The Reem Acra runway show: what a way to kick off Fall 2013′s Bridal Fashion Week! We’ve had our eye on this well-known designer for a while now and we were excited to view her newest collection. After seeing her runway show and getting a look at these gowns up close, we had all but decided that we had to bring Reem Acra to Colorado. These dresses are just that beautiful. (The actual decision to carry Reem Acra was made at our viewing appointment the next day – all the details to come in the next post!)
From BRIDES: Exotic wedding venues and nontraditional locales inspired Reem Acra’s glamorous Fall 2014 wedding dress runway show, titled “Going Global.” From feathery crowns to twinkling beadwork, Acra’s latest collection managed to be modern, exotic, and feminine all at the same time, aiming to satisfy the growing number of brides traveling overseas to tie the knot. Like Acra’s previous collection, lace-embroidery glistened over a sheer nude bodice. Light fabrics such as tulle, delicate shirring, and buoyant ruffles made this collection feel as breathless as ever.
Ms. Acra may have had exotic places in mind when designing this collection, but we think these gowns are the perfect match for Colorado’s beautiful landscapes and wedding venues. They are extraordinarily delicate and elegant, while being natural, fresh, and understated all at the same time. Our brides are going to fall in love with these gowns as much as we have.
Enjoy some of our images from Reem Acra’s runway show!
Stay tuned for all the details about our viewing of the collection at the Reem Acra showroom, including meeting with Reem Acra herself, and our decision to bring this incredible designer to Colorado brides!
We had another day at Bridal Market jam packed with gorgeous dresses, back-to-back appointments throughout the city, and the best parties of Bridal Fashion Week!
We started bright and early: LWD owner Cate was asked by The Knot to be on the panel of bridal shop experts from around the country for a breakfast panel discussion, and she gladly accepted! Cate enjoyed sharing her knowledge, experience, and tips with newer bridal shops about how to be successful.
The panel’s host from The Knot introducing three bridal shop experts, including our very own Cate!
For much of the day we jetted around to our designers’ showrooms so we could pick which of their new gowns to have in store at Little White Dress. These decisions can be so, so tough when we love so many of the gowns and can only have a few. But we studied every dress in detail, thinking about what our brides want and about what we already have or don’t have in the shop, and we ended up making the absolute best decisions. We are thrilled to introduce our new gowns to Colorado brides.
Two of our favorites by Liancarlo. Each gown is perfectly made down to every stitch, and we love admiring the work and detail that goes into the Liancarlo gowns.
The Jenny Packham showroom is always one of the stops we most look forward to. It’s like being in your best friend’s living room, if your best friend were the chicest, most fabulous London girl.
It’s one thing to see these beauties on the runway (in a word: jaw-dropping!), but Jenny Packham gowns really shine up close when you notice just how well-made, light, and flattering they are.
Our final selection of the Jenny Packham gowns to have at Little White Dress! These six gowns are STUNNERS!
After all our appointments were over, we had a quick costume change to get in our gala wear for the evening’s big celebrations. Our first stop: the Martha Stewart Weddings party!
All gussied up for the biggest parties of the year!
All around the enormous room at Martha’s headquarters in the Chelsea neighborhood were food and drink stations, photo booths, a braid bar, manicure station, a live band, and more. Martha sure knows how to throw a party! We had a great time enjoying the entertainment and running into Claire Pettibone and her husband Guy, the Anne Barge team, the Jenny Packham team, the Love Veils girls, and so many more!
The Martha Stewart Wedding party’s theme was Starry Night.
The last stop of the night: The Knot Gala! Held at the famous New York Public Library, The Knot Gala is always the biggest, loudest party of Bridal Fashion Week.
The grand entrance to The Knot Gala
By the time we got there, the dance floor was packed, the celebrities were roaming (we said hi to Randy Fenoli!), and the champagne was flowing. Truly the place to see and be seen!
Everyone loved the great band, the glitzy decor, and the chance to see all our favorite people in the industry!
The Knot Gala usually marks the end of Bridal Week for us, but this year we’re staying an extra day because we just couldn’t fit all our appointments in four days! Stay tuned for more, including our official announcements about the new designers that will be at Little White Dress!
Today we went to the biggest and most buzzed about shows in bridal – all day and all over New York City. We saw some of our most favorite, been-with-us-forever designers, some designers we like to check in on whenever we can, some designers we’d never seen before but were curious about, and some designers that we knew would be fabulous even though they’re not exactly what our brides are looking for right now. And for the following reasons, the rest of this post will be in pictures: 1) We can describe a dress all day long, but the picture of the dress is what will inspire you; 2) We took a lot of great pictures today of beeeautiful gowns; 3) It’s very late; 4) Our feet hurt.
Enjoy our recap-in-photos of our third day at 2013 Bridal Market!
The GORGEOUS Rivini show. Always one of the best venues of Bridal Market, and the gowns were just beautiful.
Matthew Christopher brought it this Market. We loved seeing these trends in his new collection: gold embroidery, high-low hemlines and horsehair hems, plus a pale blue gown. Just perfect.
A few more of our favorite looks throughout the day: a drop-waist gown that is crazy flattering on every figure; metallic built-in jewelry for the edgy bride; architectural yet feminine detailing and mixed materials.
Which of the trends we saw today is your favorite? 1) Punk rock brides, 2) Feathers and Sequins (in a pantsuit that we actually loved!), 3) The low-low-LOW back.
And a few more snaps of our thrilling, fun, tiring, beautiful day:
Matthew Christopher threw a party to celebrate his new collection – and OF COURSE we had to attend!
A well-deserved drink at the Mondrian Soho to cap off the day!
For most of the day we were at Pier 94, which is where many designers show their collections. We heard someone say that walking through the Pier is like “Bridal Christmas,” and that is really the best way to describe it. There are rows and rows of gowns and accessories from dozens and dozens of designers – SO many beautiful things to look at! But with our goals and priorities in mind (and a very organized schedule!), we were able to focus throughout the day on what our brides are going to love most.
The entrance to Pier 94 (also known as “Bridal Christmas”!)
First off, we saw the stunning runway show of one of our favorite designers, Claire Pettibone. Colorado brides are going to LOVE her new collection (called “Still Life” after beautiful Old World paintings).
Claire Pettibone’s runway show included a runway covered in ombre rose petals, great music, and THE most beautiful collection of gowns.
We all agree that this is our favorite Claire Pettibone collection yet!
At our one-on-one appointment with Claire Pettibone after the runway show, we had a really tough time narrowing down which gowns to carry at Little White Dress, but we know we picked THE most amazing dresses for our brides.
One of our new Claire Pettibone gowns! We can’t wait to show you the rest!
The LWD ladies with Claire Pettibone after she showed us each and every gown from her new collection.
Then, we had some inspiring and beautiful appointments with designers that we don’t currently have at Little White Dress. And…. we have some very exciting news to announce in the coming days! Today we picked up not one, but TWO incredible bridal gown designers that are new to Colorado (AND an accessories line that we’re really excited about!)!
The first designer that is new to Colorado and the Little White Dress collection is a young yet established talent with breathtaking gowns that are accessible to many brides. We know that our brides are going to fall in love with these sparkling and flattering gowns!
Here is just a preview of what’s to come with one of our new designers.
The second new addition is a designer who is known all around the world, who has dressed celebrity after celebrity for the red carpet, and who has what we’ve heard described as “Sure to be the most talked about collection of this Bridal Fashion Week.” Each and every gown is handmade to perfection. From the fabrics to the beading to the fit, construction, and style, these gowns are the definition of couture quality and design. We are so thrilled to bring these gowns to Colorado brides, and we know that our brides will just melt over this beautiful collection. Stay tuned for our big announcement! In the meantime, any guesses?
Just a hint about our BIG new designer: all these celebrities and many more have worn this designer on the red carpet! Any guesses?
Bridal Market has officially kicked off! We arrived in New York last night and have already had an eventful first day. This afternoon, after spending the morning near home base in the East Village, we threw on our heels and headed uptown for our first runway show, by a designer we are considering bringing to Little White Dress. (Trust us, many more details and photos to come if we do decide to add this world-renowned designer to our collection!)
The highlight of the day was Jenny Packham‘s 25th anniversary runway show and reception. To say it was beyond beautiful is an absolute understatement. Just to give you an idea of what it was like, one of The Knot’s editors wrote afterward, “I just cried at the Jenny Packham fashion show. This is one of the top 5 prettiest things I’ve ever seen in my life.”
The whole collection left us speechless: lots of shimmering, intricate beading, some gorgeous blush and light taupe options, and every detail displaying the elegant beauty we have come to expect from one of the world’s most sought-after designers. Every gown was truly a work of art. Here is a quick peek of a few of the absolutely stunning beaded gowns we saw from Jenny Packham.
After the show was a reception to celebrate Jenny Packham’s 25th anniversary as a designer. We caught up with Jenny, who stopped to say hi and chat with us about her new collection. (She even gave us the scoop on which gown from her new collection she thinks is going to be BIG in the bridal world. More on that later!)
Scenes from the Jenny Packham show and reception, including the LWD ladies after the show and LWD owner Cate with Jenny Packham. Congratulations on another beautiful collection, Jenny!
Tomorrow we’re headed to see a long list of amazing designers at Pier 94, where many top designers show their collections. Not to miss on tomorrow’s schedule: Claire Pettibone‘s runway show! So much more to come, including lots more details and pictures of the unbelievable stunning new collection by Jenny Packham.