In a return to romance Bonilla presented wedding gowns with fitted bodices and dreamy full skirts. Tiers of ivory and cream handmade lace flowed gracefully to the ground. While Bonilla has always had a reputation as a contemporary designer, his latest collection showed a real penchance for fairtytale outlines, and glamorous ballgowns. Even full, dramatic balloon skirts were exaggerated to resemble the kind of proportions the likes of which were only seen in the recent movie 'The Countess'. As always, he has taken the classic lines of a wedding gown and draped them in new and interesting ways to achieve a soft and romantic silhouette, as can be seen in the gown entitled 'Carmen' which had puffy cap sleeves, a loose slip sheath and a subtle, mermaid flounce at the bottom of the dress.
A native of Puerto Rico, Edgardo Bonilla, a former window dresser, studied design in Chicago and Miami. His background may be partly responsible for the cohesive and pleasing visual look of his collections and runway shows. While other designers seem to take pleasure in jarring an audience out of the rut in order to present them with something new, Bonilla's tactic is far more soothing, presenting his work in a way that is thoroughly enjoyable and comfortable to look at.
He hit the ground running with his first bridal collection in 1998 for which he received rave reviews. This success led to the opening of his first design studio in Cherry Hills, New Jersey three years later. His status as one of the top designer names in the wedding industry is clear from the peers with whom he has shared the runway, namely Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrerra.
Bonilla designs are considered to be forward thinking and cutting edge. He was the first wedding gown designer to successfully incorporate Italian denim into his couture wedding gown designs.
Every Bonilla wedding gown is hand finished to the designer’s impeccable standards. While some collections are available in exclusive stockists across the US, he does take individual commissions from select clients. Each handmade Bonilla gown is unique and can be embellished and altered according to the client's tastes. Once a bride has chosen her dress Bonilla and his design team will make custom changes so she can have the dress of her dreams, particularly important, as there is a high chance that the dress (and the bride) will be seen on the glossy pages of wedding magazines, fashion tabloids and celebrity spotter TV shows.
Couture, rich, elegant, sophisticated, and detailed are all the words used to describe the wedding gowns of Edgardo Bonilla, the former window dresser who now provides the window dressing.