Archive for October, 2011


New York has gone by in a flash. We had a successful runway show yesterday, and today we are so excited to be seeing all our stores. Until we can get you all our official photos from the show…here are some circulating around the internet from our buyers and press. Enjoy!

Some of our stores have really great blogs, and while they are in New York for bridal week they will constantly be updating them. They get photos up super fast and have great insights. Here are some to follow over the next few days to help you see what being at New York bridal market is like. Just don’t forget to keep following us in all their excitment!!!

Lovely Bride in New York City – They are actually letting you help decide what they put in their store!!! http://www.lovelybride.com/blog/

Alta Moda in Salt Lake City, UT – One of our fav owners who always has positive things to say! http://www.altamodabridal.com/blog

The White Dress by The Shore in Clinton, CT – Another amazing owner who does creative and informative blog post. http://www.thewhitedressbytheshore.com/blog/

Soutions Bridal House in Florida – They always have amazing photos and a snazzy dressers so check out their outfits as well!!! http://solutionsbridal.tumblr.com/

This season we will be showing at Pier 94 as part of New York International Bridal Week. Check out the website for the week…please notice the countdown in the corner!

http://www.newyorkbridal.com/show-information/

Hopefully this will give you a little peak as to what we will be doing the next couple of days. We begin by unpacking, pressing, final touches, music, model fitting, and prepping paperwork. Then we will go into the show switch gears and start meeting with all our fantastic stores. We will keep you updated as our week progresses! In the meantime…if you have any questions email me at ginny@AnneBarge.com and we will answer them all!!!

With the new gowns debuting this weekend, we thought it time to take one last look at last seasons gowns. Don’t fret..they aren’t going anywhere and will still be in stores and on trunk shows. They will just no longer be the NEW GIRLS. So, let’s give them one last round of applause before we celebrate the new!

It’s that glorious time of year again when we head to New York to debut our new collection. I just came from our design studio, and I have to tell you my jaw dropped upon seeing the final samples. I have never seen belts so gorgeous and fabric so lush. Texture, once again, is everywhere, but the way in which it is applied to gowns is fresh and completely original. My personal favorite is a gorgeous taffeta number with small ruffles from neckline to hemline applied in an amazingly figure flattering pattern. I cannot wait to show you the pictures of all the new gowns,but until then, here is what I can show you. Small snipets of the dresses to wet your appetite. Continue checking out our blog and Facebook page for updates on our New York market and photos from the Big Apple!

Today’s featured dress is from our most recent collection, and her name is Raleigh. She is a stunning example of how gorgeous fabric draped the right way doesn’t need much help to look jaw-dropping. With gorgeous asymmetrical pleating running from neckline to hips, Raleigh flatters the curves. Heck, she can even create curves if you don’t have any. The knot detail at hip is a perfect focal point, and if you need a little sparkle it is a great place to add a vintage brooch.  To top off this perfectly tailored simple gown, check out the custom Anne Barge necklace made to match! It features chunky pearls and shells tied off with a ribbon for a whole different and more fashion forward look. Raleigh is perfect the way she is, or perfect as a blank canvas to show off your style. She can be seen in select Anne Barge retail stores and on trunk shows. For more info, pricing and exact locations email us at info@AnneBarge.com.

I loved today’s blog post by one of our stores, Lovely in New York City. I loved it so much, I re-posted it. Cancer affects each and every one of us, and it is an important cause we all should fight together. Even better, we can fight it while wearing cute accessories. Look for other great gifts and items that lend support of their profits to fight this horrible disease.

www.Lovelybride.com/blog

In the wake of a very sad moment for our generation, the loss of Steve Jobs, we are reminded at Lovely how much research and attention still needs to be paid to rid our world of cancer. This is a disease that has passed through too many generations, and it needs to stop.

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and artist Melissa Joy Manning has partnered with Greenwich Jewelers to design and sell a signature cuff. Both Melissa and Greenwich Jewelers will be donating the profits to the respective research foundations of their choice, BCRF and Susan G. Komen.

This would make such a nice gift for someone whose life breast cancer has affected. And it doesn’t hurt that it is totally cute! You can buy this here. And blogger friends, please pass this along on your readers if you will. Every one needs to be reminded that this cause can not be forgotten!

This week we are literally spanning across international boarders for our trunk shows. We are so thrilled to be traveling to Chic Parisien in Florida and White in Toronto, Canada.

White Toronto is owned and run by a genius bridal stylist in Andrea. A stylist on the side, Andrea makes every bride look amazingly put together while making them feel like a million bucks. The beautiful White Toronto boutique is lush and glamorous on the inside, and they pride themselves on going above and beyond for their brides. You will look and feel like a million bucks!

www.WhiteToronto.com

19 Hazelton Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 2E1, Canada
(416) 849-9196

Chic Parisien has been in the bridal business for over forty years,and over that time they have perfected the bridal gown shopping experience. They take the stress out of the dress, and make it effortless to look flawless on your big day. You will have a huge international selection of gowns, but more importantly you will have our extensive trunk show collection to choose from.

3308 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134-7211

(305) 448-5756 ‎

chicparisienbridal.com

We’ve done this before, but not since last trunk show season so we are going to do it again. Our reps are packing up their suitcases and boarding flights to spread out across the country to visit our amazing stores. They bring with them tons of knowledge, help and gorgeous gowns. Here are some quick tips to help you get the most out of your trunk show experience.

~Go with the intent to buy. This is important for two reason. The first, most stores offer trunk show incentives which will help you save a ton on your dress. If you don’t purchase the weekend of the trunk show, you will not get the incentive. Second, most of the dresses will leave the store and not be able to come back. While we do allow stores to borrow samples from us; trunk show dresses are very busy dresses and may not be free to pull. You may not be able to “visit” your trunk show dress for months after the dress leaves the store. Just have the mindset it’s a one time visit when you go in.

~Take only a small trusted party. Trunk shows are usually busy times in the store, and there will be more people and less minutes. Take only one or two trusted advisers with you. While trunk shows are super fun events with a party atmosphere, remember you are there to find the dress of YOUR dreams…not someone elses. Pick people who know your style, support your imagined look and will be honest with how a dress looks. Too many cooks in the kitchen can be too many opinions and too much stress.

~Dress for time. This is along the same lines as the smaller party. If the trunk show is fully booked you may only have an hour or two with the gowns and consultant. Dress to give yourself max dress time. Wear clothes that are easy to take on and off, and most important wear good bridal undergarments. A strapless bra and good panties will save you valuable time.

~Research. Take some time before the trunk show to click through www.AnneBarge.com. If there are any dresses you love, call the store ahead and let them know. They can then double check with us to make sure those dresses are there for you to see. It can also help you save time once you are in the store by knowing what to see first.

~Be open. The consultants and representatives are experts, and they have seen these gowns a lot. If they tell you to put one on…put it on! They are extremely knowledgeable so take advantage of them.

These are just some tips from our experiences…let us know if you have any tips.