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Shopping: A sparkling marriage for Sonia Boyajian, the Way We Wore

The L.A. jewelry designer offers one-of-a-kind bridal headpieces that match the Way We Wore's vintage style.

March 20, 2011|By Emili Vesilind | Special to the Los Angeles Times
  • Jewelry designer Sonia Boyajian is creating bridal headpieces for the Way We Wore.
Jewelry designer Sonia Boyajian is creating bridal headpieces for the… (Sonia Boyajian )

As the zeitgeist in fashion moves further away from cookie-cutter, trend-driven dressing, the concept of über-creative personal style as the height of modern chic is also pervading the bridal industry.

That's why the new bridal headpieces designed by L.A. jewelry designer Sonia Boyajian for local vintage fashion boutique the Way We Wore are sure to resonate with brides looking for a fashion-forward flourish that doesn't scream "bridal shop."

The collection of handmade hair baubles — brimming with the designer's signature bohemian whimsy — use new and vintage materials including silk ribbons and tulle, satin, sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, cubic zirconia gems, gold fill, bronze-toned metals and "of course lots of feathers," Boyajian said. She designed the pieces with the Way We Wore in mind, but is also able to re-create them upon request through her website,

Romantic and charmingly artsy-craftsy, the designs — with prices from $350 for head combs to $900 for crowns — are for "a bride who does not necessarily want to go to a bridal shop to put her look together," Boyajian said.

Stunning designs include a headband with a row of pearls in the front and a burst of tulle at the nape of the neck; a feathered comb anchored by clear gems wrapped in gold wire; and a wide comb peppered with silver wire-wrapped stones and gems, a coil of silver snaking out on one side.

"I love Sonia's aesthetics," noted Doris Raymond, owner of the Way We Wore. "And because she repurposes vintage bits and pieces, it absolutely fits into the store."

Boyajian's bridal headpieces are available at the Way We Wore, 334 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 937-0878. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.


Style Is in the Stars Saturday: Elle magazine astrologer Susan Miller doles out "personal style forecasts" at the Dior accessories boutique at Nordstrom Topanga. Stop by to nab a reading, and enjoy some Champagne and sweets.

21725 Victory Blvd., Canoga Park. 3 to 8 p.m. (818) 884-7900.

Rebecca Minkoff Saturday: Handbag and fashion brand hosts a cocktail reception and informal modeling at this preview event for its spring handbag collection.

Saks Fifth Avenue at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, call (714) 540-3233, Ext. 353.

Wedding Salon Monday: Hansen's Cakes, Pinkberry Catering, Kiki De Montparnasse, Ines Di Santo by Jobyna's Bridal and the St. Regis Bora Bora are among the vendors scheduled to showcase their wares at this evening bridal trade show. Brides-to-be can check out fashionable table décor, floral design and bridal gowns while enjoying cocktails, food tastings and gift bags.

The London West Hollywood Hotel, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 854-1111. 4 to 9 p.m.

Escada Week Monday through Saturday: Neiman Marcus at Fashion Island hosts Escada Week, with the sophisticated brand's spring collection showcased.

401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 759-1900. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Unveiled — Bridal Style Revealed March 27: Sponsored by Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, this bridal bazaar showcases top-drawer resources for modern brides. Expect informal modeling of gowns from Melissa Sweet, Reverie by Melissa Sweet, Platinum, Vineyard and Jewel; swanky cakes, décor ideas, trend experts, celebrity planners and beauty services.

Beverly Canon Gardens, 241 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (310) 860-1300 or visit 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lululemon Athletica reopening Thursday: Stylish fitness-wear brand Lululemon Athletica celebrates its newly renovated store at Fashion Island shopping center with food, drinks and one-of-a-kind pieces made especially for the store.

563 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 644-9642. 6 to 9 p.m.


Karen Millen: Ladylike London-based fashion brand Karen Millen has opened its second L.A.-area store at the Westfield Century City shopping center.

10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 282-9004. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Toms Give Shop and Gallery through March 31: Philanthropic shoe company Toms has debuted a pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty featuring original art from the Dan Eldon Estate, as well as shoes from the Toms + Dan Eldon collection. Throughout the duration of the pop-up, the shop will host workshops, lectures and events that strive to inspire creativity and social progress.

1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. See the calendar of events at

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