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Caleche Real Bride Nathania with husband Josh

Caleche Real Bride Nathania with husband Josh

This month we’re featuring Caleche real bride Nathania, who wed her sweetheart Josh after a 4 year, long distance courtship. Making up for the time apart, this couple hosted 2 ceremonies – in Singapore and McLaren Vale, South Australia.

Their story began at a friend’s house in Perth even though Nathania was still living in Adelaide. Because of work, they then had to deal with living in Singapore and Melbourne, making Adelaide their meeting spot.

Extra export-2I just loved it when Nathania told me that while she was in Japan for work,  Josh flew up from Singapore to Adelaide for a day to ask her parents for her hand in marriage.

“He knew I needed my family to give us their blessings before I’d say yes to him. Josh had the proposal all planned out, starting from how he wanted to ask my parents for my hand in marriage, then proposing to me in his own romantic unique way”.

 

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“I love everything about it, especially the lace bodice and how the entire gown fits on my body”.

 

 

 

 

When it came time to choose her gown Nathania felt her Caleche dress was the one that really expressed her personality. She also loved that her Mum would be able to take part in the process of creating such a beautiful design.

Of course after such a well-travelled relationship, Nathania and Josh needed to have two celebrations- one in Singapore then another in McLaren Vale, South Australia.

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Their first ceremony was held in Singapore at a beautiful church where Nathania used to attend as a child with the reception at Sheraton Towers Hotel.

N&J-73Not long after, their second reception was held at Chapel Hill Winery. Great food, great wine – what better way to celebrate this love story.

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What a great photo with the glossy green vines of this well known winery, Chapel Hill

 

 

 

 

N&J-216A day like this is full of special memories, for Nathania the joy of being announced husband and wife was electric.  “It was the happiest day of lives!”

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Izzy Daniel graces Brownlow Red Carpet in a Calèche Creation

Izzy Daniels and Sam Jacobs on the 2015 Brownlow Red Carpet

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Our Designer Liz Foubert always relishes designing something new and glamorous, and Izzy Daniel’s gown for this year’s Brownlow Medal Count was no exception.

We were so excited, to see Izzy Daniel walk down the Brownlow Red Carpet in September with partner Sam Jacobs (fondly known as ‘Sauce’ here in SA.) This year, Izzy opted for a sparkling pink hue with long sleeves and a deep neckline.

Izzy Daniels in her creation in the Caleche Studio

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This was the second year in a row that we created a stunning red carpet number in just three weeks!

Izzy experienced a super speedy version of the Calèche Couture process, but this is a journey all our customers enjoy. So what happened? 

With only a short time to make the gown, Izzy and Liz had to swiftly collaborate and decide on the gown design.

“It literally took five minutes … after I showed Liz just one photo. And she already had something in mind Izzy Daniels bespoke designbefore I came into the store,” said Izzy. 

When the design and measurements were finalised, the first fitting was a time for further inspiration. Izzy’s first fitting was created in a tulle off-cut so she could see the design taking shape while the dress was then being fitted perfectly to her measurements.

If there was anything I wasn’t quite sure about or wanted to change, Liz had no problems – no matter how last minute my decisions were!”

On the second fitting Izzy got to see the intricately beaded lace on for the first time, and it was then she decided on the longer sleeve. Sometimes it isn’t till you see your dress on and taking shape that subtle changes might be required to suit your personal style. Izzy Daniels models her last minute decision to include sleeves

For her third visit, Izzy let the Liz guide the way on the last few finishing and finessing details.

Izzy Daniels and Sam Jacobs on the 2014 Brownlow Medal Red Carpet

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In 2014, Izzy made her Brownlow Red Carpet debut in the figure hugging navy gown with beaded French lace floating over her shoulders. I asked Izzy to think back to reflect on both Brownlow Medal Red Carpet gowns.

“I’ve had so many comments about both dresses, but in particular my pink one from this year.

“Having a one-of-a-kind gown especially made for you for such a special event is a feeling I can’t describe. Both dresses were so comfortable I wore them all night,” said Izzy.

So it is possible to look glamorous and feel great at the same time!

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Meet our Bride of the Month – September 2015

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Caleche bride Anneline is a perfect example of “Hand-Crafted in Australia – Worn all over the World”

Caleche Real Bride Anneline sent to us these beautiful photographs from Lourensford Wine Estate, South Africa, where she and Frans were married.

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“…Thank you Caleche for the most perfect dress that I could have asked for on my wedding day…I had so many complements on the day and it made me feel absolutely beautiful…”

 

 So how did these two end up in South Africa? Anneline tells us that she and Frans had been together for 15 years before they decided to tie the knot. After some time working and travelling together, the couple decided to settle in Tasmania but Frans waited to surprise Anneline on a trip to South Africa to pop the question!

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Anneline purchased her gown from Luxe, in Hobart, an experience which was‘….very professional, organising the dresses from Caleche…to try on while I was searching for the perfect wedding dress…’

The lovely people at Luxe made the time enjoyable and relaxed without the worry of flying interstate for fittings.

And what was it about the Rita gown that made it perfect for her wedding day? “…all the special detail added, from the scalloped lace bodice to the soft flowing tulle skirt…”

 

 

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For Anneline and Frans this was a special day full of laughter and a celebration of love, and we feel privileged to be a small part of it.

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Lourensford Estate captured by ZaraZoo photography

Lourensford Wine Estate captured by ZaraZoo

The latest in Caleche Event and Evening Wear

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The 2015 Adelaide Fashion Festival was a great success for South Australia and we were proud to be invited to be a part of the Couture Culture Parade in the Hindmarsh Square Marquee. While it’s fantastic to see our Event and Evening Wear designs on the catwalk, these gowns will be custom made especially for our customers. How are they a great place to seek some initial inspiration for you’re own creation?

Going to the most formal of occasions a White tie event? Be inspired by this lace and tulle gown – choose a sparkly beaded lace, pop on a long silk tie sash and be a standout in the crowd.

What about a Black tie celebration. Choose a chic cocktail dress or a long evening gown – I suggest starting with this sexy yet covered style. Once again the choice of lace can dramatically alter the look of the gown, how about navy? The front split is a bit of wow when you’re moving.

Cocktail Gown

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What if your invitation says cocktail dress? Start with this peplum gown of amazing 3-D tulle and beading, shorten it to just below the knee and away you go! Have fun dressing up with great accessories and a pair of killer heels.

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Semiformal or neat casual is possibly the hardest one to choose an outfit for. Depending on the time of the event, you’re really mixing formal and casual. A hot night could be a great time to pull on some dress shorts with this sheer lace top, or grab our satin box pleat skirt that just shows your ankles and top with a t-shirt and glam belt.

Beach Formal Dress

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Lastly, something like beach formal suggests an elegant beach wedding, or destination event (think on the beaches of Mexico!). Dress to impress, but also dress for the elements – sun, sand, and water – like our dress with a midi length skirt inspired by this Bridal style.

Whatever the event, we’ll help you arrive in a beautifully hand-crafted outfit that has been made for you. Seek inspiration, bring your ideas and talk to our designers about creating the event or evening wear outfit you’ll adore.

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Meet our Bride of the Month – August 2015


SMJess-Adam-Wedding-185Our featured bride today is Jessica, who tied the knot with her beloved in Moss Vale, NSW.

Jessica and Adam’s love story began with a flight to Bali, leading to their first date together happening overseas.  After their holiday romance blossomed they followed it with a night out in Jessica’s home town. Deciding to give their long distance relationship a go between Perth and Sydney, it took just 12 months for the couple to announce their engagement.

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Jessica obviously loves flying as even though she was based in Sydney, she chose to deal directly with our Adelaide store and thought the process of “…having them create a dress that was just for me was incredible!”

Jess thought “…Nothing was too much trouble and any ideas I had or changed were done with ease. The lace work in the dress was just divine and I could not have pictured something more elegant and classic for my wedding day. None of which would have happened if it wasn’t for the team at Caleche.”

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Jessica and Adam chose the beautiful leafy, flourishing property at Mali Brae Farm for both the ceremony and reception.

 

 

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We agree with the couple that they “…were incredibly lucky to have such a picturesque venue”, also finding that the owners, Shelly and Greg, were extremely helpful and accommodating.

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There can be so many cherished memories on a day like this, and Jess found it hard to pick one as the best. In the end it was the moment she walked down the aisle to Adam. “…I was so incredibly happy and he had tears in his eyes…When I got down there his firsts words were “I love you”…”

SMJess-Adam-Wedding-500It’s heart melting times like these that inspires us at Caleche to create more gowns for many happy moments.Congratulations Jess and Adam!

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My obsession with classic couture – Tiffany Wedding Dress

Hello brides-to-be,

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I have a confession to make – while I love pushing the boundaries with innovative styles and fabrics, my true obsession is with lace and classic couture. That’s why I just had to introduce you to the Tiffany Wedding Dress from our new Illumination Collection. I just adore the intricately beaded French lace bodice – the placement of which is all done by hand so it moulds perfectly to the shape of the bride.

Setting off this exquisite detailing is a soft tulle skirt that adds an incredibly feminine and romantic touch to this wedding dress. It’s deliciously French and something that I know Colette Foubert – the original Ms Calèche – would have approved of.

Colette sailed to Australia from the fashion capital of Paris with her husband Olivier and their four children in 1973. Making their way to Adelaide, Colette started Calèche with one machinist, patterns and fabric spread across the floor. Together with Olivier, she travelled the country visiting every township that had a drapery or fashion store.

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Five years on the Calèche range was being promoted in every capital city and regional centre in Australia. To this day our family make all of our hand-crafted gowns in our Norwood showroom, continuing the tradition that Colette started so long ago.

Perhaps that’s why I can’t go past a wedding dress with simple styling and a whole lot of lace – it’s in my blood!

If you’re feeling the love for Tiffany, be sure to pop in for a viewing and to discuss options to make the dress truly your own, such as lace straps, an illusion neckline with lace trailing over the shoulders, a lower backline with nude tulle … the options are endless.

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Meet our Bride of the Month – July 2015

“…I’m so happy with my choice….” Teri.

BTC14 238smThese are the words we love to hear when our brides are ready for their special day in a Caleche gown. In the classic setting of St Andrews Church, Walkerville, Teri and Brett exchanged vows and began their married life together.

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Looking radiant in her gown, Teri loved the fact that she could personalize our Kerren style. With a slimline cut and gorgeous all over lace “…I was tossing up between strapless and straps and I think this was the perfect compromise (to have sheer lace shoulders)…”

 

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It can be a long time looking for Brides-to-Be so what was it that led Teri to us?
…The staff were amazing. I am so indecisive and never once did I feel pressured to make a decision or that I was an inconvenience, it made the whole experience really memorable…”

 

 

“..I felt I tried on so many dresses but kept coming back to the ‘Kerren’ Caleche dress and I am so happy with my choice…”

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A fun girls night out with speed dating brought this couple together, a success that led to their wedding on 10th January 2015.

 

 

 

Following the church ceremony, the Bride and Groom held their reception in the elegant Cathedral room, Adelaide Oval, which provided some fabulous photo opportunities.

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And what comes to mind when thinking of the special moments of the day? “…Brett’s speech – it was so lovely and really surprised me. It was perfect! As was our first dance together!!…”

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Congratulations Terri and Brett, from all the team at Caleche!

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‘Audrey Hepburn eat-your-heart-out’ wedding dress

Hello brides-to-be,

Was that a little flash of sunshine I saw the other day? Spring has finally made an appearance (about time!) which means wedding season is about to kick into full swing.

If your big day will be this time next year, now is the time to start the search for your dream wedding dress. A Calèche wedding dress takes at least 6 months to create. That might seem like a long time, but all of our dresses are custom made right here in our Norwood studio to ensure a perfect fit every time.Audrey 2

Once you’ve found ‘The One’ we’ll sit down with you to discuss the overall design of the dress and any changes you might like to make. We can mix and match different styles as well as creating a completely new custom gown. When you’re happy, we’ll get started on bringing your vision to life.Audrey 1

You’ll have three to four fittings to get everything just right. You’re very much a part of the process here at Calèche and we get to know you very well along the way.

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for we can give you plenty of ideas to get you started. In fact, let me kick things off by introducing you to ‘Audrey’ from our new Illumination collection.

I just adore the simplicity of this 50s inspired ‘Audrey Hepburn eat-your-heart-out’ wedding dress. This style incorporates a slim skirt with a flared and flounced train and a bias cut band at the neckline to create a soft look – perfect for the elegant and understated bride-to-be.

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Welcome to our new Wedding Dress collection … Illumination.

Hello brides-to-be,

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.

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Liz Foubert, Calèche Head Designer, talks about the new Wedding dress styles 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 styles – 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.

Full Length DianaOne of my favourite dresses from the collection is Diana.

The lace is placed perfectly to complement the curves of the body, while pearl Bodice Detail Dianabuttons 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.

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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.

Meet our Bride of the Month – June 2015

Hayleyand David_2When Hayley sent us an email of her photos, declaring “I absolutely loved the dress!” we knew she had to be included in our special Bride of the Month series.

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Hayley began with the Blair gown which features a beautiful lace bodice and classic gathered silk skirt. She couldn’t pass over the chance to have a gown with a beautiful flowing train from her waist to the ground, and told us “I loved that my dress was beautiful and romantic without being overdone”

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On an outing one day in Autumn when the picturesque Adelaide Hills glowed, Hayley and David fell in love with the setting of Golding Winery. They conducted the ceremony and also held their reception at Golding, with the gorgeous arbor decorated with fresh flowers and a great rustic barn to dine in.

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Hayley met Dave through mutual friends and just a few days after meeting they had their first amazing date at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. It seems like just yesterday when the team at Calèche first connected with Hayley on her wedding dress adventure, and March 2015 arrived quickly for the bride and groom. As Hayley tells us “we had an amazing day”.

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Dave thought his bride looked radiant in her custom made gown. When we asked Hayley why she chose Calèche for her special day she pointed out the hidden gem of Blair “…I especially loved the silk skirt…which had pockets!!…..

I was also happy (in choosing Calèche) that it was made in South Australia and that I was able to make slight changes to Blair to suit my body shape…”

 

 

 

 

There is always a special moment from everyone’s wedding day that they cherish, and for Hayley that moment was Dave’s speech at the reception “…it was so funny and romantic and I was so proud of him.”

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A big congratulations to Hayley and David, we wish the happy couple all the very best for the future

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To lace a little …

Hello brides-to-be,

Introducing Paige…for the modern bride looking for a touch ofHand drawn Paige romantic nostalgia.

A light and exquisite silky tulle skirt, delicate beaded lace with 3D floral accents, and champagne coloured satin base come together to create a fresh and unashamedly romantic wedding dress.

Full Length PaigeThe modern sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice and thin satin belt highlight your body’s natural curves, while a hint of lace scallop detail around the neckline and at the shoulders add a feminine touch. This dress will win your heart with its clean lines and uncomplicated elegance.

For the perfect finishing touches add a simple raw veil – it will disappear into the layers of tulle in the skirt providing the illusion of a longer train, and subtle earrings or an understated bracelet from our Samantha Wills jewellery range.Bodice lace detail Paige

Love the look but want more cover up top? Consider changing the neckline to an illusion neckline with beading detail, or add a cap sleeve for a little more sparkle.

Lace back detail PaigeLove Paige just as she is, or want to add your own special touches? All of our dresses are hand crafted and tailored just for you in our Adelaide studio – that means you get the one-of-a-kind dress of your imagination.

We can’t wait to work with you to bring your dream wedding dress to life.

Check in with us on Facebook or Pinterest for more ‘lace a little’ inspiration.

See you soon in the studio.

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To lace a lot ….

Hello brides-to-be,

Autumn is in full swing, which means now is the time for our spring and summer brides to book in for your first dress consult.

We’re all so different and we believe in creating a bespoke gown to suit your style, shape and wedding theme. After all, this is the most important dress of your life.

All of our dresses are hand crafted and tailored just for you in our Adelaide studio – that means you get the one-of-a-kind dress of your imagination.

You might have a clear vision of how you want to look on your special day, or perhaps you are looking for a little inspiration.

Each month we’ll be featuring one of our amazing dresses, along with a little advice, to help take some of the guesswork out of finding the dress that best fits your body shape and personal style.Hand drawn Taylor

For the next few months we’ll be focussing on lace – to lace a little, a lot or not at all. Who knows, this month’s ‘lace a lot’ feature dress could just be The One.

Introducing Taylor…for the bride who embodies effortless beauty and timeless sophistication.

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A champagne coloured lightweight satin provides the perfect backdrop for the delicate floral lace overlay with bold scallop detail that is the showpiece of this dress.

The long vertical scallop detail elongates the figure, while the front split creates an alluring glimpse of the legs when walking.

A mermaid flare starts from mid-thigh Skirt lace detail Taylorcreating a sleek silhouette, while on-trend long sleeves complete the look. This dress is the perfect blend of conservative and sexy and will take you from the church to cocktail hour seamlessly.

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Wondering about the finishing touches for this dress? A floor length veil in soft tulle or a wreath of flowers in the hair would look stunning. And perhaps a little sparkle with a set of pearl or diamante earrings from our Samantha Wills jewellery range.

Want to make the look a little more your own? Consider replacing the full length sleeve with a gathered cap sleeve for a more delicate feel; go strapless with scallop detailing over the neckline; fit the dress tightly under the bottom for a more figure-hugging look; or up the modesty quota by removing the split in the skirt and changing the direction of the lace so the scallop is around the hem only.

So many options, so many ways to create your picture perfect dress. We can’t wait to work with you to bring your dream wedding dress to life.

Check in with us on Facebook for more ‘lace a lot’ inspiration.

See you soon in the studio.

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The Brides Diary in store

PrintWe are delighted to announce that the 2015 edition of The Brides Diary has been released and you can pick up your free copy from our store in Norwood!

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Imagine our excitement when we first had word from The Brides Diary that our Lucille dress is featured on the front cover. Generally, dresses shown in magazine editorials are packed off and returned all alone so it is a surprise to Calèche to discover the styling of the team on the day.  We’ve been associated with The Brides Diary for so long now because not only is the magazine well presented and so useful for brides planning; their styling and photography crews have always done such a great job.

Don’t forget that Calèche and The Brides Diary have great facebook pages with more information and Real Brides, and pintrest can provide great inspiration.

Happy planning Brides-to-Be!

 

 

Izzy Daniel shines on the Brownlow 2014 red carpet in her Calèche Couture dress

PrintCalèche have been proud to support Izzy Daniel in her Brownlow 2014 Medal Award red carpet debut, as she accompanied partner Sam Jacobs (affectionately known as ‘Sauce‘)

Our designer Liz sat down with Izzy to design a dress especially for her, one that she could look back on over time and feel as special as the first time it was worn.

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The stunning evening dress developed into a figure hugging midnight blue satin fishtail gown. It was hand appliqued with beaded French lace over nude shoulders and when Izzy turned, you could see the plunging back detail. Glimpses of Izzy on the TV special event showed her brilliant smile and sparkling shoulder motifs.

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Izzy sent Liz this Instagram photo as soon as she was ready for the event, and although beforehand she commented that she was feeling excited but nervous, you can see by the photos that it wasn’t showing on the night.

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On the day Izzy picked up her dress, all the people involved in the making of it got together for a quick photo opportunity. As you can see, it takes many specialised hands to create a dress like this. Every time our customers go through the process of having a dress made for them we refer to the ‘patternmaker’, ‘handworker’ or other titles, and they really get to understand our personalised service, and how we can do this with so many dresses coming through the design room.

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Congratulations to Izzy, we hear it was a great night out. I must point out the the ring you can see in this photo and gorgeous diamond earrings were from James Thredgold Jewellery – another great South Australian business based here in Norwood. (congrats should go as well the Norwood SANFL club who took out the premiership the same weekend – go the Redlegs and Norwood!)

 

Calèche dress at the 2014 Magarey Medal

PrintOn the 1st September, Calèche had the pleasure of dressing Chloe Galpin for the Magarey Medal Awards night. Chloe is one of the very first people to be photographed in one of our Private Collection evening dresses, personalised with her own choice of sparkly 3D motifs over the shoulder straps on the dress. As you can see from the photo she looked beautiful on the night, perfect for showing off this evening dress!

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Ruby Jubilee parade at the Art Gallery of SA

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Calèche celebrated our 40th birthday in glamorous style recently with a couture fashion parade at The Art Gallery of South Australia.

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Finesse Models perched elegantly within each gallery at the entrance to the venue in dresses representing the last 4 decades of production – after 40 years of producing exquisite gowns and designs for the most discerning women we searched far and wide, unearthing some great styles!  Our invited guests were treated to Hesketh Wines and Art Gallery Food and Wine hospitality as they awaited the parade. caleche40th-131        caleche40th-133

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Backstage was a hive of activity with the team dressing 8 Finesse models in the stunning new Evening & Cocktail collection,our Ruby bridal collection and finally a new collection of especially intricate bridal Couture dresses, found only at our Norwood store

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Of course we couldn’t celebrate our Ruby Jubilee without featuring a ruby dress. Made of delicately beaded French Chantilly, Rouge satin and silk satin Chiffon it glided down the catwalk elegantly worn by Laura.

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Host Jane Reilly congratulated our South Australian company for 40 strong years after its’ establishment by Colette Foubert in 1973. She also commented on just how special Calèche made the experience of creating her own custom gown for the night, and remarked on how comfortable it was to wear.

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Speaking also on the night and representing the Foubert family, Eric made a special thank you to the women who have enjoyed dressing in our hand-crafted designs, made locally in the Norwood design rooms, over the past 40 years and paid tribute to the vision and hard work of his parents.

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Our designer Liz watched from the sidelines with husband Herve Foubert (thanks to Jacek capturing this photo) and couldn’t be persuaded to appear under the spotlights until a beautiful bouquet from Burnside Village Flowers was presented to her. As our guests left the venue we were delighted with their reaction to the show and it was lovely for all our team to get such direct feedback for all their hard work.

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Our exclusive evening wear is being sold at our store in Norwood, and like all of our pieces is made to order which means you can purchase off the rack, include fittings or use them as inspiration for your own unique outfit.

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Thanks to Nicholas Purcell Photography for capturing (nearly) all the images in this post

sponsor thanksand thanks to all our supporters, we couldn’t have done it without you

New evening wear collection launch at the Art Gallery of South Australia

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At last, we can announce our collection! 

At a time when industry veterans are retiring, Calèche is launching a stylish evening wear and investment piece collection at our 40th anniversary celebrations. Our South Australian company has built a strong reputation of expertise in design and fit; now we’re excited to bring this new collection to the women of South Australia.

On Wednesday 13th August we are proudly presenting our Bridal, Evening wear and specialised Couture collections at an event celebrating our 40th Anniversary, held at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

I can’t wait to bring you photos of the night – right now we are busy little bees getting the finishing touches done on these new dresses. Exciting times for the team at Calèche!

Is your after sales service included in the price of your wedding dress?

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Have you ever stood in a shop fitting room and known, really known, that when the sales assistant said “that looks so great on you!” that she was lying? I have, so when it comes to the wedding dress it can be just so much worse. It’s just not helpful for a bride when there is so much to choose from and it is such a big investment. At what other time would you really consider spending so much on one item of clothing? It doesn’t even make it into the ‘price per wear’ calculations as you know this is one special dress for one day.

When it comes to your wedding dress, take your time. Don’t be fooled by pushy sales people who want to make a sale, then forget the (nearly more important) after sales service. Ask questions and expect answers – if you are buying an imported gown it will need to be altered to fit you properly, even if it’s only to get the right hem length. You should be able to get an approximate quote for alterations on these kinds of gowns, and be insistent that you do, as the wedding dress that seems like a bargain will not be when you add the high alteration fees onto it!

All these questions will make you feel much more certain when you’re ready to put down the deposit and will take a load off your mind.