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Exclusive Interview: Ines Di Santo

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WedLuxe spoke exclusively with top bridal fashion designer Ines Di Santo for the August issue of the Trend Report. A true global designer, Ms. Di Santo lived in Milan and Buenos Aires before ultimately moving to Toronto, where her headquarters and atelier are today. While Ines Di Santo has always been known primarily as a world class bridal designer, this year she launched her first evening wear collection, due to the demand from her private clientele. Below, read our chat with the acclaimed designer, who shared some of her sketches from her upcoming evening wear collection, and hinted at what we can expect from her next bridal fashion show.

Let’s talk about your evening wear collection. As someone who is known primarily for bridal gowns, what inspired you to branch out and create an evening wear line? 

I have actually been creating evening wear for private clients for many years, in addition to designing bridal, and over the past two years we have been preparing the company to launch ready-to-wear evening, as we felt it was the right moment.  I love to design beautiful, unique pieces but at the same time it’s important to me that new collections are well thought out, and that we are able to preserve our high level of service for our accounts and our customers. We already have so much interest in the pieces, it’s exciting!

What did you have in mind when you were designing this latest collection? 

This collection began to take shape during a recent mini vacation in New York.  I love art and spent time at both MoMA and The Met to visit some long-time favorites of mine.  You can’t help but be inspired by the brush strokes and paint colors of modern and contemporary art. 

Do you have a favourite gown in particular?

My favorite is always the next one we are creating! I love the design process.

What is inspiring you this month?

We are playing with deconstruction in a shoot this month. To celebrate delivering some of our favorite looks from the Spring 2016 Bridal Collection, we’ll be revealing ‘behind the scenes’ imagery of the design progression, but in reverse. I like to be able to share what I love about the process with others; it intrigues and inspires.

If you were a colour palette made up of at least two colours, what would they be?

My answer today would be broad strokes of pastels, lightly anchored by a touch of primary colour and black.

What book is currently on your nightstand? 

From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola”.  My father loved the arts and shared that love with me. I had a lovely childhood in Buenos Aires and this book of images, portraits and more reminds me so well. There is photograph in it called Fragment of a Bride that is a simple, discarded piece of tulle.  It makes me imagine a love story.  There is also a dream series of photographs that will keep you imagining for days.

Can you give us a hint about what we can expect from your next bridal collection, showing at Bridal Week this coming October? 

Only the smallest of hints: the collection speaks to all of the qualities of light.

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