Hi bridey. :P
A trunk show is an event held by a bridal boutique at which one designer comes to display more of their collection than is available in the salon. What you wanna do is identify who makes the dresses you're attracted to, see what salon carries them and make an appointment for when that designer is coming. Advantage - you get to see the other 90 dresses you may have missed and if you order that day with that designer, there's (usually) a discount. I've been to exactly one - Ines di Santo. When I say gor, you say geous! thing is 20% off a cabilliion dollars is still someplace in the trillions so, there's that. Disadvantage - I can't really think of any but it helps a lot to like shopping.
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I was going to reply- but wasn't sure. I don't live in a "high" fashioned area like Chicago or NY- When i went to go try on dresses at a store that a friend had recommended to me they just happened to have a "trunk" sale. What it was was like a big vintagy trunk placed in the middle of the store (not a very big store) with a moveable coat rack with dresses hung on it at a discount (which was still too rich for my blood)- were they from the same designer (not sure). I did like one that was on it. it was made from a "different" material than your average satin or lace dresses. can't remember what it was called, sateen maybe? It was a very shiny shimmery soft fabric. very nice. so, that was my experience.
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Dougie I was wondering if grooms are even encouraged to buy their clothes. Like there's a tiny market for the rental of wedding dresses but it's almost like an exception to own your tux. The trunk show thing, I don't think that's a function of volume, more than it is price point. If we were willing to pay in the 4 and 5 figures for a tux or attendant's dress, I think designers would happily show up to talk us into it. That's not to say you won't see a trunk show at David's, because not all of them have the designer in attendance but if I was some hoity toity dress sketch guru for a living, I wouldn't chase down the commission on a $500 dress/tux/moh gown.
You're right, @sultryzulu, there is a difference in prices and expectations between tuxes and wedding dresses. Most of the grooms I know bought either a tux or a new suit with the expectation that they will wear it again. Bride's dresses, on the other hand, is a one-time thing. I'm still surprised as the high value and culture surrounding the wedding dress. When I visited David's Bridal to find my attendant's dresses, it was surreal. I did not expect to see so much white (dresses, walls, even the carpet), the raised platform in the dress space (it wasn't a dressing room, that's for sure), and the ringing of the bell when someone "said 'yes' to the dress." Me and my friends felt intimidated and a bit annoyed (they also didn't have enough plus-size bridesmaids dresses. My girls kept telling me, "I can't wear that. I have boobs!" or my favorite, "Doug, you're not going to make me the frumpy one at the wedding."
In contrast, when I went to my Christopher Schafer Clothier, it was just me, the tailors, and another couple. Two tailors spent about an hour checking and double checking my measurements. It was very casual; lots of talking about my wedding plans, my uneven arms, and comparing what fabrics to use.
On a side note, my friend's mother bought her neice in Nigeria a designer bridal dress. After the wedding, her niece started renting the dress to her friends and associates in the village. She has since made up more than twice the value of the dress.
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@ Dougie - there should be more attention paid to other than the bride wear. I don't know who Christopher Schafer is but honey he sounds fancy schemancy enough to provide some respite from David's. Speaking of which. I tried in there, but I just can't. It's not that it was low brow exactly, I mean I've been to worse, but I'm not for crowds and assembly lines, it was just too damn gowns r' us, at least the one by me was. And yeah, the plus size "collection" p'heh. there are 5 dresses that stop at size 18, if that.
@ cjean - girl good luck!! come back and tell us how you make out.
@ vee - guh? I see that fitness pal calculator, what you do? is log onto preownedweddingdresses.com. The pnina I lusted after is $8700 at K's. One was on preowned in my size and color for $2500. They've been worn once girl, take a look if you're still in stalker mode.