Sunday, November 9, 2008


Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Images, Richard Spiegel
October, 2008 – The NY Bridal Shows

The grandeur of the Essex House’s Salon was the perfect backdrop events that would warrant a bride wearing one of Ms. Yoshioka’s gowns.

We were previously unfamiliar with this designer, and the first thing that struck us was the blizzard of the whitest white he used, in contrast to many designers who opt solely for “eggshell” and “cream".


There was a crumb catcher bodice as well as strapless and some interesting strap treatments – straps made out of tulle tied in a bow at the top of the shoulder.

There were ruffles as on the RTW runway, but these were tastefully done ie: in small does, as in asymmetrically running across the bodice or from the hip to the ground, again asymmetrically.
There was ruching here too – this season designers were partial to ruching along the back of what was another wise “plain “gown.
The low waisted modified mermaid gown would be flattering to many different body types, especially for those who don’t possess a wasp waist.
Ms. Yoshioka thought beyond the last wedding dance, she even provided a smart A-line coat [robe] with a satin charmeuse short to wear after the last guest departs.
Exit #6 – the cream strapless Mikado modified mermaid gown with double face satin trapunto stitch banding at the bodice. It isn’t often that we see trapunto, the only other place we can recall - Ralph Rucci’s RTW and Couture collections.


The hair team exercised some creativity and worked with each model’s individual hair, ranging from a low chignon to a conical Marge Simpson beehive, which looked strangely becoming and added a little extra edge. The classic diamond jewelry, chandelier earrings, Victoria Beckham super size rings and diamond chokers were a good accompaniment to the gowns.

To see more from the collection, visit the official website,