Gorgeous Black Models at NYC Bridal Market Week

When I first started covering the bridal market, I was so excited about the opportunity to be introduced to a different world besides fashion. My first job was for a  prominent black owned fashion and lifestyle magazine. When I gave my editor  my wrap up story,I was asked “where are the black models that we can post”.  I was only able to give five images. Being so excited about attending  bridal market, I didn’t even notice the lack of diversity. I was just happy to see beautiful gowns. This season, I was thrilled to see different shades showcasing stunning gowns and high-five to the designers that hired them.

The bridal industry is for everyone, as we have brides all over the world who buy magazines and visit the websites to get inspirations. It is important to have  representation on the runways and advertisement.  I am usually not one to cover issues and only focus on fashion but I was really delighted to see women who look like me walk proudly down the runway with  beautiful gowns.  Looking forward to October Market to see more.


Naeem Kahn New York Bridal FASHION WEEK April 2018

Justin Alexander Spring 2019 Collection





Berta Spring 2019 Collection

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Viktor & Rolf Spring 2019 Collection



Amsale Spring 2019 Collection



Morilee by Madeline Gardner Spring 2019 Collection




Blush by Hayley Paige Spring 2019



Monique Lhuillier Spring 2019 Collection


Oleg Cassini Spring 2019 Bridal Collection





For over 30 years, Amsale has been an icon for designs that are powerful in their simplicity. Drama, she believes, emerges when a single, striking detail—unexpected volume, juxtaposing lines, an oversized origami bow—is offset by a clean silhouette.

Staying true to our signature, this collection explores the impact of sculptural detail from subtle to high-drama, in five variations: shimmering jewel embellishments; eye-catching, asymmetrical draping; softly voluminous skirts; sumptuous, textured jacquard; and surprising, gestural organza appliques. Unmistakably Amsale in its visual balance, each gown merges one mesmerizing sculptural element with a classic silhouette.

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Ellory front

Ellory back

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Kendall front_preview



Amsale Fall 2017 Collection

Modern minimalistic gowns are what New York brides are always on the hunt for to wear on their special day.  Amsale is the designer to seek as her gowns are elegant, soft, structured and make the “WOW” statement. Here are some looks from bridal market.








Amsale 2017 Spring Collection

Timeless Beauty is all I can say about Amsale’s 2017 Spring Collection. The simplicity of each gown showcase looks for a regal and elegant bride. For all my minimalist brides who are in search for a gown that will never go out of style, this collection will take your breath away.  Check out some of my top favorites.







Black History Style File- AMSALE

Amsale Aberra needs no introduction. Amsale launched her collection in 1985 and has been seen on television , opened a flagship store in Madison Avenue and many brides/ celebrities have worn her glamorous, classic and elegant gowns.  She is making ways for other designer of color who desire to enter into the bridal industry. I truly enjoy seeing her collection every season. When the models walk down the runway, all her gowns are breathtaking. I am proud to highlight Amsale Aberra in our Black History Style File this week.







Consulting Diary- Manhattan Bride

Growing up in New York there is always something to do and places to go. We are always getting dressed for different occassions. On our way wedding day, we like to keep it simple.

Lately, I have had the opportunity to meet brides who were born and raised in New York City. I truly enjoy it as I realize we have all have similar taste when it comes to bridal selections. I have always imagine my gown to be  simple and chic. Don’t get me wrong, I love the drama but not over the top if that makes sense. You can have a simple gown and still make a statement.  My blog post is called Manhattan Bride because many bridal salon are focusing on trends such as beaded gowns, the sexy low back gowns , feathers and tulle, tulle ,tulle. The post is pay to homage to all the Manhattan Brides who know how to keep it simple and make an entrance. You may not be a Manhattan Bride but appreciate the simplicity- layback type of gown, this is for you too.  Let us look at some designers who have us in mind.

Isabel Basaldua Collection (from Spain)


Pallas Couture


Rami Al Ali







Atelier Pronovias




Dashing Florals Spring Wedding Trend

Tomorrow will be the first of April and April showers brings May flowers. I am looking forward to seeing some flowers blossom and tree branches. I am over the winter blues….  With the anticipation of spring, I wanted to highlight some beautiful floral inspired gowns. I am not a big fan of rosettes but do love a touch of floral patterns on a gown. Let us see what gowns that will blossom this season.


One shoulder floral gown

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Angel Sanchez

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Shades of Gray- Bridesmaid Dresses

It is Friday and some are gearing up to see the sexy “Fifty Shades of Grey” film. Ladies, while you are watching the steaming movie think about the color gray for your bridesmaid. Gray is a beautiful color to keep in your closet for special occasions. Many bridesmaid can use the dress again for a cocktail party. Check out some stunning shades of gray and have a great weekend!


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Black Designers in the Bridal Industry

February is the month we celebrate Black History. In honor of celebrating black heritage and accomplishments, I will like to acknowledge all the great designers who are opening doors in the bridal industry. There are only a handful of  designers that we know that design bridal couture gowns. The bridal market is a lucrative business but yet we still do not see many designers of color. I believe fashion is not about race but about creativity and art.  Today, I will showcase the designers who are stepping out and showing the world that you too can make beautiful wedding gowns and make a bride’s dream come true. Today we celebrate you!

Amsale Aberra

Amsale Aberra is an Ethiopian-born American fashion designer and entrepreneur. Her main field of design is in couture wedding gowns, and her flagship store is located on Madison Avenue in New York City. http://amsale.com

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Erica Angeline is a designer specializing in bridal gowns and hand crafted couture garments. Her salon is based in Phipps Plaza in  Atlanta, Georgia http://www.ericaangeline.com/

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Therez Fleetwood

With a background steeped in high fashion and World Couture glamour, Therez Fleetwood of TMF Couture designs exceptionally made and sharply edited apparel for the modern woman. Her focus on feminine silhouettes, intricate construction, and that perfect detail is evidenced in her signature hand-beaded dress and body-sculpting silhouettes


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Bryan K. Osburn

Chicago’s finest, started his career in 1993 designing under the name “Bryan K Osburn Collection”. He sold bridal gowns to high-end specialty boutiques throughout New York City, made custom designs for private clientele and designed for celebrities: Miss America (1994) Kenya Moore, Natalie Cole, Phyliss Hyman, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, opera singer Kathleen Battle, actresses Sheri Headley, (Coming to America,) Valerie Pittford (Half and Half), and Erica Alexander (The Cosby Show).



Kevan Hall

In 2002, he launched his own signature, Kevan Hall Collection with a fashion philosophy that emphasizes purity of style, incomparable tailoring and sensuously draped streamlined silhouettes,

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Cassandra Bromfield

“Where Brooklyn At?” Brooklyn, NY designer specializes in Custom Designed Wedding Gowns and Social Occasion Dresses.  Her collection is one-of-a-kind pieces and simple yet elegant. Clients are women who want style, artistic flavor, and quality that is the Brooklyn way. http://www.cassandrabromfield.com/

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NYC Bridal Market- Fall Winter 2015 Trends

Since the nuptials of Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney, the classic trend is making a come back. Mrs. Clooney set the trend with the gorgeous Osca de La Renta lace gown. This bridal market, many designers followed suit with princess ball gowns, intricate lace details and sleeves.

Future brides, make your dreams come true with the ethereal styles and know you can be a princess on your special day.  Let us see some of the trends that graced the runway during bridal market.


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