Greetings from chilly New York! We’re here snapping up the goodies for our lovely PDX ladies, sifting through gobs and gobs of unmentionables (and believe me, many of them are better off unmentioned!) It’s wonderful to see that the recession is indeed a thought of the past, at least in the mind of the fashion world – while last season’s offerings were somewhat meager and the turnout at market a bit bleak, this time around it’s a bustling affair and a veritable smorgasbord. Designers are really stepping up to the plate, offering larger collections in more colorways, with an emphasis on strong, clean design and quality construction, though it does seem that they’ve learned their lesson in the price department and are concentrating on value for a change, dropping price points from seasons past and really providing value for the consumer by eliminating superfluous design elements to make garments more versatile. We are having a tough time restraining ourselves, so good are the collections! You will be particularly excited (as am I) about the new lines we have unearthed from independent designers. One of them left me breathless – I literally professed my love to the designer at one point during our appointment when she agreed to alter styles to our specifications! Think silk tap pants and bralettes with hook-and-eye closures and grosgain ribbon accents. The color palette is phenomenal next season: chartreuse, navy, persimmon and teal were the standout shades that kept popping up at our favorite showrooms. As for style trends, look for tons more rompers/teddies, high-waisted undies, bandeau bralettes and racerback styles in the coming months. We can’t get too specific on the blog about new styles for obvious reasons, but stop by Lille soon to hear more!
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