Thursday, October 28, 2010


It's her name, but it's also just the right word to describe these photos from her sweet Montana wedding. We worked together (at long distance!) to design her custom wedding dress. The fabric: a  heavy silk taffeta with a subtle ivory pinstripe, fashioned into a corset style gown with a very luxurious full circle skirt.
Best wishes, Haven. May you, your husband, and all the pretty horses have years and years of bliss.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ivy & Aster.

We were completely bewitched by Ivy & Aster's dress collection at Bridal Market, and can't wait for it to arrive at The English Dept. These are the freshest little frocks I've seen a long time--they're pretty, they're sexy, they're modern--to call them bridesmaid dresses seems almost unfair. I have my eye on that little lady in the top left photo. I'm talking about you, Pinky.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Too darn hot.

Just when Oregon autumn hits with its one-two punch of rain and wind, I get a reminder of sweet, sweet summer. Remember this dress? Emily just sent me a few photos from her wedding--she says it was 100(!) degrees that day, and you can almost hear the sunflare sizzle in this photo.
Then again, love is impervious to little trials of temperature.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

To market, to market...

Whew! Clara and I are just returned from New York Bridal Market, and what a whirlwind of tulle and chiffon it was. Although we saw plenty of this sort of thing...
 ...we also happened upon some absolutely stunning new dresses for The English Dept. Now back to the secret lab to finalize our collection for 2011. More to come!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Amaranth, a love {color} story.

Amaranth in bloom
Matta wool gauze dress from Una
vintage felt flowers from Bernadette Breu

Every year at this time, when I'm bicycling around my neighborhood, I see it--like a blood-red bolt of lightning--amaranth! The smart people who plant it in their gardens {I forget every year} are rewarded each October by the most luscious, vivid magenta plumage amid the nodding stalks and drooping leaves of autumn. What a lovely last hurrah of the season. I decided to dig into my closet for a fast fix of that gorgeous color and am dressed in honor of amaranth today. I may look a bit funny, but I feel flowerlike.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Great Gatsby, by way of Brooklyn.

100 Layer Cake recently posted this sweet editorial from Southern Weddings, styled by the talented Jillian and shot in Red Hook. My Honeychurch dress was featured.
Many gifted folks collaborated on the shoot--see all the photos here.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

East or west, grey is best.

A few photos of Angela's flower-strewn farm wedding in Vermont. We collaborated on a custom dress in the perfect pale grey shade of cotton satin. You can view a closeup of the silk embellished neckline here. Best wishes, lovely girl!