yay! i also had a great kleinfeld experience, on saturday! it was truly amazing because i was miserable when i came in and was not expecting it to go well. i’d gotten three hours of sleep the night before, traveled from philadelphia WITHOUT my Maid/Matron of Honor, the jerk, who promised me she’d come but then OVERSLEPT. my mom couldn’t make it either, which i was very upset about.
i wasn’t intending to buy that day, just because my mom couldn’t come and not only will she write the check for the dress, i want her input on it too. well, i was sitting in the waiting room, watching them film (it was the second to the last day of the pnina tornai trunk show and she was in the house), and being generally tired and cranky. the people at the front desk had even been very nice to me and told me i’d have a great time despite no one being able to make it there with me, which was really sweet, but i was still worried that my consultant would be pushy and make me feel awful for not buying that day.
then audrey came out. audrey freaking ROCKED. first she brought me all the dresses i’d printed out that they still had in stock, including the pnina tornai gown i’d be dreaming of for the past several months. i tried on like six gowns and she was very honest with me about them while still being extremely attentive to my opinions about the elements i liked and didn’t like in each. i tried on several gowns of a style she described as “earthy and feminine” (like the claire pettibone juliet) and then this dramatic pnina which she described as “very victorian” and i was just SO HAPPY she picked those adjectives because those are THE three words that everyone uses to describe my everyday style (i know it might sound weird that those three words fit together in one person, but it’s strangely how i am). i felt like she really got my style, and the few gowns she brought in as her own suggestions were great. she was not pushy AT ALL and totally understood when i told her i couldn’t buy that day! she even let me call my mom and let her see the pnina dress (which ended up being my favorite by far) on the webcam they have set up. also, she told me i was a “skinny girl” offhandedly, which i was really overjoyed about because i’ve gained like 20 lbs in the past year and felt really bad about my weight. :/ randy came out while i was wearing the pnina dress and just kept teling me how beautiful i looked, how flattering it was, and fixed the train into a bustle that made my mom happy after she complained about the train, and i just about had a heart attack. i was SO star-struck by him after thinking he’s awesome on SYTTD that i just squealed “I LOVE YOU ON THE SHOW!” when he first came out, and that is SO entirely unlike me haha.
audrey gave me her card because i told her i’d love for her to be my consultant when i came back. she advised to come in during a time when pnina was back in the store so she could take my measurements herself. i would recommend audrey to EVERYONE, request her if you can! she really made me feel special and great about my appointment, very helpful and a good listener, not the least bit pushy.
yay kleinfeld! i was SO nervous about going in because they were filming, and it seems on the show that they have such a bad opinion and so little patience for brides who aren’t ready to buy that day. but it turned out great! randy and audrey made me feel great about myself and the dress i will most likely end up buying. i left feeling giddy all day! it was such a great experience! sorry for the ramble but i just had SO much fun, heh.
the dress, btw, is even more TO DIE FOR than my idealization of it had allowed for; if anything i was expecting to be somewhat disappointed. it truly feels like i’m wearing a museum-quality piece, and for someone who spent years obsessed with fashion history and hopes to go into museum work, that was an incredible feeling. so much careful detail and crafting…just amazing. pnina’s dresses are awesome.
(edit: omg guys, i’m so sorry that post was so long. i just really had a great experience and wanted to share!)