We met up with our friend friend Kristy Rice at Bridal Market last year, and were so impressed to watch her LIVE SKETCH runway dresses and patterns! Today she’s sharing with us some of her favorite runway moments and sketches!
NYC this past fall was abuzz with all things wedding style. I took a break from the bustle of our studio to witness all that designers had in store for 2012.
As a watercolorist I see the world in stroke and color. A particular texture, fabric, or jewel becomes fodder for my sketches and eventually the paintings on each of our custom wedding-invitation creations. My runway-side sketches revealed three distinct trends we’re already seeing flourish this year; Modern-Fussy, Art Deco Divine, and a return to Romance!
I love this word and often use it to describe my own work. Fussy implies an excessive concern for detail. Well yes, why not? Weddings are all about the details, right? Gown designers saw 2012 as the year of detailed moments in fabric and froth and a bit of fuss, if you will.
Photographs by John Aquino
Monique Lhuillier filled her runway with delicate swirls of material, wispy blooms, and embroidery textures that seemed to fly across my sketchbook page as I watched.
Lela Rose‘s take on fuss was subtly woven throughout Deco inspired arches and dotted with petite rosettes. Modern silhouettes were adorned with intricate beading, dramatic embroidery, and cameo necklines. My attention was immediately drawn to the sculptural beadwork that had a whimsical and organic quality strung together with a contrasting gray thread.
My sketches revisited a sophisticated take on a lattice pattern over and over, woven together with structural bead-like suggestions and loads of floral finery.
Art Deco Divine.
Art Deco inspired design has exploded since the beginning of the year. We are seeing it everywhere, and back in October in NYC designers seemed to be on the fast track toward this savvy trend. Lulu Frost’s embroidery detailing discussed earlier brought the look of Deco architecture to fine fabric. The Deco flair didn’t stop there. Even jewelry designers like Margaret Rowe gave a nod.
My sketching visioned an imaginary statement necklace built from the Deco-worthy bauble details Margaret has become known for. The collection tells a trend tale of strong lines, bold materials, and unique metal finishes that all could describe the ornate faÃ§ade of an Art Deco period building front.
Romance is Here to Stay.
…and it was obvious after viewing the work of Claire Pettibone, who takes us into a lovely time warp of Victorian fuss meets modern muss.
Ms. Pettibone is not about trends, she is about steadfast grace in a world where fashion is fickle. She grounds her design with time-honored pattern and technique, but gives it wings with updated detailing and innovative shapes.
As I sketched I thought of romance and was grateful to be in a space where fluffy blooms and pretty detailing layered with more was good. If I have to draw a trend from my experience capturing the Pettibone details it would center around one prediction: Romance is here to stay. Pinks and pales, laces and languid layers are our history and our future. We will re-define what romance means in fashion, stationery, and beyond, but it will never fade too far from all that is soft and delicate and in one glance makes us feel loved.
My name is Kristy Rice and I am the artist behind the Momental Designs stationery studio, where every invitation is hand painted! I’m also the editor of our blog RiceInk, where we cover the latest in artful stationery style, eclectic inspirations, and of course very Real Momental Weddings! Recently I’ve been working with some of the top paper brands to create exclusive patterns and artwork. Most recently is my collaboration with Envelopments, on a pattern named Trellis, created entirely from my watercolor paintings!
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