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April 2011 Bridal Market Review – One Word: “Amazing!”

April 9-11, 2011 in NYC was THE place to be for the latest bridal fashions and trends!

And before we get into the FABULOUS details, you must know this: LWD has SO much in store for brides in the coming months, so JUST WAIT until you see the new collections by Justina McCaffrey (um, she’s the cutest thing ever!), Anaiss On Weddings and – yes, say it ain’t so – the one and only Badgley Mischka! Also to come?  More stunning jewelry and beautiful hair ornaments by Paris by Debra Moreland and Maria Elena Headpieces, and fab handbags by Sondra Roberts.  June-September will be an exciting time with all of the new arrivals!

So, back to telling you about Bridal Market last week…!!!

Unlike the Bridal Market (called “Market” in the wedding industry) that takes place every October in New York, April’s Market is much quieter, yet – fortunately for us – SO MANY fabulous gown and accessory designers were on hand throughout the city, from the Wedding Channel Couture Show at the Intercontinental Barclay to New York International Bridal Week at Pier 94, the designer showrooms on 7th Avenue, and ultra sophisticated Essex House.

The more relaxed, intimate vibe of April’s Market is super conducive to spending quality time with each designer. Pier 94 tends to centralize designers in one location so that buyers (like LWD!) don’t have to travel all over the city to get things done. Thank you New York International Bridal Week at Pier 94!

Accessories: Crystal, sequined and floral sashes and belts remain a super popular bridal fashion trend with most bridal gown designers including sashes in their new collections. (Wait until you see the Badgley Mischka sashes that we’ll have in store…STUNNING!) From
fascinators to hats, and russian blushers to feathered flowers, designer accoutrements were in abundance!  There will always be a special place in our hearts for the traditional veil, but alternatives continue to grow in popularity. Fancy New York’s new collection includes one-of-a-kind vintage bridal hats with netting and feathers. Some of New York’s finest millinery houses have even added vintage inspired couture bridal hats,
fascinators and retro headpieces to their collections.

Fancy New York Separates & Blusher

Bridal gowns: Over-the-top dresses with amazing, elaborate skirts for the fashion statement bride, and quite plain dresses with asymmetrical rusched bodices and no lace or beadwork for the keep-it-simple bride – both available in their own unique variations with most designers. Several dresses in the new collections balance these two extremes very nicely in modified mermaid or fit and flare silhouettes, with simple rusched bodices and stylized, beautiful skirts together in one dress. Head-to-toe slender lace silhouettes are still available and seem to
become more beautiful each season.

“Pick ups” on skirts continue to be a trend that is ending or has ended, and skirts now have softer drapings of fabrics or elaborate, statement features.

Ready-to-wear influences are noticeable in a more “relaxed” collection by some designers, including Fancy New York’s new bridal separates – mix-and-match skirts, blouses and sweater options – ideal for the unconventional, casual or 2nd/3rd time bride! (Recently featured in WWD!)

New gowns from St. Pucchi

Badgley Mischka gowns!

Justina McCaffrey

Claire Pettibone continues her MAGIC and presented a well-edited selection of five new gowns, three of which are priced under $2,650.

Claire Pettibone

We look forward to showing you the results of April Market buying trip at LWD!


Here’s a look at our upcoming designer events:

May 20-29, 2011: Badgley Mischka Trunk Show at LWD!  See the new collection straight off the runway

June 25-26, 2011: Sassi Holford English Tea Trunk Show at LWD!  Kate Middleton visited Sassi’s shop in London several months ago!

July 11-24, 2011: Justina McCaffrey Trunk Show at LWD!  Meet the designer of the number one best selling gowns at Kleinfeld 3 years in a row!

June-September: Stay tuned for MORE new arrivals from Paris, Maria Elena, Claire Pettibone, Anaiss on Weddings, Justina McCaffrey and Badgley Mischka!


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Fashion · Updates

LWD loves the LBD!

Need an Engagement Party dress, a pre-wedding Welcome Party frock, a sassy little Rehearsal Dinner number, a Mother of the Bride or Groom gown? It’s time for a Little Black Dress master class – taught by none other than…Little White Dress!

Using these tips to make every shape, every style, every woman look absolutely and fabulously GLAM – for every occasion – come into the store for a Dress Up session and we’ll help you find the PERFECT LBD!

1) DO A TBD (Tiny Black Dress)! Try a cutout detail or pair it with a stunning pair of stilettos, but subtle is best! (You don’t want to give everything away!)

Here, Amanda models Alvina Valenta 9989 and has accessorized with Justine M Couture’s “Shellbay” necklace.

Amanda wearing Alvina Valenta 9989

2) CHOOSE A LOOK-AT-ME STYLE! An LBD should speak for itself, so with an amped up frock, scale back on accessories to let the dress to the talking. That said, a punchy, colored heel can add the extra edge you might need.

Here, Malea works the asymmetrical Alvina Valenta 9137 with a pair of melt-my-heart red pumps and a matching hairpiece by Veil Trends (style LWD383).

Malea sports a Look-At-Me Alvina Valenta!

3) ADD CHUNKY JEWELRY! Bold accessories look chic, so be fearless about piling on a few necklaces in varying lengths!

Here, Emma gets glam in Alvina Valenta 9935, with accessories from Justine M Couture, including necklaces “Rochelle” and “China Doll.”

Emma wearing Alvina Valenta 9935.

Close up of her Justine M Couture jewels!

4) BE BODY CONFIDENT! Why hide your fabulous bod? Flaunt it and make it the center of attention with a messier ‘do, nothing overly polished. Add in a bow or ribbon, then strap on a pair of lacy heels, and your ready for the party! This dress has Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn written all over it – LOVE!

Here, Amanda shows off her back in Alvina Valenta 9129, and pairs a chunky Maria Elena bracelet (style 4057) and hair accessories by Veil Trends in FL23 and FL388.

Amanda shows off the back details of Alvina Valenta 9989

5) Lastly, GET GIRLY DETAILS! Something sweet, but not too saccharine, with some sexy tights or studded heels for balance. Add in a few ruffles, itty-bitty bows, splashes of candid color, light chiffon fabrics and heartfelt hemlines and you’ll be the girliest girl in town!

Here, Emma rocks Alvina Valenta 9128 with a sweetheart neckline, pleating and ruffled hemline and waistline bow, then added in the ever-girly hair accessory “Dotty About You” by Justine M Couture.

Emma in Alvina Valenta 9128.


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In the Press

Got Bride Style? We Do!

Have you skimmed through the March 2011 cop y of yet? If so, you may have seen their Retro Remix on page 100, where the Felicity clutch and Fancy New York bow-trimmed waist gown were featured! Both designer collections are EXCLUSIVE to Little White Dress Bridal Shop in all of Colorado!


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