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Local bridesmaid fashion pro Allison Long reports on trends and star sightings from Bridal Fashion Week 2009

Allison Long of Bella Bridesmaid here in Charleston just returned from the Bridal Fashion Week in New York, where designers debut their looks for spring 2010. Wondering what’s coming to Bella Bridesmaid in months?

“Lots of one-shoulders, soft colors and soft fabrics were seen along with updated versions of the tried and true classics,” says Allison.

From left to right: Allison Long (co-owner Bella Bridesmaid, Charleston), Kristy Young (Greenville Bella Bridesmaid owner), Randy Fenoli, and Ashley English (co-owner Bella Bridesmaid Jacksonville, Florida)

Pop into the King Street shop for tales from their Manhattan fashionista trip. For starters, Allison met gown designer Amsale and fashion director Randy Fenoli from Kleinfeld’s (aka the shop from TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress”) at Martha Stewart Weddings magazine’s fifteenth anniversary party—at The Plaza, of course.

From left to right: Lisa Brigham (rep for Amsale), Kristy Young, Amsale Aberra, Ashley English, and Allison Long

And besides attending shows (and ordering samples) from the likes of Jenny Yoo, Coren Moore, Melissa Sweet/Priscilla of Boston/Vineyard Collection, Two Birds Bridesmaid, and Simple Silhouettes, she also met with a handful of designers that, should things work out, will introduce their labels to Charleston.

For a peek at some fresh new looks for bridesmaids, call (843) 425-8079 or e-mail Allison at for an appointment, and mark your calendar for the next trunk show:

Amsale Trunk Show
November 6-7, 2009
Bella Bridesmaid
341 King Street, Suite C
Charleston, SC 29401