Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice

We had the pleasure of stumbling upon international and eco-friendly designer Leila Hafzi.   Working in hand dyed natural silks dried in the open air of the Himalayas, her designs evoke the kinetic environment they are created in.  Rough cut edges and flowing, sweeping shapes in a palette of soft natural hues were a welcome break from a sea of white. Hand painted dresses are a signature of the designer and you can imagine our delight as we happened upon these brush touched frocks in her collection. Feathers, foliage and an abstract snake print wind around the dresses in a free […]

If I made gowns I would want to be Claire Pettibone.  Not trying to be creepy, not at all, I promise.  I have a certain affinity for the aesthetic of this over-the-moon-and-back-talent of a designer who is as humble as humble gets.   I’ll admit I was dying to see her runway show along with the rest of the world.  Space was limited so I  asked for some time in her booth to soak it all in up close and personal, and the team was happy to oblige.  I sat quietly, happy to just observe the mini-show underway where select gowns […]

Have you ever put on a piece of jewelry and it just made you feel better?  In a moment a bit of sparkle and shine could turn your morning around and put a giddy smile on your face..if you haven’t had such a moment I urge you to find Margaret Rowe.  Jess and I had the sheer pleasure of spending some time with Margaret and were pleased to learn she is not only a visionary in Vintage Couture Jewelry but is also one of the nicest women you will ever meet.  That goes a very long way in my book. […]

Big paper blooms caught our eye when entering Pier 94, essentially the mecca of Bridal Market in NYC.  It didn’t take us long to forget the paper blooms and get lost in the fashion.  Ivy & Aster is a spirited design studio intent on crafting modern couture for the chic bride.  Subtly irreverent shapes and colors are mixed with classics like lace and ruffles.  Color is paramount in their collection of social dresses with watercolor-like patterns that made my heart flutter.  Punchy chartreuse frocks, blingy capes and shawls bring their eclectic offering full circle. My sketch turned watercolor painting quickly […]

I truly hope you are enjoying our flurry of Bridal Market Trend-Sketching reports!  Be sure to catch up with Theia, Romona Keveza, Carol Hannah, Monique Lhuillier and Lela Rose!  Please, please reach out with any questions ladies.  We soaked in a wealth of information over the last few days!  Today we could hardly decide what to feature first so we’re giving you a look at three standouts! Another big trend in weddings is emerging from under the dress. Show stopping shoes, of course 😉 Aruna Seth has some stunners, from satin wedges with rhinestones studded bows to white python, and […]