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Okay, there isn’t a hint of leather, lace, safety pins or plaid, but we’re still in love with Punk Rock Brides 2012 collection with comfortable silky fabrics, natural fibers, no itchy lace, and clean lines, resulting in easy and wearable dresses you can practically sleep in (says some of their clients). With all the boning, tulle, bows, bustles, and extraneous surface noise on more Vera-type gowns, it’s refreshing to see designers that actually consider the girl: it’s going to be a long damned day, and you’d better be comfortable (in equal measure with being beautiful…).
Being from Washington, DC, widely considered to be a fashion void (until Michelle Obama moved in anyway), I am heartened to see a design firm that rejected the predictable New York/LA fashion industry trajectory and pitched their tent here. I love them even more because some of the best punk rock bands ever came out of DC, so to have Punk Rock Brides new offices next to the ghosts of some of my favorite punk clubs brings a tear to my eye. I salute them for having the courage to stay the course in a fashion challenged city (which they will soon rule). So to quote Nancy Reagan, Just Say NO! to the wedding industrial complex with Punk Rock Bride. Their rockin’ 2012 collection follows. Congrats ladies!
For Immediate Release: This fall, Punk Rock Bride introduced its fifth collection of wedding dresses for 2012 at New York International Bridal Market, October 15-17 at Pier 94. The 2012 collection consists of five designs and continues in its mission of offering brides a fashion-forward alternative to the traditional wedding dress. Several themes tie these dresses together, including the use of geometric patterns, layering of multiple fabrics and unique textures, and playful variations of hemlines.
“Each year, I like to experiment with new details and textures to keep things interesting and fresh. This year, some of the more unique fabrics used included a silk faille, cotton chiffon jacquard, silk douppionni, and a silk wool blend, to name a few,” stated designer Stephanie Ward. “More and more, brides are coming to us for a more modern option on their wedding day. We are all about details, and that is what is translating into quality and value for our brides.”
The price range for the new group of dresses will be consistent with past collections, ranging from $2,900 to $3,800. The new collection will be reflected on a new website.
Punk Rock Bride was founded in 2006 by RISD-grad and designer Stephanie Ward. Their wedding dresses have appeared in Brides, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Get Married, and The Washington Post. In 2011, the company received Best of 2011 recognition by The Knot. Punk Rock Bride is based on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Tonight: O’Reillys, San Francisco 3.17.11
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona dár gcairde agus teaghlach!
It’s noon on St. Patrick’s Day, you are getting a myriad of emails from your friends, many who are leaving the office not to return until the next day. Because you are known to be of Irish descent, you are also the de facto ‘help desk’ for all Celtic related activities on the Feast of St. Patrick. It’s a lot of responsibility, as what many people like to do on this day, is the opposite of what you like to do, and least of all, the preposterous activity of consuming green beer or gathering in a crowded bar. A guy outside your window bellows to a friend across the street:
“Duuuude…..meet you at the Irish Bank at 4, it’s going to be EPIC! [lol!!!]“
Sartre’s famous quote, ‘hell is other people’ comes to mind, and then you brush it away and attempt to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, because it is a holiday, just not one that you are accustomed to celebrating in a bar.
You conjure up a quick visual: a Marina-infused emporium of the Financial District’s Phi Kappa Sigma set, spilled pints and speakers blaring U2, a line that goes for miles just to get a drink. Irish whiskey in a plastic cup (egads!). Girls squealing OH MY GOD!!!!! It’s a mashup of Spring Break, and an Irish-themed meat market.
You have a chat with yourself, your Irish ancestors, and your conscience, and wonder why you can’t turn back the clock to a more heartfelt St. Patrick’s Day when you were growing up: With set dancing and jigs, Irish tenors in the back ground, corned beef and cabbage, little kids running around screaming bloody murder and flogging each other senseless, Jameson’s Irish coffees and Guinness all around, and everyone belting out off key ballads. Great uncles are talking about WW2 stuff. A kelly-green cake with leprechaun icing sits on the kitchen table, shamrocks decorate the front door, and a Luck of the Irish FTD floral arrangement adorns the dining room table. Your grandfather rocks his Glen Plaid Pendleton and a green carnation singing Danny Boy to anyone who crosses the threshhold. It’s not glamorous but it’s fabulous and it’s your family. You miss it and them. You ask yourself if you can really brave this Irish Bank business as you hang your head in nostalgia, and a tinge of sadness, recalling family St. Patrick’s day celebrations of yore, and then PING! Another email hits your In Box.
Okay, let’s look at this new social opportunity:
Going, going, gone. SOLD! To the girl who was on the fence about going out into the nefarious and commercial world of St. Patrick’s Day in San Francisco.
The Hooks play at 8 pm in what promises to be the ultimate date night blitz of rock, punk, and Irish Trad. Admission is free before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. There will be traditional set dancing and music, and O’Reilly’s is blocking off the street, so it promises to be more of a Caelie than a booze fest (although for those who desire that, there is a well appointed bar and restaurant). The O’Reilly family puts on the famed SF Oyster fest and had a lovely after party following the last Pogues show and are indeed a class act. Thank you O’Reilly’s for offering us an alternative!
Bring your sweetie to a barn burner with The Hooks. Great at parties, pre-events or even your wedding (they dominated Operation Aisle Style Alterna-Bridal Fashion Event) – and have a hot date with The Hooks.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona dár gcairde agus teaghlach!
The Hooks New Album - ‘Everything Is Golden’
The Hooks new album ‘Everything Is Golden’ is a maelstrom of sound. Low-fi gritty garage band punk blends modern rock with with a dash of traditional Irish folk sensibilities.
‘Everything is Golden’ mashes up influences from many countries: Ireland’s famous sense of black humor and literary exploits, America’s rock n’ roll roots to Russia’s Bolshevik trad.
‘The Commuter’ is an anthem for the working class hero who knows all too well the drudgery of heading every day to a cubicle forming a cycle of banality that never ends for the wage slave. ‘So May Questions’ has been described as ‘a song Tarantino would use in a bank heist scene.’
‘Everything Is Golden’s’ folky cadence starts off in Moscow and moves and ends up on a rollicking joy ride straight to hell.