelance designer Theresa Elmets encountered a major hiccup as she prepared for her August 2nd destination wedding in Heidelberg, Germany: a package containing the vintage wedding dress she’d ordered from Etsy had been stolen from the courtyard of her Los Angeles apartment building. This hiccup, however, was soon dwarfed by a much larger one and, by May, Elmets had postponed her wedding indefinitely and made plans to move with her fiancee to North Carolina. Two weeks before their departure, the couple decided that a courthouse elopement would be the perfect sendoff. > I bought it at the Silverlake flea market for $15 dollars and cleaned it three times but never wore it, because I had a feeling I would wear it to my wedding. I’m kind of superstitious in that way.> > Theresa ELMETSWith the tiered, floor-length lace number that she’d originally chosen no longer an option — “It’s such a specific thing,” she said of the pilfered gown, “I feel like not that many people would enjoy it” — Theresa wore a dress that had actually been hanging in her closet for a year. “I bought it at the Silverlake flea market for $15 dollars,” she explained, “and I cleaned it three times but never wore it, because I had a feeling I would wear it to my wedding. I’m kind of superstitious in that way.” (The white Prada heels she wore — a clothing swap score — had actually been waiting in the wings even longer.) With a cotton eyelet fabrication and a go-go-worthy hemline, the mini-dress was too informal for the destination family affair they’d originally planned, but it was perfect for an impromptu visit to the marriage bureau.“The Los Angeles County courts were all closed, but Orange County is super Republican — it was the one time that worked in our favor,” said Theresa. Outside the Santa Ana Court House, she and her partner snuck away from the crowds waiting outside and privately recited vows they’d written to each other. “I started crying,” she said. “It was really cute. And embarrassing.” Inside, an officiant sat on the other side of a plexiglass barrier (“like a bank teller,” Theresa explained) and took them through their vows. After picking up takeout and having a congratulatory Zoom call with their parents, they watched The Royal Tenenbaums. “I’m still excited to maybe have a wedding next summer, but I don’t want to force it,” says Theresa. “We already had a really nice wedding, just the two of us. And that is also ok.”At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?14 Places To Buy A Wedding Dress OnlineSay Yes To Matches Fashion’s Wedding Edit31 Showstopping Wedding Dresses For Under $1,000
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Oversize dresses, frocks, mumus, or good ol' "house gowns," as my late grandmother would call them, have unquestionably taken over the fashion industry. And for good reason. What started out as a micro trend that we mainly saw coming down the runways or only being shot on the coolest-of-the-cool street style stars has quickly morphed into a trend that not just the fashion girls are loving these days. With the many iterations, from tent-like shapes, voluminous skirts, babydoll silhouettes and overly-puffy sleeves, evidence would suggest that this trend is without-a-doubt here for the long haul. Not only are they easy to style, but they're ridiculously comfortable and flattering for all shapes and sizes. But the question still remains: How does one style them IRL? The answers right here.
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Every so often, a dress comes along that people won’t stop wearing. Typically, it’s from Zara, and it’s spotted everywhere for a few weeks before disappearing as quickly as it appeared (see: Zara’s viral polka dot dress). In the case of this year’s viral dress, it isn’t a fast-fashion brand that’s responsible for its creation, nor is it leaving the scene anytime soon. Instead, the 927 dress, an ethereal long-sleeved sheer dress courtesy of Los-Angeles-based indie brand KkCo is only just getting started. On Monday, KkCo’s founder and creative director Kara Jubin (see her advice on how to tie-dye at home here) released an all-new colorway for the popular 927 style. And unlike the neon shades of blue, pink, and orange that came before it, this new offering isn’t based on the latest color trend. Instead, the dress features sheer paneling in four skin tone shades, and is meant to “celebrate unity and showcase the beauty of diversity.”> View this post on Instagram> > Introducing the Nine Twenty-Seven Dress in Four — now available for pre-order We made our favorite dress in four shades of skin tones to celebrate unity and showcase the beauty of diversity. Made in LA with Japanese organza. 100% of the profits will be donated to @summaeverythang Summaeverythang is a community center created by artist and fantasy architect, Lauren Halsey. The community center is based in South Central Los Angeles and is dedicated to the empowerment and transcendence of black and brown folks socio-politically and economically, intellectually and artistically. Recently they have been focusing on donating and delivering organic produce from Southern California farms to communities in South central LA.> > A post shared by KkCo (@kkco) on Aug 3, 2020 at 7:52am PDTFor every purchase of the new colorway, called Four, 100% of the proceeds will go to Summaeverythang Community Center, a nonprofit founded by artist and architect Lauren Halsey, that donates and delivers locally-sourced organic produce to communities in South Central L.A. and acts as a resource. “I began [Summaeverythang] as a space to support and sustain all sorts of intelligence in the hood — from academic to intellectual,” Halsey wrote on the organization’s website. “The center is a site to develop Black and Brown empowerment: personal, political, economic, and sociocultural.”“It’s not the sales that are important, but what the sales represent,” Jubin said in a statement. “This dress is a tool to amplify the conversation around unity but also contribute back to a cause that is important to us.” In the lookbook, the 927 dress is styled in two ways: sans underwear with a pair of cowboy boots, and layered over top of a lime green one-shoulder tank top. The second look is paired with white socks and black chunky mules.KkCo’s latest version of the 927 dress is made locally in L.A. using Japanese organza and costs $595. Pre-order yours today on kkcostudio.com. You can also donate directly to Summaeverythang Community Center at www.summaeverythang.org. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?17 Nude Lingerie Sets That Are Actually Cute31 Outfits For Your Next Trip OutsideThis Is What A Truly Sustainable Bikini Looks Like
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It was the year 1994 when of-the-moment English heartthrob Hugh Grant would be upstaged at his own film premiere for Four Weddings and a Funeral - not by his sultry date, Elizabeth Hurley, but by the black Versace safety pin dress that would make her an overnight star. While many of us might be familiar with one of Versace's most iconic creations, you'd be delighted to discover the lesser-known details that made that dress one of the most iconic pop culture moments of the '90s. Elizabeth "Liz" Hurley was an unknown actor when she arrived on the film's red carpet with up-and-coming actor and then-boyfriend Hugh Grant. Instead of being just another pretty face at a premiere, her black Versace dress held together by gold safety pins became the talking point of the entire event. Donatella Versace has said in multiple interviews that a dress is a weapon for a woman to get what she wants, and Hurley knew exactly how to use her style to command enough attention to establish her decades-long career. But capturing the media's attention didn't come easy to the Bedazzled actor, because on that very eve of the Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere, she actually struggled to get any designer to loan her a dress. Hugh Grant confessed that numerous fashion houses turned down his request for Hurley to borrow a dress for the premiere because they didn't know who she was. "There was a big premiere and someone told us: Oh you can borrow things from top designers," Grant confessed in the BBC documentary Hugh Grant: A Life on Screen. "Poor Elizabeth rang some top designers and they all said, 'No, who are you?' or 'No, we're not lending you anything.' Then Versace said, 'Yes, we'll lend you a dress," and they just sent one round which is that one with the safety pins. So she shoved it on and I raised my eyebrows a fraction and we set off." "You'd expect something more interesting behind one of the most famous red-carpet dresses in history but as for many things, chance played a big role in making it all happen." - Donatella Versace The dress was eyebrow-raising to say the least. The risqué evening gown originally modeled by Helena Christensen in Versace's Spring/Summer 1994 runway show was created with black silk and lycra. It featured a plunging neckline, slimline straps, and cut-away parts on the sides that were each held together with one gold Medusa's head safety pin at the bust, as well as six strategically placed safety pins along the bodice. Gianni Versace has been quoted in a 1997 text by Richard Harrison Martin for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, that the dress was inspired by the punk subculture (hence the safety pins), and the Indian sari (as seen in the wrap-around design of the silhouette). Naomi Campbell, Gianni Versace, and Christy Turlington at Versace Spring/Summer 1994. Getty Images Donatella Versace opened up about the fortuitous encounter that resulted in one of her label's most historic moments. "You'd expect something more interesting behind one of the most famous red-carpet dresses in history but as for many things, chance played a big role in making it all happen," she revealed in the InStyle 25th anniversary issue . "No one could really fathom such an astonishing reaction, or that Liz would steal the spotlight from everyone else." For the last minute request for a red carpet gown, the safety-pin dress just happened to be the only thing available in the press room. "People across the globe started talking about the dress. That's when we started to realize the power of the red carpet and celebrities in creating topics of conversation." Speaking on behalf of her late brother Gianni, Donatella also shared with Harper's Bazaar that "Gianni made that dress for a woman who is sure of herself and who isn't afraid to break the rules. Liz embodied all of this in an extraordinary way." The iconic nature of that dress is lasting, but it's only recently that Hurley gave the full account of that night, while modeling the Italian brand's pre-Autumn 2019 recreation of the original 1994 design for Harper's Bazaar. "I urgently needed to find a dress to wear for Hugh's premiere, and in those days I had no idea about fashion," Hurley says in the magazine's April 2019 issue. "I remember going to an office where they literally fished a dress out of a white plastic bag. I took it home and did my own hair and makeup, fighting Hugh for the mirror, which wasn't even full-length, in our tiny one-bedroom flat. It was all very unglamorous compared to how things get done these days." The original Versace safety pin dress from Spring/Summer 1994 might be tucked away in an archive, but its Autumn 2019 recreation is still available for £6,060 on the brand's website. And while we muse over the phenomenally chance encounter of a left-behind dress that skyrocketed three careers in one night, keep reading for a closer look at the dress that made '90s fashion history.
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Reese Witherspoon has attended many an award show over the years, donning countless glam ensembles, yet one outfit in particular stands out in her mind: her 2006 Oscars dress. The beaded vintage Christian Dior gown is an iconic red carpet look, so it's no surprise that the Little Fires Everywhere actress still thinks about it often. The champagne-colored dress with gorgeous embellishments was certainly fitting for the Oscar winner, who took home an Academy Award that year for best actress in Walk the Line. In response to a Twitter thread that started with Twitter user @sydurbanek asking her followers, "What's an outfit you think about a lot?," Reese shared an adorable throwback photo of her wearing the striking dress. "I have fallen in love with so many costumes over the years and I keep one from every movie," she wrote. "But one special dress stands out! My Oscar dress in 2006: it was a 1957 Christian Dior bought at a vintage store in Paris. So dreamy! Sparkles✨" The beaded dress was dazzling on its own, but Reese took it to the next level with equally sparkly chandelier earrings and a chic updo. Ahead, read the actress and producer's tweet and get a closer look at one of her best red carpet looks to date.
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