James Coviello Does it All
I've already returned once to NY fashion week's Fall 09 collections for favourites I wasn't able to post about then and I'm back again to introduce James Coviello to anyone who isn't familiar with his romantic prints and knits through which he pays homage to past eras, with a bit of boho/folk for liveliness. It's easy to see why his collaborations with Anna Sui work so well.
His background sounds ideal: He began designing jewelry for Erickson Beamon in 1987, then turned his talent for hat making into a collection which was a hit with the buyers as well as designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Geoffrey Beene, Calvin Klein, and Todd Oldham who requested his services for their runway shows. This brought him to Anna Sui who asked him to create knitwear and hats for her first runway show. Coviello followed suit and showed his first collection in 2000 at Bryant Park. In 2004 came the James Coviello for Spiegel Collection which in addition to womenswear includes home furnishings. Rather than just another box to tick in the design portfolio it's actually a collection of which Coviello is quite proud as it incorporates his life-long interest in antique collecting and his passion for interior and historical design.
And his latest offering is his fall collection of 1920s and 30s-inspired dresses and jackets, with lots of vintage prints, and topped off, of course, with amazing hats. And how about those huge silk roses? Love.
You must visit his website, it's so ornate and charming and such a close reflection of the feel of his collections which stay true to his romantic and feminine aesthetic year after year. His shop only sells small totes at the moment but it's well worth a look for these alone, they are only $34 and made using fabric from past collections, with a print lining, making them eco as well as a limited edition piece. And they're reversible. I hope he will be adding more to his shop as there is currently only one stockist in Europe and we need him over here. I know I do!