New York Bridal Fashion Week Recap

Hi everyone!
I’m so sorry for being so stagnant with posting. Between schoolwork, New York Bridal Fashion Week, and getting sick, I haven’t had much time for anything!

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Me, Alex in the Pnina Tornai finale gown, and my co-worker

Yesterday, was the biggest day of the year in the bridal world (at least for me). Why you ask? Because it was the day of Pnina Tornai’s runway show! This year’s theme was Wind Upon Water, which was inspired by how the sun reflects on the water and the wispyness of the wind. The silhouettes included ballgowns, mermaids, sheaths, a jumpsuit, and a cocktail dress, with pearl, clear crystal, white beading, fringe, and sheer and lace details. Pnina outdid herself for her 10th year designing for Kleinfeld Bridal, and there’s no doubt that this was her best collection to date. Even though I’ve been working for her for three years, I still get misty-eyed when I see her creations go down the runway. Each gown is truly a work of art and unmistakably Pnina. She knows how to be on trend and stay true to herself while really celebrating the female figure with curve-hugging silhouettes.

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Behind the scenes at the Pnina Tornai show
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Pnina Tornai lace illusion crop top and satin skirt

Today, I went to see dresses by Engardo Bonilla, who has a very classic look, designing mostly ballgowns made of tulle and lace.

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Edgardo Bonilla
Engardo Bonilla
Edgardo Bonilla

I also had the chance to see the newest dresses from Zuhair Murad, who is known for his sheer gowns with strategically placed appliques and detachable skirts.

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Zuhair Murad
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Zuhair Murad
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Zuhair Murad

 

Next up was Reem Acra, who was showing blush linings, illusion lace, and tonal beading.

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Reem Acra
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Reem Acra

After visiting Reem’s showroom, we went to go see dresses by Leanne Marshall, who was the season 5 winner of Project Runway! She is known for her flowy silhouettes, bridal separates, and bohemian aesthetic. Leanne’s dresses are made in New York City by the designer herself and a small team.

Leanne Marshall
Leanne Marshall

Our last stop was back to Kleinfeld, where Mark Zunino was showing his 2016 collection which showcased dresses with black detailing.

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Mark Zunino
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Mark Zunino

 

Overall, I had a great time this year at NYBFW but I wish I didn’t have school so I could go to all of the shows! While Pnina is of course my favorite, I am a fashionista and wedding geek at heart, so I love to see what is coming to stores for the upcoming season. Before I know it, it will be time to get ready for Pnina’s 2017 collection! It will be hard to top this year’s collection, but I know she will. She always does.

Top tips to help you say yes to the dress!

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Throughout my three years working at an esteemed bridal store, there is MUCH that I have learned about wedding dress shopping. From who to bring (and not to bring), how to prepare before your appointment, and how to interact with your consultant, I have so much to share! Weddings can be stressful, but they shouldn’t be! You have no idea how many girls come to buy their dream dress and are absolutely terrified! So if I can make dress shopping any easier for you or for the bride-to-be in your life, it would be my pleasure. Here are some top tips for making your dress selection one of the best memories of your life!

1.) Bring as few people as possible!

You have no idea how many times I see a bride-to-be bring a HUGEEEE entourage to her dress selection appointment. While more may sometimes be merrier, this isn’t really the case. More people means more opinions, which usually ends up making the experience a lot more stressful than it needs to be. I only recommend bringing three people (at most) to your appointment, especially if you have a hard time ignoring the opinions of others. It takes a very specific bride to be able to choose the dress that SHE loves despite what others in her group may think. And make sure if the salon allows pictures to be taken that no one posts your dream gown on social media!!

 

2.) Pregame!

No, I do not mean come to your appointment in a drunken stupor (you will surely regret whatever you pick, I promise). What I mean to say is that if you have no idea what kind of gown you want, you should try some gowns on in a smaller boutique before heading to any larger stores. It will make it much easier to narrow down what silhouette you are going for, and will bring much more focus to your following appointment…Which brings me to…

 

3.) Tell your consultant EVERYTHING.

Since when is being picky bad? I personally love a bride who has a vision and knows what she likes and what she isn’t so found of in a wedding gown. It makes the dress shopping experience much more productive! That doesn’t mean that she may change her mind (it happens ALLL the time), but the more specific the better!

 

4.) IT’S OKAY TO CHANGE YOUR VISION!

This is a MAJOR tip. I have so many brides who end up picking a gown that was everything that they didn’t want. Usually, we have a conversation that involves the bride hemming and hawing because she just can’t believe that she loves something that she swore she wouldn’t wear down the aisle. It’s a-okay to change your vision! As long as your most beautiful when walking down the aisle, that is all that matters!

 

5.) Undergarments are important!

When shopping for a dress, be sure to wear full coverage seamless nude underwear (it makes measuring much more pleasant for us and the seamless variety ensures no weird panty lines for you, and I mean really who wants to see your red underwear through the white gown you are wearing? It makes imagining walking down the aisle very very difficult!). Also bring any kind of special bras or shape wear that you may wear under a gown, and a pair of shoes just in case the salon doesn’t offer sample pairs to try with the dresses.

 

I hope that you find these tips helpful and that your gown searching is fun and as stress-free as possible! Now that we have that covered, comment below with stories about your wedding dress shopping adventures!