Monday, January 11, 2010

2010 Cherry Blossom bloom with Claire Pettibone bridal couture

Claire Pettibone
Photos with permission from Claire Pettibone

Using the Japanese flower, Cherry Blossom as her muse, designer Claire Pettibone’s 2010 collection was a breathing sight to behold. If you don’t know Claire Pettibone, she is known around the world for her signature romantic and vintage inspired gowns, is also a master of “back appeal”. No matter, front or back the detailing and jewels are truly inspired.

Using a soft and effervescent palette of snow white, metallic silver and gold with accents of pale pink and Empire Red, “Cherry Blossom 2010” was a luminous vision of purity and exotic innocence. The elaborate embroideries and tactile embellishments were reminiscent of mystical florals that appeared in Sakura, Madame Butterfly and Petals in the wind. A light sprinkling of iridescent sequins, crystals and pearls lend a shimmer for an overall wondrous, magical and romantic effect.

Silhouettes in light and free-flowing romantic styles include:

  • A-line paired with modified kimono bodice and sleeves, a sheath with mandarin collar.
  • Sublime elements such as wraparound lace overlays, bubble hems, and a Watteau train which adds to the dream.

Ms. Pettibone has said of this collection “I enjoyed exploring the rich history and symbolism of Asian cultures to discover precious details for this collection. Through my research, I was struck by a sense of Innocence and Purity, a soft sweetness. As always, my goal is to conceive a timeless expression of beauty that transcends the age in which we live and helps to create a magical day for the bride. In a world sometimes overwhelmed by challenges, a wedding is a celebration of joy and love, a promise of hope for the future… a much-needed reminder of all that is precious and wondrous. The more we see and discover, we find the lines between cultures have become blurred, and Beauty is universal.”

Celebrities like “Man Men” star Elisabeth Moss specifically choose Pettibone because of its ‘soft and vintage feeling’. While I’m hoping there will be one in New York soon, there will be a trunk show at JaeHee Bridal in Englewood, NJ, Jan.15-16th, 201-541-0077. Call for an appointment.


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