Weddingbells: La Femme

Posted on July 16, 2012

Darlings, after a day of assessing sweaty, frantic attention-whoring stars at Comic-Con, we’re in desperate need of some simple, old-school pretty to close out the day. Weddingbells magazine? You betta WERQ.

Dress, Lucian Matis. Earrings, Fabrice. Ring, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Gloves, The Cat’s Meow.

Editorial titled “La Femme” for the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Weddingbells magazine paying homage to legendary fashion photographer Irving Penn. Photographed by Chris Nicholls. Styled by Tara Williams. Editor: Alison McGill.  Model: Alyssa from Elmer Olsen Model Management. Hair and Makeup: Tony Masciangelo.


Dress, Alfred. Angelo. Hat, Hefter Collection Luxe Hair Accessories. Earrings, The Cat’s Meow. Ring and gloves, Rue Pigalle.

Dress, Ines Di Santo. Earrings, The Cat’s Meow. Necklace, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Bracelets, Tara Fava Jewellery.

Dress, Rivini. Hat, The Saucy Milliner. Earrings, stylist’s own. Necklace, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection at White Toronto.

Dress, Marchesa at White Toronto. Earrings and bracelets (pictured right), Tara Fava Jewellery. Bracelet (pictured left), Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection.

Dress, Vera Wang. Earrings and ring, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Gloves, Joeffer Caoc.

Dress, Impression Bridal. Stole, The Cat’s Meow. Earrings, Tara Fava Jewellery. Bracelet, Tzuri Gueta at Rue Pigalle.


[Photo Credit: Chris Nicholls for]

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  • PaulaBerman

    Who is the model? She is FIERCE. Love this editorial! Thanks for posting.

    • ceceliadid

       Exactly!  Girl should get some credit.

      • Marquita P. Evans

        I suppose it is black according to the legend, but I imagine it is midnight blue with gold spangles. Like a starry night.

        • Economie

          Hello spambot! Try as you might, you’ll never be as fabulous as Sewing Siren (whose comment you stole). TLo, I feel for you having to fight out these unwashed electronic hordes.

    • tallgirl1204

      Is it Kate Moss with some really funky eyebrows painted on?

      • Sara__B

        One minute I think it is, and the next minute I think it’s not. If it IS Kate Moss, that could explain why T Lo didn’t say — they thought it was obvious?

      • jmorino08

        I don’t think that’s Kate Moss. She does have a little Shalom Harlow look to her, but I’m sure it’s not her either.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, she reminds me of the actress Gloria Graham. Fabulous almond shaped eyes and beautiful lips, not ballooned up!

    • frankystein123

      Asian women represent!

    • Ali

       I thought it might be Karlie Kloss with a whole lot of contouring/photoshop going on.

    • Tom and Lorenzo

      Model info: Alyssa from Elmer Olsen Model Management : )

    • TheOriginalLulu

      She has the most amazing cheekbones!

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      FABULOUS model! 

    • elirt

      They note the model with the photo/designer/make-up credits:  Model: Alyssa from Elmer Olsen Model Management.

  • amanda lynn


  • poketom

    This is gorgeous. But the marchesa leaves me thinking about mushroom gills and jellyfish. 

  • amanda lynn

    i love the herringbone gloves!

    • Linda Tredennick

      Houndstooth, not herringbone. But, I agree — very cool!

      • amanda lynn

        thanks!  i *knew* that was wrong when i typed it but couldn’t come up with the correct pattern name.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    I should get married 8 times just to wear these dresses…..

  • michelle shields

    Love everything but the Marchesa. Looks like decorations for a 2 year olds birthday party.

    • drdirection

      I cracked up when I saw that.  The epitome of what TLo has been saying for years!

  • Teresa M.

    The little girl in me is in love, love, love with that stole! I spend the entire time on the altar petting it.

  • Pennymac

    Spotted the Marchesa like a Wheres Waldo immediately.  It doesn’t fit in well with the other breathtaking gowns that scream of class and sophistication. It reminds me instead of wilted origami. The Model! Gorgeous!

    • Lauren

       I was thinking a dress made of oversized coffee filters…

  • kimmeister

    That Ines di Santo dress looks a lot like one of the couture dresses shown here a while back.  Was it Dior, maybe?

  • MinAgain

    Irving Penn…now, there’s a legend to celebrate.  And he married my most favorite model of all time.

    I can practically see Lisa in the first black gown.

    • Kiltdntiltd

       The model in this shoot even resembles her somewhat.   WOW, what a photoshoot.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Ces’t manifique!!!
    The only one I’m not sold on is the Marchesa, which looks tortured and overwrought.  Everything else? Sublime. And a perfectly fitting tribute to one of the best fashion photographers, ever.

  • MilaXX

    I like all of them except the Marchesa.

    • AthenaJ

      Agreed, the Marchesa looks like what would happen if my dog ate a bunch of curtains and then threw them back up.

  • SewingSiren

    The Ines Di Santo dress is gorgeous .  I suppose it is black according to the legend, but I imagine it is midnight blue with gold spangles. Like a starry night.

    • formerlyAnon

       I swoon over your imagined version.

  • marlie

    This editorial is so old-school elegant and chic!

    • Kiltdntiltd

       It does show us all that sometimes, simple and clean is the way to go.  All the frantic fussing about and overly staged stuff, only keeps us from seeing the superb beauty of the work.

  • Judy_S

    Wonderful photographs, wonderful model.  None of the photos makes me want to get married, though–a Ball or Fete, yes.

  • greymain

    dying over the Ines di Santo… what a spectacular photo shoot.

  • SapphoPoet

    Gorgeous. Now I’m wishing to go back in time and do something interesting with a really large brooch on my wedding dress.

  • Sierra Delta

    The Ines Di Santo quite rightfully makes the Marchesa look like one of those kitschy crocheted covers designed to hide the spare roll of toilet paper in rundown B and Bs.

  • ccinnc

    I can’t find the name of the model – who is she? She is killing it.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Wow, they’ve managed to make the low-end gowns (Impression, Alfred Angelo) look just as dramatic and high-impact as the $$$ gowns. That is one kickass photographer and model.

  • ccm800

    She looks like my date to the Sr. prom! 

    • Kiltdntiltd

       shut UP!  You got to take someone that gorgeous?  I am Soooooo Jealous.

  • JasmineAM

    That first dress is MINE and I will kill for it, so step back bitches.

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Until now, I had not considered a hat for my wedding.  Back to the drawing board!

    • LambeeBaby

       Ooooooooo…Go with the hat if it works with your dress. It is probably one of the few occasions that you will be able to get away with that kind of drama, unless you frequent garden parties or “The Derby”.

  • jmorino08

    Gorgeous photos, but you can probably count on one hand the number of women that second dress would work on! Not for mere mortals for sure!!!

  • Wendi126

    The model reminds me of Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington. Amazing attitude!

  • NDC_IPCentral

    I adore black-and-white photography.  It has a depth and mystery that color just cannot match.  This is a fine homage to Mr. Penn, but I think that if verisimilitude were the goal the shiny makeup around the eyes and cheeks would have/should have been matte.

    Thanks for sharing art with us, T Lo.

  • CassieLee22


  • Pop Tarts Jen

    If I were rich and fashionable I would have worn houndstooth gloves in my wedding.

    (Instead, I had a medieval-style dress my mom made because I am poor and nerdy.)

  • quiltrx

    SO gorgeous!  Thanks for sharing this.

    Aside:  I would have KILLED to get married in houndstooth gloves.

  • AC

    Looking at the thumbnail really quickly (the second photo), I thought for a moment that she was Kate Moss. The model is exquisite though and these dresses and the photos are amazing.

  • TropiCarla

    Wow. This is STUNNING! I’m halfway in love with that model.

  • Fucking A.

    That’s the first thing I thought: who is the model? She is absolutely stunning.

  • boweryboy

    The pics are spot on as far as a homage to Irving Penn is concerned.

    The model, on the other hand freaks me out.  She’s a bit on the Jocelyn Wildenstein side for me to say she’s pretty in a conventional sense.  Then again, it could simply be the make-up….I hope.

  • Coralie Legister

    I’ve never wanted to wear a black wedding dress but the 3rd pic down could change my mind. Stunning.

  • Beardslee

    Lovely lovely lovely.  I am fed up with  gaunt joyless models stomping down the runway or standing gracelessly.  Let’s have more photo shoots like this one!

  • Puckndc

    The Ines Di Santo and Vera Wang…WOW!!!

  • formerlyAnon


    Stylist Tara Williams did a bang-up job, and the model has killer cheekbones.

    The “Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection at White Toronto” necklace in photo 5 is AWESOME.

  • mjude


  • Tom and Lorenzo

    Model info: Alyssa from Elmer Olsen Model Management : ) XO

  • AthenaJ

    I need to track down that Alfred Angelo dress as a contender for my wedding next year!

  • guest2visits

    Such beauty and drama. The fabric comes alive, even in black and white. The Marchesa dress appears to be swirling.
    The Ines De Santo dress could probably be in featured in any deep, dark color; such as crimson, violet, or midnight blue;
     – and look amazing.

  • Sara Munoz Munoz

    Lovely. But that Marchesa is a fungus. As Marchesa generally is.

  • Lisa

    OMG, this is so freaking fierce and glamourous and amazing and awesome!  This is SO gorgeous!

  • StellaZafella

    I’d take any one of these dresses but I can’t even afford to LOOK at them for very long.
    The model puts me in mind of the stunning French/Italian actress and model of the late 50’s through 60’s Capucine…one of the first one-name international stars.

  • Shawn EH

    Flawless. Like Gene Tierney lives again!

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    The Ines de Santo gown is freaking GORGEOUS!  And on the other end of the spectrum, we have Marchesa, which I correctly identified even before the scroll down information.  😛  Overworked and obnoxious.  Beautiful shoot, though – the model is simply amazing, as is the styling and photography.

  • sweetlilvoice


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  • Judy_J

    LOVE! That is all.

  • Call me Bee

    Thank you very much, gentlemen, for posting this editorial.  The gowns are gorgeous and the model is excellent.  So much pretty…(she says as she runs out to look for a white fur stole…) 

  • TieDye64

    Fucking fabulous! That is one fierce bitch. Brava, dahling.

  • oohsparkley!

    Those are some edgy brides.

  • la_lala

    The Ines di Santo is making me die of WANT. Does anyone know what the dress is called? I looked on her site and couldn’t find it.


    Alyssa Winegarden. On Twitter she says she’s an ex-model