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We just returned from NYC where we spent the last five days at New York Bridal Fashion Week. The new collections for 2017 are stunning and we can’t wait to get the designs in our store.

In the meantime, we’ll just have to flip through the hundreds of photos we took and admire all the beauty. There were quite a few trends that stood out, starting with tiny, 3D floral appliqués.   Photo Apr 18, 11 47 26 AM Photo Apr 18, 11 36 23 AMPhoto Apr 17, 1 52 31 PMIMG_0759

Fully beaded sheaths was another trend we saw. The details on these dresses are just gorgeous!

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And blush is a trend that’s not going away. The color appeared in every collection we saw. However, something new this year was pantsuits.

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As we mentioned in our newsletter, we are absolutely loving local lifestyle blog District of Chic! We wanted to chat with the creator and editor, E, to discuss her style and spring trend tips. Here’s what she had to say…
Q: What do you love most about your blog?
A: One of my favorite things is to look back at some of the places my husband and I have traveled and explored around the D.C. area. It’s like having an online scrapbook! I also use it to document my favorite recipes. (which I reuse often in my daily cooking) and favorite restaurants. We’re big foodies!
Q: What do you think is the easiest way to transition your wardrobe to spring?
A: Pairing a nice tailored blazer or sleek leather jacket with warmer weather pieces is a very easy way to integrate spring dresses and tops. At this point, I’m strongly resisting tights so flared denim with high-heeled statement sandals is another great way to bring out spring pieces on cooler nights.
Q: What are your spring essentials?
A: Right now I’m stocking up on bandanas, skinny scarves, and wide belts. They’re an inexpensive easy way to update tried and true staples for the new season.
Q: What is your favorite spring trend this season?
 A: All things 70s! Flared denim, long, flowy dresses. I’m also loving just about anything fringed!
Q: What are your top three things to pack for a spring break get-a-way?
A: My go-tos are always soft knit dresses that won’t wrinkle, denim cut-offs, and light breathable tops. Throw in a pair of heels and a pair of flats and you’re good to go!
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In our April newsletter we featured Trunk Club, D.C.’s hidden gem for stylish men. In case you missed it, here is a recap!

Originally based out of Chicago, the men’s clothier has now spread around the country with offices in several major cities including Washington D.C. Located near Chinatown, Trunk Club offers private label clothing, custom suits, and other high-end menswear lines. Clients can schedule appointments with their personal stylists in the studio or arrange for a trunk of hand selected items to be mailed to them. If a customer orders a trunk, he has 10 days to try on the items and return them, customers only pay for what they buy, no shipping, and no membership fees. The Trunk Club even hosts special events in-store for their clients! We sat down with Courtney Bishop, a Trunk Club stylist, to answer some commonly asked questions and get her top spring tips for local men and grooms…

Q: What is the best part of shopping with Trunk Club?

A: At our DC clubhouse, Trunk Club members can sit back, relax and enjoy a drink in one of our comfortable, private fitting rooms. Each item is handpicked for our members by one of our professional stylists. We offer everything from accessories to custom clothing all under one roof, making Trunk Club the one stop shop for a man’s wardrobe.

Q: What is the most common question clients ask you?

A: Our members are always asking about the exclusive pieces we carry. Trunk Club has a strategic team of merchandising experts that works with some of the best brands in the world who have created exclusive patterns and designs that are only sold at Trunk Club.

Q: How do you go about figuring out a client’s personal style?

A: At Trunk Club we take the time to get to know our members. It is important for us to build relationships where our members can trust us as their stylists, in picking out the perfect outfits, whether it be for the big day or for a weekend getaway with their family.

Q: How should a groom go about picking his wedding look?

A: We love working with our grooms and brides! It is important for us to meet with each couple to hear their vision for the day. We want to know how their fairytale wedding looks to them and how we can create pieces that fit perfectly into that. I think it’s important to factor in location, time of year and the theme of the wedding. Once understanding these pieces we help our grooms handpick the perfect wedding look.

Q: How do you feel about grooms playing with suit and tuxedo trends?

A: At Trunk Club, we encourage a little playfulness in all looks. Understanding the location and theme of the wedding is important, but adding in a bit of flare whether it be a unique patterned silk lining of a custom dinner jacket or a tailored navy suit with a playful bowtie. As a stylist, whether or not my client knows what they want, I will use my expertise to guide them and create the perfect look for their big day.

Q: What are your favorite trends/ pieces from the latest Trunk Club collection for casual and formalwear?

A: Spring time is one of our favorite times of the year at Trunk Club. It’s tough to choose just one look but I’ve been loving our khaki suits paired with a tight gingham check shirt in a bright spring color and a luxury loafer.

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With our Liancarlo trunk show coming up this week we asked the line’s designer a few questions that inquiring brides want to know. Luckily, our friend Carlos Ramirez took some time to sit down with us! Here’s what we discussed…

1. I know you design your own embroideries, tell us about that?

I’ve always drawn and painted, so when it comes to embroideries I enjoy designing the concept from scratch so that the theme works with the finished gown. The fact that I use an Italian embroiderer that I have know and worked with for years is a plus, since we can understand one another’s shorthand.

2. How did you design your latest art deco appliqué for this collection?

Funny thing about that, ideas come from the weirdest places. We live in an old Mediterranean house from the 30’s, and part of that motif is carved into the limestone mantle of the fireplace. The house itself is a hybrid of mediterranean and art deco design from that period.

3. What was your inspiration for the new collection?

Airiness, lightness. It seems that many girls are having less traditional weddings, whether they be destination weddings or garden weddings etc. So I felt the dresses should tell that story as well, they should be light, airy, easy to wear while still being beautifully crafted.

4. What goes into creating your collection each season?

It starts out with a mountain of fabric, sketches, and swatches. Then begins the process of distilling these ideas into the correct silhouettes for the appropriate fabric/embroidery. Then comes a time of setting ideas aside and letting them simmer (literally in my head) and final adjustments and corrections. All in all its an interesting yet intricate process where you have to work from both sides of your brain, the right brings in the emotional beauty aspect while the left adds the functionality and wearability.

5. Some brides want to be classic and some want to be more modern but how can a bride bridge the gap and incorporate a bit of both into her look?

Easy buy one of my gowns. I strive to walk that line with every collection.

6. In your opinion, what is the largest misconception about bridal gowns; what is the number one piece of advice you would give a bride?

I know in most cases this is the first real gown that girls will be wearing, but don’t turn it into a costume, don’t let the gown wear you. That doesn’t mean don’t try new things, because experimenting within parameters is a great way to discover good looks, but keep it simple. Lace or embroidery are beautiful ways of adding interest, especially if done tastefully, but they should work to bring the focus back to you. Also don’t add too many things to the look, sometimes less is more. It all depends on the person and the dress in question, but ultimately when you look in the mirror, does it feel like you?

Our Liancarlo trunk show will be running July 31st through August 2nd. To schedule an appointment simply call 202 965-4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com

 

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RIVINI F13 BRIDAL FASHION WEEK 10/14/2012

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!!

We wanted to invite you to preview The Badgley Mischka Fall 2013 Bridal Collection Trunk Show at Carine’s Bridal Atelier, located at 1726 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007.

The Trunk Show will run from June 6, 7, and 8th from 11:00am-7:00pm, by appointment only.

RSVP by phone at 202.965.4696 or email us at info@carinesbridal.com.

The new 2013 Badgley Mischka Bridal Collection will feature inspiration from the renowned Couture Collection and offer the signature Badgley Mischka beading and embroidery details that have made the name famous.

The 2014 spring collection will continue to offer beautiful modern styling with quality construction details and fresh silhouettes!

Please let us know if you have any questions!

xxx,

CBA Girls

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