From Prada bejeweled dresses to Louis Vuitton black embellishments, we have seen a lot of chunky beads at spring/summer shows. Marni collection features some heavily embellished sportswear and Christopher Bailey’s collection for Burberry included some incredible pieces studded with chunky jewels. This season’s novelty are big sparkly rocks, even though some designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Marc Jacobs and Jenny Packham decided to stick to more subtle embellishments. Simone Rocha used big white pearls and stitched them to collars, handbags, shoes and even socks, while Dolce & Gabbana covered their dresses in golden coins and yellow jewels.
Inspired by Belle Époque era of the 20th century, Jenny Packham’s spring summer 2014 bridal collection features some of the most beautiful wedding dresses that premiered on the catwalk this year. The collection is very romantic with Edwardian loose and yet feminine silhouettes, subtle embellishment and fine draping. Color palette includes ivory, champagne and magnolia, while the selection of fabrics varies from silk to layered chiffon and French lace. The dresses are perfect for a contemporary bride who wishes to wear something both timeless and modern on her wedding day.
Belle Époque is a great theme for a wedding because it is extremely simple and elegant. There is just no danger of being tacky and tasteless. Packham’s latest collection can be very inspirational if you want to design your own wedding gown.
Explaining where she finds an inspiration for her beautiful bridal collections, Jenny Packham says: “I constantly travel the world to source the most unique inspiration for my designs. A glistening piece of vintage jewellery rescued from a flea market in Paris, a beautiful forgotten image from Hollywood’s silver screen that catches my eye in an old world bookshop in Los Angeles, or a detail that stays with me from a painting in a Parisian art deco exhibition.”
Most people are dreaming about having their wedding in spring, but it can be fun in winter too. Long-sleeved dresses, snowflake cakes and wedding flowers made out of Christmas decorations can be very stylish and extremely romantic. You can make a Christmas themed wedding or get inspired by the Snow Queen, but if you want to keep up with trends then think Great Gatsby or Downton Abbey and the flapper style.
Many fall/winter bridal collections were inspired by the roaring 20’s with loose-fitting satin or chiffon dresses with plenty of shiny beads. Jenny Packham, Vera Wang and Alexis Mabille crated wonderful dresses inspired by glitz and glamour of the 1920’s. The best thing about this theme is that you can wear those fantastic hair accessories with feathers and pearls that can never look tacky. Make sure that you provide jazz music and 20’s cocktails as well, and you will definitely have a fun wedding.
Marchesa wedding dress inspired by Kate Middleton is a great choice for those who would like something more classical, while Giambattista Valli’s mini-maxi gown is both modern and traditional.
When it comes to wedding cakes, lace decoration is a big trend, but you can also stick to the theme and buy a golden cake decorated with flowers and pearls for Great Gatsby theme, or red and white one for a Christmas themed wedding.
British model Bryony Robertson (23) started her career about a year ago when she was scouted in Brighton, and she modelled for many fashion labels such as T-shirt Policy, Jesus Peiro, Louise O’Mahony, Stephen Arthur, Harper & Eye, Gemma Goldstone, and magazines like You and Your Wedding, Absolute Magazine and Look Magazine. She also modelled for a number of TV shows including the celebrated BAFTA-winning reality drama Made in Chelsea.
Bryony is working for The Model Agency and is a member of ModXchange fashion network. She filled in our questionnaire and revealed her fashion and beauty secrets:
How do you describe your style?
My style very much depends on the mood I’m in but I guess I’m a bit of a tomboy at heart – I don’t tend to go anywhere without my leather jacket and a pair of chunky boots, but I’ll often offset it with a piece of statement jewellery to make it a little bit more feminine. I’m a sucker for a bargain and will happily trawl sales and ebay for hours – some of my favourite items have come from ebay.
Best dressed style icon?
I always really admire women who have the guts to take risks with what they wear. Chloe Sevigny and Rooney Mara are both incredibly striking, and aren’t afraid to break the rules when it comes to their outfits.
Whose cupboard do you think is worth raiding?
Alexa Chung always looks effortlessly cool. I’d love to have her wardrobe.
Your best fashion find this season?
I’m desperate to get my hands on a Mongolian fur gilet, they’re so soft and cosy and perfect for layering in autumn.
Your fall/winter beauty essentials?
A decent moisturiser. My skin gets so dry in winter so keeping it nourished is essential. I got given a Glossybox from a catwalk I did recently and my favourite item was the Organic Surge moisturiser. It smells awesome and keeps my skin lovely and soft.
My other beauty essential would be a brow gel. I have quite thick eyebrows so something like Benefit’s Speed Brow is a great way to tame them and give them a little more definition.
What is the most magical beauty product that you discovered recently?
A makeup artist recently recommended La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo to help keep my skin clear. I’d tried loads of products so was fairly sceptical about this but it has made a noticeable difference. It’s lovely and light, smoothes skin and reduces pores. And for something that actually works, it’s also really good value.
Your tip for healthy eating?
I eat pretty much constantly throughout the day. I’d love to say it was all healthy but I’d be lying – I have a massive weak spot for chocolate. I try to eat a lot of protein so I snack on nuts, beans and pulses, which are great for providing energy and are also really good for your skin, hair and nails. Oh, and the tip everyone gives: drink water – lots of it.
How do you keep fit?
I hate the gym so I tend to try and go for a run at least twice a week. There’s some beautiful scenery round my house so I find it much less of a chore.
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