BRIDAL FASHION WEEK | Top Choice in: *Trends* | The One Trend I Wanted in Dresses, Happened!!! Plus Bambino.

So friends… it came, and it went.  And it was spectacular.  Bridal designers converged on NYC earlier this month for Bridal Fashion Week, and on the whole they brought forth perhaps the most satisfying alternative ever, to the full pelvic lower back tattoo of a mason jar holding a lavender bouquet shaped like a giant mustache sipping on a striped paper straw that I was going to get in order to make my wedding photos that super extra special bit of unique.  “Blog-worthy,” as they say.

Mom, you can start speaking to me again!  Not getting the back tattoo you said you’d kill yourself over before you lived another day to see me with a back tattoo!

Just kidding about the tattoo.  I’m not an idiot.  My tattoo will be of a life-size Bambino Whittlestein McPuppypants III, Esq because NATURALLY.  Maybe inspired by this sequence, from a recent event…

Or not.  Anyways as I was saying, the long-awaited detailing of that area on your body that everybody sees when you’re leaving them behind is now SPOKEN FOR, you guys.  And by almost every bridal designer I encountered!  T’was truly magnificent.  From show to show, booth to booth, there was at least some semblance of that ever-growing love for the lace-enveloped lower back.  The ‘ornate wedding spine,’ as I’ll never refer to it again.  And who came out with the kinds of designs I’ve seen only in my dreamscapes?

Ever the weaver of dreams into dresses, Claire Pettibone blatantly led the charge, as it ever was.  And I will say that to her I am forever grateful, because these dresses left me looking like one of those cartoon characters who’s so shocked by what he’s seeing in front of him that his jaw slams to the floor and has to be manually lifted up, to meet his mouth once again.  Literally, lifted up.  Minus the literally, that was what I looked like at this runway show.

Though you guys, she must have expected that to happen because the floor was covered in petals.  OMGIKNOW,RIGHT.

Now check out these backs, SON!

So you guys…

Are you into this?  Do you think you’re a fan of the lace and/or sheer back trend that’s really come to the forefront this season?

And what would you say are your top fave styles, when it comes to dresses?  Simple, decorated, glitter-all-over-it, sequin city, sleek and bare, completely naked except for nipple petals, covered in feathers, 100% leather head-to-toe, … I won’t list them all because that’s impossible and also my dog is crying at me to go poopy.

See you after I’ve lifted his poop off of the sidewalk, deposited it in the trashbin in the street, washed my hands vigorously trying to forget… and returned to my computer!

xoxo  - Alison

Label(s): Mr. McPuppyPants, {Bridal Market}, {Fashion}

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  1. Rhiannon on October 24, 2012

    Oh my goodness they are ALL so stunning!!! How would one even pick? Pure works of art.

  2. Marie on October 24, 2012

    Love the illusion backs! Omg Alison, omg… You are the best.

  3. Wow, what a wonderful idea to put the lace and decorations on the back. Never thought of that.

    Much better than a back tattoo. I have friends who are in the medical field and some doctors will not administer an epidural for child birth if the woman has a tattoo where the needle will go. This is for fear of transferring some of the tattoo dye into the spinal fluid. Would never do anything to eliminate the chance of an epidural!

    Back to the dresses. I have always favored simple and sophisticated, but I just love the ones with the green lacy vines and flowers.

    • Alison on October 25, 2012

      Sharon you should write a book.

  4. Laura on October 24, 2012

    Loving this trend! And the back of that green dress is stellar.

  5. Autumn on October 24, 2012

    What a couture collection!

  6. Danielle Fletcher on October 24, 2012

    huuuuuuu……. that lace ‘spine’ dress…. makes me tingly in my girly parts. Yes, yes, yes. Not in love with most of the others but that one has a little sexiness to it as well as her signature romantic feel.

  7. Jennie ( on October 24, 2012

    Obsessed with lace, so obviously obsessed with this collection!! It’s very Pride and Prejudice meets Midsummer Night’s Dream, no?

    My favorite is the one right after the mint green velvet (yes?) gown which is actually a very close second!!! Actually, strike that, reverse it, b/c the back of the mint is just pure perfection!!

    Am also digging the flower wreaths!! I had my flowergirl wear one, but now thinking I should have donned some real flowers too!

    • Alison on October 25, 2012

      Yes! Those floral head wreaths are my new favorite thing for the area about the face and neck.

      And I’m with you on those gowns. SO with you.

  8. Kimberly on October 24, 2012

    SPEC-TAC-ULAR! I cannot stop looking at this collection! Talk about the wow factor. If guests were not already speechless from the front the back should do the trick.

  9. Emmakille on October 25, 2012

    Nice collection!

  10. Wedding Neckties on October 25, 2012

    It’s very nice dresses .

  11. Courtney from Cocroft & Delbridge on October 25, 2012

    I am so stinkin’ in love with the collection Claire Pettibone showed…it is SO incredible! The detailing is just too phenomenal, I can barely take it.

  12. Nadia on October 25, 2012

    I love your ethereal dresses and hair!

    Warm Regards,


  13. Lena on October 25, 2012

    Oh lordy, I’m in LOVE. Also, would it be weird if I blanketed the floor of my apartment in pink rose petals and walking around for a while? No? Okay, good.

    • Alison on October 25, 2012

      Totally not weird. I’m doing it right now.

  14. Sara on October 27, 2012

    wow!! these dresses are divine love all of these

  15. Simon Says I Do on October 29, 2012

    These dresses are beautiful. From a groom’s perspective, you should always run the dress past a man before committing to it. We will spot anything that could possibly be odd or wrong that your groom might not be impressed with.

    For example: there are two dresses in that collection that look like they have faces on them. One smiley and one screaming. Can you spot them?

  16. Emir Feliciano on October 31, 2012

    Beautiful! I have no words to describe this dress collection!

  17. Black Lamb Photography on November 2, 2012

    These are stunning dresses. The detail in the back of them are just amazing. I hope that we move away from the cookie cutter shoulderless dresses and make more original designs like these beautiful masterpieces.

  18. kaity on November 5, 2012

    LOVE these details. i could see any of the crawley sisters working these looks :)

  19. Marit on December 6, 2012

    L-O-V-E. I think I might demand my husband to marry me again just for one of these dresses.

  20. Nella Peace Lorraine-Plooy on December 17, 2012

    You give us fantasy, delight and beauty through your top rate bridal blog but, to see the photos of your wee doggie and the little girl with a similar toy version how sad it was to see the uncalled for caption attached to the second photo.
    With the tragedies that have happened of late, do we really need to treat our younger generation as a tool for contempt or bad taste humour?
    You are a generous person and this is shown by the beautiful photos you allow people such as myself to enjoy…


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