“THE TAUPE CHEETAH JACQUARD TOP & SKIRT”

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What’s a new Fall season without a little ANIMAL thrown in!?…….For Fall 2014 I am presenting a BABY CHEETAH JACQUARD KNIT…TOP, A257347…and….SKIRT, A257352……….The fabric is a Rayon/Poly/Span blended KNIT. It is soft to the hand, but has enough body to conceal and camouflage  any little issues you may think you have…………..The top has long sleeves, is semi fitted and has a stand collar which has a front hidden zipper so you can wear it open if you choose…..Obviously, a better choice for those who weren’t blessed with a swan’s neck. The top is approx. 24 inches long for the XS. The color above is……………TAUPE/BLACK……

The SKIRT, A257352, is approx 23 inches long and is a PULL-ON style. The waist band is contoured and the style of the top is very much like the pull-on Ponte pant that has been reordered. There is stretch to the skirt, but you should pay attention to the hip measurement……. Both pieces are interchangeable with BLACK….BLACK top with CHEETAH skirt……….BLACK bottom with CHEETAH top. I prefer black as the coordinate rather than trying to wear a Taupe top….I think it dilutes the look….if you know what I mean……….However, what I would like is a hit of COLOR…..like a RED, ORANGE, HOT PINK, TURQUOISE,  AUBERGINE, HUNTER GREEN, PETROL, ROYAL PURPLE etc. etc top, twin set, vest. or turtleneck. Even the accessories can be a shot of color…..necklaces, bracelets, scarf or even the shoe!……………Above, I have chosen to show it all with BLACK……….The BLACK ELONGATED JACKET will be avail in Aug……probably on my Aug. 18th show [details then]…………The BLACK DRAPED FRONT CARDIGAN, A257376, and the tank, A255148, are perfect foils to the skirt……now to finish the TOTAL LOOK??………my ANIMAL INSTINCTS TIGHTS in BLACK! That ought to solve  some problems  for women who don’t like their knees or legs……cover them with ANIMAL INSTINCTS …..Of course for my Fashionistas…..my BLACK LEATHER and KNIT jacket will be super HOT with the Cheetah pieces…….you probably have a zillion things to mix with a little Cheetah….One or two pieces can REFRESH your whole wardrobe………………………………………………………………………………………….enjoy……………………..much Love……………………………..Louis

 

“THE INDIGO CHEETAH JACQUARD TOP & SKIRT”

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The second color being offered in the Cheetah pieces is……………………INDIGO/BLACK……………………..Wear them as you like…..belted or un-belted….mixed or matched…..with a tailored jacket such as my SHORT JACKET A257280, shown above….or my INDIGO JEAN JACKET…….Wear the top layered with my sleeveless Black WK mock neck, A233947….for THE LOOK, and later….for the added WARMTH……..There are so many ways to wear each piece I think it will surprise you. Once you take out all of your BLACK bottoms and denim pieces to wear with your Cheetah top, you can start to play…..Even WINTER WHITE will look fantastic with the INDIGO CHEETAH TOP…..LEGGINGS, SLIM PANTS, WIDE LEG PANTS, PENCIL SKIRTS, BOOT SKIRTS,JERSEY KNIT SKIRTS, BOHO SKIRTS….. the possibilities are endless…..Tunics sweaters or PONTE KNIT TUNICS, the WHITE or CHAMBRAY BLUE KATE SHIRTS, CARDIGANS and all kinds of different jackets….like your BLACK PONTE PEPLEM jacket…..will all look knew when worn with the CHEETAH SKIRT………………………Cheetah not YOU???? ……..TRY IT YOU’LL LIKE IT! It’s FUN to try something new, and not to always wear the predictable!!!!!…….don’t forget I will also be showing the new WOOD BEAD TUNIC and the FLECKED KNIT CARDIGAN and V-NECK SHORT SLEEVE TOP on this show coming up………………………………………………………..enjoy………………………………much Love…………………………………………….Louis

 

“THE BLACK PRINT TOP”

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On the August 1st show I will also be presenting one print….THE LACE PRINT TOP, A257302………Many of the prints I use come from European print studios. Their representatives come into my NYC office and present to me the newest prints of the season, so when I say the prints are European….it’s the designs that are from Europe, and then I sometimes change or alter them  to suit the garment I have designed for their use. The top above is 27 inches long for the XS, and the design was configured to fit into all sizes from XXS to 3X without loosing the integrity of the print. The “Lace” print above is one of those selected prints, and it is EXCLUSIVE TO ME and LINEA. It is a PLACEMENT PRINT, which is a specialty of these European design houses. They are extremely popular with all of the European designers and continue to be at the FOREFRONT of what is happening in the print world. This design has a front and back panel of a very INTRICATE lace pattern consisting of PAISLEYS and FERN LEAVES. The side panels and sleeves are a second pattern of an Art Nouveau type flower, geometrically placed. Please notice the change of COLOR and the SHADING on either side of the lace pattern. This was specifically done to SLENDERIZE and ELONGATE. The third pattern on the print top is the BOTTOM BORDER….which finishes the design off, and keeps the above patterns contained. The print in the photo above is called……….BLACK……..but there are wonderful shades of STONE and a warm TAUPE/BROWN on either side of the panel. The fabric is the same poly/span blend as my TILE PRINT top and skirt. This was printed by the same print company that did the tile print, and the execution of this lace print is SUPERB!!!!! BLACK, WALNUT, TAUPE and STONE bottoms can all be worn successfully with this color top. In the photos above I have the top worn with my BLACK WK PENCIL SKIRT, A237412, but wait until you see the top with my NEW STONE WK PENCIL SKIRT [due in Oct.], and the STONE ANIMAL INSTINCTS TIGHTS….[which is how I will present it on the Aug. 1 show...a sneak peek of the skirt]. It truly brings the outfit to a whole other level…… Other women will think you spent a fortune on your outfit….I would recommend wearing a BLACK SUEDE PUMP [heel height isn't important] or a BLACK SUEDE SHOE BOOT or BOOT…..you will be RUNWAY READY!

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

“THE HUNTER GREEN PRINT TOP”

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The second coloration in the LACE PRINT tunic is…………………HUNTER GREEN………………….Again, the shades of STONE and the BLACK LACE remain the same, but now HUNTER GREEN becomes the accent color. I know many women are not “print women”….Jac is one of you, but every once in a while….even Jac will branch out and leave her comfort zone. It’s not that she hasn’t worn tons of prints when she was on the runways around the world, and it’s not even that she doesn’t like prints….[she's very selective when it comes to prints]….I think it is for the very reason….when Jac constantly put on and took off clothes all day long…day after day….you want your personal wardrobe to be as simple as possible….So….when Jac wears a print it’s an occasion. She is very select in her likes and dislikes and sometimes she surprises me……She loved the tie dye maxi dresses [no surprise to me], and the floral print shorts, which surprised me just a little, though I had a strong feeling she might like them….This LACE PRINT is Jac’s type of print because it has a certain sophistication that many prints do not. It looks expensive and it definitely looks like a garment you would have bought in Europe….To my non print ladies…..maybe it’s time you stepped out of your comfort zone?? If the people around you are used to always seeing you in SOLID COLOR CLOTHING……maybe it’s time to show them another side of YOU! Change and SHOCK can be a good thing!!……………………………………………………………………………………………………

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

“THE BRICK RED PRINT TOP”

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The third color being offered in the “LACE PRINT TOP”, A257302, is………………BRICK RED…………One of the Linea Ladies, Dariann, described it to me as a MOROCCAN RED, and I think that is very accurate. A Moroccan Red is a RICH DEEP………..EARTHY…..RED………….Again, the Brick Red combination has the same STONE and BLACK as the two other color combinations, but this time the Brick Red is the accent color…..As with all of these Lace print tops….black, taupe and stone can be worn to coordinate. For those of you who have fallen in love with the Brick Red skirt….this top gives you another way to wear it….All you need is a pair of BLACK BOOTS or BLACK SHOE BOOTS….and of course a pair of my new BLACK TIGHTS…..and off you go……Dressing with prints can be as easy as dressing in all solid colors, and I guarantee….the compliments will come…….

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

” THE BLACK SHORT JACKET & BOOT SKIRT”

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The one and only jacket I will have on my Aug 1st show is my new SHORT, BUTTON FRONT JACKET, A257280. The fabric is brand NEW……It is a blend  of  RAYON/POLY/SPAN, and it is very similar in weight to the fabric I used for the Caviar, Camel and Black jacket and pant of last fall…so it is substantial and necessary to hold this shape…..but they are NOT the same fabric. The jacket is unlined for maximum stretch and comfort and it has snap out shoulder pads. The CLASSIC SHIRT COLLAR is perched on a stand similar to one you would see on a TRENCH COAT. There are five unique buttons down the front that look like horn. There is, for lack of a better description, a peplum bottom….but it is not shirred or ruffled in any way. It lies smooth and flat against the body….so in fact…. it really is just an extension of the jacket. The jacket has top stitched body seams and body darts for a gentle shaping…………………………….Now that I have given you the description of the jacket…..let’s discuss…SHORT JACKETS………….Designers do not design short jacket for short people…..we design them with everyone in mind. The models that wear them walking down the runways are at least 5’9″ and they look great in them….OK….I hear you…..you are not a model…that makes no difference. These jackets are not fit for a model…they are fit for you. Jac is 5’10 & 1/4″ tall and she looks great in this jacket……yes Jac is special, but  believe me she knows clothes, and she knows what will work or not. So tall ladies…don’t shy away from short jackets….they can be a great look for you. One way to wear this proportion that may be easier for you….especially if you are long waisted….is to wear a longer top or sweater as shown in the photos about. This way you can’t tell where the waist is. There are many ways for these jackets to work for one and all…………………….Above, I have the jacket shown very casually on the left….with my ivory WK Turtle Neck, A72448, and jeans. A real Saturday LOOK………It almost has a military look…….For dressier occasions wear it with the new PETROL BLUE TANK TOP, A237404…..and the new BOOT LENGTH SKIRT, A257285…..Let’s talk about the new skirt which is the same fabric as the jacket. It is a boot length and the measurements are given on the QVC Linea site. It, like the jacket, is a WOVEN STRETCH FABRIC…..not a knit. It is unlined….The skirt has a slight A-LINE SILHOUETTE….it is not STRAIGHT as you might believe from the QVC photo. It has a perfectly clean front with two darts, and there is a center back seam with an invisible zipper and a button on the CONTOUR WAIST BAND…….PLEASE NOTICE the way the model is accessorized in the QVC photo…..that is a great example of what NOT TO DO! It is a HUGE PET PEEVE of mine to see a woman in a boot length skirt with bare or nude legs and a pump. I am very well aware that many women wear their skirts this way and if it makes them happy continue to do so….but it looks  out of proportion to me. When you are wearing a long skirt in the Fall and Winter you must wear, IMHO,  either  boots or dark tights and a shoe bootie…that balances the weight of the skirt to the leg………….Agree or don’t agree, I can only guide, I can’t decree…………..Naturally, all of the jewelry in the photos is LINEA….and if it is not avail. now….it will be avail this season……………………scroll down…………………enjoy……………………..much Love…………………….Louis

: THE BRICK RED SHORT JACKET & SKIRT”

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What is BRICK RED???? I think it would be easier to tell you what it isn’t…..It is not Ruby. or the Spring Red….it is not Aubergine or Sangria….It is not as BRIGHT as my photos would have you believe….sorry about that! It is a deep warm cherry red with a touch of brown to make it BRICK…..if that description helps you in any way….God bless you!….LOL….The buttons are  Black with a touch of Brick in the center….JEANS….BLACK PANTS and the matching BRICK SKIRT…with BOOTS…..will all make wonderful outfits to suit any lifestyle…..The WHISPER KNIT SCARF, A257914, is NEW THIS SEASON. It is approx. the size of the POSH KNIT scarf so it is a GREAT VERSATILE SIZE. We will be selling it later in the season with a GIFT BOX for Holiday giving. The box is designed with the same signature logo as the  wrapper for the tights. It will come with a  box, tissue and a silver elastic cord….so it is already for you to give away….or gift YOURSELF!………..The BOLD GOLD HOOPS, J288005 have been reordered….This Fall a MUST HAVE NECKLACE will be the GRADUATED BALL NECKLACE in four wonderful metal color…Linea Gold and the new Linea Silver, Linea Gunmetal and Linea Chocolate……I know you will want to have every one……………..they are ESSENTIALS!……………………………………………………

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

SIZE CHART

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Since QVC has only given the sizes or the tights as A, B, C, D, e5tc without any other info….PLEASE LOOK AT THE PHOTO AT THE BOTTOM RIGHT. It shows the back of the packaging with the the size chart and how you can determine your size with the height and weight info. Jac wears a B and always has so I think if you buy what you have always purchased they should be your size. These are Brick and Mortar sizes….there was no special sizing for QVC.  My manufacturer produces not only for other designers but many private labels for high end store….so they know how to size hosiery………….enjoy………….much Love…….Louis

………FALL 2014…………..

For as long as I have been in the Fashion Business Fall has traditionally started in July. If you haven’t been in any of the stores yet….Fall is here! The displays in the stores are all about fall….the clothes and accessories are all about the coming season. I realize there are areas of the country that are so hot Fall is the last thing on your minds, but here in New England it has been a relatively mild summer and there definitely is a touch of Fall in the air…a coolness in the morning that is not typical of summer weather. Even the clouds in the sky and the trees and flowers have peeked, and though still beautiful, are hinting the season is starting its’ change. If that is an indication of an early Fall and Winter, and if it is anything like the long cold winter of last year……thinking about fall is very timely……..I promise this is going to be an exciting season with many new things, and a new focus on items that I really have only touched upon…..like outerwear….This coming season the Linea jewelry is simply fabulous. By now you have all heard and read about my new division…..LINEA BODY, and I hope you are as excited about it as I am offering it to you………..So……..ready or not…………….August 1st starts Fall Fashion Day at QVC, and I have an hour show starting at 5:00PM with Sandra…….EVERYTHING IS NEW!………………….

……………………………………WELCOME TO FALL 2014……………………………………………..enjoy………………..much Love………………………………………Louis

 

“THE BLACK DRAPED FRONT WK CARDIGAN”

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I am starting off my Fall Sneak Peeks with one of the CORE PIECES for the Fall/Winter season…..THE WHISPER KNIT DRAPED FRONT CARDIGAN, A257376. This is a “boutique” cardigan…..meaning it is a uniquely detailed piece……a piece that you would only find in the finest stores and BOUTIQUES. It starts with the ribbed front band that rises slightly on the neck and falls perfectly down the front…..where you put it….it will stay, and there are no buttons . What gives the cardigan its’ drape is a wide finely ribbed band that goes across the back horizontally, and follows a slanted seam to the front band…..creating the point and the high low effect. The ribs hang beautifully and also prevent the sides of the sweater from flaring out which can sometimes give a “big hip” look. Another wonderful design feature of this cardigan is the RIBBED SLEEVES. The ribs give the sleeves a great fit, and they can easily be pushed up or turned back  for an interesting cuff effect………This is a YEAR ROUND PIECE…it really has no season. You will not find a more sophisticated cardigan anywhere. DAY or NIGHT…..CASUAL or DRESSY….this truly is an all purpose cardigan…..ANY TIME….ANYWHERE……………BLACK is the color above and I guarantee it will be the first to go……..Wear it over anything….The Classic Kate Shirt, turtlenecks, crew necks,  jewel necks, ballet necks, V necks…..silk tanks and camis…..the point is…..it is universal…….I have chosen to feature the Black cardigan with two of my favorite pieces ….the new WK BANDED TANK, A255148, and the LATTE WK PENCIL SKIRT, A253411…….This is a color combination I always gravitate to because it is pure CLASS and always CHIC………….To give the entire look the finishing DESIGNER TOUCH………………how fabulous is this going to look with my new ANIMAL INSTINCTS BLACK TIGHTS!!…………scroll down…………………………..enjoy………..much Love……………………………….Louis