What first inspired me for the Spring 2006 collection was a photograph of Belle Epoque era debutantes clothed in romantic tea dresses with grande chapeaux and parasols floating down a river in inner tubes. I imagined the year was 1917, the year of my grandmother's birth. The river was the Mississippi. Weeping willows hung over its banks. The air was sultry and rich with the perfume of wildflowers. The mood was lazy, sinister, sweet. This collection is really a tribute to New Orleans, its humanity and richness, its tremendous spirit, and its many layers of mystery, color, texture and romance. I had no idea then, what was to come and how special and poignant my memories of this great city would become.
Romantic layers and tiers set a creamy foundation for elegant pieces. Ice cream and cake pastels like cornflower blue, buttercup and lingerie pink are complimented by vintage whites and black. The silhouette is a blend of the 1910's and the sixties with long and short lengths that are versatile. A puffed long sleeve empire waist tunic can be worn as a mini-dress or over pants. Lingerie influences abound. There is a focus on the neck, accentuating it with high collar boleros, lacey jackets and a lace collared, frilly pink baby-doll dress in rich damask.
Lush and sun-drenched, this is wardrobe for the Southern debutante with a dark secret. Wicker chair inspired embroidery accentuates the waist and bust of a strapless dress in sweet creme and raffia. A vintage satin coatdress is lined with a lace-edged "slip" and trimmed with silver buttons, military style. Victorian influences emerge on a cropped jacket in a rich creme antique satin with intricate sleeve detail that is pure voodoo. Crepe de chine dresses and skirts embroidered with an antique piano scarf floral are inset with sheer panels. Three-piece suits in seersucker stripes add a dollop of mannish swagger. Colors with a palette of walnut, pecan, sweet crème, and blissful pinks like carnation and petal.
Party time! A playful, eclectic mélange of whimsical colors, patterns and textures made to mix and match irreverently. Silk print retro and field florals are shown on multi-tiered slip dresses with sheer insets, delicate blouses and tunics. Beading returns in wallpaper and floral patterns in just shy of fluorescent brights. Edible fluoro-metallic brocades are layers over light, bright Chantilly lace and sweet embroidered silk-tiered slips, tunics and skirts. Colors include Rose carthane, citrus, lime green, peach, spring blue and aqua for a fun, girly spring prance.
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