Vogue Germany June 2012

The Stylish Bride_germanvogue

The Search for the Dream Dress

From Munich to uptown NY is just a couple of hours by plane, but this time it was a journey into a totally different world. At home we only talk about my upcoming wedding in autumn and now, in the Big Apple, I go searching for the dress of my dream with the expert Julie Sabatino.  After checking in the Peninsula Hotel I move into my luxurious suite. I got a warm welcome from the Concierge, and a personal card, fruits and cupcakes are waiting for me in my suite.  My first wedding dress appointment is the next morning.  After swimming in the pool, which fortunately was open at 6am as I still had jetlag, I met Julie Sabatino and the Photographer Andrea Langer to discuss first wishes and details. Till we leave I am treated with a two-hour massage.

First stop for finding the perfect dress: “Gabriella New York Bridal Salon” in the Meatpacking District.  The selection is huge, and I right here I have already found 3 dresses which I wanted to take home.  But we went on to the next appointment at Amsale at Upper East Side.  At this salon the designer is helping the brides with ideas and alterations.  After a delicious lunch and a double espresso, I am introduced to the really entertaining designer Peter Soronen. A unique piece made to custom fit my body unfortunately is not what I am looking for, as I would have to come to NYC for additional fittings.  The last stop is the exquisite bridal salon at Bergdorf Goodman.  Here you can find all classics from Oscar de la Renta to Vera Wang.  On the ground floor we stop by Van Cleef & Arpels and have a glass of champagne.

That day I tried at least 30 different dresses, starting with a white sheer and very flowy gown to a room-filling dress over and over decorated with Swarovski crystals.  I haven`t decided yet, as the loveliest support with gown shopping does not eliminate that I have to make the decision. To get a fresh mind I dive into the New Yorker night- and cultural scene.  A dinner at Omen is a must, and the performances at Kraftwerk at MoMa are also something I do not want to miss.  It was a nice time with you, New York, see you soon!

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