Are Vera Wang’s Pink Bridal Dresses Just For Show?

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Gwen Stefani, Jessica Biel, and Anne Hathaway opted for pink wedding gowns for their weddings, and this season pink is all the rage, especially after Vera Wang presented her 2014 collection at Bridal Fashion Week in various hues of pink with large flower or bow embellishments.

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What makes the color choice even more attractive is how it flatters every skin tone. Wang described the collection as ‘Pink as sensual, pink as seductive, pink as dreamy, pink as sophisticated, pink as strong, pink as cool’ on Twitter.

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It seems that not everyone is taking wedding dresses bursting with color seriously. See more pictures and check out this video on Huffington Post to see why Marcy Blum from Marcy Blum Associates thinks these dresses are “unrealistic“, and for even more details about Vera Wang’s 2014 Bridal Collection, visit the Daily Mail.

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p.s. I have been trying for two days to post this article on my iPod Touch and finally had to give up and finish it on my computer. I have the distinction of watching this beautiful child, 3-month old Sophia Lynnette Refuerzo during the day, and it is easier to do things on my iPod, except it isn’t. It has turned into a big pain in the ass and prevents me from posting regularly, even though that is exactly what it is suppose to do.

sigh…

Unitl next time.

The Real Show Stoppers at the MET Gala Ball: The Nail Art Manicures

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I don’t know about you, but while all eyes were on the celebrities and their punk incarnations, I found the nail art manicures more interesting overall. I already mentioned some head-to-toe creations that I admired from the participants that took the task of dressing for the Costume Institutes exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture at the MET Ball seriously. Being the nail art fan that I am, I wasn’t disappointed in what I saw.

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“This year, it was the nails that were out-of-control amazing.”

Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour.com beauty writer –

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What do you think? Before making a decision, there are more photos available at: Met Gala Nails! 10 Must-See Celebrity Manicures From Tonight’s Big Event: Girls in the Beauty Department: glamour.com. Let me know what you think.

Nail art photos courtesy of: Glamour.com and Beautyhigh.com. Red Carpet looks are courtesy of InStyle.com.

2013 MET Gala Ball Exhibition and Fashion Notables

Everyone is salivating over what the celebrities wore to the 2013 MET Gala Ball, when the real fashion moments were courtesy of the Costume Institute‘s Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition. Those who were lucky enough to participate in the event, barely put forth the effort to follow the theme. The majority simply wore what they wanted or let their hair and makeup do the talking.

The Costume Institute’s exhibition, led by Andrew Bolton, mixed distress with luxury to tell the history of punk and how it inspired and continues to influence today’s fashion. At this very moment, punk is surging as a trend; so did the MET’s theme influence what’s next, or is this just a coincidence? There was a total of seven galleries, some were interactive, but all of them offered visual homages to a style that will never die. Take a look at a sample gallery of what the exhibition offered and for more pictures visit – Costume Institute: Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition.

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I was so excited about the punk theme for the 2013 MET Gala Ball’s Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition, because every fashion icon still breathing was there and  punk, THE ‘no rules’ style was being honored. I was anxious to see how creative the participants would be. I have to say, I was disappointed in the lack of effort. With the exception of Madonna, Sienna Miller, Nicole Richie, and a few others, the majority neglected to take the theme seriously, or dressed to impress no one but themselves. Perhaps their anarchist attitude was punk enough?

The one person I wanted to see in reimagined punk was Anna Wintour. Apparently, this floral Chanel couture gown from the Spring 2013 collection, is as punk as she gets. This was her show, and she didn’t even bother to play along. As lovely as that Chanel gown is, it isn’t remotely MET worthy. Boo, Anna! Boo!

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Anna Wintour punk’d everyone by showing up dressed for a garden party. Photo courtesy of Refinery29.com

Let’s give a shout out and a round of applause to those who made an effort and paid attention to the memo.

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Best Dressed ~ Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles. She knocked it out of the park in re-imagined punk & topped it off with Philip Treacy’s mohawk headdress. Photo Courtesy of InStyle.com

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Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge looked like they knew what they were doing. She kept her dress simple and let her studded Burberry jacket and nails handle it. The studded headband was another great choice. Photo Courtesy of Instyle.com

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Ginnifer Goodwin’s look is a complete departure from her Snow White persona wouldn’t you say? She punked it up head-to-toe with dark eye makeup, punked out nails, and a Tory Burch gown. Photo courtesy of InStyle.com..

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Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci ~ Go ahead diva, show them how it’s done. She took the theme seriously, down to the shredded fish net dress. Who else was this daring? I love that she wore Casedei pink blade heels that complimented her ageless body. Photo Courtesy of InStyle.com.

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Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs ~ This is her category so I knew she wouldn’t disappoint. Simply and elegantly punk. Sometimes you can make your point without all the bells and whistles. Photo Courtesy of InStyle.com.

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Nicole Richie in Topshop ~ This is another style icon that thinks outside the box. Thank you Nicole for dressing for the occasion and straying away from clichés. Her Bordeaux lips, silver hair, and white Topshop gown were the very definition of anarchy. Photo courtesy of InStyle.com

Even though I was disappointed with the lack of punk fashion, there were some outfits worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Christina Ricci, Anne Hathaway, and other fashion notables that made up for it.

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Not Punk But Who Cares?

For more pictures from the 2013 MET Gala Ball visit InStyle’s Photo Gallery.