Dress of the Day: Jasmine Bridal in The Knot’s Spring “Dress Codes”

Talk about a versatile dress!  This gorgeous lace gown looks chic and cosmopolitan on jasminebridal.com but The Knot “Dress Codes” (pg 160 in the Spring Issue) suggests accessorizing the gown for a “ritzy” barn theme. Whichever you prefer there is no debating that this gown is simply STUNNING!

photo: jasminebridal.com (left); Devon Jarvis (right)

photo: jasminebridal.com (left); Devon Jarvis (right)

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The Knot TOP TRENDS: Spring 2013 Bridal Fashion Week

The Knot  Spring Issue is on stands now and Fashion & Beauty Editor, Jennie Ma, is giving us her top picks “Straight From The Runway“. I am very happy to announce many of our COUTURE alumni have been chosen! Will we be seeing these trends in April or do you have guys more tricks up your sleeve? Comment below and give us a sneak peak on what’s hot and what’s not! For more runway reports check out pg 67 in the current issue! See you all in a few months!

3D FLORAL

photo: Allan Zepeda

photo: Allan Zepeda

LEFT: Pronovias
RIGHT: Victoria Nicole
Florals are a spring staple due to their seasonal allure and feminine appeal. This spring, designers took a more realistic approach by making the flowers come to life 3-dimensionally!  This unexpected texture provides a truly stimulating experience for both the bride and her guests.

CORSETS

left : Allan Zepeda right: Kurt Wilberding

photo : Allan Zepeda; Kurt Wilberding

LEFT: Victor Harper
RIGHT: Eve of Milady
This particular trend is extremely flattering for the female figure. It flattens the mid-section while enhancing the hips and chest. Corsets also provide a romantic and sensual allure reminiscent of the glamorous yet repressed Victorian era.

LACE SLEEVES

photo: Kurt Wilberding; Allan Zepeda

photo: Kurt Wilberding (left) ; Allan Zepeda (center, right)

LEFT: Jesus Peiro
CENTER: Augusta Jones
RIGHT: Maggie Sottero
Lace is an essential bridal element due to its romantic appeal; however it is up to the designers to create fresh ways to evolve it for modern brides.  Adding a lace sleeve provides tasteful elegance that appears conservative while still remaining sexy.

RUFFLE SKIRTS

photo: MCV Photo (left) ; Kurt Wilberding (right)

photo: MCV Photo (left) ; Kurt Wilberding (right)

LEFT: Yumi Katsura
RIGHT: Matthew Christopher
Bring in the drama! Ruffle skirts add luxurious texture, volume and movement for the bride who wants all eyes on her.

GOLD

photo: Kurt Wilberding (left); Allan Zepeda (right)

photo: Kurt Wilberding (left); Allan Zepeda (right)

LEFT: Ian Stuart
RIGHT: Katerina Bocci
Soft touches of gold are extravagant and luxe.  The subtle sheen is a perfect way for a bride to explore color while remaining true to her traditional roots.

SUBTLE PEPLUM

photo: Kurt Wilberding

photo: Kurt Wilberding

LEFT: Jorge Manuel
RIGHT: Cymbeline
Bridal silhouettes are often timeless but fashionistas crave that extra edge. This trend adds that level of fashion she lusts for without being too extreme. It is also great for those brides who want to mask their troublesome mid-section!

Dress of The Day: Maggie Sottero in The Knot Winter Issue

photo Sarra Fleur

photo Sarra Fleur

This asymmetrical Grecian gown is perfect for the bride who wants to be romantic yet modern. The intricate detail on the bust and shoulder adds glamor while the light fabric and delicate pleating keeps the look fresh and airy. For more fabulous gowns by Maggie Sottero CLICK HERE!

5 Unique Trends Your Bride is Looking For!

By: Brett Olsen

Modern brides are the target of every designer/retailer but their needs have changed compared to the brides of generations past. Are you offering the current trends that brides want?

COLOR

photo: Thomas Laine

photo: Thomas Laine

Today’s bride wants to look classic yet unique. White will always remain a  wedding staple but current trends are pointing in the opposite direction . Celebrities like Jessica Biel, Gwen Stefani and Julianne Moore  all wore alternative shades to stand out but not every brides is as bold! Jewelry, sashes and shoes are great solutions for the bride that wants to add a pop of color without going overboard.

LINGERIE/SHAPE WEAR

photo: Devon Jarvis

photo: Devon Jarvis

We all know it’s equally as important for the bride to feel beautiful as it is to look beautiful. Offering the right undergarments to accompany her dress will help her feel more comfortable and therefore more willing to buy. Sexy (yet tasteful!) lingerie is also great to offer for  honeymoon gear , “first night” activities and boudoir photo-shoots.

VEIL ALTERNATIVES

photo: Elizabeth Messina

photo: Elizabeth Messina

This has become a constant battle between modern brides and their mothers. Traditionally a bride without a veil was simply a beautiful woman in a white dress. However the rules have changed. There are plenty of ordinate headpieces available on the market that will make her feel current while still looking like a bride.

ART DECO JEWELRY

photo: Thomas Laine

photo: Thomas Laine

With the high anticipation of The Great Gatsby and current  hits like Gangster Squad and Downtown Abbey, Art Deco is a huge trend. That being said, there is a big difference between looking “vintage” and looking “dated.” The devil is in the details! Offering art deco jewelry is the perfect way for her to add Old Hollywood glamor without limiting her dress selection. Drop waists and extensive beading aren’t for everyone!

RECEPTION DRESSES

photo: DVF.com

photo: DVF.com

Why sell one dress when you can sell two…or three! Short, ready -to- wear inspired dresses are great for when the bride is ready to cut loose at her reception! These are also great for Bridal Showers, Bachelorette Parties and Rehearsal Dinners.

Spring 2013 Couture Fashion Week: The Best of Bridal

ELIE SAAB
Couture Spring 2013, Paris

Elie Saabphoto:style.com

Elie Saab
photo:style.com

Elie Saabphoto: style.com

Elie Saab
photo: style.com

CHANEL
Couture Spring 2013, Paris

Chanel photo:style.com

Chanel
photo:style.com

CHRISTIAN DIOR
Couture Spring 2013, Paris

Christan Dior  photo:style.com

Christian Dior
photo:style.com

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI
Couture Spring 2013, Paris

Giambattista Valliphoto:style.com

Giambattista Valli
photo:style.com

Giambattista Valli photo:style.com

Giambattista Valli
photo:style.com

VALENTINO
Couture Spring 2013, Paris

Valentino photo:style.com

Valentino
photo:style.com

photo:style.com

Valentino
photo:style.com

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THE KNOT Informs Brides of the Harsh Reality of Counterfeit Gowns!

Search for the website name on reputable wedding boards and online forums like SiteJabber to see whether other people have registered complaints about quality or customer service. “A lot of the review sites that appear on Google aren’t legitimate because some companies pay them to give good reviews, so you have to search trustworthy sources of information,” explains Jeremy Gin, CEO and co-founder of federally funded SiteJabber.com, where consumers can post reviews about e-commerce sites.

Inaccuracies and inconsistencies

Take a close look at the site: Misspellings and grammatical errors are a good indication that you’re dealing with con artists. Gin also suggests looking up the company’s address on Google street view so you can see what the actual store looks like (if it even exists!) “If they don’t have a working phone number, that’s also a bad sign,” he says.

A re-stocking fee requirement

If the site promises refunds only with a restocking fee, “that may indicate that they make their money by sending things out that are unacceptable and then offering [minimal] refunds rather than selling products people want to keep,” Scafidi explains.

All-too-familiar photos

When the same picture of the same dress keeps popping up not only on the designer’s site or a well-known boutique’s site but on lots of other sites, think about where it came from and check the designer’s site to make sure the retailer where you see the photo is in fact an authorized dealer.

Literally unbelievable deals

“If every gown has deep discounts, start to be suspicious of what kind of retailer you’re dealing with,” says Scafidi. Bottom line: when it looks or sounds too good to be true, it is!

Jennie Ma