An upcoming prom pop up shop organized by a local non-profit will provide free prom dresses, tuxedos, and more for high school seniors and graduating middle school students.
Woodside on the Move, the long-standing neighborhood organization, will hold the free event on April 21 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m at P.S. 361, located at 39-07 57th St.
The pop up shop, open to 8th and 12th graders, includes dresses, accessories, menswear, shoes, and cosmetics, along with makeup and grooming services. The event will also feature music, entertainment, and food.
The local non-profit teamed up with We Give Because We Care 365 Days, another non-profit that aims to “provide a luxury atmosphere to teens as we groom their minds, hearts, and spirits to recognize that they are our future leaders,” according to their page.
The group is currently in its fourth year of opening pop up shops for prom, with four locations set for this round.
Woodside on the Move said they decided to join in on the event after starting a new program last year that caters to students in middle school and high school. “This was just another way for us to be able to engage those students in our program,” said Jacqueline Amaya, Director of Fiscal Operations for WOTM.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | wedding gowns melbourne
Mind and Body Studios is having its annual prom dress giveaway Wednesday afternoon. They are looking to help high school girls feel like a princess at the prom.
The prom dress give-away is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at their studio, which is located on 100 Factory Street in West Warwick.
ch Tuesday in April, Vanity Fair will flash back to a different British royal wedding in the lead-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19 nuptials.
Some brides might interpret a wedding-day disaster to be a bad omen for their marriage. But when Queen Elizabeth’s “something borrowed”—her grandmother’s diamond-spiked tiara—snapped hours before she walked down the aisle in November 1947, the future monarch played it cool. The act of calmness was all the more impressive considering the 21-year-old was to be married in front of 2,000 guests—ten of whom were kings and queens—in a ceremony broadcast by BBC radio to 200 million people across six continents. Because she was the first British royal to transmit her wedding to the world, the then-princess would have been forgiven for having frayed nerves.
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Elizabeth’s tiara had symbolic and personal significance: because tradition dictates that only married women wear the delicate crowns, the wedding would mark the first occasion for which the 21-year-old wore a tiara. And this particular tiara—now broken—had belonged to Elizabeth’s grandmother Queen Mary, and was constructed from diamonds that Queen Victoria gave Mary in 1893 as a wedding gift.Read more at:bridesmaids dresses brisbane .bridesmaids dresses perth
Kesha Officiated a Same-Sex Wedding in Vegas and the Video Will Make You Cry Tears of Joy
As part of the new "Universal Love" album that re-works popular love songs to be more inclusive, Kesha put her own spin on rockstar Janis Joplin's "I Need a Man to Love," and the video that came out today is so heartwarming. You might want to grab some tissues before you read any further.
The video for Kesha’s version, which is called "I Need a Woman," starts with her wearing huge rainbow-studded sunglasses riding in the passenger side of a Corvette. She and her friend are heading to Las Vegas where Kesha later officiates a same-sex wedding for Dani and Lindsay, who saw her at a 2015 Pride performance where there were anti-LGBT protestors. In the video, the couple teared up when they remembered how Kesha had a rainbow flag, cape, and outfit, and reminded everyone that they’re loved.Read more at:www.sheindressau.com .wedding dresses online australia
In Kerala, a new tradition of wedding 'hooliganism' is leading to much misery. Films like The Hangover, in which the groom's friends throw a spanner in the works and nearly bring the wedding to a halt, may seem amusing on screen. However, in real life such pranks and upsets can have serious consequences.
On March 19, 2018, the Kolavellur police in Kannur arrested five youths for 'kidnapping' and illegally detaining a bridegroom on his wedding day. A teary-eyed father of the groom walked into the Kolavellur police station after his son, Nabeeh, went missing and his mobile phone remained switched off on the day of his wedding.
Nabeeh's relatives and the bride's family were left waiting at the bride's house for the nikah. Later, the police found out that Nabeeh had been abducted by his friends as part of what is called "wedding ragging".
For the first time in the history of such instances which have been prevalent in northern Kerala for over a decade now, the police arrested the concerned men, based on the complaint lodged by Nabeeh's father. The friends had abducted the groom and detained him for over four hours, also denying him access to a cell phone.
There have been cases where the wedding was called off or the couple separating soon after the wedding because of what had happened. People have even sustained grievous injuries because of such "pranks". From fun and games, it has now grown into serious, almost criminal activities, like kidnapping and public shaming.
“Nabeeh’s friends did it for fun, without realising the pain that we had undergone for those hours. It was not a decent thing to do and I do not want the youngsters to repeat this. That was when I decided to lodge a police complaint. Such incidents are increasing in our locality,” Abdul Khader, Nabeeh's father, says.
However, the youngsters who are involved in such acts have a different take on the subject.
“It is not hooliganism but a friendly revenge. We do it for fun with no intention of harming anyone. Grooms who had done such things in the past will pay the price when it is their wedding. So if they want to avoid it, it's best not to participate in such acts during others' wedding," Gineesh PV, a native of Kolavellur, says.
While it is not known if Nabeeh had participated in such activities in the past, those justifying such acts don't seem to consider it necessary to address the pain and suffering that the bride and her family undergo.
Not long ago, in Azhiyur, in Kozhikode district, a bride fell unconscious when the groom’s friend dressed up as a pregnant woman and claimed at the wedding that the bridegroom was the father of "her" unborn child. When the bride fainted from shock, the prankster pulled out the pillows that he had used to mimic a swollen belly.
Another case, back in 2011, in Thrissur, had more severe consequences. A wedding was called off when the families of the groom and bride clashed inside the wedding hall after hooligans created a ruckus inside.
In yet another case, a bride temporarily lost hearing in one ear when a cracker thrown by one of the revellers exploded near her during the wedding night. None of these incidents has been reported seriously and neither has any legal action been taken.
People of north Malabar have got so accustomed to this shade of pranking that many do not even bother to report such instances. Wedding hooligans take over the stage on the wedding day, creating trouble during the tying of the thaali, or during the wedding procession of the bride and groom or sometimes even before the bride or groom arrive at the venue.
From facing the prospect of guests walking out of the venue without partaking in the feast, to suffering financial losses because of damages to the venue caused by the hooligans, the fall-out of such "fun" is far from light.
Many women, who observe the hooliganism, blame alcohol for the behaviour of the men.
“Now no wedding is complete without a booze party. The youngsters forget about the importance of the occasion and engage in all sorts of nuisance during weddings. The women, who have no role in such activities, are left to suffer,” K Sarala of Perambra, who claims to have witnessed many such incidents during weddings, says.
Unnikrishnan (70), hailing from Balussery, says that the victims are paying a price for their past acts.
“Almost all the youngsters are involved in such acts. So everyone gets to pay a price when it is their turn. These youngsters do not care for the elderly in the family who have spent their lives earning for the wedding of their children," he says.
The rise in such incidents has prompted political parties and some religious organisations to form special wings to combat the issue. Even the DYFI, the youth wing of CPI(M), had urged its cadre to fight against wedding hooliganism. However, till date, nothing much has changed on the ground.
“Only fear can stop wedding ragging. So we request people to come forward and lodge complaints against marriage hooligans,” Dhananjaya Das says.
It’s almost here: on Sunday, April 8, The Cooperage will host its second annual fashion show. As with last year’s show, Main Wear Expo is being held as a fundraiser for The Cooperage Project—a community effort, bringing together local vendors and businesses, with the show itself curated by Alessandra Iavarone of the Velvet Maple.
“When I first opened the shop in Honesdale,” Iavarone says, “I got such an overwhelming embrace from all the other local shops and businesses. But of course I was busy right off the bat, so when The Cooperage approached me about… doing something with them to help them raise funds, I realized that it would be a great opportunity for me to reach out to other local shops and introduce myself, and go in and see what the other products are, because I’m a big believer [in] cross-promotion in small towns like ours.”
That process gave rise to the idea of putting on a local fashion show, pulling items from all the local stores and using local models, local salons for hair and makeup, and local food. Iavarone says it is “a fun way of incorporating what I do—which is obviously a lot of fashion branding and style… while including all the other businesses into what we now call ‘Main Wear Expo.’”
The multitude of businesses involved includes clothing shops, boutiques, bakeries and caterers throughout the region, culled from such areas as Honesdale, Hawley, Narrowsburg and Scranton. “We work really hard to build partnerships and relationships with local businesses and non-profit organizations and community members,” says Ryanne Jennings, executive director of The Cooperage. “So we worked with some volunteers, some our board members and our staff, to reach out to them and get them to be part of this event, because it’s a great marketing opportunity for them, and a nice way to give back to the community as well.”
The theme of this year’s fashion show will be “Duets,” where the local models—many of whom presented styles at last year’s show—will take to the runway with friends, family and co-workers, in an effort to diversify the ages and body types presented in the show. Although she could not reveal the details about the specific aesthetics that the show will utilize, Iavarone mentioned that the color blush—“it’s not really a pink, and it’s not really a red, and it’s got a hint of purple”—would play a prominent role.
“We leave the aesthetic up to Alessandra, Katharine Brown from Fox Hill Farm and Jenna Motichka from A Picker’s Find,” says Jennings. “And [among] the three of them, they’re just magicians of making everything look awesome. So I’ll be very curious—it’ll be a surprise to me as well, what the final product looks like. They work really well together, and we’ll be excited to see what comes out of it.”
“Main Wear Expo: A Fashion Fundraiser” will be held at The Cooperage, located at 1030 Main St., on Sunday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $40 in advance and $50 at the door, but are selling fast. For more information, call 570/253-2020 or email info@thecoo perageproject.org.
And if you can’t make it to this year’s Main Wear Expo—or can make it and want to take another look at the fashions you see on the runway—keep your eye out for The River Reporter’s “Body & Mind” section, available in the April 19 newspaper, which will feature a photographic fashion spread based on the show.
And you didn’t bring a hot date.
Instead, you forced your female best friend to come along while you get semi-drunk and try to dodge questions from his parents’ friends on how you know the groom.
FYI: ‘I’m his ex-girlfriend’ will get you an awkward nod and even more awkward follow-up questions on who you’re dating now.
‘No-one, OK Carol? No-one. I’m single.’
As you’ve probably gathered by the overtly specific description, I don’t need to imagine this scenario.
The engagement party took place just under two years ago and the wedding between my ex-boyfriend and his new lady is set for this summer at a beautiful hotel in Lithuania.
And yes, I’m invited.
And yes, I can hear you shouting: ‘Why, oh why, would you do that?’
The automatic response to whether or not you should invite an ex to your wedding or attend an ex’s wedding always seems to be a big resounding no.
But, why shouldn’t I go?
I’m not in love with him anymore. I don’t have a secret stash of love letters from the past, although we didn’t actually write any, and we’ve stayed great friends over the years.
I’m even on good terms with his fiancee.
And, since they aren’t a famous royal couple like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, I’m fairly certain my ex’s wedding won’t be broadcast on national television.
If so, I might’ve passed on the invitation.
Although, if my ex was as famous as Prince Harry, I might’ve tagged along just to attend the amazing after-party.
There’s nothing wrong with attending your ex’s wedding, so long as you’re not hurting anyone. Including yourself.
Then again, there’s also nothing wrong with a buffer.
Especially when the wedding is held in an exotic country, far away from my comforting bed and that late-night kebab I’ll crave after drinking too much champagne.
Maybe I’ll sneak some wedding cake back to the room.
Regardless, I learned my lesson from the engagement party and will be bringing a plus one. A male plus one. Tom, my trusted buffer, is one of my best friends and has that special quality that will help fend off unwanted questions from other guests: a penis.
What’s even better, he has a girlfriend. I therefore don’t have to worry about any drunken shenanigans and am free to hit on fellow guests or sexy hotel staff as I please. Jokes aside, I’m excited about the wedding. Mainly because this ex isn’t ‘the one who got away’.
There are no painful memories to hold onto. We settled that years ago. But, no, I’m not going alone, but not because I couldn’t face the situation.
My ex is a lovely man and I’m genuinely happy for him and his bride-to-be. The need for a buffer? And a male one at that? That’s because of people like Carol, who I seem to meet on a weekly basis, and their inevitable question of why I’m ‘still single’ at 28. Thanks a lot, Carol.
Although wedding rumors between Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have been floating around since the "Wrecking Ball" singer slipped that Neil Lane engagement ring back on her finger, it now sounds like the couple's nuptials truly are on the horizon—but you won't be able to get many big-day details out of this bride-to-be. Reportedly, the wedding Miley Cyrus is planning with Liam Hemsworth is super secret.
According to a source who spoke to Entertainment Tonight, after their years-long relationship, Cyrus and Hemsworth may finally be ready to tie the knot. "They have been in love for almost nine years, but the timing has never been right until now," the source says. "Their massive careers, their ages, and their families' input has kept them from getting married."
The source added that the stars' families were a major influence in their decision to wait, saying, "While Miley's parents have always adored Liam, Liam's parents were not sold on Miley and her outrageous behavior. Miley has been very open about her drug and alcohol use, and that didn’t bode well with his family's far more conservative lifestyle."
The "Malibu" singer has admitted that she is distancing herself from her previous party-girl lifestyle and has quit using drugs, which has resulted in a stronger relationship with her beau's family. "Miley had to get through a phase of discovering herself before she was able to commit. And now that she has turned her life around and stopped partying, she is clear minded and knows what she wants," the source added. "Liam's mother [Leonie] is finally over the moon to have her as a daughter-in-law."
Additionally, Liam's sister-in-law, Elsa Pataky, helped Cyrus win over Mama Hemsworth. "Elsa and Miley have always been very close, and Elsa really went to bat for Miley," the source says. "She has tried to impress on her in-laws all the big changes Miley has made to turn her life around and build a future with Liam."
Rumors that the two had secretly wed were spread this time last year when Cyrus was first spotted with a gorgeous wedding-style ring, but the source revealed that this was simply a sign of their commitment to each other. "She had been sporting her ring and wanted him to show his love and commitment in the same way," the source says. "Their friends refer to their rings as 'promise rings,' and Liam and Miley are both good with that."
As for wedding plans, the two are being quite secretive about their nuptials. Cyrus allegedly wants to have an intimate, ranch-style wedding to pay homage to her country roots, but she isn't giving away any details just yet.
"Miley has come up with all sorts of different wedding plans. She is always creative and thinking of new ideas that will make her experience different," the source said. "She hasn't announced anything because she is being very secretive, so only their friends will know, and at the very last minute. This time they are doing everything their own way."
The slogan sweater that opened the Christian Dior show proclaiming “C’est Non Non et Non” was a reference to the 50th anniversary this year of the student protests in Paris in 1968 initiating a social revolution that changed France. But it could easily be a comment on what is happening today with the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns.
Paris Fashion Week was held in the lead-up to International Women’s Day on March 8 and was punctuated in the middle by the Oscars in Hollywood, where Frances McDormand (who was named best actress) asked all female nominees at the awards to stand up “because we all have stories to tell”. Back in Paris, Miu Miu’s 1950s and 60s rockabilly-inspired collection by Miuccia Prada was also a timely reminder of what we have gained in recent decades — careers and some measure of independence.
The centenary of women’s suffrage in Britain similarly has helped put feminism on the front page. It is an issue that underpins Maria Grazia Chiuri’s work at Dior and Miuccia Prada’s politics, expressed in CND logo sweaters, check kilts, black leather, shearling and patchwork jackets at Dior and the PVC jackets, bustier dresses, mohair sweaters and bobbysox of rebellious teenagers at Miu Miu.
Sonia Rykiel founded her fashion label in 1968 at the time of those student riots, and there were many references to that period in Julie de Libran’s anniversary collection for the label, with striped sweater dresses, long scarfs and black leather minis and biker jackets, but all modelled with a joyous, bubbly attitude. For the generation of women who came of age during that period, Rykiel symbolised a new era of freedom.
Asked if the feminist movement has influenced him, Martin Grant says it has always been present in his collections. “I know many strong women and it’s always about them,” he says.
This is why he makes a point of not imposing one seamless theme on each of his collections but designs each piece with its own personality to appeal to the different moods of his clients. So there are pops of bright yellow for relaxed tailoring, a gold-flecked tweed pants suit, black sheaths and loose Lurex chiffon dresses.
Strong women are on Toni Maticevski’s radar as well. “My clothes are about making a statement,” he says of his dramatic sculpted eveningwear in spongy sports mesh fabrics. “You can’t be shy wearing these pieces,” he explains. “It’s about how you wear them.”
Feminism is not only driving change in attitudes, it provides another subtext to many collections, that of a more modest and covered-up look. Longer sleeves and skirts, higher necklines and even hoods (check the exquisite applique hooded capes at Valentino) made the sexy, super-short Saint Laurent collection look out of kilter. Black leather, traditional power dressing armoury, is a key trend in Paris, but in the hands of Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski at Hermes and Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy, the leather becomes loose-cut dresses and trenches with softened shoulder lines, rather than laser-sharp power dressing.
The leather and trouser suit tailoring at Alexander McQueen, however, was tautly fitted, but this was a collection about extreme nature and metamorphosis, so the black leather of softly armoured beetles unpeeled to reveal fringes, drapes and prints of butterfly and moth wings on dresses.
Nature played a leading role this season, with both Chanel and Hermes creating woodland settings for their catwalks. Karl Lagerfeld took inspiration from the carpet of fallen leaves, reproducing their bronze and golden colours and printed patterns on dresses, or as embellishment on long tweed coats. Chanel’s long, narrow Edwardian silhouette was anchored with brogues and strangely tasteful gold thigh boots, while long black lace dresses were teamed with brightly coloured opera gloves.
The modest silhouette was echoed by Giambattista Valli in his long, darkly printed Victoriana dresses together with maxi coats or leather and denim pieces that suggested a shift away from his traditionally sweet, romantic standpoint, and a nod to real women’s lives.
In fact, there was a greater sense of realism on many of the catwalks. At Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquiere’s look was quintessentially French, almost bourgeois, with knee-length skirt suits in glossy leather, tweeds and checked wool, yoked blouses and fluid silk shirtdresses. This from a designer who has been known to mix sci-fi with high fashion, but he left the futurism to the spaceship catwalk set up in a courtyard at the Louvre.
The understated aesthetic at Akris is perfectly pitched for the working woman’s wardrobe. The references to Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt that inspired designer Albert Kriemler were stripped back to subtle details like gold flecks in a black pants suit and square patterned Swiss lace like the micro-mosaic of a Klimt painting.
There were Klimtian gilded touches to Yiqing Yin’s debut collection for Poiret, another haute couture name to be revived, albeit 90 years after the original business went into bankruptcy.
Paul Poiret (a Klimt contemporary) was famed for his oriental inspiration and Yin’s dramatic gold-flecked cocoon coats and kimono wrap dresses are among the most desirable on the catwalk this season.
Equally desirable, but functional rather than decorative, were Sacai’s hybrid jackets that pick up on the season’s trend for classic masculine fabrics and the popularity of the puffer silhouettes (which she actually helped kick-start).
This entailed quilted half jackets patched together with striped school blazers and tweed jackets, or half a check coat to a boldly striped one.
It sounds complicated but was impressive and gives another point of view to women’s fashion for next season — the mix of modernity and tradition, of power and of softness.Read more at:mermaid wedding dresses | casual wedding dresses
Brides-to-be – along with some future grooms – got to imagine Sunday what their wedding might look like. Or taste like. Or sound like.
Grand Wayne Center again hosted the Bridal Extravaganza, a four-hour event that – with nearly 100 vendors – featured seemingly everything needed for a wedding.
Along with bridal gowns, attendees could learn about venues and honeymoon spots, sample cakes, and listen to a chamber music ensemble that advertised “Outdoor weddings are our specialty.”
Fort Wayne Newspapers and Fort Wayne Magazine's Weddings sponsored the 11th annual event.
High school sweethearts Catherine Schamberg and David Bell of Fort Wayne brought their mothers to the extravaganza. They plan to tie the knot next February and were considering placing a deposit with one vendor Sunday.
The afternoon offered an easy way to see everything at once, they said, with the bride-to-be noting the experience gave her a better idea of her likes and dislikes than looking at photos online.
Kaitlyn Carr of Muncie agreed about the value of seeing elements, such as table settings, in person. She hoped the show, which she also attended last year, would give her ideas for her wedding, she said, noting she is “very particular.”
Carr, along with more than 100 others, watched as models sashayed down a runway donning wedding gowns and other bridal fashions to pop music.
A few dresses caught her eye, she said, predicting her dress will be the last item she'll check off.
Even brides with dresses stopped to watch the fashion show. Such was the case with Kryss Kuehne, who stood alongside fiancé Carlos Zaragoza.
The couple, who are planning a September 2019 wedding, have “a lot of planning still to do,” Kuehne said.