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CLASSIC ELEGANCE Clockwise from above: Pale green christening gown with ivory grill embroidery, velvet, and pleated trimmings; Cream, pewter, and antique gold baptiosmal gown with vest and tie details; and Ivory silk jacquard and silk taffeta christening gown with pompoms and green/pale yellow ribbon trim

CLASSIC ELEGANCE Clockwise from above: Pale green christening gown with ivory grill embroidery, velvet, and pleated trimmings; Cream, pewter, and antique gold baptiosmal gown with vest and tie details; and Ivory silk jacquard and silk taffeta christening gown with pompoms and green/pale yellow ribbon trim

Katrina Goulbourn Babes’ latest collection of baptismal gowns is influenced by the Belle Epoque, the era of the early 1900s in France where Art Nouveau blossomed in art, architecture, and fashion.

It was a period of peace and prosperity that promoted stability in the region and allowed the arts to flourish and society to lavish itself in fabrics that, though rich in content, were subtle with intricate detailing. Although there were extravagances during these years, they were tempered by restraint and refinement. One could see that things were better for all, from the working and middle class to the upper class, and this was clearly reflected in fashion through a more toned down, thinner silhouette.e1

“I wanted this collection to be a hopeful and refined one that brings forth classic elegance both for the boys and the girls. Children of this era. Although more simply dressed than before, were still charming in their mini suits, ties, and vests or embroidered and appliqué dresses. They were dressed like charming, mini adults,” explains the designer Katrina Goulbourn-Feist.

The gowns for the baby boys are indeed for little men, with little ties, vests, and jackets, subtle shades of gold, silver gray, blue, cream, and ivory in satins, silks, and jacquards.

The baby girls would look angelic in looks that have art nouveau floral embroidery, ruffles and ribbons, layers of tulle, silks, and satins, in soft colors of peach, the palest yellows, cream, and ivory. For the unisex gowns, Goulbourn presents creations that have grill-work embroidery that is neither too elaborate nor too simple, still keeping with the Belle époque tone.

Truly darling little ladies and little gentlemen.

Katrina Goulbourn Babes is available at Silk Cocoon at the New World Hotel, Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue. 02 811-6856. Also available at Rustan’s Makati, Alabang, Shangrila, and Cebu