February 11, 2008 Working Model


Peruvian Connection (L)    DDF ad campaign (R)

Now that New York Fashion Week has ended I’m again reminded of the importance of a good model.  We have been fortunate to feature a variety of accomplished models over the years but I thought I would introduce you to one of our shining stars who played an important role in our Resort 2008 line.

Born in the Netherlands, our 5′ 11" ingenue won the 1998 Elite Model Look Contest.  A fast and successful career began and she was courted by top designers throughout the world for print and runway.  Above, DDF (a skincare line) found her porcelain skin and freckled nose as charming as we did and her statuesque form certainly lent additional grace to our new spring designs.

Model is wearing above:

Sisal Back Bow Hat

Wide Painted Bangle

Thin Painted Bangle

Flat Painted Bangle

Ice Blue Petal Crochet Bag

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February 4, 2008 A Captive Audience


The men of Kas, Turkey admire our Handknit Corset Tunic.  What good taste they have!

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January 30, 2008 Most Attractive Body Parts


Did you know that there are three parts of a woman’s anatomy that are considered universally attractive no matter her dress size?  Whether we are thin or full, tall or short, round or athletic we can count on these three body parts to always be pretty.  Do you know what they are?  #1 The bust, #2 the forearm (between the elbow and wrist) and #3 the shoulder.  Now most would no doubt argue the list should be longer and of course each of us has special features we are proud of.  But for the sake of including all women on a GLOBAL scale the narrow field of three is the universally agreed upon group.

Our ingenious design team has created an entire resort line for Spring with these three flattering features in mind.  Empire waists, open neck-lines, wide cupping straps and elbow-length sleeves are only some of the smart design choices we offer this season.  So play-up your assets ladies and feel pretty!

Z50169 Perignon Dress – Bust and shoulders
B30079 Firenze Dress – Bust and shoulders
110432 Peasant Top – Bust and shoulders
190059 Cap Sleeve Chemise – Bust and shoulders
190069 Drape Neck Top – Bust and shoulders
190049 Gathered Waist Dress – Bust and forearms
110412 Pointelle V-Neck Dress – Bust and forearms
443652 Bellissima Dress – Bust and forearms

I can’t list them all!  Browse for yourself here.

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January 29, 2008 Vintage Inspired Details


With the introduction of our Resort 2008 collection this week we also debut our new wovens line of print, embroidered and tailored fabric designs. One inspiration in particular brings an unexpected vintage charm to our customers.  Constructed from light, antiqued cotton, silk and linen our museum quality pieces remind us of a time when old-world construction and romantic detailing were the norm.  Tiny pin-tucks, lace inserts, beading, quilting and applique as well as classic notions such as tiny pearl buttons, corset lacing, garter hook and eyes and rickrack trims can now be found in modern silhouettes. 

If you are looking for that vintage character with a fresh interpretation then look no further:

320832 Fanciwork Blouse

260032 Ankara Shirtdress

Z50179 Pastoral Pinafore

B30012 Breeze Skirt

B80002 Primavera Skirt

C40019 Left Bank Coat

Some Vintage Inspired Accessories:

F50172 Heirloom Sailor Beret

Q70042 Ticking Stripe Tote

253252 Petal Crochet Bag

970618 Sterling and Bone Rectangle Earrings

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Turkey Cooking Lesson


Sometimes it is the unexpected events in our lives that yield the most treasured memories.  We photographed our Resort 2008 catalogue on the remote island of Kekova, Turkey.  The villagers of Kaleköy may have been initially surprised by our eclectic entourage of photographers, stylists, models and equipment but they quickly adopted us during our stay and made us feel right at home. 

We were especially enamored by the local cuisine.  Mediterranean salads were lovingly prepared for us with a variety of fresh ingredients such as olive oil, mushrooms and eggplant seasoned with newly picked basil.  Staples such as fish and yogurt were complemented by warm crusty bread and fruit.  But it was the enigmatic island pancake that roused our palette every morning.   Our island hosts, noticing our admiration and curiosity about the dish, graciously offered to give us a group cooking lesson.   

Under the stars, we gathered around an open fire and our "teacher", not able to speak English, began simply by mixing flour and water into malleable dough with only her hands.  Then she rolled portions effortlessly into paper thin pancakes that covered the entire floured table and filled each with handfuls of goat cheese and basil. The large half-moon folded pancake was then browned on a concave iron surface over the fire while her mother attended.  Moments later we were all sharing the delicious light pancakes one after another.  She even allowed us to try rolling the dough ourselves.  This was a disaster of course that ended in both our instructor and her mother laughing out loud at our ugly pancakes.  But their generosity and inherent joy fed not only our weary bodies but also our spirits.  This post serves as our heart-felt "thank you" to our generous Kaleköy family.

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