THE JOURNAL

Valencienne Parties until dawn at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards

Saturday January 31st 2015, Marked the Fashion event of the year- The Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards. It was such an incredible event filled with such promise for Canadian talent, artists and designers. I felt honoured to be there and  quite proud of my 30 year contribution to Canadian fashion. I was able to spend the evening catching up with many designers and industry friends who I have …

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Miss Universe Canada 2009 Gets Married

When Mariana arrived for her appointment at Valencienne, she was  very casually dressed, wearing leggings and a loose top. She announced that she was a cousin of a previous client of mine and that she loved her cousins’ gown. She was having a very difficult time finding exactly what she was looking for and decided that custom was the way …

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New York Bridal week 2013 Trend Watch

Last week, Valencienne Bridal had their eyes set on the New York Bridal Couture show searching for what was ‘haute’ on the runways for Spring. Dozens of top designers showcased their bridal collection at the annual bridal week. Next years bridal trends are Peplums,  textured bodices and lots of tulle and the colour trend is red and Black gowns. The …

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Win Place or Show

Toronto’s latest star is our bride, Ashlee B. She’s not only a star in this blog but she is one of our brides that gave Valencienne a tremendous testimony on our video. ‘’The Making of a wedding gown’’ Shot by Andrew and Emily of Honey and Dear. Ashlee is outgoing, gregarious and full of life. When we met it was …

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Grand style and wonderful traditions

  When I was 21 I opened a bridal store named Valencienne on Bloor St.It was a store that came to be known for extremely elaborate wedding gowns and the whole store was a sea of big, no make that huge gowns, all with extraordinary details. Massive skirts, larger than life crinolines, trains that had no end, big over exaggerated …

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Lady in Red

When Lorraine walked into Valencienne wanting  a wedding dress, it was the usual  Saturday afternoon appointment and  I thought, ‘A bride with her Mother, Father and her fiancé – What is her fiancé  doing here?’ You see we have never had them as part of the wedding gown design team. This is really quite unusual. Not surprisingly, so to was …

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Pink and Gold Glamour

When our bride, Julie, walked into my store with her Mom, her Sister and little dog."Pupo” I thought ‘your kidding me right – a dog in Valencienne’. My beautiful bridal salon filled with magnificent silk wedding gowns and you bring a dog here. Our meeting was not starting off very well and with 27 years of experience in the bridal …

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Wedding website gems

 Valencienne surveyed our brides and some of our most trusted wedding peeps and came up with this list of favourite wedding blogs, websites and wedding shows and why they liked them. This list is based on the style of the site, wedding content and information and photography because without the eye candy these sites just wouldn’t be so appealing. After …

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DESIGNERS SKETCH – Their vision for Kate Middleton

Its sure to be the wedding of the century and the big day has finally arrived. Designers will be glued to the TV tomorrow and some are standing, scissors in hand at their cutting tables to start the new trends of this upcoming Wedding year of 2011. I am sure that most custom wedding gowns will have elements of her …

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Piece by Piece – How a masterpiece is created

So what is Couture? The original term of ‘Haute couture’ came from the exclusive French Fashion houses that refer to creation of exclusive, ornate, high fashion, custom-fitted clothes that are made to order for a specific customer. Here at Valencienne, ordering a couture gowns means every customer walks out with a one of a kind, original creation; and it all …

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Our Kate Middleton inspired wedding gown

The happy couple – Kate Middleton and Prince William Looking forward to their magical day. The Kate Middleton inspired wedding gown by Valencienne, “Where did the concept for this gown come from?” Simple it’s the same as designing for our very own Toronto brides. We look at the client, how they dress, what’s their personal style and take into consideration …

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