Now, Royal Wedding devotees can get closer to the event than ever before. Self-taught florist Philippa Craddock, who designed the floral arrangements for Meghan and Harry’s nuptials, has just launched her sophomore collection of faux-floral hair accessories, and they are breathtakingly gorgeous.
Less than a year ago, Meghan Markle made waves with her untraditional choices and contemporary take on royal English traditions, including her choice of flowers. She chose Craddock, who had made her first foray into floral arrangement less than ten years earlier but had quickly risen to the top of her industry, working with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Dior, and Vogue.
Dubbed ‘a floral mastermind’, Craddock apparently threw together Meghan’s iconic bouquet at the last minute and included symbolic blooms meant to be a tribute to Princess Diana, as well as sprigs that were hand-picked by Harry. She also directed an epic team of 26 floral workers to assemble the jaw-dropping, giant arrangements which flanked the entrance to the church.
After pulling off that incredible feat, she pivoted to fashion and started creating bespoke floral headwear. Her new collection is a bright, fun and playful feast for the eyes, featuring faux blooms meant to evoke a stroll through an English countryside garden including hydrangeas, dahlias, and poppies.
It includes 10 pieces ranging from single-bloom hairpins to over-the-top bouquet headbands, all adorned with blossoms painstakingly handcrafted from a combination of silk, cotton, and linen. Each flower then hand-sewn onto silver pins and satin bands to create one-of-a-kind, showstopping hair accessories.
The results are so lifelike, one can barely distinguish them from live flowers. What’s the secret to making them look so authentically gorgeous? The petals of each fabric bloom are customized with ever-so-faint bruises and lifelike wrinkles. “It’s easy to make every single petal perfect, but for it to look natural, it needs some of those flaws,” Craddock says. These headpieces are truly remarkable, flaws and all.