• Quadrille Couture


    Winter can really blow in the Northeast. Not unlike birds, preppies migrate south for the season. Boca Grande, Palm Beach, and Lyford Cay are my favorite warm weather sanctuaries that resuscitate during the wintertime. Some fly down on just weekends, others stay for the entire season. While the migration south means sun and tropical climates, it also connotes an island sensibility when getting dressed. Stubbs are king, bright prints en vogue, and go-to-hell hues a secret handshake for the initiated. Anything goes. I was fortunate to escape down to Lyford Cay earlier in the season (thank heaven for gracious friends) for a much needed respite from Manhattan's bitter wind-chill.

    Last year, Quadrille, the venerable purveyor of decorative fabrics and wall-coverings, quietly announced their foray into women's fashion. I photographed their introductory campaign last January in Lyford, where the neighborhood is literally covered in their quintessential island prints. Alixe Laughlin produced the shoot and we really aimed to keep it simple. Hopefully the collection will inspire warmer thoughts, or better yet, rouse a much needed trip south.

    Feb 22, 2013 | Permalink (7) Total Comments

    Babs Lawther left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 3:48 PM:

    Fabulous line!  Love the shirt-waist dress.

    Veronica H left a comment on 3/5/2013 at 5:24 AM:

    This is a lovely post, but I help think that it just looks like something from Lilly Pulitzer. Is there a distinction I’m missing? Love your blog, Fred! :)

    Allison left a comment on 2/24/2013 at 1:41 PM:

    Beautiful photos and chic island style!

    Kellyinthecity left a comment on 2/23/2013 at 6:39 PM:

    Absolutely love everything about this post.

    EBCDesq. left a comment on 2/22/2013 at 9:31 PM:

    Fabulous! The new line is even lovely, too!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/22/2013 at 5:02 PM:

    @Farrah—It is perfectly accepted and strongly encouraged to wear white while wintering in any number of the above mentioned locals. The rules of white do not apply to “island style.”

    Farrah left a comment on 2/22/2013 at 4:53 PM:

    This is an interesting post. I really like her style…however, I cannot condone white shorts after Labor Day.