When I’m designing my bridal collection, the first step is to decide what silhouette I am going to use for each piece. This should be every brides first step when she is choosing her wedding dress, or any dress, for that matter. When I design, I want to create exquisite pieces that will make every woman look and feel absolutely beautiful.
Part of achieving this is choosing the right dress for your body. In order to do that, you must first understand what the basic dress silhouettes are.
Fitted at the hip and flares at hem.
A high waist that begins right under the bust.
Clean and straight style following the lines of the body.
Hugs the body and then flares at the knee.
An understated version of the mermaid, it flares mid thigh instead.
The classic wedding gown, with a fitted bodice and full skirt beginning at the high waist or low hip.
Dressing for your body is all about achieving balance and visually creating the appropriate proportions. Here are some suggestions to follow to make your body look fantastic in your gown (bonus: its a lot easier than having to diet or go to the gym!)
If you have significant… assets, for your wedding gown, you might want to choose an A Line or Empire silhouette. This will emphasize the smallest part of your body and then fall loosely on the bottom. Create volume and draw attention upwards with embellishments.
Elongate your silhoutte with clean lines, and keep it as simple as possible. A sheath style will help to give the illusion of length and extends the silhouette of your shape. Avoid being swallowed up in a ball-gown or one with too much volume and details. You don’t want Prince Charming having a hard time finding you under too many lacy ruffles.
Soften your athletic body for a more romantic look by visually adding dimension. Create the illusion of a narrow waistline by using belted styles, or play with proportions using with a low V-Neck or scoop neck to enhance your goddess figure.
Emphasize your womanly proportions with a body-hugging mermaid or trumpet style that cinches the waist and then flares towards the bottom.This feminine silhouette does what every woman dreams of: hugs and caresses your curves in all the right places.
(Excuse the pun… it was just to tempting!)
As you all may know, I love my hardware. I found the quintessential Item of Desire, the “Just a Nail” ring from the rebellious natured Juste UN Clou Collection. As a designer, I was immediately fascinated by Cartier’s genius recreation of a simple tool box nail! My absolute favorite version is the white gold with diamonds. The bent hardware ranges from $2,200-$36,000 and is definitely a must-have on my list.
New Vampire “Kebi” actress ANDREA GABRIEL from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2.Shows fashion designer ANNE BOWEN how to bring out her inner “Kebi”!!
For all you vampire and Twilight fans, check out ANDREA GABRIEL “Kebi” and designer ANNE BOWEN. Taking a moment to breathe at a photo shoot, Andrea shows Anne Bowen how to be a sexy vampire! Here are some photos from a shoot by photographer David Christopher Lee, featuring ANDREA wearing the DE NIRO DRESS and one leather gauntlet with laser cut outs from the Fall 2012 ANNE BOWEN COLLECTION.
ANDREA GABRIEL plays “Kebi” the mate of Amun the leader of the Egyptian coven.” Kebi” is one of the witnesses for “Bella”, actress Kristin Stewart and”Edward”, actor Robert Pattinson , when going to Voltari to present their Daughter “Renesmee”, actress Mackenzie Foy, in the new THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2.
We can’t wait to see more of ANDREA GABRIEL “Kebi” in the new movie THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 in theaters November 16th 2012. Check back to see our exclusive video chat with Andrea as she prepares for her movie release.
Attention all Brides!!!
ANNE BOWEN will be at JIN WANG BRIDAL in San Francisco from June 14-24 showcasing the new 2013 Bridal Collection. Inspired by her Welsh Heritage, the Spring 2013 Collection, called Coat of Arms, features beadwork reminiscent of Welsh tiaras, jewelry, and royal regalia, reinterpreted in a modern aesthetic.
This is one trunk show you are not going to want to miss as it makes its way throughout the country and soon off to Europe!
Schedule your appointment now before it’s too late!
300 Grant Ave, Penthouse
San Francisco, CA 94108
Kate Middleton was photographed this past Monday at Claridge’s in central London for a private dinner event. Kate stepped out wearing a white long-sleeve gown with a thigh high split “which is being criticized by some for being to racy for her royal highness.”
Perhaps Kate should have worn our very own ANNE BOWEN TriBeCa gown from the Spring 2012 Collection. ANNE BOWEN’s TriBeCa is a Chic, effortless, sleek, white long-sleeve gown, without the thigh high slit, that would have been perfect for Kate to keep up with her typical conservative, sophisticated look.
ANNE BOWEN BRIDAL COLLECTION FALL 2012
“Language of Love”
Ethereal Delicate Wispy Sparkling Empyreal Feminine
The Knot features an exclusive interview with designer Anne Bowen and last year’s ANNE BOWEN BRIDAL COLLECTION. Presented at the Gansevoort Park Avenue, “The Language of Love” is a collection that fuses modern aesthetics with a feminine sensibility. A truly romantic collection.
Visit The Knot, “the internet’s most-trafficked one-stop wedding planning solution,” at
and our very own website for photos and more videos from this collection.
Inspired by her Welsh heritage, the Spring 2013 Collection, called Coat of Arms, features beadwork reminiscent of Welsh tiaras, jewelry, and royal regalia, reinterpreted in a modern aesthetic.
Special Thank you
Makeup: Mirabella / Brian C. Hawkins
Hair: Paul Mitchell
Photography: Emerson Chen
Videography: Mary Perrino
Floral Decor: City Blossoms
Cocktails: Double Cross Vodka