Though I review the bridal collections each season, this time around I thought it would be fun to get insight from a soon to be bride. So I called upon my best friend Michelle, who is getting married in January 2011 and has an amazing eye for style, to check out the Fall 2010 designs and share some of her favorites. Here are her thoughts…
All types of fashionable bridal insiders came together this past Saturday night to view the latest collections from Priscilla of Boston; the engaged, married or editors and buyers on hand to get a glimpse of the newest trends to come down the aisle. I fit into the engaged category, and am a bride lucky enough to have a Maid of Honor with the hottest tickets in town to Bridal Fashion Week.
Melissa Sweet by Priscilla of Boston was the first collection to hit the runway at the grand ballroom at 583 Park Ave. With an emphasis on rosette appliqués, her collection was delicate, feminine yet wearable with soft draping. The detailing on the strapless silk crinkle chiffon “Wallis” gown with hand-sculpted rosettes made the room swoon!
Other standouts included the bridesmaid dresses by Priscilla of Boston. Designer, Tracy Uomoleale showcased a collection of dresses that any girl would love to wear, be it as part of a wedding party or not! Soft pewter chiffon gowns with touches of bows and ruffles looked really fresh for bridal parties.
Rain or shine, the shows continued Sunday and I was off to Monique Luillier in Chelsea. Her dresses were floaty, ethereal and moody. While an unlimited array of textures, laces, beads and sequins were presented, the most present silhouette was the tightly bound torso with full skirt. Another trend Luillier is exploring this season is the corseted bodice with hints of skin peeking through, often with intricate bead work.
After a stop at the Plaza for the Douglass Hannant show, we were off to Lela Rose’s studio for a preview of her Fall 2010 collection. Beautiful models glowed in Rose’s lovely creations. A slight departure from her last collection, this season the feel was much less structured with an emphasis on more flowing designs. Original embroidery work on the skirt of the “Chalet” dress was soft yet dramatic. Most dresses can be worn with an optional beaded belt , giving the bride the opportunity to turn up the glam that much more.
The options are truly endless this Fall ’10 Bridal Season, with a designer out there for every type of bride. And with so many beautiful dresses, how to choose just one? Well, stay tuned… ~Michelle Schepsman