Accessorize This: Marie Antoinette Style

Thursday, April 22, 2010



Marie Antoinette Style
by Denise Grayson

There’s something so irresistibly scrumptious about a certain young queen who resided in the French palace at Versailles. It was her opulent, ultra feminine style of dress and her charmed life (for a while at least) that has us so smitten. Sofia Coppola’s visually breathtaking film Marie Antoinette played out these fantasy aspects to full effect with the hot pinks, icy blues and soft pastels of the lavish costume design – hot pink was actually introduced in textiles in the 1950s – and sets sprinkled with gilded plates and cake stands heaping with Ladurée macarons and a rainbow selection of pastries.

It’s no wonder then that many designers have sought to infuse their creations with the sweet magic à la Marie Antoinette.

The Glamourai recently made a second neckpiece of vintage rhinestone and silver mesh chains with dusty pink silk ribbon for Shrimpton Couture, named and styled after France’s last queen (above left). It is now sold but we can always hope for a Marie Antoinette Three!

And this Swarovski crystal fan brooch by Ruby Lane harks back to the days when a fan was more a tool of coy flirtation than relief from the heat. Works best with a batting of the lashes.

How about enjoying your cupcakes while reclining on a chaise longue wearing these fancy satin embellished shoes from 4 My Favourite Things and Oxford is Heaven?



This sweet and sexy knitted lingerie from Cynthia F. takes its sorbet hues from Coppola’s film. You can see more delicious pieces here.



And one cannot go on about royal women-inspired creations without mentioning Wendy Brandes, the reigning queen of precious metal and gem-adorned tributes to history’s most fascinating regal ladies. Her jewelled interpretation of the tragic French monarch is inspired not by her ruffled and powdered accoutrements but rather the unfortunate doom that was to be the unwitting queen’s final destiny, as conveyed by the creeping, thorn-like prongs of her unusual and striking amethyst Marie Antoinette ring.


All photos credited to respective designer

Denise Grayson is our Accessories Editor and also writes about fashion at The Swelle Life.

16 comments:

My Passport to Style said...

Oh my, sweetie, you did it again,this is the most gorgeous post I have seen in a long time!I have featured you in my it's all in the detail spot over on My Passport to Style. Sharon xx

Charlotte said...

What a brilliant post! I'm a fan of everything slightly rococo, and those shoes are to die for!!

janettaylor said...

Amazing things!

daisychain said...

Oh wow, so inspiring.

Intrinsically Florrie said...

I love everything in this post! Now I NEED a pair of those oh-so-lovely shoes.

Florrie x

Mish Dish said...

I love the ruffle shoes they look like little sweet confections for your tootsies. xo Mish


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Princess Poochie said...

I'm working with Oxford is Heaven right now to quote me some of her shoes. They are just lovely, as are all the pieces here.

WendyB said...

Thanks for including me! I've been wanting to do a pink and blue Marie Antoinette ring so I'd have the Coppola version too. Someday!

the clothing menu said...

i love this marie antionette style!

Denise @ swelle said...

What lovely comments - thank you!
Princess Poochie - how wonderful that you'll have your own Marie Antoinette shoes, I'd love to see that whole outfit!
Wendy - You've really tempted us now, you have to make that ring!

Denise x
Accessories Editor
Dream Sequins
(Apologies if my formatting is wonky, I'm writing this from my phone!)

Denise @ swelle said...

What lovely comments - thank you!
Princess Poochie - how wonderful that you'll have your own Marie Antoinette shoes, I'd love to see that whole outfit!
Wendy - You've really tempted us now, you have to make that ring!

Denise x
Accessories Editor
Dream Sequins
(Apologies if my formatting is wonky, I'm writing this from my phone!)

Dream Sequins said...

Just gorgeous, Denise. Thanks for sharing your dreamy take on Marie Antoinette style!!

stacy said...

Beautiful. So feminine and pretty. Love it all, especially the Wendy Brandes ring!!

Kristin said...

Oh sigh. How beautiful these pieces are...especially Wendy's ring!

Vyque said...

that top left necklace is killer!

jolie jamie said...

The Glamouri always has great jewelry! Such statement pieces!
Love this!
xx
jamie

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