If you’re beginning your search for the perfect wedding gown, but you aren’t sure what exactly to look for in a dress, these are some basic elements that can help you understand the quality of a gown. With custom gowns there is a different attention to detail and quality that can give you a good understanding of what is absolutely essential to feel like the price you pay matches the experience you have with your dress. From correct fit, to fabric quality, it can feel overwhelming to approach these milestone garments without a guide. The NK Bride team is here to support you, and give you the absolute best experience, tailored to fit you, and your wedding day dream.Read More
The "benefit" of buying a wedding dress versus having one custom made is the fact that you can go to the store, try on the dress, pay, and walk out with it. Or at least try on one in your size and order it.
After talking to one of my recent brides who, prior to seeing me, visited a number of high-end design stores in Manhattan, I was surprised to learn that the experience, in reality, may be very different.Read More
I will admit it’s a little nerve wracking to listen to myself talk for over an hour but I am really excited to have shared my experiences with Heidi's listeners. This podcast talks about my journey starting in fashion to becoming a bridal designer. Two years ago I decided to shift from my ready-to-wear line and focus only on making custom bridal designs. It was a long road filled with ups and downs and it sure wasn’t easy to let go of my fashion line but now I finally feel like I found my true calling and I am really happy.Read More
Many of my brides love learning about what it takes to make their dress and so I would like to share a little bit more in detail this part of my process. Here I refer specifically to a “wedding dress”, but the steps will be mostly the same for any other type of design.
The first “drape” is the first draft of your outfit.Read More
I often encounter two different types of brides. The first is the kind who knows exactly what she wants and what she is looking for. She has been planning this day ever since she was little, or at least ever since she knew she had found the person with whom she wants to say "I do." Either way, she comes prepared when we have our first consultation. She has been shopping for a while but hasn't yet seen what she wants. She shows me sketches, pictures, and very specific details of the dress she wants to make. Usually the challenge is to incorporate everything into one actual design idea.
The second type of bride I meet is very different. It's the girl who has almost no idea what she wants to wear. BUT… She knows what she doesn't want to wear. She basically has hated everything she has seen out there in bridal shops and bridal magazines. She usually loves my style and my designs for my ready-to-wear line and that's why she wants me to come up with a creation for her wedding. It's always so exciting to accept the challenge because I find my inspiration in her story and her personality.
In both cases, it is usually hard for the brides to decide to go forward with a custom bridal gown, especially because we only discuss sketches and there is no actual drape yet of our ideas to try on.
I always find that when we take the first trip to the garment district in New York City and we start looking at actual fabrics both brides are in. It is such an important part of the process for them because for the first time they can actually envision the real deal. They can touch and feel the material and see how it's going to look over their body. For me, as a designer, I can picture things in my head: the way the fabrics can be combined, the way a soft silk will drape over your body and a tough taffeta or organza will give structure to a garment. But for the bride, it's always the moment when a bride sees the perfect fabric or lace that the rest of the design and process comes alive in her mind and she is ready to take the leap into the unknown word of custom bridal…
Here are some of my favorite places to take a bride…
It's a classic. They have left-over designer fabric – you can never go wrong there. We’re talking Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, and Ferragamo, to say the least. I know it's a cliché to say, “Go to Mood,” but it's always, always amazing. The bridal lace section in the back has never disappointed.
It's overwhelming and you can go crazy if you are alone. They basically have every kind of fabric you can imagine. When I was in school at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) I would often go there and get swatches for all my projects because it's almost a one- stop shop. The selection of silk, satins, organzas, taffetas, and chiffons is impeccable. This is the store where we usually find the basis fabric for every dress.
A specialty boutique for bridal fabrics and, most definitely, laces and lace designs. I’ve found many incredible pieces that I've used on wedding gowns and veils. They also have a wide selection of crystal trims that can be hand sewn to finish a design.
Those are just a few of my favorites. I hope they have inspired you and I can't wait to take you on that journey one day.