International New York Bridal Week

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by admin

With one of the most exciting weeks of the year for the bridal industry coming to a close, we sat down with Madeline Gardner to discuss some of her favorite moments from International New York Bridal Week, as well as some of her thoughts on the trends for Spring 2014-

“Starting out the week with a buzz from our very well received Spring 2014 Collections at the Pier 94 shows was a great way to kick things off! The rave reviews we received from our retailers were amazing! With this very warm reception to our collections, I want to highlight some of the trends that stand out for Spring 2014:

-Allover beading on both fit and flare gowns, and ball gowns. So modern!
-Sheer illusion back detail that gives a discreet, yet sexy look to the gowns. It’s beautiful to have this gorgeous back detail facing your guests during the ceremony.
-Necklines. There are so many new choices on necklines, from V-shaped to off-the-shoulder, bateau necklines with low backs, strapless, scooped and scalloped. Be daring and try something new!
-Laces and embroidery that either just accent, or take over the gown with sparkling detail were huge. They could be intricately done and subtle, or all-over to make you shine on your special day. There was definitely something for every bride!
-Color was also a big trend. From traditional white, ivory, and cream, to light gold and blush pink- color was a trend that we have seen for several seasons, but has really come to life for Spring 2014.

For us, one of the proudest moments and highlights from New York Bridal Week came from first ever runway Press show on Monday morning. Champagne was flowing, fresh flowers filled the room, great music was playing, and our hair, make-up and styling crew was hard at work; there was lots of preparation! Our showroom transformed into an intimate space of white and pink. Beautiful models in our gowns, photographers, videographers, and the best editors in our bridal business all came together to join us. You could just feel the excitement in the air! Even our famous friend Randy Fenoli attended the show, and was as gracious as ever!

We ended our day at The Knot Gala hosted in The New York Public Library; one of my favorite places in New York City! This incredibly historic building came to life with wedding gowns, flowers, candles, fabulous fare and the chicest of guests. We were invited to walk the red carpet with our model Nataly, who wore one of my personal favorites from our Spring 2014 Collection, style 2601. This stunning gown features an important trend with a wide scooped neckline and the new detail of the low sheer illusion back, gorgeous beading, embroidery and lace. We partied all night with lots of friends to celebrate our collections and the successful launch of a new season! Video from the red carpet can be viewed on www.theknot.com and you could also check out some of our pictures on our Facebook page and our Instagram @morileeofficial.

We can’t wait for you to be able to view the collections, out in stores later this year!

Now…onto sketching for the next season!!”

XOXO- Madeline

Spring Wedding Ideas l Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner

Posted on April 23rd, 2013 by admin

Spring Wedding Ideas
It’s spring – and there’s more than just love in the air. There’s the scent of fresh flowers in bloom, the sound of birds chirping and the sight of greenery growing anew. A delight to all the senses, spring is the perfect time of year to be outside – and to host an outdoor wedding. So how do you make yours stand out amongst the bunch? Find a unique theme that brings out the best of the season. Here are a few ideas for spring weddings, including dresses to help you play the part.

Rose Garden
Consider having your spring wedding in a rose garden, which offers an inherently romantic setting with natural beauty.
For the décor: Since the ceremony will already be filled with flowers from the surrounding garden, go another route with the aisle decorations. Keep it simple, tying lace ribbon into an over-sized bow and fastening it to each of the chairs nearest to the inside aisle. A bird cage also makes a great decoration – and can be used to collect wedding cards on the gift table.
For the dress: Keep the theme going by incorporating flowers into your wedding day accessories. Wear a flower brooch over your heart or tie a sash with a removable flower around your waistline.

Country Picnic
If your style is more country-inspired, a picnic in the park might be just your tune.
For the décor: Give guests a taste of your family’s home-cooking, with mason jars filled with the ingredients of your favorite dessert (like strawberry shortcake). Then, outside the jar, include a card with directions on how to make it. Keep the jars inside of a picnic basket for guests to take as they exit the party.
For the dress: If you’re bold, consider pairing a knee-length wedding dress with a pair of cowboy boots. If you’d prefer a more traditional look, choose a floor-length dress that’s still spring-inspired.

Pastel
The colors of the season are light, but bright. Work playful hues of pale pink, mint green or sunshine yellow into your wedding party.
For the décor: Set out cool drinks in clear cups, such as strawberry lemonade or peach tea that will add a splash of color to the table. You can use fun straws with stripes or polka dots on them, too. To make things even sweeter, consider filling old jam jars with pastel candies as your center pieces, with an old-fashioned candy scoop set out beside them.
For the dress: Be pretty in pink, like this lace dress with organza. For greater volume, try a ruffled organza dress with beaded appliqués, like this one.

Want more spring wedding ideas? Check out our Squidoo lens, “Accessories & Themes for Your Spring Fling.” http://www.squidoo.com/wedding-dress-floral-sashes-belts

Bride-Tested, Mother Approved Gowns

Posted on February 14th, 2013 by admin

Your daughter or son has finally found their perfect match. Now, all you have to do is find the perfect gown to wear to the wedding. But with all of the options out there, from colors and cuts to length and style, this decision may seem just as overwhelming as planning the wedding itself. So how do you find a dress that will make you look glamorous, without going over-the-top? Follow these five tips to have guests gushing, “Is that the bride’s sister? She’s gorgeous.”

• Play up your best assets. If you often get compliments on your toned arms, choose a dress that’s sleeveless, such as this black stretch mesh dress. On the other-hand, downplay other areas of your body you may not want to be as exposed. If you aren’t as comfortable showing off leg, for example, choose a floor-length gown. The best accessory any woman can wear is confidence so choose a dress that makes you feel that way.
• Choose a dress that’s age appropriate. While you want to look young and vibrant (who doesn’t?), you don’t want to look like you went shopping in the junior’s department. So choose one asset you want to show off, and make sure you have enough coverage everywhere else.
• Don’t be afraid of color, but use it wisely. Avoid loud colors, such as red or hot pink, and go for something more subtle yet stunning, like deep eggplant or silver. A gown with a little sparkle can also add a touch of glamour to your ensemble, but avoid head-to-toe sequins. Even if the wedding is in December, you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree ornament.
• Follow wedding blogs for MOB/MOG trends. These can help you get a gauge of what you like and what you don’t before heading out to the stores, and they can also help you choose a dress that’s up-to-date with the times. The Knot’s Blog is a good place to start. One rule every Mother of the Bride should strongly adhere to: No shoulder pads. Your shoulders are fine just where they are. We promise.
• Ask the bride and the other mother for input. If the bride wants you to be a part of the wedding processional, she may also want you to dress in their wedding colors. If the bride doesn’t have a preference, talk to the other mom and ask what she planned to wear as a courtesy. But remember, MOBs always get first choice.

Ready to start your search? Check out our Squidoo post, “Sleek, Stylish Mother of the Bride and Groom Dresses.”

The Perfect Fit

Posted on November 21st, 2012 by admin

Just imagine: It’s your wedding day and all of your friends and family are seated at the ceremony, anticipating the moment you’ll walk down the aisle. The violinist is playing, the bridesmaids are matching (as they tend to do), and you begin your walk down the aisle. But, in actuality, it’s more of a small hop than a step because the dress isn’t really allowing you to do much else. At this pace, you’re not sure if you’ll ever make it to the end of the aisle to marry your future husband. Although, these days, anything goes when it comes to wedding dress styles, there are four questions you should ask yourself before saying “yes” to the dress.

1. Can you move? Throughout the course of the evening, you’ll be making your rounds to greet friends and family you haven’t seen in awhile. And you’ll – hopefully – be breaking it down on the dance floor (who knew grandpa Joe could move like that?). Make sure the wedding dress style you choose doesn’t keep you from working the room.
2. Can you breathe? Every bride has different aspects of the wedding that are most important to them. For some, it’s the photography. For others, it’s the dress. And for others still, it’s the food. If you find yourself in the latter category, make sure your dress provides enough room for you to enjoy the appetizers, entrees and wedding cake you worked so hard to select.
3. If I bought this dress now, would I stop looking? Too often, brides choose a wedding dress style they feel relatively ho-hum about, and then they continue to browse online or in stores to find a different one. Save yourself time and money by shopping around at several places before deciding on the final one – and then sleep on it. If you still want it the next day, you can purchase it feeling confident that you did your research first.
4. Does it fit my wedding theme? If you’re having a beach wedding, you might want a dress with a mermaid cut and intricate beading. If you’re getting married in a garden, look for wedding dress styles that are romantic and flow elegantly as you walk, such as this beaded Alencon lace and tulle wedding dress. And for destination weddings, keep the location in mind when shopping for your dress. If you’re getting married in Spain (lucky you), a fitted lace dress would be more appropriate than organza.

Wedding Trend: Choosing two dresses for the big day

Posted on November 21st, 2012 by admin

One of the most difficult decisions brides have to make during wedding planning is what they want to wear on a day when all eyes will be on them. Should you opt for the crystal beaded lace or the delicate chiffon? Would you rather look like a sexy siren in a fitted mermaid cut or like the belle of the ball in organza? It’s not easy to narrow down the thousands of wedding dress options to that one perfect dress that fits all your needs. That’s why the trend has recently become not to limit yourself to just one dress, but buy two instead. So if you’re trying to choose between two dresses, we’d like to encourage you to think in pairs because, much like a marriage, two really is just better than one. Here are four reasons why.

1. For comfort. Wedding dresses that are dazzling during the ceremony aren’t always functional during the reception. That’s why many brides are now choosing a shorter dress for the reception. Style 6733 from Mori Lee’s Voyage collection allows you to work the room during cocktail hour, without limiting your mobility.
2. To create an impact. If there ever was a day in your life when you should be the center of attention, it’s your wedding day. And nothing creates a greater buzz than wearing not just one wedding dress stunner, but two. Recreate the impact you made when you walked down the aisle when you walk into your reception with this crystal beaded lace cocktail dress and its removable tulle overskirt.
3. If your wedding ceremony takes place at a different venue than your reception. When selecting your wedding dress, it’s always important to keep your location in mind. If you’re getting married on the beach, but your reception is in a ballroom, each location has its own unique ambiance – and your dress should blend well with the setting. Having two dresses ensures a seamless transition, and Style 6707 could be the perfect fit for the party.
4. To keep white … white. There’s nothing more beautiful than the contrast of a white or ivory dress against the lush, green backdrop of trees on a quiet lake, or a garden with roses in full bloom. But there’s nothing worse than an expensive white or ivory wedding dress getting ruined in a matter of hours from it dragging on the ground behind you. Keep white looking bright by transitioning to a short wedding dress for your reception, like this floral organza dress, with its matching satin tie sash and flower.

Lovely in Lace

Posted on May 21st, 2012 by admin

Few fabrics can evoke the timeless sophistication and elegance that Lace can. It is no wonder why designers have been creating beautiful wedding gowns from this delicate fabric for so long. Although lace is often considered a more traditional fabric, new silhouettes offer today’s modern bride the best of both worlds. Iconic women from Grace Kelly to the most recent Kate Middleton wore lace wedding gowns and proved that lace could be created into beautiful pieces that transcend time. Here are a few gowns from our new Fall 2012 collections that showcase this beautiful fabric.

Style 1862

For this strapless sweetheart gown, it’s all about the lace. From the fitted mermaid silhouette, to the deep V back, this gown is perfect for the bride who wants to wear something form-fitting and feminine, yet traditional.

Style 3126

If you are looking for a more subtle version a full lace gown, style 3126 is perfect. The tulle overlay on this dress allows the lace to show through, but covers enough for the lace not to be the focal point. It’s a great balance for a bride who loves the look of lace but is unsure about wearing a full lace gown.

Style 4971

For a bride who is looking for just a touch of lace, style 4971 offers you just enough. The beaded lace details on the bodice and skirt add romance and sparkle to an otherwise, very simple A line gown.

Style 6733

This super fun and flirty dress definitely puts a non-traditional twist on lace. For a bride looking into a cocktail length dress with just a touch of tradition, this gown has it all!

Regardless of the application, lace is a great way to incorporate elegance and sophistication into your wedding gown. With so many great ways to wear it, it is no wonder that lace is one of this season’s hottest trends.

Knowing your personal style when choosing the perfect dress

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by admin

Choosing the perfect dress for a special event can be very exciting, but it can also be challenging especially if you have a specific look in mind. Whether you are looking for a simple cocktail dress for a party, your prom dress, your wedding dress, or a social occasion dress, it is important to stay true to what looks best on you. Considering your body type and complexion is key when choosing a gown- more so than going for something that is simply “in style”. When figuring out what look best suits you, think about the following:

Color:

Just because the dress looks great on the hanger doesn’t mean it will go perfectly with your complexion and hair color. If you have fair skin and bright red hair, a ruby red colored dress may not be the best choice. Similarly for olive skinned complexions, avoiding certain shades of green would be a good idea as well. Make sure the color makes your complexion and eyes pop rather than make you look washed out. Sharing the shopping experience with a close friend or family member whose opinion you could trust is always helpful in the selection process.

Style and Cut:

Choosing the right style and cut that’s flattering for your figure is just as important, if not more important, than finding the right color. Showcasing your best assets is key in finding your perfect dress. Do you have great legs? Show them off! Choosing a shorter cocktail dress such as our Affairs style 178 may be a great option for you. On the same token, if you are more concerned about hiding problem areas, such as your waist or hips, you may want to look at an A-line style gown that flatters your bottom half. A line silhouette’s such as styles 1803, 643, and 91002 are all good examples of styles that look flattering on virtually any body type. They cinch in the waist and cover up the hip area.

Accessories:

When choosing your special dress, you’ll also need to think about how you are going to accessorize. Shoes, handbags, and jewelry should complement the color and style gown you decide on. Usually, more neutral colors or metallics look good with anything. If you’re going for shoes and a clutch that match exactly, you may want to consider having the items dyed to match. When picking out jewelry also keep things in mind like the gown’s neckline, length, and how you will be wearing your hair. For example, if your gown is a halter neckline, wearing a necklace may be a little much. In this case, opting for a bold earring rather than a necklace would be the way to go. If your gown is floor length, selecting a shoe that is heavily embellished may not be the best idea as it could catch on the hemline. Go for a simpler shoe instead. It’s these small details and accessories that add the final touch to your overall look.

Time:

Give yourself time! Don’t wait until a week before your event to start shopping, In many cases, the gown will have to be custom ordered which will usually take several weeks. Don’t settle for less just because you didn’t give yourself enough time to shop. You should look your best and choose a gown you love!

Making a fashion statement doesn’t mean you have to follow the current trends. It’s about looking fabulous and feeling confident wearing something that flatters your best features. Hopefully these basic tips will help you the next time you find yourself shopping for that perfect dress!

Counterfeit Wedding Dress Woes

Posted on November 15th, 2011 by admin

A Mori Lee wedding gown is a one-of-a-kind original, made with a careful eye toward quality and overall aesthetic. Not only are there counterfeit wedding dresses being sold online, but copyrighted images from the Mori Lee site are being used without our consent to falsely imply that the dresses purchased from these sites would look, feel, or be of similar quality to our originals. This is not true. To help protect brides, we have compiled a list of currently identified sites that have been noted as selling a counterfeit wedding dress of one or more of Mori Lee’s designs.

Please view the list here:

Online Sellers of Counterfeit Mori Lee Wedding Gowns

Don’t be tempted by the promises of these sites. We understand that the economic times are turning many brides to carefully look at their options, but be warned that these sites are not trustworthy. Good Morning America even did a segment specifically on the options available to brides to save money. They ordered from a sampling of online sites (one wedding gown and two bridesmaid dresses) and found all to be lacking, sometimes horrifically so (an unfinished wedding gown with pins holding it together).

The six minute segment from Good Morning America can be viewed here:

Say Yes to the Dress! Tips and Tricks to Save Money on Your Dream Wedding Dress

You can search for your local authorized Mori Lee retailer here:

Mori Lee Retailers

You can view a schedule of trunk shows here:

Mori Lee Wedding Gown Trunk Shows

Something Borrowed…

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by admin

We all know the bridal verse about what a bride should carry to her wedding:

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

It’s easy for your mom or another relative to offer you something old for your wedding day. And any bride’s favorite new thing is her dress. But what about your “something borrowed”?

The verse’s tradition is best honored by borrowing something from a happily married relative or friend. Ideally, it should be something that the lender wore at her own wedding.

You can start by thinking what you’d like to borrow. Then consider who you’d like to include as you participate in this tradition. Then, carefully consider when will be the best time and place to approach the potential lender about the item in question.

Make sure to use the word “borrow” to let them know that you are asking them to participate in this sweetly sentimental custom, as well as the fact that you’ll give the item back after the big day.

Still no ideas? Consider the possibility of accessorizing.

Perhaps one of your relatives has a special piece of jewelry that you’ve always admired. It never hurts to inquire whether she’d lend it to you for the day. “Can I borrow those pearl earrings?” Or “would you mind if I borrowed your veil?”

No appropriately accessorized relatives? Cast your net a little wider. Does your best friend have an adorable little bag? What about an elegant wrap from your future mother-in-law? If you want to step across the gender divide, your grandfather might have a handkerchief, Bible or book of poetry to lend.

Or think really big about “borrowing” the home of your parents (or his?) to host the wedding or reception.

Whatever you borrow, make sure that you give it back with a suitable thank you memento before the end of the reception. You don’t want to take the chance of losing it or trying to keep track of what you borrowed while you and your new spouse are jetting off to start your new life together.

Something Blue

Posted on January 18th, 2011 by admin

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…”

Something blue is one of the most famous lines of the well-known saying. And while modern brides may equate “blue” with feeling down as in “single girls’ blues,” historically blue is a bridal color.

In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. And in Christian symbolism, the Virgin Mary has often been dressed in blue with the result that the color is equated with demureness and purity. As late as the mid-19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in another saying, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”

We can establish the value of the color in the saying, but a bride’s choice on what specific blue item to bring into her ensemble is a very personal choice.

Many brides opt for one of two very simple answers: the flowers or the garter. In the case of the flowers, one great choice is hydrangeas because they are both extremely stylish as well as naturally blue, but any blue flower will do.

As for the blue garter craze, nobody knows who launched that tradition, but often without any planning at all, a close friend or loved one will buy a spectacularly beautiful lacy blue garter and present it to the bride as special gift.

Other options, blue toenail polish, lingerie with touches of blue, or beautiful blue Austrian crystal or sapphire jewelry.

Another option is a special handmade touch on the dress itself. You can either do it yourself or have this taken care of by a friend or hired seamstress, but sometimes, a bride will embroider his and her initials and the wedding date in blue thread inside the dress. If you want to pick this option, make sure to order your dress early enough to give you time to finish the project.

Any of these ideas for adding blue to the big day translate into a lovely, old-fashioned statement of sentimentality that is entirely befitting of a modern girl entering the beautiful traditional state of marriage.