Rod Stewart musician chooses a Debbie Carlisle headpiece for her LA wedding

Posted on July 09, 2015 by Debbie Carlisle

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Debbie Carlisle named among top bridal accessory designers in the country

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Debbie Carlisle

We’re celebrating some wonderful news here in the studio – my 2015 bridal hair accessories collection has been named among the best in the country by top wedding industry experts!

My Enchanted and Limelight collections - inspired by woodland botanicals and 1920s vintage designs – are among collections by six bridal designers to be nominated in the 2015 Bridal Buyer Awards in the prestigious Best Headdress Collection category.

Isabella beaded ribbon headband with Juliet cap veil

The winner of the award – considered the Oscars of the bridal retail world - will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Harrogate International Centre in September.

I’m so thrilled to have been nominated for this award – the reaction to my 2015 collections has been amazing, both from my brides and my wonderful stockists, and this just tops off a wonderful year so far for me…and we’re only halfway through it!

Anna deco crystal comb with mask veil

To read more about the awards and to see who else made it through to the finals, take a look at the Bridal Buyer shortlist.

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Britain's Got Talent stars Misstasia choose Debbie Carlisle accessories for semi-final

Posted on May 30, 2015 by Debbie Carlisle

WHEN Britain’s Got Talent stylists were planning the wardrobe for Disney-inspired girl band Misstasia they knew exactly who to turn to for their fairytale hair accessories!

The four-piece group each wore hand-made headpieces from my Enchanted collection to complement their princess prom-style dresses for the ITV show’s live semi-final.

Although my Enchanted collection was designed with brides in mind, stylists from the show thought their delicate ethereal quality would add to the girls’ sparkling winter wonderland fairytale look.

The girls performed ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s Frozen movie – but sadly didn’t make it through to the final.

Click here to view Misstasia’s live performance on Britain’s Got Talent.

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Actress Sheridan Smith chooses Debbie Carlisle headpiece for Royal engagement

Posted on May 23, 2015 by Debbie Carlisle

While my first love is bridal accessory design I’m always keen to expand my creative horizons – so when I was asked to create a special headpiece for actress Sheridan Smith to wear for a Royal engagement I jumped at the chance!

The stage and screen star wore my feather headpiece to Buckingham Palace to collect her OBE from the Duke of Cambridge.

Sheridan Smith wears Debbie Carlisle feather headpiece to collect OBE

Sheridan, star of critically-acclaimed dramas Mrs Biggs and Cilla and the hugely popular comedy Gavin and Stacey, chose a vintage-inspired look for her special appointment – a 1940s style navy and white tea dress which she teamed with towering navy velvet heels.

To finish off her look Sheridan wanted a headpiece to match her outfit – and she turned to London-based celebrity stylist and bridal gown designer Kate Halfpenny who recommended my work.

Kate stocks my designs in her bridal boutique Halfpenny London and suggested an adaptation of my ‘Ava’ bridal feather headpiece design made with navy feathers.

Debbie Carlisle Ava feather headpiece

It was a real honour to be asked to make Sheridan’s headpiece for her big Palace appointment – I’ve always loved her and her work and it was fantastic to be able to play a small part in her special day.

I thought Sheridan’s vintage-inspired look was the perfect choice for her too – elegant and pretty and just a little bit cheeky, just like her!

Sheridan Smith OBE

Sheridan Smith OBE feather headpiece

To see more pictures of the bridal headpiece which inspired Sheridan’s look, click here.

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Welcome to my new-look website and online boutique!

Posted on May 04, 2015 by Debbie Carlisle

So how do you like the new look?

The Debbie Carlisle website and online boutique has had a bit of make-over with a clean new layout and lots of snazzy new features which I hope will make browsing and buying my accessories a lot easier!

The new layout means you can view accessories by type or style, and the new-look product pages have an improved picture gallery which will allow you to zoom in on the detail to really see the products up close and personal!

A new checkout system will make it much easier to pay - as well as Paypal you can now pay with all major credit cards - and your postage fees are really simple to calculate and understand - no matter whether you are based here in the UK or are an international customer.

Even the blog has got a brand new look - and it's also easier for me to use, which hopefully means I'll be here more often too!

Unless you're an eagle-eyed reader you may not have spotted the biggest change - the shop sits in a brand new domain name, This is part of a plan to gradually migrate from my original domain name of to one which more accurately reflects the Debbie Carlisle brand name. Once things have bedded in I'll be moving my entire website over to the new address, but that will be a job for future Debbie, so watch this space!

I do hope you like the new look and find it easier to use - happy browsing! x

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A second top London bridal boutique for Debbie Carlisle accessories

Posted on April 04, 2015 by Debbie Carlisle

Today I’m very excited to introduce my newest stockist – the super-stylish London boutique Blackburn Bridal Couture.

Blackburn Bridal Couture

I had the very great pleasure of visiting the boutique in person and can confirm that brides who visit this haven of calm and beauty are in for a real treat!

Row upon row of stunning bridal gowns using the most beautiful fabrics are just waiting to find the perfect bride – and the very knowledgeable team of stylists will carefully guide you through the process of finding a perfect gown to work with your wedding and personal style.

 Claire Pettibone detail

Detail from one of the boutique’s amazing Claire Pettibone gowns

Blackburn Bridal Couture stock a really lovely selection of my Enchanted Collection beaded hair vines, circlets and combs which can be viewed in both gold and silver colourways – along with lots of amazing boho and beaded gowns which will work perfectly with my designs.

Sylive gold hair vine wedding headpiece

 Sylvie gold hair vine worn with the Claire Pettibone Viola gown which are both stocked at the boutique

Russell Blackburn opened his gorgeous boutique in Blackheath after nearly a decade working on top UK wedding magazines You and Your Wedding and Cosmopolitan Bride. The knowledge and expertise he gained from his role as marketing and fashion sales director at these top titles put him in the perfect position to open a new boutique which would breathe new life in to the London bridal scene.

The result is a stunning and extremely successful independent bridal boutique which appeals to stylish brides looking for quality and originality alongside a personal approach to finding the perfect wedding day look.

Russell’s experience and passion for styling brides has afforded him a highly-respected and well-known presence in the bridal fashion industry which has seen him regularly asked to contribute to leading wedding magazines Your and Your Wedding and Brides Magazine and he also headed up a team of bridal experts on Wedding TV’s bridal makeover show ‘Bridal Boudoir’.

Debbie Carlisle Enchanted collection at Blackburn Bridal Couture

A selection of Enchanted accessories showcased in the boutique

Russell heads up a team of extremely knowledgeable and fun stylists who will help you choose the perfect big day look in the comfort of their exquisitely designed bridal boutique. And with designers ranging from Claire Pettibone to Delphine Manivet, Sarah Janks, Catherine Dean, Jesus Peiro, Charlotte Casadejus and Jenny Packham, brides have plenty of fabulous looks to choose from!

Visit or call 020 8297 1188 to make an appointment to view their gowns or accessories.

Debbie’s accessories can also be viewed at a number of other UK stockists, including Halfpenny London in Bloomsbury, central London, which stocks a wide selection of Debbie’s sparkling vintage-inspired designs.

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    Debbie Carlisle 2015 Collection revealed

    Posted on January 05, 2015 by Debbie Carlisle

    Today is a very special day for me – I get to finally share my new 2015 collection of bridal accessories with you!

    Isabella floral headband with Juliet Cap veil

    The collection contains pieces with two very distinct styles to choose from – so whether you’re a vintage loving bride looking for a super-sparkly wedding accessory, or a bohemian bride looking for something with more of a woodland or floral feel, there should be something for you all!

    ‘Limelight’ is all about glitz and glamour and will appeal to brides looking for vintage-inspired sparkle from their wedding accessories while ‘Enchanted’ is inspired by the natural world and has a slightly more subtle shimmer and shine making it perfect for brides looking for a more delicate bridal accessory.

     Arabella vintage deco bridal headband and wedding cuff

    Arabella crystal headband and cuff from the Limelight collection.

    The entire Enchanted collection is available in both silver and a gorgeous warm antique gold tone – giving you plenty of choice when it comes to choosing your wedding day look. Most of the Enchanted designs are wired together with gold or silver plated wire and use intricately carved mother of pearl flowers which gives the pieces a more relaxed and bohemian feel. The silver versions use clear faceted Czech crystals mixed with tiny pale ivory freshwater pearls, while the gold versions use beautiful antique gold faceted Czech crystals which are partly glazed to create a delicate and warm golden shimmer.

    Astrid silver and pearl hair vine brow band


    Imogen gold floral bridal hair combImogen silver and pearl wedding hair comb

    The wired pieces are incredibly versatile and can be worn as hair vines which will curve around your head almost like ivy – giving you lots of choice about how and where you wear these pieces. There are lots of examples of ways to wear them here and on my website but the options are literally endless, allowing you to really use your imagination when it comes to accessorising your look. These wired vines are by their nature quite delicate but I have used a strong wire which allows the longer strands to be moulded into shape to curve around the head or over or into a hair style, giving you even more room for personalisation.

    Sylvie gold wedding hair comb

    Sylvie gold wedding hair vine

    Sylvie gold bridal hair vine

    The Sylvie headpiece styled in three different ways (above)

    Some of the pieces in Limelight were inspired by art deco design, while others owe more to the Hollywood glamour of screen sirens from the 1930s through to the 1950s, mixing geometric shapes with more fluid lines to create pieces that have their roots in vintage design but with a contemporary feel which will appeal to fashion-conscious brides.

    Anna deco crystal bridal hair comb with birdcage mask wedding veil

    Anna comb with mask veil from the Limelight collection.

    All of the Limelight headpieces work well with my existing birdcage veil designs, and I’ve also added a new ‘mask veil’ made from the same soft fine French netting which pins at either side of the head and is a great way to wear a veil with a headpiece which can be easily removed later in the day without having to take off your headband or comb.

    The ‘mask veil’ is also available as a set with two small combs called ‘Anna’ which you can use to pin the veil in place at each end and then remove the whole piece and re-use the combs in  different ways for your meal and reception.

    To see the full Enchanted Collection click here, while the full Limelight Collection can be viewed here.


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