August 06, 2012
It's no surprise that the word charmeuse derives from the French charmeur, a female charmer.
This elegant silk fabric is often associated with nobility, and was once revered by the emperors of China for its soft drape and glistening appearance. Hollywood starlets Greta Garbo, Carole Lombard, and Jean Harlow wore charmeuse bias-cut gowns in films of the 1930's, wowing movie-goers with their soft, streamlined style (think Lombard as Park Avenue enchantress Kay Colby in "Love Before Breakfast"). The look - and the fabric - was picked up by gangster molls in Prohibition-era Harlem and the most distinguished ladies of Beverly Hills and Palm Beach. Fashion magazines touted the splendor of the new "sexy satin" and charmeuse was here to stay.
Uncluttered and seductive, our Wild Charmeuse Blouse is equally at home at a Junior League luncheon or the annual meeting of The World Economic Forum in Davos. How about a late dinner at The Ledbury in Notting Hill? It'll do just fine. Warning: the delicious feel of the fabric on your skin may make you slightly tempestuous. So, be prepared for a bit of Cotton Club-esque excitement.
What are you waiting for? Let the Wild Rumpus Begin.