Everything Old is New Again…


Pop culture has always influenced fashion and design trends. At every conference we attend, one of the topics is actually called Hollywood Trends. Today’s pop culture is nostalgic for the Golden Age – evident by the popularity of shows like Downton Abby and Boardwalk Empire. Movies are also reflective of this Golden Age with everything from The Notebook to The Great Gatsby. With classic hair and makeup, as well as amazing costumes, the appeal is understandable. Art Deco styling has already begun to show up in wedding and event styling – often misrepresented as the Flapper subculture from the 20s.  We were blessed to work with a couple in September of 2012 to create an “Art Deco with a Twist” which was published in Arkansas Bride. (Check out our inspiration board for the backstory and some real wedding images.)

As we saw on the SAG 2013 Red Carpet last night, we are entering my absolute all-time favorite style….. Hollywood Regency (often referred to as Hollywood Glamour). According to Barclay Butera in an article on HGTV.com (click here to read more about the style) “Hollywood Regency style is about glamour, but so much is found in the wonderful details.” I couldn’t agree more!

A few highlights from the Red Carpet at the SAG 2013:

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Maya River channels Veronica Lake with her smooth hair and flushed makeup.photo 3

Downton Abby’s Michelle Dockery wears side-swept hair, simple smooth hair and a deep berry lip.

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Madmen starlett Kiernan Shipka shows smooth face framing waves, clean face – a strong brow and a Waltz (or ballerina) length dress – another great trend from the Golden Age.photo 1

Amanda Seyfried is a hit and a miss for me, she’s got the structured, screen siren look going for more of a sultry starlet, but the necklace throws too much on the dress (separately, I love them both). The Navy is also hot, as deep, luxe jewel tones will be part of this trend. I see a lot of oxblood, sapphire, emerald, and ruby coming in the styling of this look.photo 1 (2)photo 2

Tina Fey, you completely knocked Hollywood Regency out of the park, and paired it with my latest obsession…. Black and gold!

Now, let’s talk about a photo shoot we put together forecasting this trend last  year after touring the Rogers Opera House in November of 2012. We were blessed to work with some of the best vendors in NorthWest Arkansas to put this all together.

Hollywood Regency Pin

Styling and Coordination: Inspired Grace Weddings

Photo Credit: Melanie Merkling Photography

Bridal Styling: She Said Yes

Floral Styling: Rose of Sharon – Oxblood Rose and Orchid Bouquet; Shirley’s – White and Ribbon Bouquet

Stationary: Shindig Paperie

Props: Carriage Works Antiques

Venue: Old Rogers Opera House

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