Many of you know that Weddings are a big part of my life. After planning my own wedding, I was the Creative Director of Bridal Guide Magazine for nearly a decade (that sounds like such a long time!), so even though I've moved on, I'm still looped into the wedding universe writing for Newsday Bridal Planner. I'm still eternally friendly with my Bridal Guide compatriots, some who have moved on to other bridal mags and websites so it's always a great time when Bridal Market rolls around in October and April to mingle with old friends and new.
This past October market I filled my schedule with 5 solid days of fashion shows and appointments so I've seen the most comprehensive array of new gowns and accessories for Spring and Fall 2011. Also in the mix was the debut of the International Bridal Market at Pier 94, a terrific new venue with hundreds of vendors and designers under one impressively stylish roof.
Prior to Bridal Market, I covered Tabletop Market at 41 Madison, so needless to say, it's taken me a few weeks to digest all of it and crystallize my thoughts into some solid trend stories to bring to my various editorial outlets. Creativity in both fashion and home is just exploding and I can't contain my excitement over the out-of-the-box design I encountered. I'll divulge just a capsule of my favorite finds. For the rest you will have to wait until the analog print mags and papers hit the analog newsstands.
Pictured above is a backstage shot from Claire Pettibone's show. If I was to get married today, a Claire dress is what I'd wear. Her always fluid, ethereal looks speak to a free spirit bride with a specific style sense. Claire's bride is an olde soul, this season come to life as a neo-faerie wood nymph. The show was set against a backdrop of sights and sounds of the forest. Dragonfly girls with fluttery lashes served Absinthe cocktails.
Vera Wang always blows me away. Here's a charcoal grey tulle gown that I am absolutely in love with.