Introducing “Storyville”, the first one of a kind piece to ever appear on our official website! Inspired by the years I spent living in New Orleans, this curve hugging black and white ensemble is a guaranteed show stopper.
When one is strolling down the weathered streets of the Big Easy, it’s hard not to imagine the decadent lifestyle of the notorious district formerly known as “Storyville”. One of the first things that struck me upon visiting New Orleans for the first time was the beautiful architecture and history that seemed to live inside of every structure, lamp post, and weeping willow. My first New Orleans apartment was located at the far end of the French Quarter and I used to spend hours on my balcony watching the people milling about below. I would often imagine that I was somehow transported back in time, existing among the jazz enthusiasts, rowdy bar hoppers, and all others who were up to no good in the French Quarter.
I was somewhat obsessed with Victorian clothing while I was growing up and had this idea that everyone from that era was stuffy, refined, and unnaturally elegant. It has become delightfully apparent to me that this was not always the case and Storyville successfully shatters the pervasive myth. An area designed to contain illegal and debaucherous activity, this hot bed of bump and grind thrived for almost half a century before finally being shut down in 1917.
I believe that although the times may change, people really don’t. Regardless of the rules, there are always those who live to break them. We are the misfits, the instigators, the tricksters with contagious laughter who dance in the rain and have bourbon for breakfast. A non-conformist by nature, I can’t imagine what else to do with my time except design sinister and seductive dresses for ridiculously beautiful women. So let’s turn off the television, slip into something devious, and have a cocktail or two in the city that care forgot.