Pink Strapless Dress

Bayside Spring Strapless

Sydney Dress from Kirribilla / Tiny Flower Earrings from J.Crew / Faceted Dots Necklace from J.Crew / Rose Printed Pouch Marc by Marc Jacobs at FarFetch / Sophia Webster Lavender Pumps at Saks

 

Happy Easter Weekend! I’m recapping both my travels to Bridal Market and my feature earlier this week on Bayside Bride . This pink strapless dress is one of my favorites from Kirribilla, which was one brand that I really wanted to meet with at market and just ran out of time!  The pattern is actually red and white checks, but it reads as pink to me. I love it for a bridal brunch, for the bridesmaids, and for wedding guests. I even love it for upcoming  spring events like the Derby. It’s so perfectly preppy and ladylike, especially with the sweetheart neckline and little peplum flounces.  I paired it with some navy accessories, but even just some pearls would be perfect. I’ve  also be back and been searching some new spring and summer styles for upcoming weddings, Here are a few of my favorites right now:

 

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Bridal Market Recap Day 2

The Knot Couture Show

The Knot Couture Show Set up

Hi everyone! I’m back with my recap of day 2 of  Bridal Market. I hope you’ve seen Day 1 and also checked out my Top 5 Wedding Dresses from Modern Trousseau.

Day 2 of Bridal Market, was by far my busiest day.  I had appointments every hour starting at 8:30 am. While many events are held right at the Couture Show venue, (the Hilton Midtown) or New York International Week venue ( Pier 92/94) many of the private runway shows are held in hotels all over the city.  This means as soon as one show ends, I’ll need to quickly walk or hop in a cab to the next venue. Fortunately (or unfortunately), the shows don’t run exactly on time and everyone is trying to make this same mad dash,  so the show only starts when the major attendees from all the bridal magazines and media outlets are checked in and are in their seats. As soon as I got to the Hilton, I needed to get to my appointment at Watters, but it didn’t stop me from snapping a few photos of exhibitors I wanted to see later!

Untamed Petals at Couture Show

Untamed Petals Booth at Couture Show

I started my day at Watters, which is always a favorite of mine to see. Not only is everyone at Watters extremely welcoming and upbeat, but the dresses are always gorgeous. It’s a great way to start the day! On the my way to my seat,  I see a name tag for Kunbi from Aisle Perfect!   I’ve been so focused on the dresses, that I’ve forgotten about this added delight of attending this show — it’s a chance to meet some of the people I consider my friends and virtual co-workers!  Kunbi and I have exchanged emails and guest posts, but this is going to be my first chance to meet her in person! I was sitting right near where everyone is checking in, so I was able to spin around in my seat and say hi the minute she arrived! She absolutely radiates happiness and kindness. It made my day to meet her!

 Watters Bridal Market 2014

This beautiful bohemian style from the D.I.D Collection was the first to hit the runway at Watters. Heidi style 53103 Ivory feminine and delicate lace, sleeves and key hole back.

There are little quirks and surprises of attending these shows that I get a kick out of and love noting for some reason, so I’ll share them with you now, in the event that you’re also fascinated! :). First of all, there’s usually a treat of some sort at your seat. At a minimum you’ll get the run-of-show line sheet, but at Watters, there’s also a cake pop. (Score!)

The logistics of seating and getting photographs also intrigue me. There’s a photo pit or bay at one end of the runway, where about 10 -20 photographers have to set up all their equipment and cram into a what looks like a 10 foot by 5 foot space.  You’ll hear the photographers say (with varying levels of severity), “Please uncross your legs!” several times as they’re doing test shots, and sometimes in the middle of the show.  It sounds a little  forward, and may run counter to any usual sense you might have of good decorum, but it just means that if you are in the front row and have your leg out an crossed over the knee, it’s going to dangle into the shot and ruin the look of the images that go on to be published everywhere.  They only have the model’s one trip down the aisle to get the shot and so everything has to be perfect. To be a good attendee, you have to tuck your legs, bags, and coat beneath your instead. Considering you’re sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in your seats, and already trying not to move, it becomes a little bit of a isometric workout.

There’s also the attire. Last year, I dressed up a little more and made the rookie mistake of wearing heels. Many still do this, and look fantastic and not at all miserable, so I need to conduct a private interview with them all to see how they make it through the day and have full use of their feet. This year, I wore pants and my most comfortable flats because I remembered how my feet stung and how my dress limited my stride a little as I was trying to quickly walk around.  Now, as attendees file in wearing lovely dresses I’m slightly suffering the other end of the spectrum of attire discomfort — feeling slightly frumpy –  especially since the suddenly warm temps threw my usual work attire into the realm of things I can’t stand to even think about wearing.  I have a hang-up  that Dress for the Wedding should be represented by a dress-wearing kind of editor, so I’m already regretting the pants! I feel slightly better about my choice when I realize many other members of the media have opted for comfort too.

The other runway show quirk is that you also will unintentionally photobomb the images of whomever happens to be sitting across from you as they snap images of the dresses and models with their phones. You can’t help but be captured, and so even an unintentional blink or errant frown can end up on Instagram –  fun times!

My own self-conscious musings subside as soon the show starts for Watters Fall 2014 presentation with the D.I.D line – Watters collection for the non-traditional bride. The styles range from bohemian to effortless elegance, capturing the essence of a free-spirited bride. The show went on to show bridesmaids, Wtoo, and Watters. All were wonderful. Here are some highlights – full features to follow!

Watters Runway Show

Love this little lace caplet! { Alice style 53110 Ivory, lace, strapless, dropped waist with beaded lace capel et Lotti style 53214}

Back DID Watters at Couture Show

The back of the first D.I.D gown. Remember how I said backs ( or lack thereof ) might be in this season? They are!

Back of DID dress

Another amazing back. The detail just floats over the skin with the help of an amazingly sheer illusion netting.  This dress is called Tiana 

Bridal Romper Bridal Market Behind the Scenes Dress for the Wedding

Would you dare to wear it? This fun lace romper from Encore with bows up the back made everyone smile!

Bridesmaid Bridal Market

This is a stunning dress for your bridesmaids, with illusion netting and handcrafted embellishment. This Watters  gown would definitely make your ‘maids feel special, but with this kind of ornamentation it could easily be a alternative to a wedding dress in my book.

DID Watters at Bridal Market 2014

Side cutouts are also a new favorite trend – more to come soon! The sheer lace makes this a little more demure, structured and wearable, and this detail wraps around to create a deep back. This dress is called Cora.

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Another fantastic illusion netting with buttons. Love this look! Leandra by Watters

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Viv has a delicate, but plunging neckline ( seeing more of this!) and a back to rave about. See it below!

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After the Watters show I had the chance to talk to Kunbi and her friend a little more. So fun! Then I had an hour before the next show, so I wanted to quickly walk around at the Couture Show and meet a few new designers.  I stopped briefly at Untamed Petals, then happily come across Madeleine Fig.  Oh. My. Goodness! These dresses! The weight, the details! I learned that she has a few pieces of her collection at BHLDN, and I can see why. Her designs perfectly embody that romantic, embellished one-of-a-kind vintage style. The quality and seaming on the dresses is perfect – even down to the lining that just skims the skin.  Did I mention she’s also a nice person? This designer is going to definitely be a full feature on Dress for the Wedding soon!

Bridal market day 2 Madeleine Fig

Madeleine Fig’s impressive collection of loveliness!

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An amazing gown from Madeleine Fig.

I quickly met the Solemates folks, who are behind my favorite little heel protectors that keep your stilettos from sinking into the ground. Genius!  Then, I happened upon Samantha Sleeper. Another gem. She was wearing the prettiest silk shirtwaist dress, and had a beautiful booth with lovely gowns and textures.  Her business cards were made out of fabric scraps, and she gave me a pretty gold pencil, and told me she also created the great floral archway. This is why I love coming to these things – to meet great talents like this!  People who simply cannot stop being creative forces in everything they do! Her dresses are just as brilliant. Some have soft ribbons of fabric, like her CoCo gown, and others are made out of lace cut and reworked to make dimensional details. She also creates modernly constructed demi dresses that are the modern take on classic styles of the 1950s.  She’s another designer that I instantly admire, and collection that I will definitely be showing here on DFTW!

Samantha Sleeper at Couture Show Bridal Market

A line of loveliness at Samantha Sleeper

Bridal Market Day 2 Samantha Sleeper

Samantha Sleeper –  for the bride wanting something a little different and very beautiful!

I made a quick stop at Betsey Johnson where I see some very familiar shoes. ( I’m pretty obsessed with the Something Blue Collection) then it was time to get in a cab and go to the Meatpacking district for the Ines Di Santo runway show.  See you soon for those details! First, I want to show you my full coverage of my picks for Watters. I’m off to get that post together as soon as I can!

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Mint Cotton Eyelet Dress

Bayside Spring Looks

Embroidered Eyelet Dress from Nordstrom / Cushion Cut Earrings BaubleBar /  Yellow Flower Necklace at LastCall / Green Perforated Lauren Clutch at Zappos  /  Rampage Dafnee Sandals at DSW

As I get my post of Day 2 of Bridal Market together, I wanted to also show you a look that is perfect for spring weddings and the upcoming Easter holiday. I was over on Bayside Bride this week, showing some spring styles. In contrast the the formal attire of winter holidays, spring and summer seasons are full of daytime weddings and outdoor receptions  or beach and backyard weddings that have a slightly more relaxed style. This mint aqua cotton eyelet dress is slightly casual, but the structured fit and flare style and embroidered lacey touches dress it up a little, making it the perfect choice for those laid-back outdoor events. Add some yellow accessories to really brighten up this very spring-like style.

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Top 5 Wedding Dresses from Modern Trousseau Spring 2015

As I mentioned in my Bridal Market recap, Modern Trousseau was one of the first Spring Collections I saw this market, and what a way to start things off!  Here are my Top 5 wedding dresses from Modern Trousseau Spring 2015.

BRYTON bridal gown by Modern Trousseau

Bryton.  This big bow had my heart immediately. Then consider the bateau lace neckline that follows the V of the back, and this dress instantly became one the standouts of Spring 2015 for me.

HARMONY bridal gown by Modern Trousseau

Harmony. The delicate dots  of Point d’Esprit  fabric with lace embroidered details make this a romantic, light gown that undoubtedly suit many summer brides.

EDIE bridal gown by Modern Trousseau

Edie. A Beautiful Italian lace ballgown…with pockets. Need I say more?

LOGAN bridal gown by Modern Trousseau

Logan. From the front, Logan looks like a classic  strapless organza gown — and she is — but wait until you see the flared ruffle in the back. A rare beauty!

MILA bridal gown by Modern Trousseau

Mila. I will never tire of a lace bateau neckline with cap sleeves. The fact that this gown also has a full tulle skirt and a delicate sweetheart bodice makes it a timeless choice.

For more details including a list of boutiques that carry the Modern Trousseau Collections visit Modern Trousseau at www.moderntrousseau.com

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Bridal Market 2014 Recap: Day 1

Modern Trousseau Dresses at Bridal Market

I’ve been promising this for so long, and it’s finally here! This past week, I had the chance to go to New York for the second time to attend Bridal Market, or New York International Bridal Fashion Week. It’s called so many different things  depending on where you’re exhibiting and what collection you’re showing ( Fall 2014 or Spring 2015) that I need a spreadsheet for the hashtags at this point.  Most attendees simply call it “market” for short. It essentially consists of 4-5 days of wedding fashion found at the The Knot Couture Show, and New York International Bridal Week Show, plus private events and fashion shows around the city.  This year, I attended more private showings and runway events which is fun as a lifelong fashion fan. It feels like a real “pinch-me”  moment to sit at these runways, but I also really love out on getting to chat one-on-one with some of the brands and designers.

I arrived on Friday around 1 pm,  and Market was already in full swing, especially because many of the designers who usually show on Sunday or Monday, had exhibited on Thursday. I missed Theia, but I have the official pictures at least, so I can’t wait to show you that collection.  I tried to make it to the Piers ( aka Pier 92/94 where the New York International Bridal Week venue is) , but the President was in town, and traffic was more snarled than usual, so the cab driver and I decided I should bail out of that idea and off I went to my first appointment at Modern Trousseau!

Modern Trousseau New York

The Modern Trousseau flagship is on 7th Avenue, and is a beautiful boutique managed by the wonderful Nicole. She immediately and graciously offered me a mimosa, which I took even though it hadn’t been a hard day yet at all. I took a seat in the luxe surroundings as Callie Tein, Modern Trousseau’s designer, walked us through her inspiration for the Spring 2015 Collection.

Bridal Market Modern Trousseau Gown

Scout with matching veil

It was fascinating to hear her speak about what inspires her.  The gowns this season had such distinct personalities to them, but still were part of such a cohesive, romantic look. Tein reflected on how she was drew inspiration from a variety of areas: new fabrics, subtle use color, new cotton laces, and ideas that she had been wanting to translate into wedding gowns for some time. In a point that was especially close to my own heart and generation, Tein also spoke about taking some of the elements she loved about 1980s fashion, and toning it down and making it classic. For instance, one of my favorite gowns — Bryton– features a big bow. For those who may not remember so vividly, the over-sized bow was once a staple of the over-the-top ’80s style, but with this new scale it makes a classic statement and also makes the delicate waist of this gown even smaller.

Bryton at Modern Trousseau

Bryton

Modern Trousseau Gowns

Edie

Another interesting detail for me was how Tein will take a pattern from the lace in the dress, and echo that detail in one of the custom veils. It expands the overall design in such a wonderful way. She also tells us how satisfying it is to have an idea that she has been toying with finally come to fruition in these gowns.  I realized this last year, but after this conversation I realized once again how meeting the designers in person is such a great experience, because you actually see the good, kind people, and creative minds who make these dresses happen at work. It gives such personal dimension to the dress, and I love being able to pass along to my readers what wonderful, genuine, talented people are behind these gowns!  I’ve really noticed that cheerful people make beautiful things!

Back Detail

Logan

After that fun start to the weekend, I headed to the hotel to meet with my friend and her co-worker before they headed to that night’s Yankees/Red Sox game. This Red Sox fan had to forgo the game in order to get a good night’s rest for a packed Saturday schedule and the first show of the morning: Watters! See you tomorrow for more!

Visit Modern Trousseau ( www.moderntrousseau.com) for more details on their Spring 2015 Collection. Stay tuned for official images and my picks for the top 5 dresses from their Spring 2015 Collection!

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