Evening gown from the Principessa collection
The 48-look inaugural couture collection for the House of Charles Lord, entitled Principessa, was presented on Friday, August 24, 2007 in Downtown Nashville at the historic Romanesque monument War Memorial/Legislative Plaza. Despite the record-breaking heat, the showing was a huge success with over 250 attendees present, including family, friends, and members of Nashville’s social scene, fashion community, and the press.
War Memorial/Legislative Plaza, Downtown Nashville
Inspired by the “dolce vita” lifestyle of 1960s Italian high society, the collection is austere in silhouette and exuberant in texture. Simple sophistication is the key theme here. Referencing ancient garment styles such as the tunic and enlivening them with more modern fabrications and details gives the collection a classic, somewhat nostalgic, look that’s yet very relevant and desirable to today’s woman.
“ I was inspired by the chic of notable Italian stylemakers like Marella Agnelli, Ira Von Furstenberg, and Luciana Pignatelli, who were all born princesses of prominent Italian lineages. I imagined them leading their very active socials lives which would require attire for every occasion and time of day. I envisioned them going out, but more so, I envisioned them “At Home”. “At Home” is a term rarely used these days, that when written on an invitation, denotes that one is entertaining, casually or in grandeur, at their residence. Thus, there was (and is) a hostess in need of beautiful clothes that were easy to wear, but were of high quality and impeccable taste to lounge in, to run their elegant palazzos, to host their many friends and relations (also international nomads) at casual luncheons al fresco and grand balls. Though the majority of today’s women may not live this kind of life, the same desire for these kinds of elegant clothes still exists in the modern woman.”
“In addition to this lifestyle, I was highly inspired by the work of past designers and past key collections of current designers. Primarily Valentino and the Russian-born, Italian princess Irene Galitzine, who understood the fundamentals of ‘At Home’ dressing from the standpoint of a hostess and designer. Additionally, and always formidably, was the influence of Cristobal Balenciaga, whose work as a couturier of the highest order informs my work on a fundamental level. His imprimatur upon my design aesthetic is immutable, ineffable, and always prevalent.”
~ Charles Brown, Head Designer and President
Rome, Capri, Ravello, Marrakech, Marbella, Sardinia, The Nile, Cap Ferrat
Princess Marella Caracciolo di Castegneto Agnelli
Princess Virginia “Ira” Von Furstenberg zu Hohenlohe Pignatari
Princess Luciana Pignatelli
Talitha Pol Getty
La Dolce Vita
Two for the Road
Irene Galitzine (designer)
Cristobal Balenciaga (designer)
Giancarlo Rubartelli (photographer)
Marisa Berenson (model)
Henry Clark (photographer)
Alexandre de Paris/Carita Soeurs (hairstylists)
Alba and Francesca of Rome (hairstylists)
Slim Aarons (photojournalist)
Wife of Fiat Heir, Italy’s Unofficial First
Lady, World Renowned Style Maven
Wife of Fiat Heir, Italy’s Unofficial First Lady,
World Renowned Style Maven
Model, Socialite, Valentino Muse
Model, Socialite, Valentino Muse
Artist, Actress, Original International Nomad
Ira von Furstenberg
Original International Nomad
Wife of Getty Oil Heir, Founder of Bohemian Chic
Wife of Getty Oil Heir,
Founder of Bohemian Chic
Shot by Henry
Clarke and Franco Rubartelli for Vogue Magazine all around the world between 1960 and
Various Fashion Photos from the 60’s
Shot by Henry Clarke and Franco Rubartelli for Vogue Magazine
all around the world between 1960 and 1970.
Jumpsuit in Pucci’s signature print.
Palazzo-pant Jumpsuit in Pucci’s signature print.
Supermodel Marisa Berenson showcasing
the ‘Haute Boheme’ look.
Supermodel Marisa Berenson showcasing the ‘Haute Boheme’ look.
Valentino Garavani in Capri wearing a caftan of his own design.
wearing a caftan of his own design.
Supermodel Veruschka in Rome modeling a Valentino fitted kimono-cut coat.
modeling a Valentino fitted kimono-cut coat.
© 2007-2008 Charles Lord