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Laundry by Shelli Segal Prom 2013 with That's Chic & Late Afternoon

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(Left) Rachel wears the Laundry by Shelli Segal Criss-Cross Shimmer Chiffon Dress

The dress. The dancing. The date. Prom is one of those life events that bring up lots of fond memories. It’s a time to get dolled up, have fun on the dance floor with your friends and create memories to last a lifetime.  With such a momentous occasion at hand, the dress is definitely an essential element to the evening.

This season, famous dress makers Laundry by Shelli Segal has teamed up with two L.A.-based fashion bloggers, Liz of Late Afternoon and Rachel of That’s Chic, to showcase the must-have dress trends for prom season.

 

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We asked the two fashion mavens to spill some details about their own proms and what made the night special:

What was the most memorable part of your high school prom?

Rachel: Letting loose with my friends and classmates made the night most memorable, but also winning senior prom queen was a second close memory.

Liz: The most memorable part of my prom was our after-party. We had a huge celebration at my friend's house and invited all of our classmates. It was just a fun night and it was wonderful to spend it with everyone.

What did you wear? If you could have a “do over”, what would you change about your prom look?

Rachel: I wore this gorgeous A-line chiffon, sequined black dress that I bought 5 months before prom! I also spent a whole week just getting made up for prom: tanning, eyebrows, nails, everything. I looked so awful and so overdone! If I could do it over again, I would say stay simple and not stress about the night.

Liz: I wore a gold lace dress that was shorter in the front and longer in the back. I did a smokey eye and had a totally stiff prom up-do. The only thing I would change would be my hair. If I did prom over, I would wear my hair loose and natural, none of that cemented to my scalp with 10 bottles of hairspray nonsense.

If you could design your own Laundry by Shelli Segal prom dress from scratch, what kind of dress would it be?

Rachel: It would be a super minimalist dress with a sexy silhouette. Maybe something with a high neck and lots of shoulder showing, and an A-line that hits at the calf.

Liz: I would create something very flowing with lots of movement and it would definitely be metallic. I would love to see a beautiful metallic gown for prom.

 

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Since you ladies live in Los Angeles, describe what a great pre-prom and post-prom day in L.A. would look like…:

Rachel: Pre-prom is all about pampering yourself. I'd probably spend the whole day at a Korean spa getting a scrub and massage with a close friend. The day after prom is recovering after all that dancing! A late lunch in the sun with all of your girlfriends is a fun way to reminisce yester-memories.

Liz: The day would start with brunch, followed by manis and pedis with your girlfriends. Next, everyone would pile into one car and drive to the MAC store for makeup appointments. After getting dressed and ready, everyone would go to the meet-up house for pre-prom celebrations. After prom it's inevitable that you'll end up cruising PCH or Sunset Blvd. followed by the up-all-night after-party.

What is your ultimate slow dance song?

Rachel: Suga Suga” by Baby Bash

Liz: "Come Undone" by Duran Duran.

… and your ultimate “dance like no one’s watching” song?

Rachel: It's super cheesy, but it's “Since You Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. In my defense, any other hip hop song gets me in the mood to dance, but it's all in the groove. When Kelly's song comes on, like, I wouldn't want anyone watching me dance to that song!

Liz: R. Kelly's "Ignition".

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Destination Weddings

When it comes to types of weddings, a romantic destination wedding is quickly gaining popularity for a couple of different reasons. There’s the obvious appeal of a more intimate ceremony with a small gathering of your closest family and friends—perhaps even just the two of you!

A small destination wedding can also be a more budget-friendly option since there’s less guests involved. You could even take the opportunity to combine your out-of-town nuptials with a family vacation or better yet, the honeymoon!

In keeping with the more relaxed vibe of a destination wedding, check out a few of our picks below for the destination bride! Simple, unfussy looks are best--particularly for a tropical/beach setting.

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1. Touch Ups Mickey in White Satin, 2. Badgley Mischka Alee in Silver, 3. Laundry by Shelli Segal Stretch Lace Cocktail Dress, 4. Jane Tran Crystal Fab Bobby Pins, 5. Michael Kors Island "Very Bali" Eau de Parfum, 6. Nicole Miller Satin Halter Gown, 7. Catherine Malandrino Capsleeve Dress, 8. Nina Foley in Silver, 9. Mara Hoffman Lattice Strapless Dress

Our wedding style editor, Gwen C. also created a couple of fabulous head-to-toe outfits that would be perfect for a destination wedding! We can totally see these gorgeous looks for a picturesque beachside or countryside ceremony.

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Whether you go with a short dress or a long, flowy one, keep the look simple and elegant. A couple of well-chosen accessories and a natural hair and makeup look is all you need to complement a beautiful outdoor setting!

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Dresses for Summer Weddings

If you’ve got a wedding or other special occasion parties to attend this season, picking the right dress is crucial. That’s why we’ve gathered a few of our prettiest dresses for every type of occasion—from a casual garden wedding to a fancy evening soirée.

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1. Max and Cleo Sally One-Shoulder Beaded Dress, 2. Max and Cleo Penia Halter Chiffon Dress, 3. Donna Morgan Grace Sweetheart Bodice Gown, 4. Laundry by Shelli Segal Botanical Scarf Print Dress, 5. Max and Cleo Angela Satin Dress, 6. Donna Morgan Sleeveless Chiffon Dress, 7. Maggy London Satin Strapless Dress, 8. Donna Morgan Sweetheart Neck Bustier Dress, 9. Maggy London Cap Sleeve Satin Dress, 10. Maggy London Shiny & Matte Satin Dress, 11. Jax Banded Sheath Dress, 12. Laundry by Shelli Segal Printed One-Shoulder Drape Dress    

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Prom Season 2012

It’s that time of year again; the time when high school guys and gals get dressed to the nines, don their boutonnieres and corsages and slip into their fancy shoes. Yup, it’s prom season!

If going to the mall just isn't your style (and who really wants to stand in line and deal with poorly-lit dressing rooms anyway?), we’ve got some fabulous dresses, shoes and accessories worthy of prom night.

Here's a fun idea: have your very own "pre-prom fitting party" at home. Invite your friends and try on some dresses and shoes as your friends vote on which ones are keepers for the big night. (It’s ok; we have FREE shipping both ways!)  

Here are just a few of our prom favorites to get you started:

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1. Laundry by Shelli Segal Pick Up Strapless Gown, 2. Laundry by Shelli Segal One Shoulder Embellished Dress, 3. Laundry by Shelli Segal Crisscross Shirred Strapless Gown , 4. Max and  Cleo Strapless Draped Lulu Dress, 5. Max and  Cleo Strapless Mina Dress, 6. BCBGMAXAZRIA Petite Kaeya Cutout Gown
7. BCBGMAXAZRIA Crystal Trim Bow Clutch, 8. Touch Ups Sequin Clutch, 9. Nina Moira crossbody clutch, 10. Nina Jewelry Mirabela earrings 11. Nina Medina sandals, 12. Nina Pachita platform sandals

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Fresh Picks: Red Carpet-Worthy Dresses

As Hollywood preps for its most prestigious movie awards on the 26th, we’re getting in the mood for some glitz and glamour ourselves! Whether it’s a movie opening or a fancy spring soirée, the right dress makes the evening memorable.

Here are just a few of our favorite red-carpet worthy frocks. (Caution: these gorgeous dresses may lead to a paparazzi following!)badgley mischka, award show season, bcbg max azria, bcbgmaxazria, evening dresses, evening gowns, gowns, halston, hollywood, Hollywood glamour, Laundry by Shelli Segal, nicole miller, party dresses, red carpet, type z, women, women's dresses

1. Badgley Mischka Ruffle Floral Gown: Utterly feminine and flowy, this dress lends such a visually striking impression for your fancy event.

2. Nicole Miller Felicity Open Back Jersey Gown:  This has “Hollywood movie star” written all over it!

3. BCBGMAXAZRIA Petite Amber Cascade Gown: The lively violet shade freshens up this flowy dress for spring.

4. Laundry by Shelli Segal Waterfall Draped Gown: The sequined detail gives this classic gown just the right amount of sparkle.

5. Type Z Aby Dress: This sexy number has it all: one-shoulder neck, a seductive slit, and a body-hugging fit.

6.Halston Heritage Pleated V-Neck Gown: We love the wonderful pleating and classic Grecian-inspired silhouette.

For even more Hollywood-inspired glamour, stay tuned for the latest issue of ZN coming at the end of February!

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Shopping Guide: NYE (Women's)

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1. Kenneth Cole Cold Shoulder Dress, 2. BB Dakota Deborah Dress, 3. Laundry by Shelli Segal Sequin Dress, 4. ABS Allen Schwartz Sequin Cropped Cardigan, 5. Jane Tran Chiffon Flower Garland Headband, 6. ALDO Feather Handbag, 7. Kendra Scott Poppy Ring, 8. Michael Antonio Keme 2 Peep Toe, 9. Steve Madden Partty Pumps

No other time of year calls for an all-out celebration quite like New Year’s Eve. It’s a time to ring in a new year and new possibilities. When it comes to dressing up for the big party, the more the merrier. More sparkle, more shine, more glam. Don’t be afraid to overdress! It’s the one time of year to pull out all the stops.

Cheers to 2012!

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All Things Wedding: Winter Weddings-Bride & Groom

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There’s something really magical about a winter wedding. Whether it’s a mountainside wedding in Vail, or a fancy country club affair with a winter theme, check out some of our most elegant wedding essentials to make your winter nuptials a day to remember.

1. Nina Rohma pumps in Rosita: The lovely blush rose shade and rosette details give this shoe such a romantic flair.

 2. Coloriffics Swan in WhiteWhispy and airy feathers make this classic dress sandal look so ethereal.

 3. Calvin Klein Gareth 2: These high-shine patent oxfords are quintessential black-tie affair shoes.

 4. BOSS Black Rino Lux: Easy luxury done in posh patent!

 5. Ben Sherman Premium Laundered Tuxedo Blazer: The slim lapels add a refined sensibility to this sleek blazer jacket. Perfect for the modern groom.

 6. Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Fur Shawl: Never give the cold shoulder! This elegant shawl is perfect to change up your look for the reception.

7. Franchi Handbags Princess Roll: Glam up with the mesmerizing sparkle of this exquisite clutch.

8. Moods of Norway Rune Tonning Wonder Flocked Blazer: For the more fashion-forward groom, this handsomely offbeat blazer fits the bill perfectly.

9. Shades of Grey Zappos Exclusive Slim Fit Pant: The clean and crisp shape of these dress pants makes them perfect for every special occasion.

10. ABS Allen Schwartz Catherine Strapless Reception Dress: From the lovely sweetheart neckline to the sparkling waistband trim, this dress is all about making a grand entrance.

11. Max and Cleo Shelly Twisted Crepe Gown: This chic Grecian-inspired dress is perfect for the modern bride.