December 1st, 2017 | Rachel Parry
We have a fabulous Friday treat in store for you today, as we’re taking a look at the stunning 2018 collection from our Sponsor and top British bridal designer, Caroline Castigliano.
We’ve long been fans of Caroline’s instantly-recognisable gowns which feature expert corsetry and classic lines for a cut and fit like no other. Thinking beyond the aesthetics, Caroline takes into consideration the architecture and movement of a dress to ensure a wow-worthy moment when the bride makes her entrance.
And yet again we’ve fallen head over heels for her latest collection, Celebrating Romance, which we shot as an exclusive for issue 09 of UNVEILED and that we are also sharing with you today. Romantic, elegant and sensual these gowns give us all the feels! There is a shape and style for all and we love Caroline’s talent in combining classic beauty with on-trend fashion elements.
So let’s hear more from the designer herself on what Celebrating Romance has in store for you lucky brides-to-be…
Can you give us a brief overview of the 2018 Celebrating Romance Collection?
caroline says: The 2018 Celebrating Romance collection features timeless designs with ultra-feminine twists, elevated textures and highly luxurious accents.
There is a light airy feel throughout the collection, with a range of silhouettes from A-line, to circle skirts and fishtails, all creating beautiful movement and a powerful but understated vision.
I have continued to build the collection around our structure and corsetry so even in the most effortless gown there is a secret hidden structure.
Where did you draw inspiration from for the collection?
The inspiration for Celebrating Romance was ultra-feminine gowns – very fluid, I just wanted to create gowns that feel light and airy but create shape and power – the collection needed to be sensual and playful yet only suggestive.
I get inspired by fashion and pick different elements that are in vogue and create these along with my signature look of classic lines – this really inspires me and keeps me excited.
Can you tell us a little about the fabrics and colourways included in the collection?
The main fabrics are guipure lace, Chantilly lace, silk georgette, satin faced organza, crepe and Mikado.
The collection comes in a colour palette of ivory with soft water colours and hints of nude foundations.
In My Dreams
Similarly, what details feature within the collection?
I have a number of unique features in the collection, there is a lot of layering – this creates a beautiful texture and 3D depth. I have continued with our unique stretch corset that is to die for, not only does this corset fit well but it is really comfortable. There are also new necklines – along with skirt silhouettes.
Do you have a favourite design from the collection?
My favourite gown from the new collection is Monarchy. It has a deep sweetheart neckline and I’ve moulded beautiful beaded guipure lace over the bodice, with lace trickling down the silk organza skirt.
What type of bride would the 2018 collection appeal to?
The Caroline Castigliano bride is into style, she understands fashion but is not ruled by it, she is passionate about quality and loves effortless glamour.
What are the key features of a Caroline Castigliano gowns and how do your designs stand out from others?
My gowns stand out because of how they are cut, the architecture of a gown is so important, the foundations have to be right. Then it is creating the movement, nothing is more stunning than a gown that moves and dances – and finally the luxurious fabrics that just bring the designs to life.
What is it about designing bridalwear that you enjoy most?
Nothing is more special than being part of the most important day in a woman’s life. The wedding dress embodies everything about the person – to make a woman feel and look better than she ever has before is very satisfying.
What would be your best piece of advice to brides when searching for their dress?
Before you even go out to try on wedding dresses search the internet and look at fabrics and silhouettes and make mood boards of everything you love. Then after hours of searching and looking, start thinking about the venue you have chosen and the vision you want everyone to see when you arrive at your wedding – so when your fiancé and guests turn to see you what will that over all vision be?
By this I mean do you want to be have a traditional look or do you want to be modern and contemporary. Do you want a relaxed look or very romantic, perhaps you want to have red carpet glamour? When you know the overall ‘look’ you want to create go back over the pictures you collected and you will start a new board with the real look you want for the big day.
Your next big decision will be the investment you want to make in your bridal gown and understanding the difference between a standard dress altered to fit and a gown fully made to measure for you that fits like a glove. There are big differences so be aware – if someone says this is ‘made to order’ do not mistake this as ‘made to measure’ ask exactly what you would be getting.
What are the next big looks in bridalwear?
Simple is the big word in bridal now. Beautifully cut clean dresses in fabulous fabrics – the dress will be without detail and accessories can be added or removed to create the detail.
Simplicity with Juliet Cape
How can our readers find out more about the collection and Caroline Castigliano stockists?
Readers can see our latest collection, stockists and upcoming events on our website.
Any other exciting news to share?
There will be a number of new product launches throughout the year ahead – for instance luxury lingerie in wonderful soft silks and a Little Black Dress collection!
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Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...
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