Runway Intelligence

New York Bridal Fashion Week Rundown

October ushers in a chaotic week of presentations, runway shows and swanky soirées, even more so than April's market week. The spring shows are the bridal design industry's premiere event, and though the exhaustion that sets in following the events' end is intense, the magic and beauty of it all is unbeatable. Add in a night of editors and industry A-listers dressed to the nines at the New York Public Library for the Knot's annual Gala and a perfectly executed party at Martha Stewart's headquarters, and you've got a quintessentially enchanting Manhattan week. But now, down to business. After a blur of bridal confections, it took more than a few skims through my notes and perusing of pictures to gather my thoughts on the new . So today will be day one of two days of coverage on the most coveted collections from Spring '14 Bridal Fashion Week.

Breakout Star

The unexpected design elements in Modern Trousseau's new collection, from hand-shredded chiffon to a snowy white 60s-esque swing cape, Callie broke far beyond her stunning signature laces (though those were, of course, in the collection's mix as well). Flirty little white dresses played upon Old Hollywood silhouettes for a bit of something to please any bridal personality. We were particularly smitten with these two beauties. 

Anthropology Studies

A particularly lovely morning entailed a custom coffee bar, table of morning sweets and pop-up shop of BHLDN's latest gowns and accessories in the Upper East Side interior of Anthropologie. Whimsical details and vintage-inspired pieces the relative newbie line is known for were on display for perusing (or buying) pleasure. Pretty little garters and brushed brass key escort cards were layed across on serving platters and three-tier cake platters boasted evening bags instead of petit fours. The ambience was enough to make any editor catch the wedding bug.

 

La Vie En Rose

From an ombré rose petal-covered runway to a show-stopping selection of ultra-romantic, whisper thin gowns, Claire Pettibone's Spring collection stole my heart. Color was heavy in the mix in the form of pale bridal blue, gunmetal grey and pink applique. The attention to detail and boho-chic botanical elements were positively bewitching. 

Pixie Girl

Fellow NC State alum and Queen City favorite Kimberly Pixton debuted her impeccably tailored collection in a swanky suite at the London Hotel for an intimate viewing experience. We simply couldn't take our eyes off two pale-hued brocade gowns with the ever-most dainty print. Plus her signature bustiers and ball gown skirts were equally stunning. We also fell head over heels for a playful feather mini dress that felt perfectly in keeping with Kimberly's contagiously bubbly personality. 

Top photo: Ines DiSanto Spring '14 show