What is it about nautical inspired clothing that continues to look fresh, year after year? Even miles from the ocean, as this photo appears to be, it’s the quintessential summertime look! It makes one want to break out the white and marine blue, that’s for sure.
* On May 19, Ralph Rucci will be the next designer (joining Diane von Furstenberg, Manolo Blahnik, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld…) honored at the Savannah School of Art and Design as the recipient of the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award. In conjunction there will be an exhibit of Rucci’s work in one of the school’s exhibition halls. I saw the Diane von Furstenberg show several years ago and loved it. Unfortunately, a niece has chosen that day to get married…
* I seem to never tire of videos of people sewing. Here is the making of a Chanel couture gown.
* From Keds: Spice up your spring style with a dose of southwest tribe-vibe. Interesting, considering all the negative publicity Urban Outfitters and others have gotten for their “Indian” looks. Thanks to Beth at Retro Roadmap.
* While I was at the Keds site I noted they have a little history of the company timeline. I like it but why did they use a 1940s ad to illustrate their 1916 shoe?
* Will we soon be seeing fewer products labeled “Made in China?” According to that survey, there is a definite trend, and while much of the manufacturing is moving to cheaper-than-China Vietnam, some of it is actually returning to the US.
* Unfortunately, Keds are still being made in China, but I was pleased to learn that Karen Kane has returned most of her production to the US. I don’t do much mall shopping, but I did make a trip to see this line (available in many department stores) and really loved many of the pieces.
* A fun blog post to get you in the mood for the up-coming swimsuit season: Lost in the Closet: Jantzen Swimsuit and the Cult of the Mermaid
* Probably the best thing to spring up on-line in the past two weeks is this exhibition from the Museum of the City of New York that features Charles Frederick Worth and Mainbocher.
* On Wednesday Katy Kane offered 23 hats from Bill Cunningham’s 1950s hat line, William J. They sold out very quickly, but you can still see the collection at 1st Dibs. Memorize that label!
* The Charleston Museum has opened an exhibition on swimsuits, and thanks to a niece who is getting married May 19, I’ll be in town and will get to see it!