“Bill Cunningham”

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…………………….Bill Cunningham has sadly passed away, and we have all lost a very dear soul…………To say that Bill was the best at what he did would be a monumental understatement. If you don’t know who the “gentleman” was I would like for you to google him.  Bill was a photo journalist, but I think Bill would have thought that too fancy, and wouldn’t even like to be known as a photographer……just someone who simply liked clothes…. He rode on his very ordinary bicycle around NYC taking pictures of women, men, children, and occasionally animals…….dressed in interesting garb. He would then tell a story with these pictures every Sunday in the New York Times fashion section. His stories were limitless. One week it was about animal prints, another hats, another sunglasses, another coats, another tartan plaids…..what ever caught his eye…umbrellas, polka dots…whatever it was he made a photo record of it……Every Sunday I looked forward to see what Bill zeroed in on. Was it  something that us designers should take heed of, or were we a part of what Bill found exciting in the spur of the moment……….Bill was at every special event he could peddle on his bicycle to whether a major “Red Carpet” event, or the opening of a gallery in the Meat Packing District. There were no bounds to where he would go….uptown to Harlem…..downtown to the Battery…east and west…wherever he thought he might get his shot…his next story. You might bump into him in the most unlikely places, camera in hand, but most likely you would find him stationed on 5th Avenue near 57th Street….or up and down Madison Ave……Bill was a New York fixture, and most New Yorkers, who were aware of anything, knew who he was……..I’m sure he was happy as punch when digital cameras came out, and he didn’t have to carry rolls and rolls of film!………………………………………………….

……………..I have know Bill for 40 years, but he was a very private man. I never knew how old he was, but in all those years he barely changed. I doubt he gained or lost a pound. Sure he had a few more wrinkles, but his vitality never wavered. I was about 20 when I first met him, and he was about 20 years older……He was the kindest, sweetest, most humble man I have ever met in my life, and I don’t say that lightly…..Over the years he has taken many many picture of me, and of Jac. The one above was taken at a Met Fashion of the Year Gala. That was when they took place in Dec. and the museum was resplendent with Baroque Christmas decorations. As you can see it was snowing, and Bill caught me as I was exiting a limo. The smile on my face was for Bill…..I was always happy to see him….He signed the back,  wrote me a sweet note, and sent it to me…..It’s one of my most favorite pictures……Without fail, whenever we met on the street or any event, he would always say in a very endearing way, “How are you kid?”, and I would always reply, “I’m good Bill, how are you?”, “I’m great!”, and off he would go…I thought Bill would be around for ever……I would like to think that Bill is off looking for the next shot, and that someday I will bump into him again, and he will say, “how have you been Kid?”…………………….rest in peace dear Bill

“HAPPY FATHER’S DAY”

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…………………………..JAMES DELL’OLIO…………….my dad……………..The picture was taken in 1918……..He was born in Italy and came to this country as an infant……He was a lover of fine food, good wine and music. As a young child he learned to play the violin. A story he loved to tell was how he would skip violin classes and play craps with a priest behind the church!…..He was also an alter boy……Yes, an angel with horns!……He was known as the mayor, because he knew and spoke to everyone……….quite the opposite of my mother who was very private……He was also a comedian and was the life of EVERY party……….He loved music and every night, without fail, after dinner he would go down to the finished basement, which he was very proud of, and listened to music for an hour until my mother would join him. He had the largest collection of LP 78s records. He had over 1000 albums. Each one was categorized so if you wanted to hear a certain song or singer he knew just where to go. He listened to everything from Opera to Broadway shows. He introduced me to all the greats…..from Ella to Frank, and everyone in between…He loved all types of music and all singers from Elvis to Johnny Mathis to Maria Callas…..quite a mix…….Artists that the new generations have never heard of or listened to……singers with real voices….Besides music he introduced me to cordials…..He had a beautiful  hand made bar, and he would give me a small fancy glass with a raspberry cordial…….We would sit, sip and listen to music…….yum………………….As you can see he was a pretty snappy dresser, and always had his own style…….My Dad had a long life……..He retired from business when he was 55 [my oldest brother Mauro took over the reigns of his business]. He passed away at the age of 96. My mother was definitely the love of his life, and they were married for 70 years……… When she passed at the age of 96 he followed her two weeks later…………….Who could ask for anything more……………………………………Happy Father’s Day Dad………………..all my love……………………..Louie

“TAUPE SWING CARDIGAN”

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………………………..TAUPE…………..is the second new color I am introducing in the WK SWING CARDIGAN, A267864……….It is a new neutral added to the cadre of Linea colors….There are many different shades of “taupe”, and not all taupe colors are the same, so don’t expect all taupes to match. Above, the WK classic TN, A72448 will also be avail in Taupe and it will MATCH the cardigan, because the yarn was dyed at the same time. There are also two Taupe pants in the photos above. To your extreme left and right is the reorder SUPER PONTE BOOT CUT PANT, A268216 in the new TAUPE………Now, as hard as I tried to get the colors to match exactly, working from stamp size lab dip swatches to approve, they do not. However, they work well enough for me to say…..YES….they look great together IMHO………..The “other” taupe pant in the center photos is the TAUPE LINEA LEISURE pull-on pant, A262070 for reg., and A262072 for petite. The color taupe is paler than the sweaters, but still look wonderful together. The cotton knit Leisure pant is a little more casual, and the Super Ponte is more dressy, but they can both be worn anywhere. The Taupe Ponte pant is a great basic that can be worn with everything!….So…there are three sneak peeks in these photos, the Taupe Swing Cardigan, the Taupe WK TN , and the Taupe Boot Cut pant….all timeless pieces to add to your Linea wardrobes………The GUNMETAL RIBBON RING NECKLACE, J331643, will be avail. in August……It makes a strong impression, but it’s light as a feather!………………………………enjoy………………………..much Love…………………….Louis

“RASPBERRY SWING CARDIGAN”

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………………………RASPBERRY………………….has become a Linea favorite! The demand to bring it back was too strong to ignore. As you know I much prefer to bring in new colors and retire the old, but BLACK and RASPBERRY had to make a second appearance, and for the Raspberry a final round……Raspberry is a very special color….It’s not brown as some wines can be…It’s a juicy rich berry color with blue undertones……Later in the season the Heather Charcoal Grey will also be returning, again due to a large customer request……..so……..BLACK, RASPBERRY, TAUPE, and ALABASTER are offered now……later more surprises…….The RASPBERRY WK TANK, A237404, is still avail in most sizes. Last year I did the tank to coordinate with the swing cardigans in the Black, Marine Blue, Heather Charcoal Grey and the Raspberry…..they are all still avail. but when they sell out they will not be brought back…..so I strongly suggest if you want a matching under piece now is the time to purchase it………On the bottom is the BLACK WK MILANO KNIT SKIRT, A273880, I know there are some of you who feel the skirt is a little too short, and others, who are tall, were surprised how well it worked on them…..Remember, in the fall opaque tights or fancy tights are like makeup for the leg….they cover EVERYTHING. I will be showing the LINEA BODY BLACK PINSTRIPE TIGHTS, A260031 with this outfit…………..Hanging from her neck is the new TRAPEZE necklace in GOLD. This will be avail. in Sept……On her ear the Bold Hoop, also in Gold……The total look is UNCOMPLICATED and free of gimmicks……….That’s the Linea way of dressing…………………enjoy………………..much Love……………………….Louis

“BUY MORE SAVE MORE”

I was browsing the Linea site and saw that the Linea Body Capri Legging has a buy more save more offer of $3.00 until June 20th. If you own them you already know the superior quality. If you haven’t tried the Linea Body line yet…..you owe it to yourself to give it a try……………..enjoy………………………..much Love……………………………Louis

“THE ALABASTER & BLACK EYELASH PRINT”

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………………I am very excited to bring to you this wonderful new print…..I call it the “Eyelash” print. It looks Modern and Ethnic all at the same time, which I think is a wonderful combination. The ALABASTER and BLACK  top is A279516. It is a georgette shell and is lined in Tricot knit….the same knit I use for the Boho skirt. The fabric looks like it has a pebble or crinkle texture, but that is actually the print that gives this effect……This is an easy shape with a CAP SLEEVE. The bottom has a CURVED HEM. It is approx 25 inches long for the xxs. It has a scoop neckline….almost a “U”. The tank lining is attached at the neckline and the shoulder seam. The bottom is left free with swing tacks to make it easier to get on and off……..NOW…….I want you to pay close attention to the second photo in from the BOTTOM LEFT……I have clipped the swing tacks and raised the print shell so you can see that the stretch knit lining is SHAPED…..There are body seams and back darts. I am bringing this to your attention because I am sure the measurements that will be given will be for the print shell which is much larger than the lining. When I put my xxs sample on my form it felt a little tight so I asked Jac to try it on. She initially thought it would be small, but once she got it on, because of the stretch knit, she said it would be fine….thinking her xs size would be a little bigger, which it will. She did feel she could wear the xxs without a problem. If you have a large chest I would recommend going up a size just so you are comfortable. If you are between sizes I would take the larger size. For the rest of you your size will be fine……We could have made a larger lining but the top would not have had the same airy effect…..I have to say this printed fabric feels just like a SILK georgette. I am more than pleased with the quality of the georgette and the workmanship. The print came out exactly as I designed it….I love the top with the new CREPE GAUZE pants in Alabaster or black….and the Moss Crepe cropped pant, A273865, in Lt. Khaki or Black. Long skirts like the Black Boho or short skirts like the new WK Milano stitch in Ivory or Black will all work perfectly……….I know you are all asking…..”What’s that matching skirt?”…..Well it isn’t a skirt, but more about that later…………….The black bead choker is sold out, but the long BARREL BEADS and Earring set, J329558,  is still avail, but I believe there are 17 sets left in black so don’t hesitate if they are something you are interested in…..they will not be reordered……These beads originally came from my personal collection before I had them reproduced for you.  I have shown them in my shows for years, and will probably use them for years to come…..they are problem solvers……..This top and the following “Eyelash” pieces are perfect for right now, but I think you will apprecaite them even more when Sept and Oct are upon us and you need transition pieces that aren’t too summery looking, but can still be worn in the typical heat of those months………………………enjoy…………………much Love…………………….Louis

“THE BLUE & BLACK EYELASH PRINT”

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…………………………BLUE with BLACK is the second  and last color that will be avail in the EYELASH PRINT pieces……..It is a blue with a hint of purple….I know I will get this question so I will answer it now…..It does NOT look good with the SLATE BLUE Moss Crepe CROP pant……What it does look good with is ANY Black bottom, any Ivory or White bottom and any Navy bottom. In the second photo in from the top left is the new Moss Crepe Pull-On NAVY long pant, A273877, as well as the MOSS CREPE PENCIL SKIRT in NAVY or BLACK, A262454……..Wear the top belted or loose….what ever mood you’re in on the day you wear it…………..For a dressier look add the BLACK JET 72 inch necklace with the Jet and Black Diamond drop earring…………..it’s all GOOD…………………….enjoy………………Much Love………………………..Louis

“THE ALABASTER & BLACK PRINT COULOTTE”

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……………………..The EYELASH PRINT bottom in the ALABASTER and BLACK is actually a……………….DOUBLE WRAP COULOTTE!…..A279518 is the style number…..When you have it on it looks like a skirt with a front wrap and a back wrap, but it is attached to pants….So there is no worry about a breeze catching the wrap and exposing your legs…..that’s not going to happen…….The pant portion of the coulotte is lined in the same tricot knit as the top. Due to the fact that the coulotte is made of layers of georgette it is a surprisingly light weight skirt……and there are …….POCKETS!……….The waist band is made in the same manner as my Crepe Gauze and Moss Crepe pull-on pants.. It has a full elastic with a flat front section, and the double stitch so the elastic does not twist…..The skirt/coulotte will be avail. in sizes xxs to 3x…….NOW….this is VERY IMPORTANT!!! Even though the skirt is an easy A-line shape and has a beautiful flowing silhouette….this is not a stretch fabric…….it has layers and is lined. IF YOU FOUND the Alabaster Crepe Gauze pant tight in the waist and had to size up one size then you should do the same thing here. Again, I had Jac try this on. My sample is xxs and she would take an xs. She did have to shimmy the skirt over her hips and did agree with me that sizing up one size would be a good idea…….I’ll say it again….the skirt is easy and not a problem, but I did find the stretch waist band to be on the small side. You all know what your bodies are like and if you are slight this will not be a problem, but if you carry your weight in the middle or hips you will need to go up one side IMHO. ALWAYS check out the measurements…..especially if they give an extended waist band measurement…..it should be bigger than you body hip measurement so you can get it on. Now that I have advised you about the fit….this is a MARVELOUS SKIRT/COULOTTE……..It measures approx 26 inches long from the bottom of the waist band, and if you want you can always wear the skirt a little lower for more length, but 26 should be fine for all…..for this particular style…….ANYTHING in Black, Lt Khaki, Lt. Tan or Alabaster will work as a top…For the more adventurous try a color top like orange, red, turquoise etc etc…Above, the new Alabaster swing cardigan, and the Black Rayon Jersey top, A252353, which I believe is on clearance………Black accessories are a MUST!!……………………………………………enjoy…………………….much Love………………………………Louis

“THE ALABASTER & BLACK PRINT COULOTTE CON’T”

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……………………….One more thing! I love the look of the Light Tan WING COLLAR shirt, A253109, with the Alabaster/Black Coulotte…….The BLACK CLUSTER NECKLACE, J325473 elevates the look to something special and fabulous….a definite “runway” look for those who can……………This necklace in the black jet and CLEAR is on clearance……………….a unique collectible……………………………………………….enjoy…………………….much Love……………………………Louis

“THE BLUE & BLACK PRINT COULOTTE”

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………………………………The Blue and Black Eyelash print coulotte looks wonderful with the WHITE WING COLLAR shirt, the BLACK CLUSTER NECKLACE, J317112, as well as the new BLACK MOSS CREPE TUNIC, A273862. This ladies is easy dressing…..this is sophisticated dressing…..this is for women who want to look like they spent a small fortune on their clothes. For women who’s taste level is NEVER in question……………….

……………………………………….enjoy…………………….much Love………………………….Louis