Monday, August 29, 2005

Fall’s Weighty ‘Issues’:

The long awaited September fashion magazines and assorted fall supplements -- traditionally the thickest, most plumped up, and heaviest of the year -- have all hit the newsstands (or found their way into your mailbox) by now. And with the skinny silhouette being THE look to get (‘think’ Balenciaga, which The New York Times labeled, ‘The Sharpest Silhouette In Town’) regardless of all the hoopla surrounding pumped up volume, it seems the only place one should really be fat (besides ones hair or bank account of course) is within the annals of magazine publishing.

Unsurprisingly I was struck by how commercial, formulaic, and uninspiring most of these fashion editions have become, and how lacking in true eccentric creativity they are (not counting ‘Paper’ which is always wonderfully and irreverently individualistic, and New York Magazine, which has a fresh approach under Harriet Mays). Not to mention the ‘ho hum’ sameness of them all- and I’m not just referring to the ads. (I say ‘unsurprisingly’ because it seems to be more and more the case these days).

That said one publication whose big fall issue was a breath of fresh air, with its refreshingly intelligent approach (that perfect mix of fashion, gossip, cheeky information), was The New York Times Style Magazine, ‘T’- Women’s Fashion Fall 2005, which came out yesterday. Sure, I know it’s The New York Times, which is supposed to be a bit more high- minded in its fashion approach than true fashion magazines, but still….

Even the covers were indicative. Vogue invites you to “Make a Statement” (one of their cover lines), but which statement IS that? The one that announces to the world, “I’m rich enough to buy these clothes, skinny enough to look good in them, or muscled enough to be able to tote around this hefty magazine with 800 whopping pages of fashion”? Or all of the above?

Almost all the magazines are still into using airbrushed actresses rather than models- Vogue picked Sara Jessica Parker once again (Yuk! I’m sorry but I really don’t understand her appeal), Harper’s Bazaar went for Demi Moore (who does look great I have to admit, but then again she is seen in ads EVERYWHERE as the FACE of Versace), ‘W’ got Kirsten Dunst, and Elle featured Jennifer Lopez. But ‘T’ followed a different course, choosing the unique, intelligent, highly individual, though decidedly ‘Plain Jane’ Tilda Swinton.

While within fashion circles, she is considered to be an icon, and known as the muse for Viktor & Rolf, Ms. Swinton is far from a conventional beauty, and she is not a traditionally pretty ‘girlie girl’. But she IS a chameleon who can morph into almost anything she wants to be (a characteristic that was tapped into within the pages of a portfolio featuring the actress, “White Mischief” by Lynn Hirschberg).

The clothing featured on the covers speaks volumes as well. While Vogue, Bazaar, Elle, W, seemingly want to hit you ever the head with the idea of luxury, glamour, FALL FASHION! (exemplified by the use of big time evening dresses and sumptuous fur trimmed coats), ‘T’ went unapologetically restrained and subtle, playing up Tilda’s androgyny while at the same time, tapping into that minimalist ‘Boy Meets Girl’ thing with a black Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo jacket and prim white shirt. Though the photo credits list hair and makeup, let’s just say that the hair and makeup was made to look as though there was none and the effect was refreshingly (if not scarily) real.

And as if to throw things off even more, fashion editor Tina Laakkonen (who styled the cover) accessorized with an item that many other publications and fashion swells have avoided like the plague this season, having decreed them ‘out’, over, kaput, “so last year”: brooches. Well, two one of a kind Fred Leighton diamond brooches were affixed to the collar of Tilda’s jacket, and the confident glaze in Tilda’s eyes seems to say, “I happen to love these pins and I DARE you to tell me they’re out.”

That’s not all; ‘T’ isn’t just eye candy, there’s something to sink your teeth into, and best of all, actually something to read. Instead of copy and features that could almost be described as ‘Fashion for Dummies” or ‘Fashion 101’, and better suited to fashion beginners, ‘T’ enlisted well respected and smart writers (who don’t speak down to the readers) such as Suzy Menkes, Maura Egan, Horacio Silva, Tyler Brule, Josh Patner, Ingrid Sischy, Cathy Horyn (of course), and Lynn Yeager. The resulting pieces had me nodding my head in agreement, chuckling out loud, or providing some entertaining bits of information.

By the way, as if in sharp contrast to Bazaar’s elementary and robotic section on black (“The rules for wearing black”), Josh Patner’s esoteric take on fall’s favorite shade was hardly run of the mill. His column was about the all black clad designer Diane Pernet, hardly a household name. Ditto the all black fashion portfolio, ‘Girl Watching’ (“An inevitable outcome of living in New York where someone is always taller”)photographed by Bruce Gilden which highlighted some of the best new all black citified silhouettes in town and did it with a bit of all too true humor and wit.

While every publication seems obsessed with the high price of fashion these days, (they all write about it and try to photograph great ‘buys’ and finds), ‘T’ reminded us just how ridiculous prices for clothing and accessories have REALLY gotten. In “The Remix - The New Math”, they equated some sobering figures: Hermes cashmere and silk scarf ($921) = one year of unlimited Metro cards ($912); Chanel suit ($ 4,835) = a dental implant at a Park Avenue dentist ($5,000); Valentino dress ($10,700) = one year of health insurance for a family of four ($10, 733). How’s that for bringing you back to reality?

- Marilyn Kirschner

Friday, August 26, 2005

The Best Shirts on the Planet

Shirt by Julia

On Tuesday, August 23rd, WWD’s cover story “Match Point” was an ode to pared down, almost ‘Plain Jane’ uniform dressing and specifically, the universal, timelessly chic appeal of two wardrobe basics (the white shirt and the black skirt). Certainly, it’s hard to argue with the notion that after so much “flou and flounce”, “chic essentials” (as they put it) are starting to look really good right now.

Call it what you will; the ‘new minimalism’ perhaps? (Dare I say the dreaded ‘M’ word?) But dreaded, it’s no longer, as touched upon by Cathy Horyn in her Thursday ‘Style’ cover story (“Who’s Afraid of Minimalism?”) about fall fashion’s return to sobriety, underdone elegance, and restraint. This is not the funeral, robotic minimalism of the 90’s, but a more wearable, personal, and thoughtful one.

With the cool weather approaching, most of us are getting back to business, which (thankfully) necessitates having to wear real clothes (and leave behind those beach friendly tank tops, shorts, and flip flops). If you’re not quite ready for something all too serious (like a suit) and the balmy weather does not justify having to wear one, what better way to ease into the new season than with this winning, great looking, and cool combination?

Shirt by Julia

I won’t argue with the ‘Great White Shirt Theory’ (white shirts always merit collecting and hunting down). On the other hand, don’t underestimate the appeal of variations on the theme, namely menswear inspired haberdashery versions which are a wonderful alternative. Like their white counterparts, they never go out of style, are seasonless, weightless, can travel anywhere in the world, anytime of the year, and effortlessly go from day to night. Simply put, they are insurance pieces, because you can always count on them in a pinch.

What if I told you I know where you can find what may well be the best shirts on the planet? I’m referring to Julia, a shop in Greenwich Connecticut (70 Arch Street, 203 422 2216, which is dedicated to all things luxurious and elegant.

Shirt by Julia

Julia Berger started out as a purveyor of fine Italian made linens and her business has evolved from there. She now sells infant and children’s wear, fine antiques, home décor, accessories, and just this past spring, added a well edited line of hand tailored shirts for men and women. Most impressive are her distinctive, feminized interpretations of the traditional and classic man’s bespoke shirt which perfectly capture the essence of that ‘boy meets girl’ sensibility which is so modern.

Shirt by Julia

What makes Julia’s shirts, which are made in Florence and Milan, so special? The amazing couture like fit (she will proudly tell you, “Nobody makes shirts like this anywhere in the world”), the use of the highest quality fabrics (100% cotton and cotton stretch), a flawless color sense, and the attention to detail (such as contrasting collars and cuffs) which help justify the price ($395).

Amongst those things, for example, that set Julia apart from say, Anne Fontaine (, a French designer who put herself on the map with her endless incarnations of that traditional white shirt, Ms. Fontaine’s are unapologetically ‘fashion-y’, often girlie, and self consciously high styled, while Ms. Berger’s are thoroughly classic in their menswear tone with no frou, no tricky details. The only thing feminine about them is the cut.

Currently, there are about 6 different versions for men (which are sized from small to extra, extra large) and 25 for women (European sizes 38 – 54), and while there are solids, there are far more prints (stripes, dots, tattersalls). FYI, Julia does have an all white version as well (which she likens to a tuxedo shirt), made from white pique and trimmed with white sateen. My best guess is after you buy one, you’ll be hooked!

- Marilyn Kirschner

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Old Home Week

CFDA member (and recent recipient of its Award for Women’s Wear Designer of the Year) Vera Wang opened up her beautiful Park Avenue apartment for use as the setting of this year’s cocktail party to welcome the organization’s 12 new members. It was a bit like Old Home Week,after all, it’s the first time in months that this large group of fashion swells has congregated (other than the Hamptons that is). And with the end of summer imminent, not to mention the approach of New York Fashion Week, it felt like ‘Old Home Week’ and provided a bit of a spring preview (I couldn’t resist asking those present what they would be doing for spring 2006). By the way, when I asked Vera Wang to give me a few words to describe what he has planned for her September show, she quickly said, “One word: Matisse!”

Enjoying the cocktails and sushi, and mingling throughout the beautifully appointed rooms were such established names as Stan Herman (who unsurprisingly would not name the candidates being considered for Peter Arnold’s newly vacated post, and admitted this process would take quite awhile), Oleg Cassini, Fern Mallis, Carolina Herrera, Cynthia Steffe, Koos Van Den Akker, Yeohlee, Teri Agins, Adrienne Landau, Nicole Miller, Simon Doonan, Patrick McMullan, Constance White, and Ruth Finley (who ‘promised’ there would be more changes in the show schedule to come).

When I encountered Peter Arnold, and spoke with him about leaving the CFDA as Executive Director and resuming his new position as president of John Varvatos Enterprises, he admitted, “It’s bittersweet. I love my job and I love the CFDA”. After telling him that I happen to use the John Varvatos fragrance, he proudly stated, “It’s the number one selling men’s designer fragrance in America.” As someone who has felt that the women’s collection thus far has not been as tightly focused as the award winning men’s line (John won this year’s CFDA Award for Men’s Wear Designer of the Year), he didn’t take issue with me and said diplomatically, “I don’t really disagree with you but IT IS very new (only two seasons). It clearly needs focus, but there is a huge opportunity there. It’s something John feels very strongly about. He has a bigger picture for what he wants to do. He’s got big, big plans. It’s an exciting time! I love what he does for men and I really think it resonates for women.”

I had a chance to speak with new member Carlos Miele, a young Brazilian with a shop in the Meatpacking District, who is known for his sensual designs and shows only in New York. I asked what he hoped being a CFDA member would mean in terms of his business and his work as a designer. “I hope being a member will help make my presence even stronger in New York. I chose New York because it’s a great window for the world. I’m a Brazilian and I’m hoping to make my work more international”.

I asked what he had planned for spring 2006 and he replied “My inspiration is Andalusia (southern Spain), a region that has a very rich culture and one that has long had a good mix: Catholics, Muslims, and Jews, who all live in peace.” He also described the collection as “more sophisticated, more long dresses, and more separates”. When I asked if he was using black, he said yes, there would be a large group of black dresses.

Don’t look for black in the spring collection of new member, Doo- Ri Chang, who’s dubbing spring 2006 “My pantyhose collection” because of the emphasis on soft flesh tones and mauves. She did a lot of black for fall and was feeling for going in an opposite direction. The Geoffrey Beene alumni (from whom she learned “discipline”), will be showing in the tents for the first time this season and considers Barneys New York to be her biggest retailer. She also told me how much she admires fellow CFDA members Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein.

When I asked Cynthia Steffe to sum up her spring collection she said, “Different from last season (which had a notable Russian influence). “I would say it’s very clean, spare, modern, architectural, lots of great color (clean, crisp color).”

I spotted the always entertaining and observant Simon Doonan on the way out, (who always manages to find just the ‘right’ words). After giving me the fashion ‘once over’, he complimented me on my outfit (I was carrying a very elongated flat black patent bag) and then said, “Oh, and I love your purse that you could do your own ironing on!”

- Marilyn Kirschner

Monday, August 22, 2005

In the nick of time

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”….Blame it on Rio (no, don’t blame it on Rio; I guess you can blame it on the heat, or on anything else for that matter). Regardless, I have so many things to get off my chest and vent about (complaints, issues, etc.) I wouldn’t even know where to begin. All I can say is, September, New York Fashion Week, and the beginning of fall can’t come soon enough as far as I’m concerned.

In addition to being completely bored with the uncomfortable heat and humidity (and really, what fashion lover worth his/her salt does not long for cool, or cold climes and the ability to actually start ‘dressing’ again), I am sick of being subjected to a parade of fashion faux pas, and worse by those who have seemingly taken the weather as an excuse to look sloppy, saggy, inappropriate, and unkempt. I’m referring to bouncy boobs, visible panty lines, visible bra lines, visible thongs, bare navels, bare midriffs, and bare bottoms. And too many bare toes and bare feet that are in dire need of grooming and pedicures and would be much better off hidden from view. And yes, guys, I’m referring to you too. Oh, how I long for tights, boots, pumps, high heeled loafers. All too much bare (and apparently, too many ‘bears’ as well. And how about all those recent bear sightings? But that’s another story).

What happened to the idea of modesty? (Just because you’ve got it doesn’t mean you have to flaunt it!) And speaking of modesty, am I the only one who is completely offended by the ubiquitous ads, “She’s so Jane”, which are featured throughout WWD (and seem to be placed on every other page), ‘welcoming’ Brandon Holley, Jane Magazine’s new editor in chief? (Brandon has replaced Jane’s founding editor, Jane Pratt). In addition to full page pictures of the attractive young editor, each ad also lists her many attributes and accomplishments (‘style maven’, ‘rule breaker’, ‘Adweek Hot List alumni’, ‘can change own oil’, ‘newsstand sales record breaker”, etc. and ad nauseum), Of course, Jane is a Fairchild publication, so to say this is self serving is an understatement. I know they want to make her a star, or a household name, but really, enough is enough already!

What else am I sick of? The rich hippie look, which has been so knocked off at every price level, it’s astonishing! Not to mention those newly manufactured sequined and printed circle skirts that are meant to resemble vintage Mexican circle skirts (and don’t even come close). And I’m tired of seeing women traipse around town during the daytime in their unwieldy floor sweeping broomstick or tie dye skirts that are supposed to look like Jean Paul Gaultier’s and which are now a dime a dozen on the street. In fact, I am bored with anything hawked by street vendors. To my way of thinking, that signals the beginning of the end to any ‘trend’.

What else bores me? All those mindless, unimaginative fashion clones who take the ethnic look too literally and wear their folkloric circle skirts, beads, espadrilles, peasant tops, caftan shirts, embellished and embroidered bags, ALL at the same time is way too much of a good, or bad thing. Just about now, I am longing for a return to crisp, classic, tailoring, and the eternal appeal of a chic little black dress. No tricks or gimmicks, just great clothes.

As for what I predict we will see on the runways for spring 2006 in September? I do think we will be seeing lots of black for the collections, black and white, black and pink (‘think’ Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel couture fall 2005)…and red!

And while I’m tired of the overdone ethnic and gypsy look, I do think ethnic will continue (particularly African influences) BUT, always mixed with something unexpectedly modern, ladylike, or classic to make it look relevant and uncostumey. Most importantly, I think (or at least hope) that New York designers will find a way to continue to address the needs of their customers, do what they do best and stick to their fashion instincts. I also think denim will be hot (look at all the important names that are doing denim licensees for fall and spring!) And while I think volume will continue, well, so will’s all about going to extremes…nothing in between...extreme fashion (or extremely fabulous fashion).

Now again, what are some of our brightest stars planning to show in less than a month? Here is some more feedback:

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Fall Back, Spring Forward: Part 2

As promised, I will be updating this feature with quotes from designers and/or retailers with their thoughts on the upcoming season. Stay tuned.

Yeohlee Teng: “Spring 2006 was inspired by the linear construction of the Modern French architect Mallet-Stevens, and the dynamic sweep of suspension bridges. The collection is built with a contrast of structured and soft fabrics in cotton, linen, silk and wool. Colors are earthy and hot."

Lela Rose: "The Spring 2006 collection is a nod to traditional American sportswear with strong colors and clean, classic silhouettes---refined yet playful" ---Lela Rose

Douglas Hannant: "This season is all about American Style - timeless, free, and easy -- and light sun-drenched whites. This season the dress is the star". ---Douglas Hannant

Zang Toi: “Our spring 2006 at the House of Toi is all about Africa, the land of great beauties”.

Adrienne Landau: “Spanish Gypsy is a big theme, still bohemian but less ethnic and more couture sophisticated. Fabrics being used are tulle, lace, chiffon, duppioni.

The other theme is French Garden, lots of florals, pale pinks, French blue, and coral. Mixing textures like macramé and suede, lace insets, tulle, chiffon. The collection will feature evening stoles, cropped jackets, oblongs, shawls, peasant blouses.”

-Marilyn Kirschner

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

‘Fall’ Back, ‘Spring’ Forward - Part One:

It’s about time. Now that the heat wave has finally broken, we can actually start thinking about fall and contemplating our purchases for the cooler days ahead. And let us not forget that if it’s mid August, that means fashion magazines’ biggest issue, September, will also soon be hitting the newsstands. I found yesterday’s The New York Post’s roundup, “The foul and the fabulous”, which rated the glossies with “air kisses” to be catty yet somehow entertaining to say the least.

For the record, they gave Vogue, featuring Sara Jessica Parker on the cover, the highest rating (5 air kisses) and Harper’s Bazaar, the least (one air kiss). They did admit that cover girl Demi Moore was the best thing about the issue but complained about Bazaar’s “mind-numbingly dumb story” on “Rules for Wearing Black” as well as a portfolio featuring a faux Camilla Parker Bowles (who they said looked like a “man in drag”). Ouch!

But more importantly, with September fast approaching, that also means New York Fashion Week for spring 2006! If you’re like me, you’re undoubtedly curious about what it is designers will unveil on the runways and in their showrooms in less than 30 days.

I have asked a group of some of New York’s most highly respected names in fashion (designers and retailers), to give me some thoughts on next season. This is the first installment and I will continue to add more as I get the information.

Einar Holilokk, Head of Design, Geoffrey Beene: " The collection is quite seductive and sumptuous. I have used fabrics such as printed silk cloque, metallic linen and double faced charmeuse. Some of the colors I refer to a liquid black, inky violet and vibrant pink. The silhouette remains slender off-set by a voluminous taffeta wrap, a stand away collar or body caressing folds."

Joan Kaner, Senior Vice President, Fashion Director, Neiman Marcus: “Volume, especially in skirts, and femininity continues for spring '06. Floral prints are everywhere. As to color, early spring collections have lots of white, beige, khaki, navy (often mixed with white and red for nautical looks), shades of green from pale to deepest forest, and pinks now have a mauve cast and are still prevalent.

The walking short, cropped pants in all lengths, and for longer trousers a dropped waist and wide-legged fullness look newest”.

Sandra Wilson
, Accessories Fashion Director, Neiman Marcus: “So far thoughts from reviewing the shoe market: gold metallics are the strongest...all shades of beige to dark, and red that we have not addressed in awhile....Still lots of white...flats, thongs, wedges, lower look newer...pale aqua, a grey blue, and a pink lavender...seeing crochet accents, woods."

- Marilyn Kirschner

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Back in ‘Time(s)’

As you know, one feature of the relatively new Thursday ‘Style’ section of The New York Times, is a weekly column entitled, ‘On The Street: Then’, which makes wonderful use of fashion historian/ style chronicler Bill Cunningham’s extraordinary and vast photographic archives, along with copy written by Ruth La Ferla.

As a supplement to Bill’s Sunday column, these black and white pictures were taken for past columns which appeared in the paper (some well over 20 years ago) and have included from time to time, images of well known fashionistas ( I have spotted Josh Patner with his flying shirttails and Evyan Metzner in her long printed granny dress). Of course, I can’t say that I was instantly positive I knew who they were so I had to look a few times to make sure. Time certainly does that. And many of these shots include pictures of individuals who don’t necessarily dress or look the same way today as they might have back ‘when’. I think it’s safe to say most of us go through our different ‘periods’ and some are better than others.

But what struck me today was the immediately identifiable and unmistakable shot of Anna Wintour, taken on August 4, 1991, (“Shifts and Sheaths Return in Full Force”), looking almost exactly the way she looks now (though she is a bit blonder these days). Wearing her trademark oversized black sunglasses, and brunette bob- not one hair out of place, she is clad in another one of her trademarks -- the slim sheath -- accessorized with a tasteful and demure strands of pearls, tailored cuff, Manolo Blahnik sling backs, and not a purse in sight (another one of her ‘signatures’). It seems that not only has her body not changed in all these years, but nor has her fashion persona.

I think one can safely say that Anna Wintour would most likely NOT have found herself as a subject in the opposite pictorial, “Cyclists' Garb”, August 23, 1987, which included shots of unsuspecting passersby wearing their “skinny, sometimes unsightly body casings”. I have a feeling that some if not all those individuals who were photographed, might have cringed over their morning coffee, and asked in disbelief, “Did I really wear THAT?”

I remember awhile ago, Anna Wintour was publicly criticized for being too ‘set’ in her look (I can’t say for sure, but I think the ‘accuser’ was Candace Bushnell) and that I completely disagreed with her criticism. Quite frankly, I felt then (as I do now) that this is all to her credit. In a business filled with so many fashion victims, and at a time when fashion AND individuals change with the wind, it is precisely Ms. Wintour’s consistently strong image that is one of her strongest assets. By the way, I believe that is that Nina Griscom in the shot above her looking very chic and trim. Nina certainly has not changed much either.

- Posted by Marilyn Kirschner
Getting Into the Fashion Shows

Our favorite "how to" article on getting invited to the fashion shows. With the Spring 2006 New York fashion shows coming up next month we get a lot of emails from users asking us how they can get tickets to the shows. A number of years back Laurie Schechter wrote an article for us addressing this very subject. It is still as timely as when first written with some of the best advice we have ever read on the subject. Click here to read the entire article.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Keep the ‘Feith’

Good news for avid fans of fashion designer Tracy Feith (and there are many) who may be spending a lot of time on the East end this summer. And no, I’m not referring to the Manhattan’s upper or lower east side, but rather, the East End of New York, as in the Hamptons and beyond.

This past weekend, on a trip out to Amagansett, I couldn’t help but notice that a small, charming beach shack of a store, located along the long stretch of highway connecting Amagansett to Montauk (2101 Montauk Highway, 631 267-6897), which had previously been a bathing suit shop, now bore the name, Tracy Feith. Instead of bikinis, the windows featured several of the feminine, somewhat bohemian style dresses (accessorized with very of the moment chucky beads) that bear the unmistakable stamp of this Texas born ‘30 something’ designer who is a favorite of legions of fashionable celebrities and scene makers.

Curious (and much in need of a fashion fix at that moment), I stepped inside and was greeted by Claudja, a tall lanky woman who was wearing a green jersey Tracy Feith dress and seemed to be the perfect walking advertisement for Tracy’s clothes. She said she has been with Tracy for years, acknowledging that she does “everything” for the company, and has a summer house nearby.

Claudja told me that the shop just opened this past season (in addition to their Mulberry Street store in Manhattan at 209 Mulberry Street, 212 334 3097 they are also located in Easthampton) and offered that they have been doing very well. When I asked what bold faced names have stopped by to snag the delectable items, she smiled and said she wouldn’t name names, only saying that “everyone comes”. Asked how she would sum up Tracy’s designs and overall philosophy, she said, “individual, personal sexiness”.

That certainly describes the feminine, floaty, colorful, and slightly bohemian dresses that are both long and short and range in price from about $250 to $1500. Her best seller, and my favorite, was a floor length silk chiffon patchwork dress bearing a full and graceful skirt, offered in two different colorations, which sells for $950.

Also grabbing my eye were the statement making, highly individual, and somewhat eccentric accessories which are perfect accompaniments to these clothes (and would be perfect with anything else by the way). In addition to the chunky necklaces, beads, bracelets, cuffs, belts, and earrings which come from Mexico, Brazil, and France, the store also has an arresting display of whimsical straw bags (from $60 to $300), in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes. (My personal favorite is the $65 rainbow striped barrel bag).

By the way, Tracy is also selling a small well edited group of menswear pieces, in the form of highly appealing and vacation perfect brightly hued polos and tailored shirts in the best cottons, as well as bold floral patterned board shorts. The store will be closed in October and will reopen again in April.

Marilyn Kirschner