Yikes, What A Day
Yesterday was amazing. It was everything that you would expect from fashion week in the world of designer bridal. There were runway shows scheduled every hour on the hour starting at 9 in the morning with the last show starting after 8.
We started at the Flatotel at Justina McCaffrey’s show. Justina brings in ballerinas from the Canadian National Ballet Company. It is nice to be able to see the way the gowns move as the dancers pirouette down the runway. The gowns in the Majestic Collection are all about the cut. They are so different and very precise. There was Alencon lace, lovely satins, organza and shantung. As always, a hit.
Because the shows were so tightly scheduled we hired a car for the day. Bruce, our driver kept the engine on the BMW reved at the curb and he whisked us off across town to the Reem Acra show. This is the show for which everyone that’s anyone tries to get an invitation. Carley Roney of the Knot was there but her fashion editor Kim Sunshine was absent. I later found out she had her baby yesterday. (Congratulations Kim!) Speaking of babies, Darcy Miller, editor of Martha Stewart Weddings was there with her darling daughter.
Next it was back across town to have a look at the Monique Lhullier Collection. The fabrics she uses are just spectacular. The first gown down the runway is a good example: a mushroom colored matelasse pleated trumpet gown. Then of course the use of lace was exquisite; it is after all one of her hallmarks.
We finally got to relax a bit over sandwiches and Perrier at the private salon of Vera Wang in the Garment District. That is the way the entire day went.
The trends I saw overall leaned towards a certain softness. I saw fewer strapless ball gowns than I have in years. The mermaid silhouette and the sheath were also strong. As with anything some designers do those styles better than others. Flowers are in most collections. There were large silk flowers, embroidered flowers, re-embroidered flowers, appliquéd flowers, cutwork flowers, tiny flowers and beaded flowers. I can’t think of a single collection where they didn’t bloom.
I have so much news and information to share that I will be blogging for weeks. That’s all for tonight though; the Wedding Diva is off to the Martha Stewart party at Tavern on the Green.