New York Fashion Week is all about brides. The Bridal Market, where designers show retailers and the press their new designs for the upcoming season, offers a look at soon-to-be trending gowns and accessories. The collections have something for every bride, from the romanic and bohemian to the hip and edgy. In particular, a few trends and designers stood out.
New York Fashion Week takes place across a number of venues throughout the city; some of the most prominent examples include The Gottesman Exhibition Hall at the NY Public Library and The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. While the Bridal Market showcases all sorts of products to complete a bride’s wedding ensemble, the major highlights are the shoes and, of course, the gowns.
Shoes With a Story
Shoe designer Jessica Bedard has embraced the tradition of “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue.” To represent something old, Bedard’s line of bridal shoes comes with the “Something Old” saying etched into the sole of each shoe.
A bride “borrows” a magnetic engagement ring attached to the sole of the left shoe for good luck. Before her wedding, the bride removes the ring, and sends it back to Bedard in an envelope tucked into the shoe box. The ring is put on another pair of shoes for the next Bedard bride.
Each shoe has a blue heel tap to represent something blue. And the something new? Of course, the beautiful Jessica Bedard shoes! All of Bedard’s shoes are handmade in Italy.
Jumpsuits and Two-Piece Looks
Accad started her show with a hi-low-style silk and wool coat with a flounced edge and shorts. Her next look was a silk jumpsuit with a cutout midriff and a lace bustier.
Despite the non-traditional designs offering a departure from what was popular once upon a time, brides still want that fairy tale experience. As Accad told Best of NJ, “Brides want to feel special and girly on their big day.” Like a modern princess.
Justin Alexander showed a crepe jumpsuit with a V-neck illusion lace bodice, while Lakum had two pants outfits in their show: An embroidered top with neoprene side panels paired with a neoprene wide-leg pant, and a strapless bustier with an organza overlay over a scuba pant. Both were designed by Sathya Balakumar. Ines Di Santo closed her show with a dramatic halter V-neck jumpsuit and cape.
Skirting the Issue
Brides who would prefer a skirt have a few options as well. Lakum sent several skirt-and-top combinations down the runway, including a neoprene bustier with a bow, paired with a trumpet skirt with a side front slit, and a strapless circle top with sheath skirt and center front slit.
“Today’s brides want to be themselves,” Heather Green, CEO and co-founder of Lakum, told Best of NJ. They want to weave their own aesthetic into their wedding outfit.
Inbal Dror also showed a two-piece look, an off-the shoulder top and a beaded pencil skirt. But those who want a full, ballgown-type skirt should look at the cream silk blouse with a full floral skirt from Gracy Accad.