Design Story - Modern Muse Collection, Timeless Modern Tiaras
MODERN MUSE - Designed for the Modern Fashion Conscious Bride!
I’m excited to introduce the new “Modern Muse” collection. If you’re a style conscious bride seeking new, contemporary designs then look no further. These designs are absolutely on trend but won’t date in your wedding photographs as time passes either. They have been carefully created as both modern and timeless pieces that aren’t a disposable fashion fad. They are perfect for both rock chicks and modern princesses (think Meghan) alike.
This collection started with idea that emerged from a good natter with makeup artist and friend, Victoria Farr. We were talking all things bride style and identified a lack of choice in contemporary tiaras for brides who want to embrace being modern women on their wedding days, rather than conforming to stereotypes. Victoria has many very style conscious (not fashion victim) brides. They are confident in their skin, fashion aware, discerning women. Beautiful as they are, flower crowns and whimisical wispy hair vines aren’t for everyone but a quick look online at current inspiration reveals a market awash with them. I wanted to create something bolder (but not scene stealing – the bride herself should do that herself), edgier (but that could still be romantic), grown up (though not completely detatched from the “inner girl”), fashionista friendly (but still timeless so that your wedding photographs don’t scream a certain year) and this is the result, we hope you enjoy!
Muse definition? It means a person — especially a woman — who is a source of artistic inspiration.
The collection is named “Modern Muse” after the 10 inspiring beautiful ladies that have modelled for me (and Victoria on shoots) one is Victoria herself (she didn’t know that was going to happen). These ladies are all strong independent women all forging unique lives for themselves, each uniquely talented and all an absolute pleasure to work with. They are professional musicians (pianist, violinist, singer), business women, a teacher, a designer, mothers, a blogger, a florist, international makeup artist and so much more besides. They’ve lived in Latvia, Australia, Tanzania, New York, London, Newcastle and of course Hull, definitely inspiring ladies.
THE DESIGNS – Modern Headband Tiaras
The collection comprises of diamante and pearl edits. The pieces are all headband tiaras designed to be worn on an Alice band so that the tiara is worn halo style, rather than tilted on an angle as a conventional traditional tiara. All the pieces are mounted on hair bands carefully covered in hand stitched velvet ribbon, providing both additional comfort and a “Luxe” premium finish. The ribbon can be match (fairly closely – a wide variety of colours available) to your hair colour, all you need to do is to indicate on the order form if you order on line or discuss with me if you order direct. There are samples of all the pieces available to try if you are unsure about your design choice.
HOW TO WEAR? WHAT HAIRSTYLES WILL WORK?
This collection is particularly flexible, not in terms of where and how it can be worn, but they will wear with absolutely any hair style I can think of, Pixie cuts, hair up or hair down and everything in between. They can be worn with a sleek centre parting or a fringe, perfectly coiffed flawless hair or loose and natural locks. Possibly bob length hair worn down and sleek is the least suitable match but even then there are possibilities.
It was another outing for the "Dream Team", yes, you know the script by now.... incredible photographer Ally Byrom and fabulous make up artist, Victoria Farr (read my other "Design story" posts to find out more). I don’t know where my business would be without these two fabulous women!
Sophie Allen was our model, she’s such a professional, uber cool, lady to work with and an all round gorgeous girlie! Perfect for our fresh, “unbridey” bridal look.
It was our third trip to Saltmarshe Hall, an elegant 19th century coutry house on the banks of the river Ouse in East Yorkshire. It stands in 17acres of beautiful grounds and gardens, which looked pretty through the windows but sadly we didn’t have chance to explore this time, typically the weather was gorgeous, just because this was an indoor shoot.
It was our second opportunity to raid Hayley’s collection of exquisite Rolling in Roses dresses, we chose the Talitha gown with the amazing lazer cut sleaves. She also has an incredible range of original vintage wedding dresses for your delectation in her York boutique, Glory Days. The utterly fabulous (and I don’t use that term lightly) Chenca of Ritva Westenius London, kindly supplied her bias cut slipper silk “Ibiza” gown which fit Sophie like a dream.
We were accompanied by my “helpful assistant”, daughter Frances who was a great runner and cartwheeler throughout.
Victoria for being my partner in crime.
Ally Byrom for the gorgeous images.
A big shout out to Hayley and Chenca for trusting us with those dresses.
Saltmarshe Hall for making us welcome.
Last but not least to Rebecca Robinson for her excellent white background product images.
At risk of repeating myself, I still have more collections to share with you, so why not subscribe and stay tuned.
Photography By Ally Byrom