Claire Pettibone has got to be one of the most romantic designers on the scene. She is all about embroideries and lace, a bit of glitter. Her theme for Fall 2016 was The Gilded Age. It was all about opulence, diamonds, pearls and decadence.
The designer started her label with her husband Guy Toley which is the sweetest love story on its own. Previous themes of her collecions include Gothic Angel and Still Life which is telling of her art school upbringing.
Pettibone has also extended her brand into lingerie and jewelry, a natural fit. The gowns of this particular collection were, flowing and had a vintage elegance to them. The embroidered motifs, with metallic thread or appliques were meticulously executed. The styling had a retro romantic bent. The hair was loosely pulled up and the makeup was soft like a blushing bride.
It's NY Bridal week. It is SUPPOSED to be romantic. Other designers may have far-reaching themes, but the entire reason for a woman stepping into a gown is love. It is so nice to see Claire Pettibone remind us of it.
Photos by Mariana Leung