Designer Profile: Francis New York

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Visit to Francis New York studio @ Dream Sequins
from left to right: Wendy Brandes (Wendy Brandes Jewelry) wearing Francis Spring 09, me in Francis Holiday 09/10, Christian Francis Roth and Kimmie Smith (Kitten Lounge) in Francis Spring 09

On Sunday afternoon, I had the pleasure of checking out a private shopping event at the Nolita studio of designer Christian Francis Roth for his new label, Francis New York. Gorgeous jewelry designer and blogger Wendy Brandes, who is collaborating with the designer on a blog for the new venture, invited a few lucky ladies to check out sample pieces from spring, along with a peek at the fall and holiday collections. I jumped at the chance to meet Wendy for the first time, but never expected to meet the womenswear designer in person as well. Christian was a charming and humble host, offering gracious assessments of the real women in his studio, none of us glamazon size 0s, as if we had been clients of his previous incarnation as a couture designer.

In the early 90s, at the precocious age of 21, just after his first runway show, Christian was embraced by the fashion elite as the Next Big Thing. Of his playful prints and color-rich pieces, Holly Brubach of the New Yorker wrote: "These clothes would look first-rate in Paris or Milan or Timbuktu. It is already too late to call him promising. There is, in his clothes, nothing more to wait for."

And yet, years later, perhaps there was something more to wait for-- as evidenced by the strong Spring 2009 debut of his affordably priced label. The collection for spring, entitled "The Gangs of New York," was inspired by high school cliques, ranging from graffiti-splashed downtown dresses to uptown, undone black-tie-inflected pieces, infused with a quintessentially "Christian" sense of humor and playfulness. These are quality, seasonless pieces at contemporary price points.

Here are a few photos from Sunday's adventures along with some of my favorite looks from Spring 2009 and a peek at Fall 2009, which will soon be available for viewing on the designer's website...

Christian Francis Roth in studio @ Dream Sequins

Francis New York muslin in studio @ Dream Sequins

The girls out for peach sangria @ Dream Sequins
apres shopping for peach sangria = heaven!

Francis New York Spring 09 look @ Dream Sequins
Spring 09 plaid look (this skirt reminds me of Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, and I have one in my size on hold!)

Francis New York Spring 09 look @ Dream Sequins
Spring 09 subversive black tie inspired look

Francis New York Spring 09 mod tuxedo dress @ Dream Sequins
Spring 09 mod tuxedo dress

Francis New York Fall 09 dress @ Dream Sequins
Fall 09 look - back to school??

Francis New York Fall 09 dress @ Dream Sequins
Fall 09 print dress

For more information about the label, check out: http://francisnewyork.com
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37 comments:

WendyB said...

It was so awesome to meet you -- and I can't wait to see a picture of you in your plaid skirt. Wait, we could go out together and I'll wear the plaid jacket and we'll be quasi-twins. Woot!

La Belette Rouge said...

What a fantastic post!! I feel like I was there only I have no pictures to prove it; no gorgeous CFR frock and no hangover from one too many peach sangrias.

Isn't Wendy a sweetheart? And, she is even more gorgeous than she is on her blog. Love her!

Lovely to find your blog, Dream Sequins!:-)

Ms. P and C said...

Okay, yeah I know jealousy just doesn't go with my complexion, but oh well...

So fun! And yes, I'm jealous.

Sheena said...

What a cute and cool line! The plaid skirt definitely reminds me of Alicia in Clueless! I'm loving his color combos as well. It's so nice that you were able to meet up with Wendy Brandes and meet the designer himself! That's an awesome way to spend a Sunday :)

Brigadeiro said...

Ooh! How amazing! LOVE the plaid outfit & the grey dress you are wearing is just gorgeous!
xx

modediktat said...

Hey, what a fabulous fashion blogger meeting there! Looks like you were having a great day!! :-D
The designer looks very gentle and wonderful! I like all your outfits very much!!
The "Clueless" one is really adorable.
hugs&kisses to you! s.

janettaylor said...

I love the plaid outfit. I'm a huge plaid fan...

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PinkBow said...

i love the plaid skirt, very cher!

Lily said...

What a brilliant post..I adore the pink dress with the electric blue tights!x

captivate me. said...

oh my god, what an AMAZING experience!! Love Wendy and his line looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

K.Line said...

Terrific post! You are all gorgeous and Francis is so cute!!

everybodysaysdont said...

Great post! Love the Autumn look! You are lucky, especially being with the wonderful WendyB!

Mo said...

the show and clothes look really amazing! Very girly but modern. nice.

enc said...

That looks like a fun day!

How sweet you look in the black dress. :D

Swell Vintage - Frankie said...

He is seriously talented. I can't wait to see the photos of you in the plaid skirt either! x

fashion herald said...

Grrr, I should have gone! I was thinking I'd wait till I can fit normal clothes and drink buckets of peach sangria, but to see the fall collection....looks so promising! You look amazing, and Wendy is even more beautiful in person.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Oh yes, was visiting their blog too!
Wendy & Francis are just fab!!
Adore the plaids~

DaisyChain said...

amazing post, great designs!

nycrun said...

very interesting
http://nycrunfashion.blogspot.com

Christian said...

SO glad you came down to see us! LOVE the ruffle dress on you : )
See you soon!

lisa said...

I love this post, and how there are pictures all over the interwebz of real women in Francis pieces looking absolutely lovely!

Modelizer said...

Fantastic! That skirt is perfect for the current revival of the 90s trend.

Oh and your photos will be fine, I shoot the entire thing with a low res auto camera myself :) For whatever reason no one ever believes me. haha

Couture Carrie said...

Awesome pics and profile, darling! I just became CFR's friend on facebook!

xoxox,
CC

drollgirl said...

i am loving these adorable dresses!!!

FFFFFFFFFFFFABULOUS!!!!

Midtown Girl said...

Wonderful post - his line is playful & preppy at the same time, both looks that I adore.

Make sure to post pics when you get the skirt!

XOXO

Kristin said...

I have the rugby dress in the first pic and I looooooooove it!

Hanako66 said...

so fun! I tried to get the undone tie dress, but none in my size! I'm loving fall '09, very excited to see the whole collection! (the black dress you are wearing is gorgeous!)

Shaylen Maxwell said...

Wow, I love that skirt. The whole ensemble though, really. I wish my closet were so colourful. : )

The Haute-Shopper said...

Ooh, I'm loving the gray tie-undone dress. You look fab in the black number and that school girl look is something I could see myself getting (though I'd forsake the knee-high socks a la Clueless).

Diana said...

wow, this is a great intro. when i was 21, i had no idea what major to choose! very very inspirational!

Gabby said...

Awesome post. He's a new-to-me designer and I really like his pieces!

Deka said...

his dresses are so so cute
love the last fall 09 print one

thefatandskinnyonfashion said...

I love his clothes. I think this was a great collection. I remember when I first saw the pics earlier this year.

noble beeyotch said...

Wow!...you are doing so well with the designer profiles!

I am loving the back to school look!

xs said...

oooh, i love the grey dress!

Lily G. said...

This was such a great post!!! What talent!

nookie said...

fantastic post,love this line,especially the black tie dress

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