Boutonnieres, or button-holes as we refer to them here in the UK, were in fact worn quite frequently by men in the past (as oppose to the more present association with formal occasions), typically as a single flower or bud on their lapels that gave men that tantalising aura of confidence, sophistication and personal flair – the kind of masculine elegance we ladies would swoon over…..and this I know from flicking through several glossy image-based publications on the history of men’s fashion! :P So yes, I am so for bringing back those key accessories and accents that represent timeless style and refinement…..with a touch of eccentricity for that little bit of ‘oomph’! ;)
Right – before I get distracted any further by Hollywood’s iconic men of the Golden Era (Cary Grant, James Stewart, Fred Astaire, and Sean Connery – just to name a few!) the main reason for this post was to showcase the boutonnieres I made for our key men at the wedding by opting for an more original look instead of the traditional floral arrangement. So, with that in mind, I combined what I thought fused the western contemporary silhouettes with the flamboyant eastern textures by using buttons and feathers.
I must admit that my initial thoughts were ‘peacock feathers’ seeing as it was the most obvious symbolism of India but after a few trial runs I realised that it not only it looked a greeny-blue (which was far from our colour scheme!) but rather clichéd too! With nine boutonnieres to make: five for the groomsmen + ushers, two for my leading man, and two for the fathers…. they needed to be right! And so, I was on the hunt for feathers in vibrant pinks, purples and blues – the bigger and bolder the more appropriate I felt they would be as I needed them to stand out against their more sombre coloured suits……and lucky for me, the shops and haberdasheries this summer were bursting with feathered accessories and jewellery. Lets not also forget the fantastic bargains too! ;) Well, here’s a peek into the production phase.
Pictures of our lovely fellas sporting these boutonnieres will be posted soon! I do hope you like what you see so far? :)