Molly Guy, Stone Fox Bride
The epitome of boho chic, Stone Fox Bride's relaxed fits and silhouettes take the stress out of wedding dress shopping, with styles made for Stevie Nicks-loving brides who naturally exude cool and chic. Unique touches like bell sleeves, ombre details, and vintage-like lace make each dress feel special, and barely-there fabrics are perfect for unfussy brides who value comfort as much as fashion. Owner Molly Guy jumped ahead as the leader of the bridal pack when this season she launched a plus-size collection in partnership with Eloquii. "We love what Molly has done with her brand in the bridal space, and when we finally got to meet, we realized that Molly is passionate just like we are about offering fashion for all sizes, and we knew this could be a great match," says Jodi Arnold, creative director of Eloquii.
How would you describe your aesthetic and bride?
Molly Guy: My aesthetic is laid-back, low-key, high style. Vivienne Westwood meets Marsha Brady. Our bride, she's comfortable in her skin, privileges style over fashion, couldn't care less about mainstream trends, and wants to walk down the aisle in truth and in style. She doesn't identify with the picture-perfect, happily-ever-after Pinterest board wedding world, and prefers a much more raw, authentic, and interesting approach to wedding planning. More Mindy Kaling, less Martha Stewart.
If there was one song that a Stone Fox Bride would walk down the aisle to, what would it be?
MG: "Break Every Rule" by Tina Tuner.
What is your favorite celebrity wedding dress?
MG: Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy was pretty close to perfection.
If you could dress one bride (dead or alive), who would it be?
MG: Louise Bourgeois.
For a girl who doesn't want to wear a white wedding gown, what would you recommend?
MG: A silky, blood red, bias-cut slip with blue suede shoes and smeary eyeliner.
What are some of your favorite Stone Fox styles for the bride who’s not afraid to stand out?
MG: Our hand-dyed, sunset ombre pink Valentina dress, our textured lace bell sleeve Glenda dress—that Marni wore to her wedding on Girls—or, one of our vintage Victorian frocks.
What's the trick to pulling off bohemian bridal looks while still looking bridal?
MG: True love! For yourself, and for your partner. A little bit of liquid blush doesn't hurt either.
If a bride doesn’t want to wear a veil, what are some of your favorite alternatives?
MG: I love a messy topknot. A delicate fresh chamomile flower crown is gorge, too.
What should a bride keep in mind when choosing her day-of accessories?
MG: Keep it minimal. You don't want to be futzing around all day with lots of extra stuff.
What's one wedding dress trend that you are not on board with?
MG: I pretty much can get down with them all, as long as they're executed with utter foxiness.
This season you launched a plus-size collection with Eloquii. Why was that important to you?
MG: I've wanted to offer our gowns in plus sizes since I started my company in 2012, but I've never had the bandwidth and resources to do so. We're a tiny team, and it's hard to focus on long-term initiatives when there is always so much to do in the moment. Start-up life is always a bit of a beautiful mess. But this summer, after I had my second daughter, I finally put my foot down and said, "Next season we're going to do this no matter what." I reached out to two friends in the plus-size space whose style and point of view I really respect—style writer Nicolette Mason and modeling agent Becca Thorpe—and asked if they could point me toward any cool, innovative fashion companies that might be interested in partnering. They both put me in touch with Eloquii, and the rest is history.
How did you come up with the styles for the plus-size collection?
Jodi Arnold: The way we approached this collection was to take the best-selling dresses for Stone Fox and to rework them for sizes 14-24. We started from a size 16 fit model and made tweaks to the dresses to make sure the styles would make the bride feel her best.
Can you give any tips on plus-size wedding dress shopping?
JA: The plus-size bride should not be afraid to try something she may have previously thought would not work for her, like an easy slip shape or something in a fresh color other than white. More and more we are seeing brides looking to be a bit more bold in showing some of their own personal style and the Stone Fox dresses are perfect for the bride who wants to try something a bit different.
What was your wedding was like?
MG: Super mellow Sunday afternoon brunch in Long Island City [, New York]. We got married on Halloween, walked down the aisle to "Into the Mystic," and were eating ribs in jeans at Five Leaves in Williamsburg [in Brooklyn, New York] by dinnertime.
What did you wear?
MG: This was long before Stone Fox Bride existed! So I wore an off-the-rack Temperley dress and my favorite rose gold, opal ring by Kathryn Bentley.