Rachel with husband Tom Williams, Image courtesy of Rachel Gilbert Instagram
Inspired by her wedding research, newly wed designer Rachel Gilbert has launched her own couture bridal range. Couturing talk to the lovely designer about her new collection and get her tips on wedding planning.
1. Congratulations on your recent wedding! Do you have any tips for those planning their special day?
Thank you! My biggest tip for those planning their special day would have to be making sure you research before you start booking and ordering. This way you don’t get overwhelmed with all the options and you know exactly what you want.
2. Finding the perfect dress can be one of the hardest decisions for a girl. What tips do you have for those looking?
Don’t stick to the traditional gowns; go for the gown that compliments your body with beautiful silhouettes. You want to feel and look the best on your wedding day and you also need to feel confident in what you are wearing, trust your intuition when choosing a gown.
3. You are well known for your sparkly cocktail dresses and evening gowns. Why did you decide to make the foray into bridal gowns?
Brides have always been a loyal customer for us, and with the planning of my own wedding; my research inspired me to create a couture bridal line.
4. What inspires your bridal designs?
My inspiration comes from my trips throughout the year. My latest trips include St Remi in France, where I was inspired by the traditional Parisian culture.
Image courtesy of Rachel Gilbert Instagram
5. How have your incorporated your ready-to-wear design aesthetic into your wedding designs?
I have incorporated my Ready-To-Wear design aesthetic into my couture line with the use of embellishments which is very true to the brand however using more intricate crystals and beading designs.
6. These days more brides turning to coloured gowns for their special day. What are your thoughts on not sticking with the traditional white?
Although there is a very strong trend coming through in coloured wedding gowns, I am a traditionalist and I would stay with white. It’s not often you get to wear an incredible white gown.
7. 2013 is set to be a big year for celebrity weddings. If you were dressing the following celebs, what style wedding dress would you design for them:
Jennifer Aniston – Jennifer Aniston would look suit the more traditional bridal gown, strapless, simplistic, and beautiful.
Keira Knightley – I would dress Keria Knightley in an elegant all over embellished long sleeve figure flattering gown similar to my Charlize gown. I think this type of gown would really complement Keira’s style.
Angelina Jolie – Angelina Jolie would have to be in a sophisticated statement piece. Embellished with a slimline silhouette.
Kate Bosworth – I think Kate’s young fresh persona would suit a gown that is a mixture of traditional yet fashion forward; the Angelica gown has a beautiful embellished corset that is classy yet timeless.
Rachel Gilbert Charlize gown and Angelica gown, images courtesy of Rachel Gilbert
8. What do you have planned for your bridal wear line?
My Bridal Wear line will see sophisticated embellished detailing along with elegant silhouettes. I will of course keep tradition in mind as these pieces are timeless.