Claire Pettibone Fall 2008 Scoooop!

I feel like such a rock star!

I just came back from the Claire Pettibone studio and my private preview of the Fall 2008 Claire Pettibone collection.

The new couture bridal collections are generally shown twice a year in New York at Bridal Market, once in April and once in October. The pieces seen at Market generally take anywhere from 4 to 6 months to appear in bridal shops nationwide. For many designers, the Fall 2008 collections (shown in the Spring of that year) are a little smaller in size than the collections shown in the Fall for the upcoming Spring.

The same was true with the Claire Pettibone collection I was lucky enough to sneak a peek at today. What I saw was stunning. Claire Pettibone is known for her feminine, elegant gowns that nod to the past in their design while remaining current. Promise...for the savvy bride has been lucky enough to carry the collection for almost three years, and each season her collection, with its incredible attention to detail, fit, and uniqueness, continues to inspire raptures in us.

In her last collection, inspiration seemed to be drawn from the '20s, with plunging backs and delicate gowns with glamorous details. This season, Claire Pettibone describes her collection as:

"Layers of delicious embroidery and lace topped with swirls of meringue and a touch of spun sugar sparkle...confections for the bride inspired by the wedding cake with a light touch of sweetness make a delicious indulgence. Gowns blooming with fresh flowers, flowing ribbons and delicate crystalized beading are too enticing to resist. Buttercream frosting without the calories...now that takes the cake!"

Where are the pictures you ask??? Sorry! They are not allowed until after Bridal Market this weekend! But I can tell you this - there were sophisticated mermaid gowns with embellished lace and romantic gowns with tiers of flowers and lace. One gown which I loved was a simple, elegant lace with a dramatic train that could be worn many ways.... I will leave it at that!
As soon as we are able, a preview will be posted of some of the gowns.

Keep in mind that the newest Claire Pettibone collection will not be available for order until they arrive at Promise in the late summer. Promise is still receiving gowns selected for our collection in the Fall! So if your wedding is within the next 12 months, don't wait! There are several sumptuous gowns in the existing Claire Pettibone collection to chose from.

- Jessica

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