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Bridal Market Fall 2012 Collections – Runway Recap – Part I

OK, ladies and gents, here we go: Get ready to dive head first into the glamorous (and at times grueling) world of Bridal Market! We have our first runway recap, straight from the bridal fashion front rows, by Mara Marian-Harwood of Events By LMG, who is in NYC soaking up the 2012 collections with the team at Alta Moda Bridal. Without further ado, we give you Part 1 of Bridal Market–take it away Mara!

First, let me just start by telling you that this year was the first opportunity I have had to attend Bridal Market (a huge grin and thank you are due to Alta Moda Bridal for allowing me to tag along and to Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom magazine for offering me the opportunity to blog in their market absence as they prepare for the upcoming Winter/Spring 2012 issue). [Editor’s note: Our pleasure!]

Day one of Bridal Market started with coffee in the city and a walk to Modern Trousseau’s gorgeous New York City showroom. By gorgeous, I mean it’s a bride’s paradise. Modern and elegant with neutral and white furnishings accented by a statement blue-damask-covered wall and beautiful hardwood floors.

The Modern Trousseau showroom in NYC

Our appointment with Modern Trousseau included a mini runway show of all their new bridal gown designs. Among my very favorite gowns I saw all day was ‘Regan’ [Editor’s note: This is one of our favorite new gowns, too!]. Regan is a silk jacquard ballgown in oyster adorned with a gorgeous crystal belt and complete with my absolute favorite detail on a full skirt: pockets! I fell in love early, at 9 a.m. I hope to see Regan in Salt Lake soon (hint hint Alta Moda!)


‘Regan’ ballgown by Modern Trousseau

As if the bridal gowns weren’t enough excitement and swoon at 9 a.m., we were also thrilled to see Modern Trousseau’s newest collection of short reception gowns. Adorable short dresses shown in black and white were among some of my favorite looks of the day, with beautiful illusion details, peek-a-boo scalloped lace hemlines, and flattering waistlines. I hope to see some of these dresses locally soon, too!

Reception gowns by Modern Trousseau

A short subway ride later we found ourselves in the Presidential Suite at the Intercontinental where we watched a private Augusta Jones runway show. We enjoyed an array of big, rosette-covered skirts, the expected ruched and strapless silhouettes, and a surprising amount of gowns with sleeves (a la Kate Middleton).

Gowns by Augusta Jones

After watching the Alta Moda Bridal team meticulously examine the lace and beadwork on various gowns, we made our way through other showrooms setup in private rooms throughout the hotel.

The Erin Cole showroom space was absolutely phenomenal. Any gal with a propensity for jewels, ribbons, and pearls could kill an entire afternoon in this space. White acrylic trays filled with beautiful baubles lined every inch of the showroom tables. Lace, satin, and grosgrain belts in various colors and widths, sheer veils, statement rings and earrings, and hairpieces and bustle pins (yes, bustle pins!) occupied the better part of an hour for us.

Accessories and jewelry by Erin Cole

As if we hadn’t OD’d on bling at this point already, Judith Leiber was our next stop. A crystal-covered bridal clutch in the shape of a decadent slice of cake was surely my favorite piece, though less extravagant options were equally striking. Given the option, I think we all agreed we’d be perfectly thrilled to have left with any of them.

Designs by Judith Leiber

Having finished all of our appointments at the Intercontinental for the day, we hailed a cab in true New York fashion and headed to The Piers.

Melissa Barber, Mara Marian-Harwood, Justin Goodson and Hilary Anderson

At Intercontinental we had the opportunity to view the 2012 collections by Amy Kuschel, Angel Rivera and Jorge Manuel.

Melissa and Hilary of Alta Moda Bridal at Amy Kuschel

 Gown by Amy Kuschel

 Gown by Angel Rivera


 The Alta Moda Bridal team with designer Jorge Manuel

Gowns by Jorge Manuel

Approaching 5:00 p.m., we headed into Chelsea to Cedar Lake for the Monique Lhuillier runway show. An exclusive event with security-manned list, attendance was by invite only. Industry superstars like Darcy Miller, editor of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, and Randy Fenoli of TV Show, ‘Say Yes to the Dress,’ were in attendance. Greeted by Monique Lhuillier candles at each seat in various fragrances, guests chatted as they anxiously anticipated the beginning of the show. Models donned gowns in embossed fabrics, skirts with front-slit details, and strapless asymmetrical necklines. Not surprisingly, the show ended with a standing ovation.


Gowns by Monique Lhuillier

Phew! Talk about a fashion-filled day! Thank you Mara of Events By LMG, and Hilary, Justin, and Melissa of Alta Moda Bridal for this Runway Recap + gown photos!

This is just the tip of the bridal fashion iceberg, folks! Don’t move from your computer, because there are more Runway Recaps, plus designer spotlights and dozens more gown photos to come!