Understated elegance and sleek sophistication are the signature looks of the Montage by Mon Cheri collection of mother of the bride dresses. The collection, also ideal as special occasion or evening dresses, is designed with the fashion-forward mother in mind and reflects the very individual style a woman wishes to portray for the important occasion. The collection is tasteful and refined, created for the discerning woman. Many of the dresses are available with matching shawls or boleros, offering versatility and the option of a cover up for the more formal part of the ceremony. Internationally acclaimed designer Ivonne Dome created Montage, so it is no surprise that it has become a leader in the mother of the bride and groom collections. Madame Bridal is committed to helping each member of the bridal party to find the perfect dress and we appreciate the importance to mothers of discovering just the right dress.
The beauty of the Montage line is that these charming dresses can be worn for the wedding and then for other formal events. They are equally suited to the wedding day, black tie events, red-carpet occasions and other memorable evenings. The collection is available in both standard and plus sizes as the designer is appreciative that women of all shapes and sizes deserve to look their beautiful best. Those women who appreciate Mon Cheri dresses will adore the Montage line.
Choosing just the right dress is an important decision for the mother of the bride. She may be an older woman, but she has no desire to look frumpy or matronly. Montage offers glamour and grace in age appropriate clothing. If the wedding is a casual affair then it is apt to tone down the glamour, perhaps choosing a dress with understated embellishments. For formal weddings it is fine to dress up to the nines.
A mother may wish to consult with her daughter regarding her choice of dress for the big day, but the only hard and fast rule is not to upstage her. If the bride is wearing white, then Mom should avoid white, ivory and champagne. The primary consideration should be the venue, location and season. Many brides choose a color scheme for their weddings, but there is no requirement for the mother of the bride to be color coordinated with the bridesmaids unless her daughter requests it. The dress should reflect the mother's own personal style and distinguish her from the rest of the bridal party. After all she has an important role to fulfill and should stand out, in addition to looking picture perfect in the wedding photographs. Etiquette advises that the mother of the bride should consult with the mother of the groom regarding her chosen dress, simply to avoid clashing, or horrors, actually choosing the same dress. A friendly chat can be initiated to avoid any embarrassment.
Most of the Montage gowns are full-length, making them ideal for formal and evening weddings. The luxuriance of the gowns ensures they look and feel wonderful. Silhouettes are designed to offer a perfect fit that flatters the figure while offering ease of movement. There are fitted gowns to accentuate the figure and A-line silhouettes with the flow factor. Fit and flare designs, trumpet and mermaid silhouettes are each created with a certain type of body in mind and the mature woman has the confidence to know which silhouette best flatters.
Each dress in the collection has its own unique style and many of the features are designed to accentuate or conceal certain aspects of the body. Three-quarter illusion sleeves are a popular choice for the woman preferring to conceal her upper arms, while asymmetrical cuts can disguise a less than perfect figure. Strapless gowns can be paired with matching shawls or stoles to drape over the shoulders for the more formal parts of the ceremony. Each strapless dress in the collection comes complete with removable straps, providing extra piece of mind is one is worried about slippage. Many of the dresses finish in a sweep train for that additional touch of glamour.
Ivonne is well known for fashioning her gowns in the finest of fabrics, with each one carefully sourced to suit the style and silhouette. Softly flowing dresses are created in tulle and chiffon, while velvet clings sensually. Other fabrics incorporated into the collection include organza, silk shantung, Mikado, sequin, lace, metallic lace and jersey. Beaded lace is often used to overlay a bodice and create an illusion neckline.
Montage offers neckline styles to suit every woman. There are strapless sweethearts and straight strapless, illusion Sabrinas and bateau necklines. There are off-the-shoulder styles and plunging V-necklines with sheer modesty insets. The collection includes portrait and Mandarin collars. Necklines create a focal point on a well fitted bodice and may be finished with beading or scallops. There are sleeveless bodices and bodices framed with cap or three-quarter sleeves. Bodices may finish in a cinched waistline or elongated into a dropped waistline. Techniques such as pleated, ruching and surplice are used to advantage. The backs are as gorgeous as the front of the dresses, whether they are semi-open, scoop, V, illusion or keyhole.
Stunning embellishments are skillfully placed and draw attention to the dresses. Montage uses beading and beaded lace appliques, embroidered floral lace appliques and crystal appliques. There are crystal beaded waistlines and hand crafted floral accents. These adornments are tasteful and sublime, never overshadowing the stylish cut of the dress or competing with the addition of favorite jewelry. Skirts are exquisitely draped, contributing to the fluid grace of the gowns. There are side gathered skirts which accentuate the hipline and others that flow in soft gathers. Sheer tulle overlay skirts feature in the collection in addition to skirts accented with cascading ruffles. Slits are sleek and sensual without being provocative.
There are colors available to suit every skin tone, ranging from the softest of pastels through to the deepest of hues. The color palette on offer is perfect for every season, touching on muted, bright and bold. There is a delicate rose and light blue, mink and taupe. Precious gems are reflected in colors of bronze, silver, gold and sapphire. Rich shades of turquoise and plum, peacock and fuchsia are ideal for mother's that are not shrinking violets. Light colors are a perfect for match for a spring wedding, while darker shades of pewter are more in keeping with cold season weddings.
Montage dresses are really designed to make a woman feel special and age is no bar to glamour or the desire to flaunt ones figure. The mother of the bride will turn heads when clad so elegantly and with such poised style. The bride will be proud that her mother carries off her role with such grace and will aspire to emulate her style in the years ahead. The father of the bride will be in his proud element to have the two special women in his life looking so glorious.
Although Montage is designed with the mother of the bride or groom in mind there is no reason to wait for a wedding to fall in love with the collection. The dresses can be chosen for any elegant evening by a woman of a certain age that deserves to look stunning. They are equally suited for other key guests at a wedding, be it an aunt, godmother, step-mother or a young at heart grandmother. Any bride would be delighted to share her day with such a chic and well turned out woman and their selection of a Montage is a compliment to the sophistication and special nature of the occasion.
Oftentimes the mother of the bride is somewhat daunted at the thought of choosing the ideal outfit for her daughter's wedding, but one glance at the wonderfully graceful dresses in this collection will relieve her apprehension. Montage assures the fashion forward woman she will look the part to perfection in an age appropriate gown reflecting her understated elegance.