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In Fine Form
Kristie Ramirez | Photo: Marius Bugge | April 25, 2013
With an editorial eye and a free-spirited spin on global fashion, Lisa Fine hits the jackpot in a collab with Lucky Brand.
In the world of textile and fashion design, say the name Lisa Fine and insiders know to expect an aesthetic that never veers too far off the exotic track. The Hockaday and Southern Methodist University alum’s namesake line of hand-blocked printed linens, with names such as Lahore, Cair and Rambagh, brings to mind the famous 1966 image of a young Lee Radziwill sitting in her iconic Renzo Mongiardino-designed Turquerie Room in London. Irving & Fine, the clothing line Fine designs with friend and fellow textile designer Carolina Irving, is a collection of embroidered tunics, embellished jackets and tie-dyed silk caftans sold mostly through private trunk shows and irvingandfine.com.
For Fine, who splits her time among Dallas, New York and Paris, her appreciation of Indian, Persian and Turkish fabrics isn’t technical or formal. “I didn’t even know what a textile designer was,” says Fine in her Mississippi drawl. “I just started researching design and started having stuff made in India.” It’s that instinctive and decidedly global bazaar style honed by the former magazine editors—Fine at Mirabella, Irving at Elle Décor—that landed the duo a recently launched a collaboration with mega retail chain Lucky Brand, a capsule collection adapted for a new generation of shoppers. Look for bishop sleeve peasant blouses, embroidered cotton canvas jackets and chambray tanks with crocheted necklines. “Irving & Fine for Lucky Brand is the same inspiration, same feeling, but more moderately priced. It’s a little younger, a little sexier. It’s all the things I’d like to be.”
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