Consulting Diary- A-line vs Ballgown

Bridal Market ended in October and now we have a list of trunk shows for brides to preview the new collections. I am noticing a demand of A-line wedding gowns as many designers have showcased stunning A-line gowns. Many brides have been complaining that bridal consultants are showing them ballgowns. So I decided to showcase the difference between an A-line gown and a ballgown. The styles both have the same silhouette but the volume makes the difference.  Both are equally beautiful but I believe brides are looking for the modified A line look that can be flowly, sexy and easy to manage the day of the wedding. Let us take a look at some of the different bridal A-lines and Ballgowns.

Definition:

A-Line: These dresses are fitted to the waist then flow to the ground in the shape of an uppercase “A”.

Ball Gown(Princess Gown): a  floor-length dress to be worn to formal event and traditionally has a full skirt and fitted bodice.

A line Gown with a Tulle Skirt

Divine Atelier

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Lace/Textured A Line Gowns

Olvi’s

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Beaded Ball Gown

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Sheer A- Line and Ball Gowns

Galia Lahav

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Gala by Galia Lahav A line Beaded Gown

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A-line Plain Gown

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Gemy Maalouf Fall 2017 Collection

I love a designer who is not afraid to play around with bright colors and make gowns that look like a wedding gown. Going through images, it was so hard to pick favorites as I loved all the Gemy gowns from the Fall 2017 collections.  Gemy Maalouf draws her inspiration from the magic of colors and the harmony of textiles to weave collections that tell a story through every piece. Lost for words…you will have to see for yourself.

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Images Courtesy  of Gemy Maalouf

Designer to Watch- Paolo Sebastian

This young designer from Australia knows how to make a woman feel sexy and beautiful. Paolo Sebastian is very popular on instagram and pinterest.

In 2007, Paul Vasileff, the designer launched his first couture collection and he was only 17 years old. He has captivated the media and clients with his whimsical and designs. To all my New York brides, the collection can be found at Mark Ingram Atelier.  Look below for some amazing gowns.

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Bridal Diary: Trunk Show and Sought After Designers

This is the time of the year where future brides just recently become engaged and realizing that they only have a year to plan. I stress please plan a year ahead as the longer you wait, the process will begin to frustrate you.

As a bridal consultant, I come across many brides who constantly look for a dream gown or their favorite designer. Future brides, if you ready to start the journey of finding your dream dress, I am suggesting attending a trunk show.  What is a trunk show?

A trunk show is an event in which a designer present their merchandise directly to store’s personal  customers at a retail location or another venue such as a hotel room. In many cases it allows brides to preview and/or purchase merchandise before it is made available to the public. Typically, clients view the merchandise, place orders, and then wait for the vendor to manufacture and deliver the goods.

Here are some tips….

 

  • Begin by browsing designer websites to get a sense of which styles appeal to you and fall within your budget.
  • Though trunk shows take place throughout the year, you’ll have the widest selection of designers from January–March when these events are more numerous.
  • Bring one or two people with you whom you trust and who know you well. Resist the urge to have a larger entourage accompany you—too many opinions can get confusing.
  • Be prepared to make a purchase in case you find “the dress” in order to take advantage of possible show discounts. But don’t feel pressured to make a decision if you aren’t 100% convinced.

Some upcoming designers that are hot in the market now…

Naeem Khan Trunk Show – January 22-25th -Mark Ingram Atelier NYC

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Ines Di Santo- January 29th-February 1st-Bridal Reflection NYC

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Galia Lahav- February 19th-22nd- Bridal Reflections

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Tara Keely (great prices) February 13th-15th Kleinfield

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