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British Teddy Girl, 1955
Teddy Boy (also known as Ted) is a British subculture typified by young men wearing clothes that were partly inspired by the styles worn by dandies in the Edwardian period, styles which Savile Row tailors had attempted to re-introduce in Britain after World War II. The subculture started in London in the 1950s, and rapidly spread across the UK, soon becoming strongly associated with American rock and roll. Originally known as Cosh Boys, the name Teddy Boy was coined when a 1953 Daily Express newspaper headline shortened Edward to Teddy.
The rule is, every time this badass Teddy Girl shows up on my dash, I shall reblog her until one day I wake up and I AM her.
I want to dress like this every day for the rest of my life.
I love this post….very KAL RIEMAN
I had the pleasure of recently meeting the “rising star” actress, Jess Weixler. My dear friend Sam brought her into my showroom to try on a few things from the Kal Rieman collection for her upcoming events. A designer’s dream, she is perfectly charming, smart, funny, and looks fantastic in everything. You may have seen her as investigator Robyn Burdine on CBS’s The Good Wife.
Elle Magazine’s Lorraine Cwelich calls her “incandescent and comically brilliant” in a fun conversation on movies, fashion and more. Jess has a big year ahead as her first of four films set to release in 2013 opens tomorrow, Somebody Up There Likes Me. We’re delighted to be mentioned as one of her favorite designers!
Here’s Jess at The Cinema Society & Jaeger-LeCoultre screening of The Host last night in Kal Rieman’s Scarf Neck Chiffon Dress:
Jess, all of us here at KAL RIEMAN Like YOU!
Last month, Cally was interview by Lively Magazine.
LIVELY is a cutting edge online magazine that brings together art, architecture, design and fashion, celebrating creativity in all of its various expressions.
See interview below.
Cally Rieman is a NY-based fashion designer who focuses on designing clothes that feminize the sophisticated and powerful exterior of tailored suit styles. Initially working in finance for four years, Rieman decided to pursue a degree in fashion design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been designing for men’s wear and women’s wear for the past ten years. Her labelKAL RIEMAN was launched in 2009 and offers designs for the tough and chic woman, while maintaining an effortless simplicity.
When/Where did you get this passion for fashion and style?
Although I have always been interested in clothing, my time spent living and studying in Taiwan in 1992 was where my passion for fashion and style really began. I was immersed in a culture that was so different from anything I had ever experienced. To this day, my aesthetic has an underlying Eastern feeling. You can see it running through every collection, although I never consciously design that way.
How do you think your four years experience in finance contributed to your career path?
It definitely influenced what and how I design. Being in the center of male dominated industry in the early 90’s, I felt the need to dress more powerfully to be on the same playing field. That is when I began wearing suits and trying to find a business style that was tough while still being feminine. I fell head over heels in love with tailoring and the idea of the suit.
Did your work with Jean Charles de Castelbajac influence your designs for your brand?
Absolutely. For most of my internship there, I worked on a menswear collection titled ‘Frankenstein Le Dandy’. The ‘Frankenstein’ was his nod to pop culture, which I found amusing. But I was really struck by this whole Dandy thing. The idea of dressing women with that same formality, in a nonchalant way, became my mission.
What are some challenges you encountered when starting your career?
I have encountered many challenges since the start of this business, but the one that stands out the most is finding my market because it is the lifeline of the business. It has been a process building this brand, one store and one client at a time. The first 100 clients were the toughest. Now it is just spreading naturally and I am grateful that we have made that turn.
Where do you go to seek inspiration for your work?
I grew up watching war movies and westerns with my Dad. That is still a place where I draw a great deal of inspiration. I look at how the clothing is layered and the attitude in which they wear it. Every collection starts with a “Dandy”, a male or female character whose style I try to replicate in the context of building the components of a wardrobe for the season.
What is the message you hope to convey through the unique aesthetic of Kal Rieman?
That our customer feels strong, confident and proud. KAL RIEMAN embodies the strength and simplicity of men’s wear in sophisticated, effortless dressing for women. We are committed to creating beautiful, structured garments that mirror the duality of the strong women who wear them by offering a balance between hard and soft tailored pieces.
Do you have any projects coming up in the near future?
I am currently working on our Fall 2013 collection as well as collaborating with one of my retailers to design a shirt specifically for her customer. Our efforts will be focused on growing the business in its fourth critical year, and strengthening our relationships with our current accounts.
What advice can you offer to students who are studying fashion design?
The best advice I can give to aspiring designers is to find your voice. Fashion has become a very saturated market since the onslaught of fashion reality tv shows. It is a tough industry to tackle. But if you remain true to your vision and work with patience and persistence, anything is possible.
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I remember the first time I witnessed Kara Walker’s work in person. I dragged my husband to her show at the Whitney. We walked through the exhibit timidly, trying to grasp the subject matter. Some profound stories were unfolding before our eyes and we weren’t too sure how to feel about it all. The caricature style of the silhouette figures provided a means for us to keep the issues she was addressing at arm’s length. After 3 hours of walking the rooms, we left, only to return when the museum opened the next day, to confirm our disbelief of the things that happened in American History.
Who is Ms. Walker?
Kara Walker is a young American artist known for her use of large paper silhouettes to exhibit social issues surrounding gender, race and black history. In 1997 Walker was the youngest to receive the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant. Walker has been shown in various art institutions such as Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, and The Museum of Modern Art.
Recent News: American Artist Kara Walker’s first exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago
Kara Walker newest installation Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! can be viewedat The Art Institute of Chicago until August 11, 2013.
Beautiful Actress Jess Weixler gets into nerdy role as Robyn Burdine on The Good Wife. The actress was a huge fan of the show before landing the role as Robyn.
Sunday night’s episode, Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) is training Robyn to become the second investigator in the firm. Let’s see what happens next week!
Italian Wool Jersey Shirt Dress with Leather Details, Ponte and Stretch Leather Legging.
Italian Wool Gabardine Peak Lapel Blazer, Sapphire Scarf Tie Blouse, Ponte Knit Bell Bottom
Silk Georgette Tunic, Bold Stripe Knit Bell Bottom.
Keyhole Leather Vest, Ponte and Stretch Leather Legging
Keyhole Boiled Wool Vest, Classic Double Collar Shirt, Black Plaid Slim Pant
The KAL RIEMAN double collar shirt offers the perfect balance between men’s and women’s tailoring. This timeless classic has the power of business with the grace of sophisticated elegance.
Our Classic Double Collar Shirt in White 100% Imported Cotton.
*Available at Lyndon’s Boutique, Wichita http://lyndonsonline.com/
Our Classic Double Collar Shirt in Blue/White Stripes with contrast collar and cuffs.
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Our Button Down Double Collar Shirt shown in Grey/White Mini Stripe with contrast Collars and Cuffs.
*Available at G.Gilbert, Atlanta www.ggilbertatl.com
Our Classic Double Collar Shirt in Solid Grey.
*Available at shop.kalrieman.com
Save BIG on 3 of our hottest red styles perfect for your Valentines Day occasion. Priced specially just for you!
Silk Chiffon Shirred Halter Dress. Simply Gorgeous!
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Ruffle Bib Blouse made in 100% Silk Chiffon!
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Samurai is the term for the military nobility of pre-Industrial Japan. In Chinese, the character 侍 was originally a verb meaning to wait upon or accompany a persons in the upper ranks of society. The term was nominalized to mean “those who serve in close attendance to the nobility.”
Bushidō, meaning “Way of the Warrior-Knight”, is a Japanese word which is used to describe a uniquely Japanese code of conduct and a way of the samurai life, loosely analogous to the concept of chivalry. It originates from the samurai moral code and stresses frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery, and honor unto death.
Our definition respects the tradition of the term while creating a new vision of today’s female samurai. She is strong, independent, confident and graceful. She is the source of our inspiration.
A sneak peek of what’s to come in the next few months. Be sure to check your favorite boutique to find the Kal Rieman Spring Collection.
Windowpane Poncho in Italian Cotton: Navy/White Combo
Piped Wrap Top, Navy with With, 100% Reverse Silk Charmeuse
Perforated Leather Fencing Vest in White, Collared Vneck Blouse, Poppy, 100% Silk Crepe de Chine
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