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.

Musings: Who cares about trends?

November 14th, 2012 – Comment

Once the last model exits the runway, I have two seconds to take a breath, and the reporter’s questions begin, “Claire, what are the latest bridal trends?” When I design a collection, so many things inspire me. This season was all about a dream-like goddess walking through rose petals (I guess it’s no secret I’m an unabashed romantic!).

 
 
 
 

But I don’t pay much attention to trends. Although one movement I do fully support is the shift towards individuality in weddings. I actually was a pioneer in offering brides an alternative to the strapless ball gown, so it really warms my heart to see more and more brides confident in their personal style, and resisting the pressure to fit into a particular “bridal” mold. Antique lace, illusion backs and floral embellishments… these are all things that stir my soul, but really, it’s not about a sleeve or a sash. Does this gown stir your soul and make you feel a bit overwhelmed (in a really good way)? Do you feel beautiful and so ready to meet your partner at the end of that aisle?

 
 
 

Read my complete thoughts on why you may want to ignore trends for your wedding on Huffingtonpost.com

Events: Claire Pettibone is hiring!

November 9th, 2012 – Comment

Copywriter/Merchandiser

We are looking for a full time creative Copywriter…from blogging and social media to product descriptions and web content, this person will work closely with the designer to capture her “voice”. You will express the Claire Pettibone brand through words and stories that harmonize with the images and products in the collection. You MUST have prior writing experience within the bridal community perhaps as a blogger, magazine editor, etc. and have a BA in English, Communication, Journalism, Business or related field. Only candidates with published writing credentials and at least 5 years industry experience need apply. Sorry, no recent grads will be considered…we need a bit more life experience for this one!

 

Retail Sales Associate/Bridal Assistant

This full-time position will include some hours/days at our Flagship retail salon assisting brides and general store duties, along with days in our headquarters assisting our Bridal Director with order entry, follow-up and correspondence with our wholesale customers. This is a great opportunity to expand your experience of bridal both on the retail and behind-the-scenes wholesale side of the business. Candidates MUST have prior bridal retail or wholesale experience, a love of vintage style, and a professional demeanor.

Please email resumes, along with salary history, and a cover letter explaining why you should be considered for this position to: resumes@clairepettibone.com

Events: Windsor Rose Trunkshow

August 21st, 2012 – Comment

My grandmother’s china and hand embroidered linens were among the personal heirlooms that
inspired my latest Windsor Rose China collection of wedding dresses.

We thought it would be such fun to bring some of this inspiration to life for our next Trunk Show,
and I’m thrilled to welcome some amazing partners that are sure to get those wedding ideas flowing!
Invitations really are your first opportunity to give your guests a hint of the style and mood of your
wedding, and Figmint Design will show you a few very pretty possibilities from letterpress to watercolor.


Lilla Bello Studio transforms our salon with romantic flowers and table top décor featuring the most
charming place settings from The Vintage Table Co. And of course, what is a wedding without cake?
Superfine Bakery will make sure our sweet-tooth is satisfied with a tasting and gorgeous Claire Pettibone
inspired cakes, and Lee Gelfond Chocolate will send you home with a treat for later!


To make sure you are feeling lovely as can be, make-up artist Stephanie Lawrence will give you
a quick powder and gloss so you are “mirror ready” for trying on dresses. I hope some of you will
allow wedding photographer Nataliya Vakulenko to snap some pictures of all the fun
(and you in a beautiful gown) for a future blog post! Of course we won’t reveal your final
gown-to-be…wouldn’t want  to spoil anyone’s “first look”!

We hope you’ll join us for this inspiring weekend full of ideas, treats, and loveliness while you find
your perfect Claire Pettibone wedding dress!

By appointment 310-360-6268
Friday, September 7th, and Saturday, September 8th
Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon
236 South Robertson Bl.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

LilaBello Studios
The Vintage Table Company
Lee Gelfond Chocolates
FigMint Design
Superfine Bakery
NataliyaStudios

 

 

 

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Events Musings: Hello Australia!

August 14th, 2012 – Comment

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I am so excited to announce that the Claire Pettibone bridal collection is coming to Australia! For years, our very determined and lovely brides have been seeking us out and either A.) ordering dresses through the mail/phone from our Flagship salon (without ever seeing or trying on the gown in person) or B.) making the long journey to another continent just to see the collection. Either way, quite a dedicated and devoted leap of faith, and I’m just so completely flattered that brides will literally go to any length to have my creations!

Well good news, things have just become a bit easier! It’s taken a while, but we have finally found the perfect home for our dresses in a fabulous new salon in Melbourne called Intique & Co. Owner/creative director Natalie and her team have been styling and planning unique and inspired weddings…just the kind our brides swoon for, and now, Intique is expanding into a full service Bridal Salon! The doors will open very soon…official launch is September 8th, but they have just received some of their first Claire Pettibone gowns, and are pre-booking appointments already!

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Please check out their website, give them a call, and by all means enjoy choosing your dream dress and planning a fabulous wedding with Intique & Co!

Intique & Co Bridal Styling & wedding design
www.intique.com.au
 283 Bay Street  Brighton VIC 3186, Australia
1300 858 016
 

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