If you haven’t heard of Debbie Carlisle before then you are in for a treat, she designs the most beautiful headpieces for brides and this afternoon we have the pleasure of sharing her latest collections.
Debbie has designed her pieces to be worn in a variety of ways and with many available in both silver and gold you will undoubtedly find something to suit your own individual style.
The Willow from the Enchanted collection is frankly one of the prettiest items I have seen in a very long time, a delicate wire vine of intricately-carved pale ivory mother of pearl flowers and crystal detail. Think subtle sophisticated shimmer. Think “If I owned one of these I would probably never take it off even when I’m in the shower”…
Although obviously we would advise that you do you know, take it off.
Debbie describes every design in detail so you lovelies can really gain a feel for the inspiration behind the collections. And if anything does take your fancy do let us know in the comments box below.
Debbie Carlisle: My 2015 designs have pieces with two very distinct styles and so brides have two collections, Enchanted and Limelight, to choose from.
The Enchanted collection is made up of delicate hand-wired beaded hair vines, circlets and combs inspired by natural florals and botanicals. Every design is available in either silver or a warm antique gold tone and is made of materials with a subtle shimmer, perfect for woodland, rustic or country-loving brides looking for delicate and natural hair accessories.
The Limelight collection is all about old Hollywood style glitz and glamour and will appeal to vintage-loving brides looking for serious red carpet sparkle and shine from their wedding hair accessories.
When I’m designing I try to create bridal hair accessories that can be worn in lots of different ways and the Enchanted collection contains my most versatile pieces yet.
The wired wedding headpieces are designed to be worn as hair vines which will twist and turn around the head and nestle into, around and through the hair almost like real trailing florals. They can be worn in so many different ways that the possibilities are almost endless – although I’ve tried to style them in lots of inspiring ways in the pictures here and on my website, brides can also come up with their own way of wearing the designs to make them unique to them.
Most of the wired designs sit on combs and some have trailing strands which are designed to be pinned into place through tiny hidden loops with Kirby grips. There’s even a super-delicate halo circlet piece called Haillie which will just rest gently on the head (it can also be pinned into place if you plan on doing some serious dancing!!) and looks amazing with a veil worn over it.
The hand-wired Enchanted designs use gold or silver-plated wire and intricately-carved pale ivory mother of pearl flowers which have a gorgeous lustre and shine without being overwhelmingly blingy. The silver options use clear faceted Czech crystals mixed with tiny pale ivory freshwater pearls, while the gold versions use beautiful antique gold faceted Czech crystals which are partly glazed to create a delicate and warm golden shimmer which creates a more unusual bridal look and adds to the natural rustic feel of the pieces.
One of the things I love most about the Enchanted collection is the fact that the pieces work so well with veils. The designs look amazing with a Juliet Cap veil and also with more traditional simple long veils. There’s a delicate comb called Viola which can be worn above a veil at the back of the head, while a hair vine or circlet headpiece looks stunning gently shimmering under a gossamer-light veil ready to be revealed when it is removed later in the day. Even the biggest pieces, like the Sylvie and Astrid combs, are so delicate that they will complement a veil instead of overwhelming it.
I came up with the collection after visiting Italy and being inspired by the trailing botanicals I saw in the spectacular villa gardens that line the shores of Lake Como. I decided to add the antique gold option to my collection after falling in love with the gold leaf Belle Époque carvings I saw during a visit to Paris. While I might have been initially inspired by my travels I think the Enchanted collection actually has a very English feel at its heart which owes a lot to the wild flowers and trailing garden florals that I see here at home – proof that the everyday can be just as inspiring as the unusual!
For my Limelight collection my designs were inspired by vintage jewellery and Hollywood starlets from the 1920s to 1950s. This collection is all about glitz and sparkle and so I used high-shine clear crystals to create red-carpet-worthy headbands, cuffs and belts as well as other hair accessories which were inspired by 1920s art deco brooches and dress clips.
The Anna and Annabel crystal combs, along with the Ava crystal embellished feather headband were inspired by 1920s art deco design. The larger Limelight pieces owe more to the Hollywood glamour of screen sirens from the 1930s through to the 1950s, mixing geometric shapes with more fluid lines to create pieces that have their roots in vintage design but with a contemporary feel.
All of the Limelight pieces are designed to be worn with my existing birdcage veil designs, and I’ve also added a new ‘mask veil’ made from the same soft fine French pale ivory netting which pins at either side of the head. I wanted to add this design to the collection as it’s a really simple way to wear a veil with a side tiara or headband because it can be easily removed later in the day without having to take off your headpiece. Alternatively the mask veil is also available as a set with two small combs which can be used to pin the veil in place at each side.
To view more ways of wearing the headpieces in the collections visit Debbie Carlisle’s website at www.dcbouquets.co.uk