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Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

It’s finally Spring and as the temperature slowly heats up (and more people get vaccinated), we find ourselves more than ready to venture out again. Of course, that means putting away our “home wear” and getting back to our fashionable side. From what we’re seeing, many of you are ready to bring fashion back into your lives. This season, we’re loving all the fashion offerings from the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 line. We had the opportunity to sit down with Carlisle’s Creative Director, Jose Solis, on the very chic women’s fashion collection.

Fashion: Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

What was the inspiration/theme for the Carlisle Collection 2021 line?

My inspiration was the photography of Slim Aarons, and the amazing socialites and celebrities he photographed. Strong and beautiful women such as CZ Guest, Joan Collins, Dee Hartford, Slim Keith, Babe Paley, etc.. I loved the colors and patterns in his photography and the amazing style those women had.

Fashion: Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

What are your stand-out/favorite pieces from this collection?

It’s hard to choose because I feel each piece is a piece of the pie to complete the collection. If I were to choose, I love the embroidered organza Giselle blouse because it mixes the luxury of the embroidery on silk organza with a sporty style. I also love the printed Priscilla blouse and maxi skirt. Sometimes multi-color prints can turn out a little too over the top, but the colors in this print effortlessly blend from one color to the next.
I also love the wide-legged Deck and Chiller pants. Slim legs are still happening, but I loved the exaggerated wider legs to give a fresh proportion to jackets and tops.

Fashion: Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

How do you want women to feel when wearing the clothes from this collection?

I want women to feel confident and beautiful in ANY clothes they wear. Of course, I prefer they wear Carlisle! 🙂
However, I also want them to feel comfortable. That’s why we pay so much attention to how our clothes fit. We make sure comfort is not sacrificed for style.

Per Se by Carlisle Nina Blouse and Pants

What trends are highlighted in the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 line?

One of the trends I already mentioned is the wider leg pants. They look great when worn with cropped jackets or slimmer tops. It’s best to stay more fitted on top when wearing a wider leg pant. I also love the dramatic sleeves of the Scenario blouse, the Tea Rose Cardigan, the Giselle blouse, and the Flash blouse. Those types of sleeves are better worn with slim bottoms so the focal point is the sleeve. Lastly, I’m loving mixing prints. When done right, it can look very modern and confident as well as a way of self-expression.

Carlisle Collection Scenario Printed Blouse

How important or is it important to go with the trends?

I try not to follow trends as much as I try to create what looks fresh to the eye. I try to design clothes that have longevity and that you can pull it out of your closet years from now and it still looks relevant. When something is too trendy, it will only last a season or two before it doesn’t feel fresh anymore. Overall, I hope a woman has a sense of her own style and dresses based on her own personal style and lifestyle needs. That to me is more modern than a trend.

Spring 21: Per Se by Carlisle Curator Blouse and Brindle Skirt

What do you want women/customers to know about this collection?

Considering the year we all went through with everybody being home, we tried to address how customers would dress during these difficult times. However, we also wanted to provide a collection that looked beyond that. A collection that looked toward the future when we hopefully would start getting back to some sense of what our lives were before the past year. Fortunately, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

We couldn’t agree more with that last statement. We’re ready for that light at the end of the pandemic tunnel; we’re ready to say goodbye to our yoga pants and hello to some chic wide-leg stunners like the ones in the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021. Are you ready to bring fashion back into your life and closet? Leave a comment with what fashion trend you’re most looking forward to wearing.

To shop the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 line, head over to www.carlislecollection.com to be connected to one of their Stylists.

Curve New York Trade Show

Check Out the Hottest Trends In Lingerie from CURVE New York

The 6th annual Curve New York event is one of the largest lingerie shows in the country.

“This show was one of the most well attended with buyers from 25 countries and 47 US states!” Exclaimed Raphael Camp, the CEO of Eurovet Americas who served as the producer for the event. “We received positive feedback that brands made impactful business relationships and secured substantial orders. All exhibiting brands, buyers, sponsors, and press partners made this season truly memorable.”

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More than 250 different apparel brands were involved in the intimate apparel industry event. Some of the top names who made an appearance at CURVE New York include Eberjey, Chantelle, and Komar. From fitting workshops to panels discussing inclusivity, this event did more than just showcase the newest and brightest from lingerie companies creating lingerie similar to designer lingerie by Natori; it set the top trends we can expect to see throughout the next year.

When 99.7% of people agree that a healthy smile is socially important, it makes a pretty convincing statement about the timelessness of an important physical feature. However, like the rest of our bodies change, so do the fashion trends we see rise and fall in the clothing that we adorn.

Curve New York Trade Show

No one is so in-tune with current trends as Camp.

“We are seeing the rise of hybrid brands — the lines between innerwear and outerwear are being blurred. Lingerie and Swimwear items are being crafted in new materials that artfully transition from the boudoir or pool to the nightclub or music festival.”

Without further ado, here are some of the industry trend favorites from Curve New York this year:

Bondage-Inspired Looks


Who says bondage isn’t fashion?

Society is becoming more sex-positive with each passing year. It isn’t frowned upon to talk about sex anymore and more people are visiting sites like Etsy to find bondage equipment that they can experiment with. Of course, not everyone is into BDSM but there is a growing interest, which is what is making these types of lingerie so popular. Bordelle, DTSM, Mila Krasna, and Elissa Poppy are the ones driving this new fashion trend. The fashion brands stunned audiences with bondage-inspired lingerie that fans couldn’t get enough of. Complete with strappy, skin-tight details and more than a few leather features, these leading lingerie brands served equal measures of fashion and fierceness at the trade show.

Retro Vibes


Dita Von Teese led the pack but their looks were closely followed by stunning selections from Lise Charmel, Parfait, Maison Close, and Noblesse Oblige. From ruffles to lace to classic silhouettes, onlookers were stunned with the unique creations at the show.

Body Positivity


With things like boudoir photo shoot New Orleans becoming more and more popular with women looking to give themselves a confidence boost, body positivity is a train that cannot be stopped. A special space was carved out to ensure that these body-positive brands were given the attention they deserve. Curvy Kate was a fan favorite, along with Gossard, Parfait, and Panache.

Paired with the special “Inclusiveness and Intimate Apparel Panel” hosted by Kimmay Caldwell, activism was at the forefront of the event this year.

Elegant Comfort

Maison Close, Leonisa, Janira, Chantelle, CosaBella, Maison Dejaby, Le Mystere, and Felina were just some of the brands hoping to blend comfort with luxury. After all, lingerie is known for its uncomfortable structure. Just like a glass partition can be framed or frameless, however, industry leaders are constantly finding new ways to add structure and comfort in lingerie.

90’s + Bodysuit Trends


Camp was right when he noted the prevalence of dextrous fashion; now, more than ever, we want clothing that does double-duty. From nights in the bedrooms where you can make him beg for it to nights on the town where you both can dance the night away, top brands were showcasing 90’s-inspired bodysuits that can be worn just about anywhere. This actually isn’t far off from Eurovet’s prediction back in November of last year, including their fan-favorite: innerwear as outerwear. Top leaders in this field include Monique Moran, Aubade, Blubella, and Undress Code. Speaking of which…

Innerwear as Outerwear

Larissa Kate, Else, Undress Code, Natori, Ipek Kramer, V.O. She, and Rya Collection took the bodysuit trend to the next level. Striking a delicate balance between sexy and conservative these brands are every Instagram girl’s dream.

Animal Print


Timeless and edgy, this print isn’t going anywhere. Gossard, Hanky Panky, and Commando are just a few names that stood out from the crowd this year.

Tattoo Embroidery

Who wouldn’t want to invest in an edgy, tattooed look? Up to 45 million Americans already have at least one tattoo — why not put them on your clothing, too? From delicate tough girl to no-holds-bar badass, Myla London and Monique Moran were loud and proud at Curve NY.

Underwire Unlined

Hello, comfort. Where have you been? Ignore pokes and prods with the help of Simone Perele, Lise Charmel, Journelle, Empreinte, and Natori.

Sustainable by Surprise

Sustainability is more important than ever. When you’re looking to help your body — and the planet — invest in brands like Lise Charmel, Clo Intimo, Elissa Poppy (sustainable European Latex made from Rubber), Kala, and MilaKrasna.

Curve’s influential trade show was so successful that critics are still singing their praises a month later. The event has gotten a particular notice on social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram. This isn’t surprising given that 78% of Americans use social media in one form or another. New brands were also able to weigh in on the affair, like Siella Montreal, who was “super pleased with the outcome” of the trade show.

Curve New York Trade Show

Are you on-trend this year? The next time you want to fill your closet with the best in fashion, rely on these top Curve New York designers as your guide.

Remembering The Creative Influence Of Fashion Icon Karl Lagerfeld

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Days ago, the world lost fashion and design icon, Karl Lagerfeld. You’d be hard pressed not to know who he was, even if the world of haute couture is lost on you. As of 2017, there were more than 3.74 billion internet users in the world. Days following Karl Lagerfeld’s death, millions of those internet users who would’ve otherwise not know his name are learning about him. His presence, appearance, voice, and influence have rippled through the fashion world for decades. Now his death has left a void where once stood a Titan.

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In an extremely private battle with pancreatic cancer, the longtime creative director at Chanel passed away at age 85. His dazzling creative life changed the face and attitude of fashion as we know it and we’ll still — often unknowingly — be feeling the impact of his influential creative genius as it subtly flows down from luxury fashion houses to mass marketed apparel. While 75% of internet users never scroll past the first page of search results, they’ll be seeing hundreds of Lagerfeld memorials over the next few weeks. And it isn’t difficult to see why.

Starting Out With Karl

“When I was four, I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday,” Lagerfeld told Vogue.

From his earliest life, it was pretty clear that Karl Lagerfeld wasn’t like everybody else. At an early age, Karl went to Paris where he began his life-long journey in the fashion industry. From Balmain to Chloe to Fendi, Lagerfeld made his mark on some of the most famed fashion houses on earth through the 1950s and 1960s. Then, he found his throne as the creative director for Chanel.

“My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things,” he said in reference to founding designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

He proceeded to bring Chanel back to life after the fashion house had been long dormant. Chanel CEO Alain Wertheimer said that when Lagerfeld took the creative reigns, he told him to do whatever he wanted. Free creative reign. As it turns out, this would be one of the best decisions he could’ve made as Lagerfeld proceeded to revive and modernize the former glory of Chanel.

When you make a name for yourself that large, all eyes are on you. A fact which he relished, regardless of the reactions he received.

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Controversial Karl

Lagerfeld was, while widely revered, not without a swath of controversy surrounding him. His quick wit, sharp tongue, and flippant attitude toward his own manner of self-idolatry were certainly central to his character. With him front and center upon the throne of a world revolving around image, he was unabashed to make sure that people heard what he had to say on things. And where many famous people in the spotlight choose their words carefully, Lagerfeld believed the exact opposite.

“Be politically correct, but please don’t bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that’s the end of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation,” he said to Vogue.

Reflected in a comment he made about abandoning his German citizenship when German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to welcome a million migrants into Germany, whispers of xenophobia weren’t uncommon. Where the immigrants make up 13% of the U.S. population, Germany’s immigrant population is much lower, a fact that isn’t lost in the political sphere there. Also, a fact Lagerfeld felt the need to offer his opinions on.

From the political sphere to every and any aspect of the fashion world, Lagerfeld didn’t censor himself. Something that many didn’t like, others feared, and masses respected. Who fell into which category among those who had opinions about Karl didn’t matter. Why? He simply couldn’t be bothered.

Quotable Karl

Lagerfeld was never shy about speaking his mind. Widely regarded as one of the most quotable people in the history of fashion, his nuggets of sharp-tongued “wisdom” still permeate. He was notably quotable in the way he spoke of (and lived in) absolute luxury.

He had a little obsession with 18th-century French decor and design. This was, of course, reflected in his homes. In the United States, the average home sold brought in about $249,000 in 2017. For a man who did not abide such words as average, Lagerfeld’s homes included: a villa and two apartments in Monaco, a home in Rome, one in Melun, one in Paris, and a chateau in Brittany. All of which were decoratively modeled after the splendor of Versailles. Packed with luxury, Lagerfeld reportedly got tired of things in his homes and, in the year 2000, auctioned items off grabbing a total of $21.7 million. He shrugged this off stating the following:

“Anything dusty, dirty, musty — forget about it here. I like my eighteenth-century fresh.”

If it did not sparkle, he would not have it. This attitude spanned his whole existence and contributed to his outlook, as well as his personal look. He himself dressed the part in an unmistakably Karl fashion. Dark sunglasses, silver ponytail, fingerless gloves, and suits with incredibly high collars.

The entire fashion world is still paying tribute to his legacy and his seat at Chanel’s creative helm will be taken by the director of Chanel’s Fashion Creative Studio, Virginie Viard, reportedly Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator of over 30 years.

In a few words, there’s little left to say that Karl himself couldn’t have said better, so we’ll leave you with one of his particularly smile-worthy sentiments:

“I am very much down to Earth. Just not this Earth.”

Rest in peace, Mr. Lagerfeld.

UNWONTED Fall/Winter 2019 at Nolcha Shows

Nolcha Fashion Week: Unwonted Fall-Winter 2019 Collection

Our first fashion show from the Nolcha Shows showcased a mix of men’s, women’s and children’s ready-to-wear but we’re concentrating on the womenswear. Founded by Lujin Zhang, Zampano Lin, Yokiri Qin and Yanting Zhao in 2018, Unwonted is affordable limited high-end clothing. We had the pleasure of attending the Unwonted Fall-Winter 2019 Collection, which was inspired by “Balance”.

UNWONTED Fall/Winter 2019 at Nolcha Shows

Inspired by the “Balance” shown in the intimate relationship between materials and cut, including wool, velvet, organza leather, silk, and corduroy. Fabrics were deconstructed and resembled in different ways resulting in designs that could be dressed in various ways. Unwonted’s designs embody balanced aspects of yin and yang in (inspired by) Taoism. This philosophy believes balance leads to beauty in harmony while imbalance leads to destruction in chaos. With Unwonted, the designers strive to create harmonious designs using the philosophy of balance.

UNWONTED Fall/Winter 2019 at Nolcha Shows

The color palette for the Unwonted Fall-Winter 2019 collection boasted earth tones with splashes of bold color including chocolate, greys, bean, dusty rose, black, blue, white, purple, celadon, and emerald green. Fabrics used include wool, organza, tulle, velvet, and corduroy. Design details include asymmetrical silhouette, topstitching, embroidery, beading, patchwork, and pleating.

UNWONTED Fall/Winter 2019 at Nolcha Shows

Apart from making their collection of affordable luxury, only 100 pieces are released per design. All of Unwonted’s pieces hold one-of-a-kind looks while embracing dresser’s unique personality and attitude. This allows a balance between the clothing and dresser themselves. Each with a unique number engraved to ensure quality and exclusivity.

UNWONTED Fall/Winter 2019 at Nolcha Shows

Some of our favorite pieces include a Dusty Rose dress in a double-layered yarn silhouette with sleeves with beaded patches; a Cave Pearl double layered tulle dress  with long sleeves; Dark Grey/Light Grey woolen jacket with contrasting light grey pockets and Dark Grey plaid close-fitting zippered pants; and a Blue/Silver/Grey short zippered velvet cardigan jacket with corduroy sleeves and asymmetrical patent leather pockets with plaid zippered pants with slanted pockets and silver embroidered pockets.

They usually say too many cooks spoil the broth but in the case of this multi-designer label, it only enhanced the collection. What are your thoughts on the looks from the Unwonted Fall-Winter 2019 Collection?

 

 

Photos by Paul Newland/fashionstock.com

Maria Aristidou SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week: Maria Aristidou Spring Summer 2019 Collection

We are back to sing the praises of haute couture designer, Maria Aristidou, during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. You may remember she captivated us with her Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Well, she has done it again with the Maria Aristidou Spring Summer 2019 Collection. For this season, Maria Aristidou presented a knit couture collection during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Upon first glance, you will notice a recurring pattern throughout the collection.

Maria Aristidou SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

The inspiration for the Maria Aristidou Spring Summer 2019 collection is a pattern that came from a single vintage arched door. She found this during a walk inside the old city walls of Nicosia. The inspiration for the simplicity of the door’s facade, together with the complexity of the engineering behind it, gave rise to a series of design trials that lead to this fine timeless pattern for the fabrics of the spring/summer 2019 collection.

Maria Aristidou SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

You don’t always know what ‘s hidden behind a closed door, yet even when you think you do, you always wonder if you are right. A closed door is, more often than not, a mystery to all of us. We are humans and curiosity is, whether we like it or not, a human imperfection. And when that door has an arch and a keystone, intertwining to form a coherent symplexis, it becomes a mystical and wondrous gate, behind which imagination can run wild! So, open it. If you dare.

Maria Aristidou SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Titled “Symplexis”, the couture knit collection featured hand embroidered embellishments on a colorful palette of luxurious knit fabrics made by the designer. It captured the beauty and the essence of a woman. Unexpected cuts on timeless, classic designs with modern details are the signature of the designer’s Spring/Summer 2019 “Symplexis” collection. But knitwear is not Maria Aristidou’s first foray into knitwear. In 2015 she introduced her first A/W 2015 Knit Scarf Collection, a beginning of a new concept in her designs. The foray inspired her to first explore and then create, using luxurious threads and elaborate techniques, various knit patterns.

Maria Aristidou SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

The craftsmanship of detailed hand embroideries adds to the uniqueness of Maria Aristidou’s fabric collections for the couture evening and accessories. Yarns such as wool, viscose, lurex, cotton, silk, and velvet are ordered from Paris and Italy. Then, a series of patterns, first designed on paper, then on to a computer knit programmer. The only fabric that is actually bought, and not produced by the designer, is the lining needed for each garment.

What are your thoughts on the Maria Aristidou Spring Summer 2019 Collection? Which looks are your favorites?