Dripping with beads and oozing glamour, Robyn Cliffe left us spellbound at Fashion Week 2013. After a one-year hiatus, she's back – here, she reveals what she has instore.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I’ve always loved to design and get quite passionate about styles, particularly when I travel. I’m always turning an ‘ethnic’ look into a design range, and get totally absorbed in the nuances of historical design. Equally, I can be in an art gallery and come away buzzing with ideas. Modern art and sculpture fascinate me too.
I read fanatically in bouts, and enjoy a broad range of books, from historical to translations and, of course, novels. I’ve belonged to an amazing book club for 18 years, which is very dear to me.
How do your designs reflect wedding traditions?
One tradition I’ve adopted as a signature is the cross-cut and drape of silk-satin. It’s timeless. Without question, the bridal gown is the making of a wedding. It sets the theme, the tone and is the centrepiece.
What can we expect to see at your New Zealand Weddings Collection Fashion Week show?
My collection salutes the composition, tradition, selection and style of lace and silk textures, graduating to colour and print. I’m celebrating the colour blush/antique rose this range. Key words are indulgent, textural and exquisite. The finale garment expresses all the colour, style and quality of fabric and print that I would like the whole range to reflect.
What should a bride consider when planning her dream gown?
Apart from fitted undergarments, the first thing is getting style and colour perfect; the last thing is choosing matching accessories to create the overall style. The gown must frame the bride beautifully, fit the bride perfectly, reflect her personality and suit the style of wedding. I tell my brides, if she can dress on her wedding day without a mirror and feel confident, she has it right!