Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bridal Week in Chicago...

Well ladies, 'Bridal Week' has come and gone in Chicago and just ramping up in NYC. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend any of the shows. Not that I was invited, mind you, but it still would have been a nice gesture to receive an invitation in the mail. Right! I mean, I am the coolest wedding blogger around, wouldn't you agree? LOL!

And even though my invitation was lost in the mail, along with my invitation to the Royal nuptials, this year there were lots of new trends that graced the runway. And the one that caught my eye was a newly rediscovered interest in modesty. One of the dresses that received the most attention, and I thought was absolutely gorgeous, was this throw back to the 50's Anne Barge gown with pockets. It has 'Mad Men' written all over it!!!!  Classic, elegant and, oh so sophisticated!  And it has pockets!!!!

Tulle was another big winner at this years show.  The runway was literally overrun with Tulle.  So, if you're a lover of this fabulously ethereal fabric, you're in luck. Salons all over the country will be stocking many dresses that bring out the fairytale bride in all of us.  And as always, Vera Wang delights with this timeless 'A-Line' from her new 'White' collection.

Romona Keveza captivates us as well with her fairytale dress that will definitely take your breath away...especially with the exquisite veil.  A little less structured this flowing gown screams romance.  Simply beautiful!

Not to be outdone, this InnCredible Dennis Basso gown commissioned by none other than Kleinfeld's, of 'Say Yes to the Dress' fame, is sure to please as well with its top layer of lovely Tulle and peep-a-boo lace bodice.  I'm sure we'll see many an episode where Randy will have prospective brides trying on this very dress!  Stay tuned!

If you're a more sophisticated bride, you'll be happy to know that the trends are swinging back in your favor...and Anne Barge is leading the way to the reinstatement of classic and clean lines.  Take a look at this beautiful gown with its impeccable style.  Stunning!

You say you're more a Vintage bride.  Well, you're in luck too.  Trends are stepping back in time to the timeless Vintage classics, especially for outdoor weddings.  Again, Anne Barge pleases with this amazing vintage gown with hand made lace.  So InnCredibly Elegant!

Here's something new.  The sleeveless dress with sleeves.  Yep, you read that right.  This fab Liz Fields 'Lo-Ve-La' gown gives the feeling of fun and sophistication with its twist on this new trend.  Look for many a gown to copy this look.  Love it!  And look at that skirt!  Amazing!

Vera Wang is always a trend setter at any bridal week but this year she outdid herself.  This year, not only did she excite with her 'White' collection, but she also stunned onlookers with her new 'Witchcraft' line.  Take a look at this stunner from her newest collection.  Yes ladies, it is a black wedding gown...but oh so fabulous!

And, if you're a lover of trains and over-the-top skirts, oh my, there were some 'to die for' ones featured this year in Chicago.  Take a look at this stunner!  Flamenco anyone?

Lazaro is always a favorite at any runway show...but in Chicago he outdid himself with his new designs.  If you love lots and lots of fabric, you'll love the new Lazarro collection...take a look!  Talk about a train!  Wow!

He rounded out his collection this year with a classic designs with another phenomenal fluffy skirt.

The designers didn't forget about color either.  There were a number of gowns that had a hint of color...and Lazaro was at the head of the class with this delicately stunning rosy pink gown.

Looking for a gown with a little less color, Liz Fields, 'Lo-Ve-La', rocked the runway with this marvelous pink gown.  I love the lines on this dress and the ruffle treatment on the shoulder.  Lovely!

And of course, Vera Wang designed an amazing nude dress for this year's collection.  According to the experts, nude is the new white.  So ladies take note, nude may be your color of choice.  I could wear this dress!!!

Ok...for all the brides who are looking for a gown that isn't quite so 'couture', this year there were a number of gowns that would be perfect for us, 'not so couture', kinda gals.  This beautiful one from Allure is just one of the many introduced in Chicago last week.  I love the ruching around the waistline of this gown.  So form fitting and elegant.

So, there you have it.  Bridal Week 2011 in Chicago.  The good news ladies is that soon there will be 'knock-offs' of all these designer dresses with prices we can afford gracing bridal salons all over the country.  In fact, just the other day I saw a 'knock-off' of Princess Catherine, the former Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, dress in the window of Renfro's Bridal in Placerville. CA.

So, have no fear, if one of these dresses absolutely took your breath away, it'll soon appear on a rack near you.  In the meantime, peruse the bridal magazines, all your favorite wedding websites and start thinking about what style of wedding dress you'd love to wear on your wedding day.  The experts always say, 'you'll know YOUR dress the moment you put it on'.
And if you're wanting to go 'Green', check out these fab dresses that Katie at the 'Green Bride Guide' featured this morning from designer, Elizabeth St. John.  Granted none were featured in Chicago this year, but all are couture...and all are made from recycled, vintage and organic materials.  Click the link above to see Elizabeth St. John's entire collection and be prepared to be amazed.  See, you don't have to wear a 'gunny sack', as Katie says to be a 'green bride', you can still be outrageously gorgeous!


Happy Shopping!

Until next time...

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1 comment:

  1. As usual, Carrell, fabulous job! I loved every single gown... and gotta tell ya! Renfro's is spectacular! Lori, our MOB last weekend had on a stunning dress that I coveted. I asked her where she got it - - - Renfro's! Margaret can take one look at you and know exactly what to dress you in. She is amazing - - - she is InnCredible!