” Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe…” Proverb
Are you a bride who wants it all white or are you thrilled to show your “something blue” off?
Slowly but steadily new trends come into such a conservative area as bridal fashion. Just fifteen-twenty years ago, almost all brides who followed Western traditions knew the color of their dress-white. Maybe, shades like ivory or eggshell could also get some consideration, but that’s it. Very few rebel brides dared choose something else, like black or purple.
Things changed and now happiness comes in all the colors. In 2017 practically all big brands offer at least blush and some other pastels, many have floral dresses and some go really avant-garde with rich and bright colors.
It will be an exaggeration to state that this trend is mainstream, though it is definitely going to spread from catwalk designer dresses and celebrities’ weddings to everyday life. Women always like to express themselves, and many know that white is just not their best matching color.
White is also losing its positions as the symbol of innocence and virginity, which was of paramount importance for previous generations. Other colors are stepping in:
What to Wear to Marry
Married in White, you have chosen right,
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Blue, you will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Brown, you will live in the town,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink.
Source: The Book of Love, K. C. Jones
Among the brides, who decided to go for more color in their look, not everyone, however, would opt for a colored dress. It might be that she does not find her favorite model in any other color than white or her family really wants her to be traditional or she really likes a white wedding dress. In this case, color accessories is a perfect way out, shoes, bags and hair adornments add that perfect touch without being “too much”.
My new collection of bridal hair accessories Blue Wonderland was created for girls who do want a splash of color in their outfit. Blue is dominant, silver is complimentary and white is used for accents. According to many studies, blue is the favorite color of both genders, more than half of all men and 30 per cent of all women love it most of all.
Blue is associated with water and sky, it represents depth, stability and symbolizes trust, wisdom and confidence. When chosen for weddings, it conveys purity and fidelity, it is even a part of any traditional bride’s outfit, and her “something of color” shall be blue. So why not so show it off instead of hiding?
Blue Wonderland collection offers several headbands, pins, combs and hair vines. Every accessory has a handmade silk flower. For making them I use only natural silk and natural blends, high quality Japanese dies and non- toxic glues, nothing else. Each petal is cut by hand, then painted and shaped with special instruments, and finally assembled into a fabulous flower. This is a lengthy process, almost a meditation and it allows me to create exactly what I was imagining.
Alongside silk accessories, I introduced a very trendy item, namely, leather flower headband, for a bride who wants something edgy. Being seen everywhere in 2016 and continuing into 2017, leather accessories are modern additions to the bridal range of headwear.
This collection introduces a new category, wedding hats and fascinators for mothers of the bride and groom and even wedding guests. As a milliner, who both studied traditional techniques and is constantly learning new approaches, I aimed at creating smaller, contemporary alternatives to what is usually presented as a mother of the bride/groom hat. I have used light and strong thermoplastics material for the bases, then covered them with leather or stretching textiles and decorated with matching trimmings. These hats are more resistant to weather conditions that straw or sinamay, although they won’t tolerate much rain, of course. Their neutral design makes them wearable in different time of the year, not only spring or summer.
Their shape, so-called, percher hat, is very flattering for many faces and also very versatile, you can wear them tilted to one side or in the middle of the forehead. They also allow more choices for your hairstyle than big brimmed hats, and they are appropriate for morning, afternoon or evening receptions. You can wear at them many other occasions, as their silver shade and simple shape will match a lot of your outfits without looking too dressy.
Last but not the least, I took special precautions to make these accessories comfortable for the wearer. Many of the headband bases are handmade of strong flexible millinery wire, as these are easy to adjust directly by the wearer and help to avoid the unwanted pressure on the temples. For those models where I used a ready- made metal headband, there is an option of custom made base as well, please contact me before placing an order.
For three days, March 31st – April 2nd, enjoy the introductory 30% off the whole collection! To see the collection press here!
Many thanks to the team of professionals who worked to create stunning images of this collection (links in their names):
Photographer Michael Croshaw
Assistant photographer Paul Dale
Make up Artist Daisy Bright
Hairdresser Sandra Parsons
Model Shannon Paige
Model Angel White
White Mischief Bridal Boutique
Venue Hotel du Vin Brighton