Bridal Fashion Week

Our weddings buyer, Sharon Wikstrom, has been rushing around to runway shows and buying appointments all across New York City during Bridal Fashion Week. We don’t envy her heels, but we’re glad she’s been sending us sneak peeks of all the dresses and trends that’s she’s loving along the way. Check out what’s on Sharon’s radar.

Berta Bridal Gowns Nordstrom

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Lace overlay on a simple, classic silhouette at Heidi Elnora (pictured left)



We’re back with more from Bridal Fashion Week! In addition to the latest fabrics and decorative details, we saw some interesting new trends in customizing wedding dresses. One way is to add a cover-up. Whether it’s for modesty, warmth, style or all three, wearing a light layer on top of a dress is a beautiful way to change your look. The best part is that you can remove it later for the reception, so you’re basically getting two looks in one!

Here are a few of our favorite types of cover-ups, straight from the runways and the designer showrooms:

Lace: At Hayley Paige, a dainty removable capelet was soft and feminine. At Vera Wang, it was loose and dark. (Fun fact: this black topper is called the “bubble tee.” Cute, right?)

Long: At Monique Lhuillier, it was all about length, in both solid and sheer fabrics. These floor-grazing capes are especially dramatic.

Tulle: At Lela Rose and Anne Barge, full-skirted gowns were topped with a sheer, airy layer of tulle.

Don’t miss Part 1 of our trend recap, as well as a “day in the life” of our bridal director Andrea at Bridal Fashion Week!


At last week’s Bridal Fashion Week, designers showed the latest and greatest in wedding gowns, including fresh ideas for fabrications, silhouettes and customization. It’s always a thrill to see this first peek at what’s to come, and we loved many of the new trends. We think brides will, too!

Here are a few that caught our eye:

Sparkle: We saw lots of gorgeous embellishment coming down the runway. Think beading, sequins and metallic embroidery, for the bride who loves her bling.


Detailed Backs: Expanding on what we saw last year: low, lace, and bejeweled backs were everywhere. We love this idea, as brides tend to stand with their backs to the audience during the ceremony.

Lace Appliqué: This lovely fabrication was on everything from little white dresses to veils to gowns. Perfect as a romantic, feminine alternative to allover lace.

Check back for more trend recaps in the next few days!


We have a different version of Andrea’s Picks this week: Andrea’s Pics—a round-up of our bridal director’s Instagram photos from New York at the biggest bridal fashion event of the year! From gorgeous (Vera Wang!) to delicious (cheesy pizza!), see the week through Andrea’s eyes.

Quiet before full sunrise. World Trade Center going up in the background.

Prepped and ready with the essentials: change of shoes, jacket, snack.

Empire State Building framed by the Manhattan Bridge.

Loved meeting the darling Kelly Faetanini, and this gown!

Print bridesmaid dresses are here to stay at Amsale.

Found a sunny spot to stand and catch up on email for a few minutes!

HeroVera Wang. Now I know what to wear to my next red carpet event. Wink!

Amazing detail on this gown at Anne Barge.

Exciting color, lace, and print. We must be at Jenny Yoo!

Fancy business trip dinner: pizza!

For more insider access with Andrea, follow @NordstromWed on Twitter where she is live tweeting through the week!


Wedding designer Amsale is always a favorite to see during Bridal Fashion Week, and this year was no different. Our buyers took in the show from the front row and captured Amsale’s fresh silhouettes coming down the runway. A clear trend emerged: sophisticated, tailored, structural dresses—a perfect mix of modern and feminine.

We love: the nod to a retro sheath dress, and stunning flared skirt.

We love: the gorgeous silk faille texture and bateau neckline.

We love: the drop waist lace appliqué and amazing shape of the full skirt.

We love: the fitted top and flowy skirt connected by a sweet bow.

We love: the perfectly cut V-back and modern, tiered skirt.

To check out our current collection from Amsale, browse the lookbook of our exclusive line, Nouvelle Amsale. To make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist, call 1.888.300.1295 or book an appointment online!


One of our favorite weeks of the year is here! Bridal Fashion Week kicked off in New York City and we’re like kids in a candy store, so excited about all the newest gowns from our favorite designers. During this week, we attend runway shows and meet with designers to pick the wedding dresses we’ll carry in the Wedding Suite for the next season.

While we could talk for days about all the details, we also know a picture is worth a thousand words—so follow our fashion week journey through the photos below (with more to come this week!). You can also follow the action on Twitter @NordstromWed where our bridal director, Andrea Wasserman, is live tweeting throughout each day!

Mt. Rainier greets us along the way to the airport in Seattle.

At the hotel, laying out the week’s shoes. The flats will come in handy!

Central Park view from our hotel. We could get used to this!

First meeting with the lovely Kelly Faetanini, with a gorgeous lace back dress.

Next to the runway at Vera Wang. Seeing lots of black and white!

Buyer Sharon examines the Vera Wang gowns up close.

At Nicole Miller, checking out a favorite gown, now in lace!

Sharon and Lisa looking through options. Decisions, decisions!

Andrea and designer Heidi Elnora ending the night at dinner–in matching jean jackets.

Check back this week for more coverage of Bridal Fashion Week including our favorite new trends!


Our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, shares her insider photos and a quick trend recap from Bridal Fashion Week.

I’m back from Bridal Week, where it was all about the back: interesting low-cut backlines, lace, and illusion. We’re still seeing illusion necklines and straps, and convertible details are also in (think removable peplum, lace toppers, cover-ups and convertible straps). We also saw tea-length and Jackie O.-inspired dresses—definitely a nod to classic glamour.

Matthew Christopher

Rosa Clara

Overall, there are a lot more diverse necklines, rather than just strapless.

Victoria Nicole

Of course, there are still the traditional, ultra-flattering styles like A-line, mermaid and sweetheart neck.

Nicole Miller

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Anne Barge

See even more from Andrea over at her Bridal Favorites Pinterest board, or browse and shop all of our wedding dresses available online.


Are you following Nordstrom on Pinterest? Don’t miss our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, live pinning from the shows at Bridal Fashion Week. Here’s a peek at her snaps from the Vera Wang show. Get a front-row seat with Andrea and see all the gorgeous dresses coming down the Spring 2013 runway at our Bridal Fashion Week Pinterest board.

For styles you can get right now, check out our Vera Wang Lookbook.