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!

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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!