Inspiration Series: Style #9010

Style 9010

“The Star of the Show”

Rose is someone with a flair for the dramatic. Rather than pursuing acting, she chose to be part of the inner workings of the theater industry as a stage manager.  Rose is devoted to her craft.  If it is tech week, don’t expect to see her at all, (something her finance has grown used too).  Now that her wedding is coming closer it is clear that Rose has spent enough time backstage, and is ready to step into the spotlight as leading lady on her wedding day! Rose has seen enough leading lady gowns to know her dress needs to be dramatic and detailed. When Rose saw Liz Fields original, style 9010 she couldn’t decide which detail she loved more:  the intricate beading and embroidery on the bodice, the sexy and striking corset back, or the cascading volume of the gown.  Rose cannot wait to be the star of her own show in this gown!

Buzz From the Chicago Bridal Market

I just got back from the Chicago Bridal Market, and it was a huge success! People seem to be very excited about our new looks for the fall.

We’re getting some great comments from around the web! Check out what people are saying about our new gowns!

Growing Kookey Together raves:  “ I simply loved everything by Liz Fields. Her style is very fun yet sophisticated and she’s really thinking about functionality as well. Mrs. Powderpuff posted about a bridal gown by Liz Fields that went from long to short…but never fear, bridesmaids, there’s one for you as well!”

Crafts and Cardigans writes about our newest convertible gown: “Liz Fields had some really awesome dresses as well. This one converts from a long, beautiful dress to a short lacy number by simply removing the skirt. Business on top. Party underneath













Be sure to become a fan of ours on facebook to get updates on our new lines!

Liz Fields Gives Wedding Fashion Tips in Western Mass Women Magazine

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Western Mass Women Magazine for including us in the “Fashionista” segment of their latest issue! If you have the chance to pick up a copy, you won’t be disappointed. Check them out at for a lot of interesting and informative articles!

Below is the article that appeared in Western Mass Women Magazine, I hope you enjoy it!

Bridal Designer Tips for your Search!

Planning a wedding can seem like a daunting task, from finding the dress of your dreams, to choosing a color scheme, then finding bridesmaid gowns your friends can agree on, and all within a budget! The good news is that it can be fun and, with a few tips, it can be pretty stress-free too!

This season there is no shortage of exciting fashion trends to choose from when searching for your perfect gown.

As Head Designer of Liz Fields, specializing in bridal, bridesmaid and special occasion gowns, I would like to make your life just a little easier by giving you a quick overview of what I have noticed to be the top styles, fabrics and colors this season.

Traditional ballroom gowns are always popular, but this year they appear to be in full force. Ballroom gowns tend to make you feel like a princess and create that perfect hourglass shape, while disguising areas you might be self-conscious about! If you want the feel of a ballroom gown but would like some added zest to it, be sure to try a dress with asymmetric draping. Floral embellishmentsare also a great way to update the princess cut dress. Florals of all shapes and sizes are in this season so you could pick a dress with a more delicate flower, or one with eye catching rosettes.

If the ballroom silhouette doesn’t suite your fancy, opt for modern silhouettes that are getting a lot of attention this season; the sheath and the fit &flare. If you love your figure and have some curves, these are great styles to show it off in!

On the cutting edge of fashion is the asymmetrical one-shoulder gown. These styles happen to be some of my favorites this season and are an update on the traditional strapless gown. Elegant and romantic, the one-shoulder gown will beautifully accentuate your neck and shoulders. Planning a destination wedding? Definitely think about the one-shoulder option!

Color is becoming a more popular accessory on bridal gowns with small splashes and details in colors. An easy way to add color to any white dress is to add a sash or a flower in a color. Colors like champagne and gold are common, but think about adding a hint of your bridal party color into the mix for a different approach.

Brides this season seem to be looking for comfort, elegance, and value. When you have to wear a gown for hours of photography, ceremony and reception you want to make sure that you are comfortable to dance and enjoy the night away. Also, with the economy at a lull, most women are on a budget and do not want to spend thousands of dollars on a wedding gown and hundreds on bridesmaids gowns.

Look for light and airy fabrics such as taffeta, organza and chiffon which are overtaking the heavier fabrics of previous seasons. These fabrics look beautiful layered and tend to be easier to wear. Also, you can find collections which are available at moderate prices and provide the consumer with great value, but be sure to always purchase your bridal gown from an authorized retailer.

Be sure to start looking for your gown early so that you can get a great deal and avoid stressful situations. While you can usually find some options available in a rush, most Designers will need about 3 months to make your gown and then the boutique will need another 2 months to properly fit you several times to ensure the perfect dress for your big day! With bridesmaid dresses, Designers ask for about two months and usually a dress will only need to be fit and altered once for each member of the bridal party.

Wedding experts agree that when searching for your perfect dress be open-minded and willing to try on dresses that might not be the style you had imagined. Often, you may be surprised and a gown you envisioned does not flatter your body the way something you did not even consider may! Above all remember to have fun planning for you big day, because in the end the only thing that matters is your happiness.

One Size Fits All

Here at Liz Fields we are very excited about the newest trends that have turned up at Fashion Week this season. The trend we are most excited about though isn’t a style; it’s the trend towards designing for the real woman!  One wouldn’t think that would be such a big deal, but unfortunately we all know that it has been.  Of course, Liz Fields dresses have always been geared towards the real woman.  With dress sizes ranging up to size 28, and with larger bust sizes in all our dresses, our garments are meant to show off the female form, not to hide it or try to change it.  Fortunately for anyone who isn’t naturally a size zero, the rest of the fashion world is starting to agree.

One reason for the problem is thought to have been that designers were squeamish about the female form and therefore designed for women with more boyish features.  It has also been argued that a dress with fewer curves would look better on the hanger and be better for the overall presentation.  One anonymous designer back in 2006 was quoted as saying “For me as a designer, I would never knowingly use a model who was anorexic, but the simple fact is that we employ these girls as moving coat-hangers… We’re not looking for sex appeal or to hold a mirror up to the woman on the street, we’re trying to shift clothes to the store buyers, and I personally think that a slender figure is the best way to show them off.” What the point was of having a dress that looks great on the “hanger”, but not on you is anybody’s guess, but that’s how it was. Luckily, change seems to be coming!

Too Skinny!

V magazines first issue of 2010 sought to prove to the world that fashion doesn’t need to be restricted to smaller frames. By having two models, one smaller, and one “plus sized” posed next to each other in the exact same garments, readers could clearly see both girls looked beautiful. Some readers even commented that they preferred the fuller look.  Editor-in-chief of V magazine Stephen Gan commented that: “After all, plus-size models are really just normal-size people deemed “plus” by fashion’s extreme standards.”

No one wants to bash girls who are naturally a size zero, but the fact is that more and more designers are beginning to choose a variety of sized models to show off their looks, rather than the same physique over and over.  At the most recent fashion week shows designers like Miuccia Prada  and Marc Jacobs have started presenting styles intended to show off a fuller figure.  Marc Jacobs even went so far as to title his Vuitton show, “And God Created Woman,” after the 1956 Roger Vadim film starring Brigitte Bardot. His first outfit down the runway was featured on Leatita Castra, a curvy model and actress, and his last was featured on swimsuit legend 46-year old Elle Macpherson.  Marc Jacobs told reporters backstage at his Vuitton show in Paris on Wednesday: “This time, I set out to cast a variety of sexy women — younger, older, thin, and voluptuous, from every ethnic background.” The Vuitton show seemed to make the woman’s body the point, rather than an unfortunate side effect.

Bar Rafaeli

Laetitia Costa

Elle McPherson

Tell us what you think about the new runway trends! Is the ban on unhealthy models beginning to have an effect on the future fashion coming our way?

82nd Academy Award Dresses

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards were last Sunday, yet another reason for Actresses to spend days and weeks planning their perfect (or not so perfect) look.

To me to the actresses who were most successful in pulling off their looks were the ones who knew their own bodies and how best to flatter them.  I think that some actresses get so excited about wearing a big name designer’s dress that they overlook the fact that It might not look right on their figure.

Take Mo’Nique’s dress for example. She is dressing with intelligence and awareness of her own body. She knows she has a voluptuous figure, so she consistently chooses dresses which accentuate her curves and trim her waistline. Asymmetric draping is the perfect slenderizing strategy!

Mo'Nique Academy Award Dress

Mo'Nique Academy Awards 2010

Some people commented that Sandra Bullock ignored the fashion trends for this season, and I say that’s OKAY because she looked great.  Bullock wore a silver metallic, fitted gown adorned with embroidered flowers. She commented to Women’s Wear Daily that her stepdaughter had helped her choose her dress only the day before! Somehow while others were hemming and hawing for weeks, and reserving entire collections in their name so that there would be no double dress mishaps, Sandra finds a dress in the last minute that is both elegant, and flattering to her figure!

Sandra Bullock's Academy Award Dress

Sandra Bullock Academy Awards 2010

I wasn’t entirely certain what to think about Zoe Saldana’s dress. On one hand the bottom is fun and unique; on the other hand, that’s a lot of look. In the end though, it seems to me this is a case of someone being too in love with the dress to notice that it didn’t really do anything for her.

Zoe Saldana Academy Award dress

Zoe Saldana Academy Awards 2010

Sarah Jessica Parker was another one who was the talk of the town.  I’ve seen her on both the best and worst dressed lists so far. To me again it’s a question of knowing what looks good. Sure Channel Haute Couture sound fabulous, but not really if it’s shapeless and gives you no figure.

Sarah Jessica Parker Academy Award Chanel Dress

Sarah Jessica Parker Academy Awards 2010

I’ll end with my favorite dress of the night, Rachel McAdams.  This dress looked like it was made for her and her alone. Not only was it perfect for her figure, but it also did a beautiful job of giving a nod towards the spring fabric trends for this season with its brushed and water color inspired fabric effects.

Rachel McAdams Academy Award Dress

Rachel McAdams Academy Awards 2010

Inspiration Series:Liz Fields style #8281

Style 8281

“The Greek Goddess”

Lo-Ve-La by Liz Fields Destination Wedding Dress Style #8281

Julie is someone who if you looked too quickly, might be thought of as somewhat of a tom-boy.

When Julie is not spending time with her fiancé, she has her nose in a fantasy book (sometimes when she is spending time with him too).  In fact she even has plans to write her own fantasy novel soon!

Not many people can picture her in a dress, and even less have seen her in one. Secretly though, she knows exactly how she wants to look on her wedding day. She imagines herself as the great Greek goddess Aphrodite floating on a cloud with her love, looking down and waving at the mere mortals below her. In this dress Julie gets to live this fantasy on her wedding day.  She is wearing a Liz Fields original, Style 8281. This is a long dress with a sweetheart halter neckline; it has braided detailing and the pleated skirt with a train which makes her feel like she like the Goddess she truly is.