DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Kristi Bonnici
At first drawn to the finespun beauty of Sydney-based designer Kristi Bonnici's creations, we knew for certain we were kindred spirits when she began talking about why she began her eponymous line of bridal accessories.
Lace maven and devoted maker of extraordinary things, Kristi saw an opportunity within the existing bridal market to challenge traditional notions of how a bride should dress. Rather than focusing entirely on the gown, she strives to provide brides with more ready-to-wear options that allow for personalizing a look, while still maintaining time honored millinery techniques and couture finishing. Here she chats with us about veils and veil-like objects.
How have you seen bridal accessory trends change since you started designing?
When I first started designing there was a very limited bridal accessory offering, and most brides tended to look very similar with the dress being the main focus. Now I think women are wanting their wedding day style to reflect their everyday personal style a bit more. I've noticed that many brides are choosing understated dresses and then accessorizing it with an amazing belt, veil or headpiece, and fabulously coloured shoes. It's more about the 'accents' than the dress itself, and designers are responding to this with far more options—from classic romance to boho to vintage.
What bridal accessories have been the most popular with brides in the last year?
Whether a vintage birdcage veil, a mantilla veil, or a more traditional cathedral or fingertip veil, much to my delight we have seen so many brides choosing to wear veils this last year. I think brides are falling in love with veils all over again, not only because they bring romance to a look but because they are so versatile. Veils can be layered with silk flowers or a garland, which allows a bride to create a look that's purely her own, as well as different looks from ceremony to reception if she chooses.
What accessory would you recommend a bride choosing first?
I would recommend a bride think about whether or not she wants to wear a veil first, and if so, what kind of veil. This choice affects how you style your hair, makeup, and may also impact on where you get married. For example, if you have your heart set on wearing a cathedral veil, perhaps you would choose to marry in an old church rather than garden or the beach.