“WHITE GAUZE TUNIC”

tunics

…………………Memorial Day is here!…..and the unofficial start of summer has begun…..However….WHITE is now officially allowed, and there isn’t a better way to start then introducing ….A273867….  the new…….WHITE GAUZE TUNIC…….You have seen glimpses of this top already, and now here it is………..It is made in the same fabric as the zip front gauze jacket, A276280……Thinking of adjectives to describe this new tunic…the word that kept popping into my head was….PRISTINE………Every detail…every finish was done to give this top the look and feel of weightlessness…….There are no extra facings to add bulk or weight….the neckline is PIPED, the hems are narrow, and the 3/4 sleeve has a tab and a large REAL SHELL BUTTON for an easy roll up. The sample on my form is an XS. The front length is approx. 28 1/2 inches and the back is approx. 2 3/8 ths inches longer than the front….for a well proportioned HIGH/LOW hem. The side slits gives the top a nice airy flowing effect…….This is an EASY FIT garment….YES, it is slightly over sized, but that is the look!!!!! I know the words over sized sends shivers up the backs of some of you so check the MEASUREMENTS!…..Truly….the only issue I see is for those who have very narrow shoulders…so please check out the shoulder measurement and neck opening……You may be able to size down one size it the bust measurement works for you…..Other than that I see no problems. This top should stand away from the body to allow air flow on those hot sticky days For the great majority of you your normal size should be just fine, and the way it’s supposed to look…..The cover of the new Women’s Wear Daily Magazine claims….OVER SIZED is wear it’s at….Well, it’s true that that is the direction….wider leg pants, whether long or cropped are definitely the new thing. Let’s face it skinny has been around quite a long time….it had to happen. I was never a believer in the “it has to be one look” philosophy, one way excluding all others is a bore…….”Variety is the spice of life” is definitely my mantra………….I think this is the perfect tunic….simple and easy uncomplicated, and unadorned…..This is the perfect background for all of your Linea Jewelry…..The PALM FROND short necklace, J290362, the long PALM FROND necklace, J290364, and the PALM FROND earring, J290363, all in GUNMETAL above……..For a very different look that has a very Caribbean vibe….the WATER FALL NECKLACE AND EARRING SET in white, J321804…The School of fish necklace….the three strand Nugget necklace, and the Egyptian bead necklace for example would all look great on this tunic top…..For the bottoms above…..A265615, the slim Grey pant, A262070/A262072, the white Linea Leisure pull on pant [all the colors look great]. Not pictured but recommended with the tunic are the A274374, Linea Body Capri legging [more coming in by 6/6] or the Linea Body classic legging, the new Cropped Gaucho and the new long Gauze Crepe pant. Any pencil skirt including the new WK skirt, A273880, will give the tunic a dressier look…….Going away on a trip or just going out with friends this will be the perfect COMFORTABLE choice……………………………………………………………………

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

“THE LIGHT AZURE TUNIC”

tunics2

…………………….LIGHT AZURE always brings me right back to the Azure beaches of the Caribbean….What could possibly be a better mental trip!…………..Silver PALM FROND jewelry is my accessory of choice…..These are the last quantities of the Palm Frond jewelry group…..collectors pieces all. For those of you who already own the pieces….know that you have something very special and very unique…..something that you will not see anywhere ever again……………Azure….aqua…turquoise…….are some of my favorite colors…..They say summer they say vacation….Yes, colors do speak to me………………………enjoy……………..much Love………………..Louis

“THE YELLOW TUNIC”

tunics1

…………………………..Sunshine yellow…..Daffodil, Daisy, Buttercup…….Lemon Drop…….what ever the name YELLOW is a happy color…..a summertime color……..I love Yellow and GOLD and SILVER……with WHITE or NAVY…….It’s just so easy….so classic….so effortless………..Slip it on and go……..Really, what else is there to say but………….enjoy……much Love……………..Louis

Happy Memorial Day

IMG_6652

…….Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone…………I can’t believe it’s Memorial Day already, but it seems with every Holiday that comes up I say the same thing….time is just going by too fast……..Even though Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and picnics, cook outs and going to the beach is on everyone’s mind……we shouldn’t forget what this Holiday is about. I think it is very important to teach the younger generations exactly what the meaning of “Memorial” is ………I also feel it is important to remember the soldiers of foreign countries who also fought and continue to fight for the freedoms we sometimes take for granted…..We are all interconnected……so……….on this day I am remembering a very dear friend of Jac and myself…………..Jean Pierre Dupre…………Jean Pierre was a paratrooper in the French Foreign Legion. He was born in Egypt of French parents……….It is funny how people come into our lives, and how our paths cross. Some continue on and some become life long friends. I met Jean Pierre in 1975. The Anne Klein Shoe company hired Andrea Pfister, a famous shoe designer based out of Italy, to collaborate with me on developing and designing the Anne Klein Couture Shoe Collection. Jean Pierre was Andrea’s business partner and his life partner……they were able to be married almost two years ago in Provence, France, where they move to when they retired. They were together for over 50 years….Jean Pierre was a tall very distinguished European who spoke many languages and was also always impeccably dressed!…..Every designer needs a good partner to become truly successful, and Jean Pierre was that person for Andrea……..Andrea would design the shoes on lasts which are wooden shoe forms. He would cover the last with masking tape and then draw the design lines right on the tape. Then he would carefully peal the tape off in one piece and “detail” it…..meaning labeling each piece with leathers or combinations of leathers and colors he wanted to see for the first sample. Jean Pierre would then take them back to the factory, which they owned, and stay at their second home which was right in front of the factory….. He would supervise the making of each sample……plus the running of the business and the production. He would deal with the staff and organize sales and shipping…….Did I mention Andrea worked out of their magnificent villa in Positano, Italy on the Amalfi coast! Yes, I would go there twice a year for 8 to 10 days to work on developing the shoe collection….it was just magnificent. Their factory was outside of Milan so Jean Pierre would fly back and forth from Naples to Milan every weekend with the samples that Andrea had to either approve or correct. I usually arrived on a Friday morning with Phyllis who represented the shoe company. After our stay with Andrea she would go on to Florence to develop the Anne Klein Couture Shoe collection samples from all the work we had done……Jean Pierre was also a fabulous cook, and on these trips he would prepare the most incredible lunches by the pool and dinners on the terrace…….The Mediterean Sea with Capri in the distance was our “backyard”……it was a dream….I would also have to travel to Milan many times a year for fabric and print development, and Jean Pierre and I would meet in Milan for dinner…..It was nice spending quiet time with him……just getting to know the man without the distractions that would go on in Positano…He always told me I looked like Tyrone Power…..that was many years ago!…….When they would come to NYC we would always meet and have dinners with mutual friends. The best times were just the four of us……..I can not express what a dear wonderful person Jean Pierre was. He served his country well. This only made me love this man even more…….Jean Pierre died a month ago after a very long illness……On this Holiday I have a special remembrance of Jean Pierre and all of the wonderful times we shared over the many years……We will miss him terribly……Rest in Peace dear friend…………much Love……….Louie

COLORS

Hi everyone….it’s that time again……..Would you believe the Kate shirt ….the Crinkle Georgette safari shirt and tank and the Boho skirt are all being reordered for next Jan and Feb….What NEW colors would you like to see them in, and if there are any colors you would like to see come back………

“HEADS UP”

I will be on the Q this coming MONDAY! I have an appearance on FEW at 7:00 am on May 23rd, and I will be the very first one in the show and then #6 as it stands now. I will be showing the A223652 Lace jacket, and A255145, the cotton knit A-line tunic with the patch pockets, short sleeves and scoop neck. I will be showing them differently from how I’ve shown them before just to keep it interesting……..If you’re up with your cup of coffee we’ll say “good morning” to each other!………………Have a great day……much Love……Louis

“THE PINK OMBRE TUNIC”

rainbow

………………………..A263353, the OMBRE TUNIC has arrived……and is now avail for ordering! I know many of you have been asking me if and when it was coming back, and what the new colors would be…..I realized, due to your comments, that the new pictures of the new colors have not been posted on the QVC site….so here they are………..PINK……..is the first new color…….Due to the fact that it is an OMBRE print it is hard to pinpoint exactly what the pink color is……What I can say is it is a blue pink…not a peachy pink. It is very difficult to completely control how the colors will come out because one color is overlaying another to create the ombre. This is not a “dip dye” process….it is a multi screen print. The different shades of pink ombre down to different shades of grey……….Personally I prefer this particular coloration worn with BLACK….whether the BLACK MOSS CREPE SKIRT, A262454, above, or the many different options of leggings and pants of different lengths and pant widths that are now avail to you……….Above the SLIM BLACK PONTE PANT, A265615, which is the ideal weight for spring and summer wear. The new BLACK LINEA BODY CAPRI LEGGING, A274374, is perfection for that casual chic look………………….I think the LARIAT NECKLACE, J325469, doubled in GUNMETAL and SILVER gives the look a very MODERN COOL vibe paired with the SILVER BOLD HOOPS, J288005………….My last word of advise……….if you want this tunic top do NOT hesitate……..you snooze you loose, and I am sure when I present it….if it gets the same reception as it did when I first showed it….it will be gone in a flash…..Once again there are not huge quantities, and I do not want any of my loyal customers to be disappointed………I also can not say “if” the top is successful again that I will bring back any of the colors……..I’m all about what’s next…………….enjoy………………..much Love……………Louis

“THE AQUA OMBRE TUNIC”

rainbow1

………………………..AQUA……………….is the second new color in the OMBRE TUNIC, A263353…….Again it is hard to pinpoint what the color actually is since there are many shades of Aqua in the print…….The Pink and the Aqua are not bright clear colors…..they have a smoky quality that I find very SOPHISTICATED and up scale. The first colors I did in this top were very vivid and bright, so I decided to go in a completely different direction……I am pretty sure you will love them as much as I do. I also love this coloration with GREY BOTTOMS. The SLIM PANT, J265615, and the new Linea Body GREY CAPRI LEGGING, A274374 are your best choices…..If you own the Feather Jersey bottoms in the Smoke they work best with the Aqua, but it is not my first choice since it is a paler grey and I like the darker bottom………………….For those of you who own this poly jersey fabric you know all of the positives….the cool hand of the fabric…..the fact that it doesn’t wrinkle, and washes like a dream. It’s the perfect travel piece. I do realize that there are some who do not like polyester so this would not be for you, but I have to say the great majority of my QVC customers love this poly jersey, and it continues to reorder. I have even made some converts with this particular fabric…….Again, I went with GUNMETAL accessories…….the DINGLE DANGLE necklace, J325473, makes a strong presence without overwhelming. For me it’s the perfect balance…….The GUNMETAL BOLD HOOP is my favorite, but for those who prefer something smaller the DEMI HOOP or Gunmetal stud will also be perfect!………………. I know you will enjoy this new top…………………….much Love……………………..Louis

“THE PEACOCK OMBRE TUNIC”

rainbow2

………………………..The PEACOCK OMBRE TUNIC is returning! I had the option of bringing back all of the original colors and not introducing any new colors…..or bringing back one and adding two new colors………so I opted for the two new…..I hope you agree! My thinking is this. If you were fortunate to get the three original colors you have something very special and unique…..There was a very limited quantity to begin with…..Scarcity always makes something more valuable and desirable!! Of the three original colors the Peacock sold out first with the largest wait list so that is the color I chose to bring back. For those who missed out the first time here is your opportunity to finally get the Peacock…..but fair warning I will not bring it back again……scarcity makes it more desirable!…LOL………………ATTENTION…..in the photos above is a new SNEAK PEEK…………….the NEW navy MOSS CREPE PULL ON PANT….due in July…..there will also be a matching tunic top with a short sleeve….and THAT’S ALL I’M SAYING…..except it will be one length, no pockets, a nice flowing leg width, and will be in three transition colors…..my lips are SEALED!…..No more questions PLEASE……it’s a long time from now until July 18th at 5:00 pm………………….enjoy…………………much Love………………………Louis

“THE LAST WORD”

I have just been informed that the seed bead necklaces can’t be shipped until July which is too late for QVC, so it will have to wait until next spring. Sorry to disappoint, but these things are out of my control. For those of you who were lucky enough to get them I hope you are enjoying them.