Ovadia Unveiling Full Denim Collection

NEW YORK — The Ovadia brothers will introduce their first comprehensive denim and basics collection this October to offer an alternative to what they see as a stagnant designer denim market.
At the same time, the corporation has officially changed its name from Ovadia & Sons to Ovadia New York — or simply, Ovadia.
These shifts are among the first visible changes orchestrated by Neal Kusnetz, who joined the company last October as president. Kusnetz, the cofounder and former president of Robert Graham who had also served as president of men’s and private brands for Xcel Brands, took over the day-to-day operation of Ovadia to help it expand beyond the U.S., relaunch the e-commerce site and move into other categories.
The first order of business was denim.
“The whole premium contemporary denim market has been maturing for a while,” Kusnetz said in an interview at the company’s new offices in SoHo. He claimed most designer brands merely dabble in a few denim pieces while the bulk of the business is a volume “$ 99 outlet play.”
Working with Shimon and Ariel Ovadia, the twins that founded the business in 2010, they have created a 30-stock-keeping-unit collection of jeans and complementary tops and jackets with a “modern

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Dennis Basso Unveiling Daytime Ready-to-Wear in 35th Anniversary Collection

In tandem with the 35th anniversary of his eponymous label, Dennis Basso will introduce his first daytime ready-to-wear collection at his runway show Monday at St. Bartholomew’s Church during New York Fashion Week.
“We’ve found that as the world changes and rearranges, women are not getting as dressed up anymore,” observed Basso, who maintains a “fully vertical” 30,000-square-foot atelier in Long Island City, N.Y. “They’re wearing daytime clothes in the evening mixed with evening pieces and it’s evolved to a whole different level.”
Basso, who for years has made casual ready-to-wear pieces available at a lesser price point to customers of his QVC line, has called this latest collection “sporty,” but he asserts he won’t be producing high-end jogging suits — at least not yet.
“We’re making beautiful leather skirts, cashmere jackets and flannel with some embroidery,” continued Basso. “When I started out in 1983 nobody would ever wear a sparkle or hanging earrings in the afternoon. That’s all changed. Today everyone is mixing everything up and we’re able to incorporate this on the runway with, of course, the big gorgeous furs and eveningwear the Dennis Basso brand has been known for.”
“I’m coming out from the evening and going daytime,” added Basso with

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British Royal Family Members Attend War Memorial Unveiling in London

WAR MEMORIAL: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles at the unveiling ceremony of the Iraq and Afghanistan War Memorial in London on Thursday.
The memorial, a sculpture at Victoria Embankment Gardens, near the Thames, honors the soldiers who served Britain during the Gulf War and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Guests at the service that followed at Horse Guards Parade included senior members of government, military veterans and their families, politicians and civil servants.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial was created by the sculptor Paul Day and designed with two copper medallions — representing Iraq and Afghanistan — which sit in the middle of two large stones.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore an indigo twill swing coat from Michael Kors Collection and a navy hat. A fan of recycling her outfits, she had already donned the coat for a visit to the Anzac Day ceremonies during the royal tour in Australia in 2014.

Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge (in Michael Kors Collection) and Prince William. 
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The Duchess of Cambridge (in Michael Kors Collection) and MP Philip Hammond. 
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Winner of Christianity Today Award of Merit for Fiction 2005 Awarded 2005 Honorable Mention for First Time Author of a Book by the Catholic Press Association When Rachel Piers, a brilliant young conservateuse at a Manhattan art gallery, is given the dream assignment of restoring a mysterious medieval painting in a church in Rome, she seizes the opportunity. Not only will she advance her career in one of the most inspiring and romantic cities in the world, but she can finally leave behind a bitter divorce and an even more painful childhood incident. But as Rachel meticulously restores the damaged artwork, and slowly discovers the true origins of the painting, she uncovers layers of her soul that she would rather be kept hidden. Written in lucid and descriptively sumptuous prose, "Unveiling" brings the ancient city of Rome vividly to life and reveals a courageous woman coming to terms with a tragic past. AN INTERVIEW WITH SUZANNE WOLFE What (or who) was your inspiration for the main character, Rachel Piers? I was drawn to the name of Rachel because of the Old Testament reference and the allusion to it in "Moby Dick" where the ship is described as "Rachel weeping for all her children" (paraphrase). Rachel came to me primarily as a visual image of a woman by the early twentieth century painter Modigliania elongated, dark, intense, mournful. How long did it take you to write this novel? I began writing it almost 10 years ago when my 3 oldest children were 8 and under. Caring for my children and teaching senior high school literature during the day necessitated my working at night when my kids were in bed and I had finished my assignments for school. Thus, I mostly wrote between midnight and 3am, getting up at 7am, teaching until 1pm and then doing the mom thing until the cycle repeated itself Are any of the struggles of the main character, Rachel Piers (physical violation, betrayal of relationships, repressed emotions) based on experiences from your own life? Like Rachel, my own experience of post-traumatic stress disorder has taught me that the body itself has a memory and is sometimes wiser than the head. The body reminds us that we have to go through suffering in order to heal and move on with our lives. You tackle many complicated and traumatic issues in this one character’s life. What does this book say to readers about the soul’s ability to heal from trauma? I am interested in the theme of grief and how this can change us for better or for worse. One cannot go around suffering; one has to go through it. Flannery O’Connor once said that being ill (she had lupus) was like living in a country, it was so encompassing. I think grief is like that. Once one crosses the border into grief, one must journey across it in order to leave it behind. "Unveiling" brings the city of Rome vividly to life. Did you travel to Rome while writing the book? I went to Rome aft
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