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.