Lynne: I’ve always loved cardigans from when I was in High School! It was a part of my Catholic School Uniform. I must admit, then, I always wished that I could spice up my yellow or navy crewneck cardigan. The irony now is that I’m still trying to design that perfect navy cardigan!!! I don’t think I’ve been able to do it yet!
YS: You have design experience working for Michael Kors and Derek Lam. Other than designing cardigans, what other pieces have you most enjoyed designing during your career?
YS: The CARDIGAN Mimi Sequin Dress (pictured at right) is so cute. How did you come up with the idea for that dress?
Lynne: Thank you! That’s super sweet of you! The Maritime French Stripe has always been a signature pattern for Cardigan, and the dress was a signature shape. So I did the math, and it worked! Being repressed in Catholic High School, mixed with Consulting for Guess Marciano for 3 years kinda birthed that really cute dress. It’s totally one of my favorites. I get compliments on it ALL the time. And, now, I am officially a total sequins addict…
YS: What was the inspiration or concept behind the rustic shoot for the fall look book?
Lynne: We shot the lookbook one week before the tragic hurricane this summer. It’s a little bittersweet because we shot on my friends' (Karl and Johnny) land the weekend before and the weather was perfect, gorgeous, sort of a bit of calm before the storm. So in hindsight, we were all so happy that we have some gorgeous photos that really preserved the beauty of the land.
My inspiration for fall womens was a little bit PBS Brideshead Revisited, mixed with Upstate migration into the woods, plus a little bit of Sweden. So the eclectic mix of Fairisles, Polka Dots, Donegals, and Classic SchoolBoy stripes really worked well together in the outdoor woodsy, green environs of the Hudson River Valley. My team of Trevor Smith, Lauren Wood and Caroline Ventura is quite perfect…We also did a shoot together last fall if you haven’t seen it….pretty gorgeous! We’re quite a great team together…
Photo Credits: Courtesy of CARDIGAN; Daphne Shawl Cardigan (pictured above)
YS: Other than cardigans, what are your fall fashion must-haves?
Lynne: Crewneck sweatshirts……the Marc! ………BRVTVS jewelry- feeling for gold! …80/20 wedge shoes (wanna be tall but gotta be functional!) …..Gryphon beaded dresses (that look so femme under Cardigan!) ...Michael Kors Aviators (my go to eyewear for 15 years! need some new ones!).. lace tees (to peep out under Cardigans)……black pearls - strands of them….to go with my not so black Cardigans!