Multi award winning bridal jewellery and accessories designer Claire Notarangelo is the owner of RedRocks and not only lives locally to Elsick House but is also one of our 2020 brides!
Here she shares her expertise and discusses some of this year’s trends…
“Over the last 9 years I’ve seen many different styles and trends come and go, and then come back again! The key to creating the best piece suited to each individual is to find out what sort of bride they are first. Perhaps they’re subtle and understated, have an alternative/statement style, a super sparkly bling queen, quite traditional or a mixture of all the above. Seeing “The Dress” is usually the best help to determine what’s required and what sort of detail we’ll go for, along with an idea of hair styling for size and format for the hairpiece.”
Last year’s botanical trend has continued into 2020. Floral inspired lace and pretty leafy dress appliqués work beautifully with detailed trailing vines or vine style pins which give the illusion of a vine. Clips and combs also have a heavy presence of flowers and buds with texture being very important to give a natural non uniform feel. Blush mixes are still featuring heavily, bringing warmth to the pieces.
The other main trend I’m seeing a lot of this year is brides with little or no surface detail on their dress and very smooth, sleek silhouettes. This often lends well to a totally different look, using a larger statement hairpiece to enhance the simplicity of the dress design or a smaller understated piece with a very detailed hairstyle. Swirling, almost Art Deco brooch shapes work well with this styling and can work with both a mixture of pearls and sparkle or a clean no pearl look. Sparkling crystal tiaras in both front facing and side styles are also proving to work well with this look with high quality crystals a must.
High, illusion and lace appliquéd necklines are still popular this year so there’s often no need for a necklace or pendant as it just becomes too busy.
Drop pendants work beautifully with “V” and sweetheart neck shapes with single drop styles still the most popular.
Earrings are the main ‘go to’ jewellery accessory again this year. Many of my brides are looking for statement designs with a longer drop in marquise and pear drop shapes. At the same time, my brides with more intricately detailed vine/floral hairpieces are leaning more towards smaller, more delicate designs. It really depends on what sort of look you want to give overall and what your personality is.
Sparkling sterling silver cubic zirconia bracelets are still strong vs pearl designs this year, with simple classic tennis styles most popular. Subtle personalisation with initial discs and delicate charm detail is still a lovely touch and can make for the perfect bridal party gift.