Market weeks move fast...

Designers Miscellaneous What to Wear

Katie Brierley, designer of Isoude, observes her model wearing a perfectly-cut silk blouse and pants. Here is just one from a group of cleverly color-blocked jersey dresses by a new Dutch designer we'll introduce for spring. She said, "The light is better on the terrace", so that's where we viewed this collection of summer sweaters. Here we're shown two new print patterns at Lyn Devon's studio. Designer Sophie Theallet confers with her model who nonchalantly wears a boldly printed dress with a wonderful silhouette. We interrupted the early-morning cleaning crew to see this eco-friendly collection. Market weeks move fast and...

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Instruments of Torture

Designers Miscellaneous What to Wear Where to Wear

  Last weekend we took a quick trip to Nashville to see "The Golden Age of Couture: 1947-1957", a show on loan from London's Victoria and Albert Museum to the Frist Museum. There we saw some wonderful examples of the post-World War II "New Look" famously introduced by Christian Dior: voluminous skirts, padded hips, wasp-waists and pointed bosoms. This highly-engineered silhouette was giddily adopted at that time by the fashion world and the world in general. Witness your family photos from that generation or the movies of that era starring actresses from Marilyn Monroe to Doris Day. General wisdom explains...

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Musings on the Market, Spring 2011

Designers Miscellaneous What to Wear

Last week's men's 2011 spring clothing market had us sorting through button-down shirts, colorful crewnecks, plain-front pants, narrow ties, regimental stripes, tartan plaids, madras and seersucker fabrics, penny loafers and, yes, saddle oxfords. Clearly, what we have here is a resurgence of interest in the traditional American men's style known as "Ivy League". For those of you born too late to have experienced this style firsthand here's a quick history: Ivy League is what those irrepressible (and elite) American college boys were wearing circa 1930-1965 to make sure they didn't look too much like their fathers. Whereas Father (or maybe...

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Sidewalk catwalk

Designers What to Wear

Except for the rolling racks of clothing being shuttled along the sidewalks and across intersections, New York's historic Garment District usually looks deceptively like any other high-energy part of this high-energy city. Not so this summer. A group of talented New York designers have taken their creativity to the street presenting a "Sidewalk Catwalk" display of individually and remarkably dressed mannequins posed runway-style along Broadway between Herald Square and Times Square. Glimpsing this parade of what-to-wear ideas, experiments and statements, tourists, business people, and locals alike get an on-site peek at what the Garment District, now on the city's endangered...

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Shirts and Jobs

Designers

  Unless you're a big fan of maple syrup, it's probably been a while since you've purchased anything "Made in New England". In fact, the once-thriving clothing manufacturing industry there has succumbed to the realities of globalization, union demands and economic upheaval. Jobs are scarce, unemployment is high and factories, once humming, sit idle and forlorn. We were so excited, then, to hear from an old friend with an ambitious new project: he's resurrected one of those sad factories and is putting it back to work producing shirts for us and jobs for his community. You'll like his shirts as much as we...

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