Influences like The Great Gatsby
and Downton Abbey
have taken the wedding world by storm. Downton Abbey
focuses on the heightened grandeur of the lives of nobility at the turn of the 20th century. The costumes display simple silhouettes and beaded details that translate beautifully in modern styles. The luxurious jewels and headpieces that the characters wear are enough to make any bride swoon. As the 2013 movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby
shows, nobody throws a more decadent party than Jay Gatsby. The costumes and sets are full of flashy metallics and art deco style, the perfect inspiration for an unforgettable wedding reception. The fabulous flapper fashion of the 1920s and the simple grace of the Edwardian era depicted in these movies and shows are so popular that they have combined effortlessly in the bridal trends for the fall and winter of 2013.
Bright metallics come together with blush and cream tones, simple silhouettes feature luxurious details and bold headpieces reign supreme. This cinematic bombshell combination was on full display at the fall 2013 bridal fashion week. Jenny Packham gowns showed off beaded embroidery with art deco flair, while Lazaro and Watters paired muted blush tulle with classic ivory satin. Small touches of black made white wedding dresses pop on the runway and added a contemporary touch to the glamorous accents. Claire Pettibone updated the turn-of-the-century look of lace details, buttons and romantic floral motifs with modern colors. Reem Acra kept the attention on their 1920s-inspired headpieces, which included veils that fit close to the head with a release of soft folds around the ears, headbands worn across the forehead and plenty of beaded embellishments.
You can recreate these accents of elegance in your wedding by making your own bridal jewelry and accessories. Dress up a simple, sleek wedding gown with long pearl strands to get the flapper-meets-aristocrat look. Architectural chandelier earrings will instantly add old-world glamour to your ensemble. Try Swarovski beads
in colors like Silk, Light Silk and Crystal Rose Gold to achieve the Uptown Abbey
color palette. Kabela Design components
have a perfect mix of vintage art deco style and modern flair, so they fit this trend perfectly. Use them in dangling earring designs, as focals, or add them to a beaded cuff. If you want a one-of-a-kind headpiece like the ones featured in the Reem Acra show, look to metallic seed beads
to create an embellished veil or a luxuriously detailed headband. This trend definitely calls for ornate accents, so don't be afraid to go all out in your accessories.
Much like the styles seen at Gatsby's parties and on the ladies of Downton Abbey, the classic details of this trend transcend time, allowing you to create a look that hearkens back to eras of glamour while still staying fresh and modern on your big day.
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