As Philadelphia’s burgeoning fashion scene continues to gain recognition, celebrated stylist and interior designer Brooke Dillon is making waves as Center City’s go-to gal for everything vintage.
In her latest venture, Brooke has relocated her chic, appointment-only showroom (formerly in Rittenhouse Square) to its new outpost at 12th and Locust. The Katacomb: Vintage & Interiors houses Brooke’s exquisite collection of ready-to-wear vintage consignment, accessories and décor—all of which have been hand-selected during her extensive world travels. In the boutique’s relaxed and private atmosphere, the couture connoisseur provides her clients with exclusive access to one-of-a-kind pieces (think gorgeous silk-lined coats and intricate pencil skirts) from high-end designers such as Chanel, Dior, YSL and Prada.
For the bride-to-be whose Big Day is begging for an old-fashioned flare, The Katacomb has an assortment of delicate jewels and antique accessories to bring an vintage look to your bridal style. Glistening antique brooches, embellished headwear, lacey garters and unique veils are just some of the pieces that Brooke says can add a vintage touch to your wedding. And if you’re in search of something special that The Katacomb doesn’t already have, Brooke will gladly keep her eye out for any special request that a bride makes in advance.
To lead our brides in the right direction, Brooke shared a few of her favorite ways to incorporate vintage into your “I Do’s.”
- When adding vintage touches to your day, use creativity and innovation! Visit antique stores, thrift shops and vintage boutiques to achieve a gorgeous backdrop for your special day.
- Mason jars, vintage vases and tea tins can be used to display floral arrangement or candles for an assortment of rustic centerpieces. Mason jars can also be used as hanging lanterns, to create a more intimate and classic ambiance.
- Have fun with vintage headwear! Pill box hats are an elegant and timeless accessory that can be easily updated, with a little help from your neighborhood milliner. Attaching fine materials such as English netting, silk tulle or lace can easily revamp a classic trinket into a fantastic treasure.
- Something Blue: Utilize family heirlooms such as your grandfather’s hanky or grandmother’s silk blouse, which can be fastened inside your gown, so that your loved ones are always with you on your special day.
- Something Old: Antique brooches can be used as a beautiful hair pin, or even to securely fasten your veil, making for a sentimental hair accessory.
- Distinguish bridesmaids’ dresses by creating sashes out of vintage fabrics that can be work around their waists. And, a great way to personalize would be to monogram each sash, so each of your ‘maids will have a special token to take away from your beautiful day.
To make an appointment with Brooke, call 215-520-2911 or reach her via email at email@example.com. (Brooke can also lend her expertise to the overall design concept of your affair, so don’t hesitate to ask her opinion on other aspects of your day!)
Are you incorporating vintage into your Big Day, either with your gown, your accessories, or with other little touches throughout the day? Give us your tips, too!