Happy New Year and Winter Sale!

Miscellaneous The Store

  Now that we've all given 2011 the bum's rush, what's the plan for 2012? First up is our Winter Sale where we suit action to words, "Out with the old." It's a great opportunity to plug any holes you've found in your winter wardrobe at reduced prices. Then it's "In with the new" as warm weather clothing begins to arrive in lighter weights and brighter colors. We've already started scheduling trunk show events, too, where you can consult one-on-one with your favorite designer or just get an overview of the latest thinking. Check our special events page to see...

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Cider & Cookies

Miscellaneous The Store

  Santa doesn't work alone. We see lots of his helpers here every year excitedly picking out gifts and enthusiastically wrapping them up, trying to make sure every gift is just right for its recipient. Whew. That's a lot of work. Santa, we realized, usually gets a bonus for his efforts-- a plate of cookies and a glass of milk at nearly every stop. Not so Santa's helpers. They don't even get to ride in the sleigh. So a few years back we decided to reward them ourselves, with Christmas cookies and hot apple cider. Soon we discovered that many...

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Savage Beauty

Designers

If you've always thought that clothing design is for sissies, empty-headed and giddy, this retrospective of the career of Alexander McQueen currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum will change your mind. Up close his creations are magnificent-- boldly executed, finely detailed, and wonderfully, often shockingly, imaginative. Step back and look again. These are not clothes many women would wear. Instead they are meant for the rapacious female creatures of nightmares-- powerful, preying, sinister and at the same time mesmerizingly beautiful and seductive. Savage Beauty is a tour de force of McQueen's remarkable imagination and well worth seeing. But be...

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A July Retreat

Miscellaneous

 July 9, 2011 The higher the temperature gets outside, the less people want to think about clothes, so time out for summer vacation.   We've been cooling off in the North Carolina mountains this week and as often happens we've spent some off-hours on a busman's holiday. This time we visited Flat Top Manor the vacation home of Moses Cone, one of the founders of the hugely successful denim manufacturer Cone Mills. The house itself is not remarkable, but it commands a view for miles around and the view alone is worth the trip. The view and the masses of...

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Sylvia Heisel's Rental

Designers Miscellaneous

  Longtime designer and friend of PlainClothes, Sylvia Heisel is full of ideas and that creativity just has to come out. Usually she expresses herself through the clothes she designs, but recently frustration pointed her in another direction. The sleek apartment she and husband Scott moved into just a year ago became a renter's nightmare-- a brand new building in which high-style fixtures fell off the walls while pleas for maintenance were ignored. Finally, a crew setting up scaffolding outside cracked the enormous sheet of glass that was their only window on the world, resulting in a rather skewed view...

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