Where in the World is COUTURE?

Greetings friends! It was great seeing you all in April and we can’t wait until October (it’s closer than you think!).  Just because our show is twice a year doesn’t mean we aren’t constantly working towards improvement. The COUTURE team is always doing research, forming relationships and exploring ways to elevate the show.

Our summer journey started with Corin and Michelle visiting our favorite designers in the UK!  First up were Justin and Larry Warshaw at the Hilton Metropole where they were previewing their Justin Alexander, Sincerity and Sweetheart collections.  It was like déjà vu chatting with them while gazing at the gorgeous gowns. Believe it or not it they were more beautiful then we remembered!  White Gallery followed where we had fun mingling with more old friends. The expense Ocean Media Group put into the look of the show was evident and inspiring. The subtle pops of color were playful and complemented the luxe collections and otherwise clean layout.  We had fun chatting with Watters, Halo & Co, Cymbeline, Kisui Berlin, Augusta Jones and Jesus Piero while also making new friends along the way. London Bridal Show was next and was also filled with familiar faces like Jasmine Bridal, Demetrois, Lillian West and Sophia & Camilia. It was great to get feedback on the New York market and see the collections in another element.  We even had time to enjoy some tea and scones in the West Hall Café while talking notes!

The fashion shows at White Gallery were certainly a huge highlight!  Stewart Parvin’s crisp and clean collection was very chic and understated while still remaining glamorous! It is no wonder he is a favorite of the Queen herself!  Ian Stuart delivered drama and elegance at his runway presentation (as always!) with fabulous frills and ruffles that enchanted the onlookers. The grand finale was particularly memorable including stunningly bold designs and spectacular bursts of confetti rain! Elizabeth Stuart, Charlotte Balbier and Annasul Y are just some of our new favorites from the Designer Preview show. It was interesting to see that many of the trends we saw at COUTURE were also on the UK runways including delicate lace, dramatic backs and sleeves of all lengths.

Back in The States our editorial team attended Enzoani’s Seventh Annual Runway Show at its “top secret location.” Over 500 in-the-know bridal experts gathered at the Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana, California to preview the new line. The Knot Fashion & Beauty Editor Jennie Ma reflects on the evening saying, “It was truly a theatrical performance! Enzoani consistently manages to design gorgeous gowns that are not only glamorous but also extremely elegant.” After a brief intermission, reality star Lindsay Yenter (aka “The Girl in The Wedding Dress” on The Bachelor season 17) shocked the crowd by introducing designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka to the stage! The grand finale was their 2014 Badgley Mischka Bridal and Bridesmaids collections filled with their signature beading and ornate embellishments. “What a great surprise to find out that Enzoani and Bagdley Mischka are collaborating with each other!” states Ma, “It seems like the perfect marriage since both brands design such timeless and elegant gowns.”

This past Wednesday, The Knot Wedding Network had a Market Mixer at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles. Our business manager Michelle was lucky enough to join in on the fun! She enjoyed fabulous cocktails, delicious treats and live music while networking all night with West Coast retailers and vendors that came to get a sneak peak of what new at The Knot!

Where will COUTURE end up next? Stay tuned!

New York Fashion Week Roundup: Fall 2013 Bridal Inspirations

#NYFW always has Manhattan a buzz with international fashionistas and industry insiders.  Even though the collections were prêt-à-porter, many Ready to Wear designers clearly still had the bride in mind.  What trends to you think will be seen at Bridal Fashion Week this April?

BLUSH

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Left: Badgley Mischka; Center: Zac Posen: Right: Jenny Packham
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Fall 2013 is giving a whole new meaning to the term “blushing bride.”  The soft and romantic hue is perfect for the bride who wants to experiment with color while remaining conservative. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the trend however the ethereal chiffon’s and luxe satins used this season gives the trend a fresh dimension.

MODERN CONTRAST

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Left: Jason Wu; Center: Reem Acra; Right: Carolina Herrera
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Black and white color blocking will continue to be in vogue for Fall 2013! Whether is be in a simple black sash or a bold shadow print, adding noir accents to a simple white silhouette adds sexy contrast and a modern edge .

METALLIC EMBELLISHMENT

Left: Christian Siriano; Center: Monique Lhuillier; Right: Badgley Mischka
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Great Gatsby inspiration is huge in bridal according to The Knot.  By adding metallic embellishments and opulent deco details, the fashion forward bride will set herself apart from her peers while sparkling all night.

FEATHERS-SHORT

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Left: Lela Rose; Center: Monique Lhuillier; Right: Jason Wu
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Short dresses always make an impression but its hard to find the right cocktail dress that is special enough for such a monumental occasion. In order to really make a statement designers are using feathers to add a fun and flirty texture that is youthful and sexy.

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Left: Oscar de la Renta; Center: Tadashi Shoji; Right: Pamella Rolandwww.style.com

Left: Oscar de la Renta; Center: Tadashi Shoji; Right: Pamella Roland
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The feather trend isn’t limited to shot and playful dresses. They can also appear more mature and sophisticated on longer gowns. Brides can still be bold by adorning the entire garment in feathers while more conservative brides have the option to use the trend sparingly in accents and accessories.