‘To wear dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give a reality to one’s dreams.’ – Roger Vivier
Claire Pettibone X Bella Belle is steadily becoming one of this year’s most exciting bridal footwear collaborations. Pettibone’s romantic style combines effortlessly with Bella Belle’s whimsy with a real emphasis on craftsmanship. There are four styles in the collection and each is a beautifully organised frenzy of sheer material and delicate appliqués that would enhance any bride’s aspect.
Pettibone’s legacy is in high-end lingerie and couture bridal creations. The sexy sophistication of her inspiring designs lends a veritable couture feel to the footwear collection, complimenting vintage, romantic or classic dresses with sophisticated ease.
Bella Bella’s ethos is to offer the modern bride shoes that are ‘Stunning and Comfortable’ and this collection is no exception. Let's face it, there is nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes, least of all on the busiest day of your life.
Each design is bestowed a beautiful name and offers something a little different.
Freya gives you a ‘little something blue’ for the bride who’s romantically involved with tradition. Tiny flower buds on the heels and just a hint of shimmer proposition the most perfect touches for your special day.
Giselle gives everything you would expect from the textbook bridal pump and a little more! Gorgeous French embroidery and scalloped edges leave little to be desired. The shoe is finished with a silk ribbon, tied into a bow, that can be removed should the bride wish to personalise her pair; what a lovely touch?
Based on a popular classic design, the Flora shoe moves away from tradition and hints at some of the most current trends. Blush flowers and rose gold accents make a little vintage statement with a nod towards romantic whimsey.
The Mariposas incorporate Pettibone’s signature butterflies telling their own love story; the least you could expect from a self-proclaimed ‘true Romantic’. Each Butterfly is hand-tinted, making every pair unique to the bride that wears them.
Finding the perfect wedding dress is job number one, something that nobody can dispute. However, not a time to rest on ones’ laurels, shoes should be considered shortly after. Consider the style and colour you want, leaving time for a change of mind. Having your shoes for your dress alterations will ensure your dress hovers perfectly and is fitted to perfection.
TOP SHOE TIP: It always helps to try to and break your shoes in a little before the big day. To avoid ruining the soles, which you may want to show in your photos, cover the soles with masking tape as this can be easily removed at a later date. For added comfort, pop on some fine socks to help stretch the shoe a little, this will also help stop the transfer of any fake tan you may be wearing. With a little effort, you’ll be more than ready to dance the night away!
The Claire Pettibone for Bella Belle collection launches on November 7th and prices range from $355-$389. Stockists include www.clairepettibone.com and www.bellabelleshoes.com, as well as Nordstrom from January 2019.
-- Natalie Convey