Houston Forward Times

06 August 2013 Written by  Grace Boateng

Couture Summer Wedding Dress Designs by Rebecca Schoneveld, Amsale Aberra, and Monique Lhuillier


Meet Me At the Courthouse

As we draw closer to the end of summer, my Facebook timeline has been flooded with pictures of nuptials taking place all around the world. With lace being my favorite material on Earth, naturally I am a big fan of weddings (primarily, the dresses and delicious cake). A trend quickly developing among my peers is a less traditional approach to the wedding ceremony. It’s becoming less about the “pomp and circumstance” and more about a private moment for couples. But hey, just because there isn’t a crowd doesn’t mean you can’t go all out on your big day. Here are a few of my picks for that special courthouse run.


Designer Rebecca Schoneveld believes in balance.  Her designs focus heavily on “a woman’s natural beauty and movements.” Rebecca doesn’t want to force women into a certain look and this is reflected in the fit and construction of her garmets. Rebecca’s embroidered French lace “Alexis-Savannah” piece was my first choice. This beautiful ensemble features a V neck boned bustier trimmed with lace around the neck and shoulders to create a lovely neckline both front and back. This is coupled with the “Savannah” skirt which is a bouncy-ruffled cut charmeuse. It is a short dress with the drama of a gown. You can find Rebecca’s work in places like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Both (friend in my head) Oprah and I are fans of her work so she is official.


Amsale Aberra became a designer for more personal reasons when she had a hard time finding the gown of her dreams for her wedding day. “Everything was so overdone and overly adorned,” Amsale recollects. You can see her appreciation for a more understated look with the “Darby” dress I selected from her collection. This one shoulder, silk radzimir ivory dress is a simple, elegant, and timeless look for a bride.


Monique Lhuillier was destined to become a designer after growing in her mother’s boutique. Having attended school for design, Monique was disappointed with the choices she had in 95’ when looking for her own wedding gown. She sought more cutting edge couture designs and when she saw this void in the bridal market, she began creating her own beautiful designs. This three quarter sleeved “Vignette” dress features white silk, Chantilly lace and a bateau neck. Re-embroidered lace draped around the bodice is the final touch of glam that makes this dress a knockout.

Out and About


Who wears short shorts? Well...apparently, everybody. This week Beyoncé Knowles Carter was spotted grabbing a pack of sunflowers seeds in a Topshop Knitted Mono Morrocan Crop Sweater. She paired it with a pair of black shorts and boot heels.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson was dressed to the nine at the 2013 Do Something Awards. Her head-to-toe Versace look consisted of a leopard print blouse and black flared shorts that were cinched with a gold buckled belt and a pair of white ankle-cuffed heels.

lily collins style

Lily Collins colorblocked her way up and down the street in a Maxime Simoëns Resort look. The ensemble featured a sheer black and red blouse and a pair of black shorts. She finished off her look with a pair of Christian Louboutin ‘Big Lips’ over-the-knee black leather boots. I see you Lily.

Pharrell Williams

Where can you find the man of the summer, Pharrell Williams besides on the top of the Pop, R&B and Hip Hop charts, as well as in movies? That would be in the September spread for Vogue UK. In the pictorial by David Bailey that features Pharrell and model Cara Delevingne, he gives us a little insight into his personal style evolution. Pharrell admits, “Kelis introduced me to Prada and Gucci. Thanks to her, I discovered a life outside monograms.”

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