Fairytales can come true… they can happen to you, when you attend NYBFW.
Why I like New York Fashion Bridal Fashion Week is simple, the theme is set and the results amount to a creative mind’s idea of a fairytale with its prince and princess living happily ever after.
This year’s presentations, which were shown October 3-8 throughout various locations around Manhattan, offered choices for every bride’s needs.
Bridal Fashion Week offers gowns for everyone, including the guests. Some lines even feature matching menswear, including tuxedos and tails.
That is another reason I enjoy attending Bridal Fashion Week. It gives me ideas and options for not only weddings, but as an attendee to many gala fundraisers and simchas, I often go home and update my wardrobe with ideas and trends I see featured here.
Several Israeli-born designers showcase collections at New York Bridal Fashion Week including Inbal Dror and Galia Lahav.
Some of the most notable trends:
Brides have options. Brides can choose many interpretations of traditions gowns. But they also have options of modern cuts.
Pure white. I saw that everywhere, few cream or shimmery whites as in previous seasons.
Various blush rose or pink tones for brides, wedding party participants and mothers of both the bride and groom.
Lots of big bows, heavy jeweled headpieces, and overlays of lace were seen in many collections.
Soft floral fabrics went well with the blush and lace.
Bubble and tiered long skirts.
There were many high neckline and long sleeve options for the modest and tznius brides and their attendants.
Prices varied, as I saw gorgeous handmade gowns that were priced at around $1500 to collections that featured gowns starting with five figures.
One presentation I attended was by WONA. Recently rebranded WONÁ, a bridal brand from Ukraine, welcomed guests to their first flagship store-showroom in New York to present their Fall 2020 collection. The stunning collection contained dresses featuring exquisite lace, beading, feathers, sequins, and embroidery details.
Guests enjoyed viewing the collection, lounging in the elegantly decorated showroom, and even trying on the various dresses. They were treated to hors d‘oeuvres from Ladurée, champagne, and wine from France, and uplifting music selections. Guests were also able to take photos in a custom photo booth set around a live floral wall installation.
I visited many of the designers featured The Knot Couture Show at The Manhattan Pavilion. Many designers presented at booths there. One of them was Albanian-born Katerina Bocci. Bocci is an award-winning designer who has acquired international acclaim among fashion elite and celebrities, including Aretha Franklin, Fergie and Jordin Sparks.
Her luxury bridal collection features exquisite fabrics, hand-sewn craftsmanship and innovative, sophisticated designs using 100-percent silk organza and tulle, hand-beaded laces and rosettes, and Swarovski crystal trims and stones in an array of colors. Bocci’s gowns are made in the USA and include eco-friendly materials, including 100-percent cotton for comfortable dress liners.
New York Bridal Fashion Week also includes presentations of jewelry, shoe, accessories, music and floral designers. Many of the nicest backdrops for ceremonies and step and repeats I saw during the week.
Cindy Grosz is a Jewish activist who promotes projects, products and awareness to everything Israel and of international Jewish concern. She represents celebrity spokespeople who speak up for and about Israel. She is also a contributor and Co-host on The Jersey Joe Show 710AM WOR, Sunday nights at 7 EST, or available anytime, anywhere through iHeart Radio.