Amsale Spring 2016 Trunk Show

Amsale is known for her clean lines and simplicity but this season she decided to explore more intricate fabrics as well. Her collection offered gowns for a classic bride as well as someone craving a bit more glitz. Her impeccable fit however, is still the same… let us know what you think! Our trunk show starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday, by appointment only.

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Bliss by Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show

We absolutely loved the  latest collection from Bliss by Monique Lhuillier! There were many versatile styles and gowns for every type of bride, all with Monique’s signature touch, plus an attainable price point. Here are our favorites… our trunk show starts tomorrow call 202 965 4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com for appointments!

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Mira Zwillinger Spring 2016 Trunk Show

Mira Zwillinger’s “Stardust” collection for spring 2016 was absolutely magical, after all, doesn’t every bride want a little bit of fairy dust in their life? We’ve selected our favorite gowns from the collection, which featured silver appliqués, lamé lace, and shimmering tulle. The silhouettes ranged from sexy and sophisticated to airy and innocent. Our trunk starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday. Please call 202 965 4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com for appointments.

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Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show Spring 2016

We always love Monique Lhuillier’s collection, and this season she did such an amazing job of mixing fabrics and textures. Whether the gown was ruched and curve hugging or airy and embellished, they were all rich and dramatic in their own way. These are our favorites from the collection, let us know what you think! Our trunk show starts tomorrow, simply call 202 965-4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com for an appointment.

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Liancarlo Spring 2016 Trunk Show

With many of our trunk shows, we like to highlight our top picks from the latest collection. For this week’s Liancarlo trunk show, starting tomorrow, we wanted share some Liancarlo love as well. This season the collection was filled with something for everyone, from princess ball gowns to sassy sheaths. To make an appointment and see these gorgeous gowns in person call 202 965-4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com…

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Vendor of the Month: Dandelion Patch

As promised in our newsletter this month, we sat down with Heidi Kallett of the Dandelion Patch to get some invitation tips. Heidi also shared her perspective on current paper trends and invitation etiquette. After being in the industry for so many years and opening two successful storefronts between Vienna and Georgetown, we were so excited to have Heidi share some of her expertise with us!

Q: What do you love most about your job and what made you decide to open Dandelion Patch?

A: I love so many things about being in this creative, personal, and beautiful event world! But honestly, I mostly love that through our custom invitations we are permanently part of our client’s milestone events: babies, mitzvahs, weddings, birthdays and retirements. We really see the entire life-cycle of our loyal customers.

Q: With so many paper options and designs how do you help couples figure out which invitation design is best for them?

A: We believe that an invitation suite is the first glimpse into the details of the big day. Style, colors, texture and more… custom wedding invitations really reflect the personality of the couple. Usually, when couples come to us- they have an entire pinterest board dedicated to everything from florals to dresses! And as we all know- a picture is worth a thousand words. From a carefully curated Pinterest Board and a couple of dedicated hours, we can help a couple determine their style and create a custom and personal reflection of that style.

 Q: What is the best advice you can give when it comes to invitations?

A: After 10 years of being in the business, I still find that many wedding publications and blogs promote incorrect timelines and etiquette. I realize that you can research online while you’re at work or at home in your slippers. However, a reputable stationer can help guide you through the many necessary choices between paper quality, printing methods, product options, design elements, and those pesky etiquette questions. Honestly, a good stationer will save a ton of time and many possible (and costly) mistakes.

Q: What is your favorite paper/invitation trend right now?

A: I can’t get enough of the watercolor ombre trends right now! Muted pastel palettes with shades of similar colors are hot, hot, hot. I think it takes a talented designer and stationer to pull of the ‘matching’ but ‘not matching exactly’ concept that is so very popular right now.

Q: What are some of your favorite invitations you’ve ever designed? (See below for Heidi’s top picks)

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Bridal Market Trends- Spring 2016

Well, we are back from Bridal Market in New York! As with every season, there is a lot to take in, but we made sure to take note of every trend and report back to our brides! So, here is your bridal fashion breakdown for spring 2016. The top 5 trends are…

Crop Top

For brides looking for something a little more funky, the crop top effect can be a fun and playful look. The key to pulling of this trend is balance, not too low cut and a flowing shape. Just a hint of skin keeps the feel light and lovely.

Rivini

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Mira Zwillinger

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Monique Lhuillier

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Geometric and Linear Embroidery 

Embroidery has been popular for a few seasons now, but this market we noticed very unique embellishments, a little more angular and linear. What’s great about this trend is that geometric embroidery can work on long slinky gowns or full skirts.

Kenneth Pool

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Liancarlo

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Amsale

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Monique Lhuillier

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Cut Outs

In recent seasons we’ve seen cut-outs featured by a sample of designers. However, this market it seems as though the idea of cut-outs was fully embraced. Between ball gowns and sleek silhouettes the edgy trend made a cameo more than a few times.

Angel Sanchez

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Marchesa 

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Amsale

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Half Overskirts

Tulle skirts are such a classic bridal look and brides have always loved them. The idea of an overskirt is great because it provides versatility to brides wanting to switch their look. While providing brides the same flexibility as a full overskirt, the half over skirt gives brides more of a retro look, think Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina… who could forget that iconic gown???

Berta Bridal

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Carolina Herrera

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Monique Lhuillier

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Off the Shoulder

This is such a classic neckline and we are so happy to see it getting attention again! The neckline is not ideal for everyone but when it works, it works. The downside to the off the shoulder cut is that it restricts arm movement, however we have seen in the past that some brides don’t mind, as long as they like the look!

Rivini

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Monique Lhuillier

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Marchesa

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