Category — Lovely Designers
We are very pleased indeed to introduce our lovelies to the very creative and talented Anna Campbell. I know you have heard quite a bit about her already and have become obsessed just like we are about her gowns. But now we get to delve into this classy lady and get to know her a little better. In my interview with her, she is definitely irresistible just like her gowns.
You currently live in Melbourne, Australia! What do you love most about it?
Melbourne has the most incredible food! I love cooking so this is really important to me, it is what I do to relax. Melbourne is a big city, but it is only 45 minutes drive to the country. I am able to work and live in the city during the week, then drive out and go horse riding each weekend in the country.
Married? Pets? What did you wear for your wedding?!?
I got engaged this time last year, and we had the most beautiful engagement party at my parents property in February. We haven’t planned our wedding as of yet, but I cant wait to!
What would you call your personal style? Favorite outfit to wear?
I love getting dressed up, coming from Melbourne my wardrobe is mostly black, I love lace, beading and details which is clear through my designs too. I also enjoy being very comfortable, so on my studio days where I am not seeing any clients, I am almost always in sweats!
You began designing headpieces, do you still make them for your brides?
Yes we do! We have a beautiful accessories range which compliments our dresses perfectly – they will be coming to the Trunk shows too!
If you could be in a different profession, would you and what would it be?
I think I would be a chef. Growing up I worked as a cook in a kitchen which catered for weddings. I still love cooking, it is very creative, and like design you can really pour your heart into it.
What made you want to start designing? And what inspires you to keep going?
I think I always just enjoyed being creative. I always loved making things, drawing things, and creating. I am so blessed to be living this extraordinary life of being a designer, and running my own company. As the label grows my role gets better and better. Initially I needed to run the whole business from every fitting, every dress being made, accounts, design, promotion, logistics, and so on. Now I am a creative director, and my role really involves design, promotion, and events, I take on a handful of brides each year with our Made to Measure range, as well as overseeing the whole business. It really is a dream job, and I work with the most incredible team of girls, and family members too, so I could never give it up!
Are all of your gowns handmade?
Every single one! Each gown is made in Melbourne, Australia. Each dress also has the embellishments and laces stitched on by hand.
Tell me about the inspiration behind the Belle Ivorie Collection. What is unique about these gowns and sets them apart from other gowns?
The Belle Ivoire range is really a celebration of our gorgeous brides. They are designed for the fashionable and often DIY bride who want a vintage, soft aesthetic. The beadwork and lace in the range is truly beautiful, and the cuts are just so flattering and comfortable to wear. The quality of the silks we have used is also really incredible, we wanted to bring a high end, handmade style luxury with breathtaking laces and embellishments, to a ready to wear range.
Any silly or just “you” traits you would like to incorporate so our brides get a real sense of who you are?
This is a hard one! My personality is much more down to earth than most clients would imagine, I am really just a country girl who loved art in highschool, worked very hard, got a break and never looked back! I get quite embarrassed when I am helping out in one of our boutiques, and a client that I have been serving realises I am the designer and makes a big fuss! Clients always imagined that I would be much older or much scarier!
Well we have just become smitten kittens and can’t wait for these upcoming trunk shows of the Anna Campbell Belle Ivorie Collection. We know you ladies don’t want to miss out, so starting with Lovely NYC, the Anna Campbell Trunk Show this coming weekend, Oct. 18-20th. Then followed by a trunk show at Lovely LA Oct. 25-27th! We’ll see you there!
Katie May is having a trunk show at Lovely NYC Aug 2-4 and as our new series continues, I sat down with this natural talent for a one on one interview. As my style post showed you last week, the “Princeville” gown is just one of the gorgeous designs Katie brings with her knack for sexy backless gowns. But there’s a lot more to this lovely designer than giving her brides the ability to show off some skin.
As a California resident, Katie May gives us a little insight to where she’s from…
“I am from a very small town in North County San Diego called Fallbrook. I am the middle child of three girls – my sisters are my best friends and my family is my core. Other things about me: I lived in Tokyo, Japan with my husband for almost two years, I love getting dressed up, I love to cook, I love grocery shopping, I love vintage clothing, I am a perfectionist, I’m a goof ball, I am crazy hyper, I am a health nut, I love sleeping, I love standing out and hate blending in, I LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOVE being a mom to my sweet boy River Michael, I love entertaining and being social, I am incredibly loyal, I am super vocal, I talk way too fast, I love peanut butter, I LOVE designing and making clothes, and I love being creative. I currently live in Manhattan Beach, California with my husband Conor and soon to be one year old, River Michael.”
She’s a doll, right?! Now a little bit about designing…
W: What made you want to design?
KM: Growing up I would play dress up in my Nana’s closet with my sisters. My Nana used to model when she was younger and had traveled the world acquiring beautiful pieces. I don’t remember a specific instance or experience that made me want to design, I just remember the love, creativity, and appreciation I developed for beautiful clothing during those many hours in my Nana’s closet. By age six, I had changed my usual response of what do you want to be when you grow up? from “owning a candy shop” to ‘making clothes.’
W: Did you go to school for design?
KM: I did not attend design school. I received fantastic advice from a family friend, Erin Malatesta, who was the manager of Lisa Kline on Robertson Boulevard. She explained that nearly all the designers that ended up failing were largely due to their inability to run and manage their business. In short, you may have the most incredible designs, but if you can not ship them on time, ship orders in the proper condition, manage employees, stay on top of the financials, etc, then no matter how talented you may be, you will likely struggle to stay afloat. As a result of this conversation, I decided to get a Bachelor degree and spend most my time studying business.
W: What was the inspiration for that dramatic low back of your gowns?
KM: My sisters and I grew up swimming in our local club team. My dad used to always tell us how beautiful our backs were from the muscles we developed from the sport. So, when I made clothes for myself in high school, I wanted to show off my back and did so by making low back dresses and tops. I made a few things, got loads of compliments and requests from friends, and quickly fell in love with designing with the back as my focal point.
W: Which dress of yours would you wear to your own wedding?
KM: I would walk down the aisle in the Vienna, I would wear the Barcelona to the reception, and I would wear the Seychelles on the dance floor. A little over the top, but I totally would do it.
W: Wouldn’t we all? Now, if there is any advice you would give any of your brides, what would it be?
KM: My advice is to write your own vows. One of my favorite moments of my life was being up there with my husband reciting the vows we wrote together – thinking about it puts a smile on my face. It was our words, our commitments to one another, and our voice together as one.
W: And just for fun, what would be your number one honeymoon spot?
KM: Safari in South Africa for a week and then a quick flight to Seychelles for a week – that island is SO dreamy! I hope someone really does this – trip of a lifetime!
Thank you so much Katie May, we can’t wait to see your latest collection!
Lovelies, the first photo above is a special sneak peek at the new “Barcelona” gown, and from what I can tell, you definitely don’t want to miss this gorgeousness. Plus, Katie May just seems like a cool gal to know. We hope, and will see, many more wonderful things from this very talented designer.
As a sneak peak to a special upcoming trunk show at our Lovely New York, I thought a styled post on the “Princeville” gown by the talented designer Katie May, would do nicely. We will hear more from Katie next week in my interview with her, but in the meantime, here is One Great Dress from the “lovely” Katie May.
Many ways of course, as we all know, to style one gown. With the “Princeville” gown, I decided to let the dress guide me, and chose simplistic elements of sweet white flowers, elegant drop earrings, and soft hair styles. And with that dramatic low back, a rustic atmosphere compliments the glamour well.
“Princeville” gown by Katie May/ Chignon Hairstyle/ Black & White Glamour/ One Sided With Curls/ Diamond Drop Earrings/ Matching Jewels/ One Drop Diamonds/ Peonies Bouquet/ Babies Breath/ Angelic Flower Girl/ Seating Cards/ Rustic Tablescape/ Outdoor Inspiration
As you can see, The Great Gatsby has certainly made an impact on our modern world as a fad that is not going away anytime soon. Great, glorious images flash through our minds of an age when glitz and glamour, partying and schmoozing, and luxury seemed to be all that mattered. Today, the wedding world has accepted with glee, the trend of making their weddings more 1920s themed and Nicole Miller as a designer is one of the best to fit a bridal gown into this era.
With beading making these dresses more substantial in weight, a fall wedding would be the perfect time to wear one of these dresses. Adding a vintage fur stole from your grandmother would be very appropriate indeed.
The Jazz Age was dramatic. It was bold, and luxurious. And accessories to dress up such gowns would be the same. A dark lip, jewels for days, and even suspenders for the groomsmen are simple touches that style and define a wedding theme such as the 1920s. Be it old Hollywood glamour, or more beachside like The Great Gatsby, any venue can be twisted and turned to be more art deco appropriate with details.
Lovely NYC is having a Nicole Miller Trunk Show, so you yourself can try on Jazz Age inspired gowns to see if they are right for you. July 26th-28th. And it will also be the last trunk show before our flagship store moves spaces to an even grander venue herself!
“Gemma” by Rebecca Schoneveld is exquisite. I can see her on a 1920′s english countryside, but to give her the pop of color that every 20′s wedding needs, is a strong cobalt blue. It really pops against the soft creams and pinks, giving you that bit of drama that was what the era was all about. With the dress’s chantilly lace, it’s very light. And then with the v-neckline and the more fitted shape, Gemma covers a lot of truly figure flattering points. Oh yes darling, “Gemma” is One Great Dress.
It’s trunk show weekend with Rebecca Schoneveld at Lovely NY! Check out my post this past Monday for more “Meet The Designer” info!
“Gemma” By Rebecca Schoneveld/ Pearl Boho Cap/ Floral Archway/ Art Deco Blue Earrings/ Vintage Beauty for Bridesmaid Inspiration/ Golden Cross Necklace/ Cobalt Blue Shoes/ White Art Deco Cake/ Juliet Cap/ Pearl & Rhinestone Flower Bracelet/ Blue Bouquet/ Feathered Clutch/ Original Daisy Love/ English Countryside/ Sequined Detail