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Bridal Market Spring 2014: Trend Update

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Guest Post By: Jim Verraros, Bridal Expo Chicago Luxury

I’ve been attending NY Bridal Market for four years and each time I fantasize about rolling around in couture gowns and dream about making a bedspread out of them. But that would be strange, so I hold myself back.

Maggie Sottero’s Spring 2014 collection took a page from “The Great Gatsby,” and showed silk charmeuse sheaths and beaded, slinky silhouettes. This was by far the most sexy they’ve gone, and I was a fan. It was risky but in the most tasteful way possible.

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero; Photo: Dan Lecca

Justin Alexander is always a highlight for me. Designers Jose Diaz and Terry Hilferty always seem to have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to trends. The Spring 2014 preview included some off-the-shoulder gowns, ball gowns that would make even me want to wear them, and peplums. I’m obsessed with peplums.

Dress Designer: Justin Alexander

Junko Yoshioka, best known for her red carpet gowns and architectural details showed a collection that I fell in love with. From the names of her gowns like, “Macaroon,” and “Éclair,” (which made me think: “I need to get over to Laduree before they close”), to the gorgeous fabrics like crepe de chine and Bellagio silk, the collection was delicious.

Rita Vinieris, for Rivini, showed a collection that was diverse in design and silhouette. From plunging necklines to a sheer lace top that left nothing to the imagination, she took a risk and it paid off. BIG time. While still staying true to her design aesthetic, she always manages to keep things fresh and the audience excited.

Dress Designer: Rivini; Photo: Dan Lecca

A new designer on the scene, Berta Bridal from Israel took sexy and RAN! These gowns were smokin’ hot, made impeccably with backs that were plunging and lace-embellished detail that you HAD to see up close.  Berta Bridal was truly a stand out at market.

Dress Designer: Berta; Photo: Robert Mitra

Lazaro always delivers, but this season it was beauty channeled through lace, sleeves, open and keyhole backs and beading. Lazaro knows a woman’s body and this collection truly focused on that. Not to mention- the collaboration between him and the Maria Elena Headpieces accessories in his gowns made me squeal. I think I turned a few heads in the showroom, but I couldn’t contain my excitement.

Dress Designer: Lazaro

Speaking of squealing, I’m taken back to last Fall when I was introduced to “Guindon,” a striped ruffled ball gown by the gorgeous Miss Hayley Paige that I couldn’t stop thinking about. Once I saw this creation come down the runway, I knew Hayley was going to be a star; and a star she quickly became. For fall, she didn’t disappoint- with point d’esprit and crisscross backs and an airiness that she does so well.

One of my favorite designers, Carlos Ramirez for Liancarlo showed us Lyon, Chantilly and Alencon laces coupled with Italian embroidery and Swarovski detail throughout. One gown in particular, a blush colored ball gown with peplum and embroidery almost went home with me- I just couldn’t fit it under my suit.

Dress Designer: Liancarlo

If there’s one thing I can say about NY Bridal market, it’s that designers are listening to you! The request for sleeves, higher necklines and removable boleros were affluent throughout designers’ collections and this is a great thing. Brides, you’re in for a treat as you peruse through gowns in your local bridal boutiques. Just hurry before I get to them first.

Jim Verraros | National Bridal Sales Manager, Bridal Expo Chicago Luxury

Jim is the National Bridal Sales Manager for Bridal Expo Chicago Luxury and wears multiple hats, ranging from servicing designers and bridal salons to copywriting and editing, participating in strategy sessions with the entire sales office, and choreographer for its weekly fashion shows.
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No Shoes, No Problem!

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You may want to preserve everything from your wedding day, but in doing so, could actually cause your dress some harm.  Shoes are made out of a lot of different materials such as certain types of plastic which over time may cause your dress to yellow.  If you choose to clean your shoes with your dress, and you want to get them preserved, make sure to put them in a separate box for safekeeping.  Plus, your wedding shoes have a higher likelihood of being worn again than your dress.  If they get significantly dirty during the wedding bring them to a Wedding Gown Specialist along with your dress and have them cleaned.  Shoes are much easier to be dyed and altered so that they can fit other occasions and clothes.

Did you know that there may be something lurking in your dress that could potentially be harmful?  Bust pads that are sewn in to some dresses that are made out of material that can not only disintegrate, but emit fumes that will cause discoloration to the dress.  Members of the Wedding Gown Association recognize these pads and take them out before cleaning and preserving the dress so that there is no harm done.  This step is very important because once you get your gown preserved, you do not want to open it years later and have your special gown be discolored.

Another cause for discoloration is the area in which you store your gown. An attic can be too hot, and a basement too damp. Plus, basements can be affected by flooding. The best location to store your gown is in a closet or under a bed. The acid-free wedding chest can be stored horizontally or vertically for your convenience.

If you have been a victim to a yellowed dress due to oxidation and/or a disintegrated of the bust pad, do not be discouraged. If your bring your dress to one of our members they will be able to clean your gown as best as possible to get it as close back, if not back, to its original color.

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Adding Straps to Your Gown

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There may be a variety of reasons why straps would be added to your wedding dress.  Many brides fall in love with strapless gowns only to find out that as beautiful as they are – they can also be very aggravating.  Some may cause you extreme annoyance because of having to be pulled up every couple minutes. This is not something that you want to be worried about on your special day.  Another reason why you might add straps or sleeves is if you’re getting married in a church.  Either for comfort reasons or church rules, straps may be necessary.

Don’t panic or think you’ve bought the wrong dress! Straps can be easily added and have become the latest trend.  I would highly recommend that you get them done by a professional seamstress and not by Aunt Jill with a sewing kit.  You can have your seamstress add them with buttons so that if you choose to take on and off your straps for pictures, the reception, or the ceremony you will be able to.  If your dress starts to bother you or becomes too heavy and is being pulled down, straps are the most convenient add-ons!

There are different approaches to adding straps.  You can add two straps, longer or thinner, you can add one single strap, spaghetti straps, or halter top straps.  Make sure you’re the fabric that you are using to make your straps matched the gown.  You do not want to have different shades of white or different pattern lace so the straps seem very noticeable.  Have your seamstress and/or bridal consultant find the proper material for your straps.  The may be able to use the left over material from your alterations or find identical material.

You can now relax when thinking about your wedding dress falling down on your wedding day.  You will be in control of the straps – when you want them put on and off.  This is very convenient for pictures and for comfort!

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Destination Wedding Kit

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If your wedding is going to be in a location in which involves a considerable amount of traveling, whether it be by car, plane, or boat, it is considered a destination wedding.  There are precautions you can take to reduce the amount of travel wrinkles your dress will attain. If you are traveling by car or boat, your dress should be carried in a dry-cleaning bag rather then put in a box.  Stuffing your dress with as much tissue as possible will help avoid creases and wrinkles during your travel. Make sure to stuff the flower appliques and other decorative designs on your dress as well.  If they are left unstuffed, they can become flattened or creased. Remember – the more tissue the better!

If you are traveling by plane and do not want to check your dress with the rest of your luggage (which could be very risky) there is a destination wedding kit available that provides a box for your dress that will fit with carry-on luggage requirements.

Once you have reached your destination, chances are your dress has been affected by traveling as much as you have been. Wrinkles are inevitable but they can be handled. If you have a portable hand-steamer, you can use that to get out those unavoidable, but annoying, wrinkles.  If you do not have access to one, try the old-fashioned way.  Hang the dress up in the bathroom with the shower on very hot.  The steam may be able to get rid of the larger more noticeable wrinkles.

When traveling by plane, wrinkles in your dress could be an inconvenience – but losing your dress in a luggage mishap could be quite bit worse. Members of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists have taken into consideration the important aspects of having a destination wedding – and of course, the actual travel is one of them.  DO NOT risk losing or damaging your dress when traveling by checking your wedding gown with the rest of your luggage.  There’s nothing worse than a bride on her wedding day with no wedding gown. For more tips and to order the original destination kit please visit the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists’ website.

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The Best of Bridal Market (Bridesmaid Edition): Bella Bridesmaid, Baltimore

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We’ve spent the last few weeks asking bridal salon owners from around the country to dish about their favorite wedding dresses from New York Bridal Market. As a little bonus, we thought we’d focus on bridesmaids, too. We spoke to Whitney Adams, the owner of the recently-reopened Bella Bridesmaid salon in Baltimore, to share her top picks for your ‘maids.

Q: Was there one collection or bridesmaid dress that you thought was the “best of market?”

The shimmer fabric that Ivy & Aster put out (as shown on the Soiree style, below) was absolutely fantastic. It’s subtle, but it offers something so different.

Photos courtesy of Ivy & Aster

Q: What do you think is the hot bridesmaid dress color of this season?

I think stripes, dots, and even patterns will have a bigger presence. I loved Monique Lhuillier‘s new floral print (left) and the striped skirts from LulaKate (right).

Photos (from left): Dan Lecca, courtesy of LulaKate

Q: What’s your favorite new trend or dress detail this season?

Combining bright, punchy colors, especially in the color blocking from Jim Hjelm Occasions (below). Even taking a neutral tone like navy with a kick of icy blue or bright green at the bottom is fabulous and unexpected.

Photo by Dan Lecca

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The Best of Bridal Market: Kleinfeld

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By Anne Chertoff

For the past few weeks, we’ve asked bridal salons from around the country to share their favorite hot-off-the-runway looks from the most recent Bridal Market. For our final installment, we spoke to Terry Hall, fashion director at Kleinfeld in New York City (yes, that’s the store where “Say Yes to the Dress” is filmed!). Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Was there one collection or gown that you thought was the “best of market?”

Mark Zunino’s show was the highlight of Bridal Market.  Mark is known for his glamorous Hollywood designs and was able to translate that aesthetic into bridal.

Photos by Dan Lecca

Q: Of all the gowns that featured color, whether pink, blue, black or red,  was there one or two that you think brides will fall in love with?

I think brides are really going to fall in love Isaac Mizrahi’s use of gingham in pink and black, which really brings a sense of whimsy to his collection.

Photos by Dan Lecca

Q: Of the designers who showed, who is going to be a breakout star?

Absolutely Mark Zunino without question!  I was also thoroughly impressed with Elizabeth Fillmore’s collection.  She just brought it to a whole new level with a sense of glamour in every piece. I just fell in love with it.

Dresses by (from left): Elizabeth Fillmore, Mark Zunino, Elizabeth Fillmore
Photos by Dan Lecca

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The Best of Bridal Market: Jennifer’s Bridal

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We’re asking bridal salon owners from around the country to share their favorite hot-off-the-runway looks from the most recent Bridal Market. Today, we’re talking to Jennifer Kienzle and Amy Hauser of Jennifer’s Bridal in Hockessin, Delaware. Here’s what they had to say:

Q: Was there one collection or gown that you thought was the “best of market?”

Lazaro was amazing, as usual. His use of beautiful traditional fabrics, exquisite laces and beading in contemporary styles makes every bride feel like her wedding aisle is a runway. He is so talented and we look forward to his collection every season.

Photos courtesy of Lazaro

Q: Of all the gowns that featured color (pink, blue, black, etc.), was there one or two that you think brides will fall in love with?

We loved Blush by Hayley Paige‘s gown called Lilac. The soft, beautiful, subtle shade is inspiring for any spring or summer wedding.

Photo courtesy of Hayley Paige

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The Best of Bridal Market: L’elite Bridal and Musette Bridal Boutique

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For the next week, we’re asking bridal salon owners from around the country to share their favorite hot-off-the-runway looks from the most recent Bridal Market. Today, we’re talking to Salwa Khoory of L’elite Bridal and Gisele Khoory of Musette Bridal Boutique, both in Boston. Here’s what they had to say:

Q: Was there one collection or gown that you thought was the “best of market?”

Salwa: Monique Lhuillier knows how to make a bride feel beautiful. She had a nice balance of classic silhouettes, romantic and glamorous touches, and couture details. Reem Acra‘s collection was very well-rounded, too. The gowns moved effortlessly as they came down the runway.

Gisele: Romona Keveza has a beautiful collection of styles ranging from “princess” to glamorous. She doesn’t disappoint with her romantic and sexy styles.

Q: Of all the gowns that featured color (pink, blue, black, etc.), was there one or two that you think brides will fall in love with?

Gisele: Rivini had a beautiful nude copper-tone gown (left), Romona Keveza had a crimson red dress.

Salwa: Oscar de la Renta‘s soft blues and bold reds, Monique Lhuillier‘s blush gowns (right).

Photos by Dan Lecca

Q: What’s your favorite new trend or dress detail this season?

Salwa: I love the peekaboo and portrait backs, like this style by Monique Lhuillier (center). Peplums, like on style by Amsale (left),  are another feature we saw on the runways, they give brides a touch of couture.

Gisele: Color was all over the runways! Red is the new white – like on this gorgeous Romona Keveza gown (right).

Photos by Dan Lecca

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The Best of Bridal Market: The White Dress

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For the next few weeks, we’re asking bridal salon owners from around the country to share their favorite hot-off-the-runway looks from the most recent Bridal Market. Today, we’re talking to Carrie Casper of The White Dress in Corona del Mar, California. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: Was there one collection or gown that you thought was the “best of market?”  

A: Reem Acra and Amanda Wakeley both wowed us with their new collections.  Reem Acra’s light an airy gowns were both fanciful and glamorous.  Amanda Wakeley’s talents amazed us — the gowns looked like liquid and we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of structure within.

Q: Of all the gowns that featured color, was there one or two that you think brides will fall in love with? 

A: Bronze and copper metallics, as well as heavy tonal beading.  As for color, we saw gold with numerous designers and were pleased at how beautifully this color played into bridal.

Q: Of the new designers who showed, was there one who you think is going to be a breakout star? 

A: We are so excited to introduce Francesca Miranda – A Colombia-based designer with an incredible and inventive style.  Her aesthetic is a new one to the marketplace and we were raving over each and every gown.  We know our brides will fall in love with her styles.

Photos courtesy of Francesca Miranda

Q: What’s your favorite new trend or dress detail of the season? 

A: The “necklace” effect—whether interpreted traditionally, as at Victor Harper (below), or the dangling jewel back of Amanda Wakeley.

Photo courtesy of Victor Harper

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The Best of Bridal Market: Bella Bianca Bridal Couture

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For the next few weeks, we’re asking bridal salon owners from around the country to share their favorite hot-off-the-runway looks from the most recent Bridal Market. Today, we’re talking to Melissa Russell and Natalie Bauer of Bella Bianca Bridal Couture in Oakbrook, IL. Here’s what they had to say:

Q: Was there one collection or gown that you thought was the “best of market?”

Once again, we were in love with Lazaro‘s collection. There was such a range of styles from sweet lace ballgowns to fully beaded mermaids. He is so in tune with what brides are looking for, and we love his romantic-yet-sassy flair.

Photos by Dan Lecca

Q: Of the new designers who showed, who is going to be a breakout star?

We were so impressed with the new collection, Victor Harper. The gowns are stunning with silk satin mermaids, trumpets, and ballgowns with intricate crystal beading. It is truly a return to the glamorous side of bridal. So many designers focused on lace this season, so it was refreshing to see a collection made up of fabulously beaded gowns!

Photos by Dan Lecca

Q: What’s your favorite new trend or dress detail of the season?

One of the biggest trends this season was the peplum, and we are very excited about it. Whether it’s done in lace or a more structured fabric like silk Mikado, it is such a romantic detail. Not only is it beautiful, it can be a very flattering silhouette for brides who are looking for a slim gown but don’t want to feel self-conscious about their waist and hip area. Our favorite peplum dress this season was the Wave gown by Junko Yoshioka.

Photo by Dan Lecca

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