Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bridal by The English Dept. Fashion Show

The English Dept. debuts its 2008 bridal collection. New designs by Thread, Jenny Yoo, Simple Silhouettes, Melissa Sweet Bridal Party and Vera Wang Maids will be on show. We also devote a portion of the show to bridal designs by a handpicked crew of Portland designers: Kate Towers and Holly Stalder of Seaplane, Adam Arnold, Terri Spaeth-Merrick of Embellish, and yours truly. I'm really excited about these new collections--should be a smashing show!

Hi-C meets E.D.

Ruffle top and raw silk skirt for a client who winters in Tucson. These ruffly, pleat-y shapes are very me, but the fruit punch colors aren't usually something I'd gravitate toward, which made it a fun experiment in expressing her style and mine together. Into a box and off to Arizona today.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

In this gauzy light...

A bride stopped by The English Dept. last fall looking for a cozy cover-up to go over her wedding dress (a gorgeous champagne and apricot silk chiffon cocktail dress by Alberta Ferretti). Not finding what she wanted off the rack, I custom made a little '60s style short jacket for her. Feather-light wool gauze in a deep cream color, and an antique rhinestone button. This photo, which she just sent me, perfectly captures her soft, effortless beauty. This is the kind of project I love.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Mini Marvel

I confess--I wish more brides would wear short dresses for their weddings. We all love a long gown, but a girl with the guts (and the gams) to rock a mini has a special place in my heart. When Oregon Bride magazine asked me to design an exclusive wedding dress for their spring 2008 issue, I couldn't resist raising the hemline.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Fait Accompli

A recently completed custom wedding dress inspired by the graceful pleats and folds of a Grecian gown. The fabric is a wonderful silk-cotton blend. It has just enough sheen to convey a kind of stately luxury, but it's so breezy and comfortable to wear. It's all dressed up by the trim--gold silk organza frayed on the bias, layered under beaded embroidery. The wedding will be at a family estate in Gloucester, Connecticut, and I imagine the bride sweeping over the lawns overlooking the sea, a loose tangle of wildflowers in her hand...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fearless in fuchsia

I love Joanna. Her sense of style and adventure when it comes to clothes are a dream for a designer. She had me whip up this very simple shift for her in the loudest, loveliest shade of hot pink. In that color--the color of azaleas, popsicles and grandma's lipstick all rolled into one--the crisp lines and '60s silhouette just look so terribly chic. Notice the kelly green shoes? Love Joanna. Love her.