I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Carol Hannah Whitfield before in Charleston at the famed Maddison Row on Hasell. In this tiny but cosmopolitan hole-in-the-wall boutique, she showcased her latest line for everyone to gawk at, including me. I felt delicate fabrics, I swooned over chiffon, I was dazzled with her accessory line, and I wanted to dash out of the store with a creation or two of hers. The wedding dresses she envisions and makes appear are just that beautiful and stunning.
I’m a self-professed fan of this lovely lady, and I’ve seen her collection and her artistry transform over the years and I’m in utter delight with her latest Spring/Summer 2013 collection. In the wedding industry, enthusiasts (like me) will dissect and rave over the latest wedding dress lines from the top names involved in the wedding dress business. There are usually an array of descriptions and opinions, and I’ve stared and drooled over Carol Hannah’s newest frocks to come up with the conclusion that she somehow consulted the Crawley girls of Downton Abbey over a spot of English tea. Promptly afterwards, she headed out to have an elegant girls’ night out with Jackie Kennedy. In turn, these upper-echelon fashionistas allowed her to mold her line into this explosion of vintage: a vintage of the 1950s and a vintage of the 1920s; two classic moments in fashion history that are, if nothing else, legendary.
If you are in Atlanta for the weekend or your roots are firmly planted in this amazing city, you will certainly want to head over to The Sentimentalist from May 24-26th. You will get to witness Carol Hannah’s wonderful designs, meet with the illustrious designer herself, and to top it off, you will receive 10% off her creations. You were probably thinking it wouldn’t get any better; it certainly did.
P.S. Go check Carol Hannah’s blog for added wonderment. You will fall in love.
(Photos provided by Carol Hannah)