If you were lucky, you caught some of our Instagram photos of Alan Andersonâ€™s latest collection we posted last week (or maybe you caught Cheryl Hickey sporting one of his designsÂ on the TIFF red carpet)! While we visited his studio, we also had the chance to sit down to find out where he gets his inspiration and his tips for brides.
WedLuxe: Where do you get inspiration?
AA: All over the place! Sometimes the stones dictate what will be made; what type of piece they will become. All our pieces are one of a kind and use vintage stones that I source from around the world. Iâ€™m always travelling and I buy whatever I see that is interesting. If you donâ€™t buy vintage stones when you see them, you probably wonâ€™t find them again.
My home on Fire Island also inspired some of the floral pieces and the insect brooches.
Old Hollywood is a big draw because actress then were actually going out to buy jewellery for themselves. Gloria Swansonâ€™s pieces in Sunset Boulevard were all hers.
WL: Katy Perry, Viola Davis, Blake Lively, and Drew Barrymore have all worn your designs but who are your own style icons?
AA: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford (the young Joan Crawford, that is), Claudette Colbert, and Charlie Chaplinâ€™s wife Paulette Goddard.
WL: What is you motto?
AA: Wear these pieces everyday in a random act of glamour. Wear them doing groceries or out with friends.
Crystal is the gateway for my clients. It really is a wardrobe staple! Itâ€™s like having a black dress or a strand of pearls; everyone should have at least two crystal pieces. Crystal brings the confidence to try the other, more colourful pieces.
WL: What are your tips for brides?
AA: Find a piece of jewellery that speaks to you. Find a necklace or a tiara that you love and let that be the departure piece for the rest of the day. For example, a pink floral necklace can influence the florals, centrepieces, colour theme, and really set the mood of the wedding.
I love tiaras for brides as well. I created three for Kleinfeld based on royal tiaras: a Russian Kokoshnik, one based somewhat on Downton Abbey character Lady Maryâ€™s crystal laurel leaves tiara (featured above), andÂ a 19th century floral tiara.
Itâ€™s your one day so you should go big with the jewellery. Wear a tiara and a bracelet during the ceremony and switch to a stunning necklace, like my Sautoires, for the reception.