Marriage Material: See Just How Erica’s Wedding Went Down

Major 2013 milestones? A big one for me was getting married to the straight-up wonderful dude who would probably rather not be pictured here. It was a low-key affair—is it weird to use the word affair when talking about weddings?—at Manhattan’s City Hall (technically the City Clerk’s Office, but you know) with just our fams…and some goodness from a few up-and-coming designers, obvi. Here’s how we made it official. —erica

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The amazing Kaelen made my dress! It’s WHITE LEATHER. (Thought that warranted use of the caps lock key.) It’s the same cut as this one from her fall 2013 collection, and it fits like a GD glove. (The shoes are coming later—don’t worry.)

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Custom suit, what, what. The savvy crew at Brooklyn Tailors whipped this sucker up for Thomas—it’s charcoal and super-timeless and has bells and whistles like hand pick-stitching that suit freaks die over. That *adorable* polka-dot bow tie? His grandfather’s.

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Our rings were masterminded by the lovely Blanca Monros Gomez.They’re rose gold, a metal that—as the designer taught me back when—looks good with pretty much any skin tone. My engagement ring has black diamonds (cause I like ‘em), and my wedding band has sapphires (cause they’re Thomas’s birthstone). 

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Ok, so the accessories: I wore a Lulu Frost bracelet (something borrowed!) that felt appropriately retro-cool for the venue and Alexandre Birman shoes (something very blue!) along with Thomas’s great-grandmother’s wedding ring and earrings that were my grandma’s (somethings old). And I carried a blush Clare Vivier fold-over clutch that’s been my go-to for weddings, mine or not—so, something new-ish?

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After we got our paws on that marriage certificate (and had our pictures taken by our Ann Street Studio pals), we walked over to the awesome, festive Blaue Gans for lunch—Claire sent flowers by Taylor Patterson of Fox Fodder Farm for the tables!—and then booked ourselves a sweet room at the Bowery Hotel for the night.

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Next up: a big ol’ party at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago to celebrate. The unreasonably talented Lisa Hedge of Venamour made our invites. I sweat them so much that I wanna get one framed.

Looking for more wedding madness? Ok, then.

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Gown Girl: See the Dresses that Designers Wore to Their Own Weddings! WHOA.

Doesn’t everyone look just soooo pretty?

I know you: You’ve already scrolled past this intro to look at the pictures. And that’s JUST FINE. Behold: the getups—some white, some otherwise—that ten of our favorite designers wore to get hitched. —erica

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Clare Vivier: “My wedding dress was from an antique store in St. Croix, Minnesota, and it was $100 and was a christening dress. It was yellow and spotted with age—I took it to a dry-cleaner in L.A., and they made it into a beautiful white dress that I transformed into my wedding dress! I also had small white flowers in my hair.”

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Annika Jermyn of mrs Jermyn: “I made my own super-simple wedding dress mainly focused on this crochet detail across the front of it. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was little, and since we were celebrating family, I wanted to include an element of past generations.”

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Kathleen Whitaker: “A gray silk dress made for me by a Swiss dressmaker—Daniela Kurrle—in Los Angeles.”

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Alyson Fox
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“I wore a dress that my friend sewed for me out of a WWII single jump parachute that I found on eBay years before I got married. I just loved its seams, cording, and color and knew I wanted it for a dress one day. Back in the day, parachutes were all silk—not nylon—so the fabric is so pretty. Before I walked down the aisle, my grandma asked if I was going to cut all the cords.”

image Jaclyn Mayer of Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer: “Victoria from VPL made me a special wedding dress. It was one of a kind—and perfect for our Northern California farm wedding.”

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Lina Rennell: “Two days before the wedding, I went into my favorite local boutique at the time; it’s no longer there. I wasn’t set on getting a white dress, but they just happened to have the perfect-fitting dress in white. I wore it with a warm orange bakelite vintage necklace and orange nasturtiums in my hair.”

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Allison Sires of Thomas Sires: “I got married this summer, and talking about my wedding hasn’t gotten old, yet.  So, if you insist, I wore a vintage YSL dress I found at Resurrection. I love it and probably always will.” [Ed: And! Allison married another Of a Kind designer, Sam Shipley of Shipley & Halmos!]

image Christine Marcelino of Materials + Process: “I wore a Tadashi Shoji number with beautiful ruching and beading. I saw the back of the dress on Pinterest and printed it out to put on my mood board without knowing what the entire dress looked like or who the designer was. I found it randomly—it was misplaced in the formalwear section when we were shopping for bridesmaids dresses. Such a happy coincidence.”

Han Starnes of Josi Faye:I wore a dress that I designed and had made by hand in Nashville.”

image Stacy Herzog of frieda&nellie: “My friend Katie Ermilio designed my gown for ceremony—we used a pair of my nana Frieda’s vintage crystal earrings as tuxedo-ish buttons on the back of the dress and a diamond brooch from my mom on the center front of the bodice. I did an outfit change into a short, white party dress with a bow—also by Ms. Ermilio—with Miu Miu sparkly sneakers for the reception. I was a dancing fool.”

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Next Level: Fanny Packs

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Hip packs, bum bags, fanny packs—whatever you call them, they’re having a moment. Four ways to wear ‘em without feeling like you’re stepping out a photo from a grade-school trip to Six Flags. —erica

LEVEL I: Ok, smart: The waistband on this Cold Picnic one converts to a shoulder strap if you’re feeling less daring.

LEVEL II: It’s alllll about that zipper on this Clare Vivier incarnation.

LEVEL III: Calf hair? Whoa, Hare+Hart, whoa.

LEVEL IV: Ok, I lied: This take from Herschel is absolutely something you would have worn when riding the Screamin’ Eagle.

Four’s a trend. Click for more.

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Of a Kind

Two-Tone Sac Bretelle by Clare Vivier for Of a Kind

BUY / 100 of a kind / $290

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Where to store your fancy rings and slim little bracelets? In this Clare Vivier jewelry pouch, duuuuuh. —erica

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Suggested Clare Vivier clutch pairing: hot dog, macaroni salad, Budweiser. —erica

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Having trouble deciding whether the red-and-blue chain print or the attached coin purse make this Clare Vivier creation more enticing… —erica

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Grace Lee Shares Her 5 Top Made-in-L.A. Makers

The best local sources for chocolates, dresses, and…fanny packs.

Grace Lee loves her some Los Angeles, and with (many a) good reason. The very thoughtful jewelry designer’s long-term love affair with the city has been fueled, at least in part, by the friends she’s made there: hugely inspirational creatives producing seriously cool work. Just get a load of this local goodness. —dana covit

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Clare Vivier: “I met Clare when I was just starting my jewelry line and was very nine-months-pregnant with our second daughter Camilla. I immediately fell in love—there is such a timeless nature to Clare’s collection. My current favorite is the leather fanny pack that Clare debuted for spring. It takes me to another level of chic mom. I wear it everyday—around my waist, cross-body, and without the belt, as a clutch, at night.”

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Compartes Chocolatier: “Compartes Chocolatier treats are made in-house from scratch with all-natural ingredients at their chocolate factory in Brentwood. Buyer beware: One taste, and you will be a regular (I am living proof).

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Black Crane: “I first ‘met’ Momo Suzuki, the designer behind Black Crane, when her home and closet were featured on Jeana Sohn’s Closet Visit. I was impressed with her pared-down home and philosophy—she proves that you don’t have to own a lot of stuff to be chic. The first time I put on a long Black Crane dress, I did not want to take it off. My current favorite is the Sage Green Jumpsuit.”

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Handsome Coffee Roasters: “HCR is a must-try. I’m not a coffee drinker myself, but my husband loves it—and I am a sucker for great packaging, something HCR has down. It makes gifting the stuff that much better.”

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Nico Nico: “My friend Sue Tsai is the designer behind Nico Nico, a children’s clothing collection. Her impeccable sense of style is obvious in her creations, which are all about sophisticated details and high-quality, often organic, fabrics. Her spring 2013 collection is titled ‘Good Times,’ and appropriately so: The first time my girls put on their Nico Nico striped jumpsuits they asked, ‘Mom are these for jumping!?’”

Speaking of made-in-L.A., score Grace’s Of a Kind edition: three colors of gold and one diamond on a slim little ring.

Photos by Becky Yee.

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Weather Vain: Paris, France - 52 With a Chance of Rain

Even when it’s rainy there, we’re itching to be in Paris. I mean, we aren’t fools. Here’s what we’d wanna be wearing if we were so lucky today. —erica

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Clockwise from top left:

+ A black Hope button-down that, with its asymmetrical hem, is so much more.

+ A glam Kelly Wearstler cuff that will make you even more bummed that you missed The Sporting Project's latest pop-up dinner series (a good reason to book another trip!).

+ The sort of easy necklace by Gabriela Artigas that won’t get in your way in the French Trotters fitting room.

+ This Gryphon trench will keep you dry..and motivated to make the walk to La Pâtisserie Des Rêves.

+ Nothing’s wrong with a little flash—especially in the form of these stroll-ready, Marais-friendly Dieppa Restrepo shoes.

+ Try not to empty this Clare Vivier wallet at Merci. Just do your best.

+ Iris & Ink leather pants the color of the wine that’s bound to fill your belly.

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The Insider: Jen Rubio

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Jen Rubio spends her days as Warby Parker's social media guru, but when she’s out of the office, she’s probably out of town. The supremely stylish frequent flier globetrots so often that her Delta status is one we’ve never even heard of. Don’t worry, though: You can always find her @jennifer in the Twitterverse—yah, check-out that first-name-handle radness. —carlye wisel

Q: When you’re on a trip, do you always find yourself buying a certain thing as a souvenir?
A: I am actually old-school, and I write postcards every single place I go. One of my friends has postcards from, like, 30 different countries from me on her fridge. My thing: Whatever the picture is on the postcard, I write it there.

Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing on your bookshelf?
A: The most embarrassing is probably that I don’t even have a bookshelf right now because I move so much. The actual only bookshelf I have in my apartment is a print of “The Ideal Bookshelf” hanging up. It’s the fashion one. I do read! Books are hard to pack!

Q: If you could have access to anyone’s wardrobe, whose would you pillage?
A: Miroslava Duma. She’s amazing. We’re also both 5-feet-tall, so everything would already be hemmed! I mean, I could say Taylor Tomasi-Hill, but then I’d have to fuck around with a tailor. So, nope! I could just put on Miroslava’s pants and be fine. She’s one of those people who gets a bob, and then I’m like “OH, I’m gonna get a bob!”

Q: Does the bob work out?
A: No! Never! No one ever sees a bob on a celebrity and gets one and has it work out. It just doesn’t work. This is probably my most embarrassing beauty-related story: I have a very round face, and I saw some celebrity with a bob. I got it, and it looked so bad—so atrocious that the next day I sat in a chair for 11 hours and got a weave.

Q: What?!
A: My deepest, darkest secret is that I had a weave! It’s really expensive because it’s real hair. I know a lot about weaves. I literally walked into this place and was like, “I need long hair.” It takes a long time—they put hundreds of strands in your hair. I guess you could do those Jessica Simpson clip-ins, but…no. If I’m getting a weave, I’m going all-out!

Q: You own a slew of Of a Kind editions.
A: Yeah! In the beginning, I had maybe seven out of their first ten editions. I have all of the Claire Vivier ones, and I have all the Erica Weiner stuff—I’m very loyal to my Of a Kind designers. I actually have a crazy Of a Kind story. I bought the very first hat Annie Larson did, and I was so excited. I worked at this agency and told everyone, “Guys! Only 25 people have this hat, it’s amazing!” And a week later, my co-worker Kyle’s like, “Oh, I saw someone with your hat on the train.” And I was like, “No you didn’t! I’m telling you, only 25 people have it.” And he goes, “No, I swear! I took a picture for you, since I know you’re obsessed with that hat!” And he shows me this picture of this girl, and I lost it. I was like “Oh my god, you’re my hat twin!”—of course not even thinking that Of a Kind’s early customers all lived in New York. I had a blog at that point, and I posted this girl’s picture on my blog and blocked out her face. And a girl comments on my blog, “Oh my god, that’s my sister!” and e-mail introduces me to her sister. We never actually met up, but this girl lived in Brooklyn, she had the same hat, and we’re like, hat soulmates.

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