8 Ways To Inject Modern Chinese Sophistication Into Your Wedding Wardrobe
Garish reds and over-the-top bling is so last season, it’s two seasons ago. Instead, opt for modern pieces with distinct Oriental touches for some Eastern mystique. Here are chinois picks from our favourite brands for inspiration.
Heng Nam Nam: The Cheongsam Twist
Give us practical and figure-flattering cheongsams any day. This eye-catching design adheres to the traditional cheongsam silhouette but designer Chen Kah Lee of Heng Nam Nam has given it a contemporary twist by using a silk jersey material, which is more comfortable than the usual silk brocade. The floral prints are Oriental, but the bright colours make it current.
Chanel: Classy Gold Sparklers
Gold doesn’t mean gaudy, especially when it’s the beautiful pieces from Chanel’s Coco Crush and Sous Le Signe du Lion collections. This Coco Crush cuff in 18k yellow gold is particularly appealing for its very modern quilted effect, and the image of a lion head in diamonds will surely get the approval of elders—after all, the animal is often depicted as a symbol of protection in Chinese culture. Since yellow is commonly known as the “emperor’s colour”, this is just the thing to give your outfit a regal finish!
Bulgari: Serpentine Accents
In Chinese mythology, serpents are an important motif, often used to depict gods or great power (they’re seen as little dragons). Embrace your inner goddess with the Serpenti collection from Bulgari, a spellbinding assortment of precious rings, bracelets and necklaces. Especially feminine in pink gold, this pendant necklace enraptures with full pave diamonds and rubellites that immediately seduce whoever sets eyes upon them.
Panerai: A Year of the Rooster Watch
Even if you’ve said it a thousand times before, no one’s going to stop you from remarking again how lucky you are for marrying the most perfect woman on earth. And chances are, if you get your hands on one of Panerai’s 99 special edition Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm timepiece, you’ll have one more thing to crow about. An ode to the Year of the Rooster, the handsome watch bears an eye-catching image of the energetic and determined animal on its cover that has been lovingly engraved by Italian masters.
Shanghai Tang: Silk Clutch
Planning a Shanghai Splendour-themed fete? Go all out with strings of pearls, gloves and a silk fan, while he channels oriental cool with a cashmere-silk lattice line scarf over his coat. On the other hand, if you prefer to accent with chinois elements, these clutches from Shanghai Tang are your companion du jour. The designs are a mix of old-world charm and modern luxe, and distinctly Chinese details like jade clasps and Chinese knots lend unmistakable grandeur.
Larry Jewelry: Nature-Inspired Bling
Harmony with nature is one of the precepts of Chinese design. Traditional Chinese paintings often depict the serene beauty of nature in soft, muted hues. Put that same quaint air into your ensemble with Larry Jewelry’s Nature Bridal collection where the jeweller celebrates the exquisiteness of Mother Nature. The breathtaking selection of rings, earrings and necklaces evokes images of delicate raindrops and dainty flower petals.
Tiffany & Co: Silk Flower Brooch
The trick to introducing bold colours such as red or gold into your Chinese wedding wardrobe is to do it subtly. This Elsa Peretti Amapola brooch from luxury jeweller Tiffany & Co has red silk “petals” and looks like something you might find in a Chinese garden. Amapola is the Spanish word for poppy and in Chinese culture, the red poppy is a symbol of deep and passionate love between two people. A work of understated beauty, this is the perfect accessory for your white gown. Or, wear it in your hair, and let the groom have his own matching accessory—it’ll look spiffy on his suit lapel. The best part—unlike a real bloom corsage that will wither, this stays beautiful forever. Photo: Josh Haskin
Valentino: Pops of Colour
Red, yellow and orange are commonly associated with happiness, good luck and abundance in the Chinese culture, so wear these colours on your big day for an auspicious start to your new life together. Valentino’s Garavani Resort 2017 collection is bright, bold and dense with colour, appealing to modern sensibilities while making way for Asian aesthetics. Whether you want to introduce an element of surprise into a muted ensemble with a pair of red-hot heels or embrace a Tropicana vibe at the after-party with a multi-hued scarf, Valentino’s got you covered.