Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Animal Farm:

7thonSixth is not just going to the dogs (as I previously reported). On Tuesday- horses got into the act as well.

Right outside the Bryant Park Tents, throughout the day, a gentleman in traditional red riding habit with trumpet in hand, was sounding a musical invitation to visit the O'Halloran collection conveniently set up in a horse trailer right across the street from the shows. After Blass ended, somehow it seemed like a good idea.

Once inside, I was pleasantly transported to another place and time- horse country. The trailer was right out of central casting, and had the look and feel of a quaint chic store in Millbrook, New York- complete with atmospheric decor, candlelight, scented candles, and welcome treats like warm apple cider, crisp apples, and sugar coated donuts.

Cathleen O'Halloran Cordova, the owner and founder of the company that bears her family name (and whose family crest adorns each piece), has been in business since 1999, and was on hand to meet and greet. The enterprising young woman wisely took this opportunity to get editors to see what she was up to.

And it worked- in addition to myself, Ruth Finley, and some of her associates from Fashion Calendar, there was WWD's Bobbie Queen checking out the novel horse printed pants, colorful horse blankets, blanket coats for men, women, and children, beautifully tailored jackets, novelty t-shirts with horse motifs, shoes, bags, and accessories for the home.

You can see her entire collection by visiting her store at 65 Main Street, Millerton NY, calling for a catalogue (518-789-4785), or by shopping online at www.ohalloranco.com.

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