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Octavio Carlin Relaunches His Bridal Collection

The renowned designer re-launches his eponymous bridal collection available exclusively at his West Hollywood Atelier

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: July 30, 2013


Octavio Carlin Relaunches His Bridal Collection


Designer, Octavio Carlin is known for his meticulous commitment to craftsmanship, his body flattering silhouettes and use of luxurious materials. This winning combination has made him the go-to-designer for the Hollywood elite.

The Octavio Carlin Bridal Collection will feature18 gowns in sinfully rich fabrics such as silks, silk charmeuse and crepe de chine with exquisite detailing of pleated fortuna and bias cut draping. With a nod to the "Golden Age of Hollywood", Carlin captures a simplistic yet glamorous silhouette with every design.

"I like to illuminate a woman's inner beauty on her special day. As always the woman should wear the dress not the other way around," says Carlin. The collection ranges in price $1,500 - $10,000.

Octavio Carlin has designed a wide variety of style for every modern woman and for the bride with something specific on her palette. Carlin provides custom bridal services starting at $2500.00 by appointment only. Not to forget the wedding party ÔÇô all gowns can be produced in custom hues to compliment any bridal entourage.

As a child actor in Mexico City, Octavio loved many things about the theater. The lights, the staging, the sets but most of all the power the costumes held in bringing a character to life. After a trip to the mall in the states, where for the first time he saw pictures of icons like Marilyn Monroe and Mae West, Octavio began his lifelong quest to research actresses from the silent film era onward. He was captured by their inherent glamour and absorbed how beautiful clothes worked with their bodies.

While studying Octavio began to work as a costume designer, creating looks for shows and various music videos including Disney. Although he enjoyed the work, he yearned to create something of his own and switched to fashion design at FIDM, designing his first collection in 1998 and graduating in 2000.

Octavio is a master pattern maker, but his true love is the art of draping, which is reflective in every ounce of his collections. Inspired by the golden age of Hollywood, the Octavio Carlin Collection is accessibly glamorous for women who want to be noticed on their way to the opera, at a cocktail party, a wedding or walking into the Oscars. Octavio wants women to be seen for their beauty and uniqueness that is accentuated by the Octavio Carlin original she is wearing.

After working under the label Naqada, he launched his eponymous line, Octavio Carlin in 2006. That same year he opened his first store in the heart of Los Feliz. Two years later he followed with the unveiling of his exclusive Bridal Collection. His elegant sophisticated designs, impeccable draping and exquisite fabrics have become his signature.

It is the essence of his attention to detail that transforms every garment into a work of art. Perhaps this is the reason Octavio has remained on the forefront of the Los Angeles Fashion scene for the last decade.

In 2012 Octavio and his business partner opened the doors to the Octavio Carlin Atelier and Dress Shop in West Hollywood, first focusing on personal appointments with treasured clientele before opening the doors to the wider public to benefit from his expertise in Exclusive Ready-To-Wear, Special Occasion and Bridal all in one place.

Octavio Carlin lives in Hollywood and is an active member of the LA Conservancy, working to preserve architectural treasures from the golden age of Hollywood. Octavio sights Greta Garbo as one of his all time favorite style icons when flawless tailoring and unique women ruled supreme. He translates that into each Octavio Carlin original, where he wants women to feel beautiful, glamorous and secure within themselves.

Octavio was selected as a finalist in the 2011 Oscars Designer Challenge.
His works have appeared in such publications as Lucky, FLAUNT, Angeleno, British Glamour, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Times, 944, Razor, California Apparel News, Ciudad Magazine, WWD and The Daily amongst others.

He has designed dresses for award winning actresses and starlets such as, Anne Hathaway, Sharon Stone, Rosalyn Sanchez and Dawn Olivieri to name a few.

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