New York Bridal Market Recap: Day 3

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 13, 2013


Missed our live coverage on Saturday? Links to our editor’s recaps follow below:

Kim’s Recap – Kim spent the day at Pier 94! Yes, again. Remember, it’s the hub of Bridal Market. It was another whirlwind day of every imaginable type of fabric — tulle, chiffon, silk, and lace. She’s so excited to share her favorites like Leanne Marshall’s (Project Runway alum) illusion neckline and blush embroidered gowns, jeweled sashes from Sara Gabriel, edgy leather statement necklaces from Bloom Bazaar, and Donna Morgan bridesmaids dresses in every color of the rainbow. Their newest color? Candy Apple, similar to mint.

Leeor’s Recap – Leeor’s recap includes some details that wowed her! Watters’ models strutted down the runway in illusion fingerless gloves with embellished crystals and gold filigree cuffed bracelets, and Claire Pettibone’s gowns featured flora and fauna embroidery on each back. Can you spot a butterfly or two intermixed?

Of course, this is only a snippet of our exclusive Bridal Market coverage. Check our main Bridal Fashion Week page for collection slideshows, our Instagram and Twitter feeds, and plenty more!

New York Bridal Market Recap: Day 2

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 12, 2013


On Friday, our editors spent the day at Pier 94 drooling over gorgeous wedding gowns and sparkling accessories from different designers. All the while, our fashion gurus were jetting from show to show across the Big Apple. Want to get in on all the action? You totally can! Links to our editor’s recaps follow below:

Kim’s RecapKim spent the day at Pier 94, the hub of Bridal Market. Literally! Check out her recap for gems like a crystal-edged veil by Ariel Jennifer Taub, an Olia Zavozina long-sleeved lace wedding gown Kate Middleton would LOVE, and Gatsby-inspired bridal sashes by Ossai. 

Leeor’s Recap – Leeor’s recap includes some surprising fashion risks! Case in point: an all-pink collection by Vera Wang, crown veils on Lazaro’s heiress models, pantsuits from Alfred Angelo (so cool), and 60’s-inspired detailing from Temperley London.

Of course, this is only a snippet of our exclusive Bridal Market coverage. Check our main Bridal Fashion Week page for collection slideshows, our Instagram and Twitter feeds, and plenty more!

bridesmaid dress trendsPhotos (clockwise from top left): Robert Mitra, courtesy of JLM Couture, Dan Lecca (2). Dresses (clockwise from top left): Bari Jay, Alvina Valenta, Wtoo, Monique Lhuillier

Bridesmaid dresses have come a long way since the days of garish fabrics and giant shoulder pads – nowadays, bridesmaid styles are stylish, flattering and totally wearable post-wedding. In just a few short days, we’ll be checking out the newest dresses at New York Bridal Market (are you following us on  TwitterFacebookInstagram, or Pinterest yet?), so we took some time to predict what the newest bridesmaid trends will be. Check out our Fashion Ideas section to find out the top 10 trends we think will be hot, hot, hot in bridesmaid dresses this season (hint: glam is back!). And don’t forget to tell us in the comments below which bridesmaid dress styles are your favorites!


new-wedding-dresses-1Dresses by (from left): Olia Zavozina, Berta. Photos by Robert Mitra

Well, it’s that time of year again! In just a few short days, we’ll be heading up to New York City to see the newest designer wedding dresses at Bridal Market. So to get ready for the biggest event in bridal fashion, we thought it would be wise to take a look back at our favorite wedding dresses from last season – the styles that really wowed us. Two of our editors’ personal faves are pictured above: a pink textured rosette A-line gown by Olia Zavozina, and a romantic long-sleeved gown with a plunging neckline and body-hugging silhouette by Berta. Both of these gorgeous gowns were photographed at Pier 94, the hub of New York Bridal Market. Be sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to get inside scoop on what’s new in bridal fashion. See you on the runway!

Bridal Market Spring 2014: Trend Update

Posted by jtrumpower on May 03, 2013

Guest Post By: Jim Verraros, Bridal Expo Chicago Luxury

I’ve been attending NY Bridal Market for four years and each time I fantasize about rolling around in couture gowns and dream about making a bedspread out of them. But that would be strange, so I hold myself back.

Maggie Sottero’s Spring 2014 collection took a page from “The Great Gatsby,” and showed silk charmeuse sheaths and beaded, slinky silhouettes. This was by far the most sexy they’ve gone, and I was a fan. It was risky but in the most tasteful way possible.

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero; Photo: Dan Lecca

Justin Alexander is always a highlight for me. Designers Jose Diaz and Terry Hilferty always seem to have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to trends. The Spring 2014 preview included some off-the-shoulder gowns, ball gowns that would make even me want to wear them, and peplums. I’m obsessed with peplums.

Dress Designer: Justin Alexander

Junko Yoshioka, best known for her red carpet gowns and architectural details showed a collection that I fell in love with. From the names of her gowns like, “Macaroon,” and “Éclair,” (which made me think: “I need to get over to Laduree before they close”), to the gorgeous fabrics like crepe de chine and Bellagio silk, the collection was delicious.

Rita Vinieris, for Rivini, showed a collection that was diverse in design and silhouette. From plunging necklines to a sheer lace top that left nothing to the imagination, she took a risk and it paid off. BIG time. While still staying true to her design aesthetic, she always manages to keep things fresh and the audience excited.

Dress Designer: Rivini; Photo: Dan Lecca

A new designer on the scene, Berta Bridal from Israel took sexy and RAN! These gowns were smokin’ hot, made impeccably with backs that were plunging and lace-embellished detail that you HAD to see up close.  Berta Bridal was truly a stand out at market.

Dress Designer: Berta; Photo: Robert Mitra

Lazaro always delivers, but this season it was beauty channeled through lace, sleeves, open and keyhole backs and beading. Lazaro knows a woman’s body and this collection truly focused on that. Not to mention- the collaboration between him and the Maria Elena Headpieces accessories in his gowns made me squeal. I think I turned a few heads in the showroom, but I couldn’t contain my excitement.

Dress Designer: Lazaro

Speaking of squealing, I’m taken back to last Fall when I was introduced to “Guindon,” a striped ruffled ball gown by the gorgeous Miss Hayley Paige that I couldn’t stop thinking about. Once I saw this creation come down the runway, I knew Hayley was going to be a star; and a star she quickly became. For fall, she didn’t disappoint- with point d’esprit and crisscross backs and an airiness that she does so well.

One of my favorite designers, Carlos Ramirez for Liancarlo showed us Lyon, Chantilly and Alencon laces coupled with Italian embroidery and Swarovski detail throughout. One gown in particular, a blush colored ball gown with peplum and embroidery almost went home with me- I just couldn’t fit it under my suit.

Dress Designer: Liancarlo

If there’s one thing I can say about NY Bridal market, it’s that designers are listening to you! The request for sleeves, higher necklines and removable boleros were affluent throughout designers’ collections and this is a great thing. Brides, you’re in for a treat as you peruse through gowns in your local bridal boutiques. Just hurry before I get to them first.

Jim Verraros | National Bridal Sales Manager, Bridal Expo Chicago Luxury

Jim is the National Bridal Sales Manager for Bridal Expo Chicago Luxury and wears multiple hats, ranging from servicing designers and bridal salons to copywriting and editing, participating in strategy sessions with the entire sales office, and choreographer for its weekly fashion shows.