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Fall/Winter 2013 Wedding Trend: Uptown Abbey

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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Kabela Design Antique Silver-Plated Brass My Love Embellishment
Code: FIND-0781
Length 45.5mm, Width 21.5mm, Depth 1.5mm 
Sale Price: $2.24
Price: $5.61
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Crystal Pearl White
Code: 5810-WHITE8
Length 8mm, Width 8mm 
$0.23 $0.16$0.21 $0.14$0.19 $0.13
Swarovski 5810 12mm Round Crystal Pearl Cream
Code: 5810-CRM12
Length 12mm, Width 12mm 
$0.76 $0.53$0.71 $0.49$0.66 $0.46
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Crystal Pearl Cream
Code: 5810-CRM6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
$0.15 $0.10$0.13 $0.09$0.12 $0.08
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Crystal Pearl Black
Code: 5810-BLK6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
$0.15 $0.10$0.13 $0.09$0.12 $0.08
Swarovski 5840 12mm Baroque Crystal Pearl Light Creamrose
Code: 5840-CRL12
Length 12mm, Width 12mm, Hole Size 1.02mm/18 gauge 
$1.46 $1.02$1.35 $0.94$1.25 $0.87
Antique Brass Vintage Filigree and Faceted Bead Chain by the Foot
Code: BTF-0300
Link Long Link 16x3.5mm, Short Link 10x2mm, Wire Gauge 19 
$4.69 $3.56$4.36 $3.31$4.05 $3.07
8.5mm Antique Silver-Plated Brass Vintage Reproduction Chain by the Foot
Code: BTF-0295
Long Link 7.5mm x 5mm, Short Link 6mm x 8.5mm, Wire Gauge 4 
$9.29 $7.19$8.66 $6.71$8.07 $6.25
Antique Silver-Plated Brass Vintage Filigree and Faceted Bead Chain by the Foot
Code: BTF-0301
Link Long Link 16x3.5mm, Short Link 10x2mm, Wire Gauge 19 
$4.69 $2.82$4.36 $2.62$4.05 $2.44
Antique Silver-Plated Brass Alternating Tiny and Small Disc Chain by the Foot
Code: BTF-0307
Link Long Link 8x3.8mm, Short Link 6x2.5mm, Wire Gauge 8 
$4.58 $3.06$4.25 $2.84$3.96 $2.64
JBB Sterling Silver Fancy Cross Charm
Code: ISCH-0021
Height 30mm, Width 21mm 
$7.00 $4.68$6.53 $4.36$6.09 $4.07
Swarovski 62011 Silver-Plated Starflower Filigree Hazy Dusk
Code: 62011-01SP
Length 45mm, Width 39.5mm, Depth 14.5mm 
$28.99 $20.29$27.15 $19.00$25.43 $17.80

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