Designing Women: Gilda Midani

September 11th, 2014

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My sister, Carrie Crowell, is one of my favorite humans on earth. She is the creator of Big City Grits and runs the most fantastic shop, lf8, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She is going to be a recurring guest blogger and this one is from her…

Is there anything better than being super comfy? When I get home at the end of the
day I immediately take off my horrifying and encasing “street clothes” as I call them
and put on my “comfy cozies” as my mother and sisters call them. Well ladies (and
actually gentlemen!), let me introduce you to the comfy cozies you can wear out and
about and not look like you’ve given it all up – which I actually have no problem
with; I can’t wait to give it all up, but Gilda Midani is thankfully slowing that
process down.

The Brazilian designer creates the most beautiful hand-dyed cotton clothing. Many
of the pieces are fashioned by using beeswax to create really cool relief prints –
from simple stripes to more Jackson Pollack-esque prints. The pieces are perfect for
layering; long tank tops looks amazing under her “trapeze” long sleeve tee-shirts.
Her dresses are so easy to wear it’ll be like donning your nightgown to that business
lunch! Except people will give you approving smiles and possibly gentle applause
instead of worried glances.

Do yourself and favor and just buy one of everything and thank me later. Congrats
on your new comfy-cozy life y’all!

Gilda’s Collection is currently available at lf8 in New York City until September 25th
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my girl Carrie in her comfy cozies. You can see why I love her.
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DESIGNING WOMEN : Roberta Freymann

May 3rd, 2013

My Mother sent me my first Roberta Roller Rabbit Kurta about 10 years ago, and I have since acquired a drawer of these wonderful pieces. Her bright, candy colored block print patterns embody summers at the beach for me. I love her beach bags and hats, and my children are about as cute as can be in their little people sized Kurtas. Born in London and raised on the Upper East Side, her inherent passion for design came from her mother (the muse to the French designer Jacque Fath) and her explorer spirit came from her physician father. Traveling through North Africa with her family, she fell in love with the brilliant, tribal patterns that would later become her signature. She did not begin her own line until 1996, having worked as a buyer for Henri Bendel and Bloomingdales for many years. She was one of the pioneers of the pashmina craze (oh how I remember it well!) selling them out of her apartment on East 73rd to the women of Manhattan. In 2003, the spin off of her Roberta Freymann line, Roberta Roller Rabbit, was launched and the hand block prints and colorful patterns infiltrated the resort wear world. Her jeweled bib necklaces define her accessories line and have become extremely popular as she collaborated with Olivia Palermo on a line. She has opened  multiple stores in New York, California, Florida and St. Barthélemy. Each store reminiscent of a global bizarre, she is one of my favorite designers… especially this time of year.
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HELLO SUNSHINE!

May 3rd, 2013

Yellow is one of my favorite colors. As a pale blonde, it is the least flattering color I could ever wear, but I accessorize my world with it! Canary yellow trays in my kitchen, Designers Guild bright yellow curtains in the dining room, and my new lemon yellow IIIBeCa cross body bag that I love so. These are a few of my favorite {yellow} things…
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