Friday, July 30, 2010

Guy Laroche ~~ Elegant Details

Guy Laroche (1921-1989) was a French fashion designer with an eye for simple details and beautiful styling that produced the most elegant looks. Thought of as a charming and humble man, he possessed a keen business acumen and was the first designer to introduce separates to the American public as well a complete line of fabulous perfumes.
This beautifully elegant dress was featured in Vogue patterns in 1970 and highlights his flare for design with a bias stand-up collar and bias scarf attached at the back neckline. Modern touches include full length sleeves with zippers.

Friday, July 9, 2010

American Designer Mollie Parnis

Mollie Parnis (1902-1992) was among the first generation of American fashion designers to be known to the public by name rather than by affiliation to a department store. She was fabulously successful and her clothing became a standard in the wardrobe of many socialities. Parnis understood what women wanted to wear, how they needed to appear and how to do it in a most feminine and striking way. This very modern dress McCall's 1073 by Parnis from the New York Design Collection is high waisted with short set-in sleeves and a center back zipper. There are beautiful design elements in the way the bodice side fronts are sewn to the shoulder seams of the darted bodice backs. The curved seaming joins the bodice to a five section panel seamed skirt.