Every season I love seeing Romona Keveza and the dreamy bridal gowns that she creates during Bridal Week. It is no secret that since seeing her collection a few seasons ago that I knew she would be the one to design a custom bridal gown when it's my time to say I do! I've also worn her evening wear pieces to Ball on the Mall (a DC event) - which was absolutely stunning. When it comes to design and great fabrics, that's what you'll get when wearing her silhouettes. I kicked off this week by heading to her Legends presentation (unfortunately I was unable to head over to her couture showing) showing! Here are a few images of some of my favorite dresses that hit the runway at the second floor library at the St Regis hotel.
Last weekend, as one of my Maid of Honor duties for my sister, I headed out with her as she went on her first day of trying on bridal gowns! The first shop was so hectic and so impersonal, I was not only happy to get out of there but happy that she didn't get her dress from there as it wasn't a place that I would want in terms of a bridal memory. But on Wed (of this week) my sister on her second day of looking for the perfect wedding gown, she selected her dress! Lovely Bride is currently (as it is moving to Tribeca) located in the West Village and is by appointment only. I loved the ambiance of the shops and the personal nature as well as touches that are within this multi level boutique! The first of 3 dresses that my sister put on ended up being the one that she fell in love with. For those that are in the market to getting a dress, I would definitely suggest this location as they have a carefully curated selection of designers. For those in LA, there is a fabulous shop out there as well!
Right before NYFW, my sister got engaged to her fiance which gave me something amaing to add to my plate that never ends up being empty - Maid of Honor and Wedding Planner. As you know, any life event that I take on, comes here to Kitten Lounge. Prior to NYFW, Fridays contained content geared towards brides and now that Fashion Month is over, I'm pleased to share that Wed Wednesdays is dedicated to this exciting time. With an upcoming Oct wedding (next year of course), I was glad that Bridal Week took place over these past few days so that I could understand what my sister was interested in and allowed us to bond with our mom as well!
For me, no wedding search could start without going to Romona Keveza which not only does bridal but evening gowns. Above is a round up of my favorite looks that hit the runway at the St Regis Hotel over the weekend on Saturday! I have to say that we were able to enjoy seeing her affordable line - Legends, The Romona Keveza Collection and then the evening wear line. I love that there was a segment that was an ode to 007 - James Bond. Above there are dresses that I am obsessed with, such as the champagne/blush hue which is perfect for an engagement dinner, engagement party, etc. I also love (on the lower left hand corner) this ice blue (although it looked grey to me) dress. This gave me the idea that I definitely would want a wedding gown in this hue as I love grey. Of course our purpose was to see body styles that my sister liked - how could I not love the dress on the lower right which is definitely up her alley!
I can't wait to take you on our journey as official planning beging Nov 1st - come back for tips and definitely ask questions. For those who are interested in finding out how one goes about planning a wedding as well as how one goes about her duties of Maid of Honor - this is also a fab resource for you too!
People ask what Kitten Lounge is about and it talks about the core areas of fashion, style, beauty and travel. But it's also a place where it evolves as I do! This means that many of my Kittens who read this know about my design collaborations, HSN appearances, spokeswork and now I add another title - Maid of Honor! My sister and her fiance (wow first time I have used this work to refer to my Brother in Law to be) made it official this week and plan to be married next year! Although I have been in a wedding and have attended a few more, I have never been a Maid of Honor and can't wait to take on the duties that I know I will come to me like second nature. Although many details may stay a secret as the groom should be surprised, each Friday you'll hear about what a Maid of Honor should expect to do and all the things that involve that.
These responsibilities are those that I welcome and I know that there may be others that may want to know what options are out there and how we're going on about our process! The next year or so will be a lot of fun and a way for me to think about what I think I would want to do when it is my time - until then, I'll be the best and most researched Maid of Honor and it's yet another journey that readers can take on with me.
Tadashi Shoji is one of my favorite lines to see each season at Fashion Week! This season the line plays with velvet, sheers and this awesome blend of 1920's meets modern which is always nice to have! During this show, I actually sat with someone that works within the Bridal section of Nordstrom's store in Paramus, NJ. Many of the pieces that hit the runway would be perfect portions to include within bridal events and she was taking notes. I'm always interested in those that attend the show and of course someone in the Bridal Industry is always amazing. Above, the picture on the left has the calm before the fashionable storm. I love the motif that is set within the show before it even starts (Billie Holiday was being played) and when the first looks hit the runway, everyone was swooning over "You Only Live Once". On the right, see the runway in motion and enjoy the video which has all the looks take a final walk.
Yesterday's post shared a fab giveaway that is available on Kitten Lounge thanks to the month long partnership with Affinitas Initma. For rules on winning a Lingerie Bundle of Goodies you'll want to click here (just 1 lucky winner). With the site focusing on bridal for the next month, we'll be including fab ways to enhance your big day or to let your bride to be friend know! Today, I'm inspired by one of the favorite accessories that a bride can use to replace using a veil - the headband! I'm loving Cara Accessories Headband which has fab feather detailing and let me start thinking of all the ways your decor can embrace feather glam from day to day as well as the upcoming holiday season!
When you're lounging in your bed or on the couch, having fun pillows to add a pop of color is a fab idea! This peacock pillow from Dwell Studio is a great way to add in a new hue and a texture without being concerned about having feathers literally being left behind! Roll over every morning with West Elm's duvet which blends in a number of fab neutral hues to create a cool sense to your boudoir decor. Move on to serving guests or significant others with utensils that have feathers on the handle thanks to Horchow.Vagabond House takes sea salt to another level with these fab dishes that are peacocks and have feather that can be used to take your allotted amount of salt to your plate.
As guests come to visit, your doorway begins a feather feel by having this fab white wreath from West Elm. Your cabinets and tables, just in time for Thanksgiving, can have super cute turkeys welcoming everyone to your feast via Pottery Barn. As you begin thinking ornaments for your tree, I'm loving these glass feather ornaments from Gump's!
Last night I went to the Millenium Hotel's Hudson Theater to attend the Modern Romance Bridal Event. Now before anyone starts spreading stories, I am not engaged nor does that seem on the immediate horizon; however, I know it will happen one day and I am a fan of various Bridal shows and in lieu of hearing from people on Twitter, those I have lunch with and more announcing their engagements, I felt that this was something that I wanted to know about. Now I have attended many bridal events which are bona fide tradeshows where there are booths of the same types of services that are run by various companies, I would find this very overwhelming and difficult in terms of just focusing on the moment,. I wasn't sure what I was walking into but I was very intrigued to not only attend the event but to also see the Jenny Yoo Collection which I am familiar with many of her dresses.
Upon entering, I knew that this wouldn't be a massive and impersonal show.. For $25, brides were able to come to the event with a guest and to sample various foods, beverages and an extremely select group of vendors from entertainment, spa, makeup and more. The best part, this was extremely intimate! There weren't large groups of people the entryway of the theater (which at one time had actually housed various Broadway productions prior to their purchase of the Millenium Hotel next door) allowed everyone to check in, receive their goodie bag and to meet with the vendors. This space was illuminated with lighting and large mirrors. I know I began thinking about having an event here as the mood was definitely in place. As you walked into the theater, you were welcomed with tasty sweets on the right and on the left various meats and appetizers. Both sides had bartenders and of course there were passed beverages and drinks as well. I was very pleased to enjoy the champagne. The theater not only had tables set in various motifs that were created by James Abel Events (I love the amber inspired table), but there was seating for the fashion show and on the stage the band played. This was very soothing and kudos to the organizers to hold the event from 6:00 - 9:30. Although the fashion show didn't start until nearly 8:00, it was nice to come early and to have ample time to talk to the vendors while also recognizing that some brides would be unable to come until later.
Most of the attendees had a guest with them (kudos to the fiancees that appeared) although I felt bad for those that were alone as this was definitely an event to begin honing in on the decisions of your wedding while also enjoying the atmosphere. Mental note: these events are the best to go to and I would prefer to not go alone - friends and family beware!
I could go on and on about each vendor but I focused on certain areas but if you have a question, you can contact me and I can pass on what I know/heard. Jo Malone attended this event and as I have always been a fan and tend to walk by their Flatiron location, I was pleased to learn that they have an interesting way of offering their services. Obviously, they are available to have the bride and their party come to their location to enjoy their services and they are also able to travel as well. This is a great way to get pampered and to enjoy one another's time. But the most interesting element that I enjoyed was learning about their Fragrance Combining. This service is where the bride chooses a particular scent that will be worn for the wedding and then her bridesmaids will have various notes of this scent with other items layered in. In this way, the bride has a signature scent and her bridal party has elements of it while being different from hers. She doesn't have to worry about competing or offending scents as it is complimentary. I loved this concept and was so pleased that the two ladies attending this booth were so knowledgeable about this. Pampering and a signature scent - fabulous.
This event also had a great blend between traditional versus having your own element within your wedding. The band played traditional songs such as "Just the Way You Look Tonight", "Night & Day", "What's Going On", while also putting in a Stevie Wonder song that had elements of Will Smith in the song. They were not only playful and welcoming but they showed their range as we listened to the different songs and heard from the male and female singers respectively. This was enjoyable as we had Tuna Tartar, Spicy Shrimp and more.
Prior to the fashion show, I was able to see Tarte Cosmetics offerings, Cake Alchemy, Jerry Kravat Entertainment and more. Our hostess for the night who I thought was very warm and shared many of her experiences as she had recently been married, introduced the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. This couple did two dances (shown in the video) with a traditional dance and then one that was a salsa for the first dance. Once this was completed, we were treated to the Jenny Yoo Collection which had wedding gowns and then vibrant hues for bridesmaids dresses. These are definitely not the dresses that I have seen in Bridezilla epidsodes where the adventurous bride strives to find the most questionable dresses. These are beautiful gowns that you could use for other dressy occassions and that are very flattering whether you're looking for long, short, strapless, halter and more. Of course no fashion show of dresses would be complete without showing the super cute flower girl!
I left this event thinking that there are no shortage of events that "assist" brides and their friends and families with the options available to them. But when it is my turn, I want to attend events such as this that have a select group of vendors, a small number of attendees and then having a staff that caters to everyone so that you can feel special leading up to your day.
This Wed for those that are making plans for their amazing wedding, you can attend the ModernRomance Bridal Soiree at the Broadway Millenium Hotel at 145 W 44th Street this Wed the 24th at 6:00pm - 9:30pm. This is a great evening to see the Jenny Yoo Collection and also to meet various Wedding Planner Professionals. This event also includes appetizers and cocktails (provided by Hudson theater) as well. For $25, you and a guest will be able to enjoy seeing great garments and to start putting your plans into action! If you know someone or will be getting married and are in the area, this is the perfect event for you! In addition to seeing the Jenny Yoo Collection, you can enjoy the following attendees: Tarte, Abby Jean Invitations, Neuhaus Chocolates, Brides.com and Brides NY and many more. Visit the website to see how you can be added to this event. Of course, Kitten Lounge will be covering this event and sharing it with you as well.
This weekend I am going to a wedding. I love weddings! I love seeing what the guests wear, what the bride chose and everything that goes along with it. It makes you think about your own - even if it is just for a second and you know that it is a long time away. I have always been a fan of strapless gowns and I'm always torn by what the bottom portion would look like. I can only imagine what it would be like to find a dress - I can't even decide on what shoes I absolutely love to wear with my jeans!
Anyway, Coutorture has one of my favorite designers who does bridal wear - Carolina Herrera and the shoot is amazing and is definitely like a living fairy tale. This dress is definitely something that I will love and if you're in the market or know someone who is, you may want to let them know that they can see all this and more at Coutorture!
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