By HOLLY JACKSON
I’m not sure if it’s because I’m turning 33 soon or because living in a historic house with no closets has changed me, but I’ve found myself thinking a lot about how to create a simple and classic wardrobe lately. I recently did a huge clothing clear out, with a built in reward of replacing some items at the end of it. Instead of going for crazy prints and patterns like I would have several years ago, I found myself drawn to simple and chic pieces that would all work well together – essentially the beginnings of a French inspired capsule wardrobe. Ironically, putting together a classic and high quality wardrobe while being plus sized actually felt like more work than putting together a colorful and quirky one!
I was in the middle of my epic downsizing when a beautiful package from Hanky Panky showed up. It … ...Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
This is an “I told you so story”. As a child, my parents were adamant in their belief that one should “never judge a book by its cover”. Recently this age old adage came back to haunt me. Here’s how.
I receive a great many product solicitations via email and I make a point of never passing over the initial message. A buyer needs to see what’s happening out there because one never knows where a new idea will emerge. This is how I was introduced to the Ruby Ribbon brand, a very unique (and successful) initiative in product development and distribution. The company’s manifest devoted to empowering women both in how they feel about themselves and as entrepreneurs intrigued me. So, I took a deeper dive and agreed to try the product. It arrived in the heat of July: I did not even attempt to put … ...Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
Last week I was speaking to Danny Koch, owner of Town Shop in NYC and I asked him if anything new was selling. His response: “The newest thing in our store is Natori Hosiery and socks, it is gorgeous. Made by Memoi, it is just on the shelves and is doing well. Josie was very involved in all aspects.” He had my attention. I called Memoi immediately for more information.
On a personal note, I haven’t worn tights, stockings or stay ups for more years than I care to count. I am absolutely not a dress or skirt gal. Socks are my thing; the more eccentric the better. It’s a great way to make a statement in a wardrobe generally dominated by black and white. (Guilty) However, as a hosiery and legwear buyer at one point in my well-worn career, I learned a thing or … ...Read more
A fashion editorial series by Stephanie Hynes & Lingerie Briefs
“Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is set out to expose the essence, essentials or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms, features or concepts.”
Walking around the Curve show with Stephanie last month, I mentioned that the emerging story that I perceived was the focus on basic essentials, simple shapes whose function was to provide supportive and flattering silhouettes without fuss. I tagged it Lingerie Minimalism.
In America, the everyday t-shirt bra and panty remains a dominant piece in a woman’s underwear drawer. In the current environment, a major statement by many brands is the reinforcement of their essential bra styles. Updating componentry and creating linear visuals bring a fresh perspective on these established collections.
What better way to show the versatility of … ...Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
This time last year we featured Violet & Wren in the Gallery and it’s a pleasure to be able to follow-up with what is up-and-coming next season from this luxury label. Described as “British, botanical loungewear with a passion for everyday luxury”, Violet & Wren specializes in silk creations such as robes, pajamas and chemises that feature custom hand-painted illustrations.
For Spring/Summer 2019, those illustrations are light and floral (with a classic stripe option in the mix). Known for its dramatic prints, the brand’s design team (founders Louise Barnard and Helen Pollington) pride themselves on creating collections that work as luxe loungewear that can be accessorized to wear outside the home. This is an on-going trend that sophisticated fashion aficionados always seem to be able to pull off.
While the following images are a sneak peek at 2019, we certainly recommend that you take a look at … ...Read more