As many of you know, last week I was in NYC for Bridal Market (aka. Bridal Fashion Week) and it was my first time attending. Can you say dream come true? Fashion show after fashion show of stunning new wedding dress styles, coffee meetings, cocktail parties, delicious food and OMG – the Martha Stewart Weddings Party; I’ll be posting on that later this afternoon. We stayed in Chelsea at the Highline Hotel which truly felt like home; I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking to stay in that area. Awesome bed, killer minibar, terrific service and ideal location – all in a charming historic building. Lucky for me, the hubby had some work to do in NYC as well so I didn’t have to travel alone. Time flies when you are having a good time and those 7 days went by in a flash – was I even there? I have to pinch myself because I was…
And now for the breakdown of all the swoon-worthy fashion and awesome brands that I had the pleasure of meeting with. You see, bloggers are now considered legitimate “press” and so are invited to attend all the awesome bridal market happenings. If you have any questions about anything you see here, please feel free to ask – I’ll do my best to answer. Forgive the poor image quality, I took them all with my iPhone 6. For some reason the hubby wasn’t willing to follow me around and take them all for me, lol :)
The Etsy Weddings Spring Preview
The talented team over at Etsy put on the most beautiful event to showcase the best of what their wedding specific artisans are producing for the upcoming season. Most vendors sent items to the show while 4 local artists were able to attend, they are mentioned below. All designs were divided into categories/tables like gifts, favors, stationary, accessories, etc. There was live music, cocktails, and tons of pretty things to see. All the decor was created by Etsy artists. This event was definitely a highlight of my trip.
To easily find all the darling items you see here; visit the Etsy Weddings tastemaker page.
Here are the tables of the 4 artists who were able to attend the event in person. Lily and Val – who creates the most amazing hand-drawn signs and printables. La Vie Rosie – a talented florist. MiHow – that creates the most unusual and delicious gourmet lollipops, my fav was Red Wine. And lastly, Anto Arts – that creates lovely rustic wedding decor and gifts.
Click to see Something Turquoise’s favorite Etsy artisans —> Etsy Wedding Artists
Della Giovanna was my very first show and it was energizing. Inspired by the intricate art of medieval armor – their Fall 2015 looks were full of metallic details and crisp lines. Here are my 4 favorites. To see more of the Fall 2015 collection click here.
The largest show I attended was for JLM Couture which included three designers Jim Hjelm, Hayley Paige and Lazaro. The cocktails were flowing at this event and although I did not indulge as some did – it was fantastic.
My Jim Hjelm favorites. To see more of the Fall 2015 collection click here.
My Hayley Paige favorites. To see more of the Fall 2015 collection click here.
My Lazaro favorites, including the amazing soft turquoise beaded gown. To see more of the Fall 2015 collection click here.
I spent Saturday morning with Watters and a few bridal blogger pals… how amazing is that paper flower wall?! Here are my favorites. To see more of the Fall 2015 collection click here.
My favorite show of all, Maggie Sottero… and not just because of this beautiful welcome. The venue, the staff, the models, the beautiful gowns – it was all stunning – the perfect package. Here are my favs. To see more of the Fall 2015 collection click here.
Next up, Badgley Mischka. I’ve been a long time fan so being able to see this collection in person was such a treat and seeing Mark and James at the end for just a second was a thrill. Here are my favorites from the show. To see more of the Fall 2015 collection click here.
Eve of Milady
Wow. Eve of Milady… although her designs are for a very specific type of bride, it was an honor to see such beauty and exquisite detail up close. Here are my favorites. To see more of the Fall 2015 collection click here.
Last but not least, the private show from Sareh Nouri. The unique fabric, textures and color were only matched by the beauty of their penthouse view of Central Park. Here are my favs. To see more of the Fall 2015 collection click here.
Aside from the large runway style shows there are two giant arenas full of wedding fashion related companies showing their latest styles. From a sea of wedding dresses, to groom and bridesmaid attire, accessories of all kinds, shoes and so much more. Walking the floor can be a bit overwhelming and by no means did I cover everything but I did find three companies I wanted to share with you.
First up, Ellis. Based in London, this family label has been around since 1912 and you just have to read their story — it’s heartwarming! Pictured here is the lead designer and grandson of the founder with a beautiful dress (#11317) inspired by one of their original designs.
Second, one of my favorites Toms. How freaking adorable are these new styles??? I love that brides are choosing to support charitable companies when purchasing items for their weddings; like having a pair of Toms as your “dancing shoes” or your “something blue”. Sadly these styles won’t be available for a while but I will gladly let you know as soon as they are!
Third, Wed/Altered is an indie/ethical pop-up style bridal boutique. From hand painted wedding gowns to eco-friendly materials, their vendors are sure to please the alternative bride.
On top of all the fab fashion week events, I also had three personal business meetings. Can you say full plate? I was so busy in fact that I had to cancel three fashion shows. But the crazy hustle was worth all the experiences. I get to cross this one off my bucket list and look forward to many more in the future. I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into my first time at Bridal Market – it was awesome to relive it for you!
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