Fresh off the F/W 2018 Toronto Fashion week runway, Di Carlo Couture undoubtedly made an imprint on the Canadian fashion scene. With the debut of the capsule evening wear collection, a passionate dream was brought to life through Italian silk and handcrafted excellence, blending seamlessly with determination and hard work as Antoinette Di Carlo’s creative flair wowed onlookers.

By Brenna Dixon

Photo by George Pimentel

Born in Montreal to Italian parents (who were both sewing contractors), Antoinette had an intrinsic talent which she would, later in life, cultivate. Beginning to sew at an early age, she naturally followed her creative current, finally graduating from the International Academy of Design in Montreal.

In 2011, Di Carlo Couture was founded. After seven years in the business, she gently dedicates her success to “remaining focused, determined, being adaptable, and hard work.” Starting her brand from scratch, Antoinette blended her business acumen with her imagination, expanding incrementally in two-year spurts. “Everything was self-funded,” she explains, and “everything I made I put back into the company,” she reveals of building her dream. Beginning with an intimate clientele and creating custom pieces, she eventually branched out to bridal. Today, Di Carlo Couture collections include: bridal, evening, and ready-to-wear (the latest brand extension).

Di Carlo Couture’s aesthetic taps into the very essence of how a woman relates and chooses to express her femininity. Antoinette’s customizable creations are imagination-infused visions combined with a deep connection in relating with her clients. This extremely luxurious and exquisite approach is what makes the brand truly unique. As a result, her savoir-faire anima is personified through her work, bringing out the confidence and beautiful flair in all her clients. “Seeing the transformation when a woman puts [on] one of your creations is extremely moving,” she describes of the Di Carlo experience. She adapts to every individual, mixing textures and transforming materials, so that each piece is created with intricate layering or magically crafted beadwork.

Antoinette’s earthly charm is warming and her soft personality resembles the gowns hanging in her showroom, shimmering in the warm spring sunlight. Her passion is catching and it is of no surprise Di Carlo Couture is a go-to amongst Canadian celebrities like Jessica Mulroney, Cheryl Hickey, and Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau. Her gowns were beautifully skimming the red carpet during the daytime Emmy Awards in LA, and worn by celebrities like Celeste Fianna, Stuart Brazel during an awards show at The Wynn in Las Vegas, and Canadian Country singer Meghan Patrick. Defying the confines of collection logic, Antoinette is inspired by the women she has encountered over the years and references them as points of inspiration when thinking through her bespoke pieces.

As a true artist, Antionette Di Carlo is an inspiration to all women. Following her dream and remaining steadfast to her brand DNA of bespoke gowns, her work has even been celebrated abroad on vogue.it (Vogue Italy’s website). After dedicated long hours and struggling with business/creative/personal life balance, Di Carlo Couture continues to generate awe through the finely handcrafted gowns and exclusive experience of uplifting and empowering women to feel and look absolutely sublime.

Photo by George Pimentel

Photo by George Pimentel

Photo by George Pimentel

Photo by George Pimentel

Photo by George Pimentel

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