Bridal 2011 accessories trends by Alize Morand

3rd May 2011

This week we have interviewed Alizé Morand*, fashion editor, on this season’s accessory trends.

EV : What are the trends of 2011 and how to adapt them to a bridal outfit?

 AM :

The main trends from the catwalks for Summer 2011 are bright colours, nudes and white lace.

Bright colours are slightly tricky to adapt at a wedding, so I would advise to focus the trend on small touches and accessories like a pair of fuschia or emerald shoes, or on the bridesmaids outfits to add a pop of bright fun. But if your taste is more classic, follow your instinct and ignore this trend – what matters most is to feel comfortable and beautiful on your big day! The second trend is great if you don’t want a white wedding, as you can find some beautiful cream or nude wedding numbers too (see Chloé or Lanvin SS11 for inspiration – nude ballet looks with tulle tutus and ballerinas). The trend is also great for some leg-elongating nude heels, strappy golden sandals and a natural makeup.The last trend is spot on for a bridal spirit, and a hit in the fashion stakes: just look at this dress from Dolce & Gabbana that went on the cover of not one, but three Vogue this season! The inspiration is antique lace, embroidery and sheer white, like the Ralph Lauren Collection range or vintage Royal wedding gowns. This can also be adapted in a lace cardigan, veil, shoes or gloves for a more demure (and less revealing!) look.

The main trends from the catwalks for Summer 2011 are bright colours, nudes and white lace.

Bright colours are slightly tricky to adapt at a wedding, so I would advise to focus the trend on small touches and accessories like a pair of fuschia or emerald shoes, or on the bridesmaids outfits to add a pop of bright fun. But if your taste is more classic, follow your instinct and ignore this trend – what matters most is to feel comfortable and beautiful on your big day! The second trend is great if you don’t want a white wedding, as you can find some beautiful cream or nude wedding numbers too (see Chloé or Lanvin SS11 for inspiration – nude ballet looks with tulle tutus and ballerinas). The trend is also great for some leg-elongating nude heels, strappy golden sandals and a natural makeup.The last trend is spot on for a bridal spirit, and a hit in the fashion stakes: just look at this dress from Dolce & Gabbana that went on the cover of not one, but three Vogue this season! The inspiration is antique lace, embroidery and sheer white, like the Ralph Lauren Collection range or vintage Royal wedding gowns. This can also be adapted in a lace cardigan, veil, shoes or gloves for a more demure (and less revealing!) look.

 

 

EV : Earrings or necklace: Do you agree with the saying that it should be either/or ?

 AM : Absolutely not! I think it is all about balance and your personal style: maybe you are a jewellery fan and want both, and why not? Let’s just say if you opt for a statement necklace or earrings, it would be great to keep the rest discreet – but all depends on the dress. If your dress is very simple, beautiful jewellery can make the look more sophisticated. I always think pearl or diamond earrings brighten the face, especially if you have your hair up, and many brides opt for chignons.  In any case, I believe you cannot go wrong with a Grosgrain ribbon and Pearl necklace by Lanvin (Pyramid and Pearl Crystal Necklace, £730). Their veils are also absolutely stunning (Organza Appliqué Tulle Veil, £910).

 

 

EV : What is your tip for beautiful jewellery that bring a wow factor to your overall look without overshadowing the dress?

 AM : If you don’t want to overshadow the dress, opt for delicate pieces with small details. I love this Hawthorn Pendant from Shaun Leane (£350 at Astley Clarke), this Multi-Pearl Pendant from Dana Kellin (£345 at Astley Clarke), these Silver and white sapphire earrings by Kara Ross (£330 at Net-a-Porter) or this Ines Flower Hairclip by Maison Michel (£185 at Browns).

I believe it is all about the shades of the jewels and their relations to the overall look: gold or pearls on a tanned skin is stunning, while paler complexions should go for pink gold or gems. Diamonds works for all, but in subtlety.

For those who cannot make up their mind between the delicate and the wow accessories, bear in mind that you can keep your accessories low profie during the day with pearls and small gems (diamonds or color) and bring a bit of fun to your look in the evening with another jewellery set.

 

 

 

EV : What would you suggest to a bride who would like to keep her accessories low profile?

AM : For very discreet accessories, my crushes would be these very luxe diamond rose earrings by Royal Jeweller Asprey (£4,500), or as alternative these Tiffany&Co pearls (£1,900) or solitaires (£775). Also this beautiful gold Body Bracelet from French designer Aurélie Bidermann (458 Euros) or this Dior Mini Oui  necklace (£500).

 

 

 

EV : Where would you advise the brides to be to shop for their shoes?

AM : There are so many fantastic shoe designers, but here are my three picks: trendy, classic and simply gorgeous. Alexander McQueen (Lace covered satin Pumps, £595), Christian Louboutin (Chiara 100 Satin Pumps, £395 or Maréchale 100 Satin Sandals, £550) and Giuseppe Zannotti (Flower Appliqué Leather Sandals, £505), all available in the brands’ boutiques or on Net-a-Porter.

 

 

EV : Do you know a place in London where you can have your shoes personalised to your colour with the heel height that you want?

AM : I would advise Emmy (www.emmyshoes.co.uk). They have a studio in Islington and you can book a private appointment and create your dream bespoke wedding shoes with them. You can choose the height of the heel, the material and add embellishments such as feathers, ribbons and crystals.

 

 
Alize is a fashion editor, blogger and stylist who has a comprehensive experience of the fashion industry. She has a huge contact list and is invited to some of the most prestigious catwalks of the Paris, London and New-York fashion weeks. Alize has worked for some of the biggest luxury brands such as Albeta Ferretti or Louis Vuitton and has been published in Le Monde, F.TAPE and the Fashion society. She also has created her own online Fashion magasine (Blog de Tendances) which is all about trends, art and catwalks.

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