It’s All In The Details

Lets face it, it is very trendy to have a vintage inspired wedding these days, especially Deco style! But there is one thing that all those other Gatsby themed weddings won’t have: YOU! It is in the little details that make you so unique and here at The English Dept. are all about celebrating individuality on your big day.

A great way to get a certain “look” while still showcasing your personality is through accessorizing. We recently brought in a number of new Nicole Miller dresses into the shop for this very reason. We love her clean lines, ultra feminine silhouettes, and not to mention her amazing prices! We feel they are the perfect blank canvases for a modern gal with vintage dreams. Here are a few of our new Nicole Miller dresses paired with our favorite vintage inspired accessories:

 

Luxe fabric, feminine cut, and lace cap veil in cathedral length with cascading ribbons. Dress: Nicole Miller “Lia” Veil: Erica Koesler “820-108″

Luxe fabric, feminine cut, and lace cap veil in cathedral length with cascading ribbons.
Dress: Nicole Miller “Lia”
Veil: Erica Koesler “820-108″

Sexy silhouette with edgy beaded sash and subtle veil. Dress: Nicole Miller “Marilyn” Sash: The English Dept. “Deco on Grey” Veil: Twigs and Honey “221″

Sexy silhouette with edgy beaded sash and subtle veil.
Dress: Nicole Miller “Marilyn”
Sash: The English Dept. “Deco on Grey”
Veil: Twigs and Honey “221″

Modern lines paired with charming lace and rhinestones. Dress: Nicole Miller “Dakota” Sash: Twigs and Honey “228″ Veil: Twigs and Honey “302″

Modern lines paired with charming lace and rhinestones.
Dress: Nicole Miller “Dakota”
Sash: Twigs and Honey “228″
Veil: Twigs and Honey “302″

This is just the beginning! Imagine vintage jewelry, the heels of your dreams (maybe in a favorite color!), classic yet modern make up and hair, and your groom in the most strapping custom tailored suit. We know the task of accessorizing can be quite daunting, but that why we are here to help. Come by and have one of our expert stylists help you find that perfect look that is all your own!

I mean really, should a wedding represent a decade, movie, or the unique love between two very lucky individuals? We think we know your answer and couldn’t agree more!

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Think you don’t have time? The English Dept can help!

Nicole Miller's "Brooke"  with matching lace edged veil.

Nicole Miller’s “Brooke” with matching lace edged veil.

Summer is heating up and if you’re planning a wedding this year you might be starting to feel the time crunch.  Most designer gowns can take a few months to get to you.  At The English Dept most of the dresses we carry take anywhere from three to five months for a regular order.  Don’t have that kind of time?  Don’t worry!!!  Almost all of our designers can accommodate a rush order when necessary!  We’ve compiled a list of some options and tips for brides who are short on time:

1.  Buying a dress “off the rack”.

At The English Dept. (and most boutiques) the dresses in the shop are samples for trying on before ordering.  We normally have just one sample gown for the styles we carry and the size and condition will vary.  When someone purchases the sample from the store it’s considered buying “off the rack” and can be a great option if you’re short on time or on a budget.  Samples are generally offered at a discounted rate dependent on the condition.

2.  Ordering the dress you love with a rush.

In some cases a rush order will add to the cost of the dress and you can expect the price to increase as the timeline drops.  That means you might be paying an extra $50 to have your dress ready say, two weeks faster than normal or $200+ and to have it made months faster.

3.  Selecting a style from a designer with ready to sell stock.

Certain designers keep a limited amount of stock available and ready to ship.  It’s a bit rare and the styles, sizes and amounts can vary, especially during busy times of year.

If there’s something you love but you’re concerned about time, we can help!  Plus don’t forget to check out our upcoming sample sale!

Twigs & Honey Trunk Show!

Come and see the latest collection of bridal accessories from Twigs and Honey.

Friday and Saturday May 17th and 18th
with a special chance to get style advice from the designer Friday evening from 5 pm to 7 pm.

We’ll be welcoming walk-ins all weekend, beginning Friday at 5 pm  but please call us to book an appointment if you’d like a chance to try any of our lovely dresses.

Miriam wears “Giselle”

Miriam in Elizabeth Dye's "Giselle"Photographer: Choco Studio

Miriam in Elizabeth Dye’s “Giselle”
Photographer: Choco Studio

The lovely couple, Miriam and Jay were married in Guerneville, CA.  They chose a beautiful venue and perfectly highlighted the natural beauty of the setting.  Miriam was stunning in Elizabeth Dye’s “Giselle” paired with an amazing cape from Cape and Crown Creations and the photos were done by choco studio.

Photographer: Choco Studio

Photographer: Choco Studio

Photographer: Choco Studio

Photographer: Choco Studio

Photographer: Choco Studio

Photographer: Choco Studio

Congratulations to the lovely, happy couple!

You can also check out more about their wedding on The Wedding Yentas.

 

Sara wears Nicole Miller in Hood River

 

The couple were married in Hood River, Oregon.  Photos by Natalie Champa Jennings

The couple married in Hood River, Oregon. Photos by Natalie Champa Jennings.

Sara chose one of our favorite dresses, Nicole Miller’s “Taryn” for her Hood River wedding last July.  She was a vision and we were stunned by the beautiful setting and ceremony captured by photographer Natalie Champa Jennings.

Photo by Natalie Champa Jennings.

 

 

Photo by Natalie Champa Jennings.

 

"Taryn" from Nicole Miller

“Taryn” from Nicole Miller


Sunshine and Roses in November!

New accessories made by hand at The English Dept.  We’re getting inspired by the beautiful and brief sunny November afternoons and our latest delivery from Ink & Peat.

We always have the most beautiful bouquets from Ink & Peat, but I have to say this week’s delivery was extra special!  Maybe it was the unexpected peak of sunshine breaking though before its arrival or maybe the stunning combination of soft yellow, blue and gray, but something about our latest floral arrangement got all of us inspired to make some pretty new things.  Chelsea hand crafted some delightful new accessories which we couldn’t resist trying out ourselves.  Stop in soon to see our new headpieces and veils!

Trendspotting: A little or a lotta lace

We have always been fans of lace at The English Dept.  (For proof of our love affair with lace, just see our May 25th post with a few additional lace embellished gowns that we have.) Timeless and elegant, it adorns somc of the most loved dresses in our shop.

But we’ve been seeing peeks of lace come down the runway, appear on the red carpet and show up in so many places.  Lace, it can definitely dress an outfit up or down.  Remember 80’s “Like a Virgin” Madonna?  Modern 21st century styling keeps it classy.

Our trend board features (diagonal from upper left corner) Dutchess Kate Middleton in a lace back Jenny Packham gown; lace adorned wedding invitations by ZenadiaDesign.com; lace gloves by Aristocrafts on Etsy and a fun, flirty Jenny Yoo frock featured in The English Dept.’s 2012 Fashion Show, “Libby” in Le Fleur Alencon lace over tulle.

The English Dept – Weekend Inspiration

Getting some inspiration to be chic from FN0003, one of Nicole Miller’s Fall 2012 Bridal Collection.  We have her for the trunk show with our very own sample to come shortly!  This gown would work so well in an urban loft setting with a black and white bridal motif.  What do you think?


Sweet Pea rocks.

We love this rock and roll interpretation of Ivy & Aster’s “Sweet Pea” gown, a favorite of ours here at The English Dept. Shot at the Jane Hotel in New York by Anna Wolf and styled by Leanne Ford, these photos show Sweet Pea’s sultry side. See them all here.

via Lovely.

Color Story: Sherbet

Taking a hint from last week’s tangerine, let’s think sherbet: sweet, fruity, and light. Yum. These enticing ice cream shades are perfect applied to cheeks and lips, worn in sundresses, and flourishing in petal palettes.

Clockwise from top left: a fabulous pink puff and cheerful shorts ensemble (both from Pinterest), a bouquet of bright balloons from this love sesh on RockNRollBride, pretty pink nails from Chanel, a knockout statement ring from Kenneth Jay Lane, a sexy social dress from Ivy & Aster, a preppy clutch from Dolce & Gabbana, and a bold lipliner from TopShop.