Ines Di Santo is calling all real brides. The bridal designer, who recently shared the exclusive first look into her Spring 2019 collection with The Knot, had more to add about the inspiration behind the designs, her thoughts on the upcoming royal wedding, as well as her career milestones in a new interview.
“Last season, I created a collection that, to me, represented the many faces and personalities of our New York City brides,” she says. “I had such fun exploring all of these women in the design room that I found myself expanding on the idea this season to all the kinds of women we love having in our lives.”
These women, Di Santo says, could include any of your friends, or “a favorite cousin, the daring-and-always gorgeous aunt, or the artist who sings straight to your soul.” She muses, “The collection itself has a modern-romantic quality.”
Certainly, soon-to-be royal Meghan Markle is considered as one of these figures. “There is nothing more delicious than a beautiful love story with a royal setting,” Di Santo says as she shares her pick for Markle’s wedding day look ahead of the wedding on May 19.
“Today, I would choose Skylar from my Jewel Box Collection,” Di Santo notes. “It’s a gorgeous couture ballgown, made modern by its lightness and slightly sheer skirt.”
Celebrities to have previously worn wedding dresses by Di Santo include Jenny McCarthy and Courtney Lopez; On the red carpet, that number grows exponentially, though that’s far from Di Santo’s focus. “I love seeing my real brides on our Instagram page,” she says. “In the end, we are women doing work we hopefully love—some famous, some not, all beautiful. I am honored to dress each one that selects one of my gowns to marry in.”
To showcase her latest collection, Di Santo and her team recently created a video series that will soon be accompanied by a social media movement called #LetsGetMarried. “It celebrates the love, the spirit, and the vast individuality of the couples we get to know by dressing our brides,” she says.
After decades of designing, Di Santo says it’s hard to pinpoint one exact “pinch me” moment in her career, though she shared one comical anecdote from her hectic lifestyle.
“As you can imagine, the weeks leading up to fashion week are busy—filled with late nights and tiptoeing into home so you don’t wake your husband and the dogs. Just a few nights before we were set to leave, I tiptoed in, slid on the marble floor, and I broke my foot,” she laughs. “I have had many beautiful ‘pinch me’ moments. The one where we were trying to decide if I wanted a black or white cast to wear in New York—while not beautiful, certainly earns a solid page in the life and times of Ines.”
Watch the clip above.