According to The Washington Post her collections are “proof that bridal fashion is keeping up with the runway.” And as Randy Fenoli gushes, “Claire has a cult following.” That is because when Claire Pettibone designs a wedding gown, she creates a wearable masterpiece. Her couture bridal selections are a breathtaking medley of fantasy and romanticism. The gowns have the ability transport brides into a new world full of fairy-tale antiquity and the veils add just the right amount of elegance to an entire wedding day ensemble. Most believe that a veil is a bride’s must have accessory, I’m not totally sold on that rule for the modern day woman but when it comes to this collection of tulles finished with lovely lace details – a veil is an absolute must.
Imagining yourself in a Claire Pettibone gown isn’t too hard. Let’s face it, they’re some of the prettiest gowns in the bridal world. But imagining yourself in a Claire Pettibone veil is a dream. They serve as the key piece to a blushing bride, hidden behind the wispy tulle creating an air of innocence as she walks down the aisle to her future husband. These veils, made completely by hand, spark memories of old-age beauty . The lace, the small pearls, the ribbons and glittery beads evoke pure femininity that would make any groom want to drop to a knee for a second time. The collection includes long and short options along with veils sporting stunning embroidery, roses, French lace, sequins and other girly touches.
Some of the daintier options are my personal favorites. Take the ‘String of Pearls’ for instance which is lined with a string of small pearls and flowers along a scalloped edge. Or the ‘Ambrosia’ that is available in ivory or silver adorned with vines, beads and sequins. Then there is the ‘Fairy.’ And the name is quite fitting considering its flirtatiousness and tiny, delicate sequined detail .
And then two of the more grandiose designs include the ‘Leighton’ and the ‘True Love.’ They are rich and full and delicate all at the same time. Both are perfect for a Victorian princess or an evening ethereal bride. The art deco rhinestones on Leighton’s tulle ads shine fit for a bride’s wedding day. The True Love’s pairing of ribbon and rhinestones soften the blow of the shimmer but never takes away from a bride that wants to make a statement .
Last but not least are some of the more subtle designs. The ‘Jasmine’ and the ‘Vintage Vine’ are two of the most romantic pieces in the collection. They combine the delicacy of a woman with natural inspiration from the beauty of the outside world. Using silk leaves and flowers with beads and sequins make for the ultimate combination for a knockout vintage bride.
Just looking at the photos from Claire Pettibone’s couture veil collection is enough to see the thought and craftsmanship behind each piece. From the bridal gowns to the lingerie to the veils, each piece from the Pettibone lines are magical.
By Grace Lynne Fleming