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Bridal Market Fall 2012 Collections – Runway Recap – Part III

Happy Friday! We are kicking your weekend off on a very fashionable note: Today,  Mara Marian-Harwood of Events By LMG shares her third and final Runway Recap from Bridal Market in NYC…

My final day at market ended with a bang, the entire trip blew my mind. Our final day included more runway shows (front row!), collection reviews, and killer industry events. Oh… and Hilary (owner of local boutique Alta Moda Bridal) and I met Martha Stewart.

Hilary Anderson, left, and Mara Marian-Harwood, right, with Martha Stewart

We met Martha at the end of our day, so we’ll get back to that. Now, back to the beginning…

If I could start every day by watching a fashion show and sipping complimentary coffee and nibbling on decadent pastries, I’d be a very happy girl. I might also gain a lot of weight, or develop an eating disorder; depending on whether the models, or the pastries, influenced me more…

My last day at market began just like that, with a front row seat with the Alta Moda Bridal team to a runway show for St. Pucchi. The most over-the-top, decadent bridal gowns passed by us and grazed our stilettos as the models floated by. Our front-row seats were so close, we literally could have reached out and touched the gowns (or tripped those gorgeous stick-thin 16 year-old models, if we were so inclined–just kidding!) These gowns are the perfect fit for the princess bride looking for fashion-influenced, couture design. Jewels, feathers, and layers and layers of rich fabrics and textures took center stage at this show.

Gowns by St. Pucchi

A quick exit and off to the Elizabeth Fillmore showroom. Here, I fell in love. Not only with the gowns, but with Elizabeth Fillmore herself. The tall, unbelievably stylish, and beautiful designer was present at her showroom, meeting boutiques and describing the new collection–practically unheard of. The environment was incredibly intimate and you couldn’t help but adore each and every piece after she finished speaking.


Gowns by Elizabeth Fillmore

Having spent just a little too much time admiring the Elizabeth Fillmore loveliness, and perhaps Elizabeth Fillmore as well, we had to rush to the Monique Lhuillier showroom (have you noticed we’re always rushing?). The Monique Lhuillier collection was even more spectacular in person than it was on the runway during the exclusive, celebrity-studded, runway show the night before. We saw lots of traditional and classic “Monique” gowns along with many new textured silks and fresh silhouettes.

Gowns by Monique Lhuillier

Having sat at the edge of my seat during the entire Badgley Mischka runway show the day before, I was really excited to see the gowns up close at the day’s review. I wasn’t at all disappointed. The detailed bodices, full skirts, and stunning necklines did not disappoint.

Gowns by Badgley Mischka

Following the Badgley Mischka review we jetted off to the Anne Barge review, who like Elizabeth Fillmore, was personally in attendance at her review as well. If you ever have the opportunity to meet Anne Barge, I highly recommend you do. She’s phenomenally passionate and friendly. I loved her immediately when I met her at WedSmith in 2010. The Anne Barge collection was breathtaking. Traditional silhouettes were all accented with jaw-dropping details. The bodices, in particular, had beautiful, feminine cuts and finishes.

Gowns by Anne Barge

Our last runway show at market was Angel Sanchez. Melissa, manager of Alta Moda Bridal, and I got lucky and got front row seats thanks to some “no show” guests. We had incredible seats, with the exception of being seated right next to the photographer’s pit, which is really nerve-wracking because they will literally scream at you in front of everyone if your handbags and possessions are in their shot or if your arms or legs are obstructing the runway. You have to sit very still. You must keep your legs flat on the floor and are not allowed to cross them. The photographers even bark at the models if they walk too quickly or do not pause long enough for them to get the shots they want.

The photographer pit at Angel Sanchez

Angel Sanchez’s very edgy, body-conscious collection was beautiful to see so close. Check out this video of the designer’s runway finale:

Our last day ended with two exclusive events: The Martha Stewart Weddings party and a party at the gorgeous New York Public Library sponsored by The Knot. See how Martha throws a party: Tons of photos and exclusive details of the elaborate bash to come!

Thanks Mara! Does it get any better than Elizabeth, Monique, Badgley, Anne, and Angel? Swoooooon!

As Mara mentioned, stay tuned for the inside scoop on the exclusive Martha Stewart Weddings party, plus a look at the biggest trends from Bridal Market coming up next week!

{Images: St. Pucchi photos via The Knot; all other images and video courtesy Events By LMG and Alta Moda Bridal}