Flight Collection

by Kathryn LeMieux in


Summer 2014

“Flight”

               Libellule always chooses a theme to work with for each collection. Last season it was “Celestial,” next season it will be “Imperial Russia.” This season we are showing “Flight.” Libellule is the French word for dragonfly, and like its name suggests, this season is light, airy and influenced by the things that fly on the wind.

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                Here is what you will see coming down the runway: feathers, birds, birdcages, wings, blackbirds, wind, and perhaps you may see a little swan in our last garment to float down the catwalk. Our fabrics are so light that we had to use beads, trim and lots of applique to weigh them down. Seriously, this was dictated by our manufacturer, “I can’t leave this edge raw, it is too light to hang properly.”

                Where did we find such amazing fabrics? All over the United States. What do they feel like? Heaven. This, conveniently, ties into our collection of flight. Some of the fibers are so fine, they are like a whisper- a little, black dress whisper. Our color palette includes shades like: “cloud”, “sunrise”, “midnight” and “oyster”- we are from New Orleans, after all.

                Libellule invites you to fly over to the New Orleans Museum of Art on Thursday October 3rd at 6:45 to feast your eyes on our latest collection. We look forward to seeing you

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A little Window...

by Leigh Reveley


...into our "Flight" Collection. 

      On a steamy New Orleans morning a week or so ago (it is always steamy here- the days seem to blend into one another through the water molecules in the air), three models, two designers, and a fabulous makeup artist descending upon John Malta's salon in New Orleans.

      Having a 7 a.m. call time is never pleasant, if you ask me. Even with Edie, John's adorable Boston terrier licking your leg and ice coffee made by Crickett's husband, I have to feign niceness and authority. I usually wake up at 8 and am not expected to function until 10 a.m. (this can extend to 3 p.m. depending on coffee consumption). I blame this on genetics. Everyone else, however, seemed to be in jovial spirits and pretty awake, so I put on a good front rather than lying down on the salon couch.

     To my credit, I had been up for almost 24 hours, tweaking garments that had come in last minute from the manufacturers and creating some new ones overnight. This is "normale" as the Italians say. It happens to everyone in the fashion industry and it happens to me about six times in a year.  Nothing that can't be cured with under eye concealer and a post event nap. 

     John Malta and his staff are geniuses. We asked for the hair to be a loose, messy updo: slightly bird's nesty, since our theme is flight. They obliged effortlessly. Tisa, our brilliant makeup artist with the best groomed "unruly" hair I have ever seen, gave the models a dewy face with a pink lip. She, herself, is like pure oxygen, freshening everything around her without realizing it.

      Once hair and makeup were finished, we all met at the shoot location where Jason Kruppa had been prepping the house with his lighting and cameras. Our clothes had been steamed earlier and organized on a garment rack by yours truly.  An intelligent person would assume that given the amount of steam and humidity in this glorious city below sea level, additional steam would not be needed. Somehow, this is not the case and I feel betrayed by science.

      There are times with our very talented photographer (and lovely friend) Jason that I feel like Eloise with her tutor. This is because I always take on the role of light reflector assistant. I am of slight build and frequently these reflectors are bigger than I am, and actually prevent me from being able to see where the light is hitting the model.  Jason will often have to verbally cue me, "Angle up, angle up.. no, too far... down...up..oh, I'll just come over there and adjust it.... don't move." My arms always feel like I took a really good barre class the next day. 

      On this particular shoot, I backed into a burr filled fern and held everything up while I tried to pick them out and then had to change shirts. Eloise, indeed.

      In short, the shoot was wonderful. Models as nice as they are good looking. Photographer as patient as he is creative. Business partner keeping my iced coffee glass full and styling each model with Anna Wintour like precision.

       I also took on a new role of videographer that steam soaked day, and here are the results:

Photographer: Jason Kruppa

Models: Sarah Cutter, Samantha Farber, Laura Lindquist

Hair: John Malta

Make up: Tisa for Beauty Bar

 

 

        

      


Amazing Grace

by Leigh Reveley


                I am wanting to get my greedy little hands on the new Book about Grace Coddington: “Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue.” Why? Because I think she deserves to be adored. Because she makes the average woman appreciate the beauty of art and fashion. Because, starting at age 15 (for those of you fellow fashion lovers this was about the time that those topless ads with Kate Moss straddling Marky Mark came out), I started tearing out her Vogue editorials and taping them to my walls. This one was the first with Shalom Harlow.

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                She is brilliant, red haired and completely over shadowed by the famous icy Anna Wintour. In the 2009 documentary, “The September Issue” I would watch as Coddington would hatch beautiful ideas, editorials that told a magical story in an unbelievable location, which would then be shot down or edited out by the severe Wintour. It was heartbreaking. It was also wonderful.

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                I know it takes a village to put together a photo shoot, but watching her work was like eating chocolate. It was rich, satisfying and left you craving more. From Safari in Africa to a prohibition era café in Paris, there is always a story. A story that you want to be a part of. She makes you want to wear these gorgeous clothes, in these gorgeous settings. It is nothing short of marketing genius, but on the highest, most exquisite platform ever.

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                Coddington started out her fashion career as a model. Originally from Wales, with red hair and legs for miles, she became quite the ingénue, gracing the cover of many magazines. At the age of 26, she was in a car accident that left her disfigured. It was then that she really shared her beauty with the world and began her game changing career as a stylist and eventual Fashion Editor at Vogue. She seems so soft spoken and humble, I wish I could wake her up every morning with a motivational speech all about her brilliance and talent.

                For more of her fabulous styling, check out our pinterest board:

http://pinterest.com/libellulenola/amazing-grace/

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WHEN LEIGH MET CRICKETT

by Kathryn LeMieux


Leigh was doing textile restoration for Gentle Arts in New Orleans, restoring antique garments, uniforms, tapestries, etc. for auction houses and museums. Crickett walked in one sunny day wishing to have a dress made from antique lace that was originally curtains. It was for her friend Amanda to wear to her engagement party. Leigh cleaned the lace and made it into a cocktail/ flapper dress. It was a huge success!

                  A few weeks later, discussions began for restoring Crickett’s family’s lace veil for Amanda’s wedding. Then making all of the bridesmaid’s dresses, then the flower girl dresses. It was so much fun.  The two of them would brain storm and sketch and tell stories of their mutual l love for Dior and Lanvin and Chanel.  They played with idea of starting a clothing line, meeting  for lunch every Wednesday at Il Posto,  a small café one block away from the restoration studio. Once seated under the trees on the back patio, they would pour over heavy fashion books and dream out loud. Originally they wanted to start a line of vintage inspired swimwear that was glamourous and flattering to women’s figures (and they still do).

                   

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Crickett discovered NOLAFW, sponsored by New Orleans Fashion Council , but their deadline for designer applications had passed. They begged and pleaded and promised to show a breath taking collection. It was one of those, “If you build it, they will come” moments. Realizing that if Crickett and Leigh were going to do this, the time was nigh. The two of them dove in full force with loads of coffee and San Pellegrino (which they are now both addicted to), having exactly four weeks to put together a runway collection.  With the help of Seema Sudan of the Lia Molly knit line, they quickly edited a collection of women’s clothing . For four very short weeks, with very little sleep, they sewed, sketched, ate and drank like mad women.  Crickett and Leigh were still sewing their collection three hours before stage time.  It is seriously questionable whether or not they showered.

                  The collection was well received and the two of them went out to Emeril’s to celebrate with some Veuve Cliquot.  Leigh fell asleep at the table.  Crickett propped her up on her shoulder.  The experience was wonderful and worth it so, it was decided, to  do it again and again and again…  Instead of living happily everafter, they went home and took showers and fell asleep dreaming of the next collection.  The rest, as they say is history….

 

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Upcoming Events

by Kathryn LeMieux in


We are looking forward to an exciting year with all kinds of opportunities to see our debut collection.

Check back often as we will be updating this page on a regular basis.

Austin Fashion Week A/W 2013 Collection Wednesday, May 8th Doors open 6:30 pm/ Program Begins 7:15 pm

La Zona Rosa  | 612 W. 4th St. Austin, TX 78701

For Full Details Visit: Austin Fashion Week

NOLA Fashion Week A/W 2013 Collection Friday, March 8th 6:00 pm

The Saratoga 212 Loyola Ave. | CBD Full Details at nolafw.com

Limited Public Access. For an Invitation Contact Crickett or Leigh info@libelluleclothing.com