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National Bridal Market

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!

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.

Our Weddings team just returned from the spring 2013 Bridal Market (think Fashion Week for weddings), and while they saw plenty of beautiful white gowns that would captivate any bride-to-be, one of their favorite things coming down the runways was all color: red.


A traditional color for Hindu brides representing good luck, red was especially popular at the Vera Wang show, with hues—from carmine to cabernet—that would make any wedding a true red-letter day.

Our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, was particularly taken with the above one-shouldered, ‘Dahlia’ mermaid gown, which will be available at Nordstrom in time for next spring. If you can’t wait that long, check out our Vera Wang Bridal lookbook, with gorgeous gowns available now at selected Wedding Suite locations.

And just for a little more eye candy, here are a few of the other Wang gowns that caught our eye on the bridal runway. Stunning.

Images: Dan Lecca via Vera Wang

We’re inviting you behind the scenes at the 2011 National Bridal Market with Nordstrom Weddings Site Merchandiser Deniz Anders and National Bridal Director Andrea Wasserman as they share what they loved on the runways—and what’s coming to the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom this spring.

Annie Sokoloff is the chief designer and founder of Anna Elyse Bridesmaids as well as Annie Girl, her line of little girls’ special-occasion dresses. Friendly and fashionable (not to mention a hugger), Annie has designed a vast collection of bridesmaid dresses in almost every bodice and skirt shape, color, and fabric imaginable; we love the quality and accessibility of poly-dupioni—a Nordstrom exclusive.

Annie, who lives in Pasadena with her family, told us how she often makes a trip to shop our Nordstrom Topanga store—including a recent visit to get a firsthand look at the Wedding Suite, where she will introduce her collection this spring.

Boasting an array of want-to-wear-them-again bridesmaid dresses, Annie’s collection features artful details like sweet kick pleats and 16 different bodices—including sweetheart, scoop and V-necklines as well as trend-right one-shoulders and flattering ruffles.

We loved all the options for skirts, available with any hem length you could desire and hidden side pockets—we saw these everywhere at the Bridal Market, including wedding gowns.

Some of our favorite colors from Annie’s show? The silk dupioni in royal blue, garnet (such a gorgeous red) and violet, as well as the charmeuse in bright yellow, teal and purple.

Check out the Anna Elyse bridesmaid collection, available online and in stores beginning in February, 2012.

We’re inviting you behind the scenes at the 2011 National Bridal Market with Nordstrom Weddings Site Merchandiser Deniz Anders and National Bridal Director Andrea Wasserman as they share what they loved on the runways—and what’s coming to the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom this spring.


One of our most exciting new partnerships is with Jenny Yoo—a Parsons grad who first started designing for Anne Taylor, and then created her own company in 2001. Her bride and bridesmaid collection is a perfect fit for a bride looking for beautifully minimal dresses that blend the modern and the timeless.

Jenny is soft-spoken but has a clear point of view about what makes wedding style come together. For instance, her bridesmaid dresses all may come with the same skirt but a choice of necklines, allowing a touch of personal style while maintaining a cohesive look for the bridal party.

Unique to Jenny is her hammered satin dresses in lovely colors like barley and rosewood. We also loved a convertible chiffon style that can be worn multiple ways.

Her bridal gowns are simply to die for; amongst our most-wanted is ‘Sophie’ with a gorgeous inverted pleat in the back and scalloped, overlay lace bodice.

In store for special order February 2012. Bridesmaid dresses available online February 2012.

We’re inviting you behind the scenes at the 2011 National Bridal Market with Nordstrom Weddings Site Merchandiser Deniz Anders and National Bridal Director Andrea Wasserman as they share what they loved on the runways—and what’s coming to the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom this spring.

We were honored to spend time with Amsale Aberra herself, the Ethiopian-born designer of a namesake collection of wedding gowns as well as Little White Dress, Christos and Kenneth Pool—her chiffon bridesmaid dresses are amongst our most popular.

We took a tour of Amsale’s New York headquarters, including the workspace where the magic happens. There, we saw her team hard at work cutting, sewing and embroidering right before our eyes.

Amsale walked us through her latest collection. Everything is done by hand, because no machine can capture the kind of detail that is her signature. It’s amazing to reflect on the hard work, skill and love that goes into creating a collection like hers—e.g., three weeks to hand-apply layers of feathers to one skirt.

Amsale told us that without her team, “to the very last person, the dresses are just a sketch.” She had some advice to pass on to our brides when it comes to picking the perfect white for your wedding: always take the dress or fabric over to a window to ensure it has a natural tone to it. In fact, that advice applies to ivory and even blush. According to the designer, it’s important the color looks “natural.”

Bridesmaid dresses available now online and in stores. Exclusive Bridal Collection available for special order in stores February 12.

We’re inviting you behind the scenes at the 2011 National Bridal Market with Nordstrom Weddings Site Merchandiser Deniz Anders and National Bridal Director Andrea Wasserman as they share what they loved on the runways—and what’s coming to the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom this spring.

We stumbled into Caroline’s showroom after visiting our friends at Nina Accessories, and we knew it was meant to be within our first five minutes of chatting with her.

A delightful designer from Chicago, Caroline told us she worked at our Nordstrom Oakbrook store right out of college. A designer in the business for over nine years, her name is a Chicago institution—girls flock to her studio.

What did we love the most? D.I.Y! Design it yourself—or her I.D. line, Individual Design, as she refers to it. A bride can choose from a variety of skirts, bodice styles, sashes, jackets and other accessories, resulting in a bridal gown that fits her personal style.

Caroline is even working on a website so brides can “design” from home, and we all agreed that it would be a fabulous idea for our Nordstrom customers, too. Who wouldn’t love to be a part of the design process for the perfect dress, and then come into the Wedding Suite to try it on?

In stores for special order February, 2012.

We’re inviting you behind the scenes at the 2011 National Bridal Market with Nordstrom Weddings Site Merchandiser Deniz Anders and National Bridal Director Andrea Wasserman as they share what they loved on the runways—and what’s coming to the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom this spring.

Georgia native Anne Barge is an institution in her own right. Her runway show at Pier 94 was a who’s who of Bridal Week—including Martha Stewart Weddings Editor Darcy Miller, Mark Ingram of the famous Mark Ingram Salon and Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and acting fashion director at Kleinfeld. (We chatted Randy up about doing something with Nordstrom!)

Some of the most beautiful gowns of the week walked down the runway to the song “This Is the Moment.” After the show, we met Anne in her showroom and viewed her entire collection up close.

We are so thrilled to introduce La Fleur by Anne Barge at Nordstrom. A few of our favorite styles our brides can expect are:

Amherst—a gown of shirred tulle with an elongated strapless bodice and voluminous pickup skirt.
Hadley—another strapless, constructed out of pearl Italian Razo silk shantung, with pleated bodice detail and a pleated skirt with pockets.
Reilly—a modern column gown with architectural lines of pearl Italian silk Magnolia with vertical bias ruffles of silk satin organza. We love the special ruffle at the bustline (i.e. crumb catcher).

La Fleur by Anne Barge available for special order in stores February 2012.