I know the pace has been slow at trustyourstyle lately with summer coming to an end, but I'm here today to officially kick off Fall Fashion Week with Julia Lintern, who has stopped by to chat about the Winter 2009 debut of her new luxurious outerwear label, Lia Lintern. I just love that once again, this is a designer who started out as something else--in Julia's case, a structural aerospace engineer--what better background to inspire structured and feminine coats?
Lia Lintern coats are made from the finest cashmeres and cashmere-wool blends and are silk lined. I'm personally smitten with her stunning designs and can't wait to order one for myself. If you're like me, and have a hard time finding clothes off the rack that fit, Julia's custom sizing is a wonderful perk. You have the option to provide Julia with your own personal measurements and she will then create an individual pattern for each coat based off your individual measurements for no additional cost.
mj: Your coats are lovely! Seeing them I'm sure whatever you designed would be beautiful--what made you chose coats over dresses, etc.?
julia: I just couldn't help but notice that there was literally a black void in the New York Woman's Fashion wardrobe when it came to winter outdoor apparel. I just couldn't believe that all these fashionable New Yorkers would bundle themselves in big black sleeping bags (you know "that" ubiquitous black coat). So I realized that there really must be a void in the market...I also thought that if there were good coats out there, women would invest in them. Ostensibly, a coat is something that you could put on day after day--like a fabulous pair of shoes. A friend once told me that New Yorkers invest in their shoes like LA-ers invest in their cars...It's all about transportation. But really, shoes are to tires as a coat is to the chassis.. Why wouldn't they invest?
mj: Do you recommend certain coat cuts for certain body types?
julia: Yes! I do. Although all the coats flatter the feminine form because they have been designed with defined waistlines (and most have belts to further accentuate the form), some coat features compliment some body lines more.
Anna K (see top photo) is great for a shorter frame. The combination of the vertical pin tuck seams, side-closure and the belt-less design help elongate the frame. The bib feature also helps create an hour glass illusion--the bib seems to add inches to the bust which then tapers down to a fitted waist.
Yuliya has also been designed to create a curvy illusion: classic corsetry technique with voluminous bust tapering down to the fitted waist line: feminine curves are guaranteed!
Already curvy? Tatania is a very slimming coat. The vertical rouching draws the eye inward toward the princess seam.
mj: What are you working on next? (Can't wait to see!)
julia: I'm still in the developmental stages for next season, but I am working on some new hybrids--I am thinking about coat-dresses!
I think coat dresses sound like a great idea and I'll be on the wait list for sure! To order your own custom-made coat from Lia Lintern go to www.lialintern.com or contact 646.267.4973. The online store launches September 20.