Traditional Laces and Extra Long Trails Take Over NY Bridal Week
International Collections Take Over the Pier Revealing What Wedding Hosts and Guests Will Be Wearing This Spring
A return to the past was evident all over the runways in early October as lace, detailed trains, and modesty highlighted New York International Bridal Week. Designers from all over the world, including Africa, Europe, South America and the Far East, representing over 20 countries participated. Show’s featured women and menswear, headpieces, veils, accessories, and beauty/cosmetics for the bride, groom, their families, bridal parties, and guests. There was something for everyone.
Special occasion gowns, perfect for any black tie event, were featured in all lengths and colors.
Sponsors of the event included upscale bride and wedding-related media, including Town and Country and Martha Stewart Magazines.
I noticed a shift from simplistic gowns to very detailed in most offerings, which were especially noticeable on the backs of gowns and around the necklines and trains. For a more traditional bride, the choices in these collections were bountiful.
Headgear accessories featured elaborate jewels and cascades of Victorian floral arrangements in silks and small stones like pearls and crystals.
There were colors in the collections, some peach and blush tones combined with pure whites, and some mixes of black and white.
These shows are not open to the public, as many in the audience are retailers and bridal vendors. New designers and seasoned veterans show during the three days of continuous events and private parties. Tadashi Shoji, whose designs appear on Hollywood award red carpets and Eve of Milady, one of the most recognizable names in bridal shops displayed a variety of gowns suitable for many wedding venues.
One of my favorite collections was designed by Malan Breton. He recently received rave reviews in both the New York
and London Fashion Weeks. His collection was unique, inspired by the Taiwanese techniques of watercolor art. Breton incorporated Taiwanese flowers into his gowns and tuxedos, including his favorite, the lotus. He used silk organza in pale colors and various shades of whites. Traditional meets contemporary as the Bride meets the Chung in her flower garden, part of the Taichung, Taiwan heritage.
June weddings have never looked better.
By: Cindi Grosz