Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A sweet occasion.

The ladies at The Sweetest Occasion and Elizabeth Anne Designs were kind enough to feature one of my dresses in their recent photo shoot collaboration. Modeled on my Giselle dress, this one of a kind gown features a lace trimmed dotted tulle skirt and lace embroidery at the waistline. She's at Lovely for a limited time--should she be yours?

Meanwhile, you can view the entire suite of photographs here and here. Thanks Cyd and Ami!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Who's that girl?

Here's Dana with her lovely mom, Betty. A couple of stunners, no? I finished Dana's custom wedding gown today: ivory silk crepe with cap sleeves and a bias flounced skirt. It suits her beautifully and I can't wait to see photos of her wedding day. Dana's a hard-working woman and she had completely lost her voice when she came for her final fitting today. Betty stepped in as interpreter, but I let myself imagine that Dana was just speechless with delight. I worked up a special floral corsage for the shoulder of her dress:
It's a mix of silk organza flowers, ostrich feathers, lace, velvet leaves, vintage brooches, pearls, and 1920s glass and gilt buttons.
A special piece for a very special lady.

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Lovely time was had by all.

Thank you to everyone who came out for my trunk show in New York last weekend, and thanks most of all to all the wonderful women of Lovely for hosting me! If you are in the New York area and looking for a wedding gown, I doubt there's a sweeter, more beautiful shop in the city for your special dress.

The boutique resides in an adorable brownstone in the West Village. It's the most relaxed, welcoming sanctuary for pretty dresses that you can imagine.
The staff is incredible. Store manager Cassandra, here striking a pose with some gowns, is loads of fun and brings a welcome sense of humor to the wedding dress search. Somehow I have no photos of Lanie, Lovely's owner and mastermind--she was probably too busy working her magic behind the scenes to pose for a photo op!
Everyone was extremely welcoming and the shop even hung a string of pennants spelling my name. What star treatment!
I was so happy to get the chance to meet some of the girls who are ordering my dresses! Kim and her mom took the train up from Philadelphia for the day. Kim chose "Ghost," full length. Mom also walked away with a one-of-a-kind dress I brought just for the show...it was everyone's favorite so I had to steal it back for a quick photo before handing it over.
Okay, I'll stop gushing now. But seriously? What a nice trip. It was Lovely.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


This is perhaps the most amazing picture anyone has ever sent me of one of my dresses. Zara recently eloped and chose my "Ghost" dress for her celebration (in a location that needs no introduction). I don't think I even need to say one more word--except wow. Thank you, Zara!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I went to a wedding.

It was a front porch affair. I had nothing to do with the dress. I was there in a strictly amateur capacity--as an old friend of the groom. I did help with flowers, though. Farmer's market tulips and sweet peas. Hosta, heuchera and iris from my garden. Special peonies from a secret source.

It was fun having a totally different job at a wedding.

It hardly felt like work...

...which is good, since my "front porch informal" floral style is only available on a volunteer basis.

Congratulations, Kim & Peter!

Simple, swiss dot, sateen.

One of the best parts about my job is that I get to meet incredible women, many of whom become friends. Brittany asked for a simple (simple!) dress--I could tell she was exasperated with the typical bridal fare, and I love coming to the rescue when I sense dress-related despair. I also instantly liked Michael, her fiancé (now husband, of course). I was thrilled to see that their wedding was featured on one of my favorite wedding blogs, Snippet & Ink. Brittany and Michael's personalities really come through in the details they chose for their celebration. Brittany's swiss dot and sateen dress was every inch her... as it should be on such a special day. You can see more pictures (and read all about their whip-smart wedding) here.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The beginning of a little something special for Dana...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

So good it hurts.

A few pieces from two upcoming exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum and the Met. Obviously, I am still deep in my apricot-and-gold obsession. That first one is Lanvin--there's a lady who knew how to make a dress. Sigh.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Polka dot linen bolero for Jodi. As someone who tends to get a bit crazy with detail, sometimes it's nice to be reminded how fresh and pretty something simple can be.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Off to the races!

It's Kentucky Derby Day! And since every well-turned out lady simply must wear something on her head at the races, I thought I'd mention that we have many gorgeous new Twigs & Honey headpieces, headbands and hairpins at The English Dept. Myra's pieces are completely exquisite and we're so lucky to have them. They're too lovely to stay here long, though! The best pieces will go to the fleet of foot...


I am crazy for this color right now. Two new hair ornaments for the shop.