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Brides charged for dress fitting

Le 8 octobre 2013, 05:05 dans Humeurs 0

Brides charged for dress fitting


Boutiques across the country are believed to have introduced the charges to scare away time wasters who visit shops to look at and try on evening dress with no intention of buying afterwards.


It could put an end to the practice of women trying on dresses at dozens of shops before finding "the one", as the cost becomes prohibitive.


The charges, billed as "appointment fees", "consultation fees" and " deposits" range in price between and Some boutiques refund the money to brides after they agree to buy a dress.


"Quite a few shops have started to charge now, and I can see why retailers are doing it. Charging for an appointment forces a bride to think about whether or not she is serious about buying a dress from that particular designer," said Deborah Joseph, editor of Brides magazine. "The first fitting can take an hour, and a woman will probably try on six different styles of dress."


The average UK wedding now costs with of that being spent on the bride's outfit.cobalt blue evening dresses


Top names including Phillipa Lepley, Caroline Castiglione and My Lady have introduced the charges. Many topend boutiques have also banned cameras from their premises to stop women photographing expensive dresses before having cutprice copies made. Some have been accused of snobbery, by effectively closing their doors to the less well off.


Sally Wright, of bridal couturier Phillipa Lepley, admitted it charges a "consultation fee" but justified it by saying the service bridestobe got was second to none. It charges to try on dresses which start at of our assistants are trained professionals with years of experience, so they know how to help brides pick a dress that will hide problem areas and enhance their best features. Even people who don't end up buying a dress from us will often recommend the service to their friends," Ms Wright said.


Costs may be one of the reasons behind the decline in marriages. England and Wales saw a fall of four per cent to 236, 980 in the number of couples tying the knot in 2006, the latest year for which records are available. This was the fewest number of weddings since 1895. In Scotland, marriages dropped 3 per cent to 29,898, whilst in Northern Ireland marriages increased 1 per cent to 8,259.

Comprehensive analysis of 2012 spring and summer wedding dresses trends

Le 7 octobre 2013, 03:13 dans Humeurs 0

Comprehensive analysis of 2012 spring and summer wedding dresses trends


Lace black evening dresses australia trends can be described as elements of the spring and summer 2012, brilliant colors and patterns of lace, elegant retro arises spontaneously. Area, whether from the use of lace or lace elements of the wedding included the number, more than in previous years. And have changed the role of lace decoration and embellishment, many designers have introduced a whole style lace wedding quintana.


Light through the fabric, such as chiffon and organza evening dress release shine in the spring and summer 2012. Many designers use light and transparent texture of the fabric itself, creating a looming elegant beauty, and a sense of floating movement of air. Both in the upper body or on the use of skirt, performance and results are in the form of very diverse color.


Threedimensional mosaic flower petals, flower pattern embroidery, flowers, hair   a spring spread. 2012 spring and summer wedding flower trends in the elements are a major feature, namely the use of large flowers. Huge flowers to create a bold and dramatic appearance.

Chinese online retailer LightIn The Box soars in debut

Le 5 octobre 2013, 03:25 dans Humeurs 0

Chinese online retailer LightIn The Box soars in debut


(Reuters)  Shares of LightIn The Box Holdings Co Ltd rose as much as 32 percent in their debut, valuing the company at about $600 million, as investors show renewed interest in Chinese stocks.


The company priced its initial public offering of 8.3 million American Depositary Shares at $9.50 each, raising about $78.8 million. market after YY Inc's debut in November. The social media platform's shares are up about 175 percent since they first started trading on the Nasdaq. exchanges in 2010 but the market for these offerings largely dried up as investors became wary of corporate governance and transparency.


Scandals at companies such as SinoForest Corp and Longtop Financial Technologies also spooked investors.


Beijingbased LightIn The Box, which sells everything from mobile phones to fishing rods, competes with industry behemoth Alibaba.


Alibaba is also in the process of launching a massive IPO, expected as early as the fourth quarter of this year.


LightIn The Box, headed by cofounder Alan Guo, offers a wide selection of apparels and is mainly known for its affordable long black evening dresses.


Guo previously served as chief strategist and special assistant to the president of Google China from 2005 to 2008.


The company is yet to post a yearly profit since its inception in 2007. For the year ended 2012, it reported net loss of $7.2 million on revenue of $200.1 evening dresses

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