Christina Coniglio and Ariel Lilly are the friends and fashion lovers behind Rae Francis. The made-in-NYC boho-inspired label is for women everywhere who are looking to invest in easy-to-wear pieces, timeless silhouettes made in lasting luxe fabrics, like 100% silk and premium leathers. Rae Francis is really about “clothes” says Christina “that you can buy once and hang in your closet forever.” Everything is designed and produced right here in New York. The design duo gives us a rundown on Rae Francis Fall 2012 and their 1960’s inspired Holiday collection.
“We took a trip to Palm Beach (where Christina is originally from, while Ariel is from Boston, MA) and when we came back, we really wanted to get back to that New York feel for Fall.” Rae Francis Fall 2012 nods to the grunge era of the nineties; cut-out plaid blouses, swingy palazzo pants, and I’m dreaming about their camel colored shirt dress, a Rae Francis signature piece. It gets a winterized update being full length. Easy plaid shift dresses with my personal favorite detail — pockets — “a dress you can just throw on a pair of Docs and stroll around the L.E.S.” Yes I can see myself now…
Rae Francis Holiday is a little more fancy, a little more colorful, holiday glamour meets Parisian chic. “It’s the uptown meets downtown look” says Christina. Dainty blouses — a magenta sleeveless silk blouse with black sequins collar and button details catches my eye — multi-layered dresses are featured in jewel tones and black. The Rae Francis twist on timeless classics comes in the form of irregular hemlines, cut-out sleeves, and backless details. It’s a sauna outside but a pair of black velvet pants would be perfect for chilly New York nights in Fall and Winter. It’s really simple, easy to mix and match items. And if you need a few pointers on how to wear it, check out Rae Francis worn by Kelly Framel from The Glamourai.
Visit www.raefrancis.com for more info and looks and shopping. Prices range from $150-$500.
s/o to L.E.R. PR