Friday, 28 March 2014

Hairstyles for 1950s and 1960s vintage wedding dresses

Dear Reader, 

I confess I have a special interest in hair: I spent 20 years as a hairdresser specialising in designer fashion shows and fashion shoots. And I always loved creating wedding hairstyles, as it's an opportunity to do something really special. 
What an icon! Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, 1961
In my last post, I looked at hairstyles that suit 1930s and 1940s vintage wedding dresses. Today, I'm going to suggest a few styles that rock with 1950s and 1960s vintage wedding dresses. 

1950s
In the 50s, hair was still worn wavy - but often shorter and more layered than in earlier decades. It would still be set with rollers, but now the curls would be slightly looser.
And the ultimate 1950s icon, Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe is the perfect example. This classic style can still work wonderfully today, as in Katherine Heigl's glamorous red carpet look. 
Katherine Heigl wearing 1950s Marilyn waves
Marilyn Monroe, 1950s platinum blonde
Scarlett Johansson, the modern blonde bombshell
Another instantly recognisable 1950s movie icon is Grace Kelly. In contrast, Grace Kelly's more sleek look represented immaculately groomed young ladies everywhere - a picture of elegance and modesty.
Grace Kelly, a more restrained 1950s glamour
Grace Kelly, always elegant
But the 50s was a decade of huge change. And for the other extreme, just look at Brigitte Bardot in 'And God Created Woman' (check out the fabulous trailer below!) Bardot's tumbling sexy curls hold a promise of the wilder decade to follow!
Brigitte Bardot, Ooh-la-la!
1960s
The 60s was all about volume and backcombing, and is typified for me by two stars, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s from 1961, and the tousled blonde curls and high up-dos of Brigitte Bardot.
I recommend taking from each decade what suits you and making it your own. So if you love 1960s style, you don’t have to go for huge amounts of volume to get the look. I also love Tippi Hedren’s ultra-groomed hair in the wonderful Hitchcock film 'The Birds'.
Ice blonde Tippi Hedren in THE BIRDS
This is a look that is often worn on the red carpet today. I've included lots of examples of contemporary versions below, for inspiration.
Angelina Jolie in sophisticated 60s style
Brigitte Bardot's tousled appeal
Bardot-inspired messy chignon with backcombing
Bardot!
Bardot with tousled backcombing
Bardot!
Kelly Brook with sleek 1960s inspired updo
Sophie Ellis Bextor with pretty 1960s-style backcombing
Penelope Cruz
Gwyneth Paltrow does 1960s chic 
Sexy 60s styles: Rachel McAdam, Sarah Jessica Parker & Scarlett Johansson
I hope you've enjoyed this little trip around the world of vintage-inspired wedding hair! Next time, I'll suggest hairstyles for 1970s vintage wedding dresses, and I'll show you some divine styles for short wedding hair. 

Thanks for stopping by,
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Not a vintage wedding dress in sight... but I love this fun guide to tricky fashion names!

Dear Reader

I know, I know... I'm supposed to be blogging about all-things-vintage-wedding-fashion. But I loved this new video about how to pronounce awkward designer names.

Indulge me this once, I think you'll enjoy it!



Admit it. You loved it too, right? Back to vintage weddding dresses later this week...

Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides

Monday, 24 March 2014

Vintage wedding dresses, and vintage-inspired jewellery

Dear Reader

You may remember a sneak preview of this photo-shoot from a few weeks ago...?

Jeweller Judith Brown recently used some of my vintage wedding dresses to help launch her latest collection of pretty vintage-inspired bridal accessories. 
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses VIOLETTE and Judith Brown jewellery
'Violette' 1930s inspired wedding dress from my Heavenly Collection
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses and Judith Brown jewellery
Model wears Heavenly Vintage Brides original 1950s wedding dress
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses BUTTERFLY and Judith Brown jewellery
'Butterfly' 1930s inspired wedding dress from my Heavenly Collection
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses and Judith Brown jewellery
Model wears Heavenly Vintage Brides original 1950s wedding dress
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses and Judith Brown jewellery
Model wears Heavenly Vintage Brides original 1950s wedding dress
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses and Judith Brown jewellery
Model wears Heavenly Vintage Brides original 1950s wedding dress
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses and Judith Brown jewellery
Model wears Heavenly Vintage Brides original 1950s wedding dress
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses and Judith Brown jewellery
Model wears Heavenly Vintage Brides original 1950s wedding dress
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses BUTTERFLY and Judith Brown jewellery
'Butterfly' 1930s inspired wedding dress from my Heavenly Collection
Three of my dresses are featured here: BUTTERFLY and VIOLETTE from my Heavenly Collection of vintage-inspired dresses, and an original vintage 1950s wedding dress with fitted lace bodice, sweetheart neckline, cap sleeves and tiered tulle skirt. All the lovely delicate jewellery is of course from Judith's collection.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses BUTTERFLY and Judith Brown jewellery
'Butterfly' 1930s inspired wedding dress from my Heavenly Collection
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses VIOLETTE and Judith Brown jewellery
'Violette' 1930s inspired wedding dress from my Heavenly Collection
Thanks to Judith, and to photographer Holly Booth for these lovely images. To see more of any of these dresses, please do contact me or check out my Heavenly Collection blog pages and website.
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides



Jewellery by Judith Brown or www.judithbrownjewellery.co.uk
Photographs by Holly Booth
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Friday, 21 March 2014

A Fun Day Out at the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair

Dear Reader

On Sunday I had the most enjoyable day out at the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair, which takes place every year at Bristol Zoo. It's one of my favourite events in the vintage wedding dresses' calendar.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
The fair is organised by Ali, a most lovely and well organised lady, and is always a great success. I took about fifty of my original vintage dresses with me, here are a few shots of my stand.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
Phew! All set up just in time for the lovely crowds to arrive...
And I was helped by my ace team: my sister Kathy who is invaluable on my stand, and my clever photographer husband Robert who took all the pictures. (You can see more of his wonderful wedding photography here.)
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Dresses at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
A snap of me with my dresses, taken by fellow exhibitor Delia from Flo-Jo
Let me tell you about some of the nice people I met, with their quirky ideas for making weddings special. First, Steph from Sweet & Pretty who sets up sweet tables to keep your guests amused - especially the children I imagine! I was stopped in my tracks by the smell of all the delicious offerings.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
Steph had some beautiful floral arrangements on her stand done by Adele who has her own business called Tin Can FloralI love flowers and I really thought Adele had a great touch with the delicate little grouping of arrangements.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
Opposite my stand was a lovely lady called Delia from Flo-Jo, who had a fun idea for hen parties: lovely vintage-knicker-making parties! Here are some pretty shots of her stand and the lady herself! 
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
I then spotted a very pretty vintage-styled model and asked Robert to photograph her; it’s always good to have a bit of vintage style inspiration! I was impressed by her feather headpiece, made by Tricia Hamilton, it was a perfectly balanced little thing and suited the model so well.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
The model is Lauren, and the dress is by Pearl BespokeThe lovely vintage hairdo is by Fiona at Beehive Brides, and I did notice it stayed very nice all day!
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
I mentioned that the vintage wedding fair is organised by Ali, who also has a company hiring out vintage crockery. I'll leave you with some pictures of her gorgeous vintage china, and if you love them, you can find lots more on her website here.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
So that’s a round up of my very enjoyable day in Bristol Zoo. Thanks for sharing it with me! 
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides


Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2014
Photography by Robert Lawler, www.robertlawler.co.uk
Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair, www.bristolvintageweddingfair.blogspot.co.uk
Sweet & Prettywww.sweetandpretty.co.uk or 07725 656682
Tin Can Florals, www.tincanfloral.co.uk
www.facebook.com/tincanfloral.co.uk or 07722 383601
Flo-Jo, www.flo-joboutique.co.uk or 01179041498
Tricia Hamilton, www.triciadesigns.com or 07826333103
Pearl Bespoke, www.pearlbespokedressmakers.co.uk or find her on twitter
Beehive Brides, www.beehivebrides.co.uk
Bristol Vintage, www.bristolvintage.co.uk
And not forgetting Bristol Zoo! www.bristolzoo.org.uk