Luciano Barbera: REALLY Made in Italy

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  Luciano Barbera believes in labels. The "Made in Italy" label sewn into his garments means just that -- made in Italy every step of the way. Seems obvious, doesn't it? After all, for decades his family's mill near Milan has produced, slowly and painstakingly, luxurious fabrics sought out by the creme-de-la-creme of fashion designers. Sewn in Italy from its own fabrics, the Barbera men's and women's collections reflect the style, elegance and uncompromising craftsmanship that as consumers we have come to expect as the hallmark of things Italian. Of course, not everyone thinks like Barbera. There are cheaper, quicker...

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Cotton Up

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  While we've been focused on the glamour and glitz of the new spring collections, trouble has been developing elsewhere in the clothing world: costs are going up, and how. Case in point, cotton... that fiber we use to dress men, women and children in everything from diapers to denim jeans to men's elegant evening shirts. Shockingly, the price of cotton has nearly doubled since this time last year. Suddenly it's no longer politically incorrect to be singing "I wish I was in the land of cotton", at least into the ear of your broker. So, what happened? Basically, when...

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Market weeks move fast...

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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

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  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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So hot, so long.

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  The season is changing and we can hardly wait. It's been so hot for so long this summer (more than 50 days above 90 degrees so far) that what was relaxation early on has now turned into lethargy. Lethargy gets boring fast; that means it's time for us all to line up some new projects, events and experiments for fall. So, ladies, come to our trunk shows in September where you can share your ideas and opinions with designers Sylvia Heisel, Holly Levy (H. Flitter) and Katie Brierley (Isoude). I promise you a conversation with a designer is more...

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