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We’re baaack with even more glorious fashion inspiration for y’all to fall in love with!

On Sunday afternoon, Marissa and I made our way over to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to see the Rivini collection. Marissa was seated right away, but when I tried to check in, they thought that I was a photographer! While I take a mean iPhone photo, that most certainly is not the case. Luckily, I convinced the lovely people at Rivini that I was not a photographer, proven by the fact that I did not have a camera with me, and I was seated right next to my partner in crime.

Everything about the Rivini collection reminded me of a watercolor painting. I adored the use of light silk organza and especially the punches of violet and plumb. Color was huge on the runway this year and I’ve come to love the colored sashes.

After Rivini, we hailed a cab back to the Piers for the Badgley Mischka show. We started off the weekend with no clue how to hail a cab (who knew it could be so difficult?) but by this point we were pros. Just check out Marissa and her newfound New York attitude below!

We were particularly excited for the Badgley Mischka show primarily because Marissa and I have a shared obsession with Badgley Mischka shoes and we knew that their wedding collection had to be spectacular. The show did not disappoint! We were fawning over the glamourous feather accents and unique cowl necklines. Best of all, we had the opportunity to meet the designers after the show! I swear, I’m still on cloud nine!

Onwards we went to the Vera Wang showroom where we ran into the lovely Marcy Blum! We’re huge fans of hers and it was nice to say howdy.

We were really in for a a surprise with Vera’s newest line. The collection, titled Witchcraft, is described as “both mysterious and sexy, frivolous and fun”. The biggest shocker? There wasn’t a white dress in sight! Half of the daring gowns were a fabulous black and the others were in nude!

One of my favorite parts of the entire trip was seeing these beauties up close. Each gown is hand-sewn and the intricacy is absolutely awe-inspiring. It was amazing just to be able to touch these magnificent gowns!

All images courtesy of the marvelous Trent Bailey.

Whew! And with that, we finished up day 2. I hope y’all have been enjoying hearing about our grand adventure. We’ve had a blast writing about it! Come back tomorrow for a final day of lace and tulle (and a few impromptu photoshoots)!

So, what do you think? Would you wear a colored wedding dress? Are you daring enough to wear one of those black Vera Wang gowns?

Written with love by Whitney
  1. avatar Natalia reply

    The lilac Rivini is like something out of a dream! The hair/makeup choices compliment the ethereal look perfectly.

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We’re back with more of our Bridal Market coverage — I hope you’re ready for some serious fashion!

Day two kicked off with the dramatic couture collection from Ines DiSanto. Her collection featured lots of lace and intricate beadwork. My favorite gown was “Glory,” with its Italian lace and sweetheart neckline. Plus, seeing it up close made me love it even more! After the show we were escorted backstage to meet the chic Ms. Ines, and we totally did a double-cheek kiss! I felt so fancy!

We then headed to The Intercontinental Hotel where Whitney found her own room – literally! We were escorted to the front row for the Maggie Sottero show where we saw ruffles, ruffles and more ruffles. Plus, a great selection of removable black accent belts.

I feel so New York in the taxi photo above. I think I might have even hailed this one!

Next we went to the Modern Trousseau showroom. Callie and her team could not have been more welcoming! I fawned over the Thai silk and chantilly lace she used on her gowns. The dresses were SO sweet and Southern I must have died about 50 times. We even gave them a special preview of V4! Keep an eye out Nashville ladies, the Modern Trousseau girls will be moving into town early next year.

We were so thrilled to see dear friend and SW favorite Ms. Ashley Baber on our way to the Anne Barge show! Speaking of Anne Barge, this lady never disappoints! Her collection was classic and oh-so-Southern with a great pop of gold in the finale! Check out that veil!

After the show we had to stop and chat with V2 cover model Adair. She told us she recently got married in Napa and guess who she wore… Anne Barge, of course! She is just so sweet and we couldn’t be happier for her!

All these lovely images are courtesy of the super-talented (and Southern I might add) Mr. Trent Bailey.

I sure hope you’re enjoying our Bridal Market coverage! My partner in crime Miss Whitney will be back in a few with more gowns to gawk over, so don’t go too far!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Jordan reply

    Totally random question unrelated to the Bridal Market….Marissa, where did you get your purse???? I love!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hey Jordan! Not unrelated as it’s still fashion! : ) My bag is an Isabella Fiore from a few seasons ago. Don’t you love it? My only qualm is it’s very heavy with all the studs! xo, Marissa

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Dear fellow fashion fans, you’re in for a real treat! I’m so excited to share these next few shows with you – pure fashion heaven! Our Saturday could not have been more hectic or more fun!

After the lovely gowns at Kenneth Poole we headed to back to the Piers for Junko Yoshioka (pronounced “june-co”). This collection featured classic silhouettes with modern twists. I’m especially fond of “Sofia” – the long-sleeved gown with dramatic keyhole back. But one of my favorite parts of this show had to be the beehive-esque hairstyles the models rocked! Y’all know I love big hair!

We couldn’t help but stop for a quick photo-opp in front of Tiffany & Co. as we hopped in the taxi to head to Reem Acra. Last year, Reem Acra featured very interesting lace hats with bunny ears and face coverings. Although not as Lady Gaga as her 2010 collection pieces, you still couldn’t help but take note of the innovative headpieces. Her collection featured tiered skirts and bountiful ruffles. I’m a fan! Are you?

As you might know, we’re quite the Amsale fans around these parts! Let me tell you, she did not disappoint! I literally died when the “Aspen” (the tulle ball gown skirt and beaded bateau neckline) hit the runway! It was like my Pan Am + Grace Kelly obsession all mixed into one with just the right amount of fancy glamour! Can I please be an Amsale girl?

After Amsale we had the hardest time catching a taxi! Not a one in sight! So what’s a girl to do? Run! Right through the massive crowds of people, some of which were dyed blue, carrying fake axes or dressed up like Rorschac for Comic Con ! And I might add that we did all this in heels! It’s all in the name of fashion, y’all! I sure was NOT missing the Monique Lhuillier show!

Never fear, we made it in time to see the whole fabulous lot of pretties! Monique describes this collection as “ethereal, dreamy, frothy and romantic.” I’d have to agree! How fun is the “Lili?” I think the LBD might actually have a little competition!

All images courtesy of the adorable Ashley Minette. Thanks, Ashley! We had a blast with you!

With that, we conclude our Saturday! Don’t fret, my pet! We’ll be back tomorrow with even more lace, tulle and taffeta! We’ve even got some behind-the-scenes fun with the incredibly awesome Trent Bailey, including me officially hailing my first cab!

Which gown is your favorite, so far? Would you rock the Reem Acra headpieces?

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Desiree reply

    Marissa, i have to agree with your love of ‘Sofia’ from Junko’s collection. Princess Kate certainly made sleaves proud this year but this has such a quirky, modern twist with the subtle stripes rather than the vintage look of the oh-so-popular lace numbers. love it! I could definitely see someone like Zooey Deschanel wearing a dress like Sofia!

  2. avatar Sierra reply

    I love the first gown in this post!

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    That last shot alone was worth running through the city in heels–so stunning! Loving the recaps, ladies! :)

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