By Jason Parker Counce
Springtime is upon us earlier than ever this May. GasLamp's Front Collaboration Booth is well in the throes of being early, too, by getting a jump on creamy white colors. The booth brings to mind thoughts of a June wedding, an all-white outfit for Steeplechase, or even the sandy, white beaches of some faraway shore.
You are welcomed into the Front Collaboration Booth by a columned archway topped with a billowing net, which takes you straight to Cloud Nine. As you look around you will find unique touches of elegance from a timeworn era. There are fashions for summer events, all stitched up in a variety of creamy shades. There are also multiple furniture items for the indoors and outdoors. White wicker makes an appearance, as does wrought iron painted the crispest shade of bright white.
On a white hutch sits a vintage bride and groom cake topper with an old millinery roses headband (photo, left; topper, $36 and headband, $24.95; both at Booth B-110). Just behind that vignette, to dress the wedding bedroom in style, is a set of monogrammed "Mr. and Mrs." pillowcases ($25; Booth B-110).
All around the booth are layers and layers of ageless items of beauty, such as handkerchiefs with handmade lace, beaded wedding gowns and silky peignoir sets. There are even cake stands stacked with cake toppers that are then covered with bell jar cloche domes.
Among the fashion choices is the basket of lovely beaded evening clutches in the photo, right (prices range from $25 to $45; all at Booth B-110). Such a bag might come out rarely, but occasions always arise for painting the town in an evening gown or toting such a token on a bride's wedding day.
A butler would look very stately carrying this oversized silver tray in the photo, left ($235; Booth B-150). Etched antique tasting flutes, filled with rice, conjure up the vision of what they would look like if filled with champagne (11 glasses; $110; Booth B-150). In the back of my mind I hear "Cheerio!" and "Cheers!"
In the corner stands an armoire holding an ageless lace wedding dress, silken lingerie and even a pearl adorned dress set that would make any mom feel dressed up to go to a ball (photo, right). The dresses are, from left to right: A 1970s custom wedding gown with chiffon layered over a peau de soie slip and, at the neckline, 1890s lace from the bride's grandmother's wedding dress (size 10-12; $250; Booth B-110); cream slip and cover ($175; Booth B-305); 1960s mother-of-the-bride dress and jacket with white lace over chiffon crepe from Paul Stanley New York (size 8-10-12; $85; Booth B-110).
So lets kick off this spring season and go white; it will be the new green, recycled way for GasLamp Antique and Decorating Mall.