A few months ago I asked my designers to come up with a brand new wedding dress collection that would knock your socks off. Brace yourself for chilly winter toes, because they more than delivered!
Drumroll ladies … it is with great pleasure that I present to you Illumination.
I’ve asked the mastermind behind the new collection, our incredibly talented lead designer Liz Foubert, to share with you the inspiration behind the new designs and a few tips to help you on your way to finding your dream dress. Enjoy the journey and I hope you love the new collection as much as I do.
Liz Foubert, Calèche Head Designer, talks about the new collection Illumination and her tips for choosing the perfect wedding gown.
The starting place for designing a new collection is the same starting place for choosing your dream wedding dress – you consider the figure it needs to showcase and the personality it needs to reflect. Illumination showcases some amazing new fabrics and translates classic vintage designs into modern, romantic looks that suit a range of sizes, shapes and individual styles.
I find that less is more when designing a dress, so each of the designs showcases one major detail, such as a beautiful lace embellishment or the sweep of a skirt. Stunning embroidered and sheer laces and soft tulle are key elements of the new collection, although you will also find a few new shapes in a more structured fabric. A few daring pieces, such as capes and boleros, offer something a little different and reflect the latest trends from the European runways.
One of my favourite dresses from the collection is Diana.
The lace is placed perfectly to complement the curves of the body, while pearl buttons down the back and on the cuffs of the full-length sleeves provide a romantic touch. This dress is equally lovely with a delicate cap sleeve.
In fact, Diana lends itself to being customised quite easily – just by changing the shape of the underskirt, trailing the lace on the tulle or opting for a different belt you can create a very different look.
There is often a lot of pressure to find your ‘dream dress’, but my best advice is to start your search with minimal expectations – you may not have the emotional reaction the movies lead you to expect, sometimes it’s more of a practical decision that needs to be made.
I’d also recommend not making a decision on your first viewing or outing, as sometimes you can feel pressured into a choosing a style you may not ultimately be happy with.
Most of all, have fun and remember the Calèche Bridal Consultants are here to help – whether you have a clear vision of what you want or are looking for a little inspiration, we have the experience and the expertise to create your perfect bridal look.