Wednesday, February 11, 2009

ASHLEIGH VERRIER AND MacKENZIE-CHILDS ‘INSPIRED IMAGININGS”

WOMEN’S FASHION & HOME DESIGN SHARED AESTHETICS

14 West 57th Street, NYC February 11, 2009

Words, Images Judith Ecochard
SKETCH BY AHSLEIGH VERRIER


One of our favorite designers of glamorous feminine frocks is Ashleigh Verrier—who showed a fantastical Spring 2009 Collection inspired by a posh whimsical take on “Alice in Wonderland.”

So it was a no brainer in a way- for this talented Parsons educated lady to stage several charming installations juxtaposing her garments with the vibrant hand painted home décor tablewear and furnishings in MacKenzie-Childs' Manhattan emporium.











Verrier actually grew up with a table similar to the Train table ensconced front and center in the spacious 57th Street locale…and has it in her Manhattan studio. “So when the owner of the company saw a picture of the table in my studio…” a collaboration was born.

“I’m thrilled to be here,” Verrier says. “We love the people here and since my Spring Collections were inspired by nature motifs and colors, there is a lot of crossover.”











And like Verrier who magically transforms canvas fabric and sparkling Swarovski crystals into a beautifully seamed pink dress…MacKenzie-Childs’ table accoutrements effortlessly mix materials and textures up with elegant hand painted glazes atop the sturdy unglazed terracotta base comprising for example- the re-launched and updated Taylor tabletop collection.












We think the versatile, vibrant MacKenzie-Childs products--- hand-painted majolica ceramics, enamel wear, tiles, and home and garden furnishings--serve as the ideal embellishments comprising fairy tale tableau vivant setting for Verrier’s exquisite creations. We’re glad we got a chance for a second, up close and personal look at the the polished designer's Spring line too.






WHAT’S NEXT: Verrier is honored to be part of the celeb filled Heart Truth runway show kicking off Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York on Friday, February 13th. She is dressing Natasha Henstidge who plays Attorney Taylor Wethersby on ABC’s ELI STONE. The dress…A-line, flirty and feminine with hints of 1960’s Catherine Deneuve. DIVINE!!!!


INFO: VERRIER FASHION
MacKENZIE-CHILDS