Droves of designers from across the pond showed during Bridal Fashion Week this season. We asked six of them to dish on their collections, their dream clients, and their favorite places to see, shop, and stay in NYC. Below, London-Based (but U.S. born!) Elizabeth Stuart tells us about her wedding dress collection and how her grandmother's favorite saying influences her aesthetic.
Brides: Is this the first time you are showing in New York?
Elizabeth Stuart: Yes! Before moving to England with my husband, I lived here. And any New Yorker knows that no matter where you go this city will always hold a place in your heart.
Brides: How long have you been in the biz?
ES: We launched at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, January 2011. But I designed one-off pieces for friends long before starting the brand.
Brides: Describe your bride.
ES: She's empowered and knows what she wants—traditional with a modern twist.
Photos: Courtesy of Elizabeth Stuart
Brides: What makes your collection unique?
ES: Quality. Almost all of our dresses are 100% silk, including the linings. My grandmother always said "beauty is what's on the inside."
Brides: What celebrity would you love to dress for her wedding?
ES: Angelina Jolie.
Brides: What's the most over-the-top thing you've seen at a wedding?
ES: The groomsmen pulling open their shirts to reveal super hero tees.
Brides: Where are you staying while you're here?
ES: Our apartment on the Upper West Side.
Brides: Which shops will you hit?
ES: My son is turning one, so I'll be spending time in FAO Schwarz.
Brides: The one spot you always visit in NYC?
ES: The Met—I love impressionist art and Egyptian history.
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