Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice

We’re back again this week with more of our favorites from NYC Bridal Market week.  Need to get caught up on our Trend Sketching reports from last week?  Head here for exquisite color from Theia CoutureStephanie Allin and Douglas Hannant caught our attention here.  Monique Lhuillier always captivates, see why here.  Don’t miss Leila Hafzi’s incredible hand painted frocks and finally Marchesa’s collection inspired by exotic blooms!

And today. we’re in a world of Ines di Santo, a lovely world most may not want to leave….

Decadent, regal, festive…. Ines Di Santo pulled out all the stops for her “Queen of Carnavale” inspired collection. Bejeweled dresses and full skirts reflected the grandeur and celebration of the Venetian Carnival that is this collection’s namesake. Opulent gowns complete with ornate sparkling masks promenaded down the runway with theatrical flair.

Di Santo kicked off the show with an icy blue trumpet silhouette with an illusion neckline adorned by a crystal ribbon draped across the shoulders. A trumpet style gown sported a detachable train which billowed in pink silk Organza and Shantung. Finished with handmade flowers, a theme that appeared through out the collection.  We’re incredibly thrilled to report that sculptural blooms with a sense of anything but diminutive scale, made repeated appearances this Bridal Market season.

Fit and flair gowns dominated along with lux ball gowns in a fluid vanilla silk, soft blush and cascading layers.

The softest blush gives a nod to romance while seemingly haphazzard boning in this gown’s bodice speaks to a more youthful and edgy interpretation of the ballgown.  Again we see gathered moments of  silk gazar reminiscent of bloom petals.

Amongst all the sparkle and volume was more subtle detailing. Laser-cut florals peek through a layered Organza skirt while criss-crossed tulle intermingles with Alencon lace on another frock.

You could feel the energy in the room.   Ines di Santo took us to another world with her Fall 2013 Collection, a world where celebration and lavish detail are paramount.  Just for a moment I dove into this world to capture the pomp and plume with every sketchy stroke…

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