Valentine Avoh: Blog http://blog.valentineavoh.com The adventures of a fashion designer... Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:20:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Sophie http://blog.valentineavoh.com/2015/09/sophie.html http://blog.valentineavoh.com/2015/09/sophie.html#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:20:19 +0000 http://blog.valentineavoh.com/?p=8637

Two beautiful pictures of my little bride Sophie in her Valentine Avoh bespoke top and Laure de Sagazan skirt.…

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top-by-valentine-avoh-photo-sebastien-melotTwo beautiful pictures of my little bride Sophie in her Valentine Avoh bespoke top and Laure de Sagazan skirt. I handmade the top in silk crèpe and delicate french lace. I really adore everything about, how she styled it, her hair, her make up, her jewels..! And le’ts not forget the groom, he looks quite dashing too.

top-by-valentine-avoh-photo-sebastien-melot-1All my best to the love birds!

Photo: Sebastien Melot

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Philips and Me http://blog.valentineavoh.com/2015/09/philips-and-me.html http://blog.valentineavoh.com/2015/09/philips-and-me.html#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:04:01 +0000 http://blog.valentineavoh.com/?p=8629

Ironing is definitely part of my daily life as it is an essential step in quality clothes making. Each…

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Ironing is definitely part of my daily life as it is an essential step in quality clothes making. Each seam, each stitch needs to be carefully ironed. And as I work mainly with delicate & expensive fabrics such as silk chiffon, silk crèpe de chine lace, cotton etc… I need a high quality iron. I have been using the same brand for the past 10 years, Philips, and even if my old iron is still in shape, I was thrilled when Philips offered me to try their new Perfect Care-Elite Silence.

It take more or less the same space as my old one but is much lighter and smoother, which does make a difference on your wrist when you use it all day long.

My favorite part is…  Actually, I have a few: You don’t need to set the temperature as it automatically detect the type of fabric and immediately ajust to it. The removable water tank is really convenient as I used to make a mess every time I had to fill up the previous one as it was odly placed and fixed. The steamer is very powerful thus perfect when I have to smooth out any fabric or finish dresses. And finally, the auto power off is a must for scatterbrain like me.

The only thing I miss is the ability to put it vertically on the board. You can only lay it flat or on it’s base. But to be honest you get used to it quite fast…

This beast is definitely going to stay with me for a while!

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Many thanks to Ingrid!

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Mercedes http://blog.valentineavoh.com/2015/04/mercedes-wedding-dress.html http://blog.valentineavoh.com/2015/04/mercedes-wedding-dress.html#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://blog.valentineavoh.com/?p=8562

First bride of the year, but also first time one of my dress travels as far as… Argentina!! I…

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First bride of the year, but also first time one of my dress travels as far as… Argentina!!

I always get emotional when I see my dresses during their big day, so when the bride is as elegant and stylish as Mercedes, it is total bliss!

Her wedding dress was made entirely of Italian silk organza which I embroidered with fringes of lace. Regarding the style, we went for an airy retro/bohemian silhouette. But I have to admit that Mercedes’ look wouldn’t have been complete and as striking without her beautiful Ani Burech golden headpiece. It literally brighten up her face. As for her husband, Nicolas, I though he was very elegant too with his three pieces suit. They did indeed looked like the perfect couple!

My congratulations to the happy couple, I wish you an eternity of happiness!!

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valentine-avoh-couturerobe-de-mariee-valentine-avoh-aThe beautiful wedding photos are courtesy of Cuika Foto

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As the wedding season approach, it is now time (if you didn’t do it already) to choose the wedding…

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As the wedding season approach, it is now time (if you didn’t do it already) to choose the wedding veil that will perfect your beautiful dress! Did you know that this timeless piece can be worn in so many ways? Here are 7 ways to style your wedding veil!

1. The birdcage

voile-mariageVery elegant but also easy to wear, the birdcage veil will be the perfect choice if you wear your hair in a bun or if they are short. What a better way to show off your shoulders and décolleté?

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2. Bohemian

voile-mariage-7Tied in the back or on the side, this alternative to the classic veil will add a touch of “swinging 20s” to your look while remaining highly elegant.

3. Flower

voile-mariage-4Fresh flowers or fabric ones, you choose! This type of veil will please the more romantic and nature loving brides. Plus you will be adding a beautiful dash of colors to your outfit.

4. Juliet

voile-mariage-6-Named after the one and only Juliet from Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, but more precisely from Juliet’s wedding outfit as sketched by it’s author: She was wearing a delicate fitted headdress adorned with a veil.

Later it became one of the symbol of the 20s-30s. In the 50s Grace Kelly and Jacky Kennedy brought it back to life, so well that it remained popular until this day. As a matter of fact, Kate Moss and Lili Allen wore it to their own weddings.

voile-mariage-55. Beaded

voile-mariage-13This precious veil delicately embroidered with beads will definitely add some romanticism and mystery to your look.

6. Headband

voile-mariage-9If you cannot choose between the veil and the headband, why not wear both? This way you will be able to take off your veil after the ceremony and keep your headband for the party!

voile-mariage-117. Traditional

voile-mariage-10This one is for the princesses among us who dream of their prince lifting up their veil prior to the big kiss!


My 3 tips for selecting your veil:

– Make sure your veil is the same color and tone of your dress.

– Always talk to your hairstylist to make sure that the style of veil you choose can be adapted to your hair type and style.

– Choose your veil according to your shape an height. Avoid long heavily embroidered veil if you are very short. On the other hand, shoulder length veil are perfect if you have broad shoulders as the delicately hide them.


You can also read my article in french on Elle.be here.

Picture credits: Pinterest. Discover more veils on my “Wedding veil” board.

 

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About time… http://blog.valentineavoh.com/2015/03/time.html http://blog.valentineavoh.com/2015/03/time.html#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:12:47 +0000 http://blog.valentineavoh.com/?p=8515

When working I tend to loose track of time, especially when I draw or sew. I sink into this…

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When working I tend to loose track of time, especially when I draw or sew. I sink into this parallel world where minutes becomes hours. The only thing that usually bring me back to the real world is my stomach! Yes, as soon as I start to hear him, it’s time for me to stop and indulge into my other passion, food!

daniel-wellington-watches-by-valentine-avoh_3So I was very happy when I received this beautiful watch for my birthday (it was on the 16th feb ;-) from Daniel Wellington Watches. They knew exactly what I needed! It keeps me from looking at the time on my phone which inevitably turns in a mail, facebook and other distractions moment. I usually leave it on my desk when working but obviouly love to wear it during my bridal appointments as it is very elegant and yet modern.

daniel-wellington-watches-by-valentine-avoh_2The good news is that I managed to get you a 15% discount on their whole collection using the code: valentine

So now the question is which one will you choose? I got the Gold Classy Sheffield below but there are so many more models to choose from on their site.
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Through Ainsley’s eyes… http://blog.valentineavoh.com/2015/02/studio-visit-ainsley-and-i-said-yes.html http://blog.valentineavoh.com/2015/02/studio-visit-ainsley-and-i-said-yes.html#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:05:39 +0000 http://blog.valentineavoh.com/?p=8481

In January I had the pleasure to meet the lovely Ainsley from the blog And I Said Yes as…

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In January I had the pleasure to meet the lovely Ainsley from the blog And I Said Yes as she was planning to write a piece on my collection. The truth is that I had been following her blog since its beginning so I was really thrilled to meet her in person.

Ainsley started her blog only a few months ago but immediately stood out from the crowd with her quality content and beautiful imagery. Plus you will absolutely love her DIY video tutorials!

I showed her around my cosy studio, told her about my design process and even engaged in some live sewing… As you can see I was wearing my favorite stay at home ballerinas from Wonders which help me to brighten up any cloudy day ;-)

So to see the rest of the pictures and discover Ainsley’s cute blog, click here.

valentine-avoh-by-ainsley-and-I-Said-Yes-Blog2Thank you Ainsley for the lovely pictures!

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Shirt: Zara • Jeans: James Jeans • Ballerina: Wonders

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