It takes a village to get a girl ready for the red carpet. So I have to say I was so honored when I heard that Olia Zavozina, a Nashville based bridal designer, would be loaning me a dress to wear at the ACM Awards. I went to Olia’s flagship store in the heart of Green Hills in Nashville to meet with her for a fitting prior to the award show. Her personality is as effervescent as her gowns. She’s spirited, glamorous, and incredibly hard-working…I loved her immediately. While she is most famous for her classic bridal silhouettes (which are exquisite,) she’s also working on some other really interesting projects. For example, she’s created a line of custom pieces being worn in the ring by Russian WWE star CJ Perry. Let’s just say there are CAPES ladies, CAPES. To.Die.For. It’s making me think I need to start paying better attention to the WWE. She’s also collaborating with Clare Bowen (of ABC’s Nashville) on some beautiful stage pieces for Clare to wear on tour.For the ACMs, Olia recommended a two piece black lace look from her Spring 2017 collection. The attention to detail was absolutely incredible, and I felt amazing in it.Originally, there was a slip under the skirt, but I asked Olia if we could spice it up a little bit since it was Vegas. She had the idea of making some boyshorts–I called them “bloomers”– to wear under the dress. Lace is such a huge trend right now, but the boy shorts were a really fun way to make the look a little more playful; I loved it.Accessories wise, I layered on some costume rings from Charming Charlie (not kidding–this is one of my favorite tricks.) I also wore an amazing pair of earrings from Nasty Gal (another source I use ALL the time for stage clothes) they were 20 bucks–sadly they’re sold out, but I linked to some great “bang for your buck” earrings at the bottom of the page. I wanted a shoe that was little bit edgy since the lace was so ladylike, so I wore these by Louboutin. Now, these are a splurge. However, I did find these amazing Valentino look-alikes if you’re into the stud/spike heel thing but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg–these are on sale for $20 at Charlotte Russe. WHAAAT?!
Since we were staying in the very funky and cool SLS Resort in Vegas right next to the location for the ACM Party For A Cause,) I grabbed local photographer Dusty Fruend and we staged some moody shots around the casino.
If you’re looking for formal wear, bridal wear, or something custom, you can find Olia’s work online here. Insta: @oliazavozina. Or make an appointment at her flagship store in Nashville:
2002 Richard Jones Road Suite B-104
Nashville, TN 37215 (map / directions)
Phone: (615) 760-5174
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Hair and Makeup by Debbie Dover (@doverhairmakeup on insta)