» The Top 5 Wedding Dress Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week

The WeddingWire Team just returned from New York Bridal Fashion Week, and what a whirlwind it was! The team attended 86 shows and appointments over six days, and all agree that this was one of the strongest showings we’ve seen in a while! We saw lots of new designers, fresh ideas, and some interesting new wedding dress trends. Check out the styles we’re sure brides will be clamoring for in 2015!

Crop Tops

If this season’s Bridal Fashion Week had a theme, it would be “showing skin.” And designers found lots of ways to do just that. We saw two-piece wedding gowns featuring crop tops on many runways. While these styles aren’t for everyone, they’re certainly modern and fresh.

Crop Tops

Gowns (left to right) by Reem Acra and Hayley Paige. Photos by Dan Lecca

Deep V-Necks

How low can you go? Well, when it comes to necklines, pretty low, apparently. Designers were bringing necklines nearly down to the navel in many cases. However, if the rest of gown is kept fairly demure with a classic silhouette and perhaps, sleeves, the overall effect isn’t too scandalous.

Deep V-Necks

Gowns (left to right) by Dennis Basso and Inbal Dror. Photos by Dan Lecca

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» It’s New York Bridal Fashion Week!

It’s New York Bridal Fashion Week!

Gown by Amsale, photo by Dan Lecca

Yes, it’s that time of year again! It’s New York Bridal Fashion Week (or Bridal Market, as it’s known to insiders) and the WeddingWire team will be there to get a sneak peek of the newest wedding dresses, bridesmaid styles, and accessories. In fact, we will be viewing over 80 collections at fashion shows and private appointments over the next week (that’s a lot of gowns)! These are the wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses that brides will be buying and wearing in 2015, so as a Wedding Pro it’s a good idea to know what’s hot and what’s not!

Want to get the inside scoop on the latest and greatest in wedding fashion? Our editorial team will be posting updates throughout the week on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, WedStyle, and (new this season!) Snapchat, where you can follow ‘weddingwire.’ And to view the full collections, visit our Bridal Market page, which we’ll be updating with the newest photos and trend reports as they come in.

If you’ll be attending Bridal Market, be sure to stop by the WeddingWire booth at Pier 94, complete with snacks, drinks, and a charging station so you can power up your mobile device.

And don’t forget to watch this space for a Bridal Market Trend Report, which we’ll get to you after we’ve seen the new dresses and collections.

» Trend Spotting 2014: Spring Bridal Market

Kim Forrest is one of WeddingWire’s editors. She manages content creation on both WeddingWire and EventWire. Kim has been writing about weddings for nearly a decade, and has been quoted as a weddings expert in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and more.

It’s that time of year again! Next week, members of the WeddingWire team are heading to the Big Apple for New York International Bridal Week. It’s an exciting time for the wedding industry, as designers will be showing their newest dresses and accessories – and we’ll be on hand to spot the latest trends for 2014 and 2015, too!

Trend Spotting 2014: Spring Bridal MarketIf you’re attending Bridal Market, be sure to say hello, charge your phone or tablet, or grab a treat or beverage at the WeddingWire Lounge at Pier 92. And if you’re out and about at shows or checking out designers at the Piers, be sure to look for the WeddingWire editorial team carrying our custom phone cases (see photos) – and say hi!

Following us from home? Be sure to download our new WedStyle app! This new app allows you rate the latest gowns as they walk down the runways. We’ll also be all over Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram so make sure you’re following WeddingWire for the latest scoop! We’ll also be posting the newest collections in our Fashion Ideas section, as well as trend reports and lots of other fun round-ups.

And be sure to check back with us here on the WeddingWireEDU blog for a special recap for Pros post-market!

» An Inside Look: New York Bridal Week

Kim Forrest is one of WeddingWire’s editors. She manages content creation on both WeddingWire and EventWire. Kim has been writing about weddings for nearly a decade, and has been quoted as a weddings expert in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and more. 

The WeddingWire team had a fantastic time at New York International Bridal Week! As a group, our team saw over 700 wedding dresses and nearly 50 Spring 2014 designer collections – that’s a lot of gorgeous gowns! If you’re a wedding fashion fanatic, like we are, Bridal Week was truly the place to be.

Pier 92 served as our home base for the weekend. Our WeddingWire Lounge featured a Power Station where our designer and retailer friends were able to charge their phones and tablets (a much needed amenity given the number of photos attendees were taking!) as well as re-charge their bodies with a snack, a bottle of Honest Tea, and, of course, some WeddingWire swag!

We also used our booth to stage an exciting photo shoot for some of our designer partners. Hair, makeup, models, and a fabulous photographer – it felt like a dress-up fantasy come to life.

At the Piers, as well as other venues throughout the city, we had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the wedding gowns that will hit stores this fall – and share them through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. We loved being able to get up-close and personal with these gowns – to see the amazing details, touch the fabrics, and watch them glide down the runways.

In terms of trends, the word on everyone’s lips this season was “Gatsby” (as we predicted!). Gowns inspired by the 1920s were all over the runways, and we expect that brides will be clamoring for these glamorous dresses, especially after the Baz Luhrmann film hits theaters in May. We also saw lots of other fun trends, including: unique lace, coverage options, black and white styles, interesting back details, and embellished illusion necklines.

Additionally, we made sure to check out the newest bridesmaid styles (lots of dark-colored lace) and accessories (yellow gold and Downton Abbey-inspired headpieces were everywhere!).

Be sure to check out our Fashion Ideas page to view all of the collections, as well as trend reports highlighting what’s new in bridal fashion, and below is a preview of some favorite dresses from the event!

Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, Reem Acra, Kenneth Pool. All photos by Dan Lecca.

Check out some additional photos from the WeddingWire Lounge and the WeddingWire photoshoot at the Piers by Robert Mitra.

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» An Inside Look: We’re Off to Bridal Week!

Kim Forrest is one of WeddingWire’s editors. She manages content creation on both WeddingWire and EventWire. Kim has been writing about weddings for nearly a decade, and has been quoted as a weddings expert in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and more. 

Twice a year, members of the WeddingWire team attend New York International Bridal Week, commonly referred to in the industry as Bridal Market! For those unfamiliar, this event is basically Fashion Week for wedding dresses, where all of the top designers share their collections at runway shows, presentations, and informal appointments for both retailers and the wedding press. So basically, we get to see the newest wedding dresses as they hit the runway – months before they’re available in stores. We’re super-excited that New York International Bridal Week is coming up in just a few weeks – April 19-22 – and we’ll be there to cover it all!

Now, there are a lot, and we mean, a lot of shows to attend. While the home base of  the event is located at Pier 92 on the west side of Manhattan, there are shows throughout the day all over the city – uptown, downtown, and everywhere in between. To make it through the day, we rely on comfortable shoes (taxis can be hard to come by and we often find ourselves hoofing it!), our trusty spreadsheet/calendar, our phones (and chargers!), and lots and lots of candy!

But it’s not all sweet treats and gorgeous gowns – we’re at Bridal Week to work. At each show, we have our hands full – taking written notes, Tweeting, pinning, Facebook-ing, Instagramming, and blogging. We want to make sure you have the latest info on the hottest gowns as they step off the runway. We’re also looking for the hottest trends – the styles brides will be clamoring for in the coming months. Last season, it was all about lace, peplums, sleeves, pink, and gold – but we’re certainly curious about what we’ll find this time around. Our hunch is we’ll see a lot of glamorous, Great Gatsby-inspired gowns in anticipation of the upcoming Baz Luhrmann film, but we’ll just have to wait and see!

Mark your calendars! Starting on April 19th, we’ll be sharing the newest wedding dresses through WeddingWire’s social media channels – Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram, plus presenting the hottest trends on the WeddingWire blog. We’ll also have photo slideshows of every runway show on our Fashion Ideas section so you can check out your favorite gowns, and a Inside Look recap specifically for Pros like you on the WeddingWireEDU blog following the event.

If you’ll be at the event checking out the newest designs, we would love to see you! Come visit our WeddingWire Lounge (Booth #299, Pier 94)  to relax while re-charging your phone and tablet. We hope to see you there!