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Shoe Edition: Splurge vs. Steal

You’ve got your man, you’ve got the ring, you’ve got the gown, now all you need is the SHOES! While we love our Manolos and Jimmy Choos as much as the next to-be-wed gal, we also know it can be hard to justify a pair of pumps that costs as much as your venue rental. Well, we’ve got some good news for our fashionable bride on a budget. Check out or favorite designer bridal shoes paired with their much more affordable doppelgangers…then decide for yourself if it’s time to spend or save (and still look fabulous, natch).

Shoe Edition: Splurge vs. Steal

Jimmy Choo ~ Aldo ~ Manolo Blahnik via Neiman Marcus ~ Badgley Mischka via My Glass Slipper ~ Stuart Weitzman ~ Caparros via Macys ~ Badgley Mischka via DSW ~ Audrey Brook via DSW ~ Kate Spade ~ J. Renee via Zappos

Designer Sameera Faridi Celebrates 100 Years of Bollywood with a Fabulous Fashion Bash

It’s not often that Houston gets to launch a famed Indian design house—especially in such grand style. But grand style is par for the course for Sameera Faridi of Sameera Faridi Design Studio at Poshak Fashion & Style, which turned out top New-Delhi-based designers Parvesh Jai, who have been outfitting Bollywood gorgeously for the better part of nearly 10 years. Faridi, whose eponymous atelier has enabled Houston brides of South Asian backgrounds to find spectacular custom wedding and special-occasion wear sans overseas travel, feted Parvesh Jai with “The Royal Saga”—a riveting fashion show celebrating 100 years of Bollywood style, held at the Houston Motor Club, followed by a VIP reception attended by local trend-setters and fashion media. Check out a sampling of pix from Faridi’s fantastic event…and check out Faridi herself—and her amazing designs—at Sameera Faridi Design Studio!

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Photos: Photos by Rovo

Bridal Preview: Kenneth Pool Spring 2014

If there’s one word we can associate with Kenneth Pool’s Spring 2014 bridal collection, it’s…glamour. These are no fun-and-flirty frocks or garden-nymph gowns. These wedding dresses are straight-up spotlight-stealers. Look for lots of lustrous satin, hip-hugging drop-waist and fit-and-flare silhouettes, plus a few queenly ballgowns for good measure. While, unlike in collections past, bling is at a minimum in this new Kenneth Pool showing, when beadwork does make an appearance in the collection, it is magnificently delicate and detailed, as in a gorgeous, shimmering cap-sleeve gown—the showstopper of the collection. See designer Amsale Aberra’s newest Kenneth Pool gowns when Belle Mariée Bridal hosts a September trunk show. Check the salon’s site for more details. Meanwhile, check out our favorite Kenneth Pool Spring 2014 gowns!

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Photos: Kenneth Pool

Bridal Gowns: Watters Fall 2013

Got a regal streak? Want to feel like a queen, princess, or very well dressed duchess on your big day? Behold the Watters Fall 2013 bridal collection, inspired by notions of royalty and aristocracy. With all manner of silhouettes of this sumptuous collection, there’s a gown for every blue-blooded (or throne-aspiring) gal. We’ve selected a handful of our faves for this here HWB post. To see this gorgeous Watters wedding gowns in person, be sure to make your appointment for Mia Bridal Couture’s upcoming Watters Fall 2013 trunk show, today through Saturday. Happy shopping, brides!

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Photos: Watters

Which one is your favorite? Leave your reply and let us–and your sister brides–know!

Fairytale Wedding Gowns by Claire Pettibone

Fairytale fans, behold the Spring 2014 collection from the inimitable Claire Pettibone. The one-of-a-kind designer’s newest gowns are just as ethereal and garden-nymph-dreamy as ever, but the newly launched collection is just a wee bit more grown up—a little less boho and a little more chi-chi. You will, of course, find all the yummy details—lace straps, whimsical appliqué, sheer illusion netting, diaphanous layers, oodles of floral touches—that make a Claire Pettibone a Claire Pettibone. It’s no surprise that Pettibone’s mother and father were both professional artists who exposed her to galleries and museums at a young age—each and every one of her gowns is a unique work of art. Her designs haven’t quite made their way to Houston but word on the street is she’ll be available locally soon. Until then, you’ll have to head to ATX to get your own Pettibone. In the meantime, enjoy some of our top picks from the new collection!

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Photos: Claire Pettibone