Our first show of Bridal Fashion Week this month in New York was the presentation of the new Claire Pettibone Romantique collection, called “Into the Sunset.” In place of a runway show, Claire Pettibone showcased the beautiful new collection with models walking between a vast studio space and western-themed vignettes, then converging all together for a gorgeous photo op with Claire Pettibone herself. These dresses are simply lovely, so well priced (all under $3,000!), and just perfect for Colorado brides – whether or not they’re having a country wedding.
In Claire’s words, “Vintage lace, a nod to pioneer style, accented with a touch of bandit black. The untamed romance of the old west… land of windblown prairies and endless possibilities, tells a tale of true Romantique love.” We can’t wait to have these gowns at Little White Dress in Denver this fall!
After the show we got a close-up look at the collections so we could decide which gowns to bring to Little White Dress! Claire Pettibone is known for her exquisite laces and detailing, and these gowns are no exception to her artistry. We can’t wait to show these beautiful dresses with our brides when they arrive in store this fall!
The team of buyers at Little White Dress Bridal Shop has just returned from Bridal Fashion Week in New York, where we saw the new Spring 2016 collections (in store this fall!) from the best bridal designers.
Part of what we love about bridal fashion is that passing trends aren’t as important – after all, most brides are going for timeless rather than trendy when they choose their wedding dress. While we wouldn’t call them trends, we do love seeing all the beautiful, innovative ways our designers make their bridal gowns fresh and exciting season after season. And because it’s so important to us to bring inspiring bridal fashion to brides in Colorado and beyond, we are always on the lookout for the best of the best in bridal fashion.
Here is what inspired us most this Bridal Fashion Week!
Designers are giving Princess Brides a promotion to Queen with these stunning takes on regal romance. From royally-inspired sleeves, skirts, embroidery – complete with crowns, in some cases – we loved the regal romance in looks by Naeem Khan, Marchesa, Anne Barge, and Galia Lahav.
The Naeem Khan Washington gown
The Marchesa Marguerite gown
Anne Barge Blue Willow gown
The Galia Lahav Cinderella gown
Laser-cutting, 3D printing, and other modern technology are influencing fashion, and bridal designers aren’t afraid to take part in the form of florals. On everything from skirts to sleeves and bodices, these texturized flowers use everything from chiffon, crystals, and even feathers, to achieve a 3D effect on gowns. These examples from Jenny Packham, Marchesa, and Claire Pettibone Romantique were our favorite examples.
Jenny Packham Spring 2016 wedding dress
The Marchesa Azalea gown
The Claire Pettibone Romantique ‘Prairie Rose’ gown
The Marchesa Gardenia gown
One Dress, Two Looks
The concept of changing your look from the ceremony to the reception – without changing into a second dress – might be one of the biggest ideas in bridal fashion at the moment. Detachable overskirts and trains are an easy and elegant way to change up your look, and the options designers are offering are simply gorgeous. What we love about the looks shown by Reem Acra, Claire Pettibone Romantique, Naeem Khan, and Galia Lahav is that they accentuate the dress, and don’t cover up the whole bottom half of the gown. It’s all about adding a touch of volume and drama for the ceremony, and not about having two completely different looks.
Reem Acra Spring 2016 wedding dress
Claire Pettibone Romantique ‘Winona’ gown
The Naeem Khan Montreal gown
The Galia Lahav Crystal gown
This Bridal Fashion Week we enjoyed seeing subtle homages to a classic fashion inspiration – ballet. From scoop-back styles to wispy tulle skirts, and lace-up bodices reminiscent of a pointe shoe’s ribbons, a little ballet influence is a great way to infuse feminine sophistication into your wedding day look without veering into sugary territory. We were particularly enamored with styles from Marchesa, Liancarlo, and Galia Lahav.
Liancarlo Spring 2016 wedding dress
The Marchesa Seraphina gown
The Galia Lahav Snow White gown
Plunging low backs remain big in bridal fashion, and this season we saw a new touch to the style: the belted back. Whether with a simple satin ribbon, or a glamorous beaded version, these belts are a clever and beautiful way to accentuate the waistline on low back (open or sheer) styles. Liancarlo and Galia Lahav hit the nail on the head with this new look.
The Galia Lahav Belle gown
Liancarlo Spring 2016 wedding dress
The Galia Lahav Savannah gown
An Artist’s Touch
Designer wedding gowns are the product of visionaries and artists in design and construction, but a literal artist’s touch infused some very special gowns this season. With hand-painted tulle and lace, as well as carefully cross-dyed lace, creations by Naeem Khan, Claire Pettibone Romantique, and Robert Bullock Bride left us in awe of the wearable art they have created for brides on their wedding day.
The Naeem Khan Positano gown, hand-painted by a Brooklyn artist
The Claire Pettibone Romantique ‘Montana’ gown, with cross-dyed lace
The Robert Bullock bride Aries gown, with hand-painted lace
Blushes and blues continue to dominate the non-ivory color front on wedding gowns, but this season we saw several sand-colored dresses as well. The neutral, earthy palette is perfect for a variety of skin tones, and a subtle way to make a statement. We’re imagining these gowns on a bride at a gorgeous outdoor wedding, with bridesmaids all in white for a fun twist on tradition. The versions from Jenny Packham, Liancarlo, and Anne Barge made us hope that this color sticks around for several seasons to come!
Jenny Packham Spring 2016 wedding dress
Liancarlo Style 6826 Spring 2016 wedding dress
Anne Barge Tuileries gown
Which Spring 2016 wedding dress styles are you most excited to see arrive at Little White Dress this fall?
Call 303-814-8972 or visit our website to make an appointment to see our selection of always-current, best of the best wedding dresses, accessories, and shoes!
One of our favorite things about what we do is seeing all the unique, creative, and beautiful locations and styles of our brides’ weddings, and seeing how each bride’s dress fits into her individual wedding vision. We may be a bit biased, but we think our brides have the absolute best taste! Little White Dress bride Jill is no exception. Jill and her husband Bryce got married in a beautiful, traditional church ceremony, and then celebrated with a reception at one of the loveliest barn venues in Colorado, the Chatfield Botanic Gardens.
The result is a sweetly timeless wedding, with soft mint and gold accents, a cake made by Jill’s mother, and of course our favorite detail – Jill’s eyelash lace Robert Bullock Bride gown. The fact that her dress looks perfect at both a church ceremony and a barn reception is a testament to the gown’s beauty – and versatility.
Congratulations to Jill and Bryce! Many thanks to their photographer, Jackie Cooper Photo, for sharing their big day with us!
‘Tis the season for new gown arrivals at Little White Dress, and this week we are so excited to have our first four Galia Lahav gowns added to our collection! Galia Lahav gowns are show-stopping, exquisite creations made in Tel Aviv with the finest materials and details, and we are so proud to be the only boutique in Colorado where Galia Lahav gowns are available. When a bride purchases a Galia Lahav gown, the dress is made specifically to that bride’s individual measurements, ensuring that each couture gown has a flawless fit. These four new gowns – Loretta, Norma, Suzanne, and Antonia – all have Galia Lahav’s signature fitted bodices, low backs, and impeccable detailing.
With the arrival of these Galia Lahav gowns, brides in and near Colorado no longer have to wait for our Galia Lahav trunk shows to be able to try on Galia Lahav gowns. BUT – for the largest selection of Galia Lahav gowns, trunk shows are the way to go! Our next Galia Lahav trunk show is June 5th-7th, and gowns from all of Galia Lahav’s collections will be available. Appointments are already filling up for the trunk show, so give us a call today at 303-814-8972 to reserve your spot!