Falling Into Autumn

 

Warm up the apple cider and pull on your cable knit sweater; it’s time for falling leaves, hay rides, corn mazes, and pumpkin picking.  Take a steam locomotive through the Shenandoah Valley, explore the Luray Caverns, just enjoy a ride through Skyline Drive – seeing all the colors fall has to offer, or try your hand at apple picking and making apple butter, or have a relaxing glass of wine at one of our many vineyards on a crisp fall day.  September, October, and November are beautiful months in Virginia – a great time to plan your visit and fall in love with our state and our dresses!

We Aim To Please!

Isn't She Lovely!

We are excited to announce our Co-Founder and Owner, Julie Michelle Wilson, has been crowned Ms. Ireland USA! She comes from the Royal Caldwell Baronetage of Wellsborough, in Ireland. She has just returned from Ireland where she visited Castle Caldwell, and Belleek Pottery.

 

To learn more about her interesting family history checkout MsIrelandUSA.com!

 

We Did It!!

Be-A-Star

Encore Ballroom Couture has been entrusted with the remaining Dancing with the Stars show pieces designed by Emmy award winning costume designer, Randall Christensen! This will be the last opportunity dancers, and fans, will have to own a part of television, and dance history. Many museums and private collectors have been contacted, and the collection will be moving along quickly. All of the pieces in the collection retain their original integrity, and are authentic Dancing with the Stars show pieces. Grab your glitter, step into the spotlight; being the star you were born to be!!!

Ready For MY Spotlight!  

Flirty Dancing

With Dancing with the Stars having a break until Fall 2019, and So You Think You Can Dance back Summer 2019,….you may be wondering what dancing programing can hold you over?! Well we have found a fantastically fun program called Flirty Dancing!  It is produced by Channel 4 in Ireland.  You can find the Channel on Youtube and subscribe to watch full episodes.

Flirty Dancing is a brand new kind of dating show! It is two parts Dancing with the Stars, one part the Bachelor, with a twist of Blind Date just for fun.  Participants learn a choreographed dance routine individually, which is tailored to illustrate their personalities, and what they are looking for in a mate. When the participants meet for the first time they are to dance and then leave…only communicating through dance.  After the encounter they decide if they would like to schedule a regular first date.  Watch these Hollywood musical style first dates play out for yourself!!!!  We will be watching!!!

You Better WORK!

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

 

SUMMER 19 TREND REPORT

 

 

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!

2019 Pantone Color of the Year

The 2019 Pantone Color of the Year is Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546). “It emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.” Pantone.com

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute commented “Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral.  With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

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!