|Lady C in Bedlam's cape and cap on Fifth Avenue at 57th, a lucky spot for us - Happy Year of the Snake to all|
But back to the account of our adventures in New York City. Having done a reccie round the Village on Sunday, Team Bedlam returned on Monday afternoon to progress through the streets in character. We went to present to Michael, the buyer-boss of Hotoveli. This boutique, on West Fourth Street, specialises in "hand picked European fashions". The vibe is cool and dark but the welcome warm and friendly. http://hotoveli.com/
|Ingmar, Redboy and Mr Wesley on the way to Hotoveli|
|Once Upon a Time in New York City|
|Michael, owner-buyer of Hotoveli with Mr Wesley in the Bumble Bee jacket and Redboy in the Tectonic Suit|
|Ingmar with Michael wearing the "New York via the Lambeth Walk Pearly Newsboy Cap|
The next day we went to introduce ourselves to HMS International Fabrics, parent company of Huddersfield Fine Worsteds (without whose support, you will remember, we could not have made the collection let alone such a fine one!) http://www.hmsfabrics.com/
The snow was still substantial out in Connecticut and the legendary lady we were scheduled to meet, Blanche, was still digging out her house. Stepping in to greet us was Vice President Edwin Nazario and he confessed he had not known at all what to expect. Ingmar, Mr Wesley and I trundled in with the giant red suit case. His delight at what we showed him was a shot of neat confidence - here is a gentleman who knows his core values when it comes to cloth and can differentiate dodgy from distinguished tailoring at a block's distance. He has worked with Armani, Versace and a host of household names. He taught us that in the USA one refers to a "Surgeon" cuff for a working cuff - so that doctors could set to work without getting gore on their sleeves. It seemed that he genuinely dug our stuff and his admiration for the workmanship was a true tingling thrill - we hope we know it, but it's always nice to have it recognised! He tried on various pieces before saying that when ever we were in town we could us their office as our base. So Earl of Bedlam will be happy to meet potential clients in the beautiful Crown Building across the street from Tiffanys at "the crossroads of fashion", Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. What an utter honour.
|Mr Nazario in the Tectonic jacket|
|In the "Mr Harrop" waistcoat named for his British colleague|
|Admiring "Mr Willis"|
|In the corduroy suit now and henceforth known as the "Edwin"|
|Edwin and Mark looking over fabrics (and an opportunity to admire the leather cinch back on the "Arthur" trousers)|
|Joe cutting some swatches for our friend Chris Capone, grandson of Al|
|Ingmar with Mr Wesley and Arnie, a Patton on his mother's side, Maitre du Bar at Trump Tower|
Included by Time Magazine in their "Twenty-Five Most Influential People in Fashion" and, more importantly, a great and generous friend first met in Los Angeles, he managed to shake off his entourage and go off-schedule for half an hour to see us. He asked where we were showing, perhaps expecting "The Lincoln Centre" or "The Presidential Suite at the Carlisle" but both of those would have been a lie. Factoring in the geography of Cameron's itinerary I had a long shot light bulb moment. I called my honorary NY sis, the artist Georgia Bush and enquired if by any chance she was home and fancied hosting a trunk show. The energy and enthusiasm for which she is renowned and adored flowed without a breath of pause - "Of course! Come over! I'll open a bottle of wine, put out some cheese, do you need this, that, the other? What else can I do?"
It took us a while to hail a cab and as our driver weaved through tortuous traffic before hitting a clear streak on Seventh Ave I hardly dared look round for fear of seeing Cameron in the car behind us. We grabbed one of the fancy luggage rails from Georgia's lobby and got the clothes on it in double quick time moments before the concierge rang the apartment to announce a guest was on his way up. Here Cameron is asked about his new TV show "Dukes of Melrose" about to air in the USA:
|Cameron Silver tries the "Tectonic" jacket|
|Cameron in the cap henceforth and forever on now known as the "Cameron" with Lady C wearing hers along with the "Megan" jacket|
Soon enough Cameron had to scoot off to his next appointment but before he had even left the building had sent an email to GQ magazine exhorting them to see us. Georgia had a little try on herself and with her fabulously fit figure looked catwalk ready in the Franzipants. Then we posed in front of one of her own creations, and you should check out more of her art http://georgiabush.com/
Hudson, Georgia, Mr Wesley and Ingmar in front of Bedlam's favourite canvas by our beautiful artist-hostess
In the evening, at Cameron's invitation we went to Soho House for a party to promote the release of "Versailles '73 - a fashion Revolution" http://www.versailles73movie.com/ We weren't exactly the life and soul of the event as fatigue and the peculiar sushi dinner we had before arriving gone done for our brio. Mr Wesley and I left Helen and Ingmar to represent Bedlam's interests and hailed a pumpkin home. Cameron was back to LA the next morning to attend the grand opening of the Tommy Hilfiger flagship store. And OMG guess what he wore?! You are our Pearly King Cameron. Catch him later tonight commenting on the Oscar gowns and gaffes.
Cameron in Earl of Bedlam's "Cameron" cap
I was hoping a second installment would wrap our foray to America but it seems it will require a trio of dispatches. Best endeavours will be made to post that promptly. For now, good night. Bedlam hopes Daniel Day Lewis wins Best Actor during its course. He wrote me a charming and considered letter in reply to my own when I was seventeen or thereabouts so for that, and his formidable talent, I shall cheer for him. Hopefully Cameron will approve of his suit.