New York Bridal Market: Spring 2012 Collections, Part 2

Pre-show at Romona Keveza where makeup artists created the perfect red lip.

My day started backstage at Romona Keveza, where I was able to sneak a peek at the Stila makeup artists at work. Each model had sexy cat’s eyes (thanks to black liquid liner), major lashes and bold red lips. And you can recreate this look at home because I made sure to ask what exact shade of red they were wearing—turns out it’s a combination of two Stila products: Long Wear Lip Liner in Passionate and Long Wear Liquid Lip Color in Fiery. Bonus: I’m assured that these products won’t kiss off, so they’re perfect for your wedding day! Romona was showing two bridal collections this season: Legends and Couture. Legends was first up, and Romona prefaced the show by explaining her inspiration—the royal brides, Kate Middleton and Charlene Wittstock (who is engaged to Monaco’s Prince Albert). The collection was classic and romantic with lots of lace sleeves and illusion necklines, and to top things off models wore gorgeous veils and tiaras by Chopard (including one that was made from a jaw-dropping 326 diamonds). Romona’s Couture collection was similarly regal, but with more of a fashion twist. Dreamy dresses were adorned with countless three-dimensional flowers. At Reem Acra, the princess theme continued with a collection called “Yes I Can be a Princess Too.” Intricate gowns—such as one completely embellished with pearls—were paired with veils, oversized crystal tiaras and bright pink accents (gloves, rosettes, shoes). Reem also showed a mint green dress, which was a breath of fresh air. Speaking of which, Rivini designer Rita Vinieris took her inspiration from New York’s Central Park in spring. Ruffles and rosettes were present and accounted for, as was a beautiful shade of pink reminiscent of cherry blossoms in bloom.

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