Downton Abbey fashion influences bridal accessory choices

Thanks to the rip-roaring success of the British costume drama, Downton Abbey, Edwardian and Art Deco accessories are truly in vogue again for brides-to-be in 2012!

Bridal choker necklaces are back in demand as a regal touch is added to wedding day looks

               

Teamed with delicate pearl earrings for that touch of sensuality……….

            

Accessories such as wraps, gloves and dainty handbags are a much a nod towards the modesty of turn of the Century fashions as they are practical nice-to-haves for a winter wedding…………..

                          

          

Delicate pearl necklaces as well as the ubiquitous ‘flapper style’ long pearl strands have always been popular choices for wedding jewellery but have enjoyed a resurgence with the general Art Deco wedding trends.

   

Finally, what better way to complete your look than by adding a fabulous vintage or antique brooch?

  

Don’t forget to check out our full range at http://www.vintagebridaljewellery.co.uk  

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Bridal and Wedding Trends 2012

So the question has been popped, the venue booked and now for the most important part – shopping! Where to begin? What’s in, what’s out, what are the hot trends on the bridal scene? We’ve put together a fab synopsis of ideas influenced by the leading bridal designers on the international catwalks and suggestions of some of our beautiful bridal accessories…………

TRENDS BY VINTAGE ERA

VICTORIANA

Underwear becomes outerwear – Victorian corsets (and high necklines, more of which later) have made their way from the fashion runways to bridal runways. Chokers are key to achieving the elegance of this look, teamed up with crystal teardrops on all accessories.

Victoriana

ART DECO

Art Deco influences continue to delight – think geometric patterns, long pearls and lots of fringes!

Art Deco

1930s

Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow style reinvented through dropped waist, swishy gowns – team with hints of Deco style and a flourish of feathers……

1930s

1940s

The ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood – add a dash of Katherine Hepburn glamour with our fab vintage inspired hair accessories and check out our REAL vintage jewellery and brooches to complete your look.

1940s

1970s

Boho chic, gypsy feel (but less ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ and more of a sassy ethnic twist) – go for gold to achieve that sun-kissed St Tropez touch of magic!

1970s

TRENDS BY DRESS STYLE

BALLERINA

Black Swan when she was still White! Ethereal, romantic , sweet- add delicate accessories with the lightest of touches.

Ballerina

LACE

All hail Princess Kate for allowing us to rediscover the fabulousness of lace – regal, understated beauty.  Pearls with lace – strawberries with cream – can’t have one without the other…….

Lace

OLD HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR

Grace Kelly drama with a sophisticated sense of style – check out our multistrand pearl necklaces and classic style earrings which work a treat with this look.

OldH

RUFFLES

Did they ever go away? Anyway they’re back and bigger than ever! Delightful, frothy girly – team with our fabulous spray pins and organza cuff for that light-as-air feel.

Ruffles

HALTERNECKS

Developing the Victoriana theme, designers are buttoning us up at the neck – but don’t panic, with their sheer overlays, these halternecks are anything but prudish – team with chandelier earrings and a fabulous multi-layered bracelet for a statement look.

Halter

SCULPTURAL

For the modernista, city chic bride, clean simple lines which work great with Deco geometrics or can be softened with the addition of a structured flower (orchids are great).

sculpt

SHORT

1960s influences creeping through here, capturing the trend for a second bridal ‘dance’ dress (one where your legs are unemcumbered with a ton of organza!) – bigger, bolder accessories suit this look – go for noticeable, dramatic statement pieces.

short

And FINALLY don’t forget to check out our fab range of authentic vintage and vintage inspired handbags for that final touch! Visit us at http://www.vintagebridalaccessories.co.uk

Botanic Beauties

Vintage botanical prints have not only seen a re-emergence on the homewares front but have been recently translated into high fashion on the global catwalks (see Miu Miu and Pucci).

Leaves, branches, plants, fern prints – nature takes a step back to basics – design inspiration from time immemorial is revisited once more.

                                   
We are delighted to see this trend filter through to the bridal market in the form of the most delicate filigree botanical features on dresses and accessories.
                           
In keeping with this trend (fab one for Spring/Summer 2012 brides) we have introduced fabulous hints of foliage in our latest designs.
    
Layering original vintage components ensure impactful centrepieces (replicating foliate patterns on many antique pieces)….while keeping the design simple and pared back lends the ultimate touch of delicacy and femininity to your perfect bridal accessories!
Check out our full range of bridal jewellery, handbags and wedding hair accessories at http://www.vintagebridalaccessories.co.uk
   

Vintage Hat Trick! Kate rocks Deco styling

Our third UK celeb vintage bride in as many months – retro inspired bridal wear is definitely having its moment! It was no suprise to us that Kate Moss chose a vintage look (we had a 50/50 odds on whether it would be Deco or Boho inflenced).

Kate’s fabulous John Galliano dress and veil echoed flowing, understated 1920s style with a boho chic informality. Kate is ahead of the bridal fash-pack (no surprise there!) with her subtle hints of gold reflecting the bolder hues apparent on the recent 2012 Barcelona catwalks (by Rosa Clara).

Gold accessories are making a comeback as the perfect accent to creamy ivory tones of vintage lace and tulle.  Browse some of our fab gilt accessories for your Big Day.

  

Fab choice also for late summer and Autumn brides who wish to capture those fading rays of summer – gold with topaz reflects the season beautifully. See our complete collection at http://www.vintagebridalaccessories.co.uk

   

A Deco Delight! Lily Allen’s wedding

Many congratulations to Lily and Sam on their recent nuptials – we HEART Lily’s fab 1920s vintage style headdress and dress

To recreate her look check out our fab large organza flower combs:
These were recently featured in an exotic You and Your Wedding shoot (place one on each side of the head) for a lush vintage vibe!
To complete the look, see some of our fab Art Deco-inspired jewellery range:
And don’t forget to check out our authentic vintage Art Deco pieces for that real ‘something old’…….. http://www.vintagebridalaccessories.co.uk
        

Royal Wedding – a vintage princess!

OMG how fabulous was Kate Middleton’s wedding dress and bridal jewellery? She opted for a stunning timeless, elegant feel with more than a hint of vintage glamour (very Grace Kelly-esque).

Her stunning tiara, her ‘something borrowed’ was surely made for a princess! See similar ones at our website http://www.vintagebridalaccessories.co.uk

   

Her diamond earrings, a present from her mum and dad, complimented her tiara beautifully with their classic diadem drop, reflecting vintage trends in our range.
                  
To complete your vintage regal look see also our fab range of repurposed bracelets and necklaces (made from original vintage components), everything you need for your inner princess!
     
In the meantime, happy wedding planning and our very best wishes from all at VBJ to the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

Designer Couture comes to VBJ

We are so excited to be able to offer you selected pieces from award winning accessories designer Stephanie Browne – her wedding jewellery and hair accessories are made from the finest Swarovski pearls and crystals reflecting a fabulous Art Deco influence.  Vintage inspired bridal jewellery of the highest quality. Stand out pieces for a stand out occasion! Choose from a fab selection at http://www.vintagebridalaccessories.co.uk