Brides strive to turn heads
Ever since the hat parade at last year's British royal wedding, headpieces have gained new popularity.
Shana Rasnavad, product trainer and group stylist at Pedder Group, says hats and headwear are a big trend. 'Hats never go out of style and the variety is only getting better.'
French house Maison Michel is adding feminine decoration to the fedora and hipster hats, while Jil Sander revived the beanie cap by adding a veil.
'Hats are accessories like a pair of sunglasses and can completely transform your look,' Rasnavad says. 'It's up to you to be a bit more daring and experimental.'
Finding the right piece is a process of elimination. Every style should be tried from hat or headband to wreath, pin or something other, Rasnavad says. 'You must find what not only fits your personality but also your face.'
Consider your hairstyle too. 'Having your hair in a major undo and then styled with a major hat is not cool,' Rasnavad says. 'Wearing a small hat on the side of your head is super-modern, while wearing a hat lower on the back of your head is more classic.'
Elmis Chiu, director of White Bridal Couture, says hats, headbands and fascinators are playing a more important role in bridal outfits.
Trends for formal church weddings include vintage-style headpieces such as hats with a birdcage veil and decorated with feathers or silk flowers. Lace, feathers and French net are also popular.
Headbands worn with long hairstyles are making a comeback with rhinestone, applique, beading or ribbon decoration.
A headpiece should complement the gown, the bride's personality and the wedding theme. 'The tiara represents a glamorous look and would be perfect for a formal celebration, whereas a headband is more an embellished version of the bride's usual style and suitable for an intimate wedding,' Chiu says, adding that hair pins and combs work well for a contemporary city or less traditional celebration.
Vintage hats, feather fascinators and oversized headdresses by Jaycow are exclusively available at White Bridal Couture, which also has traditional elbow and cathedral-length veils.
Headpieces that see the bride through every part of the day, including tiaras, headbands, side combs and hairpins, can also be found.
'We have arranged beautiful fascinators for bridesmaids,' Chiu says, adding that silk and flowers are particularly good options as they create a very exotic look that can be reused.