Fash­ion Talk

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When it comes to wed­dings and dresses, there is a name that will turn your dream dress into re­al­ity (if not bet­ter), “Mon­ica Ivena”. The young and tal­ented fash­ion de­signer Mon­ica Ivena shares some tips on find­ing the per­fect wed­ding dress. Text by Me­lani Se­muel | Photo by Win­son (Ax­ioo Photography) Styled by Faye Liu (The Clique) | Make up by Win­nie Neu­man Hairdo by Jef­fry Welly | Shoes by Thang Shoes Tell us a lit­tle bit about your­self, how long have you’ve been a fash­ion de­signer and what made you in­ter­ested in this pro­fes­sion? I have wanted to be a de­signer since I was just 6 years old. Dress­ing peo­ple has al­ways been my hobby. There is joy in me when I can make peo­ple look beau­ti­ful. This year marks the 6th year since I launched “Mon­ica Ivena” brand and since I be­came a de­signer. De­scribe your de­sign in 5 words. Chic. Fem­i­nine. Whim­si­cal. De­tailed. Sparkling What is the trend for 2018 sea­son? For the wed­ding dresses; a full em­broi­dery dress will still be in trend. The geo­met­ric pat­tern will also still be in style, but 3D ap­plique is com­ing back next sea­son. When choos­ing a wed­ding dress, do you think a per­son should fol­low the ‘trend’ or not? Why? It to­tally de­pends on each in­di­vid­ual when choos­ing a wed­ding dress. You have to de­cide whether you want to fol­low the trend or want a clas­sic look. None is bet­ter than the other. But for me per­son­ally, I would rec­om­mend a dress that still fol­lows the trend yet at the same time has a clas­sic cut to it. So that the dress you choose will still look beau­ti­ful in 20 years’ time. Do you think colours play an im­por­tant part in a wed­ding dress? What are your favourite colours? and why? For wed­ding dresses, white is still the most pop­u­lar and most rec­om­mended colour. But nowa­days, brides are be­com­ing more ad­ven­tur­ous and want to look more fash­ion­able in their wed­ding dresses. So adding a pop of colour to your dress will make it dif­fer­ent com­pared to most wed­ding dresses. In my lat­est show “Eis­berg”, I made a gra­da­tion wed­ding dress to show peo­ple that your wed­ding dress can still be white but with a touch of some­thing new and fresh. My favourite colour is blue. Blue has been my favourite colour since I was very young. And that is also the rea­son why Mon­ica Ivena’s brand logo is in lit­tle dip­per blue back­ground be­cause that is the spe­cific shade of blue that I love. Can you give us some tips on choos­ing a wed­ding gown for a pe­tite body? For brides who are pe­tite, I would rec­om­mend a ball gown or an A-line shaped dress. I think it will be a good fit for you. A ball gown is per­fect for par­ties in a ball­room as it will make you look glam­orous, while A-line is more for out­door par­ties, it will make you look beau­ti­ful, el­e­gant and slick. How about plus size women? For plus size brides, I would rec­om­mend a more fit­ted dress. A Fit­ted dress will not add vol­ume to your body, but find a cut which can ac­cen­tu­ate your curves. A dress that fits you well al­most at the hips or be­low the waist line (H-line, A-line or mer­maid shape) will be a good cut for you.

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