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Green message stems


Clothes with plants growing or pressed inside them, which can be planted into the ground once the garments have been worn out by the wearer, have been designed to deliver an important message about sustainability.

Ellie Oldacre, 22, designed Live Wear to combat the culture of fast fashion and provide consumers with longer lasting clothes.

The Nottingham Trent University student, whose collection will go on public exhibition for 2017 Degree Show, uses grown cress and wildflowers as well as cosmos and sunflower seeds for decorative patterning.

Ellie’s collection includes a bomber jacket which contains living plants that can be watered by simply being worn in the rain. The seeds are encapsulated between a silk outer layer and wadding, and are grown in situ, living on water gel crystals without the need for soil and continual watering.

When the gels run out the plants die off but retain their colour and are pressed inside the garments, as similar to pressed flowers in a book.

Ellie, who is originlly from Kingswinford in the West Midlands, said: “As consumers we need to be thinking about ways we can be sustainable in everything we do, from producing renewable sources of energy to wearing clothes that are less harmful to the environment.”

“My range is aimed at people who want to be more ethical in the way they purchase clothing, but don’t want to look cliché. My collection is all about ethical luxury.”

Clothes to feature pressed plants or seeds also include a shirt dress, a dungaree dress, a tunic, and a pair of culottes. There is also a bag which contains air plants, including varieties of Tillandsia, which survive without food or water.

The collection helps combat fast fashion by creating clothing with a purposeful second life. By trapping seeds into fabric, when no longer wanted, the wearer is able to plant and grow their item of clothing into something decorative or edible, as all of the materials used in the collection are natural and 100% biodegradable.

There is also a customisable element to the clothing, allowing the consumer to change the plants and by doing so alter the appearance of their garments, creating new patterns and introducing new colours.

Emma Prince, senior lecturer in fashion design at the School of Art & Design, said: “Ellie has put together a research project which shows how innovative thinking can lead to a good visual impact in clothing.

“Not only does her range deliver a beautiful aesthetic, but it also sends an important message about sustainability and ethics in fashion.”Read more at:evening dresses uk | prom dresses


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What's Next for DKNY


When G-III announced in July 2016 that it would acquire Donna Karan International from LVMH for $650 million, industry insiders wondered what the old-school apparel company — best known for licensing big-name brands — would do with DKNY, the diffusion line that became the core of the fashion house when Karan stepped down and closed her high-end label in 2015.

Since G-III closed the deal in December 2016, it has unveiled a wholesale-focused strategy that flies in the face of current retail trends favouring the direct-to-consumer model, raising the question of whether its approach is a long-term solution or a short-term fix.

Just this week, the company announced a licensing agreement with Calvin Kleinand Tommy Hilfiger owner PVH, which will develop a new DKNY brand, DKNY Sport for Men. The first collection will debut in Spring 2018 and be sold in department stores across the United States and Canada.

At first blush, the partnership appears to be downright sensible. “There are a lot of synergies with DKNY and Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger,” says Robert Burke, chief executive of advisory firm Robert Burke Associates. “PVH knows those businesses really well and G-III knows how to produce the product.”

But according to analysts, the move is just a short-term solution to raise DKNY’s brand awareness, and could limit brand control in the long term.

“When you have these kind of partnerships, neither side has perfect control,” says Neil Saunders, managing director of research firm GlobalData Retail. “For some middle-of-the-road kind of brands, that’s fine. But I always think for high-end brands, or more expensive brands, the whole point is that there is a sense of creative direction and brand story behind them that needs close control.”

The new licensing deal follows G-III’s partnership with Macy’s, announced in March, to exclusively sell DKNY women’s apparel, handbags and shoes. “The biggest push from department stores is to have exclusive product,” says Burke. “It’s the only way they are going to be able to compete against each other and all the other online competitors like Amazon and Shopbop.”

A spokesperson for G-III could not be immediately reached for comment, although the company has expressed plenty of confidence in its approach in recent months. “We believe that Macy’s is the ideal partner as we implement our strategy for DKNY to be the premier brand in the world for women’s apparel and accessories,” Morris Goldfarb, chairman and chief executive of G-III, said in a statement announcing the Macy’s deal.

But G-III’s Macy’s deal could actually prove counterproductive, argues Saunders. “I don’t think DKNY has the pulling power of other brands in the market among large swathes of customers so I think that exclusive deal has really limited their exposure,” he says. “[This is] good from the point of view they are not driving ubiquity, but it’s not great from the point of view of driving sales.”

Saunders believes G-III needs a much tighter distribution strategy that is built around the DKNY brand and its own stores, as seen with Coach and Ralph Lauren, which have pulled back from wholesale. “It is more complicated and slightly more expensive but I think in the long run it's likely more successful,” he explains. “The fact that they haven’t done that, signifies to me that what they really want is a kind of a quick win.”

The wholesale strategy could even be described as “dangerous” for a premium brand like DKNY, Saunders warns. “I think you get into devaluing the brand. DKNY actually is not that strong. Overall, they are probably going to get more sales out of [this strategy]. But for the long-term of the brand, I’m not sure it’s quite so sensible.”Read more at:short prom dresses | long prom dresses


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The couturier’s couturier


Why the fuss? To many, the Balenciaga marque conjures rather nice handbags and fragrances. Yet to almost every fashion designer since the Second World War, achieving his quality of cutting and construction is a lifetime goal. Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will display 100 of his garments, hats, sketches and more.

Balenciaga’s glory years were after the war when he and Christian Dior vied for the fashion crown of Paris. The world’s social elite flocked to his atelier at 10 Avenue Georges V. There, they risked being turned away by his haughty vendeuses, a security detail that would repel anyone deemed unsuitable. (Balenciaga himself believed that truly distinguished women bore a “disagreeable air”.)

If they made it across the threshold, Balenciaga’s punters were required to take his clothes as seriously as he did. “A couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for colour, a musician for harmony, and a philosopher for temperance,” he famously decreed. Perhaps Balenciaga’s greatest ability was to craft fabric (some of it specially made for added “body”) into perfect contours, as though they were formed from concrete or stone. It was this that did indeed earn him a reputation as haute couture’s architect. Balenciaga’s dramatic silhouettes were also experimental and ground-breaking. The baby-doll, tunic and sack-dress shapes were all his inventions.

Today, Balenciaga’s elegant signature can be found wherever a tits-and-teeth celebrity gown isn’t. Thirty designers whose own work acknowledges the “couturier’s couturier” have been chosen to show garments. These include Demna Gvasalia, the current and wildly fashionable incumbent at Balenciaga who, for next season, has reproduced garments straight from the archive.Read more at:mermaid prom dresses | short prom dresses


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Child’s play

Actress Urmila Matondkar dances with kids during an event in Andheri on Thursday

Birthday blessings

ONLY recently, he raised a toast to his first wedding anniversary. And today, Parth Jindal celebrates his birthday. Along with wife Anushree and parents Sangita and Sajjan Jindal, the Jindal Steel Works scion is off to seek blessings at the Kedarnath and Badrinath temples in Uttaranchal. Tomorrow night, the family will celebrate along with their friends at their factory and clubhouse at Vasind, a beautiful property just an hour out of Mumbai. Parth and Anushree married in the first week of May last year in among the most glamorous weddings that India has seen. While it started with an elegant dinner hosted by his grandmother Urmila Kanoria (art patron Sangita’s mum) at a Colaba five-star, it led to a grand wedding at the Hofburg palace in Vienna in Austria, with Enrique Iglesias performing at one of the soirees. The Saturday party won’t have Enrique, or many A-listers attending either, but being low-key is sometimes a good thing.

Global star

WE’D like to call her our very own, but Poorna Jagannathan really belongs to the world. She was born in Tunisia but has lived in India, Pakistan, Ireland and Argentina. If we can say we recognise her from ‘Delhi Belly’ and ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’, we also know she has been cast in memorable roles in American TV shows ‘House of Cards’, ‘Law & Order’, and ‘The Night Of’. Now we gear up to see her in the first season of ‘Gypsy’, a new American show, in which she stars alongside Naomi Watts. Both ladies play therapists and, from what we hear, this will be one controversial show. While Watts will develop intimate relationships with people in her patients’ lives, Jagannathan will be her shooting from the hip, laidback colleague. The show will launch next month, and we promise you’ll be hooked.

Sixty and strong

ONE of the more high-profile ministers in Narendra Modi’s cabinet, the union minister for surface transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari will be turning 60 next week. On May 27, to be precise, and this has made his friends, well-wishers and party workers from Nagpur to form a committee to celebrate his big day. This committee will felicitate him with cheque of Rs 1.61 crore, which Gadkari will donate for charities, mostly to orphanages which don’t get state government’s grant. The felicitation function organised in Nagpur will be attended from leaders across the parties apart from BJP president Amit Shah who will preside over the function, chief ministers of all BJP ruled states will attend the function, NCP president Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, MNS chief Raj Thackeray, RPI chief Ramdas Athavale and others. How’s that for a power-packed diamond jubilee?

Two books and a party

PUNJAB’S chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh hosted a full house at among the poshest five-star hotels in New Delhi for the launch of his biography, ‘The People’s Maharaja’, by Khushwant Singh. His own book on military history, ‘Saragarhi and the Defence of the Samana Forts’ was also presented this evening. The room was filled with his family and his former colleagues from the armed forces, but also his brother-in-law Natwar Singh, his good friend Aroosa Alam, former minister Jitin Prasad, Olympian shooter Raja Randhir Singh and Sonia Gandhi’s colleague Archana Dalmia. Host Suhel Seth and Singh indulged in a rather cerebral discussion on the state of the Congress today, to which Singh retorted: “Television journalists need to keep themselves in the news. I was never joining the BJP, I would have started my own party if things hadn’t worked out with the Congress.” He went on to say, “You can’t wish the Congress away, they are a 120-year-old party, with a Congressman in every nook and cranny of India.”


THIS always in the news filmmaker is finding newer ways to stay there. We hear his just refurbished office space is the au courant talk of the town. While his various editing rooms and meeting rooms bear the names of Narendra Modi, Hitler and Mahatma Gandhi on their doors, the toilet is called Donald Trump. It does have his visitors tickled, if not for his wit then the garish interiors job for sure. Now that’s why sometimes no news is good news.Read more at:red carpet dresses |


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Clothes swap and eco-styling workshops


The dresses, skirts, tops and jackets are all good quality and all pre-loved.

And the women — some op shop veterans, some novices — are all warriors in the war against fast fashion.

Fast fashion is the term that describes the quick turnover of trendy, cheaply made clothing that often ends up in landfill.

"The reason we do these clothes swaps is not only to have fun and tszuj up our wardrobes," said Nina Gbor, eco-stylist and event organiser.

"It's basically to reduce clothing waste."

Exploring the potential of second-hand clothes

Ms Gbor holds clothes swap and style workshops several times a year, motivated by her belief in sustainability and love of fashion.

"A lot of clothes are made cheaply ... of synthetic fabrics which do not decompose," she said.

"The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry after oil and gas and people are not aware of that.

"An event like this spreads awareness."

Participants pay a small fee to attend and bring up to 10 items of clothing and accessories to add to the swap pool.

After picking out and trying on items, they take home the ones they like.

At the end of the swap, unchosen items can be retrieved by their owners or left behind to be donated to charity.

Ms Gbor also demonstrates how to repurpose op shop clothes and how to wear the same pieces across different seasons, such as by adding thermals.

"People don't realise the potential of an outfit."

Campaigning for better conditions for textile workers

The clothes swap events also focus attention on the plight of exploited textile workers around the world.

Abbie Waine is the co-convenor of the Australian National University collective SWEATS — Students Wanting to Eliminate All Textile Sweatshops.

As well as campaigning for better wages and factory conditions, the collective teaches hands-on skills.

"We do knitting ... screen printing [and] tie dying, that sort of thing," Ms Waine said.

"We ... encourage people to gain an appreciation of how their clothes are made so they're more conscious of that when they're thinking about buying clothes."

Another clothes swap participant, Dee Hogan, managed a Vinnies store for more than three decades.

She's concerned about the impact of fast fashion on not-for-profit organisations.

"It's just a shame because if the item is made with such cheap material then it's really not serviceable to be used as second-hand," Ms Hogan said.

"It's out of shape and doesn't last.

"You can definitely tell if something is a quality piece that's made with good material — that's worthwhile recycling and reusing, and it saves landfill."

Handing down benefits of ethical fashion

Garmisch Riley attended the clothes swap with her mother Jeannie and baby daughter Iris, who was dressed in a second-hand onesie from a previous swap event.

"I was pregnant with Iris when I came to the first one and I was surprised at just how much variety of clothes there was, including maternity wear and breastfeeding-friendly clothes.

"And I thought, 'This is perfect'.

"This is the future that [our children] are going to have and it's a lot better if we ... wear clothes that are already available."Read more at:evening dresses uk | formal dresses


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Indian fashion fraternity


France, the country famous for the slimness of its women, recently made headlines for its measure to prevent an unhealthy degree of thinness among models, especially runway models. The country has now made it mandatory for models to present a doctor’s certificate of good health. Agencies are required to follow the new guidelines, failing which, they will be penalised. That has prompted us to ask the Indian fashion fraternity, is such a measure necessary for Indian models?

The average Indian model is perceived as being too skinny by the average Indian. But designers say that no, Indian runway models are not too thin, and definitely not anorexic.

The ball had started rolling in France when in February this year, American model and researcher Sara Ziff published a study in the International Journal of Eating Disorder. She conducted a survey of 85 female models at the New York Fashion Week, with the aim of gaining insight into the prevalence of eating disorders in the modelling industry. Her focus was on ‘what causes them and what can be done to prevent it’.

The study by Ziff prompted an open letter that was signed by more than 40 leading models. Karen Elson, Carré Otis, Caitriona Balfe, Missy Rayder were among those who signed it. And earlier this month, France finally passed legislation, banning the trend of extremely skinny models. Here’s what leading Indian designers, models and model coordinators have to say on the question of excessive thinness and whether India needs a similar measure.

Indian designers say...

This French law is path-breaking and will help aspiring models in France to be aware about the consequences of being too skinny. This will also reduce the pressure of being skinny in their country. As for India, our models have never been the skinny type, and it’s not in our culture or our body type. We don’t need this law. We are in a far more positive mind space. —Nikhil Mehra, Designer

For France, yes, it’s a good move as their industry is extremely competitive and the models are under immense pressure all the time. But not India. I think our industry is in a good state. We embrace all body types. In fact, my perception is that our models are healthy. —Anupama Dayal, Designer

Indian models say...

If France has decided to pass this law, then it’s their choice. From my experience, I think the girls definitely make an effort to take care of themselves. As for India, we don’t require it. Our models are healthy. Besides our culture is different from theirs. —Sapna Kumar, Model

I feel the legal aspect of getting a certificate from the doctor to prove one’s physical and mental health is a bit too much. Otherwise, it’s good because it will reduce the pressure of being skinny in France. As for India, I think we are lucky. We have models who are healthy. Some of the models who walk the ramp are themselves fitness trainers. So, no, we don’t require a law like this. —Sonalika Sahay, Model

Indian model co-ordinators say...

For France, it’s a great move. Models these days are under a lot of pressure to look good. This move will finally make the girls realise that one should not compromise on their health. In India, I don’t think we need a law, but we definitely need some of kind a programme to spread awareness regarding this. —Pranav Awasthi, founder of a modelling agency

The French modelling industry is rigid. This move will ensure that models can finally stop sacrificing their health for looks. I am pleased that France has finally decided to act on it. However, the Indian market is different. We are not obsessed with the skinny type. In fact, our models are healthy. I don’t think India requires a law like this. —Nitin Sarna, founder of a modelling agency.Read more at:short prom dresses | long prom dresses


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Ramjan Eid 2017


Fashion is a statement, not style. It is not being subtle at times and it is the way to define yourself sometimes boldly or powerfully. Fashion is the way to express yourself confidently.

5Fashion is a statement, not style. It is not being subtle at times and it is the way to define yourself sometimes boldly or powerfully. Fashion is the way to express yourself confidently.

‘#Eid-ul-Fitr’ 17’ has added some of the latest trend and styles of designer wear and new collection which will add new charisma to your wardrobe.

Best Indy western wear

These festivals add some of the latest lines of featured Indy western wear and new silhouettes of ethnic wear.

#Trendy ethnic wear is in the queue to give new fashion outfits this year. The new range of floor-length Ana kali lawn dresses are considered proper ethnic wear which will give you a royal and elegant look.

Floral pattern garments, silk, chancery, Georgette, chiffon, crêpe, and cotton are all fabrics that are on the international runway. There are some enchanting and alluring shades like pinks, emerald-green, sea green. fuchsia, royal red, and dazzling gold that are hot in this ‘Eid ‘festival.

Beautiful big frock suits: these floor-length big frock suits (Ana kali) are the best trend this festive season and will give you a Mughals look with some suggested pieces of jewelry. For example, it will add some spice to your look combined with mang tikka and chained big earrings to your style

Straight cut shalwar suit and designer harem suits: - if you want simple and elegant style this festival, try your look with a straight cut shalwar suit. On the other hand, try the harem suit which very comfortable and it can be worn through the day.

Put on some eye-catching earrings and polka nose ring to pitch your look more stylish.

Royal queen look ankle-length skirt(lehenga) and elegant jacket suit: To add more style to your wardrobe and give you more ravishing looks the royal ankle-length skirt (lehenga suit) is very good choice.

Add more glamour to the Eid

To add more glamor to your Eid feast here is an exceptionally elegant jacket style suit which is perfect for your sturdy looks. Pair this look with traditional mang tikka and golden enamel (minakari) earrings.

For more attire try out the asymmetric designer suit, (pant style suit) which is so different. Also, there is some marvelous sharara and Pakistani ‘chicken embroidery’ which are famous for top class elegance. So on this Eid day why not wear some stunning fashion to get that classy look. This 'Ramjan-Eid' –2017 collection is a step towards trendy ethnic silhouettes.Read more at:celebrity dresses | prom dresses


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Fashion Week in Dubai


With a new store up-and-running in Dubai, Marchesa will be amping up its presence as the guest designer during this month’s Arab Fashion Week.

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig will be heading to the Middle East for two fashion shows — the first for Marchesa’s ready-to-wear collection on May 16 and the second to showcase its bridal collection on May 20. In its fourth year, Arab Fashion Week is expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors including some notable front-row guests. This year’s event will be held in Dubai May 16-20.

Consumers will be able to find just-off-the-runway looks at Marchesa’s exclusive See-Now-Buy-Now boutique at the Meydan Hotel. The company will also have a private suite for VIP fittings as royalty and celebrity guests are expected.

Chapman said, “We’re honored to be opening Arab Fashion Week…to introduce our ready-to-wear and bridal collections, allowing customers an intimate opportunity to purchase collection items they see on the runway.”

Through a partnership with Ginza Fashion, Marchesa recently opened its first brick-and-mortar store on the first floor of the Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue. The boutique’s decor is inspired by Parisian bourgeois apartments of the 1940s with grand crystal chandelier and gilded gold-like racks lined with gowns set against soft blush walls. Craig said, “Wearing Marchesa has always been about the experience and we are excited to now have a presence in The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue where we can create an immersive experience for our clientele from the moment they walk in. Marchesa designs are known to be romantic and timeless. It is important to us that the aesthetic of the store complements our collections.”

Chrissy Teigen’s custom black-and-white floral and embroidered lace gown and Rita Ora’s dramatic red one-shoulder gown helped Marchesa gain some international buzz at last week’s Met Gala. And during the recent bridal market, the label earned high marks from retailers such as Mark Ingram’s whose East 55th Street bridal atelier is a favorite stop with well-heeled brides.Read more at:prom dresses manchester | prom dresses liverpool


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A nose for style


Stylish Indian male celebrities seem to be challenging the gender boundaries of fashion. A number of male actors have been sporting a nose ring recently, and pulling off the look with panache. Is this a redefining moment in fashion, or just another ‘easy come, easy go’ trend?

Celebrity stylist Rod Anker says, “A man in New Zealand with a nose piercing is no big deal, as it is a traditional men’s accessory. It has nothing to do with women there, if a woman did it there she would be considered masculine. It is the opposite in India but it has nothing to do with being feminine. I also don’t think that a nose ring is a new trend. The first time I saw a man sporting a nose pin was probably 30 years ago. It is the same as lining your eyebrows, one of those things that comes and goes. But I think people in India are definitely pushing their personal boundaries.”

He adds, “It is also an expression of creativity, whether it is shaving your head, colouring your hair, tattooing or piercing. It is an outlet. It helps one break what is expected out of them.”

Sporting a piercing himself on the bridge of his nose, designer Amit Talwar says, “A nose piercing is a big hype in the men’s fashion world. These days a lot of celebrities are wearing these. Ranveer Singh sported a ring recently. I had my nose pierced on the bridge. That was two and a half years back, but now I see a lot more people say, ‘wow’. But that wow didn’t come without any pain. Also men are now coming out of the box when it comes to fashion and style. So there are no more hesitations. Men are open to wearing a lot of things now.”

He feels men in India are no longer scared of showing their feminine side. “Slowly, men are realising that equality can be achieved in every sphere of life. I also got it done to feel different. Five years back a feminine touch in an Indian man’s wardrobe raised eyebrows, but it is definitely changing now,” he adds.

Ahmad Faraz from Men Engage Delhi feels the trend stems from the fact that society has opened up and people are not scared to break clothing stereotypes. He says, “To think about it, there was also a time when in India, at certain places, an ear piercing was considered feminine. It changed over time. So I think this trend will continue as many people are accepting it, but it also depends on class and regional differences. For example. in metro cities, it is being thought of as a very new thing, but piercing for men has been a cultural tradition in many places.”

Akshay Khanna, author of Sexualness, a book that explores changing conditions for gender transgression and sexuality in India over the last two decades, also wears a nose ring. He says, “I do know that the nose ring on a male bodied person is the second most transgressive thing in the North Indian context. The amount of attention I get for the nose ring, and the ways in which it immediately opens the question of gender for people, is amazing, as compared to other places in the world, where it’s just a piercing.”

Akshay adds, “I’m sure the heterosexual male appropriation will only last for a short time. much like when David Beckham wore nail polish for a few months and for a short period of time people began to read nail polish on male hands as a new fashion. But in a few months time that was forgotten and the transgression of wearing nail polish was back.”

But one cannot deny that fashion allows people to flow in and out of gender boundaries, as stylist Rishi Raj says, “Fashion allows one to experiment and do things that might be considered taboo at first but later become a trend and are accepted by the society. So I think fashion does a great service by spreading a lot of awareness about a lot of issues, taboos and creates a dialogue about it. There is no such thing as a fad now, people keep going back to things and trends. So if someone gets a piercing, he isn’t going to get rid of it so soon.”Read more at:cheap prom dresses | prom dresses 2017


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Just say I do to food trucks


Bobby Hughes' family was worried about the food truck. They were used to sit-down wedding dinners with towering cakes. But Hughes and his Colombian bride, Angelica, were opting for a more relaxed approach when they asked the owners of a local food truck to cook up a South American-inspired menu for their Houston wedding.

"My Texas relatives are meat-and-potatoes people," Hughes says. "So there was some concern about the food. I was asked if people should bring their own sandwiches."

No sandwiches required. Hughes says his family and other guests ended up being impressed with the custom menu created by Consumed — a self-billed "Mobile Food Dispensary." Normally purveyors of upscale burgers and fries, the owners worked with the couple to offer Argentine empanadas, goat cheese and pesto-slathered sliders, veggie tacos and Arepa, a traditional Columbian flat cornbread topped with pulled chicken and jicama slaw.

Hughes' brother-in-law, Julian Alvarez, had suggested using the food truck after learning that the couple's wedding venue didn't have a kitchen. Alvarez knew the owners of Consumed from their usual spot outside the Down the Street bar, and he offered to pay for the food as a wedding gift. The couple loved the idea, and appreciated not having to agonize over seating arrangements.

Hughes recommends a food truck to anyone who wants something relaxed and different, but he says couples should manage their expectations.

"It's a food truck," he says. "They're not going to serve everyone at the same time, but in the meantime your guests can have drinks and talk. It really takes the edge off."

Mei Li, owner of a Boston truck called Mei Mei , agrees that trucks add to a casual, fun atmosphere.

"It's fun for guests to walk up and order," she says. "It's a new experience for a lot of people, and adds a level of excitement and options that a traditional caterer can't provide."

Mei Mei, run by three siblings and offering a locally-sourced, Chinese-American menu, has been so successful that it also now has a sit-down location and a shipping container-based lunch counter.

Having done many weddings, Li suggests that couples consider the style of their wedding, the number of guests and the limitations of the venue when selecting a truck for their special day. Also, learn what a food truck can or can't do.

"Food trucks don't usually offer table linens, waitstaff or cleanup after the meal. You may need to negotiate that or hire an outside vendor for those services," Li says.

Chat directly with the chefs, she says, to make sure the menu items make sense for the crowd size.

"Nobody wants to wait a long time to eat at a wedding," Li says. "Be willing to be flexible and creative — the operator will know best what will work."

Li recommends using a truck for either the cocktail hour or the main meal, and limiting menu items to three or four options. Another option is to have chefs serve appetizers directly from the truck and then bring family-style portions to each table, or provide a buffet.

For those who prefer a traditional sit-down dinner but still want the fun of a truck, consider a dessert van.

"Everything is already made, so it's like a dessert buffet that I'm constantly refilling," says Lora Kleinwachter, owner and head chef of The Bumblebee truck in Denver.

The Bumblebee, a curvy, 1962 P-30 van that's even cuter than its name, was rescued and refurbished into its current, Instagram-worthy state and has been traveling to weddings and events ever since.

"People love to take pictures with the Bumblebee, and kids freak out when they see her," Kleinwachter says.

While her menu options include full-scale cakes, she often suggests the most portable treats — like baked doughnut holes or chocolate trifle cups.

"By dessert time, people are often dancing and socializing," she says. "Guests, especially the children, love anything that's easy to eat and carry around."Read more at: | long prom dresses


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