Tie Try, a tie rental service, is the latest of style subscriptions to hit the market.
By Jonathan Bender
The essential part of tying together your morning routine to enter corporate America is about to plunge into the realm of style rentals. After sitting through an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank (for which I’ll forgive him), Scott Tindle and his partner David Powers hit a creative streak which soon turned into Tie Try, a subscription rental service for neckwear.
“The same way a kid doesn’t want to play with the same toy all the time, a man doesn’t want to wear the same tie,” Tindle shares.
The market Tindle and Powers are sure to break new ground with is the wedding circuit. Marrying the idea of style with subscription, where it has already begun with Tie Society , could very well help aid the problem of “what do I wear?” to a friend’s wedding, as well as cut down costs for the wedding party with designer offerings from Dior, Lanvin and more.
Following in the footsteps of the iconic red-enveloped DVD subscription service, customers pay for an account that entitles him or her one to five ties from Tie Try’s virtual rack at a time, keeping them as long as desired. Once they mail it back, the next in queue is shipped.
As weddings are the only surefire static entity in our economic climate, it’s not a bad idea to dive into this style saver that’s cost efficient and aids your indecision. Save the commitment for the altar, I say.
Kate Spade has joined the bridal industry with more than just the perfect clutch for your big day. The line has grown to include stationery (wedding invites and notecards), jewelry, shoes, tabletop items and even chic wedding dresses.
The Wedding Belles section on KateSpade.com is filled with everything a bride needs for her trousseau, along with a few stylish items for the home such as a frame and cake and knife server set to use at your reception and then on your anniversaries.
“Marry me already or I’m out,” sounds a bit sitcom-y, but for my mother it was time. After meeting on a blind date back in the 70’s, she was finally tired of waiting. Not much of a bling-queen, she required something a bit more useful than a diamond: a bedroom set. “Well, we do have to sleep at night … don’t we?” I always dug her rationale, as I’m not really one for jewelry either, but I’m finding that wearing my heart on my designer sleeves has my mind in a tizzy over engagement rings. Sure, I’m happily single but a boy can dream of ivory and diamonds! Ok, maybe not ivory, but I digress. Recently, with “Glee” raising the bar (with YouTube flash-mob inspiration, no doubt), I’m finding my sappier side unleashing into the world of matrimony.
The masculine engagement ring isn’t “just an afterthought anymore,” as A. JAFFE designer Laura Moynahan tells us. “They want a ring that is carefully, thoughtfully designed and more than just a basic wedding band.” She’s right. Something as complex as marriage, it’s many layers does require thought, precision and an effortless appearance. Where I may lie between Moynahan and my mother, I’m a firm believer of “it’s the thought that counts.” If that thought just so happens to come with a flash-mob and a ring, who am I to oblige?
Three of my favorites in A. JAFFE’s collection:
A chic, fashion forward look (style #BB0111BD) with the black diamonds, this ring revels in it’s simplicity.
The Morse Code Ring—created in platinum—features baguettes that spell out customized phrases to match you and your beau.
A classic look (style #BB0147) that’s most masculine and elegant in either black or white diamonds.
Brides who can’t make it to New York for a designer gown sample sale can still score a great deal on their wedding dress by shopping online.The Aisle New York,which just celebrated its first anniversary, is the go-to site for finding a great deal on a high-end wedding gown or bridal accessories. Here’s how it works:
Brides can join the site (for free) and then are invited to shop limited-time sample sales with designer dresses—up to 70 percent off—including gowns by Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Angel Sanchez and Anne Barge. Gowns are not returnable unless you purchase insurance for $200. In addition to wedding gowns, you can also shop for veils, headpieces and jewelry.
You can save even more money by referring a friend to join the site. For each person who signs up through your recommendation you receive $25 off your next purchase.
To find out about upcoming sales visit The Aisle New York and become a member.
Stars looked white hot during Sunday’s Golden Globes. From bride-to-be Jessica Biel to stunning supermodel Elle Macpherson, it seems wedding white has found its way from the aisle to the red carpet.
By Brittny Drye
As we were watching Sunday night's Golden Globes events unfold, we couldn’t help but imagine how some of the leading ladies' gowns-of-choice would look on a bride. Here are our five favorites of the night:
Angelina Jolie wore a white and ruby red Atelier Versace gown—perfect for the fashion-forward bride who wants to add a splash of color. The long front slit is a trend that we started seeing in bridal gowns for spring 2012.
Newly engaged Jessica Biel channeled her bridal style into a romantic lacy Elie Saab gown.
Jessica Chastain looked vintage chic in her elegant Givenchy gown. The cut paired with her bouffant hairstyle gives her a 60s glamour allure.
The always-gorgeous Charlize Theron wore a Christian Dior Couture gown, adorned with an elegant bow in the front. Again, we see the high slit that is finding its way into bridal fashion this season.
Perhaps our favorite bridal chic look of the evening was supermodel Elle Macpherson’s ballgown by Zac Posen. The corseted bodice features piping and detailing, while the fishtailed train boasted layers and layers of tulle.
Photo: Versace, Elie Saab, Givenchy, Golden Globes.org