Between pearls, rhinestones, and beaded embroidery, searching for the one is never easy. And this spring in Coral Gables, bridal couture and style icon, Ines Di Santo, is heading to Chic Parisian to help our Miami brides say “I do.” We sat down with the designer to hear about her newest collection, her inspirations, and what trends we can look forward to seeing off the runway and in stores near you.
Where did you find inspiration for the fall 2018 collection? Ines Di Santo: This season started with NYC and the women who make it the vibrant city that it is cultured and stimulating. Always listening with intent toward what is new and beautiful while understanding a subtle nod to tradition is oftentimes the perfect foil for styling that makes a gown hers alone. I love that when left to women, diversity is a given—embraced and respected. Today’s woman is modern and free of convention. We embrace what we find is beautiful and sculpt it into something that is uniquely ours. In this collection, you will find presence. Signature pearls, fabrics, and beaded embroidery come together to create gowns that are as varied as the city and the authentic women that inspired them.
Born in Italy and raised in Buenos Aires, do you often draw upon ideas from your travels and heritage? IDS: Buenos Aires was, and still is, a city with a great deal of talent and glamour. It had the aesthetic and feel of a European city with the lively personality that was uniquely Buenos Aires. My Italian heritage has inspired me to appreciate art and fashion in a very special way. Italians are very enthusiastic about art, culture, and fashion, and this makes for a very rich experience of life and culture. Some of the finest designers and artists are from Europe and I think it has very much to do with that rich backdrop that is a part of European life.
Studying in Italy, what first made you want to become a designer? IDS: My parents were both moved by design in all forms. As such, I was encouraged to explore and use my imagination in many ways at an early age. Buenos Aires was fertile ground for a young girl to dream and create. I found I loved a variety of art forms. As I grew, it became clear that gown design would be my greatest love.
Who is your favorite client that you've designed for and why: IDS: This is a question that I can’t answer. I have yet to design for a woman that I did not find a connection with. Sometimes it is physical beauty, sometimes it is a soul that speaks out loud, and sometimes the connection is shared laughter. I do what I do because I want to celebrate beauty in all of its forms—women in all of our forms.
What were some of your favorite looks on the runway? IDS: Fall is always a favorite season for me, as I love a grand ball gown. I also love a gown that embraces a woman from head to toe. This is a bit like trying to pick a favorite client!
With trunk shows in Coral Gables scheduled throughout the spring season, what gowns would you recommend for our Miami brides? IDS: I’m going to simply suggest that you visit Chic Parisian during one of our trunk shows. Catherine and her lovely team are masters at helping each bride find the gown that speaks to her personality.
What aesthetics can we look forward to seeing in the upcoming seasons? IDS: My runway show will be in April during Bridal Fashion Week. While my inspiration boards are full of lovely ideas, they are still coming to life. I try never to define a season before it comes to fruition, as often the gowns that come together at the very end become the ones that open a trend or define the spirit of the collection.