While it’s always sad to say goodbye to New York I know I’ll be leaving with so many new ideas to bring to the pages of Weddingbells. I finished up my whirlwind weekend with three wonderful—and very different—shows: Badgley Mischka, Anne Bowen and Oscar de la Renta. At Badgley Mischka, designers Mark (Badgley) and James (Mischka) were on hand to welcome editors to their showroom and introduce their latest collection of gorgeous gowns. One of my favourites was “Susanna,” a blush silk one-shoulder gown with a skirt made completely from tightly wound fabric rosettes. I loved the tulle pleated fans on the skirt of the “Anastacia” dress. Held at the super-stylish Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel, Anne Bowen’s varied Spring 2012 collection explored the modern, classic, bohemian and glamorous sides of New York City. Many of the dresses were extremely unique and unlike anything else I saw on the runways this season. For instance, the “Peace” gown was actually an ivory knit fabric—sort of a bridal sweater dress! Bowen also showed several sexy minidresses and crystal adorned mermaid gowns. Last but not least, Oscar de la Renta showed a breathtaking 37 looks that truly captivated the imagination. I was wowed by his unique fabric treatments—everything from fur to iridescent sequins. His finale gowns (see above) were simply scrumptious. Pastel coloured, ruffled ballgowns were utterly delightful—the perfect note on which to end my New York adventure.