Market Journal: Day 1

Emily, Co-Owner

I love our time in NYC but let's face it, my heart belongs to Texas. It is wonderful to be back in Houston!

Ghost chair at Judd Waddell

Since touching down on Tuesday evening, I have been brainstorming on how to present the market highlights to you (those Facebook pictures were just a tiny taste!). What I decided is to do a day in the life of market mania! There is so much to share, so keep an eye out Day 2 and a Trending Now highlight post coming soon. I hope you in enjoy... 

Sunday, Oct. 14th:

9:00 AM- The Mia team walked into the lobby of Judd Waddell's design studio and were greeted by Lori and Monty of "Say Yes to the Dress-Atlanta" singing (yes, singing!) "It's the most wonderful time of the year."

Welcome to NYC Bridal Market and get ready to have fun!

Hi-low nostalgia at
Judd Waddell

My & Monty's fav sparkle at
Judd Waddell

9:45 AM- Judd Waddell's collection didn't disappoint; wispy silhouettes and reinvented hemlines. Overheard Lori saying the hi-low hems gave the collection a 1950's feel.

Wispy at Judd Waddell

Lori also called Monty out as a "prom king" when he gushed over Judd's dash of sparkle. It was one of my favorites too, so can I be the prom queen?

Glamour at Judd Waddell

9:50 AM- Mia partner Starla
dashed off to look at Jim Hjelm bridesmaids for her other store, Brickhouse Bridal. No pictures to share, but word is over 80% of bridesmaids orders have been long so the design team kept their energy in that direction.
 10:30 AM- Jill & I run over to the Hilton to see The Wedding Channel's set-up and select our gowns with the fabulous Paloma Blanca team. They always make things so easy. 
Front row at Austin Scarlett

Buzz before Austin's show

11:30 AM-
Actually arrive early to Austin Scarlett's runway presentation at the Park Avenue Armory, so I get a little snap happy while waiting for the show. 

Austin Scarlett

12:15- Austin Scarlett's runway presentation begins. Included with the runway line sheet is a quote from him, "Your first collection is like your first love."

Austin Scarlett
Austin Scarlett
Take a look! What's not to love?
Jill, Starla, editor Holly Crawford
& myself
12:45- The Mia team invited Houston Bride's editor Holly Crawford to join us for the show, so we couldn't resist such a great photo opp.  

12:55- Off to a very quick brunch with a NYC friend of Jill's. (We have to squeeze in eating!) She has a table a brunch cocktails waiting at Robert. I highly recommend going if you are in the city. Get the tater-tots.

2:00- We work off brunch with a sprint to Alvin Ailey for Rivini's runway presentation. Designer Rita Vinieris was inspired by the hues of early morning and the reflecting light of the Ice Hotel in Sweden. Absolutely breathtaking!

All six photos below are Rivini Fall 2013

Randy, of Randy to the Rescue
congratulates Rivini designer
Rita on a fab show
National Rivini Consultant, James
and Jill chatting over the show

2:20- Take in the exciting buzz that the Rivini presentation always creates. Seems like everyone in the industry attends!

2:45- Enjoy the Fall day and walk to Pier 94.
2:55- Check in at the Piers to visit all the vendors showing with The Couture Show.

3:30- Really cool and refreshing changes happening at Watters, including two new collaborations with luxury veil designer Toni Federici and Brooklyn based, artisan metalwork designer, Thomas Knoell.


Shown above: new Watters & Encore gowns for Fall 2013

4:30- Race around the Piers to check in with all our accessory vendors and make sure that we are bringing you the very best to complete your bridal look!

Shown above: Accessories from Elizabeth Bower, Thomas Knowell and Elizabeth Bower again

7:15- Freshen up and head off to BLT Prime for an intimate dinner with Watters and industry friends.

11:30- Day 1 of market mania is put to bed! Good night NYC!

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