By Jacqueline Rezak
I would like to introduce you to the extremely talented designer, Annie Havlicek. Havlicek is a Chicago girl born and bread. Growing up she spent much of her time studying fine art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She then ventured off to New York City where she attended Parsons School of Design, a school that carries a consistent reputation of producing many of the best designers in the world. Upon graduation, pieces of Havlicek’s senior collection were placed in the renowned Saks 5th Avenue windows in New York City. Having received top-of-the-line training as a design intern at Michael Kors, Havlicek went on to designed exclusive pieces for the well-known store, Anthropologie.
The designer is currently working from her studio space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn producing pieces for her Spring 2010 collection. “The Spring 2010 collection was inspired by Renoir’s paintings, Bal du Moulin de la Galette and Le dejeuner des canotiers and by my first summer living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” Havlicek shared. She believes that her collection represents the Sunday afternoons depicted in Renoir’s paintings as well as her typical Sunday afternoons that consist of brunch, dancing, attending concerts and much more.
Image of Renoir’s Bal du Moulin de la Galette
The color palette and fabric direction for her collection was pulled directly from Renoir’s paintings and reinterpreted into current silhouettes. The collection includes white striped silk dresses with delicately trimmed black ribbon, crisp black and navy silk linen separates inspired by menswear, clean soft white blouses, and rich navy accented with unexpected touches of bright red.
Several pieces featured in Havlicek’s Spring 2010 collection would be a perfect addition to not only your work wardrobe but also your everyday wardrobe. One of the many reasons I love this collection so much is because it is filled with many multi-functional pieces, ideal for both work and play. Pieces such as the Bridgette Trench, Lynne Jacket, Andree Top, Camille Top, and my personal favorite Helene Skirt, are all pieces that I would suggest for most work wardrobes and are great pieces to have in your closet to start out the new season.
Havlicek’s beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated Spring 2010 collection will be carried at her new boutique, Annie, which will open on May 15th and be located at 154 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side). For those of you who know her from her Windy City homeland, fret not, as her clothing is sold at Chicago boutiques Habit and Handle With Care. Havlicek’s clothing is also sold at other boutiques throughout the United States. Additional information regarding Annie Havlicek and her collection can be found at her website, www.anniehavlicek.com. Trust me, this is a name you will want to remember!
Clothing photos courtesy of Annie Havlicek