News – Villais http://www.villais.com/en Custom made bridal gowns on demand. Discover the 2016 bridal fashion that better fits you in this years’ collections. One bride, one dress. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:30:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 http://www.villais.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/cropped-512x512-favicon-villais-320x320.png News – Villais http://www.villais.com/en 32 32 We Are on TV! http://www.villais.com/en/we-are-on-tv/ http://www.villais.com/en/we-are-on-tv/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:24:45 +0000 http://82.196.8.243/en/?p=1816 On February the 3rd we had a special day at our workshop. A TV crew was here! The show “Hecho en Castilla y León” (Made in Castilla y León) on RTVCYL visited us and learned about our bridal dresses making process. The taping started at 9 a.m.. I was kind of nervous, I won’t deny […]

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On February the 3rd we had a special day at our workshop. A TV crew was here! The show “Hecho en Castilla y León” (Made in Castilla y León) on RTVCYL visited us and learned about our bridal dresses making process.

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The taping started at 9 a.m.. I was kind of nervous, I won’t deny that 🙂 We started at my study where I told them about inspiration, trends and all the things involved in the creative process of the different collections we’re preparing for 2017: VILLAIS, CALA and COSMO (yes, they got a sneak peak of our secret work in progress).

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We then visited the workshop to see the place where we actually make the dresses. Our pattern maker and seamstresses taught them how fabrics are cut, pressed and all final details are prepared by hand. My mother (Chelo) and brother (José) were there with us. She is quite an example for us… She’s been sewing for 40 years now and keeps going! She is tireless, creative and has brimming imagination. She’s the voice of experience. You’ll see that on the report.

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At the workshop my brother’s (José) turn came. After my father retired he’s in charge of taking the Villais’ dresses to their final destination all around the world. And, girl, does he do his job! You just check all the countries our dresses go to!

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We then went to our store in Valladolid where my sister Chelo was waiting for us. She described how it is to have a direct contact with all the brides to be and their companions and what their needs and concerns are.

It was such an honor to show them about our craft from their conception, making process to selling them at our store. Thanks a lot for having us on your show! You’ll soon get to watch it. We’ll let you know about it on ourFacebook and Twitter profiles. XOXO

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Trade Shows Calendar http://www.villais.com/en/trade-shows-calendar/ http://www.villais.com/en/trade-shows-calendar/#respond Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:11:55 +0000 http://82.196.8.243/en/?p=1807 How 2016 treating you? We are really excited! Although I won’t deny January is quite the chaotic month for us. We’re just finishing with the new collections last touches. V-neck or strapless neckline? Full or short sleeves? These are the kind of decision we make as a team. One more thing we attend to is […]

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How 2016 treating you? We are really excited! Although I won’t deny January is quite the chaotic month for us.

We’re just finishing with the new collections last touches. V-neck or strapless neckline? Full or short sleeves? These are the kind of decision we make as a team. One more thing we attend to is the names of the new dresses. And we have to confess: we are launching a new collection to join the already existing VILLAIS and CALA. Its name is COSMO (more on it on future posts) ?

In addition, January is the month on which we decide which trade shows we are going to unveil our new collections. The first we’ll be attending to is European Bridal Week in Essen, Germany. The German is one of our best selling markets, specially for the dresses of the CALA Brides from Ibiza collection which received a warm welcome.

This show will take place late April and will be the first one to see the latest VILLAIS and CALA collections and the first models of the new line: COSMO. We’re eager to be there and more so after we were happily surprised to see a piece on Villais on the show’s official newsletter. I’d highlight this quote: “The collections they’ll (for us) be presenting are such a delight, vibrant, exciting and different”. A million thanks to them for their words.

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Next Shows

After launching our new collections in Essen, next step will be Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week on the first weekend of May. Last stop will be back in Germany where we’ll be attending INTERBRIDE – Internacional Fashion Fair Düsseldorf 25th through 27th of June.

I’m already counting the days left until I can tell you more specific details about the new collections. I’ll keep you posted ? XOXO

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How to Choose a Wedding Dress http://www.villais.com/en/how-to-choose-a-wedding-dress/ http://www.villais.com/en/how-to-choose-a-wedding-dress/#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2015 08:38:58 +0000 http://82.196.8.243/en/?p=1711 Today I’m going to give you some advice on how to to make the choosing of your wedding an easy task, but most of all on how to choose the wedding dress you want. Where should you start looking? “I saw on the Internet…” This is a comment I get all the time. That’s because […]

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Today I’m going to give you some advice on how to to make the choosing of your wedding an easy task, but most of all on how to choose the wedding dress you want.

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Where should you start looking?

“I saw on the Internet…” This is a comment I get all the time. That’s because almost every bride to be starts by surfing the web when they start looking for their dream dress. It’s actually not a bad starting point but the amount of brands and models online will probably end up overwhelming you and with more hesitation than before.

Bear in mind that not every dress will adapt to every body shape so its cut and style are extremely important for it to fit. There are some aspects you really want to be paying attention to even if they are not the most important. You may ask why. It’s because that’s what the fitting and the dressmaker are for as well as the reason to be for our Custom Made dresses philosophy. It’s better to fit the dress into your body than the other way around.

My recommendation is that the first thing you do is dream, let yourself go and think about your perfect wedding. Talk about it with your couple and tell each other about your dreams and expectations. Then you will surely know the dress you want and need to make you live that dream

Should I start browsing long before the wedding?

Well, it is your wedding so you set the pace but don’t be hasty about choosing the dress.

We usually launch our new collections by the end of summer. That is probably the best time to start looking. That way you will learn the trends and new features that bridal fashion is proposing and you’ll have an accurate idea of what you might find.

How many boutiques must I visit before I make a decision?

There’s no right answer to that question. You choose. I don’t recommend visiting too many. If you find one where they listen and understand your thoughts and ideas stick with it. Find a brand that makes you feel appreciated and confident and understand you are special and invest time on answering to you questions and the fitting. Seriously, stop looking the very moment you find that place!

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How many people may come with me to the fitting?

Bring how many people you want to the fitting but the more people, the more opinions and that usually means delays and pressure.  It’s not about how many but about trust. It’s your dress, your wedding… your decision.

How will I know if I made the right decision?

Some may say the old “you’ll know the moment you see it” but I’m not sure about that. There’s a long process of fitting, mending and adapting for your dress to fulfill your expectations.

In the end is all about trusting your gut. You’ve dreamt a very long time about it so you know what’s right. Surround yourself with professional and experienced people that know how to listen. If you find them you have almost everything you seek.

Remember: Be #CustomMade

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An Extra Life http://www.villais.com/en/an-extra-life/ http://www.villais.com/en/an-extra-life/#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:28:48 +0000 http://82.196.8.243/en/?p=1704 You made up your mind. You want an intimate and small wedding! Perfect. Let’s work on the decorations. The first thing you need to do is take a walk inside your house. How much junk do you have around? Don’t throw it away! We are going to learn how to recycle some objects into creative […]

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You made up your mind. You want an intimate and small wedding! Perfect. Let’s work on the decorations.

The first thing you need to do is take a walk inside your house. How much junk do you have around? Don’t throw it away! We are going to learn how to recycle some objects into creative decorations for your wedding day and take care of the environment (two birds with one stone).

Do you have any cans or jars laying around? Use sackcloth, a bow and some flowers and there you go: perfect centerpieces for your tables or chairs.

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Now let’s use all the wooden boxes you’ve hoarded throughout the years :). Start by aging them (some varnish could be just what you need) and they will look spectacular. Arrange some different shaped and sized boxes and put vases with flowers, a picture of you two, your favourite books or films… Whatever comes to mind. Now you have the entrance to the banquet ready.

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As you can see with some imagination any common object from your place or your friends’ could have a use and make your wedding have that distinctive “je ne sais quoi” you are looking for. Long live creativity! Be #CustomMade 🙂

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Short wedding gowns. Do or Don’t http://www.villais.com/en/short-wedding-gowns-do-or-dont/ http://www.villais.com/en/short-wedding-gowns-do-or-dont/#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:02:40 +0000 http://82.196.8.243/en/?p=1691 When it comes down to wedding dresses, to each his own. I remember the first time I presented a short wedding dress. It wasn’t groundbreaking but it ended above the knee and I thought it wouldn’t succeed. We put it on the brochure to see how adventurous brides were. Tastes have changed since then. On […]

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When it comes down to wedding dresses, to each his own. I remember the first time I presented a short wedding dress. It wasn’t groundbreaking but it ended above the knee and I thought it wouldn’t succeed. We put it on the brochure to see how adventurous brides were.

Tastes have changed since then. On those times most of the weddings followed traditional and religious rules and brides wore classic cut dresses. Nowadays with civil ceremonies and other changes brides have more room to choose a different dress.

Let’s not fool ourselves: I can’t imagine a bride walking down the aisle of a 14th century gothic church wearing overalls or a shirt and trousers. I mean, I can imagine it but the venue would be so impressive that the clothes would fade into the background. And no bride would want that on such a big day.

However a short dress with a more creative cut is perfect for a civil ceremony or an outdoors wedding. With that idea on my mind I start creating the short dresses in my collections: original, new and creative like CALA Brides from Ibiza to provide a solution for those who seek something different.

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In that collection there is the model AURA. It’s a two piece dress: short overalls in off white crepe with a pleated high neckline and a creative opening shaped like a teardrop. It also has a detachable train open on the front with flounces of different fabrics. Like it? It’s one of my favorites 🙂

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Another CALA dress that I love is short plain dress with see through lace, boat neckline and semi open back with guinpur decorations. A simple dress that emanates beauty.

My recommendation is to make a decision based on the type of ceremony. You can also decide the other way around and choose the venue to match the dress of your dreams. As always: Be #CustomMade ?

 

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Decisions, decisions http://www.villais.com/en/decisions-decisions/ http://www.villais.com/en/decisions-decisions/#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:57:25 +0000 http://82.196.8.243/en/?p=1684 I’m positive you’ve heard this song before. Sing with me! “Sugar na na na na na ohhhh Honey Honey” 🙂 I’m sure by now you already know where this is heading, don’t you? Wedding cakes! The first thing you need to know is that wedding cakes haven’t gone out of fashion nor will they ever go. […]

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I’m positive you’ve heard this song before. Sing with me! “Sugar na na na na na ohhhh Honey Honey” 🙂 I’m sure by now you already know where this is heading, don’t you? Wedding cakes!

The first thing you need to know is that wedding cakes haven’t gone out of fashion nor will they ever go. That first piece of cake just for you and your husband, well, no one will take that away from you 🙂

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However that doesn’t mean that because it’s a tradition we can’t innovate with its shape, flavour and look. There are as many options as there are brides and grooms. You can go with cupcakes or assorted craft doughnuts. How about a pancake tower? Speaking of creative you may choose cake pops or an oreo cake. Pick your favorite and add a magic touch to your banquet’s dessert.

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You already made a list per item: your gown, the groom’s tux, the venue, the dance… Why not do it for the the dessert? The trend is to personalise your wedding as much as possible ? Be #CustomMade

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A Whale’s Tooth, a Fistful of Almonds and Some Other Wedding Traditions http://www.villais.com/en/a-whales-tooth-a-fistful-of-almonds-and-some-other-wedding-traditions/ http://www.villais.com/en/a-whales-tooth-a-fistful-of-almonds-and-some-other-wedding-traditions/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:50:40 +0000 http://82.196.8.243/en/?p=1676 I really love discovering customs and traditions for weddings from other cultures and countries. In Spain we have some like tossing the bouquet, the first dance after the banquet and many more. But lately I’ve been researching different cultures and I’m going to leave you with your mouth wide open! However in Fiji when the […]

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I really love discovering customs and traditions for weddings from other cultures and countries. In Spain we have some like tossing the bouquet, the first dance after the banquet and many more. But lately I’ve been researching different cultures and I’m going to leave you with your mouth wide open!

However in Fiji when the groom asks for the bride’s hand in marriage he must go to his future father-in-law’s house with a whale’s tooth. A whale’s tooth! I presume it symbolizes bravery and resources to feed and take care of a family but that’s just my guess. Do you have a better guess?

I read that in Mauritius the brides contrary to being on a diet before the wedding like we usually do, start gaining weight: the higher the weight, the bigger the happiness. Tradition says that way the groom will be well fed. Perhaps that’s the origin of conquering men through their stomachs. 🙂

In China the bride’s family take her to the groom’s house. But they do it in a pretty peculiar way: on a well decorated chair… carrying her in the air. On her way there she’s protected by parasols and they they throw rice at her as a symbol of health and prosperity.

A little closer to Spain, in Greece, the best man acts as a barber and shaves the groom with a razor. In addition, the mother-in-law gives him almonds and honey. It’s all part of a purity, fertility and happiness ritual.

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If you like to follow traditions and rituals, legend has it that you’ll find love and everlasting love and joy beside your soulmate 🙂

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Custom Made: something more than a work philosophy http://www.villais.com/en/custom-made-something-more-than-a-work-philosophy/ http://www.villais.com/en/custom-made-something-more-than-a-work-philosophy/#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:44:24 +0000 http://82.196.8.243/en/?p=1667 We don’t believe in shinny words, we believe in in a well done job. That is why “Custom Made” would make no sense to me if I didn’t feel it is a reflection of myself and the perfect definition of our way of doing things. Custom Made defines our brand, our identity as a team […]

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We don’t believe in shinny words, we believe in in a well done job. That is why “Custom Made” would make no sense to me if I didn’t feel it is a reflection of myself and the perfect definition of our way of doing things.

Custom Made defines our brand, our identity as a team here at Villais and it sure set us apart from other ones. Since the beginning we wanted to be different and improve everyday by making things the right way. That’s why we customize your dress with your inputs and suggestions. Our versatility allows us to perform exclusive changes to your dress so that it looks like no other dress in the world.

These are all unique traits that let Villais become a brand that guarantees fully customizable dresses on demand. On top of that there is the fact that we work from Spain and our atelier is in Valladolid (200 kilometers northwest of Madrid) and we control all the processes from the first stitch to the last. That way we can offer a unique dress in almost no time.

After four decades we have never stopped paying attention to details and fuss over all the fabrics, ornaments and materials. Our goal is to design and make quality dresses with affordable prices and strengthen our bet on kind service for our clients: the Custom Made brides.

If you want to know more on how we work take a look at this video and let us know your impressions ?

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NEW COLLECTION: CALA BRIDES FROM IBIZA http://www.villais.com/en/new-collection-cala-brides-from-ibiza/ http://www.villais.com/en/new-collection-cala-brides-from-ibiza/#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:31:33 +0000 http://82.196.8.243/en/?p=1655 After the huge success that meant CALA Brides from Ibiza last season, we were eager to begin this new season. And the time has come! You can discover all the new models we designed for you. This one is a fresh collection, fun and bohemian. It’s inspired on the Mediterranean Sea and youth and made […]

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After the huge success that meant CALA Brides from Ibiza last season, we were eager to begin this new season. And the time has come! You can discover all the new models we designed for you.

This one is a fresh collection, fun and bohemian. It’s inspired on the Mediterranean Sea and youth and made for brides that want a casual and original wedding.

These dresses are meant to communicate each bride’s personality using light fabrics to mimic the sea breeze  🙂

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We played with a mixture of light and floaty fabrics… silk tulle, plain or embroidered mesh with ornamental guipure motifs to maintain the spirit of CALA. A spirit that has brought us joy and success since its launching one year ago.

From the beginning CALA has become a very special collection for us. As a designer it allows me to be more creative and to express in less conventional ways. That’s the reason I feel comfortable while preparing this collection and that is something brides end up sensing.

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We are looking to consolidate this brand and models and that is why I wanted to introduce them to you on my blog. Now you can write your comments, choose your favorite or anything that comes to your mind once you see it.

Thanks a lot for sharing this moment with me. Be #CustomMade <3 <3 <3

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NEW VILLAIS CUSTOM MADE 2016 COLLECTION http://www.villais.com/en/new-villais-custom-made-2016-collection/ http://www.villais.com/en/new-villais-custom-made-2016-collection/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:11:31 +0000 http://82.196.8.243/en/?p=1648 Finally! After so much work in the past weeks… Here it is! Our Villais Custom Made Brides 2016 Collection. You couldn’t imagine the joy I feel to be able to show you our newest collections one more year. I always try to reinvent myself and aim towards surprising the brides, because if I always did […]

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Finally! After so much work in the past weeks… Here it is! Our Villais Custom Made Brides 2016 Collection. You couldn’t imagine the joy I feel to be able to show you our newest collections one more year.

I always try to reinvent myself and aim towards surprising the brides, because if I always did the same kind of dress it’d be boring. It’s something that’s become a part of our personality and we want to keep doing it in the future: launch very different collections every year. We keep the essence and our identity but we change everything else ?

We are going to be maintaining two separate lines inside the Villais Collection: Romantic and Couture.

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In the Romantic line I worked to create a-thousand-layered dresses with tulle to build magical and romantic atmospheres as you can appreciate in the Tejo or Trato models. In this collection we wanted to play with volumes with dresses that accentuate the bodyline and silk tulle layers below the hips to gain movement on the skirt. Tarifa is a good example of it. You can also find mermaid style dresses that insinuate more curves like the Tabú dress.

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The Couture line was inspired by the haute couture main designers while maintaining the essence of our brand so we designed plain and elegant gowns made with mikado as you can see on the models Tea or Tálamo. These dresses carry long detachable trains with the hint of colour provided by nude silk and fine crystal and embroidered motifs.

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Two different collections sharing the same goal: making you feel special in such a big and unforgettable occasion as your wedding day. I’d love you to take a look to all the models on the website and pick your favorite. If you got married tomorrow… which one would you wear?

 

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