Monday, March 2, 2015

A Fascinator to Remember: Bridal Mixer & Trunk Show March 15

Brides unite! Come join Dark Garden in San Francisco for a lovely afternoon trunk show and bridal mixer with Kalico Delafay and Pop Antique on Sunday, March 15th. From 1pm to 5pm, Kalico Delafay and Marianne Faulkner of Pop Antique (that's me!) will be in our 321 Linden St. boutique with a selection of alternative bridal headwear.

Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme
in a Dollymop for Dark Garden "Lancer" bridal ensemble
and boater by associate designer and milliner Kalico Delafay.
Photo © John Carey
Our boutique is nestled in lovely Hayes Valley; why not make a day of it? Bring your mom, Maid of Honor, or Best Person. First, grab brunch at one of our favorite neighborhood spots, like Absinthe or Chez Maman. Then swing by our boutique at 321 Linden St. for a top-up on bubbly punch and some mingling with other brides. (Nobody likes talking about weddings as much as another bride!) Browse a curated selection of gorgeous handmade headpieces and talk to the designers about having a piece custom-made. On your way out, have a taste of Smitten's fresh-made ice cream, scope out the vintage dresses at Ver Unica, and perch in Patricia's Green with your notebook as you continue your wedding planning.

One of a kind hat by Kalico Delafay
Bridal ensemble by Kalico Delafay featuring a
Dollymop for Dark Garden "Amelia" corset
Model: Dwoira Galilea - Photo © Joel Aron
Kalico Delafay is our in-house associate designer of the Dollymop corset line, and she's designed several exquisite bridal ensembles for us over the year. However, her true passion lies in millinery. All of her creations are one-of-a-kind. Kalico's sculpted felt creations utilize exquisitely upcycled vintage felt, veiling, and buttons, and she also does stunning lace and horsehair fascinators, straw boaters, and gloriously regal crowns made of stiffened lace and glimmering Swarovski crystals. Personally, of the several Kalico Delafay hats I own, my favorite is the one she custom-made just for me. I highly encourage you to commission a bespoke piece from Kalico - you will be absolutely thrilled with the result.

Pop Antique "Classic Fascinator"
with flocked polka dots & silk bow
Model: Victoria Dagger - Photo © Max Johnson
My line, Pop Antique, has a more minimalist approach. My "future vintage" style nods to the classic mid-century aesthetic without replicating it. I love simple, classic shapes, executed with great attention to proportion and finishing details. I never use glue to assemble my horsehair fascinators and all my buckram and sinamay pieces are individually hand-blocked. I especially love to make things my clients can envision fitting in their life for more than just a special occasion - a gorgeous hat collection deserves to see the world, not just sit in a stunning vintage hat box! My wedding is also coming up this October so I'd love to hear all the foibles and triumphs from your own wedding planning.

Dark Garden Princess Victorian bespoke corset
Photo © Perry Gallagher
Of course, if what you're after is a traditional veil, Dark Garden's in-house bridal atelier can make veils of any length, trimmed in simple satin ribbon or luxurious lace. While you're with us, you can get fitted in one of our fabulous ready-to-wear corsets and book an appointment to have a bespoke bridal ensemble designed just for you. Not sure you're ready to book a full appointment? Proprietress and lead designer Autumn Adamme will be available for on-the-fly mini consults, as, of course, will Kalico.

We can't wait to see you on Sunday, March 15 for our bridal mixer! If you've been struggling with your choice of veil or headwear, we're sure to have something special that will please you.

Bespoke Kalico Delafay sculpted felt hat.
Photo © Alyxander Ryan
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Monday, March 2, 2015

A Fascinator to Remember: Bridal Mixer & Trunk Show March 15

Brides unite! Come join Dark Garden in San Francisco for a lovely afternoon trunk show and bridal mixer with Kalico Delafay and Pop Antique on Sunday, March 15th. From 1pm to 5pm, Kalico Delafay and Marianne Faulkner of Pop Antique (that's me!) will be in our 321 Linden St. boutique with a selection of alternative bridal headwear.

Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme
in a Dollymop for Dark Garden "Lancer" bridal ensemble
and boater by associate designer and milliner Kalico Delafay.
Photo © John Carey
Our boutique is nestled in lovely Hayes Valley; why not make a day of it? Bring your mom, Maid of Honor, or Best Person. First, grab brunch at one of our favorite neighborhood spots, like Absinthe or Chez Maman. Then swing by our boutique at 321 Linden St. for a top-up on bubbly punch and some mingling with other brides. (Nobody likes talking about weddings as much as another bride!) Browse a curated selection of gorgeous handmade headpieces and talk to the designers about having a piece custom-made. On your way out, have a taste of Smitten's fresh-made ice cream, scope out the vintage dresses at Ver Unica, and perch in Patricia's Green with your notebook as you continue your wedding planning.

One of a kind hat by Kalico Delafay
Bridal ensemble by Kalico Delafay featuring a
Dollymop for Dark Garden "Amelia" corset
Model: Dwoira Galilea - Photo © Joel Aron
Kalico Delafay is our in-house associate designer of the Dollymop corset line, and she's designed several exquisite bridal ensembles for us over the year. However, her true passion lies in millinery. All of her creations are one-of-a-kind. Kalico's sculpted felt creations utilize exquisitely upcycled vintage felt, veiling, and buttons, and she also does stunning lace and horsehair fascinators, straw boaters, and gloriously regal crowns made of stiffened lace and glimmering Swarovski crystals. Personally, of the several Kalico Delafay hats I own, my favorite is the one she custom-made just for me. I highly encourage you to commission a bespoke piece from Kalico - you will be absolutely thrilled with the result.

Pop Antique "Classic Fascinator"
with flocked polka dots & silk bow
Model: Victoria Dagger - Photo © Max Johnson
My line, Pop Antique, has a more minimalist approach. My "future vintage" style nods to the classic mid-century aesthetic without replicating it. I love simple, classic shapes, executed with great attention to proportion and finishing details. I never use glue to assemble my horsehair fascinators and all my buckram and sinamay pieces are individually hand-blocked. I especially love to make things my clients can envision fitting in their life for more than just a special occasion - a gorgeous hat collection deserves to see the world, not just sit in a stunning vintage hat box! My wedding is also coming up this October so I'd love to hear all the foibles and triumphs from your own wedding planning.

Dark Garden Princess Victorian bespoke corset
Photo © Perry Gallagher
Of course, if what you're after is a traditional veil, Dark Garden's in-house bridal atelier can make veils of any length, trimmed in simple satin ribbon or luxurious lace. While you're with us, you can get fitted in one of our fabulous ready-to-wear corsets and book an appointment to have a bespoke bridal ensemble designed just for you. Not sure you're ready to book a full appointment? Proprietress and lead designer Autumn Adamme will be available for on-the-fly mini consults, as, of course, will Kalico.

We can't wait to see you on Sunday, March 15 for our bridal mixer! If you've been struggling with your choice of veil or headwear, we're sure to have something special that will please you.

Bespoke Kalico Delafay sculpted felt hat.
Photo © Alyxander Ryan
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere