Musings

Musings: Roses are Red

May 6th, 2013 – 1 Comment

You really can’t go wrong with a classic red lip.  A pop of color in your bouquet adds a retro spin to our romantic Viola gown.

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Photographer: Laura Gordon
Headpiece: Angelique by Enchanted Atelier for Claire Pettibone
Bouquet: via Pinterest
See more of  Viola and the entire collection at Clairepettibone.com

 

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Musings: Rustic Glamour

April 29th, 2013 – 2 Comments

Classic cameo sweets and the elegant Thalia gown add a touch of sophistication to a rustic wedding.Rustic Glamour_042913

Photographer: Briana Marie Photography via the Jose Villa Mexico 2012 Workshop (more of the shoot here!)
Cameo Cookies: SweetAmbs
See more of Thalia and the entire collection at Clairepettibone.com 

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Musings: Heart and Soul

March 14th, 2013 – Comment

So thrilled with this lovely Cover and feature in WIT Weddings Magazine from the Netherlands! I can’t say I speak Dutch, but here’s a translated excerpt from the interview:

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See the full story at WIT Wedding

Collection available exclusively in the Netherlands at Bloomfeld

See the entire collection at Clairepettibone.com

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Events Musings: The Making of Paradise

March 5th, 2013 – 6 Comments

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When I see the ocean in the distance, the wreaths in the hair, and the nonchalant, effortless beauty portrayed in the paintings of Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, I can literally feel the sun and smell the flowers on the breeze. I wanted to take you all with me to this Earthly Paradise, from the gowns to the styling of the show. Of course there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes…Heaven wasn’t created in a day, right?!

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Fabrics to drape, embellishments to design, cookies to bake (yes, those are cookies!), programs to paint, and chai tea lattes to drink…some very talented collaborators joined me in this process, and crafted quite an experience for our guests.

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We created our own “painting” for the backdrop, combining petals, sea and sky, and continued the illusion with the addition of over 100,000 rose petals. When the massive canvas was unfurled during NY market week, and we began to scatter the petals on the runway the morning of the show, even I was amazed (and thrilled) with how perfectly our blank slate was transformed!

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Hair and make-up were key in fashioning our modern goddesses, and I made these wreaths for each model while casting at the hotel (nothing like a little multi-tasking!) We even enlisted a few gorgeous immortals to escort our guests to their seats…and of course I made wreaths for them too!

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Finally it’s time to welcome our guests with champagne flowing, programs ready on the chairs, models dressed, and a final word of direction before they cue the music, and the whole thing is over in about 15 minutes! Literally 6 months of preparation to make it all happen…kind of like a wedding!

Claire Pettibone An Earthly Paradise from Claire Pettibone on Vimeo.

I owe the artists and poets who have come before me, and the Earth and the sea and the flowers, my deepest gratitude. A huge thank you to our partners behind the scenes:

Photography & Video: Collective Edit

Rose Petals: Petal Garden

Programs: Kristy Rice of Momental Designs

Cookies: Sweet Ambs

Wine: OneHope Weddings

Hair: Giselle Modeste for Ojon

Make-up: Romero Jennings for MAC Cosmetics

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Musings: One little child

December 17th, 2012 – 1 Comment

As some of you know, my latest collection entitled, “An Earthly Paradise” was inspired by the many paintings of Victorian-era artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. In my research, I pinned many of his lovely images to my walls, studied the titles of his pieces to name the dresses…I have an Alma, a Laurence, and a Devotion in the mix.

This morning my social media team asked if I was ready to resume posting. In light of the horrific tragedy that occurred on Friday, we took a break this weekend as we felt it would be inappropriate to share our latest accolades, or photos of joyful days while we are all morning such a loss.

As I was preparing a post for today, I thought, there must be a lovely image I can put with it. I remembered that in addition to his images of adults lounging about, and gorgeous marble and ocean scenery, there was one of a mother and child. I opened my book, looked up the painting titled “An Earthly Paradise” and saw this. Heart stops, tears streaming. I completely forgot that this was the painting. It wasn’t an image I referenced when creating the collection, but I thought the title so perfectly captured the mood I hoped to share. The painting was inspired by a quotation from Algernon Swinburne, “All the Heaven of Heavens in one little child”. There really are no more words.

This is not a place where I post political or personal statements, but before we go back to “normal” posting about loveliness and beauty and all things wonderful, I must pray that the sweet angels lost
inspire us to be better.

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