Monday, September 26, 2011

Veranda Presents Century Icons

There are just those days when you have to pinch yourself .... for me Tuesday, September 20th was one of those days! Along with Veranda's Editor-in-Chief Dara Caponigro we hosted a panel discussion and reception featuring our, three iconic designers: Charlotte Moss, Juan Montoya and Miles Redd. The panel described as an "intimate conversation with the designers, revisiting their collections and the personal icons that inspire them" was only scheduled for 30 minutes but the dialog was so great it lasted for over an hour. It was amazing! All had such amazing rapport, Dara had incredible questions and it was so much fun!

Some of the best quotes of the evening:
* Miles' advice "pick up the phone. A little confrontation is good. Don't hide behind an email."
* Biggest mistake "...not trusting my instincts....", Charlotte.
* Juan, "...a room needs to smile at you." As well as, "The client has to trust you...." when speaking about the intimacy in the relationship.
* Miles laughing, relayed that as he has gotten older the function is becoming more important.
* With regards to color, "Baby blue--a room can always use it.", Miles Redd.
* All designers agreed, they are inspired by fashion - in addition to Oscar de la Renta inspirations also from Diana Vreeland, Balenciaga.
* When Juan spoke about the relationship with his clients he notes, "...he always looks at what they are wearing, and the shoes." All about getting to know them and their style.
* "Design is in the details, because after all they are just curtains, right?", Charlotte.
* Dara asked about advice to young designers and emphatically the answer was, "Get out from behind your computer screens and go see the actual product."
* Final words to live by, "Buy beautiful items and make them work" as well as "...always selling pretty."

I thought I would share some great photos of the evening .....

Veranda editors selected their favorite items from each of the designer's respective collections and curated displays throughout the showrooms.

We also used our big night to celebrate our upcoming launch of Charlotte Moss for Century Icon's. The collection is targeted to be available to-the-trade in Spring of 2012. On display for the evening was the Richmond Chair and Raleigh Ottoman which will be a part of the collection.

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