Designer Day at Raffaele Ciuca, Melbourne.

Calèche designer Liz Foubert is travelling with the La Boheme Collection to launch to Melbourne brides at Raffaele Ciuca this Friday and Saturday (4th and 5th of August). Brides will have the opportunity to try on gowns from the Australian Made collection, as well as gowns from the exclusive Couture Collection. Meeting the designer also allows the opportunity to create custom, personalised and unique gowns. This is an opportunity not to be missed for Melbourne brides!

Please contact Raffaele Ciuca on (03) 9380 4044 to secure your appointment. x

Featuring the Fifi gown, from the exclusive Couture Collection. x

 

 

La Boheme – The Launch – Wednesday 19th July, 2017.

On Wednesday the 19th of July, with the help of local talents, Girl About Town, our showroom was transformed into a runway to showcase the latest collection ‘La Boheme’,

Guests entered down the black carpet and into the transformed boutique, being met with a glass of The Lane Wineries ‘Lois’ sparkling, and the sweetest of cupcakes from Cristarella Cakes. The venue displayed intricate gowns from previous Calèche collections and was finished with a large and whimsical floral installation from Little Love Co that would become the archway through which where the parade would begin.

Host Lucy Cornes began the evenings proceedings, welcoming the crowd and acknowledging our proud relationship with Minda.

One by one, La Boheme was introduced to Adelaide, with every stitch and detail finally revealed. The models from Finesse Modelling Agency were styled with low pony tails wrapped in cream velvet bows, and wore oversized gold cross earrings as the perfect contradiction. Hair and makeup was styled by Media Makeup Australia, the male models were dressed by Peter Shearer and Filip with an F set the mood with the music. It was a very special evening also for Calèche as Bianca Foubert, grand-daughter of Calèche founders Olivier and Colette Foubert made her modelling debut.

 

Inspired by  beautiful laces and fabrics, designer Liz Foubert had the modern Adelaide bride in mind when creating the collection. ‘La Boheme’ means relaxed and free spirited, and she used that inspiration to let the laces and fabrics create the styles and an altogether eclectically cohesive collection.

The team at Calèche are incredibly proud to be a leader in the bridal industry and even prouder to be South Australian Made. With over 40 years experience it is still a true pleasure to share our creations with you.

The night wouldn’t have been what it was without our host Lucy Cornes, our incredible guests, or the generosity of our sponsors who we thank with sincere gratitude for their contributions.

[ Thankyou, x – Girl About Town – Finesse Modelling Agency – Media Makeup Australia – Little Love Co – The Lane Winery – Cristarella Cakes – Peter Shearer Menswear – Filip with an F – Lucy Cornes ]

 

 

 

‘Fashion Maid of History’

A very special article was in today’s Advertiser, featuring Bianca Foubert, granddaughter to Calèche founders Colette and Olivier Foubert. Bianca will be making her modelling debut tonight in one of the gowns from designer Liz Foubert’s latest collection ‘La Boheme’. Proudly in the image is Finesse modelling agencies founder Brigette Mitchell who herself made her modelling debut wearing Calèche. Not only is this evening a very special launch, but also a really special moment for the Foubert family and more x

Caléche is seeking a seamstress

 

With over 40 years in the industry Calèche pride ourselves on creating beautiful, high quality gowns for brides right across Australia. We have an incredible opportunity for a talented bridal seamstress to join our team.

We are seeking a seamstress/dressmaker with strong hand finishing skills to work with us. The role includes working predominantly in our handwork department, with tasks such as hand finishing garments, detailed lace work and embellishment, levelling hems, etc. The role also includes machining bridal gowns to a high standard and conducting fittings with clients.

Our ideal candidate will have construction knowledge, the ability to sew a full garment as well as strong hand sewing skills. A high attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines is a must as well as the ability to work efficiently on your own and as a team.

If this sounds like you, then please don’t hesitate to contact Herve: herve@caleche.com.au with a current resume and references.

We look forward to hearing from you,

The team at Calèche.

Calèche Bridal House

As society, style and economies change, Calèche has transitioned seamlessly to cater to the needs of the modern woman.

With over 40 years of fine couture design experience spanning two generations, we decided to renovate our studio in order to go back to basics and focus our energy on creating intimate journeys for brides; from first fitting, to final stitch.

The showroom in Chapel St Norwood is unassuming and raw. However, every single fixture reflects what Calèche is about. Our community is at the heart of our studio and company.

The showroom was designed by local architect Damien Chwalisz. Damian understands our vision and has the ability to blend classic and contemporary to bring a studio to life.

Our timber has been sourced locally. All of the floor and wall panels are raw and unpolished and the mirrors and furniture have been created from salvaged timber.  Eric has known the carpenter Nikola Bosatlija for over 7 years and it is clear that the Caleche vision whispers from every fixture.

We source our fabric from countries such as Japan and France, and are now integrating contemporary design techniques to create bespoke one-off designs that literally cannot be recreated. Constructed by hand from start to finish, all of our gowns are made from high quality, detailed fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail.

Calèche is about sustainability in all areas of life, Our entire production process occurs in our Chapel St premises. We support local charities,  sponsor sports clubs and have been in connection with Finesse ever since our founder Colette mentored Brigette as a model.

Liz reflected on this at the launch. With every stitch sewn in our Adelaide workshop, every dress tailored exactly to suit the bride. The team is there every step of the journey and the most rewarding part is seeing the photo’s of the day knowing that we contributed to those beautiful memories.

Today, Calèche gowns are stocked in selected boutiques across Australia and New Zealand while the Calèche Bridal House is a fresh setting for brides-to-be to view the latest collections or have their dream gown made especially for them.

 Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5 pm, Thursdays until 7pm and Saturdays by appointment.

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Voucher has now been redeemed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner. Details appear in SA Life magazine.

Conditions applying to the following:

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Voucher is redeemable on the purchase of a Calèche gown from the Calèche store in Norwood, not redeemable for cash, no change given, not cumulative – limit of one voucher per gown – and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount or offer or pre-existing contract, lay-by or purchase. Unadulterated original must be produced on redemption and prior to any negotiation on price and must be used no later than 11/11/2017.

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Voucher is redeemable on the purchase of a Calèche gown from the Calèche store in Norwood, not redeemable for cash, no change given, not cumulative – limit of one voucher per gown – and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount or offer or pre-existing contract, lay-by or purchase. Unadulterated original must be produced on redemption and prior to any negotiation on price and must be used no later than 31/12/2017.

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Voucher is redeemable on the purchase of a Calèche gown from the Calèche store in Norwood, not redeemable for cash, no change given, not cumulative – limit of one voucher per gown – and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount or offer or pre-existing contract, lay-by or purchase. Unadulterated original must be produced on redemption and prior to any negotiation on price and must be used no later than 31/12/2017.

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Conditions applying to the following:

GIFT VOUCHER

$100 off Evening Gowns

$200 off Wedding Gowns

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Voucher is redeemable on the purchase of a Calèche gown from the Calèche store in Norwood, not redeemable for cash, no change given, not cumulative – limit of one voucher per gown – and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount or offer or pre-existing contract, lay-by or purchase. Unadulterated original must be produced on redemption and prior to any negotiation on price and must be used no later than 31/12/2017.

Calèche renovates their Norwood boutique.

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There is a great buzz in the air at Calèche Bridal of late. We are renovating!

Our little boutique has been completely stripped back and we are creating a brand new showroom for our deserving brides. The renovations will be going until mid September and we cannot wait to unveil our new ‘industrial’ look showroom to you all. We are so grateful for everyones patience as the build continues.

The showroom remains on site however in a much smaller area, so to view the dresses is a strictly appointment only basis until the renovations are completed. We will be shouting from the rooftops with excitement when its completed so you will be sure to know when all has returned to normal. x Ms Calèche.

Calèche help a bride caught up in the Johanna Johnson Collapse.

Last night, A Current Affair reported on the liquidation of company ‘Johanna Johnson, and the distress for 50 brides who now have no dress for their wedding day. At Calèche, having been in the industry for 43 years it always saddens us to see bridal companies close down, however it really upsets us to see displaced brides with no way to turn.

Upon hearing the news, Business Director Eric flew the new range to Sydney as soon as it was possible, to lend a hand of support and offer one of the displaced brides, Alannah, a second chance. The team at A Current Affair wished to film the story of Alannahs journey and we were so grateful that Calèche stockist ‘Fashion by Farina’ allowed us to film in their Sydney CBD store. Fashion by Farina shares the same passion and commitment to brides as Calèche; both second generation businesses whom together combine over 90 years in the industry.
It was there that Alannah had a fitting with staff to help find the perfect dress to be married in, and whilst the final design is a secret until the big day, the two favourites that caught Alannahs eye were the ‘Belle’ and ‘Paige’ dresses.

This has been an incredible opportunity for the team at Calèche to give back to a bride in need. We, like Fashions by Farina, work in this industry because we love what we do and seeing a bride who feels stunning in her wedding dress is something that never fails to satisfy.
We look forward to working with Fashions by Farina as this dress comes to life, and we will be sure to keep you updated as we journey toward Alannahs October wedding. What was such a distressing situation has now, we hope, put a big smile on the face of a very deserving bride.

French connection for luxurious Adelaide bridal gown house Calèche

The awarding of the $50 billion submarine contract to France has sparked vivid memories and family reminisces by the team at Adelaide’s luxury bridal gown house Calèche.

Eric Foubert from Caleche was delighted with the awarding of the contract to French company DCNS as announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday (April 26).

Eric’s parents Olivier and Colette were both born in France – as was Eric himself – and the Foubert family has been instrumental in forging business and community links between South Australia and France over many decades.
Olivier Foubert OAM was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his outstanding service to business, tourism and the community in work that has been acknowledged by both France and Australia.

He was a driving force of the French-Australian Business Club of SA, and highly visible in the promotion and understanding of French culture, as well as being highly active in the development of bilateral trade links between Australia and France.
According to Eric: “Our family came from France to Australia in 1973 when our parents founded the family business and for many years until the death of our mother, Caleche was exporting its Adelaide-made wedding dresses to France.
“From there it was distributed to several stores in France, Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland.
“Now in its second generation, my brother Herve and I are still in the business. Hèrve’s wife Elizabeth who was previously a London-based designer first joined the business in France and worked under my mother until her retirement in 2002.
“Many Calèche designs use beautiful laces and embroideries that come from France and we are also proud to say that Calèche received a visit by former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard (AC) in its Norwood store and workrooms.
In another link to France, the efforts of Olivier Foubert allowed Calèche designer Colette to sit alongside designer Pierre Cardin at the Australian Bicentenary Celebration organised by the Australian Embassy in Paris in 1988.
Eric said: “This then led to our Adelaide handcrafted wedding dresses being sold in France. Talk about selling coal to Newcastle!”

In yet another French-South Australian twist, Eric recalls a fashion event Caleche was involved in onboard a visiting French warship.
“I think the idea stemmed for a discussion between the French Admiral of the French Marine Nationale who sat on the Terra Australis Committee in Paris, former Prime Minister Michel Rocard (AC), and my father who seized the opportunity to do something quite memorable,” Eric said.
“It was an incredible event having models parading our Calèche gowns on a visiting French warship and being walked by Naval officers and sailors in their resplendent uniforms on the deck of a warship.
“One of the highlights occurred when three models each wearing one of the three colours of the French flag walked on the helicopter runway, which received a lot of applause from the local personalities and dignitaries on board.”
Eric said that while France is renowned for fashion elegance, sophistication and fine cuisine, the country also has a strong scientific and technological power base.

“In addition to the initial and obvious economic benefits through jobs for South Australians, this submarine contract will see South Australia benefit from close cooperation with France in other industries such as food and tourism widening existing channels,” Eric said.

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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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The latest in Caleche Event and Evening Wear

White Tie Event Gown

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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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My obsession with classic couture – Tiffany Wedding Dress

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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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‘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 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.

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.