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

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 Melissa Russell and Natalie Bauer of Bella Bianca Bridal Couture in Oakbrook, IL. Here’s what they had to say:

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

Once again, we were in love with Lazaro‘s collection. There was such a range of styles from sweet lace ballgowns to fully beaded mermaids. He is so in tune with what brides are looking for, and we love his romantic-yet-sassy flair.

Photos by Dan Lecca

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

We were so impressed with the new collection, Victor Harper. The gowns are stunning with silk satin mermaids, trumpets, and ballgowns with intricate crystal beading. It is truly a return to the glamorous side of bridal. So many designers focused on lace this season, so it was refreshing to see a collection made up of fabulously beaded gowns!

Photos by Dan Lecca

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

One of the biggest trends this season was the peplum, and we are very excited about it. Whether it’s done in lace or a more structured fabric like silk Mikado, it is such a romantic detail. Not only is it beautiful, it can be a very flattering silhouette for brides who are looking for a slim gown but don’t want to feel self-conscious about their waist and hip area. Our favorite peplum dress this season was the Wave gown by Junko Yoshioka.

Photo by Dan Lecca

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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