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May 2015

Designer Feature: Claire Pettibone Romantique Spring 2016

Claire Pettibone adds a new collection titled “Into the Sunset” to her Romantique line. With vintage lace, graceful silhouettes, and a dash of sultry saloon black, the collection’s wedding dresses are for the bohemian lass with a touch of the wild in her nature.

Claire Pettibone has always captured a bohemian spirit in her couture collections, with the designer’s delicate use of lace to create a play of light and shadow on fluid silhouettes. And bohemian brides who have long dreamed of wearing Claire Pettibone for their special day can now find wedding gowns with that signature vintage elegance, but without the couture price tag. Claire Pettibone’s Romantique gowns range from USD$1,500 to USD$2,800, and the Spring 2016 collection adds a beautiful new bevy of bohemian wedding dresses to the selection.

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We were thrilled to see the latest Romantique gowns up close, in a buzzing press presentation where the gowns were modelled amidst haystacks and backdrops of old farm wagons. “Into the Sunset,” the new collection for Claire Pettibone Romantique, tells a tale of old-fashioned romance in the wild west. Featuring vintage lace spiced up with bandit black, the collection brings back feminine pioneer style with bell sleeves, frilly high collars, and girlish lace ribbons. The slashes of black lace give the dresses a real sense of wild, prairie character, while the cuts’ beautiful movement flutter like the windblown dust and dreams of the untamed land of the old west. Echoing the brave pioneer brides who picked up their skirts to venture into the new world with their men, “Into the Sunset” is a collection that gives bohemian brides the chance to infuse their wedding gowns with their own story of romance.

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Created with a nod to pioneer style, the collection is layered with vintage lace in shades of ivory, champagne, and black. Feminine ruffles in cotton and lace, frilly bodices, scalloped lace edges, and long tulle sleeves give the collection its romantic character. The wedding dresses were shown in different shades to suit different bridal styles. Cheyenne, a sleeveless floral lace high-neck gown, appeared in both ivory and black, with the black version featuring a shortened nude lining for a sultrier look. Shawnee has a cameo striped lace bodice with a ruffled tulle skirt. A black lace bodice and black piping add a beautiful contrast to the gown, while Shawnee in traditional ivory, with a long-sleeved lace bolero, is a graceful dress with understated elegance.

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Winona is a pretty, long-sleeved, floral lace dress with a jewelled belt and buttons, and for a touch of character, can be worn with a black tulle train. For brides looking for a lovely back view of their wedding gown, Maybelle pairs elegant three-quarter length floral lace sleeves and a beaded neckline with a beautiful low back and a long train.

Accented with soft braids and cowboy boots, the runway show of vintage lace in old-fashioned vanilla and sultry black made me think of horses kicking up prairie dust as they bear their newlywed riders off into a glowing sunset.

Claire Pettibone Romantique is available in stockists in the United States, Europe, and Oceania.

Images courtesy of Claire Pettibone.

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Designer Feature: Claire Pettibone Romantique Spring 2016