Sunday, October 28, 2007

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Inspired by film noir and vintage lingerie, Ouvrez La Porte's designer Karen LaPorte, chooses seduction over sexy, alluring over loud. Wearing an Ouvrez La Porte silk dress can make one feel at once both demure and sensual . This retro sensibility leaves something to the imagination and let's the woman wearing it shine through.

Silk charmeuse is often combined with lace or chiffon for this glamorous effect. One small cocktail worthy collection is created each year and sewn by Karen herself in her Brooklyn studio, factory free.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Today's Featued Designer

Nichole Angelina Grazioli is Smashing Darling's featured designer today!
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In an effort to elevate the importance of individuality in our fashion culture, I pursue my passion for design and creation.

"MODERN ART", exists in many forms. My creations are considered by some, to be "Wearable Art".

My diverse collection of garments, are hand-crafted from an array of fine retro-vintage and new fabrics. Cashmere, silk, lace, denim, lycra... are infused to create eye catching fashions.

A creation process that bears clothing that is stunning, and functional for the modern day fashion enthusiast.

Every man and woman should be able to look, and especially "FEEL" their best. This is what I
aim to achieve with every design I create. And with every design I create...I
give to you, a piece of me. My heart, my love, my passion...


I entertain the idea that individuality is not easily attained, therefore..

I commend YOU, for your time, and appreciation of modern ART! Each and every day I thank each and ever one of YOU, for embracing my art, and allowing my dreams to become my reality....

In retrun, with every design I create...I give to you, a piece of me. My heart, my love, my passion, " A CELEBRATION OF INDIVIDUALITY".

Nichole Angelina Grazioli

Thursday, October 11, 2007

compai: Compai's limited edition collection

I love compai and what these ladies are doing! You have to go see what all the FUN is about! They have beautiful indie designs.
compai: Compai's limited edition collection

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Mer Girl Dress

I love this new dress in the collection. Black and dark chocolate brown stripes with a yummy lipstick pink baby over lock stitch for contrast. Come visit the store or get it online here.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Thistle Downs wool design: Great Getaway

Thistle Downs wool design: Great Getaway,
I thought this was kind of funny. I had two friends on the Schoodic Pennisula in the same weekend. Very odd because one works for Smashing Darling and the other, Thistle Downs is a designer on Smashing Darling. Maybe this wouldn't be so odd if we had a thousand employees, but we only have the one!
Anyway read a great interview with Thistle Downs here.