A whole day featuring moi?! Uh…ok! How flattered and thrilled I am with this amazing feature on The Wedding Chicks super fabulous blog! This interview was intimate and fun, and here’s a picture of my sweet little family at our daughter’s 4th birthday last year…having her has brought a whole new meaning to life, and aren’t I lucky to have a girl?!
January 16, 2012
Hope you are all ready to meet the real Claire Pettibone. We got up close and personal with bridal fashion guru Claire Pettibone and are so excited to share. Well known for her vintage inspired and bohemian style wedding gowns oozing with romance and femininity, Claire gets candid with us from personal style to her favorite music to the people she loves.
We are long time fans and admirers and are so humbled that Claire would get a little personal and fun with us. Thank you Claire.
WC: Is there something about you that may surprise our readers?
CP: I met my husband at a nightclub in Hollywood! 19 years later, shows you never know where love is going to grab you.
WC: How you would describe your personal style?
CP: Casual romantic
WC: If we were to meet for coffee, what would you wear?
CP: Jeans, lacey camisole, ruffled sweater-jacket
WC: Your favorite song at the moment is …
CP: anything by Florence + the Machine
WC: What inspires you to create?
CP: My lovely brides, vintage laces, wall paper, cake, rambling gardens, peonies, the sky, Gustav Klimt, Alma Tadema, John Singer Sargent, Paris, paint swatches, antique jewelry, Big Sur, my grandmother’s photo album, music, my beautiful daughter Lorelei, and my dream of a husband. That peaceful sense of spirit that radiates within all the beauty on this planet that is the mental state I tap into when I create a collection.
WC: When you have an idea or vision (as we refer to it) what do you do? ex: write it on paper, email yourself, text yourself?
CP: Combination of old-school pencil and paper, and then to clarify my thoughts, sometimes it’s a Word doc.
Collaborating with photographer Elizabeth Messina is a dream…her images so perfectly capture the essence of my gowns. Over the years, the more brides that I meet, it has become so clear that it really is more than just a dress. It’s the most emotional and beautiful connection to a piece of clothing. The wedding gown seems to hold all of the hopes and dreams that lie in a bride’s heart, and what Elizabeth manages to do, is just capture a bit of that truth. When the Wedding Chicks said they wanted to feature images from our 2012 campaign, I was beyond thrilled! We have multi-page spreads featured in Wedding Nouveau and Reverie, two inspirational online magazines, giving us a chance to share the whole story. Thank you all for the overwhelming response to the collection, and wishing you all a Beau Monde!
WC: How would you describe the bride who wears your gown?
CP: Intelligent, independent, feminine. All ages, all body types, but the common thread is wanting a gown that touches her soul and is utterly romantic.
WC: We feel that your works embodies the epitome of femininity, romance and softness … do you surround yourself with these elements in your studio?
CP: It’s a big ole mix of gorgeous swatches and pretty tidbits mixed with books, papers, and clutter!
WC: What advice would you give a bride who is searching for her gown?
CP: Bring no more than two friends/family members shopping with you at least until you’ve narrowed it down. If you are ready to choose your life partner, you should be able to choose a dress without a committee! Oh, and wear flesh colored underwear!
WC: Do you work alone or do you have a so-to-speak right hand man who knows you as well as you do?
CP: My husband Guy Toley is my partner in business as well as life. We started the business together 17 years ago, and he (thank goodness) handles all of the numbers and management sides to running a company.
WC: Coffee or tea?
WC: Chocolate or Vanilla?
WC: Salad or burger?
CP: Both! I’m leaning towards salads lately, but you gotta love a good burger every now and then!
WC: Flats or heels?
CP: It used to be heels, but I’m momma to a 4 year old, so she keeps me on my toes in flats!
Claire’s family photo by Elizabeth Messina.
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A New Batch of Butterflies by Claire Pettibone is Ready to Hatch…
The Spring/Summer 2010 Butterflies are getting ready to spread their vibrant wings! Fall in love with the new hopelessly romantic prints I Do, Heirloom, Martinique, and Victoriana. Take a walk on the wild side with the exotic Poppy, Kashmir, Trippy, and Zebra.
Already coveted by celebs such as Paris Hilton, Demi Moore, Katherine Heigl, Camilla Belle, and Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, this season’s batch of Butterflies is sure to land in the closet of every It Girl!
Landing in stores this holiday season, Butterflies make a recession friendly, yet luxurious gift! The new prints are offered in various styles including camisoles, chemises, hipsters, and thongs. Be sure to scoop up the perfect-fit thong, which retails at only $22 and is being hailed as the most comfortable thong on the market.
Take a peek below!
Please check our Butterflies site to find a store near you.