Thursday, October 23, 2008



Words, Images-Judith Ecochard

Palace Hotel NYC – October 18th 6:00 PM

Words, Images Judith Ecochard

A splendid collection by Bridal-wear designer Carmela Sutera was staged in the palatial New York Palace Suite (how appropriate) …and was our last stop of a show packed Saturday.

Models, who looked beautiful-glided through three large rooms, stopping for close-ups and photographs, without distractions-unless we include the elegant hors d’oeuvres and cocktails that were graciously served.

We appreciate this posh and casual format –as it allows us time to review the gowns from all angles…and at our own pace. Plus, clear views of the craftsmanship and lush European textiles that comprised each ensemble enabled us to see why Carmel Sutera has such a growing customer base.


There were 15 ensembles that hit all the right notes for a sophisticated bride looking to avoid the usual white poufs...but desiring a glamorous contemporary style of understated elegance that's inspired by the icons Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.

Many dresses were detailed with French Alencon lace including a lovely tea length gown.

Other up-to-date silhouettes that take into account brides getting hitched in many different settings other than the traditional…include a French Chantilly lace short dress.

There were romantic long bridal gowns too…including a fashionable one shoulder silk satin organza petal gown and an intricate, hand beaded silk charmeuse gown with a French Chantilly lace bodice.

We can see brides of many ages being drawn to Carmela Sutera’s tasteful creations.