4 Trunk Shows This Week: Monique Lhuillier, Johanna Johnson, and Francesca Miranda

Local gown sales to help you go down the aisle in style.

If you’ve been dreaming of a designer gown, there’s no time like the present to see what your local retailers have available. The trunk shows this week are in favor of the bride who isn’t interested in blending in—gowns that buck the traditional white or evoke a vintage aesthetic, and delicately beaded modern designs are all up for grabs for less at these Washington-area boutiques.

Monique Lhuillier

Carine’s offers a sneak peek at Monique Lhuillier’s fall 2015 collection this weekend. Brides interested in wearing a bit of color on their wedding day will love the pale blue, lavender, and peach gowns, and fans of illusion necklines will find a handful of elegant options in this collection.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier. 1726 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-965-4696. February 5 through 7, by appointment only.

Johanna Johnson

Browse Johanna Johnson’s Starlet collection, which uses simple silhouettes, drop waists, feathers, and flapper-inspired beading to evoke an “era of decadence.” The gowns’ nod to the ’20s are perfect for any vintage-loving bride who wants to stand out on her day.

Hitched Bridal Couture. 1523 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6162. February 6 and 7, by appointment only.

Rosa Clará

Soft by Rosa Clará is new to Lovely Bride’s lineup, and this trunk show offers a look through the 2015 collection. Simple, modern designs are the focus, with beaded illusion necklines and delicate lace embroidery aplenty.

Lovely Bride. 1632 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-735-0674. February 6 through 8, by appointment only.

Francesca Miranda

This Latin-American designer has only been in the bridal industry since 2010, but her creative designs show she’s more than earned her place. Barely-there lace over a nude A-line gown, lace-detailed illusion backs, and unexpected cutouts are all featured in her fall 2015 line. Shop this show for 10 percent off your order.

Soliloquy Bridal. 754 Elden St., Herndon; 571-449-2580. February 6 through 15, by appointment only.

Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.