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Although we may not be lining up for the midnight premiere of
“The Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn Part 1″,
we here at Carine’s Bridal are just as excited as any Twi-hard fan to see the new movie.
Here are our top reasons why we just can’t wait…
1- We are DYING to see what Bella’s wedding dress looks like.
Designed by one of our favorites, Carolina Herrera.
We know the dress is a combination of lace, satin, buttons down the back and long sleeves.
According to the book it’s going to be a bit more Jane Austen than Kate Middleton
(how could you go wrong either way?!).
Here is a design that could be similar from Carolina Herrera’s newest collection…
Carolina Herrera Fall 2012 Collection
We love to see what everyone wears on the red carpet.
This year two of our beloved bridal designers,
Marchesa and Junko Yoshioka,
were represented through their evening wear collections.
Nikki Reed in Marchesa
Alex Rice in Junko Yoshioka
3-Who doesn’t like a good love story?
Since we are in the bridal industry we can’t deny that we love weddings…
especially when it involves a certain vampire!
Now just to be fair, while half of the store is Team Edward
(cough cough, including me),
the other half is…
Team Jacob.
Which are you??

Just a quick reminder that we are having a
Junko Yoshioka Trunk Show
today through Saturday.
A Junko representative who happens to be my dear friend,
David will be here to answer any questions.

Be sure to make your appointment!
Give us a call at 202.965.4696
or email at
from now ’til Saturday.


PS- Stay posted for pictures from yesterday!
The event was amazing and I can’t wait to show pictures!

(Of course I’m in the process of sorting out only the best
pictures of me to post.)


Junko Yoshioka Spring 2011 Trunk Show


August 12-14, 2010


Carine’s Bridal Atelier


Junko takes us on a journey through the wonders of the rainforest …
Dimension, layering, and texture
are the key elements for the Spring 2011 collection.
The gowns are feminine with soft and whimsical details,
emphasizing the organic shapes and colors,
that bring the rainforest to life.
Soft, unstructured draping with a nod to sheer fabrics,
gives the gowns a light movement.
So, yes ladies, a wedding gown can be
as light as air.

Lucky for us,
Junko is bringing the rainforest to our door.
So we don’t have to go running for our backpacks
and hopping on the next flight to the Amazon.
Leave the safari clothes and bug spray at home!

(All photos courtesy of moi – while I was at Spring 2011 bridal market in NY…)

“Claudine” – an elegant gown with a tiered train

“Lucienne”- combines different textures for intricate
pattern details

“Collette”- a mermaid gown with an exaggerated bow detail

“Lisette”- a mermaid gown that flares with tulle bottom

“Celine”- V-neckline ball gown with an intricate embellishment at waist

“Bella”- a strapless ballgown with a ruched bodice &
a handmade belt at waistline

“Valentina”- Soft, ruffled tiered gowns with shades of champagne that give a
soft, airy look

“Estee”- Ball gown with detailed floral imprints

Junko, herself with Valentina!

We did a quick Q&A with Junko about Spring 2011 & upcoming collections.
Let’s get to know

Junko Yoshioka

Q: Where are you from?
A: Japan

Q: How do you like living in New York vs Japan?
A: I love NYC, the energy and pace is so exciting.

Q: Did you have any designers that influenced you?
A: I admire Alexander McQueen a great deal.

Q: What is the feeling of the Spring 2011 Collection?
A: Soft, feminine, flowy gowns with unique accents and details.

Q: From the collection, which is your favorite gown? Why?
A: Fiona. I love the draping on the elongated bodice and the flow and movement of the ruffle skirt.

Q: How/where did you get your inspiration for this collection?
A: My inspiration for this collection is a stroll through the rainforest…hidden surprises at every turn.

Q: Do you tend to design gowns that are more trendy or classic?
A: I shy away from trends and strive to create neo-classic designs.

Q: I saw some hand painting techniques in your collection, are you starting to experiment with different media for your gowns?
A: I am always looking to new techniques and art forms to offer my brides the most beautiful designs possible.

Q: I saw handmade belts, can you tell me more about the idea and the design of them?
A: Belts are a growing trend and we like to add them to gowns that are simple and clean. It’s great to add a belt on after the ceremony, going into the reception party.
Q: Your short dress caught my eye during the show and I absolutely love it, what was your inspiration?
A: To create a simple, short dress with a focus at the neck!

Q: So Junko, I know that you don’t have much spare time but what do you like to do during your free time?
A: Spend time with my 2 year old daughter, Nanami!!!!

Q: Lastly, can you give us any hints for your Fall 2011 Collection? What can we anticipate?
A: Drama, bold silhouettes and gorgeous details.

After the Q&A with Junko,
I must say, I am oh so very excited
about the Trunk Show.
If you have any questions about the show,
please feel free to ask.

I’ll meet you in the rainforest …

Anxiously counting down the days,