Behind the Scenes with our fashion designers in NYC: As a former NYC native, I was excited to do some family sightseeing at the Statue of Liberty, visit Ground Zero where two waterfall monuments have been built, naming all of those who passed during 9/11, eat fabulous food and of course, SHOP!
The shopping in NYC can have your head spin with high end fashions and large chain stores that have cute fashion, but EXPENSIVE – I was so excited to visit some of our biggest names in fashion to see what they had coming down the pike for fall- Marc Bouwer, WDNY, Indigo Thread Co. and the manufacturer who creates V by Vanessa Williams for Evine.
First stop – the meat packing district – a hot fashion mecca downtown just steps away from Ground Zero and Marc Bouwer Unlimited Headquarters. Marc was the picture of a working designer in jeans and a t-shirt, working on a stunning gown for some of his big name celebrity clientele’s red carpet moment. I saw racks and racks of fully beaded gowns, shirts, jersey gowns that he was adding crystals to and day dresses for spring! He had bins and bins of jewels, trim, lace, Swarovski crystals and all color coded – an artist’s dream! He began showing me the gowns worn by celebrities, telling me who wore what and to which major event, and then showed me works in progress for us at Evine – let’s just say sleeves are BIG: bell sleeves, details on the sleeves, and faux suede. I have his faux suede pants and LOVE them! What would his fall collection be without a moto jacket in faux leather? Of course those are coming! While I was there he had me try on some of his samples and I loved them! They fit so well and his print is fun and inventive! Marc is a genius with fashion and can make any body look their best – that is the ‘mark’ of a true designer.
Next was a visit to Warren Donner, fashion designer for WDNY. Warren has been in the fashion business for 35 years and has impeccable taste for trends! When I saw his studio it was well-organized by color story and I saw so many beautiful pale pink romantic blouses, full bell sleeves with chiffon, sequins galore for the holidays, faux fur chubbies in black and white, and one I wanted to take home featuring chocolate/pale pink and ivory. He is a master at bringing us affordable trends that make bold and fun statements. You’ll LOVE what is coming up! Warren himself has a penchant for ‘Veuve’ and apparently a day doesn’t go by without a glass of his favorite champagne – you won’t hear me complaining!
Yellow is his color and his yellow Corvette makes a statement everywhere he goes – he drove me to his favorite restaurant, Mr. Chows downtown where everyone knows his name.
My daughter, a budding fashion designer, experienced duck for the first time. Great ready for a fabulous fall line up from Warren!
The manufacturer who works with some of our most popular brands like Indigo Thread and V by Vanessa Williams is located in NYC, and Susan Gainsborg is instrumental in working with our celebrity lines and helping them to bring their ideas to life! Vanessa is bringing us jeans in the fall, along with more accents of color that flatter all body types. There are a few pieces from Indigo, as well – of course I loved the sleeve on this top! Indigo is bringing you more of what you love in faux suede, tie dyes, tunics, dramatic sleeves, lace and earthy tones that are denim friendly! we’ve got a lot of Fashion coming up on the calendar, with a big Fall Fashion Day on the list. See you there!