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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A Crazy Week...

Miscellaneous

  I knew it would be a crazy week in New York when taxi-ing in from LaGuardia on Sunday afternoon I looked up to see an ambulance speeding along right ahead of us, lights flashing. I thought standard protocol was to slow down and get out of the way of any emergency vehicle, but my taxi driver calmly pulled out, accelerated and passed it. Welcome to the Big Apple. With the high-profile runway shows of Fashion Week just ended I've come to visit the designers' showrooms for a closer, less frenzied look at the ladies' spring 2011 collections, edit out...

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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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So hot, so long.

Miscellaneous What to Wear

  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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Yum, yum, yum

Miscellaneous Where to Wear

  Usually we eat lunch standing up in between helping customers. Consequently, we really feel like we're on vacation whenever we get the chance to sit down for an uninterrupted lunch. Thus, when we heard that a brand new, locally-owned panini restaurant had just opened, we decided to take a lunch vacation there. After all, a panino is an Italian sandwich and we could do a lot worse than vacation for an hour or so in Italy. I'm happy to say we made a good choice. The list of panini on offer is short, but well-chosen and creative as are...

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