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Internationally renowned designer Caroline Castigliano has dressed some of the world’s most stylish women for their weddings and red carpet events. Her legendary designs epitomise chic effortless style and have made her the most sought after bridal designer in the UK. Editor Dawn Thornborough speaks to Caroline about relaxed feminine glamour and her stunning new collection.
What can brides expect from the new collection?
I’ve created pieces that are super-chic and effortlessly luxurious, with a lot of soft tulle and lace gowns. There are also structured fishtails and statement organza gowns – so much the signature of Caroline Castigliano. I want my brides to feel really beautiful, like they have arrived on the red carpet and they have total confidence when everyone is watching them.
What type of fabrics and embellishments feature in the latest collection?
I always use silk fabrics, but it also all depends on what I am trying to achieve. For my ‘Paris’ gown, I used a beautiful soft silk duchess satin. There is a lot of structure to the fabric and this is important when creating a sculptured fishtail. For ‘Paradise’, I used a very fine silk organza, layered with a fine tulle to create beauty and movement – this gown is stylish yet playful.
I have added a lot of detail and embellishments for this collection. Although the cut and silhouette is still very much Caroline Castigliano, I have also introduced heavier laces, special beading and more intricate details. This year, the key trend for wedding dresses is red carpet glamour.
If a bride is having a very traditional wedding, what kind of dress would you recommend?
For the traditional bride, a gown like ‘Anastasia’ would be perfect. I have designed the gown with an elongated corset in silk duchess satin, with a very long, full silk satin faced organza skirt. I then selected a truly beautiful Italian lace, which is hand beaded with tiny bugle beads. The lace is placed around the neckline, waist and bottom edge of the skirt. The gown has a matching veil, with beaded lace edging. It is a really powerful look. Traditional in every way, but very stylish at the same time.
And for the very modern, cutting-edge bride?
That gown would have to be ‘Paris’ – it’s an exquisite double silk duchess satin fishtail, designed with an inner corset to balance and sculpt her figure. To create a quality cutting edge look, we have added a peplum and a beaded waist band – the peplum is detachable, so you can take it off and just wear the belt at the waist.
What accessories would you recommend?
Veils and long trains on bridal gowns are traditions I consider important. There is only one time in your life when you can wear a veil and I believe it adds that final finishing touch – everyone should wear one.