From the West coast beaches, and the long, windy drive along Pacific Coast Highway to wine country and redwoods, it’s easy to see why the world is in a love affair with California. Designing this Romantique wedding dress collection, I was inspired by the diversity of my hometown, Los Angeles and the richness of the Golden State.
Laguna features stunning crochet cut-out lace with side slit sheer skirt, illusion back, and slight sweep train.
Carmel is made of cotton floral embroidery on a flowing net skirt with delicate tulle straps across the open back.
The City of Angels attracts beautiful people from across the globe, from every culture, searching for that ineffable dream. Growing up here was perhaps the perfect place for my own dreamer’s heart to find its way.
Beverly long sleeved floral lace wedding gown with cut out open back and chapel train.
photo via syphotography.com
Monterey has a simple floral lace silhouette accented by an illusion lace bateau neckline and sheer illusion back.
Silverlake exudes that effortless beauty we all lust after…and the prettiest flutter sleeves.
Integral to the LA vibe, of course I had to give our beach babes and bohemian spirit equal time with crocheted laces, sexy backs, and sheer, red-carpet-ready accents. Legs, backs, and beach inspired details are perfect for a walk in the sand, or vows in a sun-dappled forest. Did someone say Big Sur? Or Ibiza? Or Morocco?
Yes, her name is Malibu. This cotton crochet lace with open low back, and scalloped lace chapel train had to be!
And of course, Coachella with her long boho sleeves, this side slit sheath of crochet lace with tassel tie open back might be my favorite.
Our city’s Spanish roots are evident not only in the names of many of our towns and streets, but in the rich tradition of Latina culture so befitting a beautiful bride. Embellished necklines, backs and sleeves convey a refined mood, and the embroideries and scalloped laces impart a touch of celebrity glamour.
Olvera Fiesta flowers adorn the fan motif lace with a low, open cross-back, and chapel train.
La Cienega has a graceful flowing skirt with scalloped lace hem and illusion bateau neckline with open keyhole back.
Palisades V-neck lace gown with gold silk ribbon waist with organza flowers, and cathedral length train…simply stunning.
Bel Air features elaborate embroidery with just a touch of sparkle, and look at that back!
Pasadena is the epitome of old-world elegance. Embroidered tulle long sleeves, illusion front and back, with a gorgeous cathedral length train.
Santa Monica is regal in her matching cape, with a “wow” fitted silhouette of embroidered tulle underneath.
photo via nerdandlace.com
Sunset on the beach, care-free in the breeze of a vineyard, or luxe lace mantilla style…take your pick. In California, anything goes.
The new Romantique California Dreamin’ collection will be arriving in stores Summer 2016.
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Runway photos by photographer Nathan Gulick
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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?!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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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Claire Pettibone Comes to Colorado!
Enjoy a live runway bridal and lingerie fashion show and meet Claire on Thursday, June 18th in Denver. Your ticket will include the opportunity to meet Claire and have your photo taken with her!
Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne, Claire Pettibone signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres featuring a Mediterranean Bounty Bar, mini French pastries, cupcakes and coffee…what a fun night out with the girls!
For more details and to reserve your spot at the show, purchase your ticket here or call 303-814-8972
After the fashion show, join Claire at Little White Dress Bridal Shop JUNE 19, 20, 21. Over 40 couture Claire Pettibone gowns will be available during our trunk show. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to try on your favorites and meet with Claire herself!
Appointments are going quickly, reserve yours at 303-814-8972