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Claire Pettibone Cherry Blossom
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Spurred by an artisan vision of romance, vintage-princess Claire Pettibone’s 2010 Spring collection pairs gossamer philosophy with zen-like esthetics. Drawing inspiration from that ephemeral space between petal and sky, Pettibone’s illustrious designs shimmer and sing with the mystique of a Ming dynasty empress.
garden delights
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Reminiscent of the classic Akoya cultured pearl, this satin gown exhibits an exquisite ivory luster with touches of silver woven throughout the guipure embroidery and flutter-lace sleeves
Ravishing ‘Cherry Blossom’ embodies an omen of good fortune, thanks to a sheath silhouette freshened with crystals, scalloped edgings, and glistening appliqués
This snow-white strapless dress trails tendril embellishments of faux chrysanthemums – undeniably fitting for a sepia-washed garden tryst
fine art aesthetics
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With an exhibitionist flair, ‘Geisha’ boasts dramatic kimono sleeves, velvet scroll motif, pink and ecru blossom appliqués, as well as an overlay of boho-chic tulle
The mermaid-fitted creation, ‘Ginseng,’ revitalizes the bridal boudoir with its plunging neckline, winking sequins, and shrouded skirt of exotic beading with Watteau train
Adorable ‘Haiku’ flaunts a slip-like silhouette doused in minimalism and dew-dropped syllables. Pearlified flowers, Chantilly lace, and luscious silk ribbons play up demure, poetic attributes
moonlit theatrics
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Blooming only at night, ‘Jasmine’ captivates her admirers with an elegant empire-waist, shimmering porcelain hues, and shrug-sleeve flourishes – perfectly fitted for basking under the light of a newly-risen star
A throwback to an evening with Puccini, the magnificent ‘Madame Butterfly’ ensures only a happy ending with its aria-swelling sheen, floral filligree, kimono bodice, and traditional red lace obi
Mysterious ‘Moonflower’ devilishly draws eyes to its bejeweled centre as a flirtatious overskirt divides and cascades with an effortless sense of whimsy
paper-crane favors
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Traditionally placed upon a young bride’s gown, the zestful orange blossom provides inspiration for this cap-sleeved trompe l'oeil, radiating craftsmanship and light
Suggestive of the origami charms of a Shinto wedding, this folk-art treasure exhibits such intricate detailing as pleated bows, keyhole back, and gold and ivory brocade
‘Sakura’ - a strapless jaw-dropper conjures imperial boughs and champagne toasts. A flattering pinch of rouching flows into an oh-so subtle pink-and-ivory bubble skirt of foamy tulle and clever organic cotton