An eternal symbol of beauty and love, flowers are the inspiration for Claire Pettibone’s latest capsule collection. And although flowers for spring may be a cliché, there is a reason for their timeless quality, an allure that cannot be denied. Embroidered on soft tulle, vines trail gracefully along ethereal silhouettes as blossoms bud and bloom. Touches of petal pink, dusty rose and sage green, sky blue and silver, golden buttercup, and of course, classic ivory adorn these ethereal silhouettes.
“Embroideries are almost like paintings for me, and choosing the colours for the threads and placing the elements on the body in a way that brings a lyrical and whimsical beauty, a breathtaking moment, as happens when those first blossoms of spring appear after a long winter…it truly never gets old to me“, shares the designer.
“I am constantly inspired by nature, and I let my botanical impulses run wild this season. Cherry blossoms, roses and peonies appliquéd by hand, layers of silk and tulle, and intricate branches and leaves come to life in couture gowns. Having just returned from a long-awaited visit to Japan just in time for cherry blossom season, my mind is awash in floating petals! Most of my brides are married in outdoor settings, and my vision this season is to transform them into the most unforgettable floral goddesses.”
Aligning with Claire’s Les Fleurs capsule collection, LA-based cake designer Kelly Gray partnered with the designer to create three cakes embodying her work’s unique elements. Each cake is adorned with an abundant array of sugar flowers, fruits, and berries, with touches of playful surprises like butterflies and fresco paintings, all made by hand. Kelly mirrored the collection’s colour palette, using soft pastels and pops of orange and apricot to create depth, romanticism, and gilded 24-karat gold touches for an added layer of luxury.
“It was a beautiful process to watch our creativity bounce off one another’s and to work alongside another female artist,” said Gray. “Our collaboration felt effortless as our aesthetic and love for all things beautiful melded seamlessly. It was a dream to embrace the ethereal elements of Claire’s designs through my work – adding in organic details like delicate pressed sugar petals and replications of her hand appliqué blossoms.”
Peony – Dusty rose, and pink peonies bloom along sage green stems that trail along the sheer sweetheart bodice and soft silk trumpet skirt. Dramatic cape sleeves are detachable, and the straps can be worn on or off the shoulder for multiple looks.
Odessa Blue – A softly structured sweetheart bodice with floral appliqué on or off-the-shoulder straps, blue flowers bloom along silver branches on this graceful fit-to-flare silhouette.
Hana – Pale yellow and Ivory roses bloom along this soft mermaid silhouette. Delicate cap sleeves frame the plunging neckline, and blossoms adorn the sheer illusion back, leading to a beautiful long train.
April – A new Ivory colourway was added to our popular April gown. This soft mermaid silhouette has a gorgeous low open back tied with a gossamer bow and pretty blossoms along the plunging neckline.
Cherry Blossom – Delicate pink blossoms are scattered over this A-line silhouette. A deep V neckline in front and back, flowing tulle sleeves dripping in petals, and a dramatic flower-strewn train complete this flowing gown.
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Les Fleurs Collection: @clairepettibone
Photography credits: @jeremychouphotography
Planning + Design: @kbellaevents
Hair + MU: @chloeho_mua
Hairpieces: @erinrhyne @twigsandhoney