Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things
I don't know the lyrics to the lullaby "It's Okay My Dear," that served as the inspiration for the name of Ashley Cheek's sweet new collection, but Maria's list of favorite things from The Sound of Music could describe the theme just as well. Apparently Ashley's Mom wrote the lullaby to comfort her during solemn times, and in that spirit, the line is meant to cheer you up when you're in low spirits by conjuring up wistful images of youth and first love. Each piece is full of gloriously girly indulgences such as as flouncing skirts, frilly trims, and big fat bows. This might sound like child's play, but Ashley gives the pieces a grown up touch with revealing cutouts, structured boning, and raw edges. Best of all, each piece is made by Ashley herself in her secret studio hidden behind the In God We Trust store in Brooklyn. Handmade with love? Definitely on my personal list of favorite things.
Monday, May 23, 2011