Monday, November 1, 2010

Bridal Market: Spotlight on Bridesmaid Dresses {Part 2}

More bridesmaid dresses we loved from NYC's latest bridal market:

This sophisticated lace sheath from Legends by Romona Keveza would be a great pick for an intimate wedding in the city. 

We did a wedding this past spring where the maids of honor wore white dresses by Lela Rose with contrasting sashes at the waist. A slightly unusual choice, but it looked beautiful, and didn't take away from the bride's gown at all. Love this one-shouldered frock from Lela.

Let's be honest: this nude dress by Melissa Sweet is a really hard color to pull off (I would look like a cadaver). But it does look super chic with black accessories, and I love the soft fabric and draping in the skirt. Also, I'm coveting the model's kicky ponytail and bangs. 

High drama by Jim Hjelm, with bonus points for the gown's pockets and empire waist line (a much more forgiving silhouette for those of us who like to eat multiple desserts at a wedding!) 

Martha Stewart Weddings claims this Simple Silhouettes dress is electric blue. I'm not getting any electricity from the color, but the cut would be flattering on a variety of body types, and Simple Silhouettes has dozens of colors to choose from anyway. 

Not everybody is a fuchsia fan, but I think the color works well with this cut. Also, the model is one tall drink of water, which is probably because she's duh, a model, but I'm choosing to believe I'd look the same in this Alvina Valenta gown. 

Which bridesmaid dress from market week was your favorite? 


Bridal Market: Spotlight on Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridal designers recently showed their latest collections in New York City. The gowns won't be available in stores until next year, but everybody in the Engaging Affairs office is already drooling over the designs. This week we'll be featuring the coming trends in the bridal world, along with the new dresses that took our breath away.

Of course, when people think of bridal fashion, wedding gowns are the first thing that come to mind, but the latest in bridesmaid dresses are also debuted at market. Having once worked in a bridal shop that carried the amazing creations of Anna Maier~Ulla-Maija, I was thrilled to discover that the couture bridal house is launching a bridesmaid line. And as you would expect from a designer known for flawless fit and dramatic silhouettes, these bridesmaid dresses are absolute show-stoppers.

I love this navy ball gown so much I'm thisclose to begging one of my sisters to get married just so I can wear it. (No pressure for them or their boyfriends, right?) 

This red gown is actual the bridesmaid version of the wedding dress that our very own Amy wore for her wedding. Good to know it's equally stunning in white or red! 

Notice how the ruched bodice and draped skirt on this green dress draws the eye to the narrowest part of the model's waist. That's good design. 

Another great design detail: how the neckline on this lace sheath is softly dipped instead of cut straight across. It's a difference your bridesmaids will thank you for! 

Unfortunately, I don't have a closer image of the detailing on this gray gown, but I suspect it's another type of lace. Probably my favorite of the two fitted silhouettes. The sharply defined sweetheart neckline draws attention to the model's shoulders and collar bone, and I'm a big fan of the fluted skirt. 

More bridesmaid highlights from other designers to come later today!