Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show: Preview

Since our Monique Lhuillier trunk show is fast approaching we wanted to give our brides an in depth look at the latest collection. After starting her own line almost two decades ago Monique Lhuillier has become synonymous with bridal couture at its best, offering a unique creation for every type of bride. This season the designer created a collection so ethereal, it could have been a dream. Soft fabrics and mixed textures were everywhere ranging from gowns with lace accents, subtle embroidery, and illusion necklines. Some fabrics even had a tint of mint for a refreshing surprise. Let’s take a peek shall we?…

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Our Monique Lhuillier trunk show will be held August 21st-23rd by appointment only, please call 202 965-4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com for availability. 

Real Bride: Maddie Kearns

Our bride Maddie Kearns looked so stunning in her Rivini gown we couldn’t help but share! She paired her gown with a lace Jenny Lee bolero and heirloom family veil. Maddie and her husband Sean were married at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and held their reception at the Columbia Country Club. Photos courtesy of Rodney Bailey Photojournalism.

Congratulations to Maddie and Sean!!!

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Just in- Kenneth Jay Lane Jewelry

For years Kenneth Jay Lane has been synonymous with exquisite costume jewelry. Since starting his jewelry collection in the 1960s he has had the pleasure of adorning some of the most iconic women in the world. Jackie Onassis, Diana Vreeland and Audrey Hepburn have all been clients of Mr. Lane. After serving as Vogue’s Art Director, he began designing shoes, collaborating with the likes of Delman and Christian Dior, before launching his luxury costume jewelry collection. 

CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane is the latest expansion of the designer. This collection features the quality and glamour Mr. Lane has become known for with a trendy twist. We are thrilled to have this amazing line of jewelry in our store!

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Real Bride: Nicole Marriott featured in Grace Ormonde

We were thrilled when we saw our bride Nicole Marriott was featured in Grace Ormonde’s fall/winter 2014 issue! It was such a pleasure to work with Nicole and her family through her bridal gown experience. Nicole wore a Liancarlo gown and a custom Monique Lhuillier skirt. Her and her husband, Maxwell Avery met in a college English class in 2006.They were married seven years later on April 27, 2013 at the Washington National Cathedral and celebrated their reception at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

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Liancarlo Trunk Show: Q&A with designer Carlos Ramirez

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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Shop for a Cause- Jewelry Event Benefitting St. Jude’s

Wedding season is in full swing and when it comes to taking care of last minute details brides can get overwhelmed. Many brides ask, “What do I get my bridesmaids?!” Don’t panic! In the spirit of our Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid trunk show, Carine’s Bridal Atelier has partnered with Stella & Dot to find your bridesmaids the perfect gifts. We will be hosting a jewelry event on July 9th from 6pm-8pm and the best part is 50% of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital! Who knows, maybe you could take a much needed break from wedding planning and treat yourself too! You can come in, shop, sip, and help save lives just follow this link to RSVP… http://www.stelladot.com/ts/6qdz5

Here are some amazing pieces available from Stella & Dot as well as other gifts ideas for your girls..

Colorful and on trend best describe these gorgeous earrings.

Norah Chandeliers $49

 

Retro and geometric patterns make this bracelet standout.

Macey Bangle $39

 

This necklace can add just the right pop of color to any outfit.

Coral Cay Necklace $98

 

These gold earrings have a lot of movement perfect for day or night.

Reverie Chandeliers $39

 

A classic gold link bracelet is a jewelry classic, this one hits the mark by not being too thin or chunky.

Jackie Link Bracelet $69

 

If you’re looking for some other options here are some of our other favorite things…

Your girls will feel instantly luxurious with a silk robe in their favorite color. It’s thoughtful and a glamourous staple every woman should have in her closet.

Silk Robe by Natori $98

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If you are having a destination wedding, chic travel accessories can make the journey even more fun.

Henri Bendel Laundry Set $48

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A unique clutch is definitely something your bridesmaids can use again. If a clutch is dressy but not too “evening” your girls can wear it for a night out or dress it up for another wedding. Depending on her style you could go for something more classic or funky but still special either way.

Hexagonal Clutch by Tasha $48

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Knuckle Clasp Clutch by Tasha $78

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Most women love receiving a “little blue box” but what makes this necklace special is the message behind it. The olive leaf or olive branch has long been associated with friendship, what better way to show your girls how much they mean to you?

Paloma Picasso “Olive Leaf Vine” sterling silver pendant by Tiffany & Co. $175

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Monique Lhuillier 2015 Bridesmaid Trunk Show

The latest bridesmaid collection by Monique Lhuillier is absolutely stunning! Clean lines and artful pleating embody the 2015 season and your girls will definitely feel sophisticated and chic in these artful gowns. We are so excited to feature the line’s styles at our upcoming trunk show July 10th-12th. Orders placed during the show will receive special pricing and first access to the new 2015 collection, not available in stores until fall. For appointments please call (202) 965-4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com. Here are a few of the gowns available during the trunk show…

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