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The 85th Academy Awards

Here at Dauphine Press we are constantly looking to fashion as a source of inspiration for our designs. It’s no surprise that we all enjoyed last night’s 85th Academy Awards. We are always hoping to inspire you by sharing what inspires us, so today we’re sharing our list of best dressed from the red carpet.

Stacy Keibler looked beautiful in a glittering right-off-the-runway look, while Jennifer Garner took a softer approach in her custom gown by Gucci. Nominated for Best Actress, Jessica Chastain embraced old Hollywood glamour in her custom Armani Prive gown. While presenting, Sandra Bullock absolutely sparkled in her sheer embroidered Elie Saab gown.

Our top dressed actors kept things classic and timeless with tailored suits and bow ties. Ben Affleck, Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper all kept with the three-piece trend, while Daniel Day-Lewis chose a dapper navy look.

Art Deco and metallic were the lead trends of the evening and we are looking forward to seeing how these fashions will translate to wedding stationery with foil embellishments, letterpress on metallic papers and fine, intricately detailed motifs. These looks had us dreaming up new color palettes for our Hamilton, Belvedere and Stinson suites.

Did the Oscars inspire you in your wedding planning? Visit one of our exclusive retailers to design your own fashion inspired wedding stationery.

Photo Credits Jennifer Garner, Jessica Chastain, Channing Tatum & Daniel Day Lewis: Jason Merritt/Getty Images | Stacy Keibler & Sandra Bullock: ABC/Rick Rowell | Ben Affleck: Jeff Vespa/WireImage | Bradley Cooper: Steve Granitz/WireImage

It’s a Wrap – 2012 on Instagram

With 2012 nearing its end, we wanted to share some of our favorite Instagram photos from throughout the year. We can’t wait to see what 2013 has to offer, so be sure to follow us!

1. Beautiful Papaya color inspiration | 2. Our new Key Lime and Seaglass swatches | 3. In the workroom with one of our vintage presses | 4. Edge painting – now in 56 of our ink colors

5. Our foil suite, Stinson, on press | 6. Design inspiration for one of our favorite suites, Larkspur | 7. The sweetest thank you card from Austin Warnock | 8. Some lovely liner patterns

9. We’re thrilled to be a part of the LAB Event 2013 | 10. Our Larkspur design was a big hit this year | 11. Foil stamped pendants for the National Stationery Show | 12. Festive letterpress and foil on our Hamilton save the date

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Meet Our New Foil + Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite – Stinson

As we mentioned yesterday, we saved our most talked about new design for last. We love them all, but it seems Stinson is a favorite among our retailers and 2013 couples. We have a bundle of customizations of this gorgeous design in the works. You know we will be sharing them with you here on our blog as soon as we can!

The beauty of Stinson is the use of our new duplexed stock in Pyrite paired with our new Platinum foil. These two custom design elements paired together are what make you gasp initially at the simple elegance of this suite. Looking closer you’ll see the gorgeous font combination smartly printed in Black letterpress ink completing this perfectly balanced look.

Now, let’s talk about that gorgeous graphic! The stylized and romantic florals were adapted from vintage embroidery and lacework. The bold and graphic look, especially when printed in our Platinum foil, create a more contemporary take on the typical wedding florals.

Before we get to the invitation design, here’s a look at the stunning inspiration board created by our design team:

Stinson Inspiration Board1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13

Dauphine Press Stinson Suite

Which is your favorite new design? Calistoga, Fairfield, Hamilton or Stinson? Next up we are going to explore all of the ways you can customize these (any!) of the suites in our album with a brand new design tool. Let the fun begin!

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