Spotlight on Designer: Robin Brouillette

Robin Brouillette grey ruffle dress at Julia Farr

Ann,

I hope Vail was great and the powder was EPIC.  We had a great Thanksgiving (I wore what I told you I would wear) and then jumped right into our Second Annual Small Business Saturday Sale. It was a very BIG sale. Doors opened at 9:30am and there was more than one shopper waiting outside. It had a bit of a Walmart-Black-Friday feel to it with the two to three women rushing in.  Quite seriously, we were busy all day and had the best business day since opening our doors in 2010! So to all those who came and shopped and found something to bring home with you — thank you for supporting my small business. It was a really fun day!

This week we have some really exciting events at Julia Farr.  On Wednesday evening, Capitol File Magazine is hosting a private reception at the boutique featuring the collection of fabulous designer, Robin Brouillette.  Robin will be there to show her Spring/Summer 2012 designs (which are spectacular).  On Thursday,  we’re having an all-day trunk show for Robin, as well as for two others genius designers, Nha Kahn and Karolina Zmarlak.

This will be Robin’s second show with us — and I’m really excited to have her clothing back in my store.   We met in a New York showroom soon after I first opened. I fell in love with all her creations — which evoke a 1940’s Hollywood feel.  Her designs are celebrations of the feminine form and well as the mystique.  Robin’s sumptuous satins with raw ruffled details that plunge down the back really leave one speechless.In my wardrobe, I have found her oyster satin sheath and white silk car coat to be indispensible pieces.  (Remember, I wore them all over Paris a few weeks ago.) Where Robin’s Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 collections were more focused on evening, her Spring 2012 has a great balance of day linens and evening silks, satins, sequins and chiffons.  A few of the evening looks here:

Ruffled oyster bolero, Fall 2011

Red pleated chiffon gown, Spring 2012

Pale pink chiffon gown, Spring 2012

I’ve also included some photos of women in Washington wearing designs by Robin Brouillette, as well as a few celebrities outside DC.  And I’ve posted her bio below, too. Wish you were here to see it all but I’ll post photos along the way. –Julie

Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett out-of-this-world stunning in a Robin Brouillette oyster gown with pale pink ruffles on her way to

the Meridian International Ball in Washington, DC, October 2011

Jennifer Tapper wearing a Robin Brouillette gown with actress Elizabeth Banks at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, May 2011

Christina Cuomo in grey ruffle dress (show above) with Tory Burch at Burch’s Madison Flagship Store opening, September 2011

 

Selita Ebanks and Vanessa Hudgens both wearing the mocha strapless maxi (yes, we have one left at Julia Farr!)

Actress Kelly Rutherford wearing dark grey one-shoulder sheath at School of American Ballet  Winter Ball, March 2011

And here’s a little background on Robin to give the full picture:

Robin Brouillette launched her label over a decade ago in New York City, where she attended Parsons School of Design and Fashion Institute of Technology. In 1998 she opened the trendy Stanley boutique on the Lower East Side, which carried her own designs along with a handful of exclusive US and European labels. Stanley quickly made its mark on the City’s fashion scene, as fashionistas and top stylists regularly mined her boutique for their A-list celebrity clients. Robin Brouillette’s designs have been carried by top boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and abroad. Her designs have appeared in major publications, including W, Vogue, Hapers Bazaar, ELLE, New York Magazine, and The New York Times.

Over the years, Robin Brouillette has developed a signature style: her designs are timeless, sophisticated and international, reflecting years of travel in Northern Africa, Europe and India. An integral part of Robin Brouillette’s design philosophy is her commitment to practicing responsible design. Although many designers have taken their operations overseas for less expensive production, Robin produces nearly 80 percent of her collection locally in New York City’s garment district. She has been working with same production houses in New York’s garment district for nearly a decade, which is a testament to her commitment to local industry and responsible design. For her specialty pieces made in India, artisans are paid fair wages—far above exploitive industry standards—which helps promote sustainable and equitable apparel-industry practices.

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