Apparently hope is blooming again because the energy and positive attitude I felt at the CurveNY lingerie show this past week at the Javits Center in NYC was palpable. Walking around the Spring 2009 fair, there was a clear change in mood from the exhibition last February. This show felt like an evolution. After a long winter of hunkering down, there appears to be a focus on brighter days ahead. Perhaps the entrepreneurial spirit is back.
It brings to mind the confident vision of Henri Matisse, who when musing about his work once said,
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them”
Besides the obvious increase in traffic, I had the opportunity to walk the show with my colleague, Jenny Kell, the Design Director for Concepts Paris and review some very exciting new products. We were encouraged by, not only the established sources with whom we … ...Read more
Since the age of 16, when I spent a summer living with a family above their cheese factory in Reims, France, I have been enamored by the elegance and aesthetic of the French culture. Maybe it was the Veuve Clicquot champagne that was served freely at the dinner table, or the chocolate éclairs I managed to overeat while exploring the plethora of patisseries with my teenage friends.
In college, while studying the art and language that is at the heart of the French psyche, I could not ignore the elements of style and taste that inform this seductive society.
The French have an uncanny ability to incorporate feminine charm and exquisite detail into the everyday fabric of their lives.
They just have a certain “savoir-faire”.
There is a reason why fashion, flair and sophistication have become a trademark of the French lifestyle.The Chantelle brand embodies the charm of French … ...Read more
I spent every summer of my childhood camping on the islands in Lake George, N.Y. in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The tradition continued into adulthood, shifting to the family log cabin on the shoreline of Schroon Lake, located further north in this six million acre state park. My affection for the verdant forests, pristine lakes and silent beauty must have influenced my fierce affinity for all things green.
I see the mountain light and how it yields to so many different hues of green as something organic and alive with possibilities.
Nature gives us fabrics that are a reflection of this pure and clean environment and finding products that sustain the environment remains an essential tenet of our lifestyle.
Hanky Panky recently introduced a new underwear collection made with 100% supima cotton that is organically grown and available in eight colors. The simple, linear design of the … ...Read more
For me, Teddy Roosevelt’s famous quote: “Speak softly and carry a big stick” has always informed my approach to communication. Keep the dialog warm, calm, and open but make sure it is powered by an infrastructure of facts. My opinion is that this is the most productive way to make a statement.
I visited the Premiere Vision Preview show in NYC last week. The show was small and not particularly dynamic, BUT one message kept running through my mind as I reviewed the fabrics and colors presented for 2010. There was a clear statement of softness and light supported by a solid industrial foundation. Roosevelt’s quote kept running through my mind.
These shows can be very esoteric, so I always try to focus on one idea that impacts my world. Lace, the quintessential fabric in lingerie product, articulated the show’s theme clearly. The lace patterns at the PV show had … ...Read more
I was rummaging through an old box of vintage costume jewelry the other day and was struck by how unique these pieces were. I keep thinking how matronly I thought they were when my mother showed them to me years ago. Now, they seem so interesting. I wonder how they might look pinned on a particular linen jacket in my closet.
I think the juxtaposition of the new with the old is a real fashion statement.
A while ago, I had the opportunity to review The Betsey Johnson Intimates line at the Carole Hochman showroom. Besides the fact that this collection is so well merchandised, I was particularly impressed with how Carole used knitted nylon tricot to design baby dolls and chemises that looked sexy, sassy and new. She has taken this basic nightgown fabric used for traditional lingerie for my mother’s generation, and reinterpreted it for the modern girl … ...Read more