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To Let The Warm Love In

Posted on: Friday, 25 February 2011

Anthropologie's new bridal range has caused a bit of a stir. If you're remotely interested in anything wedding-y, you'll be be aware of the extent of that understatement. 

It. Is. Stunning.

It's called 'BHLDN', and pronounced 'Beholden', h'appparently. I don't know if I like that. Bit text-speaky for me, but hey. I'm not their PR gal. However, apparently it's inspired by the Dutch word for 'to keep', which is actually a little bit beautiful. 

I knew I would like it from the moment I clicked onto the website and saw some lines from Keats' Ode to Psyche:

And there by zephyrs, streams, and birds, and bees,
  The moss-lain Dryads shall be lull'd to sleep;
And in the midst of this wide quietness
A rosy sanctuary will I dress
With the wreath'd trellis of a working brain,
  With buds, and bells, and stars without a name,
With all the gardener Fancy e'er could feign.

A literary reference? I'm sold. 

 And what a lovely reference, too. Does he not paint a picture of the most beautiful drowsy summer evening? Does 'rosy sanctuary' and 'wreath'd trellis' and 'buds' and 'stars without a name' not just conjure up images of a glorious midsummer wedding garden party?

I fink it does.

But hey - it's all about the dresses. And then I saw this one and thought, "If I looked remotely like this - EVER - I think I would die happy."

It's not even a wedding dress, people. It's a Dress What You Might Wear As A Guest To A Fancy-Fancy Wedding. But I for one would be happy to walk down the aisle in that little number. 

And isn't the green ribbon just darling?

I tell you, it gave me some dress wobbles for a few minutes there. That was until I talked myself round by muttering things like, "You can have a green ribbon on YOUR dress if you really want one, Laura. There, won't that be lovely?" to myself. 

The real-life wedding dresses are equally fabulous.  My favourite of the wedding-y dresses? This one. I think.

And the shoes. Oh, the shoes. I've picked a couple of favourites here but honestly, this is just a sample of the beauties that await.

Jelly slingbacks, anyone? What's that you say? Something more traditional? Try these...

 And I say who bloody cares if green is unlucky?

Lovely lovey. Have a look. My only warning is that the combined effect of the soft-focus photography and the beautiful models and the artfully-mussed hair might make you hate your own life and everything in it. Just for five minutes or so.


  1. Oh yes the eyelet dress is the one for me too! Thank you for explaining BHLDN, I had no idea what that was all about, I didn't take the time to find out because of all the pretty...x


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