There is just so much to love about Chaviano Couture, starting with the name. Annette – the designer behind the line explains: “Chaviano is my maiden name. Ignacio and Ana Rosa, my amazing parents, came from Cuba 30 years ago and their story of God’s blessings and love never ceases to amaze me. When I started my business I decided to name it Chaviano Couture in honor of my parents and their heritage. It’s such a special part of who I am and I’m so proud for it be my business name.”
Isn’t that the sweetest? Chaviano gowns are known for their effortless combination of romance and femininity. She uses the finest laces and dreamiest fabrics in her couture designs and every gown evolves into a timeless classic. Annette was kind enough to answer some questions for us about things I often wonder about (like, what does your dream wedding look like?) so be sure to catch the answers peppered throughout this feature AND afterwards we’ll take a look at the best part of Chaviano Couture dresses – giving back!
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from? A: “I draw inspiration from all things romantic, flowing, and full of light. I love textures, flowers, and gorgeous imagery.
Q: What is your favorite material to work with? A: “I love to work with silks. Mostly organza, tulle, chiffon, and French laces. I love the airy texture and flow they have to them. I also love a little sparkle!”
Q: How would you describe your dream wedding? A: “A dream wedding to me involves having those I love there. The most important element of a wedding is to be surrounded by all the love and support that friends and family bring.”
Q: What makes a bride a ‘Chaviano Bride’ and sets her apart? A: “Chaviano Couture brides are different from the rest because their gowns are customized to them. Each gown is made to the bride’s specific measurements and style. We can customize the gown colors, shape, style, and fabrics to be exactly what the bride dreamed of. I love to include a piece from the mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown in the bride’s gown. That way it is even more unique and special. I believe a wedding gown should not just be worn, it should be experienced.”
Q: What has been your proudest moment as a designer? A: “My proudest moment as a designer is always when I see the smile upon my sweet brides’ faces and I know that I have made their wedding day so very special!”
Aren’t these dresses gorgeous and isn’t Annette just the sweetest? Well… it get’s better. As if the story about her parents being the inspiration for the name ‘Chaviano’ wasn’t eye watering enough, each of the gowns in Chaviano Couture’s Spring 2013 Collection is named after an orphan girl in Haiti and 20% of all the proceeds go towards making their dreams come true!
From left to right: 1. Alanka is four years old. Her favorite food is a traditional Haitian dish called Mayimoulen (corn & beans) and she wants to become a nurse when she grows up 2. Daphka is six, loves the colors yellow and pink, and hopes to become a nurse one day. She also loves to eat spaghetti. 3. Dhaiti is eight years old and wishes to learn English and become a doctor. 4. Nephtalie is only one and while she’s too young to know what she wants to do in the future, she does know that she loves to eat corn flakes! 5. Fawencia is ten years old and also wishes to study to become a nurse. 6. Lalune is eleven, she hopes to become a nurse, and her favorite colors are pink and blue.