The dec­o­ra­tion game

Ev­ery­one loves the chance to dis­play their fin­ery and the lat­est au­tumn tempters won’t dis­ap­point, says

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Contents - Janet Im­pey

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

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