Thursday, November 22, 2018

Power Plaid

We're absolutely having a plaid moment. It's everywhere. Isn't it always you say? I guess....but whole editorials are dedicated to it this Fall. I love plaid because it always has tomboy overtones no matter what color, scale, or brand that designs it. At Coach I designed enough plaid scarves to last me a lifetime. I have buckets of them! Plaid also says Thanksgiving to me so Happy Holiday!

Elle Portugal December 2018
Elle Portugal December 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Grey Days

It dawned on me that as a sweater designer I really don't have a lot of "perfect" sweaters. I'm currently needing easy things to throw on with jeans and I refuse to buy another black thing. I saw the first image on Keep It Chic and Preston Davis (KIC's editor) first saw it on @fastened2fashion's Instagram. So simple yet only Pheobe Philo's Celine could have made something so "perfect."

Keep It Chic

This Is Glamorous

Monday, November 5, 2018

Do The Polka

I never used to like polka dots. I always thought of them as being a little too girly for me but when they're done in simple black and white they look more modern and sophisticated. I especially love the the jumbo size and density of the layout in the 1st image. The silhouette itself is also quite chic.

Harper's Bazaar Brazil May 2018

I'm guessing that if Taylor Swift is sporting the look, there will be millions of fans as well.

Monday, October 29, 2018

A Touch of Lace

I'm laughing as I write the title of this post because it's the name of a throw-back NYC garment center company that happens to still be around. Touch of Lace is the largest producer of Venise lace and Shiffli embroidery in the US and they still make everything in-house in Fairview NJ. At my very first job with Susan Lazar we worked with them a bit. They're so old-school they don't even have a website but the link above takes you to their page on the Maker's Row site if you want more info.

Sadly, most designers don't do their own leg work anymore and that's partially because it's pretty hard to find companies that are actually based here who can come show you their offerings. Everything is mostly outsourced to an overseas factory. Clip a picture from some runway show or editorial, and send it off in an email to source on your behalf. In return you'll get a few random cuttings and a bunch of catalogs. Of course if you can afford it, there are some beautiful French and Italian lace mills that we used quite often.

Anyway, I like lace. I find it demure and elegant.

Tanya Taylor Resort 2019
Chunky sweater over a slip with lace peeking out. Not necessarily something we haven't seen before but the masculine/feminine juxtaposition feels right currently.

The below image is by a Copenhagen designer where a lot of interesting fashion moments seem to be coming from these days. This isn't lace but it's got a lacey aspect and while it's more of a styling trick than anything else, I find it interesting. Tableclothe chic perhaps?!

Cecile Banhsen FW17

Monday, October 22, 2018