I'm THRILLED to announce our new blog "Behind The Seams"!

Posted By:Randy Fenoli
March 10, 2009
Having the opportunity to work at Kleinfeld with literally thousands of brides, I feel like I have a wealth of topics to share with you!

Each week at Kleinfeld we have trunk shows from different bridal gown, headpiece, and eveningwear designers. At trunk shows, the designers premiere their lastest collections, and brides get the chance to work with the entire collection, and sometimes even meet the designer of their dress in person!

As Fashion Director, I also attend the bridal fashion shows getting the first glimpse at the newest bridal fashions and trends as they come down the runway. I will interview the designers and get the inside scoop. Ask them the questions you most want to know. Where do they get their inspiration? Who do they design for? What's their muse?

I will also interview real brides that come into our salon and talk about their weddings and their stories.

"Behind The Seams" will be a place where you, the real bride, can tune in to what goes on at Kleinfeld and get a sneak peek at the latest + hottest collections and trends as they are happening with real brides...in real time. We can discuss topics that you choose to write me about, and answer any questions you may have. I can answer questions about fabrics, laces, gowns, veils, headpieces, and accessories. I can answer questions you may have, such as which silhouette is best for your body type, what fabrics work for what season, which gown will work best for your venue...literally ANY and ALL things bridal.

So please feel free to tune in, and chime in each week as I invite you "BEHIND THE SEAMS"


March 10, 2009
9:05 PM
Gaga said:

Hello Ladies! I want to sound off about the obnoxious momzillas! Yes, by all means, I would intervene with that mother and say something to calm her down and get her to see she is ruining the bride's experience. The bridal consultants should go after these mothers and get them to BACK OFF! Just because you are paying for the gown does not mean you get to be a party spoiler.

March 11, 2009
10:44 PM
lovely28 said:

Hi Randy, I watch the show regularly. I am a plus size bride and i am having trouble finding the right dress. I've been trying to get ideas from the show but i just haven't seen any of the brides that seem to have the curves i do. What looks good on us bottom heavy babes. Hopefully something new is coming out for us!!!

March 12, 2009
1:45 PM
Karol said:

Awesome, I'll be reading. I got my dress at Kleinfeld's! -Karol --- http://weddingplanningiskillingme.blogspot.com

March 13, 2009
11:07 PM
Pinkskyies said:

Hi Randy, I watch your show every Friday night. I love the show,the only thing I would change would be, please say the name of the desgnier the brides try on.

March 20, 2009
9:21 AM
kilee said:

Will definitely tune in! It will provide inspiration for my blog. Can't wait to read more! Kilee www.happyhourbride.com

March 20, 2009
9:34 AM
gennycat said:

Hi everyone! Lovely28. I am no expert but I am a girl with curve and I would recommend the following, dresses with a-line skirts. Depending upon where your problem area is (tummy, hips) look for either a defined waist or a drop waist. Stay away from mermaid or trumpet dress but do not rule out the sheath! You'd be surprised how flattering it can be. A strapless dress cut straight across (as oppossed to a sweatheart neckline) can help keep the "girls" under control. Hope that helped!

March 20, 2009
4:47 PM

Dear Lovely28, Great to hear from you! This is one of the questions I get asked most frequently! You have inspired me to post my next blog topic which will feature tips for all you curvy brides. So stay tuned! Hope everyone is watching "Say Yes To The Dress" tonight! Exciting drama unfolds at the Blow Out Sale!

March 22, 2009
4:37 PM
staten isl nurse said:

Hi Everyone, I am getting married in August in LA and my fitting is in June I would like to ship the dress to my fiance's home in La after the fitting any ideas? Thanks

March 24, 2009
12:36 AM
lovely28 said:

Thanks Randy and gennycat! I appreciate it! I will definately keep this in mind while im on the prowl! Randy i saw the show and exciting drama it was!

March 26, 2009
3:29 PM
jonathan rubin said:

mazel tov, randy and mara! i look forward to watching this blog blossom!

March 31, 2009
9:11 PM
Susan L. said:

Dear Randy I purchased a Penina Tornea wedding gown on January 23, 2009 at Kleinfeld, We also spent an exciting and fun day shooting an episode of Say Yes to The Dress. I need help completing my wedding look. I am an older bride and I do not want to wear a tiara or veil. I am wearing my hair up in a loose soft style, what can I use to adorn my hair to still look like a bride.

April 14, 2009
11:45 AM

Dear Susan L., Congratulations on choosing a Pnina Tornai gown! I'm sure you look stunning in it! Kleinfeld carries a nice selection of jeweled hair pins, combs, and some jeweled hair ribbons that are gorgeous! They're a nice, fresh, and elegant alternative to the traditional tiara look. Some of my favorite bridal accessory designers include: Maria Elena, Thomas Knoell, Enchanted, Paris, and Winters & Rain. Also, depending on the dress, a nice silk flower can look beautiful. Kleinfeld carries around 1,200 headpieces and veils, and I'm sure we can make you look perfect! I hope this helps. Sincerely, RANDY

April 20, 2009
4:19 AM
Lisa B said:

Dear Randy, I love watching the show every week. I am going to be a second time bride, a little older (44) but unfortunately alot thinner. I love how you can sometimes look at a bride and see her in a dress then go and get it, and it looks fantastic, makes me smile. Due to chronic illness over the years my little body has taken a beating, how small do your dress sizes go. I am 5'3" and only weigh 98 pounds on a good day. Also which dress style would you suggest for my stick body, I really love the full body dresses with the puffy wrinkles sewn in. I have 2 sons and would like them to see me in a pretty dress, one that would help me look like a real woman. Thank you for any suggestions you may have for me. Lisa B

April 24, 2009
7:53 PM

Dear Lisa B, I am so sorry to hear about your illness. Please don't be frustrated about your petite size or your age. REAL brides come in many different sizes, shapes, and ages. I would never want to give you hard rules on which gown to wear without first meeting you and seeing you in person. I can give you some suggestions that I feel may help. One of the most important things to keep in mind when you have a small frame is not to choose a gown that is too much for you to carry. I think lighter fabrics like organza, taffeta, lace, chiffon, and even shantung will look lighter on you. You don't want the gown to wear you! Also look for smaller details on the dress. For example, a lace with a smaller pattern will be more flattering than one with a huge print that overwhelms you. If you like beading or sparkle on your gown, make sure the beading is delicate instead of huge chunky stones that will overpower your small frame. Different designers make different sizes, but remember a bridal size is usually a smaller cut than ready-to-wear. Some designers make certain dresses in a petite cut, and some will even take custom measurements. Also it is easier to take in a wedding dress than to let it out. It sounds to me like you would like to wear a fuller gown with a bigger skirt. If that is true, I would choose one with a natural waist. If the waistline is too low it will cut you in half. As a general rule, I prefer the bodice of the gown to be one third of the total length of the dress, which will make your legs look longer. Amsale designs some beautiful gowns that are nicely proportioned for a petite bride and she often uses silk taffeta and organza which are light. Monique Lhuillier also has several styles of skirts that are worn over a separate bodices which will give you a natural waist look. Again, keep in mind that you never really know how a dress will look until you try it on YOUR body. I'm so glad you enjoy the show and I hope this helps! My kindest regards, Randy

June 03, 2009
10:31 AM
newcombsoto said:

Hi Randy, I'm a big fan of the show, just recently the show featured the "Art of Negotiation" episode. The Greek bride Fofie had on a gorgeous dress but I didn't catch the designer's name, could you help me out with that? Who designed that dress? Thanks Teresa

June 04, 2009
7:56 AM

Hello Newcombsoto, Thanks for watching the show! I'm glad you enjoy it. The gown Fofie had on was designed by Pnina Tornai.

June 09, 2009
3:28 PM
Crazie Annie From Canada said:

HI Randi. I just love the show and i just love all that you and everyone do for those brides. My fiance is getting sick to death of seeing me watch the show on a daily basis, and says how can one person watch so much bridal dresses. I just love wedding dresses, in reality terms, I wish i could wear one everyday. But, its impossible, so i can dream as my mother always said, "Dreaming is Free" so why not, their my dreams ;0). But, thanks to Bell Express Vue PVR system, i don't miss any. My question is this, I am going to be 46 soon, so i am an older first bride. My street clothing is a size 15/16 on a good day and sometimes size 18 pending i guess on the clothing. The dresses that i have been trying on are sizes 20. I am tall which i stand closer to about 5.8. I don't consider myself a plus size Lady, because i am not heavy sorta speaking. Would a trumpet or mermaid gown look good on me? I have yet to try one, but, i find with the drop waiste and the flare starting just under the buttucks it would make me slimmer, because my tummy does not bludge out alot. Any advise you can give me would be greatly appreciated. From Crazie Annie in Canada the adoring Canadian Fan. Love ya a bunch.

June 24, 2009
7:08 PM
TCS said:

Randy - I absolutely love what you bring to the show! Is the "Art of Negotiation" episode the one where the bride was wearing the $30K dress and ended up getting the floor sample with new lace underlay at a reduced price? The mother, father and Joan negotiated for almost the entire show. I love that dress and have been trying to find it. Is that a Pnina Tornai dress? Must have it!!!

July 04, 2009
6:35 PM
moneybarb said:

Randy I love your show and watch it as often as I can and also record it on DVR. I love the way you can look at a girl and know which dress is the dress for her. I loved the show with the White Chocolate dress and the bride did not buy it. Is it still available?

July 07, 2009
3:07 PM
Kleinfeld Marketing Team said:

Hi moneybarb,
Yes, the White Chocolate Dress you are referring to, is still available. View it here: http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/index.cfm?pid=52&item_id=11150
Thank you and lots of luck!

July 11, 2009
4:01 PM
FloridaPatti said:

Randy, You are just wonderful! I love when you are smiling but thinking the dress is not "the one" - you know your business! Quick question - I am interested in a dress to renew my 30 year vows. It will be "Southern" and formal. No strapless or sleeveless. Would love a soft color, or even brown as I am blonde. Can you guide me in the right direction?

July 21, 2009
12:57 AM
andiebaby said:

HEY RANDY OMG OMG I LOVE THE SHOW YOUR DOING A Wonderful job!!!! i was just wondering if you guys had the exact name and description on Fofie the gorgeous Greek bride from season one the one that her parents bargained for the whole show!!! i saw the dress and i knew that that was the dress i wanted to get married in!!! i would love it sooo much if i could get the name and a picture of it thank you very muchh~~andie<33333

July 28, 2009
4:42 AM
KimberlyCoSprings said:

Hi Randy! I love your show and I never miss an epi.. My question is on "Indecisive Brides"... I'm in love with the dress Susan bought back with her to look for a dress that suited her Napa wedding better... Could you please tell me who designed it and if it's still available? I think it's the one for me!!!!!!! Thanks you!!!! Kimberly....

May 18, 2010
9:44 AM
Elizabeth G. said:

Hi Randy, I'm an older bride (48 yikes!) and purchased my gown just last week at Kleinfeld's. It has always been my dream to be a "Kleinfeld Bride" and true to the fantasy it was an amazing experience. I may have waited 48 years to live the dream, but it was well worth the wait. The entire staff was superb. My only disappointment was that I did not get to meet you :( You have such impeccable taste and an incredible ability to match the perfect dress to the individuality of each bride. I love watching you work your magic on the show. Continued success to you and Kleinfeld's.

May 27, 2010
11:59 AM
KR said:

The episode is season 5, named "Randy to the Rescue," featured a bride named Theresa. She tried on a dropped waist gown (the one that she said made her self-conscious), that was lovely. Can you give us any more information on who the designer is? Thanks!

June 25, 2010
9:32 PM
imsillyjilly said:

Whatever happened to Carmel? Does she not work there any longer?

July 03, 2010
9:15 PM
Alicia said:

Hi Randy! I just want to say right off the bat that my mother and I love you! I recently purchased the pink floral Lazaro gown that was featured on one of your most recent episodes "Practically Family", and, as the supreme fashion guru that you are, thankfully helped a client in the direction of such a delicious gown. I am SO in love with mine! The reason I am writing is to ask about the headpiece that you found for the dress- it is exactly what I am looking for! i already have the Lazaro veil with the flowered embroidery along the edges, but am looking for exactly that floral headpiece that you put on the client on the show! I do not live in New York so I was hoping you could let me know the designer of it so I could possibly find this perfect headpiece for my dress!! (On line? Through the designer? Through Klienfelds?) Thank you so much and it is a true pleasure to watch you as you share your magic with the world. Keep being you! xoxoxo- Alicia and Kay.

October 07, 2010
9:43 PM
CanadianGurl said:

Hello Randy, I just watched the episode on your 10 favorite gowns and I fell in love with the headpiece you put with your #1 gown. Can you let me know who makes that headpiece and if I can find it in Canada. Thanks, love the show!

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