New York Bridal Week has once again arrived! So it’s no wonder that my boyfriend is freaking out a little with every bridal market show I attend. In October, I ventured over to Penthouse 45 for the first ever presentation of the new Isabelle Armstrong bridal line. After such a gorgeous introduction, I couldn’t wait to see the next collection. With modern twists on classic ball gowns including pink accents and contemporary beading, the latest bridal couture collection by Isabelle Armstrong did not disappoint. This lovely collection was once again shown at Penthouse 45 overlooking the always breathtaking Midtown skyline.
What’s going to make you the “it” girl at your next holiday party? This holiday season, it’s all about the drama. Structured silhouettes, textured fabrics and over-the-top heels are the look of the season. Venture to the subtly sexy side and add some shine (not sparkle) with big, bold metallics. For holiday parties, pick an outfit that’s chic and classy. Stores like Macy’s carry some amazing dress brands, like BCBG and Michael Kors, that are timeless, but push the envelope a little bit.
This season, a large ruffle at the waist, sheer high necklines and cutout dresses are everywhere. While you might want to stick to black, many designers are mixing it up with jewel tones, lace, mixed textured fabrics and metallic hardware added to dress necklines.
For seasonal inspiration, page through a celeb glossy to spot the trends on the red carpet. You can also browse dresses online to get ideas about the look you want to achieve. What’s also helpful is to think about all of the parties you have on your calendar and buy pieces that you can mix and match to create more than one outfit. For example, if you buy a form-fitting jewel toned dress, pair it with a jeweled statement necklace or gold cuff for a dressy work party, then pair it down with more subtle jewelry and a leather jacket for less formal parties.
Knee-length and maxi dresses are the look of the season. If you’re going for a knee-length dress, go for a structured, form-fitting outfit that shows off your curves. If you don’t want something that’s straight up and down, party dresses that are tighter on top and flared at the bottom are also a classic choice and can be paired with a blazer for a little extra layer of warmth.
Although a little harder to pull off, maxi dresses are also popular. Maxis are also an easy way to go super glam and dressy. This season, many have cutouts, are lined with jewels and have detailed patterns. One thing to remember when picking out a maxi is to either go for a classic silhouette or go for a mixed-fabric with a sturdier, intricate top and flowing bottom.
Whatever dress you choose, the key is to make sure you feel comfortable and gorgeous in whatever you are wearing. With confidence and a killer dress, not only will your personality shine, your pictures from the night will be amazing. Remember to spend the extra money to get a dress hemmed if it is too long and make sure the dress is not too big or too small. Shape and fit are the most important things when it comes to picking out a dress that fits your body and looks elegant and put together.
Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Pronovias Atelier 2014 Fashion Show hosted by Petra Nemcova. The collection was not only incredibly modern, but also incredibly epic with hints of ancient Grecian and cyborg influences. To put it simply, this Pronovias collection was Greek Goddess meets Grace Kelly. The ornate headpieces were especially incredible and the background of St. James’ Church mirrored that of an authentic wedding.
Last night, Lord & Taylor hosted Project Runway Season 10 winner, Dmitry Sholokhov, at their Fifth Avenue store for the launch of his debut dress collection. The collection, comprised of eight cocktail and evening dresses is exclusive to Lord & Taylor and is made up of versatile dresses for the contemporary woman complete with flattering peplums and strategic darting. It is currently available at the New York location and on LordandTaylor.com. The dresses retail for $259-$329. This collection is perfect to wear to a June wedding or any other event that requires cocktail attire. Dmitry met with customers and signed sketches of his gorgeous collection. I love the sketch he signed for me and I’m looking forward to seeing where his talents take him next.
In September, Adrianna Papell For E! Live From The Red Carpet launched a nationwide call-to-action, and invited designers to submit red carpet looks for the Spring 2012 collection. A winner has been chosen and Natalie Palter’s winning design was unveiled to millions of viewers nationwide on the Oscar’s Red Carpet on E!’s Academy Awards Pre-Show. Over 700 designs were submitted. Natalie is freshman fashion design student at Marist College who took much of her inspiration from Grecian goddesses adding crystal baguettes accent the décolletage and natural waist.
“I have been designing ever since I could hold a crayon. I wanted to design a dress that would not only flatter any woman’s body, but also make her feel like red carpet royalty,” said Natalie. The winning design will be available at Lord & Taylor and other fine retailers beginning in June. The entire Adrianna Papell for E! Live from the Red Carpet line can be found on E! Online. Now all you have to do is find the perfect red carpet event or June wedding to go to. Perhaps, a night at the Opera would be an excellent time to have your red carpet moment? I just love old Hollywood.