Blossoming Into Spring!

Springtime is very special in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. It’s when families and friends emerge from a long cold winter to welcome in warmth, new beginnings, and blossoms! The Japanese cherry trees look to paint the Tidal Basin with beautiful delicate pink and white puffs of color, while swaying their blossoms in the soft spring breeze. Paddle boats pepper the waters in front of the Jefferson Memorial, welcoming locals and tourists alike to witness this historic annual display. Watch kite fliers from around the world participate in competitions, demonstrations, and the Rokkaku Battle and Hot Tricks Showdown in front of the Washington Monument at The Blossom Kite Festival. The sky becomes filled with more kites than birds, filling The Mall with color and life.

 

Pop the cork, sip and savior some of our local splendor at any of our 230 wineries that stretch across our state. April kicks off the wine festival season which always culminates large crowds. “Virginia is one of the only wine destinations in the country where visitors can kayak to a winery, enjoy bluegrass music while sipping local wines, sample regional wines at a National Park, or enjoy wine at a National Historic Landmark.” (Virginia.org) Many Virginia wineries welcome all the loves of your life, your furry friends will have a smashing time at Barrel Oak Winery, Chateau Morrisette, Keswick Vineyards, and Three Foxes as our top picks.

 

Established in 1939, The National Cathedral Flower Mart showcases floral exhibits from many Embassies’ and local garden enthusiasts. The Flower Mart features annuals, perennials, landscape exhibits, garden tours, entertainment, tasty foods, family activities, Cathedral Tower climbs, and a century-old restored carousel for all to enjoy. The National Cathedral grounds are stunning with many well-manicured gardens perfect for photographs or just smelling the roses.

 

Lions and dragons oh-my! Listen to the beat of the drum, bear witness to remarkable teamwork, and the fastest growing water sport in the US. Every May the Potomac River hosts the Ancient Chinese tradition of Dragon Boat racing, harkening back 2500 years to the banks of the Yangtze River. Eye-Dotting awakens the sleeping dragons and provides good spirits for the boats and racers. Tradition is as tradition does, ….catch a lion by its tail…..if you can!

 

 

Springtime brings forth new beginnings coupled with a warm breeze and the sweet hypnotic allure of nature.  We look forward to seeing you among the blossoms this spring!

 

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Dancing with the Stars

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!! “Dancing with the Stars Athletes” cast announcement will be on Good Morning America (ABC), on April 13, 2018.  This mini season, 10 professional athletes will be partnered with professional ballroom dancers, and  judged by Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and the audience.  This season premieres on April 30, with the finale on May 21.  We are excited for this power-packed 4 weeks of competition!!

Congratulations to Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold for wining season 25 of Dancing with the Stars!!! The past three seasons, the designers and cast proved that thinking outside of the box for costuming was a no-brainer. The creative way they marry mainstream fashion with pop culture, music and choreography appeals to viewers of all ages.  Big kudos as always go out to the choreographers, set designers, lighting crew, and costume designers!  We love network television giving our style of dance the biggest spotlight it could–prime time! We can’t wait for the premiere of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars Juniors,” sometime this spring!!   We will be watching, hope you will too!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encore Ballroom Couture is excited to announce our EXCLUSIVE affiliation with Randall Designs.  We are working with them to bring you these distinct Randall Christensen ballroom fashions, designed specifically for ABC’s “Hit” TV Series Dancing with the Stars. Randall was presented with a Primetime Emmy ® award for costume design for his stunning creations!

All of these dresses retain their original integrity and are authentic Dancing with the Stars show pieces. This is the FINAL remaining collection of Dancing with the Stars costumes.  Each one holds a unique place in television history. This is the last opportunity to have a one-of-a-kind memento from your favorite show!!

We are presenting the Dancing with the Stars collection in an auction format!  The dresses are listed with the minimum bid acceptable.  There is a make an offer button beside each dress.  We will review the bids at the end of each week.  It is recommended that you submit your best offer– the dress will be awarded to the highest bidder!!  These are the remaining dresses from the original collection.  It is an opportunity for you to own a part of television history!

Designer, Randall Christensen with Entertainer, Donnie Osmond, Ballroom Dancer, Kym Johnson Herjavec, Television Personality, Kelly Osbourne, and Singer, Mya

Check out our Dancing with the Stars collection today!!!  Shop Now

Hairpins to Hemlines

If you are a lady who follows mainstream trends or high-end runway fashion–it is now a little easier for you to make your dance wardrobe selections! Our fabulous new Fashion Correspondent Emma Francois helps point you in the right direction when it comes to marrying mainstream fashion with ballroom dress selection. She will explain the trends of the current season and provide examples of ballroom dresses from our inventory that you can rent or purchase while staying on trend! She takes all the guess work out and keeps you fabulous and fitting in while you are standing out!   HAIRPINS TO HEMLINES

 

SPRING 18 TREND REPORT
Has Arrived!

 

 

SPARKLE BY MAIL!

Make sure you are signed up to receive our Hairpins to Hemlines Trend Report; it will enter your inbox seasonally.  Our electronic version of Hairpins to Hemlines has a lot of additional content–you don’t want to miss–trust us!

2018 Pantone Color of the Year...

The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838). Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute describes this year’s color selection as “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galazy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” For more information on the 2018 color’s of the year, visit: pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018

TEAM ENCORE

Encore is excited to announce the success of one of our favorite Dress Department interns.  She came to us with a theatrical background looking to broaden her scope in costume design and refurbishment.  We have recently learned she has been hired as a member of the traveling wardrobe department for Disney’s, The Lion King. Wishing her much success and feel her training here at Encore was invaluable!

Simply Swarovski

Sparkle on Stage…with Swarovski

Swarovski remains the leader of cut crystal, and our industry would not be the same without it!

 

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Swarovski Spring/Summer 2018 Runway