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

Thursday, October 18, 2018


Although I mostly wear black, white, grey, and navy I've been liking anything in pink these days. When it's knit in something chunky it feels a little less girly.

The Knitter via Elle Spain

Here's a nice handknit in 100% Peruvian wool from the "Wildlings" Collection by a UK made-to-order company I stumbled upon called Gold Freckles. I'm assuming the season's name is a Game of Thrones reference? 

Gold Freckles

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tension Play

Lorod Resort 2019
Tse Cashmere Fall 2018

3 views of the same Lurdes Bergada dress with long floats: Editorial, Runway, Product

Lurdes Berrada SS12


Monday, October 8, 2018

In Bloom

Flowers are everywhere. Big bold ones. Or maybe because I just completed a project with a heavy dose of floral patterns that I'm noticing them.

Not sure if this coat is a knit...probably not but when you look at the flowers you can practically count stitches. Even if this is not a knit, you can easily translate it.

Amanda Shadforth @oraclefox

If anyone knows the designer of this lovely jacquard floral sweater, please leave a comment below. I think it's a pretty obvious one but I can't figure it out. Dolce? Valentino? Anyone?

source unknown

Lots of blurry, dense floral patterns out there too

Harper's Bazaar Turkey August 2018

A graphic dense floral print by the artist, Lulie Wallace. I love the black ground of this one which I found on tumblr. A lot of work shown on her website seems lighter and more feminine, which isn't necessarily my thing so this one seems unique. She recently released a series of hand painted framed silks, which are as pricey as some Hermes scarves but there are plenty of prints and other items that are very affordable. She also collaborates with Anthropologie so if you're into her style you can pick-up something there for a lot less.

Thursday, October 4, 2018


A little Fall, a little Spring. Some ways to wear crops tops throughout the year.

LFW Spring 2019 | The Fashion Medley
This one is a little nuts. I'm not exactly sure from what this top is knit...maybe glossy, puffer-coat-esque quilted strips? I can see a seam line on each "yarn" so it's possible.

Grazia Netherlands October 2018

Top from Zara. I also highly recommend following her insta. Amazing style!

L'Officiel Paris May 2018