The decoration game
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DESIGNERS ARE having a sleek, chic moment — a look that’s perfect for both wedding dresses and wedding-guest outfits. There is a bounty of beautifully-cut coverups and sculptural dresses, draped in figure-flattering styles, for modern, grown-up glamour.
Wedding dresses are slinky, in sinuous satins and alluring lace, with a sprinkling of stardust and Gatsby glitz. The svelte silhouette may take precedence, but it’s the add-ons that make all the difference. Opulence comes in the details — from flamboyant feathers and fur trims to glittering jewels from top to toe. Ornate hair combs and fancy fascinators top the list, while delicate jewellery in rose gold or mixed metals give a lustre to wedding white.
For guests, genuine gems or bold costume jewels are a fabulous foil to a pared-down outfit — and drop earrings, necklaces, bracelets and chunky rings tick all the right boxes. Even shoes have added sparkle, with heels and toes adorned with decoration. Clutch bags are small and perfectly formed, often with a metallic gleam, while handbags and belts are all about luxe leathers and discreet design.
With so much choice, browsing websites for your dream accessories makes good sense. Even if you prefer visiting shops to online shopping, looking first at what is available can save you lots of time. Jewellery in particular has to suit the individual as much as the occasion.
Take a look at luxury costume jewellery brand Gaby, for pretty pearls and very affordable statement jewels, or check out Ashiana for cleverly designed creative jewellery.
For full-on glamour, find multiple choices at Cadenzza, which features stunning pieces from prestigious designers like Erickson Beaumon, Swarovski, Tateossian and Mawi. QVC also offers plenty of designer delights, including Giles Deacon, Butler & Wilson and Lola Rose.
For the real thing, invest in jewels from Lucie Campbell or Sifani, both a reliable source for classy classics, while Dinny Hall has an exquisite range of modernist, beautifully crafted rose gold. From contemporary to traditional, Dower & Hall
has capsule collections to suit all tastes. In particular, its elegant range of letter pendants come in a variety of lengths and metal hues and make a perfect present for someone special, or for a hint of vintage, the Chintz collection has lavish lattice work paired with luminescent opalite.
Whether it is high street bargains from Tie Rack or Next, or top-of-the-range designers, pay equal consideration to your other accessories and decide where you want the attention to focus. If you wish to accentuate a fabulous necklace, for instance, it pays to be understated in other areas.
Radley specialises in elegant bags and Dents will almost certainly have the gloves to match. Dents also has some sumptuous evening clutch bags and, if a belt is needed, Stephen Collins is the label of choice.
For shoes, it’s hard to beat LK Bennett or Dune, but a bride can indulge in status footwear, sculpted to rival modern art. For breathtakingly beautiful occasion shoes, both Emmy and Freya Rose excel at decorative features using mother-of-pearl, lace, intricate beadwork, feathers, pearls and jewels. Distinctive style doesn’t come cheap, but these are shoes to love and treasure for ever.
Zandra Rhodes Ellie shoulder bag, QVC,£90
Zip-top beaded flower bag, Accessorize, £39
Embroidery: Ella shoe, L.K. Bennett, £245
Beaded detail: Alicia, Emmy Shoes, £525
Sculptural: Joanne Stoker for Dune £135