Rebecca de Ravenel RTW Fall 2019

Coming off of a whirlwind, high-pressure spring season as a finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Rebecca de Ravenel decided to take a step back, reset and really focus on her woman. Instead of dreaming up a fanciful world, like last season’s outdoor garden party or fall 2018’s whimsical wonder-inspired gallery at the Carlyle Hotel, de Ravenel designed for what she wanted to see and wear.
“It’s about a woman standing on her own two feet,” she stated. Fall included cleaner, sophisticated offerings across more categories: suit sets (divine in 100 percent cashmere with a savvy houndstooth-print), coats that doubled as dresses with wide back pleats and waist belts and wonderful black-and-white wool jacquard tuxedo dresses.
De Ravenel still had her feminine twists, like pomegranate, paisley and floral-print day dresses with ties, open backs and easy, sweeping silhouettes that were inspired by jaunts to India, Hong Kong and Turkey. There were also magnificent updates to her jewelry line: The designer’s iconic Les Bonbons earrings were done in her signature wrapped cord and semiprecious stones — green amethyst, amethyst and citrine (to name a few) — which were offered in various lengths. The collection, less print-centric and more colorful than ever,

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Rebecca de Ravenel Plots Further Expansion

Rebecca de Ravenel, she of the tri-ball “Bon Bon” statement earring that set off a global trend and inspired innumerous knock-offs, is moving onward and upward from the spherical style.
The designer first introduced ready-to-wear last season — an outing that proved successful, with the clothing category growing to become half her business. All but one of her stockists picked up the ready-to-wear offering for spring. Come this month, the clothes will hit the racks of stores including Barneys New York, Fivestory, The Webster, Kirna Zabête and Matchesfashion.com.
This season she will expand upon on that collection — offering a new season’s worth of wares inspired by the concept of a confident woman sitting in The Carlyle Hotel’s library, awaiting an evening’s date at the opera. The collection will be shown to press tomorrow.
“When I start designing something, I always think about where a woman is sitting in a specific room. She is smart, she knows who she is, she is very in touch with her femininity — everything is quite covered because I like long things, but with shapes to accentuate the waist. The pants have boning in [them], owning to a certain sophistication,” de Ravenel said.
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Winter Run (Shannon Ravenel Books)

Winter Run (Shannon Ravenel Books)


There are certain special?and rare? books that refresh our understanding of how children see the world. This is one of those books. It’s the story of a boy growing up in a lost time in an idyllic place?rural Virginia of the late 1940s. Charlie Lewis is the only child of city people who, after the war, choose to live at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a “gentleman’s farm” near Charlottesville. Six years old when his family settles in the renovated corn crib on old Professor Jame’s place, Charlie grows up in his personal version of heaven. His innocence is, of course, lost in the process. And so is his version of heaven. But, as the old saying goes, still waters run deep, and Charlie runs deep, with a natural (almost supernatural) affinity for the land and its animals. For knowledge , he instinctively turns to a group of older black men, some of whom work the farm, others who are neighbors. Jim Crow laws and “the curse left on the land by slavery”?as old Professor James puts it?are still very much in evidence. Even so, Charlie’s passions endear him to these men. They understand that he is lonely even if he does not. They watch out for him. And more?they love him.Winter Run is a story that lets us escape for a moment our own noisy and complicated contemporary lives. Like The Red Pony, like Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals, it takes us back to the joys of childhood’s unrestricted enthusiasm and curiosity. Price: