Vivien Sheriff is one of the most respected milliners in the business, not only is she the founder of her eponymous brand, but she's dressed numerous celebrities, royalty and notably a large proportion of guests at the wedding of the millennia in 2011 came to Sherrif to complete their looks. Inspired by the rural setting of Sheriff's studio in Wiltshire, it's easy to see why society events are replete with her feathered and sculptured pieces; unique, inimitable and most of all elegant. These are accessories that will get you noticed, but won't upstage the bride. We sat down with Vivien to get her take on all things bridal…

 

In my opinion the strongest trends in accessories are currently… 

“Trends come and go, I personally think classic timeless future heirlooms are a great bet. The kind of styling that will still look relevant and tasteful when your grandchildren are looking at your wedding photos!”

 

My suggestions for the bride who wants to eschew the traditional veil:

“We’ve designed veils that are ideal for brides who want to move away from the traditional veil look. For example, ‘Sencha’ veil is a great example of this, it sits on the back of brides head so isn't intrusive as it’s so away from her face. This piece is very popular with brides as it’s so easy to wear. The crystal detail is minimal and subtle but also very beautiful.

 

But for brides who want to move away from veils completely there are a plethora of options, here’s 3 key looks:

1) Smaller crystal headpieces are easy to wear and can look really stunning.

2) Vintage birdcage headpiece’s or sculpted lace are great if you want to avoid being too ‘blingy’ and you want something more natural to finish off your look.

3) Silk flowers, these are perfect for a soft flowing and femine look.

 

My favourite element of the designing process (specifically for accessories).

“I love the early creative stages when we sit and develop our Mood boards for the season ahead, the preliminary design stages are when you can be most experiential and creative”

 

My best piece of advice for a unique wedding:

“Don’t necessarily try to be ‘on-trend’ in your styling. Reading all latest issues of magazines can fill your head with an idea that you HAVE to go with one of the ‘looks’ the magazines are endorsing at the moment. These trends shift so fast the best advice is to go with what suits your face/body type. If you feel relaxed and comfortable it will show, it will also show if you’re wearing something that’s not ideal for you but you feel its very much in fashion!”