When is the most an amazing time for the bridal industry? It’s New York Luxury Bridal Fashion Week and the city is bustling with creative movement. You can easily be whisked away. From the whimsical trusses and intricate floral appliqués to the influential homage to The Gilded Age designs; New York Luxury Bridal Fashion Week did not disappoint. I was afforded the opportunity to interview some amazing talents all of which passionately put their hearts and souls into each and every masterpiece. It was truly an honor to discuss each of their collections and what motivated and influenced their design choices.
As a wedding planner it is important to offer a variety of services to assist our brides in their planning process and what better way than to have intimate conversations with some of the industry’s finest.
Designer Amsale Aberra
I was mesmerized by the amazing designs by Amsale!! They were versatile and spirited. For any bride looking for a fresh take on tradition or a clean modern spin on a classic look, Amsale is your designer!
Amsale’s designs started with a single wedding dress: her own. Seeking a more modern silhouette for her 1985 nuptials, Ethiopian native Amsale found her options limited and crafted her own pared-down design, elegant in its simplicity and quiet in its impact, featuring a distinct style that was modern and personal at the same time. What a beautiful collection!
Today, Amsale’s legacy continues to mesmerize us and countless of brides. Her qualified team embraces their responsibility in maintaining the legends name and infusing new life into it for the modern bride. This season’s collection did not short change us by any means. The Amsale design team have taken their position seriously as guardians of the brand as though it was a holy grail. We are sure Amsale would approve.
The Harel label ..’breathes fresh air into the bridal industry by designing pieces that integrate intricate techniques with customized fabrics and avant-garde materials like crystal beading, imported leathers and embroidery into the gowns. Dana’s unique approach to bridal design embodies the modern bride.’ Ladies her attention to detail and willingness to accommodate for any skin tone was noted in each design. It was an honor to interview and a pleasure to share space with such an amazing talent!
Designer Katherine Polk’s Collection–Houghton Presentation
For all my brides that want an understated or intricate gown or possibly even somewhere between. Katherine’s designs “Empowers every bride in her own uniqueness” The collection is also expressive with hints of historical influence. If you are a bride who shares a love for the dramatic flare, Katherine’s designs do not disappoint. Her gowns honor any body type with strong expressions for individuality, making each design special for that coveted walk down the aisle.
Designer Mark Ingram
I call him SIR INGRAM!! (Well deserved) I was so honored to be in the presence of a mastermind! Interviewing Mark Ingram about his inspirations, thought processes, and his attentiveness to his brides was absolutely phenomenal!! Bridal Fashion at its Finest!! All My Brides looking for elegance with a nod to history, a touch of grace and splash of modern flair; Mr Ingram’s designs fit any brides taste and will tantalize your palette with some of the most exquisite gowns you have ever seen!
Zinare’s designs are playful and modern. You find a mix of classic lines and timeless sophistication in every design. I had pleasure of sharing some one-on-one time with Zinare as she discussed what inspired her cool, hip and contemporary designs. She stated that her focus was to ‘curate a moment perfect for the non traditional bride who also has a love for timeless pieces’ and I for one couldn’t agree more. For any bride looking for an effortless, modern gown that speaks to their personality, look to Zinare’s beautiful Collection.
Size Inclusion Is Key
Beirut based designer, Dany Tabet’s dresses transcend from timeless to mystical. When I asked Mr. Tabet about his inspiration for his newest collection, he mentioned his passions and love of the sea and mermaids. The freshness of the intricate floral designs and the whimsical of his dramatic caps along with the collection’s regal overskirts do not disappoint. If you want a gown that is timeless, Mr Tabet’s collection will create a breathtaking and unforgettable moment for any bride.
Frank has become know for her skills in creating bespoke frocks that are size inclusive to Hollywood stars such at This Is Us star Chrissy Metz.
When you think of simple elegance you think of Sheila Frank. Her designs have a subtle romantic ease about them that can easily transition you from your special day to everyday wear. From the flirty flowers on her floor-length gowns to the shimmering after five ensembles, her collection has an understated sexiness that can carry you from the aisle to any formal event. When I interviewed Sheila, I asked about the diversity and flexibility of her line and her inspiration. She simply stated; ‘My dresses are an extension of me. I make my dresses for all women.’ Bravo Sheila..Bravo!!
There were so many amazing designers and so little time. The designer’s passions flowed through every collection. The one thing I found that each collection had in common was the empowerment and embracing of diversity in their designs and inclusion of every body type and skin tone. Every bride deserves to feel amazing on her wedding day and each one of these designers were purposeful in their efforts.
Mia Lopez, the heiress to Raymundo David Lopez and founder of Ivory & Oak Event Planning, LLC., is one of the most respected event producers in the wedding industry. Ivory & Oak provides a full range of services including catering services, event planning, consulting, design, logistics, venue scouting, entertainment, weddings, corporate events, quinceañera and private events/parties.
Mia is a hardworking laser-focused businesswoman and philanthropist; all of which was accomplished by her 20th birthday.
Now, in 2022 Mia has added a very important division to her stable of businesses; creating a new wine dubbed “1666” to pay homage to her father’s legacy. Raymundo David Lopez (El Rey), passed away on April 24, 2016.