Vintage Hollywood tops bridal trends
Photo: James Brickwood
As old Hollywood glamour swept the red carpet at the Oscars recently, brides around the world eagerly took note. From Penelope Cruz's Audrey Hepburn-esque up-do to Evan Rachel Wood's full-length, champagne-coloured frock, the world's biggest celebs aimed to recreate 1950s diva style and what the stars do, we follow.
Weather presenter and glowing bride-to-be Rose Kelly is planning her wedding to fellow weather presenter Steve Jacobs. Old Hollywood is where she will draw her own bridal inspiration.
"I just love that antiquey, vintage, old movie-star look," she says. "It's a gorgeous look because the women of the time were so feminine but allowed to be very independent at the same time. I can understand why the style and the gowns are so appealing."
But it's not just about the dress. Old Hollywood make-up, especially finely brushed, blood-red lips, is also in high demand, as are the sophisticated up-dos and polished waves stars such as Scarlett Johansson and Kate Winslet often sport under the spotlight. Kelly even helped her fiance select the perfect old Hollywood-style engagement ring.
"I wanted a vintage-style ring, just like something you'd see in the movies, because it's something that will never go out of fashion," she says. "We travelled to South Africa and sourced the diamond we wanted as well as the smaller diamonds that surround the centre stone. The jeweller then flew the ring over to our hotel room in Johannesburg; it was the biggest James Bond moment of my life!"
When it comes to selecting the dress itself, Kelly says she will look to the women who have epitomised the look. She selects Sophia Loren as her ultimate style icon.
"Sophia is such a timeless beauty; one of the most stylish of her era because she kept it simple and worked off her own best features," she says. "It's really important for me to not have too many bells and whistles on the day ... just keep it simple but elegant, like Sophia."
Kelly will also gain inspiration from Audrey Hepburn, "for her confidence", and Grace Kelly.
Playing bride for a day, Kelly wore a vintage-inspired Jenny Packham hand-beaded, floor-length gown and headpiece - transforming the Weather Channel beauty into a red-carpet styled movie star.
"This dress is so beautiful - I feel like a new girl!"
The dress This is the first look at Akira Isogawa's latest range of bridal gowns (this one costing $3960) from his Tough Love collection, due out in August. The designer says recreating old Hollywood is about simplicity. "The face becomes the focus, not only the details of the garment as she is beautiful inside it." Look for gorgeous fabrics, "especially silk, which is soft and drapes on the figure" and a statement piece "such as a vintage brooch you can add for individual meaning". Akira's bridal gowns are available to order now. See akira.com.au.
The make-up Make-up artist Napoleon Perdis says old Hollywood make-up suits just about every bride. "The look comes from a classic era so it stays quite current. There's a hint of romance that makes it especially appropriate for brides." Perdis points out that well-brushed lips, like Jessica Biel's in Easy Virtue, are vital. "You definitely need a clean, solid lip but this doesn't necessarily mean it needs to be bright and bold; just finished properly," he says. "Eyeliner and mascara are also main ingredients followed by an accompaniment of eyeshadow, swept through the socket to really define the eyes. Go for a satin, matte finish with your base and use a press powder for touch-ups."
The ring Consider helping your hubby-to-be design your engagement ring. Stefano Canturi, who has created rings for Linda Evangelista and Catriona Rowntree, says it's about adding a personal touch. "Jewels of old Hollywood circa 1940s were all intricately sculptured and reflected the artistry of filmmakers and actors of the time," he says. "Each ring was a true reflection of who they were; they were interesting and beautiful."
The hair If Winslet's up-do isn't doing it for you, hairdresser Brad Ngata says you can aim for luxurious waves as long as they are held in place. "Both up and down styles need to last for hours on a wedding day, so make sure your hairdresser uses heated rollers and a setting spray." He adds that a bride's best option is to turn a pre-designed celebrity style into their own. "Hair should hold the classic shapes of old Hollywood but without the stiffness it once had. In most cases, soft waves falling to frame the face is most flattering."