Today we did an exclusive interview with the Creative Director and Vice-President of Design for David’s Bridal Jose Solis at the David’s Bridal store in Tampa, Florida.
David’s Bridal is one of the premier U.S stores that specializes in wedding gowns and formal wear sizes 0 to 26. They also have mother of the bride dresses, bridesmaids dresses, accessories (shoes, jewelry etc.) and everything that a bride needs for her special day. David’s Bridal was founded in 1950 by David Reisberg, the mega store chain started as a small boutique in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and it has grown into what it is today.
Designer Jose Solis and his New York based team are in charge of making sure that the company always has the latest trends and styles for the wedding seasons.
Jose has an extensive resume having worked for Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass before coming to David’s Bridal. Check out our exclusive interview with Designer Jose Solis below.
1. Tell us about David’s Bridal new Spring 2015 Collection?
We are focusing on our brand affiliation and re-branding, for Melissa Sweet for example we deconstructed her line a little bit, we soften the look, made it more romantic, eerie and light. We made thinner cups, French seams; we have a brand new fit that is more couture but still keeping the price affordable.
2. What are some of the hottest trends and styles for the 2015 Spring/Summer wedding season?
Separates!! They are a huge trend, crop tops with big skirts with pockets. The 2 piece wedding gowns are more individualistic, creative; it allows women to showcase more of their personal style. Black and White dresses (such as Vera Wang and the Zac Posen dresses), low backs are another hot trend, and it is very sexy. Long sleeves and curve hugging dresses are coming back, here at David’s Bridal we celebrate women’s curves. Another trend is jumpsuits, they are very popular with our brides an also tier lace dresses such as this one is Chantilly lace.
For bridesmaids one of the biggest trends is wearing the same color dress but in different styles to reflect each one of their personalities and personal style. Another hot trend is tunnel dressing which is sort like creating a color wheel, telling a story with different shades of the same color starting from light to dark.
3. Tell us a little bit about your design inspiration and process?
It’s a combination of many things. I work with a team of 8 designers and we share ideas, it takes about 9 months for each collection. We start by creating mood boards for every designer. I also go to vintage stores, I travel the world for inspiration and I go to the fabric show in Paris.
4. David’s Bridal is debuting a new “Jewel” collection, tell us about it?
The new Jewel collection is a little bit more embellished, celebratory and classic but we are still keeping that all American look.
5. We like to end our interviews by asking our guests for a favorite quote or some words of wisdom, what is yours?
“We can never sell a dress to a Bride, the dress picks her”.
For more information on David’s Bridal visit their website at www.davidsbridal.com.