The author is a leading fashion designer who crossed over to farming and organic living. But once in a while, she still designs, such as this beautiful bridal gown for good friend, fashion model Lou Muñoz, who married musician Neil Cabawatan.
The gown is Chantilly lace appliquéd on pointelle tulle with layers of silk and tulle.
Here, she details the rationale behind the design.—Editor
Lou is a beautiful, statuesque girl, but she doesn’t scream for attention. Even as a model, she’s always been the shy, quiet one. It just so happens that this is the type of client my work attracts.
My brides do not seek a grand showcase. They are self-assured and in touch with whom they truly are. It’s a wonderful relationship I have with them because it’s not about copying celebrity looks or being the center of attention. I couldn’t be more glad about this.
I aim for my work to be understated without being minimalist, elegant without being staid.
Most important for me is the dress has to express the essence of the woman and be full of ‘STORY’: the story of her life and dreams at that moment.
So, truly, each dress I design is as distinct as the woman wearing it.
Lou also has a rock ‘n’ roll spirit unbeknownst to many. When I think of her, I think of the quintessential music festival chick. Her fiancé is also a vocalist in a heavy metal band.
I wanted this to be expressed in her dress. Demure, elegant—just as she is—but with the edge of a free-spirited woman. —CONTRIBUTED