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A Sweet Southern Welcome to New York Bridal Market Recap

Last month, SB&G did a quick drop-in on New York Bridal Market to preview some of the new wedding fashions for 2015. I brought Riley MacLean along to some exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of our experience.

We spent most of our time with designers carried by our local NC bridal salons, so lucky for our Southern bride-to-be readers, many of these hot-off-the-runway looks will be available nearby next year! Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite looks we’ll be seeing in 2015 bridal fashion!

Riley and I hit the ground running on Sunday morning. We met up with Chris and George Bambalis, owners of NC’s premiere couture bridal salon, Nitsa’s Apparel (located in Winston-Salem and Charlotte). We joined them at their appointment to preview the Austin Scarlett 2015 collection.

We stepped back into time as we entered the Campbell Apartment, located in Grand Central Station, and formerly the private office and saloon of 1920’s tycoon, John W. Campbell. This restored apartment is now an upscale cocktail bar, and it was the perfect place to mingle over mimosas while gazing upon Austin’s stunning new collection, which was presented with a very appropriate theme for us North Carolinians… Gone with the Wind!

Austin Scarlett is a New York designer who is known for his glamorous, romantic style. You might remember Austin from the original season of Project Runway. He has continued to work on theatre, dance and television projects, and debuted his first gown collection in 2012.

NYC Bridal Market 1The ribbing in the skirt is reflected in the bodice detail of “Savannah”

NYC Bridal Market 2Full skirts with fabulous detail. At left, Belle Réve; at right, Tara (satin applique can be ordered in different colors)

NYC Bridal Market 3Watching the stylists primp is one of my favorite parts of bridal market!

NYC Bridal Market 4The sculpted detail in this collection is stunning. At left, Augusta; at right, Rhett.

NYC Bridal Market 5The crowd of colleagues and buyers making notes, and me… always on the prowl for Instagram shots.

NYC Bridal Market 6The crowd mingles and takes notes on their favorite looks. At right, Georgia.

NYC Bridal Market 7At left, Vivien; at right, Magnolia

NYC Bridal Market 8With George & Chris Bambalis and Austin Scarlett

Check back each day this week, as we’ll be sharing designer spotlights of our favorite collections.

All photos by Riley MacLean of Riley MacLean Photography.

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