FashionBride Interview with Katerina Bocci

katerina bocci (9)I know my readers what to know everything about the wedding gowns! And since I want to help you know all about them I decided to have a short interview  with Katerina Bocci.  Her designs are absolutely fabulous and I’m sure you wanna know all about her work.

I must say I’ve kept this interview for myself :P, for quite a while. Katerina has been so kind and answered me to all my questions and I almost wanted to keep all the knowledge for myself.

Well, you know I couldn’t be so mean,  so here it goes:

 

First of all tell us a little bit about yourself, when did you decide to do this, was it a childhood dream or rather a wish to change things in the bridal department?

My father used to be a man tailor in my home country Albania and it was always my dream to be a fashion designer. So when I was 18 I started designing just for friends but very fast started to become like a request for so many people.

I decided to continue my education and I went to Italy where I studied At the SITAM school of design in Padova . I graduated in 1999 and in 2001 I came in the States. I located in Mi where I started working with a lot of private clientele as well as I worked for couple of years in a bridal salon I hated every time when a bride would come in and the dress would never fit right.

I hated when they made them order bigger sizes so they could fit them and make more money on alteration. It was not fair to the people.
 
How did your first wedding gown looked like? Do you remember, can you describe it a bit?

So I always put it in my mind as soon as I make some money I would have my own Bridal line which would be worked upon exact size of measurement not in size charts, so privately started doing custom bridal gowns and all that money went into savings for my own line , as well as I was staying so close to the needs of the bride I would learn sooo much about them.
At the end it is all about having the bride happy , having the right dress for them , the right design, the right fit, the right fabrics.

So that has been very helpful for me. My first custom bridal I did the first year I came to the States.
An Albanian singer(very known in Albanian community) was getting married and she could not find her
dream dress so she approached me and I made it happen. It was a mermaid  sweetheart, dress  with a long busseled train and the bottom of the dress was hand sown feathers with Swarovski stones.
The dress was a dream and for sure did bring me a lot of business.

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Tell us a bit more about your inspiration and your sources.

I am a very spiritual person , and I always say my inspiration comes to me from the Holy Spirit that opens my mind and eyes to see beautiful things.

I think that woman is the most beautiful thing that God has created  and I would find the inspiration in this beauty, it can be the body, it can be the face, it can be the personality. And by putting these together , that’s how I come out with the design
 
katerina bocci (14)Talk us through the process of making a gown. What’s the most difficult part and how can we (as future clients) can help you (I think our continue change of mind isn’t helpful 😛 ).

Because I design and produce my own pattern I do not have a lot of difficulties. What is sometime hard when I work on one and one costumer is when they can not  vision, or they like smth that would not work for their body, in this case they have to learn to trust the designer. That is harder because I have to explain over and over
 
I love working with silk , I love textured fabrics, and I love to mix as well , lace and stones , tuling and silk and handmade rosettes, it is the same as cooking and you use different spices and garlic and it comes into an amazing taste
 
Are you more fond of the traditional bridal look or do you tend to be more avant-gardism?

I like my designs to be bold and avant guard , women have to dare and wear, be unique, not always in tradition , the bride is so special does not have to look the same as every other bride.
They have to be their selves and please do not see the tag who made the dress , see how much you love the dress , how it fits you , how it makes you feel.

Do you also work with brides? Or you just offer them a given pattern that can be latter modified?

Here where I live in MI, I do work with the brides privately, by designing custom for them, but even when we sell to stores the dress is customized to the brides measurements, and in a lot of cases we meet the brides as well through the trunk shows and offer them custom changes of our designs.
 
Have you got any particular dress you designed that has a very special meaning for you? A dress that you remember and care about?

My very special dress is called “SPERANZA”, it is very special to me because it is the first dress of my own collection , and the meaning of the word is hope, and in this case the hope never ends for nobody like me as a designer and for the bride who is going to wear it as well.

Why do you think your gowns stay apart from the crowd?

My gowns stay apart from the rest because they are made with love, having three daughters and being the only child I know how important it is to the mothers and the brides this day. Secondly designing my own patterns myself , knowing the differences on women’s bodies, our fit is exquisite, producing the gowns in our own katerina bocci (13)studio we stand for our quality, everything is MADE IN USA. We try to use as much as possible ECHO-friendly materials as well as the designs are just divine.
 
Can you give us an insight on your 2010 Collection; what where your inspiration sources, what did you opt for as materials, shapes etc.

In my new collection I like to give different shapes so any bride can like them and I am using a lot of duchess satin , lace and Swarovski stones. You can find princess dresses but you can find sexy mermaids as well.
 
Last but not least, do you have an advice for Fashion Bride readers?

My advice to all the brides is: Be true to yourself, I am sure you all have a dream in your mind and hart how your wedding dress will look like , please go for it.
And when you go shopping for the dress do not  go with tons of people , the best would be your mother or sister. Best of luck to all of you.

Steal that style: Evangeline Lilly

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Evangeline Lilly about her style: “A lot of people always say to me: ‘You must love this – all the glam and the red carpets,’ but it is so far from my comfort zone. Though having said that, during the hiatus, it was nice to cut my hair and dress up after wearing dirty castaway clothes for weeks. The producers don’t like to let us off the island very much so we have to wait until we get on the mainland to get nice dresses, and that can make award shows and those kind of things a little hectic.”

“.My mom is the classiest, most beautiful lady you’ll ever meet so I’ve had a good teacher. She was a cosmetician who worked for Estee Lauder and I got my first makeover when I was in grade five. When I was in high school, I used to go through our Halloween dress-ups and pull out a gypsy costume and pair it with a T-shirt to wear to school”, said the star according to ivillage.

Steal that style: Joe Cole and Carly Zucker

1962-aJoe Cole and Carly Zucker exchanged wedding vows in a reported 3-million pound wedding.

The football ace, 27, was said to have shelled out the staggering amount for the wedding at London’s Chelsea Royal Hospital. “Joe was calm and composed throughout,” the News of the World quoted Rev Dick Whittington, who married the lovers, as saying.

The couple had allegedly inked a deal with a magazine for 2 million pounds but pledged to donate the cash to charity.

The newly pronounced Mrs., who recently said so long to the single life with a bachelorette party at London nightclub Mahiki, has kept the style of her “I do” dress (which the Mirror indicates was purchased at bespoke wedding supplier Ana Cristache) a secret which will only be revealed to the public upon the publication of the magazine chosen to present the details of the couple’s special day.  (photo via HelloMagazine)

The Dailly Mail says the bride arrived 20 minutes late for the £3m ceremony in a figure hugging floor-length dress by Oscar de la Renta.  I’m confused :P.

FashionBride Interview with Barbara Fabree

IMG_0386I must say I fell in love with Barbara Fabree’s designs! You know I’m a very picky person and that I don’t say that too often, but I am really, really loving the simple and elegant line that Barbara’s gowns have.

Since I wanted to know a bit more about her gowns, I did a quick interview with Barbara which I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do!

And don’t forget to check her collection and choose your perfect gown :D!

 

First of all tell us a little bit about yourself, when did you decide to do this, was it a childhood dream or rather a wish to change things in the bridal department?

As long as I can remember I was busy drawing and creating outfits for my Barbies, I always wanted to become a fashion designer. I went to the Amsterdam fashion Academy and graduated cum laude when I was 23. I left for London for an apprentice by the bridal wear designer Catherine Rayner, I immediately fell in love with the métier; the beautiful silk fabrics and the workmanship , the time and effort spend on one dress, that is only possible for a wedding dress.

How did your first wedding gown looked like? Do you remember, can you describe it a bit?

I must say that my first wedding gown was my own; aged 24, married the love of my life, my French husband Bruno (for almost 13 years). It was made of ivory silk duchess, heart shaped bodice with long sleeves of French lace, draped straight skirt and a four meters long train.
The success was enormous and there were a lot of girls asking me to make their dress from that day on.

Tell us a bit more about your inspiration and your sources.

My style is classic, sophisticated and pure, it has to enhance the beauty of the bride before all. A beautiful design doesn’t need a lot of decorations, pure lines and an perfect coupe from the best silks is all you need.

I’m inspired from beautiful fabrics, but there are a lot of things that inspire me; art books, museums (fashion history), movies. The greatest inspiration of all is the bride; her wishes and desires are what inspires me to create a dress even more beautiful than she can imagine.

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Talk us through the process of making a gown. What’s the most difficult part and how can we (as future clients) can help you (I think our continue change of mind isn’t helpful 😛 )

The most important aspect for me is to really listen and hear the brides wishes and than to advise her in what way she will look and feel at her best on her wedding day .I’m always honest and because I’m a woman myself i know we all are conscious about some part of our bodies(no matter how thin or beautiful you are)The great thing about haute couture is that I can make those “imperfections” disappear.

When the design is made and the measurements taken we make a toile, a cotton dress, at this stage the design can be altered and the bride can see for herself if she is comfortable in it. Now comes the difficult part and that is weight loss, I always tell my brides that to alter a silk dress isn’t the best thing to do, it s a pity when you see stick marks or when the fit isn’t perfect anymore because of weight loss. So until we make the toile the brides can loose weight…..most of them take that very seriously.

_MG_2300What do you like to see at a bride; is a certain fabric, maybe embroidery or other things like that.

I love to see the true beauty in a bride, she is still herself but at her most beautiful; clear, classic feminine lines, beautiful silk fabrics that enhances these simple lines.

I also love French lace that is my specialty; it is so sophisticated. I work it like a puzzle on the body of the bride, it is all done by hand and that shows; there are no seams it just embraces the skin. In my opinion it is more seductive to see skin under a beautiful lace bodice than a very décolleté strapless gown that shows it all.

And of course a bride is only a bride when she wears a veil, the silk and lace veils we make by hand from the same lace as the dress, the moment the bride puts on her veil is always breathtaking.

Does your upbringing (you are born in the Netherlands) change the way you perceive a bride? And does that reflect in your designs (are they more sober or more distinguished then the Latin ones)

I think it is a matter of taste, my clients appreciate this more sophisticated style, they are already used to quality clothes and materials, they look for the same quality in their wedding gown.
But it is true that Dutch design is well known for its pure and simple lines.

Are you more fond of the traditional bridal look or do you tend to be more avant-gardist?

Maybe a classical avantgardist, there are so many overwhelming bridal designs everywhere; feathers, paillettes and frills; my advice is keep it tasteful and elegant, choose quality before extravagance. Keep that for a night out.

Do you also work with brides? Or you just offer them a given pattern that can be latter modified?

Every dress is haute couture, one of a kind made especially for one bride.

Have you got any particular dress you designed that has a very special meaning for you? A dress that you remember and care about?

Of course my own dress and hopefully the dress for my daughter Sophie in the future ( she is only 9 at the moment)

Why do you think your gowns stay apart from the crowd?Creatie Fabree

Because they are so different from the rest, no strapless or frills.

Can you give us an insight on your 2010 Collection; what where your inspiration sources, what did you opt for as materials, shapes etc.

More sleeves and (strapless is really finished) Lots of beautiful French lace bodices even with high necklines, wide skirts and long trains. More constructed forms from mikado silk that really stands out.

Last but not least, do you have an advice for FashionBride readers?

Stay true to your own style, don’t be a completely different person on your wedding day, choose a dress that enhances your best features and camouflages the parts you don’t feel secure about. Follow your heart when you choose your dress, you will feel it when it is the right one for you.

You can also add anything else you want to tell my readers.

I wish them lots of memorable, precious moments in these special times of choosing the dress of their life!

Reem Acra 2010 Spring Bridal Collection (III)

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Wedding gown designer, Reem Acra is recognized for her signature use of embroidery. The Reem Acra bridal signature line has influenced various wedding trends. Reem creates delicate beadwork of tiny swarovski crystals and seed pearls. Acra’s ability to create intricate gold bullion needlework and shadow embroidery sewn under rich fabrics allows for a classic, traditional bridal dress.

Reem Acra has become one of the leading names in the luxury bridal and eveningwear market. Celebrities as well as brides turn to her for that special moment, be it a walk down the aisle or the red carpet. Later, Acra expanded her repertoire by introducing daywear pieces into her collection. Known for her attention to detail, signature beaded embroideries, and unique fabric combinations.

Steal that style: Hilary Duff

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Hilary Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. After working in local theater plays and television commercials in her childhood, Duff gained fame for playing the title role in the television series Lizzie McGuire.

Duff has also launched a clothing line, “Stuff by Hilary Duff”, and two exclusive perfume collections with Elizabeth Arden. Duff and her mother were listed as producers for the movie Material Girls. Duff is credited as executive producer for the upcoming independent film Greta. As of June 2009, her upcoming films include starring roles in Greta, Stay Cool, Provinces of Night, and The Story of Bonnie and Clyde.

Steal that style: Penelope Cruz

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Penelope has a great sense of style and is always looking her best whether she is in casual clothing, or dressed up. Unlike other stars, Penelope doesn’t show off her cleavage enough to worry about a nipple slip. Instead, she likes to show off her legs. Penelope shows off her legs in baggy sundresses, such as the Loewe puffball sleeve dress that paparazzi have spotted her in around town.

Penelope relaxes with a simple pair of jeans, a yellow tank top and a tan sweater when she isn’t shooting. She likes to wear her dark wash jeans floor length and tops it off with a long, swinging necklace.

She is currently working on developing her own clothing line soon together with her sister Monica for the brand Mango. She also has been the face of several different clothing and makeup lines, for example L’Oreal Paris, Ripley and Ralph Lauren.

Reem Acra 2010 Spring Bridal Collection

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Wedding gown designer, Reem Acra is recognized for her signature use of embroidery. The Reem Acra bridal signature line has influenced various wedding trends. Reem creates delicate beadwork of tiny swarovski crystals and seed pearls. Acra’s ability to create intricate gold bullion needlework and shadow embroidery sewn under rich fabrics allows for a classic, traditional bridal dress.

Reem Acra has become one of the leading names in the luxury bridal and eveningwear market. Celebrities as well as brides turn to her for that special moment, be it a walk down the aisle or the red carpet. Later, Acra expanded her repertoire by introducing daywear pieces into her collection. Known for her attention to detail, signature beaded embroideries, and unique fabric combinations.

FashionBride interview with Juli Lee from Julianna Rae‏

7314Planing a wedding isn’t as easy as is seems, that’s why you need all the help you need when it comes to relaxing and pampering. Take your time and use special products to make you feel the queen of the day.

Ands to make all thing a lot more easier do use Julianna Rae product. Because we love to help you, we made a quick interview with Juli Lee from Julianna Rae in order  to find all the answers we need ! So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy our interview (I sure did!).

First of all let me thank you for the interview and let me ask you how do the Julianna Rae products respond to the a brides needs?

Julianna Rae has a beautiful line of sleepwear, lingerie, and loungewear made in luxurious natural fabrics. Most of the time, the bride is thinking about the wedding day because it is such a big event. But she shouldn’t forget about the wedding night as it’s still her moment to look dazzling and about her upcoming honeymoon. What a better way to start a marriage than with seven nights of gorgeous, sexy sleepwear. And, let’s not forget the daytime hours of her honeymoon – our loungewear is the perfect clothing to pack for any trip – light weight, wrinkle free, and it goes everywhere! To brunch, shopping, touring, even to the yoga or Pilates class.

Then, let’s not forget the bridesmaids who have been so helpful keeping the bride calm that magical day. Our silk travel bags, spa kits, and loungewear make wonderful memorable bridal gifts.

Give us an insight on what a bride should wear “underneath it all “.

Of course it depends on the shape of your dress. But in general, because the wedding is such an exciting and hectic time, she should be as comfortable as she can be – and thankfully, there is lingerie that is as comfortable as it is gorgeous. Go silk lingerie with a touch of lycra for your underthings – it’s lightweight, feels fabulous against the skin, lies smooth against the body, and most importantly, it BREATHES! And of course, when the dress comes off, you will still look beautifully dressed!

Now, admittedly, it is very difficult to find a silk strapless bra if your gown demands a strapless bra. In this case, you want to go with a seamless bra to make sure you have a perfectly smooth look. Here, I think the most comfortable bras are the adhesive strapless bras – both strapless and backless. These bras now come with plenty of support and in some cases, molded cups if you need some help with shaping (who doesn’t?!). The adhesive is much better than in the past so the bra actually stays on while dancing the night away. Just make sure “to slip into something more comfortable” behind closed doors because the adhesive bra are not the prettiest look!

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We already know that you are an absolute expert in pampering :)! Do give us some advice for a bride to be!

When planning a wedding, time becomes your biggest luxury – so take it! Remember, the wedding is as much for your family and friends as it is for yourself and your fiancé so don’t feel guilty taking a time out or two for yourself. Spoil yourself with a nice relaxed lunch with just a book or a magazine for company. Or give yourself a spa treatment at home – a long bath, a mud mask, a good exfoliating scrub and rich shea butter lotion – all followed, of course, by wrapping yourself in a fabulous robe. Or go see a light comedy in the middle of the afternoon and laugh out loud – even if you’re the only one in the movie theater. After any of these activities, any of those life or death decision you have to make will seem a bit easier.

Tell us a bit more about how did you started and why did you decide to work in this domain.

My friends started complaining that they couldn’t find lingerie that worked for them – lingerie that wasn’t uncomfortable and poorly made or lingerie that was really meant to be worn for someone else. So I went shopping and they were right! It was hard to find a fashion quality lingerie brand that filled the gap between where brands like Victoria’s Secret left off and where utilitarian sleepwear that my grandmother would wear picked up. Of all the clothing I have designed, lingerie and sleepwear has been my favorite category so I dove right in to fill that gap.

Why should a bride choose to use your product?

For three reasons:
#1) because she will look great! We use luxury fabrics that have a fabulous drape and then really focus on getting the fit right. A great fitting garment gives a bride great confidence! She will look gorgeous in the garment and sexy from her confidence!

#2) It will feel great! These fine fabrics feel great against her skin (and his!) and with the care we put into the tailoring, it will fall just right on her and not be tight in any one place. Every time she puts on one of our garments, it will feel like a sweet indulgence.

#3) Our fine quality. If cared for properly, these garments will last for a very long time. These garments will remind her of her dazzling wedding and her fabulous honeymoon long after they are over…

7234Tell us 5 must-have Julianna Rae product a bride must have!

I like the easy questions!
1) a silk night gown and matching robe for that oh so romantic wedding night
2) a silk cami and tap set – extra flirty and sexy and at the same time, when you throw the robe in #1 over it, just a bit mysterious…
3) a luxurious cotton pajama – because after the honeymoon, there are days you are going to want to lounge around all morning reading the paper and drinking coffee
4) a Satori all-in one cami– just the most versatile piece of clothing around! Has a built in shelf bra, adjustable straps and made from super comfy micromodal. Beautiful lace trim makes it special and pretty. Wear it out touring the town, to yoga, shopping, and layer it with a sweater on cool nights. Easy to pack, resists wrinkles, and comes in a bunch of great colors.
5) a silk lingerie travel bag – the most stylish way to carry your lingerie when traveling. Made from gorgeous silk, it has two zippered compartments to separate your clean lingerie from your to-be-washed lingerie. With a beautiful silk ribbon to tie it all up and pack in your suitcase.

Do you have any final advice to give to our FashionBride readers?

Every bride will get bombarded with loads of advice about her wedding, both wanted and unwanted. And many things will go perfectly as planned and so many things will go so horribly awry. So here’s some advice on how to get all the frustrations of an upcoming wedding out of your system so they don’t show up in the wedding photos as scowl lines on your face. I call it letter writing therapy, not much used these days with the prevalence of e-mail, but so easy. Buy gorgeous stationary and write a series of well, angry detailed letters to each person and vendor that has irritated you in your wedding planning.

Go ahead and tell them how they make you feel and what curses you heap upon their heads. Seal up each letter in an envelope but do not label in the envelope. Then put them away in a box. You’ll be surprised how cleansing such vituperative writing can feel on such beautiful stationary.

After the wedding is over, every now and then, pull out one of those envelopes and read – since they aren’t labeled, you won’t know who’s letter you are going to pull. It will give you a sense of relief and probably a laugh that you only put these on paper to yourself.