Thursday February 3, 2011
Q&A With Wedding Dress Designer Angel Rivera
Wedding dress designer Angel Rivera knows a thing or two about making gorgeous gowns. After all, the young Peurto Rican native got his start at well-known companies such as Kleinfeld, Amsale and Kirstie Kelly before starting his own line a few years later. His latest collection showcases the womanly style he’s known for. Check out what Angel had to say about his designs, his Puerto Rican heritage and what he hopes to accomplish with today’s modern bride.
Describe your latest collection.
My Fall 2011 D’White collection pays homage to the great women in my life. Each one of these women have their own attitude and unique look! In capturing their essence some of the dresses are fashion-forward, while others are romantic. Each dress has a unique design aesthetic. With my love for classic bridal, I have designed each gown with a twist to give subtle edge to signature feminine designs. I used silk satins, organzas, tissue taffetas and chiffons. I have also used antique laces and crystal beading, giving this collection an affordable luxe quality.
The designs in this collection range from simple to over-the-top, giving an option to every bride. I believe that a bride should be comfortable on ther wedding day, but also wear a gown that reflects her look and personality. The women in my life have inspired every one of these gowns. From my mother to my dearest friend. Each gown reflects them in personality, style, and how I would see each one of them on their wedding day.
Even though you left Puerto Rico when you were 2 years-old; how has your ethnic background influenced your style?
I feel that my Hispanic background has influenced my style enormously. In the Hispanic culture we have brides that love lace and classic styles, as well as brides who want their dresses to be well-beaded and fashion forward. I think that my gowns cater to both of these types of brides. My Hispanic background is such a big part of me that it flows naturally into my designs. All of my dresses – from simple to laced and beaded – come from the inspiration of my culture.
How does the style of brides in the states differ from that of the style of brides in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico?
I find that brides in both the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have similar tastes in bridal gowns. They are very much the same in the aspect of style and appreciation for beautiful lace and beading. They all just want to be beautiful brides on their special day!