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What was the inspiration behind your collection and what elements are you most excited to share? 

MAGGIE SOTTERO

Spring 2014 collection is inspired by iconic elements of the 20s, including Neo-classic columns, dropped-waist Deco designs, slinky sheaths and jewelry inspired beading, with calls out to today’s romantic bride seeking a modern twist on traditional styling. Sexy necklines and backlines show off cowls, plunging Vs and loads of illusion, while sleeves dance the length of the arm, from caps to shorts to three-quarter, and caplets and boleros hint at demure sophistication. Watch for illusion lace gracing backs, necklines and sleeves; flora botanica adorning sheer organza appliqués and lace edged hems; subtle shades of blush, Champagne, and nude; and less structured, lighter weight styles for the bride with an eye on the after-party, as well as the walk down the aisle. Maggie Sottero celebrates vintage romance this season, toasting the influence of yesteryear, embracing the bride of today.

 

Sottero and Midgley's  rich and luxurious Spring 2014 collection is inspired by the drama and artistry of the legendary Art Deco era, designed for the sophisticated bride, intent on indulging herself in the glamour of yesteryear.  Pearls and jeweled embellishments in elaborate designs double as decadent wedding day jewelry, while stunning thread-craft embroidery and opulent bead patterns are presented in contrasting color and tone-on-tone detail.  Watch for plunging necklines and backs, the provocative use of illusion lace, custom designed laces, fabrications including crepe-backed satin, lace, tulle, organza and chiffon, and pale shades of color such as subtle blush, Champagne and nude. The collection sprinkles the bridal landscape with retro-fresh, debuting a new era of modern luxury for today’s discerning bride.

COUTURE

As an established designer what advice would you give to those who are just starting out? 

MAGGIE SOTTERO

Understand your niche, your customer and what makes you unique, then stay focused and true to your vision.  You can’t be all things to all brides.

COUTURE

Bridal Fashion Week may only last 7 days but proper preparation takes weeks and sometimes months! What steps have you taken this market? 

MAGGIE SOTTERO

We typically begin planning for the next Bridal Fashion Week as we pack up the one we’re attending - considering what we loved, what we want to change or improve, and what our vision is for the next season.

  

COUTURE:

Each national market has its own strengths. What is your favorite part of New York Bridal Fashion Week and what brings you back each year?

MAGGIE SOTTERO

We love coming to New York: the energy, the vibe, the intrinsic sense of fashion that permeates the air.  But, aside from writing business, our favorite part of New York Bridal Fashion Week is the unparalleled editorial opportunity for us to showcase our newest collections to the brides organically via the bridal fashion press that attends our exclusive media runway show.

COUTURE:

We were so excited to announce our LA show!  What are your thoughts on COUTURE expanding to the west coast?

MAGGIE SOTTERO

We’re thrilled to be a part of the Couture LA show!  It will meet the needs of our western state retailers by providing an affordable option for them to see our newest collections on models, touch and feel the dresses, and place their orders based on their market experience.

COUTURE:

COUTURE is a way for The Knot to better service our designer partners and connect them with our retailers. How do you think we can improve this process?

MAGGIE SOTTERO

Continue to provide and improve upon a beautiful experience that efficiently assists designers and retailers in accomplishing the most crucial tasks of their business: selling and stocking dresses brides will buy.

 

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