Musings: Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot

February 2nd, 2010 – Comment

Soon after the New York bridal market, our creative team got together in our favorite studio to shoot the 2010 Cherry Blossom campaign. I brought my handy camera to take a few snaps of the magic that goes on behind the scenes.

gownI love the details of each gown and how they look lined up next to each other.

Our lovely make-up artist, Kristen, created the Cherry Blossom look.

set4Getting inspiration from the mood board before going on set

set5We all had to wear these blue plastic wraps on set so we don’t dirty the floor.

set6straightening out the dress

set2The man behind the lens, Guy Toley who is married to Claire Pettibone shot our 2010 campaign.

setAdjusting the direction of light

monitorThis was where I stood most of the time, checking to see if the shots came out clear and beautiful
with the right composition.

swayOur talented model, Margarita gave life to this gorgeous dress, Petals in the Wind
Love how the iridescent sequins on this dress sparkles and shines as she moves.

dressIn character as Madame Butterfly, the last dress we shot for the day.
We decided that Madame Butterfly should have a classic portrait.

Click below to see the final selections of our 2010 campaign:

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Real Brides: Sabrina in Larissa

January 28th, 2010 – Comment

sabrina-04Photography: Erin Hearts Court // Dress: Larissa

We’ve been happily receiving a lot of Real Brides submissions and it’s about time we get this monthly feature going again! I first discovered Sabrina back in September 2009 when I saw her featured on The Bride’s Café. It was the style of photography and her beautiful wedding that caught my attention, and I couldn’t wait to post about it.

“I knew I was going to get a Claire Pettibone dress. A year before I ever met my husband, I showed friends your website and they instantly agreed that your line was made for me. When I went to the bridal salon to try on the Larissa dress, I also pulled about ten other random dresses just because it was a big trek to go out to the salon and I thought I should try on as many dresses as possible. I put on the Larissa and instantly told the saleslady that I didn’t need to try on any of the other dresses. I bought it on the spot. One of my friends had told me that you would find the right dress when you feel like a princess. The Larissa made me feel like a princess.”

Being half Japanese, Sabrina tried to include little Japanese touches throughout her wedding. “The wedding favors were a set of two little ceramic maneki-nekkos (the lucky cat holding up one paw that you see at a lot of Japanese restaurants). The favors were wrapped with Japanese fabric cord and the place cards were rubber stamped with chrysanthemums and cherry blossoms (both prevalent in Japanese culture).

Throughout the reception they played black and white films on a big screen including Singing in the Rain and Maltese Falcon among others. Setting a romantic mood as they danced, ate, and laughed with their loved ones.

Congratulations Sabrina!

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Musings: Spotted in LA Times

January 18th, 2010 – Comment

Happy New Year! It’s been awhile since we updated our little blog. We’ve been pretty busy since the last bridal market, but I promise to update more often as a new years resolution! Below you’ll find an article from the LA Times covering some of the trends noted in New York Bridal market.
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We feel pretty honored that Claire Pettibone was mentioned alongside other designers in the industry. Thanks LA Times!

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Events: 2010 Bridal Runway Backstage

October 27th, 2009 – 1 Comment


During an amazing dinner during market week a year ago, who knew I was looking at the venue for this year’s runway show? It must have worked its way into my subconscious as inspiration often does, and once the designs began to take shape, Buddakan NYC was really the only place for my “Cherry Blossom” collection to make its debut. A perfect mix of modern Asian fusion, the chic use of color and dramatic lighting created a magical setting for my fanciful walk through the cherry blossoms.


Here’s a sneak peak at the backstage beauty which began with my favorite skin care line, Arcona. Triad Pads cleanse, tone and hydrate, infusing skin with protective antioxidants (I use them pre and post workout), and Magic White Ice moisturizes and preps the skin for flawless make-up.


The amazing team from Stila led by the beautiful Sarah Lucero created the look: A hint of Asian inspiration with a fresh, pretty palette. Rosy cheeks and lips stained with Cherry Crush, and a glamorous eye using black Smudge Pot liner on the top lid only, lilac shadow (from my soon-to-be-released limited edition Stila Loves Claire Pettibone Palette!) under the lower lashes, set off with subtle sparkle on the lids. The girls had a soft innocence with a dose of sophistication…perfect for wedding day, or any day!

Celebrity hair stylist Tippi Shorter and her team created graceful twisted knots for our up-do’s with straight short bangs. Ojon hair products keep the hair nourished and add a great shine, while flat irons from Smart Heat effortlessly turn any frizz into soft sleek tresses. I loved how this look worked on all the girls and gave a consistency to the show.


Once hair and make-up are in place, it’s time to get dressed, and of course fabulous shoes from Kathryn Amberleigh finish the look. I introduced some cherry pink pops of color to go with a few of the gowns, in addition to ivory and antique gold. This NYC based husband and wife team create some really cool classic looks with a twist.


We had one model M.I.A. which added a bit of last minute stress to our backstage frenzy, but what is a fashion show without drama?! We scrambled to put her dress on another girl for a quick change, and in the end, it all worked out! Just like a wedding day, there may be things that don’t go according to plan…just take a deep breath, smile, and remember what the day is all about.


Ready with my girls in the line-up as a few last minute guests take their seats out front. The music starts, the lights come up, and it’s show time! See you soon with Cherry Blossom 2010.

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Musings: Bleu Clair Redesign Launch

September 24th, 2009 – 3 Comments

Bleu Clair just got a face lift to showcase our Fall/Resort collection.  To celebrate the launch, we’re offering beautiful shots Kenya and Coral Paisley as desktop backgrounds. We even have one for your iPhone!

You can grab them over at the Bleu Clair website under Goodies, hope you like them!

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