Hello friends. I’ve missed you! It’s been such a crazy week settling back into reality after a fantastic spring break with my family (more to come on that later this week). But the blow was softened with an invitation to meet the incredibly talented Cristina Ottaviano, an elegant designer, who was showcasing her spring and fall collections this week at The Lake Forest Shop.
Cristina is a native New Yorker who graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). While a student, she apprenticed for Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta. After graduating from FIT, she joined the design team at Marchesa. Her love for luxurious fabrics and intricate embroideries then led her to London where she studied at Central Saint Martins. She founded her namesake brand in 2014 and launched her Bespoke Bridal Atelier in early 2018.
While still a relatively young designer, she is already well-known among many of Hollywood’s starlets having recently dressed Bella Hadid, Laurie Metcalfe, and Allison Janney.
“It’s all been quite a whirlwind, but there is nothing like owning your own label and seeing people so happy in my designs,” says Cristina with a charm that quickly puts clients at ease. “It helps that I’m surrounded by a team of people that I trust so much.”
Cristina’s love for handling and embellishing fabrics was inspired at an early age by her great grandmother who was born in Galicia, Spain. It was she who passed down the centuries old arts of crochet and hand beading lace while generating in Cristina a life-long passion for design. Her ultra-feminine collections of women’s evening and ready-to-wear fashions exude timeless elegance and demonstrate her talent for blending the traditional with the modern. Cristina’s finely honed appreciation for exceptional design and superb construction are everywhere evident in her work.
“Our designs are classic with a modern twist. We use only the best fabrics and the most unique beading and embroidery techniques,” says Cristina. While she loves to design, choosing fabrics is Cristina’s favorite part of creating her fashions.
Cristina will be at The Lake Forest Shop through today, Friday, April 6 with her stunning collection. Her pieces are perfect for the graduations and weddings coming up soon on the calendar and can be customized to fit your needs.