spring market - 2011 {our picks}


Vera Wang, 112812:
There is a reason that no matter how long she's been in the bridal industry, Vera remains at the top. After lots of appointments and seeing lots of dresses and just when I was beginning to think that nothing could excite me, the model appeared in this gorgeous gown. Are you kidding me? Not only has Vera managed to do color in a fresh way (love the layering of sand and blush colors!!!), but there are over one thousand (yup, 1000+) hand cut petals that give this gown the amazing texture. It's the perfect combination of fullness without being heavy. It's traditional in form, yet oh-so-modern with the boning detail on the bustier and of course, those petals. Ah the petals!! We've been seeing flowers and petal details for a couple of seasons now and it's amazing that once again Vera manages to reinterpret bridal in a fresh, elegant manner that makes my jaw drop!

Ivy & Aster, Duchess:
Okay, this one is a little bit personal. For those who know the story, part of the reason that anna be was created was because I was so disappointed with my own gown. Long story, but ultimately I had the gown made for me because the goods and the experience were so lacking. So imagine my surprise when I saw a dress that was exactly what I had in mind. Note, I said in "mind" not actually what I had. Ivy & Aster presented a ballet inspired gown that has a demure neckline (with straps!!), a low back, and was shown in a fetching shade of blush. I heart this gown. Plus, the designer has this amazing lace cover-up that gives you two totally different looks! This dress is classic yet current. I'm thinking that since I didn't get to walk down the aisle in my dream dress, I might need to re-walk that aisle in this stunning version that fits exactly what I was looking for... what do we think, is 7 years a weird occasion for a vow renewal?




Vera Wang 110812:

We say it a lot around here but I feel the need to say it again - Oh Vera! I love everything about this gown. I love the interesting neckline, the contrast of the structured corset bodice with the movement of the tissue organza skirt (imagine the dancing!). I love the "Wow"-ness of the back with the cascading floral embroidery and the bow. As far as the color, although the Celadon is lovely, I would opt to wear it in the more traditional Ivory. Simple yet interesting! That's what i'm talking about.



Oh Monique, how I love you! With a collection full of stunning silhouettes, sumptuous satin, and delectable lace and beading you did not disappoint me.

Monique Lhuillier Nantucket:
With so many beautiful gowns to choose from it was difficult to select what we would bring into our collection at anna be, much less pick a favorite! However, with its classic trumpet shape and gorgeous lace, the Nantucket was at the top of all of our lists from the moment we saw it. Combining the sophisticated sexiness of corset like seaming with the timeless elegance of Chantilly lace this dress is sure to stand out. Classic Monique, as only she does it - what's not to love!

Monique Lhuillier Peony:
A second stunner from the collection was Peony. Another classic silhouette, the draped bodice and hand bustled skirt make this trumpet gown look soft and luxurious. But what really sets Peony apart is her wonderful blush silk Jacquard fabric - the perfect combination of trendy and traditional! This gown makes a truly unforgettable statement.
PS. For you ladies who aren't digging the blush look the gown can be done in ivory - same memorable dress in a more understated color.




Lela Rose, The Archive:
While being a buyer isn't always as fun as it sounds (long days, yucky bathrooms and questionable food), there is definitely an excitement in knowing that you are among the first to see the next collection, discover new designers and sometimes see trends develop over the course of a few days.  I was elated to experience my first bridal market with anna be, although my years as a buyer of ready to wear collections made me a bit apprehensive...how does one not get lost in a sea of ivory?!
Having spent the last several months knee deep in tulle and lace helping brides find their perfect dress, I was craving something fresh and unexpected.  Luckily our designers were feeling the same:)  I absolutely loved the resurgence of white and playful textures.  Scattered dots and laser cut patterns at Junko Yoshioka made me smile from ear to ear, and Ivy & Aster felt equally refreshing, introducing little pops of color to set them apart.
The winner, though, the one dress that I could not get out of my mind, the dress I would wear myself if I could do it all over again had to be "the archive" by Lela Rose.  Detachable peplum?  Um, obviously!!  The amazing texture of the lace pattern makes me want to get married all over again, and the illusion neckline was totally different than anything else we saw.  I am literally counting the days until we have this dress in the store!