The Business of Blogging – Backstage

Last Friday, Erin, Libby and I hopped a train to NYC for a whirlwind trip to Bridal Market that included meeting some fabulous designers like Mark Badgley & James Mischka, Lela Rose and Romona Keveza; sitting front row at dozens of gorgeous runway shows like Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, and Claire Pettibone; and attending a handful of private appointments to view dresses from the collections of Jenny Peckham and Callie Tein of Modern Trousseau to name just a few. I know, I know. It’s a rough job. Here are some of our faves.

We stayed at the absolute cutest hotel in Hell’s Kitchen called The French Quarters Guest Apartments and Colin and Stephanie took insanely good care of us. We had an amazing two bedroom suite with an even more amazing balcony overlooking dozens of great restaurants and tree lined sidewalks.

It was the perfect retreat to come back to after two long days of running around the city in heels and begging for cabs to take us downtown when we were uptown and vice versa. Even though we never really got the hang of the whole getting a cab situation and we racked up a $114 bike cab bill (sorry, Abby!) racing to Monique Lhuillier, I’d like to think we’re a bit wiser and tougher when it comes to hailing a cab in the Big Apple. Who knew it could be so tricky?

The shows were amazing and just how I had imagined they would be. Lots of fabulous people in amazing outfits, tons of photographers, gorgeous models, even more incredible gowns and super cool beats blasting in the background. We were totally loving all the new tends we saw like delicate, sheer sleeves and necklines, applique-a-plenty and loads upon loads of fun textures. And oh, the hair and make up was to die for. Think chic and tousled with sweet side braids and buns. I can so get down with that easy, breezy, just fell out of bed look.

Overall it was an amazing weekend and we found ourselves pinching one another yet again, asking, is this really our job? We are some lucky, lucky ladies indeed.

Credits: Board 1: Badgley Mischka / Board 2 and 12: Claire Pettibone / Board 3: Lela Rose / Board 4: Jenny Peckham / Board 5: Modern Trousseau / Board 6: Reem Acra / Ines Di Santo / Board 7: SMP / Board 8: Monique Lhuillier / Board 9: Peter Langner / Board 10: Romona Keveza / Board 11: Watters /

11 Responses to “Bridal Market, New York City”

  1. Elaine says:

    Love it ladies!

  2. Love seeing all of this all over again! Gorgeous stuff, ladies!

  3. Lindsey says:

    Awesome! So glad you had fun and brought back all these pics for us to enjoy!

  4. Shawna says:

    thanks for sharing ladies!

  5. Dawn says:

    LOVE it!!!

  6. chun says:

    Thank you for the inside scoop! Can bridal market come to Hawaii someday??

  7. Autumn says:

    Amazing! Almost every one of these dresses has straps or sleeves. Love it. I got married three years too soon!

  8. Fran says:

    Lovely coverage. Please is it possible to number the boards. i am trying to figure out the designer for the two dresses below the picture of the three ladies. thanks a bunch

  9. Aimee says:

    Hi Fran,
    I believe the dresses you mentioned are from Lela Rose, if you are talking about the third image board. Below the last image in the post, you’ll see where all the boards are numbered and credited. Thanks!

  10. Jodi Rae Ryan says:

    Obsessed with the Badgley Mishka sketch! Incredibly stunning! These pictures are so amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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