Brides and industry taste-makers are abuzz this season about the resurgence of glam vintage looks from the 1920s and 1930s, a style we absolutely adore here at Little White Dress. From the hit British-import show Downton Abbey to the Hollywood remake of The Great Gatsby, these Art Deco influences are playing a major role in bridal fashion trends. The New York Times recently featured this bridal style – highlighting one of our favorite designers, Jenny Packham – and we’ve been noticing lately that many brides are coming to Little White Dress specifically seeking out gowns with the Gatsby-era look. We think this is one instance of a trend that is absolutely timeless – after all, it’s been around for almost a century!
Luckily for brides who love that glamorous, romantic style, we just welcomed two of the most stunning gowns EVER at Little White Dress Bridal Shop. The “Esme” gown by Jenny Packham gracefully captures Art Deco sophistication and charm. Esme’s sleeved sister is “Tuberose,” a delicately beaded and incredibly romantic gown, also by Jenny Packham. We think both new arrivals are perfect for brides looking for an alluring and enchanting wedding dress.
Esme by Jenny Packham
Tuberose by Jenny Packham
Close-up of Esme by Jenny Packham
Close-up of Tuberose by Jenny Packham
Several other gowns and designers available at Little White Dress beautifully embody the essence of old-world glamour and grace. Elizabeth Fillmore’s sleek and silky dresses would be stunning on a bride looking for a modern incarnation of Prohibition-era elegance, and Claire Pettibone’s delicate details would wonderfully complement a wedding with a touch of antique style.
Kara by Elizabeth Fillmore
Eloquence gown by Claire Pettibone
Miriam Haskell accessories, also available at Little White Dress, provide the perfect finishing touches for this look. The jewelry and accessories company, which opened its first boutique in 1926 during the heyday of Art Deco influence, today still hand-makes many of the same designs from the 1920s and 1930s.
Little White Dress Bridal Shop wants to help you find your own perfect vintage glam wedding style! Call us at 303-814-8972 to make an appointment.
For more Gatsby Glam wedding inspiration, take a look at our new Pinterest board!
Love Veils & Accessories “Dallas” – This is a Russian net side pouf with silk organza flower center. Flower has a Swarovski rhinestone, crystal and freshwater pearl center that is softly surrounding by ostrich feathers. Cori says it is a really fabulous piece to wear the whole evening or switch into for the reception to change your look! Photo provided by Cori Middlebrooks
This is “Savannah” by Love Veils & Accessories. It is a tissue linen flower with Swarovski crystal center. Cori says this piece is so much fun to customize. She says you can add a tulle or net pouf behind it, and the flower can be made of almost any fabric – silk organza, point d’esprit (Swiss dot). She says it would even look great on a sash too! Photo provided by Cori Middlebrooks
Cori Middlebrooks is the founder of Love Veils & Accessories and is host to several trunk shows each year at Little White Dress Bridal Shop in Denver, CO. Cori has fitted hundreds of Colorado brides with the most perfect accessories to complete their wedding day looks – anything from helping fashion-forward brides find the perfect veil, headpiece, Russian blusher, flower, headback and/or sash.
We interviewed Cori so we could share her fabulous vibe with all our brides – enjoy!
Where do you get inspiration for designing your veils?
When designing a new collection, I pull inspiration from lots of things and places – trends in bridal and ready to wear, past decades and especially brides that I’ve worked with throughout the season. If I am working with brides, and we continue to design a custom piece, I know it is “missing” from my collection, so I’ll add it the next season!
What does the fabric on a veil say about the bride who chooses it?
The fabric a bride chooses can show a lot about her personality and what kind of feel she is going for on her wedding day. French net definitely gives off a vintage vibe, point d’ esprit (or Swiss dot) can feel very feminine and romantic, feathers are fun and flirty … there are so many options!
Why do you use the word “love” in your business name?
I thought a lot about the name I would use for the line. I wanted something classic, sweet and not necessarily my name. Once “love” popped into my head, I knew it was the right choice. It’s what weddings are all about anyways, right?!
I heard that you recently said, “I do” – what veil did you choose and why?
Yes, my husband Jon and I got married in Austin last November 4th. I wore the pout blusher in tulle with a flower underneath it off to the side. Oh that was a tough choice. I went back and forth between that and a slip cut up until RIGHT before. I loved the look of the flower underneath the tulle – very soft and romantic. Then after the ceremony, I flipped the blusher around to the back for photos. THEN I switched into a French net pouf with a vintage brooch that I had wanted to use forever. I might have changed again towards the end of the reception, but that would have been excessive! Indecisive is my middle name! One of my favorite things though was this vintage turquoise French net that I used in my bridesmaids headpieces. They all had a slightly different flower in their pieces, and they looked amazing!
Designer Cori Middlebrooks shows off the headpiece (a pout blusher in tulle with a flower underneath it) she wore for her own wedding in late 2011. Photo provided by Cori Middlebrooks
Why is choosing the right veil so important for a bride?
There are many different veil shapes and endless options of lengths and trims, so I understand that it can be overwhelming. Each shape will accentuate different features in a dress, so choosing a shape that compliments the shape of your dress, whether it be the narrowness of the cut or the shape of the train is really important. We want to show off the dress in the best way possible with the accessories. In my opinion though, accessorizing is the most fun part! You truly get to make your dress and your entire look your own by the accessories you choose.
Who is your dream celebrity to “veil”?
Wouldn’t everyone love to accessorize Jennifer Aniston? She usually keeps her accessories and hair simple and classic and has great taste in my book. I think Anne Hathaway definitely has fun with fashion and has her own sense of style, so she would be fun to work with, and of course … Jessica Biel, a Colorado native. She takes fashion risks and seems to always be trying different looks. I can’t wait to see which dress designer she chooses, so that would be a dream job!
What are some of the hot “veil” and “accessory” trends you’re seeing now?
The headband, worn all different ways, is certainly everywhere right now. Sashes seem to be a trend that is here to stay. I love all of the textured pieces right now – sashes, flowers, and headpieces, all with lots of texture created by using different fabrics in the same piece.
What can brides expect to see in your 2013 collection? When?
There are A LOT of new pieces in the 2013 collection! For starters, I have “officially” added sashes to the collection, so there will be 12 new sashes. There are also lots of new flowers, headbands and some fascinators, so many more options to make a bride’s decisions even harder! The new collection will debut at the International Bridal Week in New York on October 13-15, 2013. Little White Dress Bridal shop will be the first shop to get the collection, and we’ll have a trunk show at LWD right after Market on October 27th-28th.
You’ve been hosting a lot of trunk shows at Little White Dress Bridal Shop. What can a bride expect when she books a consultation with you?
I love working with brides at Little White Dress – they are always such a pleasure! At accessory appointments I usually like to start out by getting a feel for what the brides wants, and then we take a look at her wedding dress (or photos if she can’t bring it in). Then once I get a feel for her vision and see the dress details, we take the plunge and start trying on! If it’s a veil, we’ll start by looking at different shapes so she can see how they complement the dress. Then we’ll look at different lengths and trim options. All of my veils are custom, and I can certainly customize pieces from the Love Collection as well, which is always fun to do at trunk shows!
A Note from LWD:We are currently taking appointments for our next Love Veils & Accessories Trunk Show on September 15-16, 2012. As Cori mentioned, she’ll be back at LWD again on October 27-28, 2012 to exclusively launch her 2013 bridal accessory collection to Colorado brides!
Love Veils & Accessories designer, Cori Middlebrooks, and her new husband, Jon, on their wedding day. Photo provided by Cori Middlebrooks
We are proud to bring the distinctive designs of Miriam Haskell Jewelry to Colorado brides. Originated in 1926, Miram Haskell is now known as the foremother of costume jewelry in the United States. Exclusively available for the first time in Colorado, you MUST see this amazing and glamorous jewelry at Little White Dress Bridal Shop. The collection features exquisite necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
We have 29 Certified Authentic pieces that are completely handmade in New York and ready to adorn the beautiful brides at LWD. Each piece is priced between $140.00-$665.00.
Miriam Haskell 3 row graduating pearl bracelet – a perfect example of her meticulous attention to detail.
We selected Miriam Haskell Jewelry for Little White Dress Bridal Shop because it is completely handmade in New York, and it is the epitome of perfection for brides seeking 1920′s statement pieces and who love the history behind depression era design houses. Each piece is a work of art, with great attention to detailed craftsmanship.
According to MiriamHaskell.com, “…each bead, each crystal, each pearl is picked up by hand, hand-wired to an intricate brass filigree backing, and ultimately backed to a second filigree, concealing any trace of its construction.” She says that one piece may take as long as three days to create.
We believe our brides deserve only the finest accessories and we are thrilled to showcase Miriam Haskell’s bridal jewelry to those brides who have impeccable taste for the finer things.
Contact us to make an appointment to see the full collection at LWD.
Handbag by Sondra Roberts - one of many you can enter to win in the Little White Dress May Sweepstakes!
Calling All Denver and Colorado Brides: You won’t want to miss the fun throughout May at Little White Dress. We are giving away a free wedding-day handbag in our “Let’s Accessorize Bridal Giveaway” sweepstakes. Don’t miss this opportunity to win a free wedding-day handbag to complement your perfect wedding-day look!