Dresses: Dressing for your shape

The Classic, One-Shoulder Look

Hollywood and International actress, Penelope Cruz, has been listed as one of the ‘Top 10 Best-Dressed Female Celebrities of 2014’ so far.  While attending the Academy Awards 2014 during the Spring season, Penelope graced us with her presence, wearing a stunning, long evening gown from fashion designer, Giambattista Valli.  This beautiful, one-shoulder, blush coloured dress was definitely a gown to remember!

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We at CM Couture have incorporated the classic, one-shoulder look in our dresses throughout the years.

Style 1035 is a gorgeous, long, evening gown with a beautiful flower on the shoulder, embellished in the center with beadwork.

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Style 1083 is a Haute Couture gown with a mermaid silhouette.  This beautiful, long evening gown may be worn as a strapless, sweetheart dress or a one-shoulder gown.

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Style 1096 is a gorgeous, long evening gown, adorned from neckline to hemline with beautiful intricate beadwork and lace.  This beautiful gown has a stunning flower on its shoulder with intricate beadwork at its center.

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Style 1228 is a simple yet elegant, long evening gown, adorned with beautiful bows, stunning beadwork and crystal embellishments.

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The 3 Top-Selling Dresses of the Week: Style 1209, 1008, 1227

Mothers of the Bride and Groom, if you’re shopping for a dress that will make you feel beautiful in your own skin, then look no further.   Below are the three top-selling dresses of the week for CM Couture.

CM Couture’s Style 1209 is a beautiful, long, evening gown made of soft, silky satin with a hand-beaded lace overlay.

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CM Couture’s Style 1008 has become quite popular since the introduction of its new colour, Midnight Blue.  This elegant, long, evening gown is made of lace with hand beaded detail throughout.

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CM Couture’s Style 1227 has definitely been the top-selling dress this season!   This long, evening gown is part of our novelty exclusive lace collection.  It has hand-beaded detail throughout the entire gown with hand-cut applique bordering the entire neckline, front and back.

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For more information on authorized CM Couture retailers that carry the dresses mentioned above, please email us at od@cmcouture.com.

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The Fact On Pleats

 

By: Clare Nisker

Pleats can be beautiful, chic and elegant.

We’ve seen style icons wear it incredible well over the last century creating shape and beautiful proportions. Having said that, it can also accentuate areas of the figure that many women want to minimize.

When a figure is straight or top heavy (broad shoulders or busty), pleats on the bottom can create proper proportions.

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A bottom heavy figure, (carrying extra weight in the buttocks, hips or thighs) depending on where the pleats start can dramatically make a figure larger than it really is or when the pleats are located correctly, can give the proper proportions that take your eye away from the heavier-set areas and visually take inches off.

While I was driving the other day, I passed by a lady in a dress who was quite unproportionately bottom heavy. The pleats started at the same height as her protruding behind which not only brought more attention to that area, but made her look even larger than she was. The dress seemed too tight as well because the pleats were completely open making her behind look even larger. To make this dress choice even worse for her figure, the dress had a loud print on it which brought even more attention to her figure.

My advice for a bottom heavy figure: Look for a more structured dress. If you are more curvaceous, stick to more stream-lines silhouettes. Pleating is not for everyone. As for prints vs. solid fabrics; in general solid colors work better at stream-lining a curvaceous figure. Not always the case though, because there are some beautiful prints that can camouflage certain areas but generally, solid works best.  If pleats is something you want to try and you are bottom heavy, the pleats have to start lower than your largest measurement to balance out your proportions.

Fabric also has a lot to do with the way pleating can lay on a figure.  The stiffer the fabric (ex. Silk Wool) the better the pleats are going to keep their shape (and I’m talking about inverted pleats).  Pleats made with lighter fabrics (ex. Chiffon) have less of a chance to stay down and will just bulk up a figure, whether it is on the waist, hips or thighs.

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This gorgeous pleated dress by Christian Dior is ideal for a small bust and waist, if you have wider hips, it will be concealed by the proportions of the skirt.  Pair Nude color shoes to elongate your legs even more!

Always remember the Golden Rule of dressing for your figure – Proportions.

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Vogue’s Latest Summer Trend: Red

To all our fashionistas out there, Vogue’s website has unleashed the latest summer trend – the color red!

Our CM Couture Style 1109 is the perfect dress for any event this summer. Coming in the fiery colour, red, this long, evening dress is made of silk-chiffon. Silk chiffon is the perfect material for the summer as it is flowy and breathable, perfect for the summer, humid weather. Our lovely ladies have made Style 1109 a popular dress over the summer seasons. The layered effect from neckline to hem makes this long, evening gown very unique and memorable.

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Our CM Couture Style 1083 is the perfect dress for any mother of the bride and groom who wants to make a grand entrance on their child’s special day. This long, evening gown comes in the color Ruby. What makes this long, evening gown absolutely amazing is the combination of chiffon and feathers giving this dress the haute couture effect.

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For more information on authorized CM Couture retailers nearest you, please email us at info@cmcouture.com.

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Kate Middleton: The Epitome of Elegance

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wowed the world as she graced us with her presence on the red carpet of the Tusk Foundation gala and dinner last year.    Middleton wore a stunning, long, evening gown from fashion designer, Jenny Packman.  This long, evening gown was adorned with handmade-beadwork from neckline to hem and shimmery crystals.

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Mothers of the bride and groom, you too can look as elegant and beautiful as Middleton did with her Packman dress with your very own CM Couture Style 1218.

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Style 1218 is a beautiful, long evening gown has a swoop neckline with hand-beaded detail on the bodice and capped sleeves.

Email us at info@cmcouture.com and find out you could own your very own Style 1218 dress!

Look Glamorous at Any Age!

Last night, Hollywood legend, Jane Fonda, was honoured with a ‘Life Achievement Award’ from AFI.  Fonda wowed everyone as she walked the red carpet wearing a Vera Wang, A-line, long, evening gown, with a swoop neckline.  Fonda looked absolutely amazing and showed the world that even in your late-70s, you too can wear a stunning, haute couture gown.

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CM Couture Style 1228 is the perfect gown for our mothers of the bride and groom, to feel glamorous and sophisticated on their child’s special day.   This long, evening gown oozes elegance with its satin bows and crystal embellishment.  Made of triacetate, this beautiful, evening gown creates a sleek silhouette ideal for all body types and sizes.

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Email us at info@cmcouture.com for more information on how you could feel as beautiful and elegant as Jane Fonda did with your very own Style 1228.

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Look Fabulous in Blue!

Hollywood starlet, Kristen Bell, wowed critics on the red carpet in a stunning, long, evening gown from fashion designer, Zuhair Murad.  As the hostess for last night’s CMT Music Awards 2014, Bell made sure that all eyes were set solely on her as she graced us with her presence in a black and blue embellished, sexy, long, evening gown.

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Murad’s beautiful masterpiece reminds us of our CM Couture Style 1227.  It’s no wonder why it’s now been the top-selling dress for 2 weeks in a row!  What attracts our beautiful mothers of the bride and groom, and guests alike, to our dress, is how it hugs your silhouette – regardless of shape and size – in all the right places.  This stunning, long, evening gown gives us everything – sex appeal with its lowered back, elegance with its hand-beaded lace from neckline to hem, and envy of its beautiful, Parisian Blue colour!

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Email us at info@cmcouture.com and find out how you can have your very own Style 1227!

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Feel Beautiful and Seductive in Fiery Red

The internationally famous ‘Victoria Secret’ Model, Alessandra Ambrosio, wore a stunning, long evening gown from renowned fashion designer, Nonoo at the CDFA Awards (Council of Fashion Designers of America awards) in NYC last night.   This beautiful, silk gown draped Ambrosio’s perfect silhouette and accented her waist so effortlessly with the criss-crossed rouching.

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This masterpiece reminded us of our CM Couture Style 1109.  Our long, evening gown is made of silk chiffon and its layered silhouette hugs our beautiful mothers of the bride and groom in all the right places.

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Email us at info@cmcouture.com and find out how you can feel as beautiful and elegant as Ambrosio did in our very own Style 1109!

Top-Selling Dress of the Week – Style 1008

With the infamous Hollywood wedding of reality TV socialite, Kim Kardashian, and rapper/singer Kanye West taking place in Italy last weekend, it’s no wonder why Style 1008 has become this week’s top-selling dress.

Kim Kardashian looked radiant in a Givenchy haute couture gown created by designer Riccardo Tisci.  Keeping with the lace-theme that Duchess of Cambridge – Princess Katherine – paved for brides around the world with her elegant wedding gown from McQueen’s fashion house (Sarah Burton, designer), it’s no wonder why critics absolutely adored Kim’s wedding dress!  This Givenchy wedding dress was adorned with lace from its high neckline to hem, and brought the sexiness to the back of the gown with a beautiful cut-out.

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CM Couture’s Style 1008 has been the top dress for retailers this week.  Introduced in a new colour – Midnight Blue – mothers of the bride and groom are taking inspiration from the Kardashian-West wedding and bringing beautiful lace to their children’s wedding as well!  Style 1008 has a sweetheart neckline with rose-gold and midnight blue coloured, intricate beadwork from neckline to hem.   This gorgeous, long, evening gown is tied in beautifully with a taffeta bodice, and bow with broach to the side.  Wanting a more conservative look?  Style 1008 also comes with a shawl.

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Email us at info@cmcouture.com and find out how you can look fabulous in your very own Style 1008!

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Mother of the Bride & Groom, Dress-Shop Together!

There is certain wedding etiquette that needs to be addressed when shopping for your beautiful, long, evening gowns for your children’s special day.  Both the mother of the bride and groom should be on the same page regarding options of dress colours and style for both your gowns, in order to avoid clashing or buying outfits too similar to each other.

Here are a few popular options for our Mothers of the Bride and Groom:

Silk-Chiffon Dresses:

For those hot and humid summer weddings, opt for a fabric that is breathable such chiffon.

CM Couture’s Style 1109 is a simple yet elegant, long, evening gown with a layered silhouette made in silk chiffon fabric.  A dress that would complement this dress would be CM Couture’s Style 1064.  This beautiful, long, evening gown is made in chiffon fabric and is beautifully tied together with a beaded belt.

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Taffeta Dresses:

For a more conservative look, look for dresses with boleros.

CM Couture’s Style 1065 is one of our top-selling dresses.   This beautiful, long, evening gown is made with a taffeta base and adorned with beautiful, intricate beadwork on the bodice.  This dress comes with a matching bolero.  A dress that would complement this dress would be CM Couture’s Style RA-G154.  This unique, long, evening gown is made of cut-out taffeta with simple beadwork, and also comes with a matching bolero.

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Cocktail Dresses:

For a more casual look, opt for cocktail-length dresses.

CM Couture’s Style 1057 is a beautiful, short, cocktail dress with hand-beaded netting.  A dress that would complement this dress would be CM Couture’s Style 5089.  This sexy, short, cocktail dress is made of soft satin, and has delicate lace and netting shoulder sleeves.

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Happy Shopping!