After launching eveningwear in 2005, designer Gustavo Cadile plans to introduce a bridal collection this spring.
It’s a natural move for Cadile, who specializes in red-carpet-ready dresses donned by the likes of Eva Longoria Parker and Catherine Zeta-Jones, given that he got his big break when a Neiman Marcus fashion director saw pictures of a wedding gown Cadile designed for a friend.
After buyers visited Cadile, who had crafted a collection of 10 dresses at the time, they decided to order his gowns, which retail from $2,000 to $5,000 at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
It’s been an eventful year for Cadile, who was nominated for the Fashion Group International Rising Star award in January and flew to Chicago last month to accept his top designer prize at the 54th annual Gold Coast Award Fashion Show, where some 1,000-plus attendees voted on their favorite collection from a handful of designers who participated in the show.
“This is incredible for me,” Cadile said. “I worked very hard, and with perseverance, one day you can see all the results.”
Cadile, a native of Argentina, arrived in Miami in 1992 with $50 in his pocket, taking a restaurant job before seeking work at Neiman Marcus in Bal Harbour, Fla. Although he had studied graphic design and worked with Argentine designer Manuel Lamarca, Cadile took a position in Neiman’s receiving department because he spoke little English.
After spending his lunch hours examining beading and finishes of high-end gowns in the store’s couture salon, Cadile got noticed by the department manager, who hired him as an assistant. Cadile, who was taught to sew at age five by his grandmother, went on to receive a degree in fashion design from Miami International University of Art & Design. From there, he worked in Italy before spending three years in the design department at Perry Ellis beginning in 2000, and then freelancing for Oleg Cassini’s bridal division.
In April, Cadile plans to unveil his own bridal collection, consisting of 25 dresses made of silk, chiffon, lace and tulle retailing for $2,500 to $6,000. The gowns will possess a similar aesthetic to his eveningwear, Cadile said.
“With this economy, I don’t think women want a big dress,” he said, noting he envisions gowns with more Empire or mermaid styling. “These will be more simple and elegant. She can bring the dress back to me [to make modifications] and have an evening gown to wear later.”
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)