On Sunday, fashion people and brides-to-be flocked to The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel for The English Dept.'s A Novel Romance, the annual bridal show put on by shop owner and designer Elizabeth Dye. Always an elegant affair, the tone was set as guests walked in and were treated to complimentary mimosas and copies of Portland Monthly's Bride and Groom Magazine. The show featured a variety of looks ranging from simple and classic to dramatic and fashion forward. A common thread, that fans have come to expect from The English Dept., was how refreshingly modern and unfussy it all felt. Sure there was all the tulle, lace and floral appliques one would expect from a bridal show, but the woman in the dress never looks weighed down, or in danger of snagging her train on a loose floorboard. This sense of practicality, combined with dreamy romance is what defines the aesthetic of Dye's eponymous line. This year she showed some beautiful pleating and ruching, delicate lace, and glittery yet elegant beaded belts. She also sent down the show-stopping final look, a one-of-a-kind confection with a full skirt draped in pale sea foam tulle and lace bodice that came with a dramatic cape veil. Other highlights included some simple, pared down pieces by Nicole Miller, and a Grecian style pleated chiffon beauty by Jenny Yoo. All of the looks can be bought at The English Dept., walk in Tuesdays-Fridays, 11-6, or appointment Saturdays, 11-6.
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