The Spring 2013 collection from Junko Yoshioka clearly celebrates a graceful display of light and movement. Yoshioka chose crisp Gazaar, Mikado, Duchess Satin and Pique mixed with delicate touches of lace, tulle and floating silk organzas. Her unique play of fabrics in a pure palette of alabaster and milk white enhanced her sculpted silhouettes. The addition of two soft pastel dresses, the peach Laguna and the pink Jordan, was unexpected but undoubtedly this pair was among the prettiest in the collection.
Yoshioka’s strength lies in cutting interesting architectural shapes, sculptural bodices and organic, asymmetric details. Her Rio gown is a great example of her technical expertise. A whimsical, ruffled tulip-shaped cap sleeve sits delicately on the shoulder of this stark A-line and culminates into an exquisitely ruffled deep open back and long drape. She manages to marry structure with a lightness that is truly her own.
Her lacy mini, the Rainey, is pure polish despites its shorter length. The modest bateau neckline and quirky ruffled front make this more than just a short dress. One of our favorites, Yoshioka’s Zarya gown, cuts a truly elegant figure. This sharp mermaid appliqued in lace with a tiny scalloped strapless neckline takes on her signature dramatic form with stand-away diagonally cut illusion pockets at the hip.
There are multitudes of peplums, asymmetric cascades, floating panels and diaphanous flowers in this collection that will surely delight the bride in search of something different.