Garimon Rofero’s Couture rewrites the rules of traditional bridal fashion, creating highly detailed wedding dresses and one-of-a-kind evening gowns from exceptional quality fabrics, customized with intricate designs and intricate embroidery.
The Garimon Roferos Couture brand offers affordable luxury that fulfills every woman’s dream.
The Greek City Times spoke to Garimon Roferos to find out more.
Why did you decide to design wedding dresses rather than evening dresses?
Although we have designed a similar number of evening dresses and wedding dresses, lately we tend to feature our wedding dresses more often than our evening dresses. I have come to salute the time I spent with a newly engaged bride who is preoccupied with the task of drawing visions of herself on her wedding day from her past memories and translating her imagination into a sketch and this to change into her dress. The synergy of incorporating the client’s vision with our custom design techniques has produced some of our best work. The desire to create our customers’ dream dress was one of the reasons for establishing our couture shop in Dubai.
Looking through your collections, I noticed that the evening dresses are quite similar in style to the wedding dresses – why is that? Do you want to make every day as special as a woman’s wedding day?
During the pandemic, many of our Middle East clients have postponed their weddings by almost two years. The majority of our more recently launched and featured dresses have evolved into not only wedding but also ball gown style engagement dresses for engagement parties.
We have local buyers who also update us on market trends and have confirmed the same needs for their stores. However, in these late stages of the pandemic, we have been producing more of the princess cut engagement dresses as well as the wedding dresses as the events resume and believe we have followed the local market needs.
What was the inspiration for your last collection?
My Last Spring/Summer 2022 collection was inspired by The Garden of Eden. Growth in nature is represented with crystals emerging from the dress and its 3D embroidery work.
What is your favorite part of hosting a bridal fashion show?
I love the interactions with all the people I have the opportunity to work with. As multiple people come together – from the organizers, to the stylists and models to make the show a smashing success – I appreciate the synergy that occurs when we all work as a team. I have close friends who are always willing to help with the preparations including music, video, digital and styling the models in the lead up to the show.
While I prefer to stay backstage, the applause at the end of the show fills me with humility, but I always acknowledge the number of people who came together to make it a success.
Finally, as a designer, I’m always excited to hear and see post-show feedback, both privately and publicly, as it gives me impetus to improve my efforts at future events to showcase my brand.
Do you admire other designers you would like to work with?
I am proud of the work done by my fellow Filipinos here in Dubai and I believe that the Filipinos have carved a niche in the UAE fashion market.
The Philippine Consulate of Dubai held a fashion gala in honor of the 120th anniversary of our nation in 2018 where the consulate honored famous Filipino designers with shops in Dubai where I was selected along with other famous Filipino designers from Dubai to design a dress in Provide Filipino style.
During this event I had the opportunity to coordinate with some other recognized Filipino designers while creating our own individual styles. It was an honor and I was grateful for the opportunity.
I have collaborated on some photo shoots with other designers in Dubai that I have worked with before, but that would be the scope of my collaboration. I wouldn’t object to any collaboration in the future either, but it’s important to me to continue to cultivate my individual style and market my brand.
Do you have a favorite type of dress?
I released a dress a few years ago made with a laser cut leather material design that garnered a lot of international attention and requests from around the world.
One of the early dresses from our first year couture shop was a cape design that was unique to GR Couture for some time, and our customers frequently came to us to replicate the same style.
Of course, as a designer, one’s own styles are often borrowed and overlap with other designs and as such I am always exploring new ideas and experimenting with new creative styles, materials and flair while continuing to create elegant and sometimes more traditional pieces that satisfy our contemporary consumer base.
Do you think today’s women are well dressed?
While the last few years have created a hiatus in the fashion world with a limitation on social events and weddings, Middle Eastern women in particular have been keen to get back to attending weddings, parties and other events and do it again in style.
I think luxury fashion has intensified as a result of the time we spend dressed casually in our homes and away from social events.
Women want to stand out for their fashion, style and elegance; I think that’s true now more than ever.
Styles for women are always changing, but I think Middle Eastern women continue to appreciate the luxury, opulence and ingenuity that only comes through a primarily handcrafted couture design.
How would you describe your fashion style?
My fashion style is sophisticated and elegant while remaining a bit on-trend, although in general our Arab clients tend towards a more classic look and have a desire for intricate embroideries and luxurious fabrics.
What does the bride of 2022 look like to you?
2022 Bride is the style generation of modern classic wedding dresses with some uncharacteristic innovations in styles.
What are the latest wedding trends?
The latest wedding trend is more colorful wedding dresses. We’re seeing less white/ivory in recent years as couples prepare for a vibrant 2022.
What mistake should a bride not make on her wedding day?
Don’t sweat the little things. We often have our tailors with the bride on her wedding days to help with the dressing and not that it happens often but to make sure all goes well with her wedding dress. While preparing for her day, it’s not uncommon for our staff to be there to offer words of encouragement, especially during a pre-arranged wedding, to help the bride’s nerves get through the day. The unique challenges that can come up on your wedding day and overcoming them will help create a day filled with memories that will last a lifetime.
Best accessory for a wedding dress?
Over-accessories on your wedding day is a big no. I always tell our brides that in most situations, it’s best to wear a headpiece and a nice pair of earrings.
Do dreams come true?
Yes! Dreams can absolutely come true, but are generally not achieved without setting goals along the way and putting in the hard work necessary to achieve those goals while striving for your dreams.
Obstacles will come your way, but keeping you grounded as you struggle to seek strength and guidance from God is part of what it takes to overcome the challenges and help you reach your finish line.
Disclose some of your future plans
We are looking at expanding beyond the UAE as we have attracted many clients from outside the UAE, particularly from the surrounding GCC countries. While we appreciate that our customers are willing to travel to visit and work with us at our store in Dubai, we aim to provide a more local service to our loyal customers in their own countries whenever possible.
We are always grateful to all our customers from all over the world and have expanded our customer base from African countries. In some of these countries, once a wedding dress is purchased from our store, we build long-term relationships with these customers, and our reputation and customer base continues to grow through the bride’s local influence.
As such, we are always happy to welcome new customers to our couture shop from areas and countries where we have not had a prior customer relationship.
What do you think will be the next big fashion trend?
We’ve seen a big push towards sustainability in the fashion industry.
Early in my career, I designed a Filipino terno (Filipino top and skirt) made entirely from aquatic plant lilies and bago-bago vines, and was subsequently awarded the coveted D’Incitation Award at the Concours Internationale Des Jeunes Creatures de Mode in Paris, France, excellent .
A goal of mine throughout my career has been to use my ingenuity in exploring new sources for textiles that can and do come from local farmers, resulting in more durable clothing.
I applaud the efforts to move the textile industry away from cheap/short-lived clothing towards better quality, more environmentally friendly materials and resources and longer-lasting textiles. Nonetheless, we would welcome the changes and believe that our creativity and ingenuity make us well suited to start utilizing new textile resources.
However, big fashion houses often have legislators and always worry that complex regulations could be used to drive smaller companies with fewer compliance resources out of the market.
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