Thousands of hearts of Jay Chou fans were broken when Jay Chou, 36, tied the knot with 21-year-old sweetheart Hannah Quinlivan at a beautiful 900-year-old church, Selby Abbey in England on Sunday.
The Taiwanese singer just released a video of his wedding. It’s truly a wedding that a lot of young girls dream about as the word “fairytale” just about describes it. The video is a short 2-minute clip shows shots of bridesmaids with the groomsmen followed by Jay Chou walking down confidently the red carpet.
The bride, whose Chinese name is Wu Yi-Chen was escorted by her father down the aisle to meet Chou and the lovely couple then proceed to the altar, walking along an aisle where it was lit by dozens of candles, creating the perfect romantic atmosphere. The couple walked into the sound of music specially composed by Chou for the ceremony.
The couple tied to knot in an intimate ceremony in the presence of 50 of their closest family and friends.
The year is coming to an end by the end of next week. And fashion, namely, wedding fashion has seen some terrific bridal attire this year.
From the likes of the ever-so-hip Solange Knowles to the highly trendy Olivia Palermo to the popular do-gooder Angelina Jolie to the long-awaited wedding of Amal Alamuddin to George Clooney, this year in bridal fashion has never been so interesting.
Gone are the days of huge reams of tulle, taffeta and organza. These days, it’s about individuality and really what makes a bride feel most beautiful on their wedding day. A wedding day is truly a day to be remembered and one to cherish. It means so much to take that step of faith to formally commit oneself to another person. Taking that step to say “I do” to that one person for all the days of your life is an act of commitment that has always wowed us because that show of trust and commitment to each other is indeed awe-inspiring.
And to have the most gorgeous wedding dress to go with that show of great commitment, is there any other way to do it? We think not.
Here are the Most Stylish Brides of 2014:
1. Amal Alamuddin
To say that this wedding was eagerly anticipated was an understatement. The long-awaited wedding of George Clooney to Amal Alamuddin was just fab!! The frothy and ethereal creation by legendary designer Oscar de la Renta perfectly captured this bride: the gown oozed sophistication, femininity and with just enough Old Hollywood glamour. Truly beautiful.
2. Angelina Jolie
It was the walk down the aisle a lot of us never expected to see. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had been together for almost a decade and have brought up six kids together. But this power couple took the world by surprise when they finally tied the knot in a low-key ceremony this summer in France. And the gown? Well, it was indeed Jolie-esque in many ways. It was a specially designed Atelier Versace creation customized with drawings and doodles from the Jolie-Pitt clan. How awesome and couture is that?!
3. Kim Kardashian
This lady has got style. And has she got it in spades! Love or hate her, one has to admit that when she does something, she does it with panache. Her Givenchy Haute Couture wedding gown by Riccardo Tisci was a lace creation that just took our breath away. It was unexpected in some ways as many expected her to do full-on sexy but instead, she chose well. She did it intricately, as a highly fashionable yet demure bride. That is a combo very few people in the world can pull off.
4. Poppy Delevingne
In May this year, model Poppy Delevingne tied the knot with James Cook in Knightsbridge, London. The Chanel ambassador called upon Karl Lagerfeld to create her one-of-a-kind wedding gown and when one has Karl Lagerfeld on your side, honestly, how can one go wrong? The result was a beautiful heavily embellished Haute Couture gown. Gorgeous is the word.
5. Solange Knowles
Now this one, it’s one wedding that the word cool doesn’t even come close to describe it! With Beyoncé as a big sister, Solange has always had to ensure that she has her own style and mark on things. And when it came to her wedding day, Solange certainly did that and more! When she married Alan Ferguson in New Orleans, according to Vogue, Solange called it a true labor of love. For the ceremony, she wore a stunning custom caped dress by Humberto Leon for Kenzo, with gilt bracelets by Jill for Lady Grey to match the groom’s gold-capped shoes. But it was her arrival, on a bicycle no less, in an ivory Stephane Rolland jumpsuit, that had us awed by her coolness! Almost like the Bianca Jagger of this generation. Coolness personified wedding style.
Whether you’re looking for wedding gown inspirations or just discovering hidden jewels in Malaysia by taking the roads less travelled – head on to Pekan, Pahang for the Contemporary Malay Wedding Exhibit by Bernard Chandran at the Sultan Abu Bakar Museum!
An exciting new exhibition curated by the internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Bernard Chandran explores the designer’s unique and contemporary interpretations of traditional wedding attire, through a discerning selection of his own past and present designs as well as related film footage, archive photography and text.
Housed in the picturesque Sultan Abu Bakar Museum, in Pekan (the Royal town of Pahang state), the exhibition features some of Chandran’s most iconic bridal outfits created throughout his award-winning career; the centrepiece to the exhibition is an array of original designs which he created specifically for the Royal Family of Brunei during the past two decades, along with other celebrities and international entertainment industries in a multi-media setting which converges historical context with contemporary meaning.
These remarkable creations are valued to be €50,000 to €150,000 each (approx. RM206,000 to RM619,000), and are absolutely breathtaking pieces that have been loaned exclusively with great generosity of spirit by members of the Royal Family’s own personal archives.
Considering the remarkable dresses fit for royalty, bespoke mannequins were commissioned and made in Paris, to perfectly fit each of Chandran’s designs and showcase his work to breath-taking effect.
We recently had a chance to meet with the man himself to find out a little bit more about his exhibition at the Sultan Abu Bakar Museum.
On his fascination with museums
BC: I fell in love with the museums in Paris 20 years ago as a student, and it just connected; I knew that this is what I wanted do and from there, I started wanting to understand my country even more – the culture, the way I grew up.
So, the first thing I did when I came back to Malaysia was to go to Muzium Negara to look for how and what our collections were like. I feel it’s a privilege for me to grow up in a multiracial country such as Malaysia, because it’s what makes me the way I am today.
Upon my return, I was looking for information on the baju kedah, cheongsam – I just wanted to know more of the origins, but I couldn’t find enough information. So that’s when I told myself, “From this day onwards, I will archive everything and label them.”
The importance of archiving
BC: Now, I have three guys who constantly do that, everyday. I even archive myself; what I wear daily, all my works, even my children – everything! My dad never took a good picture of me (growing up) and I was a bit upset over that! But I’ve been archiving pictures of my children from the day they were born; everywhere we go we take a picture and we put those pictures on a hard disk, select a few to print out, put it in an album, label them with the dates – and it’s archived for the boys to look at whenever they want.
It’s because I have such a system that people I work with know when they look into my eyes and the way I speak passionately that I don’t see museums as an object – because I love museums. (I construct) my lifestyle like a one; inside my house, at work – I run it like a museum, there’s a system.
I have a team with me that works with me, and everything is archived, everything is coded. At home I’m always updating everything; for example, how the table is set in my home – people might think it looks (like a showroom), but to me – I’m just making it right.
It takes many people to make a gown, so keep it as a jewel. It’s not about today – we’re talking about 50 years from now, you’ll take it out and say, “Bernard made this gown in that period of time, and it’s so beautiful still.”
My entire team is involved in the making of a garment, so I always ask them, “How do you feel?” after it’s done, because it’s a team effort. Just because I’m the creator, doesn’t mean I make it alone. There’s the person who cuts the fabric, the person who beads it, the person who irons it. So like today, they look at it hanging in the museum and say, “My God, did we make this?” It drives us to push ourselves and make even better creations.
The challenges of designing Contemporary Malay Wedding Dresses
BC: The most challenging part of designing a wedding dress is that the bride must know what she wants! If she knows what she wants, I can come up with something in 2 seconds!
Each designer has his own character and style, but the client must first discover who she is as a person, and that’s why brides should visit museums to get more confidence in discovering what she likes. Some people like sculptures, some people like music, artifacts, old silver collections – so there’s a lot of museums and if you can identify what you like, it makes our life (the designer) easy. Otherwise, she’ll just have to tell us, “Do magic!”
So it’s only difficult to design when a client doesn’t know what she wants and if that’s the case, I will do a mood board for her to help the process.
On choosing a favourite creation
BC: It changes, they’re all my ‘children’. They have different characters. Sometimes I forget about a certain outfit; like today, I took out one of my outifts from the 1996 archives. Crystals were so expensive back then and I remember telling my staff to calculate the amount of stones to be put on this kebaya.
Today, ‘she’ just appeared out there majestically looking at me; she’s the oldest ‘woman’ standing out there and I thought, “We were so calculative with you” in comparison to another dress that (I designed later on) in which we put as many stones as we wanted on because my lifestyle changed, things changed but she (the original kebaya) is still special now.
Inspiring local talent
BC: We have the best here, but Malaysians have to start supporting local; and the most important thing I always say, is to set (local designers) free and let them be who they want to be, so that over time they will discover themselves.
When I first designed my baju kebaya using 6 metres in 1994, people used to think I was crazy and rebellious – but after 1998, everybody was doing the same thing, with big sleeves, etc. So, I want to inspire the (smaller) tailors to find their own style as well. If they do it well, we all look good. My style is still my style and no one can take that away from me but if others take that inspiration and run with it, we all look good and everyone out there will be looking at us (Malaysia).
It’s the same with museums; I really enjoy museums but it doesn’t always have to be The Louvre or the Guggenheim; sometimes the smaller museums are equally as amazing. Lately one of my favourites is the Queen Sirikit Museum in the Grand Palace of Thailand. To see the Queen’s collections from the 1950s designed by Pierre Balmain for 25 years was absolutely amazing, and all of that inspired me to do something similar here.
BC: I’ve seen many couples in this town that come to this museum on the weekends to take wedding pictures and just have an amazing time here. So I told Farid (Pahang Museum curator-director Ahmad Farid Abdul Jalal) that we had to do something. Museums are about connecting, communicating with the community and so the community (of Pekan) needs to be involved, but how do we do that?
We realised that they (the Pekanites) have their own style of wedding, so I said to him, “Since you looked for the best, I’ll give you the best”.
Following the wedding theme, I decided that since I’ve done many gowns for the Royal Family of Brunei that it would be a good reason to exhibit and showcase traditional royal wedding outfits here; because despite all the protocol and restrictions required as members of Royalty, they still keep up-to-date with the latest styles and techniques to update traditional outfits whilst still looking chic.
The Sultan Abu Bakar Museum had the security system in place, it’s clean, it’s convenient for the community, and we thought of things that would make the facility comfortable for Malaysians. We have programs lined up until 2016 to makes sure it’s easy to plan to come here. When you have the right system, then only will overseas investors be interested to sell or loan their exhibitions to us.
Besides that, the infrastructure (that we have in Malaysia) is amazing, and to me a 2-3 hour journey by car seems so short these days! Who knows, maybe we’ll get a fast train to Pekan in the future but in order to get there, we need to have the attractions to draw in the crowds first. So that’s why we’re in Pekan, we’ll make it interesting; It’s like a jewel, and you will get something when you come here. Now that we have the best in Pekan, let’s make an effort to come here, non?
The Contemporary Malay Wedding: from June 27th, 2013, until February 27th, 2014. The exhibition is open on Tuesdays to Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9.00am to 5.00pm; Fridays from 9.00am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00 and close on Mondays. For more information, kindly contact tel: +609 422 1371, +609 422 1459.
Over-the-top tiers, headpieces and sleeves are all the rage for blushing brides of 2013
Before anything else is said, let’s just set one thing straight: I am a sucker for wedding. I mean, who doesn’t? From forcing my way as close as possible to the isle when my height was no more than 100cm, to watching the tearjerkers that are proposals and wedding videos – wedding is undoubtedly one of life’s finest moments to witness.
The recent Bridal Fashion Week has got us ‘ooh!’ and ‘aah!’ – ing with its inventive trends yet the traditional look doesn’t completely disappear. At the end of the day, there is a certain bride look we’d like to maintain upon being a bride, although that black lace dress from Vera Wang has got us playing with the idea of a totally unconventional wedding.
Kate Middleton and her Alexander McQueen wedding dress still heavily impacts the bridal trend for 2013, with Temperley London and Monique Lhuillier fronting the modest bride troops. Traditional veil morphs into fancy headpieces, as recently seen on newlywed Anne Hathaway. Vera Wang goes back to basic by showcasing an all-white collection where layers and tiers are the main draws, after 2 seasons of avant-garde, dark-hued wedding dresses.
If you have just secured a date for next year, or your man just popped the question, it is the right time to start planning your wedding dress. Here, we recap the best of 2013 bridal trends.
Modest is the word to describe this latest bridal trend which sees a higher neckline on top of the main one, that goes up to the collarbone. The see-through addition puts a whimsical touch to classic sweetheart-necklined number. If Zooey Deschanel ever decides to walk the isle again, we imagine this would be the kind of dress she wears.
What’s a wedding dress without the lace and frills, really? Lace is beautifully combined with shape-defining dresses this season, shifting away from the heavy, grandma-like end results.
Gone were the days of dome-like wedding skirts. Shape-defining gowns and over-the-top tiered skirts are where it’s really at right now. Vera Wang leads the march with dreamy, seamless layered dresses that make us think of ballerinas. If you are on the edgy side, opt for wedding cake-like dress as exemplified by Douglas Hannant.
This one is music to our ears since most of us are always self-conscious about how our arms look like in pictures. Channeling vintage wedding dresses, the sleeved wedding dress trend has remained since the day Kate Middleton walked the isle. Our favourite must be the full-on body-hugging lace number from Monique Lhuillier.
Anne Hathaway received both nods and head shakes over the Bohemian headpiece by Marchesa she sported on her wedding day. It turns out that the starlet is way ahead of trend, seeing how designers exchange veil with playful headpieces including floral hair adornment. Lebanese designer Reem Acra brings the best of both worlds – veil and headpiece – in her latest collection with gorgeous headband clad in veil; reminds us of Jasmine from Aladdin!
A trend that hits close to home, designers are looking to the East and come up with Indian-inspired beaded wedding dresses. As seen on Marchesa, beads detailing cover the shoulders beautifully, putting a glamorous and intricate touch into wedding dresses. Badgley Mischka turns a traditional wedding dress into a trendy one by creating gorgeous patterns all over it using beads.