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.
Justin Alexander Spring 2019 Collection
PHOTO CREDIT : DAN LECCA
Berta Spring 2019 Collection
Photo Credit @mikecolon
Viktor & Rolf Spring 2019 Collection
Amsale Spring 2019 Collection
Morilee by Madeline Gardner Spring 2019 Collection
Naeem Khan has always been my favorite ready to wear designer and his bridal collection is just as magnificent. I walked into his showroom to see fringes, a touch of gold and embroidery. The collection was a little girls fairy tale. The vibe in the room was very eclectic has the models showcased pants suits, capes, jumpsuits with a detachable train, sparkle and a twist on a traditional a line gown. Ladies, you will not be disappointed with this collection, I am still dreaming about each look. Brides, be on the look out for the trunk shows.
Today is the first day of Fall. Fall is a great time of the year to get married. More brides are choosing this season to walk down the aisle. The air is crisp, the weather is cool and the different color leaves are great for wedding photos.
Check out some trendy bridal look that will give you the WOW factor for Fall.
Long Sleeve Gown
Steven Khalil- This designer is awesome any season!!!!
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
Ines Di Santo- January 29th-February 1st-Bridal Reflection NYC
Galia Lahav- February 19th-22nd- Bridal Reflections
Tara Keely (great prices) February 13th-15th Kleinfield