This past weekend we headed to New York for the bi-annual bridal market. Our trip was a complete whirl- wind. Due to my traveling schedule, we had to see all of our designers in just 2 days! But, the beauty made it worth the exhaustion!
Amsale runway show~ image by Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events
Bridal market is all about the stunning gowns, the finished looks and of course a complete collection- the runway is where we find our passion and our inspiration. But for the designers inspiration starts someplace else- in a photograph, a story or a luxurious fabric. This year for Amy Kuschel, inspiration was found in the vintage vixens of years past, Old Hollywood glamour and kitschy magazine ads.
Our vote for favorite collection this season was from Modern Trousseau.Head designer, Callie Tien’s inspiration for her line came by way of her choice in fabric; french, italian and spanish laces, soft, feminine organza and chiffon and uniquely textured designs.
To see more of Modern Trousseau’s stunning Spring 2012 line, view the collection here courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.
Overall, the trend continues to be very feminine. Many designers showed slightly fuller skirts- either alines or ball skirts, although we did continue to see trumpet skirts and fit to flares. Every designer showed some version of a tulle bottom dress on their line- either all tulle or some combination of tulle.
The hot neckline for the season was the boat neck. We saw it in every collection, in both long and short dresses. Here are a few of our favorites! We especially loved when it was accompanied by a fabulous back!
left Amsale, right Augusta Jones
left Ivy & Aster, right Jenny Yoo
As a result of the royal wedding, we saw a lot of sleeve options- from cap to ¾, to long. Sleeves were represented in many collections. Influenced by Kate’s gown, the sleeves were predominately in lace.
Some gowns we loved regardless of trend…here are a few of our faves!
Love this architectural silhouette from Amsale!
We loved the silhouette on the left and loved the color of the gown on the right- cafe is the new ivory!
We could not get enough of these stunning colors and textures from Modern Trousseau!
Answering to the diverse taste of brides, many designers were showing versalitly in their lines.
San Francisco based designer Amy Kuschel showed one gown with 3 different neckline options- strapless, vneck and boatneck. Connecticut based designer, Modern Trousseau introduced a precious collection of short dresses, appropriately called Before Long. Every style is available in both ivory and black making it perfect for all of your wedding related events!
Jenny Yoo introduced an adorable chiffon dress in her maids collection that is available both short and long and can be worn a myriad of ways! Imagine having all of your maids order the same dress, yet each one can wear it differently?! Pure genius!
It was not just about the dresses! We found some great accessories as well! We had our eyes peeled for some unique pieces and we found them!
Ivy and Aster introduced these beautiful vintage inspired capelets that transport any gown into a new stunning dimension!
Our favorite milliner, Bijou Van Ness awed us as usual with her stunning hats and cage veils. Here are a few of our faves!
We saw newness that we loved in maids as well! From precious cap sleeves from Coren Moore, to new pretty silhouettes from Jenny Yoo, to an inspired butterfly print from Ivy & Aster, we were swooning! We are thrilled to show off Coren Moore’s newest collection at our upcoming trunk show November 3rd – 5th. And Coren herself will be gracing us with her prescence on Saturday the 5th!
We want to leave you with pure bridal fabulousness!! We had the ultimate pleasure of meeting designer David Fielden for the first time. His avant-garde style and bold use of textures, fabrics and cuts makes his line completely unique. One of our favorite looks was a backless white jumpsuit dress alternative– so 70′s and truly for the bride who wants something amazing and different! You can see some of his 2012 line here and his Milan runway show below… I STRONGLY encourage you to watch the whole thing. The finale is worth the wait!
To get a different perspective on our market visit, be sure to visit Jubilee Event’s blog. Founder and creative director, Candice Coppola accompanied us and it was fabulous to hear her take on the trends!
Be sure to stay tuned to our blog in the coming days as we reveal the incredible designers that we met and the parties and events that we attended!
Images (unless noted) provided by Martha Stewart Weddings and Beth’s iphone.