We are delighted to announce that Little White Dress is headed to London! In our never-ending quest to bring the world’s best wedding dress designers to Colorado brides, LWD’s Sales Manager, Tayler, and Director of Marketing, Kelly, will be attending London’s White Gallery, the UK’s premier bridal fashion event. White Gallery brings together over 70 bridal designers from London and around the world to present their new collections to an exclusive list of bridal retailers, and we are thrilled to be attending for the first time. While we’re in town we will also be stopping in to say hello to our favorite London designers, Jenny Packham, Charlie Brear, and Sassi Holford – and of course we’ll see the sights along the way!
So, why London? Well, we’ve always had a little (ok, a big) crush on London style – and so have our brides. From the beginning, we’ve carried bridal gowns from UK designers and have found that there’s just something about these talented designers that Colorado brides are smitten with. So this year we decided to go straight to the source and add London to our two New York Bridal Fashion Week trips in 2014.
Starting Wednesday, follow our journey across the pond here on our blog, on Facebook and on Instagram. (And we’re off to New York Bridal Fashion Week immediately after our return from London – so lots of excitement to watch in the coming weeks!)
Tis’ the season of giving, so what better than to receive a gift of glorious, glamorous, sparkle-n-shine inspiration to help spread plenty of holiday cheer this season? Whether you’re planning a holiday party, or sprinkling on the final sugary details to your winter wedding, we hope to help inspire you to make every little detail an absolute delight!
Bling in the holidays with a few of our favorites from the winter blog wonderlands aplenty…
Think 'Pretty in Pink' Cheer!
The Perfect Party Dress is a MUST!
And don't forget a mistletoe-ready mane!
Ring in the Bling!
Prance like a Party-Perfect Princess!
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and VIXEN...
A graduate of St. Martin’s College of Art in London, British designer Jenny Packham is known for her glitzy evening wear. A favorite among celebrities and socialites – and previously NEVER before available to Colorado brides - Packham favors dramatic silhouettes and elegant details in her beloved designs.
Are you ready for Runway Highlights from our trip to New York International Bridal Market last week???
Here, for your fashionista indulgence, are the TOP SIX 2012 Bridal Fashion Trends from the runways…
Hints of color! While ivory remains the color of choice for most all bridal gown designers, some colored embroidery, fabric, lace and ribbons added here-and-there was a delightful sight in upcoming 2012 bridal gown styles. Claire Pettibone’s use of “toile”, a French antique fabric/pattern that typically depicts a picnic scene by the lake, in her new 2012 Beau Monde collection is the perfect touch for that special hint of color!
Claire Pettibone 2012 Collection
Lace! Kate Middleton’s wedding gown has certainly influenced the 2012 collections with a beautiful selection of all lace wedding gowns in all silhouettes (ballgown, A-line, fit-and-flare, and mermaid), options for full lace, and ¾ or cap lace sleeves on a variety of styles from most all designers.
Badgley Mischka 2012 Collection
Sashes! What began as THE accessory in 2011, continues in full force in 2012! The same wedding dress can have multiple different looks – appealing to completely different brides and their weddings – just by changing the sash. Several new sash/accessory-only designers presented at market this year, but wedding gown designers who also make their own sashes seem to take the cake for having the most WOW-factor. The sashes by Sassi Holford, Badgley Mischka, and Liancarlo are AMAZING!
Badgley Mischka's 2012 Collection, with a sash
Matching Veils! Designers are catching on that the perfect veil can most definitely complete The Look for today’s bride, creating a head-over-heels gown AND veil experience that creates the ultimate Must-Have situation for brides. It’s true! Adding the perfect veil is an emotional experience, and more designers are including a selection of veils in their new 2012 collections to ideally match up with their favorite gowns. Check out the Must-Have gowns and matching Must-Have veils arriving at LWD in January/February!
Badgley Mischka 2012 Collection with Matching Veil
Jackets, portrait collars, one strap options, wraps! Similar to the sash, adding a jacket, portrait collar, strap or wrap can individualize each bride’s wedding gown to create her very own look and style on her wedding day. These “accessories” are becoming key pieces in the 2012 collections. Check out the St. Pucchi jacket below!
St. Pucchi 2012 Collection
Hi-low skirts! (hem-lines hitting just below the knee in front, transitioning to the traditional longer skirt and train in back) Not yet an official “trend” for 2012 bridal styles, but definitely introduced and VERY well done in Claire Pettibone’s 2012 collection, so it’s a new trend to watch. It makes sense – fabulous SHOES (colored, vintage, boots) are SO popular with today’s bride, so hi-low skirts on wedding gowns show them off in grand style!
High-low Hemlines for 2012
Want more from the runway???
Please join us at LWD on November 8th starting at 6pm for Front & Center, where we’ll unveil MANY MORE HIGHLIGHTS, fashion trends, photos, videos, designer interviews and more from the front lines of the fashionable New York runways. Please RSVP to 303.814.8972!
Meet Mike. Mike is shop owner Cate Malone’s husband and right-hand-man for all things LWD.
Mike accompanies Cate on all buying trips to ensure – well, let’s be honest – that she doesn’t shop TOO much while she’s away! And to make sure only the highest quality gowns and accessories are selected for LWD. He’s quite the style icon, some might say.
Since Cate and Mike – along with LWD Bridal Consultants Malea and Courtney – are leaving tomorrow for New York’s International Bridal Market….AND because they’ll all be sharing a rented condo together for the next few days in the Big Apple, Mike set a few ‘House Rules’ for the troop while they’re away.
(this is Mike, with Cate)
Mike’s House Rules for NYC:
1) I am not your dad, husband (except for Cate) or boyfriend. I am, however, a gentleman. I will carry your bags up one flight of steps and only one (of the 5 that it takes to get to the 5th floor walk-up we rented).
2) There are only 1.5 bathrooms, so limited time for each of us. I will be bringing an egg timer and posting a time limit by activity. Shower – 5 mins. Teeth brushing – 3 mins. Hair curling and straightening – bring a razor…and so on. If you have a Sonic toothbrush, lower your standards to a manual toothbrush for the weekend.
3) We are on a tight schedule with meetings every hour and taxi rides between buildings. Take dramamine for taxi’s, protein bars to keep your strength up and gum to keep your breath fresh. I know where to get the mimosa’s, so breakfast every morning is covered.
4) We have dinners and/or parties every night, so no complaining about hauling around the old people (eh-hemm). Get us home and tucked in by 11pm and you can have the rest of the evening to club, or whatever you young, married people do.
5) Please bring your favorite pain killer for morning after #4 above. There will be no excuse for failure to perform.
6) If , after #4 above, you don’t come back to the condo until morning because you’re out galavanting the fashionable streets of NYC and people-watching, bring bagels. There will be no excuse for early morning arrivals without bagels.
7) Have fun!
Follow us on Twitter using #LWDatMarket as we glamorously galavant our way through NYC and Bridal Market!