For the next week, we’re asking bridal salon owners from around the country to share their favorite hot-off-the-runway looks from the most recent Bridal Market. Today, we’re talking to Salwa Khoory of L’elite Bridal and Gisele Khoory of Musette Bridal Boutique, both in Boston. Here’s what they had to say:

Q: Was there one collection or gown that you thought was the “best of market?”

Salwa: Monique Lhuillier knows how to make a bride feel beautiful. She had a nice balance of classic silhouettes, romantic and glamorous touches, and couture details. Reem Acra‘s collection was very well-rounded, too. The gowns moved effortlessly as they came down the runway.

Gisele: Romona Keveza has a beautiful collection of styles ranging from “princess” to glamorous. She doesn’t disappoint with her romantic and sexy styles.

Q: Of all the gowns that featured color (pink, blue, black, etc.), was there one or two that you think brides will fall in love with?

Gisele: Rivini had a beautiful nude copper-tone gown (left), Romona Keveza had a crimson red dress.

Salwa: Oscar de la Renta‘s soft blues and bold reds, Monique Lhuillier‘s blush gowns (right).

Photos by Dan Lecca

Q: What’s your favorite new trend or dress detail this season?

Salwa: I love the peekaboo and portrait backs, like this style by Monique Lhuillier (center). Peplums, like on style by Amsale (left),  are another feature we saw on the runways, they give brides a touch of couture.

Gisele: Color was all over the runways! Red is the new white – like on this gorgeous Romona Keveza gown (right).

Photos by Dan Lecca

The Best of Bridal Market: The White Dress

Posted by Kim on May 14, 2012

For the next few weeks, we’re asking bridal salon owners from around the country to share their favorite hot-off-the-runway looks from the most recent Bridal Market. Today, we’re talking to Carrie Casper of The White Dress in Corona del Mar, California. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: Was there one collection or gown that you thought was the “best of market?”  

A: Reem Acra and Amanda Wakeley both wowed us with their new collections.  Reem Acra’s light an airy gowns were both fanciful and glamorous.  Amanda Wakeley’s talents amazed us — the gowns looked like liquid and we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of structure within.

Q: Of all the gowns that featured color, was there one or two that you think brides will fall in love with? 

A: Bronze and copper metallics, as well as heavy tonal beading.  As for color, we saw gold with numerous designers and were pleased at how beautifully this color played into bridal.

Q: Of the new designers who showed, was there one who you think is going to be a breakout star? 

A: We are so excited to introduce Francesca Miranda – A Colombia-based designer with an incredible and inventive style.  Her aesthetic is a new one to the marketplace and we were raving over each and every gown.  We know our brides will fall in love with her styles.

Photos courtesy of Francesca Miranda

Q: What’s your favorite new trend or dress detail of the season? 

A: The “necklace” effect—whether interpreted traditionally, as at Victor Harper (below), or the dangling jewel back of Amanda Wakeley.

Photo courtesy of Victor Harper

Short wedding dresses have been a runway staple for a while now, but we were loving all the different brand-new options that appeared this season. Whether you’re looking for a fun reception dress or a style for an informal wedding at a restaurant or City Hall, check out these options and let us know your favorite!

Dresses by (from left): Rivini, Encore by Watters, Reem Acra
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The Best of Bridal Market: Maddison Row

Posted by meg on May 09, 2012

By Anne Chertoff

For the next few weeks, we’re asking bridal salon owners from around the country to share their favorite hot-off-the-runway looks from the most recent Bridal Market. Today, we’re talking to Lindsay Nowak of Maddison Row in Charleston, South Carolina. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: Was there one collection or gown that you thought was the “best of market?”

I loved Amsale’s collection. It was very cohesive and had a huge range. Also, Reem Acra was completely glamorous and fabulous. Each dress had such interesting detail and was executed flawlessly.

Q: Of all the gowns that featured color, whether pink, blue, black or red,  was there one or two that you think brides will fall in love with?

Oscar de la Renta’s blue gowns

Photos by Dan Lecca

Q: Of the new designers who showed, who is going to be a breakout star?

Carol Hannah Whitfield

Photos by Dan Lecca

Q: What’s your favorite new trend or dress detail of the season?

Peplums

New Wedding Dresses: Reem Acra

Posted by Kim on May 03, 2012

Call it what you will, a reception dress, dancing dress, cake-cutting dress, but we know you’re loving the concept of switching looks between the ceremony and reception – it adds such a sense of drama and a real element of surprise to the day. Reem Acra knows this too, and that’s why many of the gowns in her new collection featured removable sashes, skirts, wraps, and sleeves, creating two (and even three)-dresses-in-one looks. At the end of Acra’s show, several models walked down the runway wearing demure gowns, and then started removing their skirts, shoulder wraps, etc., revealing entirely new (often leg-baring) styles. Those in attendance were charmed – and we think your guests will be, too.

To see all of the new Reem Acra wedding dresses, click here. And let us know in the comments if you’re a fan of these styles!

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