Lily Luahana Cole is an English model and actress. She is listed by Vogue Paris as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s, and having studied acting since her childhood took to her first lead role as Valentina in Terry Gilliam‘s fantasy film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in 2009.
As a makeup artist, I appreciate faces like Lily’s because they are so easily transformed into different personas. While Lily is known for her big blue eyes, heart-shaped face and auburn hair, she is equally as known for capturing a magical transformative quality in her work. She can convincingly go from Hollywood Starlet to Bohemian Circus Performer, and everything in between; that authenticity is a rare trait amongst many models today.
Lily has not only proven herself versatile as a model but breaking into acting now it’ll be interesting to see how her acting chops pan out. I saw her on Doctor Who where she played a sea siren, where let’s just say her modelling background definitely helped her out. Check out those facial expressions, albeit digitized in the one below!
I would love to be able to work with a model that I can consider a muse, as I’m sure Lily Cole is to the many designers, artists, and directors she works with on a regular basis. The limitless potential of looks that can be depicted through her make it easy to come up with those looks in the first place!
What would you like to see next week for Fashion Friday?
The Los Angeles based, Philippines-born couture designer has become a household name in bridal and red carpet gowns. Her lacy and frothy dresses are huge hits amongst celebrities and us regular folk alike. She is known for her ultra-feminine and ultra-flattering body conscious bridal designs (as well as AWESOME bridesmaid designs too!). May I present just some of the many dresses that Lhuillier has crafted for her recent collections!
I think Aurora and Coquette are my favourites from this collection, simply because of how much detail is put into each of them.
Aurora has incredible beadwork, but also a very classic fit and flare silhouette. The neckline is typically very flattering on most body types, but unfortunately the model doesn’t have quite enough in the bust to fill it properly.
Coquette just has a beautiful shape with a bustier bodice, cap sleeves, a dropped waist and a ribbon belt. The textured skirt is dramatic but romantic at the same time.
Both dresses also have a great off-white colouring too, which I find to be the easiest for most complexions to wear. Sometimes a stark white can be too cold and severe on a bride.
As an extra treat, I’ve included some picks from Lhuillier’s earlier Spring collection, where you’ll see more petal-like fabric accents, floral embroidery and beading, delicate lace edging, textured chiffon layers, her affinity for belts, and rhinestone butterfly embellishments.
Join A+A next week for a tribute to yet another fabulous bridal designer: Elie Saab.
See you all soon 🙂
P.S. What other designers would you like to see featured as apart of Fairytale Dress Time?
We each keep our strength by putting up our own sense of armor, whether it be literal or figurative, physical, emotional, or even, fashionable. For light fare, I find it’s always inspirational to look at the latter. Sometimes it may be that representation of armor that helps us feel protected and safe.
So without further ado, here’s some of the fashionable:
Lily Cole for Vogue
Arm armor at its absolute finest
“Armure” by Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano
Natalia Vodianova in the same Dior suiting as above
Jessica Stam in sequins
Knitwear by Sandra Backlund
Evidence of brilliant modern day styling
Lily Cole in Vogue (again)
What images make you feel safe?
P.S. More on Lily Cole, Jessica Stam, Natalia Vodianova, and designer Sandra Backlund to come.
In honour of my friend Mikayla at Eat, Drink, and Be Married, having completed her wedding planner course, I wanted to share with you all some of my all-time favorite couture wedding designers.
Maria Karin Couture
I love fairytale and fantasy, so I’m automatically drawn to dresses that evoke that quality in the bride. Obviously these dresses are not for everyone, nor are they entirely practical (guilty!) but they are completely dreamy and wonderful and I hope they can lead to some wedding inspiration!
I fell in love with a St. Pucchi gown after having looked through a slew of Middle Eastern and Lebanese designers years ago, when my love for bridal began to emerge. The brain child of Rani Totman, St. Pucchi Couture (plus Sposa and Avine Perucci) creates dresses that exude artistry, with avant-garde and ornate details that are likely to make you feel as much the museum piece as a bride!
Note: The dress above was originally worth around $12,000 and is one of my “dream” dresses. It features a removable skirt/train piece and a hand crafted floral bodice with strategically placed lace flowers. Let me say though, not my dream budget :p