Tuesday, October 21, 2008



October 18th, Midtown Manhattan, NYC

Words, Images Judith Ecochard

Held in the company’s wedding salon on posh Park Avenue ATELIER AIMÉE MONTENAPOLEONE, designed by Lucia Zanotti, staged a splendid runway show…chock full of haute gowns for Brides who demand (and can pay for) the ultimate.

And we do mean the ULTIMATE.

Coming soon to wannabe princesses, “…this ethereal collection” will have jaws dropping. At this outing, nearly every gown elicited so many oohs and aahs from the press and buyers in attendance…we were wondering how a gal could possibly choose just one dress.

Which is why many brides splurge on two gowns...one for the ceremony and another for the reception.

However, there were so many show stoppers gliding down the runway (yeah, the models were pretty too)…we’d think international jet setters will opt to get married multiple times on different continents.In different dresses.

There were several Greek Goddess worthy frocks with flowing draping that guarantee dramatic entrances and exits.

We also loved the hand painted violet wisteria and roses on another gown that would be ideal for outdoor weddings.

Atelier is famous for its use of precious jewels…and this collection featured many sparklers…including “truly dazzling” confections glammed up with sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds…sewn around necklines, on the gowns…and magically…on trains and veils.

Silhouettes were varied. Deep necklines, balloon sleeves, slim fitting sheaths, tiered cake-like layers, and full blown tulle ball gowns in antique beige duchess satin and plush white silk were-needless to say-perfectly cut, draped and pleated.

These Bridal Gowns are what wedding dreams are made of…and then some.

After all, how many brides even have the imagination to intricately create these gowns in their dreams?