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?
What does it take to get ready for the biggest week of the year in bridal fashion? It involves… Listening closely to what our brides are telling us they want. Months of strategizing about the direction we want to take Little White Dress. Lots of research about all the dozens and dozens of designers from all around the world who invited us to see their new collections. Refining our schedule so we can fit in all the runway shows and appointments. And in the last few days, it means planning, packing, and primping! (After all, it takes some very special shoes to handle running all around New York while looking fabulous!)
Bridal Market takes some careful outfit planning! We like to mix go-anywhere neutrals with graphic prints and pops of memorable color. And of course some fab shoes!
Are you ready for Bridal Fashion Week? Luckily, all you have to do to prepare is follow Little White Dress on social media. We’ll be bringing you all the runway shows, behind-the-scenes with designers, and the best parties via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to follow along October 11th – 15th, and tell us what you think about the styles you’re seeing!
This time of year in the bridal fashion industry feels like a birthday, New Year’s Eve, and the 4th of July all at the same time. As we prepare for all our buying decisions at Bridal Market in New York each October, we are literally counting the days until we get to experience the sheer joy, delight, excitement, and adventure that IS the celebration of all things bridal fashion at Market. We carefully consider our stylish brides’ every desire as we meet with our current designers and potential designers and see their new collections, with gorgeous runway shows and parties all thrown into the mix. As we eagerly anticipate a VERY busy upcoming trip to New York, we hope you’ll enjoy a few of our favorite moments from last year’s Bridal Market!
Claire Pettibone’s runway show was drop dead gorgeous, as usual!
Rivini’s modern romantic gowns were beautiful at their show at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.
Glimpses of New York City’s charms between shows, Randy sightings, and the occasional glass of champagne during an appointment – don’t mind if we do!
Jenny Packham’s runway show was stunning in every way!
Red-carpet worthy gowns at the Badgley Mischka showroom.
Matthew Christopher’s runway show took the cake for the most fun place to be on a Monday morning!
What better way to toast the end of Bridal Market with a gorgeous gala hosted by The Knot at the iconic New York Public Library? Cheers to another successful Bridal Market!
Stay tuned as we tell you about all our preparations for this year’s bridal market! We know it’s going to be our best market yet. And don’t forget to check in with Little White Dress Bridal Shop on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram October 10th – 15th for live coverage from New York and in the days following for a full recap of all the fabulous details!
New Designer(s): I had meetings with three potential new designers today, and saw so many beautiful gowns. Am looking forward to more research, and discussing these designers, and the potential designer from DAY TWO with my daughter and my staff. In the midst of seeing all these gowns, I did get the “quote of the day” – “This dress has a really nice ‘take me away’ feeling.” God, I love what I hear sometimes.
Jenny Packham: Jenny Packham’s new showroom, her first in the US and in the super cool meat-packing district of NYC, is like being inside a treasure chest of jewels and gems – gowns and hair ornaments rich in detail, and conceived from an electic influence of past and present. One wall boasts dozens of photos of celebrities wearing Jenny Packham evening wear styles. The new collection of wedding gowns hangs against another wall, just as enchanting on the hanger as they are on the models. Flowers inspired the creation of Jenny’s fall 2012 collection (and each new gown is named after a flower), and it’s so easy to envision Colorado brides loving these gowns for their old Hollywood retro glamour, romance, and alternative styling.
Floral features at the waist - Jenny Packham "Hyacinth" and "Lily Rose" gowns
Did you know? I have been admiring the full page Jenny Packham ads in bridal magazines since 2007. So excited to be the first and only bridal shop to bring the Jenny Packham bridal collection to Colorado brides in 2012!
Simply Divine: Our four new Jenny Packham gowns arriving at LWD August/September, 2012.
From left to right, “Hyacinth”, “Lily Rose”, “Hibiscus”, and “Azalea”.
Cate Loves: The variety of gown styles available to today’s bride, it was so limited just 5-10 years ago! I also love designers who know their niche, style, and bride, and who do it so well that you know just by looking at the gown who the designer is.
Musn’t Forget: To say thank you and I love you to my most tolerant husband for safely getting me from here, there, and everywhere throughout the city, holding my arm in particularly precarious walking conditions in those dang high heels, giving me his coat in the freezing cafeteria at the Pier during lunch on DAY ONE, and for being really involved throughout DAY ONE and DAY TWO, and for gracefully reaching his limit and not being involved at all by DAY THREE. : )
Summary of fall 2012 and preview 2013 bridal fashion trends:
Lace, lace, lace
Sashes, sashes, sashes
Higher necklines, more front and back coverage
More gowns with straps, or with sleeves of all lengths-cap, short, 3/4, and full
1-2 short tea/knee length dresses by each designer
High slit in front of skirt on a few dresses (inspired by Angelina Jolie’s Oscar gown)
Not a lot of bling/crystals/rhinestones on dresses this season, none at all by several designers
The use of color – blush, nude, and gold in particular
A few more hi-low skirts (inspired by trendsetter Claire Pettibone as presented in her new collection last October 2011).
Low, open backs, some with sheer illusion lace, tulle, and/or embroidery and bead work designs (also inspired by Claire Pettibone’s past collections).
Enjoy more wonderful, beautiful, exciting adventures with me at bridal market in NYC in October!
New Designer(s): Year round my ears and eyes are open for the latest bridal fashion trends, and the newest, or up and coming bridal gown designers. There are certain designers I hope to always continue to work with and carry, and at the same time, there is always interest in new or different designers.
In my efforts to bring the best of the best selection and quality of bridal gowns to Colorado brides, I meet with, and check out a variety of potential new designers at Market in April and in October. Today, most of the morning was spent with one of these potential new designers. Final decisions may not be made until October market, but stay tuned for possible announcements of new designers and collections available at Little White Dress!
Justin Alexander: Two Justin Alexander collections (named Justin Alexander and Justin Alexander Signature) have been available at Little White Dress for more than four years. These dresses are ideal for our more traditional brides, and brides seeking a quality, silk gown at a reasonable price. Justin Alexander skipped ahead this Market, and instead of presenting a Fall 2012 collection, they presented their Spring 2013 collection, normally not available until October 2012 at Market!
With a renewed commitment to creating a cohesive and complete Justin Alexander Signature Collection, and a renewed commitment of Colorado exclusivity to Little White Dress for the Signature Collection, our brides can look forward to six new 2013 Signature Collection Gowns arriving at Little White Dress in August/September.
The gowns feature classic, A-line, modified ballgown, or modified mermaid silhouettes, with ivory, metallic silver or gold linings under lace, lace, lace of all varieties and patterns. Lace is Justin Alexander’s new “Signature,” instead of the silk dupioni fabric of past 2007-2011 collections.
Justin Alexander Signature Collection - 2013 Preview of Wedding Dresses
Did you know? An aspiring designer once had two young sons, one named Justin, and the other named Alexander. The designer now had a name for his collection of wedding gowns. Justin is all grown up now and running the business his father began.
Elizabeth Fillmore: Delicate details of lace, appliqués, and the ever-so-slight gathering and draping of fine silks create a stunning sophistication in Elizabeth Fillmore’s Fall 2012 Collection. How many times did I say “beautiful” or “gorgeous” in 45 minutes at Elizabeth’s showroom today?
There is a light and ethereal feeling in her gowns, which must be so peaceful for the brides wearing them. I LOVE the care and attention each gown receives as the designer herself is right there during their creation in her studio. These dresses are hand crafted in New York and made in the USA. And did I mention beautiful? And did I mention gorgeous?
Elizabeth Fillmore wedding dresses as seen at April 2012 Market
Liancarlo: Unbeknownst to both of them, I’m sure, I see Claire Pettibone and Carlos Ramirez, the creator and designer of the Liancarlo Couture Bridal Collection, as kindrid spirits. Their gowns could not be any more different, but they are both gifted artists who are deeply inspired by the world around them – evident in how they live their lives, and in the creation of their masterpieces. They are both very smart, humble and grateful people who work hard and laugh a lot. Each of their wedding gowns is a work of art, created with a strong intent for perfection.
Carlos’s inspiration for his new collection was his desire to evoke the feeling of heirloom pieces, but with today’s modernity (heirlooms also inspired Claire’s new collection!). His feeling of “gentile opulence” is achieved with the use of luxurious fabrics, hand-cut satin flowers, corded Chantilly lace, and the subtle use of lyrical and jeweled embroideries. I am so happy and honored to have these gowns at Little White Dress! Hand crafted in Miami, made in the USA.
Liancarlo wedding dress as seen at April 2012 Market. This is an up close view of beading done by hand
Simply Divine: Elizabeth Fillmore “Deco” gown – satin back crepe bias v-neck sheath with illusion-beaded “deco flower” back.
Cate Loves: The people and the stories behind the gowns. And designers like Claire Pettibone, Elizabeth Fillmore and Liancarlo who insist on keeping the production of their gowns here in the USA.
Musn’t Forget: Flat shoes. In this world of fashion, I enjoy checking out what other women are wearing almost as much as the new bridal fashions. Maybe not, but others are probably checking out my outfits and ensembles each day as well. So while in New York, I do my best to teeter around in the most fabulous high heels that I can, but it’s the flat shoes tucked away in my bag and worn between appointments with designers that bring me such joy.