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Five Fabulous Looks from Monique Lhuillier

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 20, 2011

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Expected to be one of the highlights of the weekend, Monique Lhuillier didn’t disappoint with 25 stunning gowns. The designer created what she calls a ‘floral fantasy’ with a ‘featherweight quality’ to ‘dreamy and romantic’ gowns. Here are a few we’re sure you’ll love too:

The Half-Slit: Many designers showed some leg this season, and while most slits started about mid-thigh, Lhuillier kept things a little more modest with a slit that began right above the knee. And while I think the high slit looks amazing on a lot of gowns we saw some ceremony venues may not allow such a sexy, aka revealing, design.

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Stamped Fabric: Can you see the rose imprint in this fabric? Not the three-dimensional rose in the hand-tufted skirt but the letterpress-like pattern? I’ve never seen that type of fabric before, and if I have it wasn’t as memorable as this design. The fabric was used in this ball gown and a modified trumpet-gown.

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Draped Bodice: Wow, this dress is unbelievable, and if you want to show off your fabulous figure than this is the dress to do it in. The asymmetrical draped bodice with elongated torso has a trumpet skirt and portrait neckline.

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The Kate Effect: While Kate Middleton’s wedding dress did spark a few copycat designs right after her wedding to Prince William they were not on the runway this season. The inspiration many designers found from the Duchess’ McQueen gown were arm coverage and creative ways to add coverage to a wedding dress. Some designers added a type of sleeve and others a type of cover-up. This gown features a tulle coverlet embroidered with crystals. As a coverlet I’m assuming it’s removable, but I don’t know for sure.

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Lace on Horsehair: You may not know this but Monique Lhuillier came to fame years ago with her corseted gowns with a sash at the waist and this modern interpretation of her original best selling design is quite unique. Several gowns in the collection featured a horsehair sash with bow at the waist with the ends of the sash appliqued with lace. A very modern design, but yet timeless too.

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Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Spring 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

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Five Fabulous Looks from Reem Acra

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 20, 2011

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Declaring that laser cut gowns, hand-crafted in sheer organza tulle, are the new lace Reem Acra showed a collection of layered gowns creating an “air of lightness” as well as texture. And while ivory and white were the fabric colors of choice, the designer also used tulle embroidered with translucent paillettes and pearls creating a ‘transparent fabric.’ Take a look at some of the stunning designs by Reem Acra:

Transparency is the New White: This “Just Divine” gown is the perfect example of Acra’s transparent fabrics. Tulle “straps” on the front bodice extend over the back and to the waist and is embellished with small crystals.

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3-D Flowers: One of the season’s popular design elements this fit and flare gown is adorned with three-dimensional silk organza flowers.

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Patterned Embellishments: Instead of a scattered pattern for beaded embellishments Acra created a unique design on this fit and flare gown with cap sleeves and cascading ruffles.

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Show Some Leg: Brides who want to show off their sexy legs should check out this translucent tulle embroidered draped gown. Remember when your feet are showing you need to accessorize your look with a killer pair of shoes.

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Draping: Without beading, lace, embroidery or other embellishments Acra draped the silk satin faced chiffon fabric on this gown creating beautiful and flattering lines.

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Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Spring 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

**All Images in the Blog Post are Copyrighted by Dan Lecca and cannot be used without permission**

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Five Fabulous Looks by Matthew Christopher

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 20, 2011

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Celebrating his 10th anniversary Matthew Christopher turned to Hollywood’s Golden Era for inspiration. The gown’s names and runway show’s soundtrack all reflected films and stars of the big screen. Here are five memorable looks:

Hourglass: The piping and lines of this empire waist fit and flare gown will show off all your curves. The bodice of the dress is embroidered with a ribbon motif and crystals.

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Cut Out: Show off your sexy back in this modified A-line gown made from duchess satin and Alencon lace. Cut out and back of the dress details were one of the season’s trends so you may want to focus your wedding workout routine on toning yours.

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Feathers: Another must-have runway detail is feather embellishments. In addition to scattered feathers adorning the skirt Christopher embroidered a feather design to the bodice of this sweetheart strapless gown.

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Ribbon Motif: Embroidered onto the bodice and down the back of this lace gown is a motif of satin and crystal ribbons that I thought added a touch of glam to the dress.

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Hats: Instead of a traditional veil Christopher topped off a few looks in the 2012 collection with this retro-style white hat with feathers and a caged veil. The style was somewhat reminiscent of the fascinators America became fascinated with after the royal wedding.

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Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Spring 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

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Five Fabulous Looks from Ines Di Santo

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 19, 2011

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Inspired by Hollywood’s red carpet and today’s celebrity brides, the Spring 2012 Ines Di Santo collection is filled with both classic and glamorous looks. The opulent designs the designer is known for are understated in this collection but she still adds her own personal touches. Here are a few of the ones we loved:

Lace as Illusion: Illusion necklines is one of the trends from this season’s runway and designers played with different ways of illustrating this detail. One that we really liked was lace as illusion. This fit-to-flare Alencon lace gown has a pink underlay and a bateau neckline with off-the-shoulder sleeves.

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Gauntlets: The models on the Ines Di Santo runway wore tulle gauntlets embellished with various details including crystals, ribbons and “flowers.” Similar to having sleeves in that part of the arms are covered, yet more casual and definitely modern.

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Asymmetrical Bodice: While strapless still rules as the most popular neckline, a strapless neckline doesn’t have to cut directly across one’s chest as Di Santo shows with this asymmetrical one. The off while silk Peau de Soie mermaid gown has a draped bodice and full pickup skirt.

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Beaded Flowers: Sometimes less is more, as is the case with this silk taffeta mermaid strapless gown with rouched torso accented by asymmetrical beaded floral crystal appliques.

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Crystal Belt: Continuing with the less is more theme, this sleeveless fit-to-flare gown is embellished by a Swarovski crystal belt. It’s a classic look yet with a modern sensibility.

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Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Spring 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

**All Images in the Blog Post are Copyrighted by Dan Lecca and cannot be used without permission**

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Five Fabulous Looks by Pnina Tornai

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 18, 2011

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Everyone knows the Pnina Tornai (sold exclusively at Kleinfeld Bridal) show is going to be a jaw dropper. The gowns are embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls the size of golf balls and the word sexy barely describes thm. Here are five show stoppers from the collection:

Pearls: Tornai wrote on the run of show that this collection was inspired by pearls. This white Alencon lace halter dress features a pearl necklace that flatters both the neckline and back.

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Mother of Pearl: In addition to embellishing her gowns with pearls Tornai also created this more understated look with them and designed a Mother of Pearl bolero. Paired with an ivory taffeta spaghetti strap V-neck gown with asymmetrical tiered skirt is a chic bolero made from dozens of Mother of Pearl circles.

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Slinky is Also Sexy: Not all of the gowns in the 2012 collection are pouffy. There were two silk charmeuse dresses with Swarovski crystal embellishments. They both featured the embellishments under the empire waist and the one on the left also had Swarovski crystals around the neck. Both had extremely low backs, as in if they went any lower…

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The Fit: I once asked a sales associate at Kleinfeld why Pnina Tornai was one of their best selling collections and she said, “It’s the fit.” The corsetry is designed so well that no matter what your figure you’ll look and feel fabulous. And as for the sheer corsets, she told me they can add a liner.

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Two in One: Save your money on a second reception dress by buying this two-in-one design. This ivory pearl encrusted one-shoulder mini dress has a detachable silk taffeta skirt.

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Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Spring 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

**All Images in the Blog Post are Copyrighted by Dan Lecca and cannot be used without permission**

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