Look #4 from the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2009 Runway Show.

Look #4 from the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2009 Runway Show.

I’ve been looking at photos of the bridal runway shows for a week now.  There are so many stunning gowns…it makes you think about the statement you want to make with your dress.  Are you classically elegant? Will you wow them with ruffles? Do you have the guts to go short?

Since I got engaged, I’ve been seriously considering wearing pants at my wedding(!). I love this gorgeous suit by Diane von Furstenberg.  I can’t wait to go try it on! While looking at all those runway dresses, I’ve begun to question my decision. This is the one day that I can live out my fantasy of being Ginger Rogers in that feathered dress from the movie “Top Hat.” On second thought, my wedding IS a fantasy but it should still be reflection of me, today.  I’m not that kid who idolized Ginger Rogers. I’m a vegetarian who doesn’t buy anything with feathers!  So I’m going with where my heart is now, not 15 years ago. I’m going to dare to be me.  -Kristen, A Bride at BRIDES 

Monique Lhuillier—one of the hottest names in fashion—is finally doing bridesmaid dresses!  The eight styles will be priced from $250-340 (can you even?) and will launch mid- May on moniquelhuillier.com.  I saw them at her spring bridal presentation and wow, I just loved them and your girls will too.  Her bridal collection had lots of ethereal silhouettes—layered organzas and tulles that seemed to just float on the models who looked like graceful ballerinas.  My fave was Sunday Rose, a pleated strapless dress with a full floral skirt. Gorgeous!  —Ellen, Un-Veiled at NY Bridal Market

It’s not often you get to see genius at work.  I did today when I saw Vera Wang’s latest collection—a fantasy of fabric, color, and romance come to life.  The show’s vibe was very informal, and—lucky me—I found myself next to Vera herself as the models, in one fabulous dress after another, walked by.  (I desperately wanted to take the pale gray organza one-shoulder ball gown home.)  Vera offered running commentary on her inspiration, which was as educational as it was entertaining.  (Who knew there was such a thing as “random asymmetry”?)  Some of the most stunning dresses included a hand-painted pale green-and-pink organza confection and a nude-colored tulle design with multiple ribbons.  When a black (yes, black—how’s that for bold?)  Empire frock floated past, you could hear a collective sigh of appreciation.  —Terrie, NY Bridal Market

I want to make this clear—I am not a lady who lunches.  However, after seeing Oscar de la Renta’s stunning bridal collection, I felt like throwing on a classic sheath and ballet flats, and heading to Fred’s at Barneys New York for a glass of chardonnay.  Who could blame me?  The show opened with a powder blue silk-faille knee-length dress followed by an embroidered sheath (worn with a tulle coat) that were oh- so- ladylike.  On the ballgown front, no one does volume like de la Renta.  When a silk-organza design with a cloud-like crinoline skirt came floating down the aisle, the normally reserved me wanted to shout “Big and billowy? Bring it on!”.  While there were plenty of other gorgeous light-as-air gowns, perfect for that garden wedding, I also appreciated the designer mixing things up a bit with a sexy silk pants and embroidered coat ensemble. Obviously, de la Renta’s lady can also be a bit of a vamp.  Bravo!  —Terrie, NY Bridal Market


“Once upon a time” read the liner notes for Reem Acra’s spring bridal presentation.  The dresses that followed were straight out of a modern storybook.  Inspired by fairy-tales, each dress channeled a famous character like Thumbelina, Rapunzel, and the Princess (minus the Pea).  My favorites were Rumpelstiltskin, a breathtaking floral embroidered tulle gown with little cap sleeves, and Cinderella, a gorgeous gold silk-screened blue satin ball gown.  Pure fantasy!  It made me nostalgic for the stories I loved so much from my childhood.  —Ellen, Un-Veiled at NY Bridal Market

I have always been a big fan of Mark Badgley and James Mischka and their signature beaded gowns.  So it was a real treat to meet and chat with the design duo (known in the biz as Badgley Mischka) before the presentation of their new collection.  The guys were friendly and fun.  Their dresses? Seriously glamorous.  Inspired by red-carpet looks worn by Carrie Underwood and Brooke Shields, the gowns had big skirts and lots of beading and lace,  and B&G made it clear they have a sense of humor.  Kiki, Cece, Mimi, and Deedee weren’t the models—they were the names of the dresses!  My faves: Fifi, a silk-organza trumpet dress with diagonal ruffles, and Lulu, a beaded Chantilly lace number.  Oh and let me not forget to mention the accessories: big baubles (chunky rings and swags of pearls) that had me flashing back to the glory days of Dynasty.  Hoorah for elegant excess!   Terrie, NY Bridal Market

Biblical downpours not withstanding, my Monday morning got off to a smashing start at Angel Sanchez showroom.  There were only eight of us there for an informal presentation—which meant we could ask the models to stop so we could see the gowns up close.  So cool!  What I adore about Angel (pronounced An-hel) is his ability to create simple elegant gowns with an edge.  So I was not surprised when a Mikado silk trumpet design with a floral-embroidered single shoulder paraded pass, followed by an equally outstanding hand-painted floral tulle confection.  I had to cop a feel—and it felt like it looked: soft and supple.  And the best part?  Angel himself came out to talk with us in person!  I wanted to cheer, but controlled myself for fear of spilling my morning coffee.    Terrie, NY Bridal Market