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This past week New York City hosted its semiannual Bridal Market. Also referred to as New York Bridal Fashion Week, the event was filled with runways, designers, dresses and celebrities that give us bridal gurus googly eyes. Among the googly eyed was Solutions Bridal’s very own sales manager and buyer, Tali Gallo! In an interview exclusively for this blog, she gave me the inside scoop!
Q: What exactly is Bridal Market?
A: “Very similar to New York Fashion Week, Bridal Market is a time for designers to showcase their inspiration and designs to all buyers from Neiman Marcus to independent boutiques. Press such as Southern Weddings, Style Me Pretty and the Knot also attend to cover the up and coming trends of the season.”
Q: What is the advantage for you to go directly to the fashion shows of Bridal Market?
A: “A designers sketch is a piece of art, and they do not always take into account the production of the dress while drawing. Practical decisions and changes need to be made. It’s like I would never advise a bride to buy a wedding dress based on what they saw in a picture. By attending I can also speak with designers about customizations and changes that can be made to their dresses.”
Q: Who were you most impressed with this year?
A: “Anne Barge, but I think I change my mind everyday depending on my mood. She (Anne Barge) has always had a classic-lace-meets-editorial look, but this year she really went back to her roots of beauty and southern elegance. Jessica (who accompanied Ms. Gallo) even had goose bumps!”
Q: What details or styles should the trendy bride be looking for as the next big thing?
A: “Every season in bridal fashion is a carry-on of the previous season, but with bolder looks. Loud, large floral designs were everywhere; lots of shear details, black sashes, black beading and other black details were very popular. It’s a very glam look.”
Q: What kind of celebrities attend Bridal Market, and were you lucky enough to spot any?
A: “Every year it’s a bit different, but I know Martha Stewart attends, Preston Bailey and all the huge industry celebrities. Saturday night I sat right next to Randy from Say Yes to the Dress. “
Bridal Market is how the fashion world lets everyone know what’s hot, what’s not, what’s new, and what you need to do to be stylish on your wedding day. The next market isn’t until the spring, so if you didn’t get your fill from the interview with Ms. Gallo, don’t worry…there’s a whole lot more where that came from!