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The Loved One, Antonia Akai-Casuccio’s line of intricate, handmade crowns and hair vines started when she couldn’t find anything to wear on her wedding day 11 years ago. “Everything was either painfully boring and traditional, or in such a stratospheric price range that they weren’t realistic,” shares the designer, who now operates a studio and showroom out of Toronto’s east end. Taking inspiration from her favourite haute couture masters—including Alexander McQueen, Iris Van Herpen and Guo Pei—Akai-Casuccio sources mulberry-paper flowers from England and then dips them in coloured wax. She then moulds and shapes the blooms before placing them onto her creations.
Each piece takes about a week to make, and custom, one-of-a-kind crowns take as long as a month. “It’s really a collaboration,” says the designer. “The process starts with a consultation [with the bride], then choosing elements, the shape, size and style. Then we proceed to a rough layout, at which point the bride can request changes (more of this, less of that, etc.). Once everything is agreed upon, the piece is assembled and completed.”
Although they weren’t as on-trend (or as widely available) when the designer was a bride herself, today vines and hair crowns are becoming as popular as veils. “There’s something quite magical about wearing a piece in your hair, whether it’s a beautiful, simple flower or a more elaborate crown. You feel like a queen.” And doesn’t everyone want a royal wedding?
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