Monday, March 26, 2012

Champagne and Fowl (Emerson Fry Review)

For a couple of years I had a girls crush on Emerson from Emerson Made, aka Emerson Fry.

I was seduced by this picture:


I wanted her life! Oh, to look like her, wear her clothes, live in her house and have her job. White hens roaming around  while I sip champagne, looking pretty in my party dress? Yes, baby, bring it on. I actually forgot that I always associated  farmyard fowl with the (ahem) droppings, they inevitably leave behind. There is nothing that the glass of bubbly combined with pretty frock (or leopard coat) cannot fix!   And how about this handsome hubby of hers (and business partner), masculine looking dude, wearing huge flower pins while tending to the lettuce? Total meltdown. Now, my urban variety hubby is not bad looking, smart, caring and metrosexual, but huge flower pins?! I always had a soft spot for tough guys with their feminine side peeking through. You can laugh, but I had a crush on Bruce Willis in the 90's...

awwwww!
In the interview with Megan from wonderful blog Beach Bungalow, Emerson was asked about her design influences.
"The biggest influences are my favorite era’s for womens fashion, not to mention social and political change for women: the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. great combinations of sexy and classic for formal and casual. Powerful women doing powerful things. These three era’s encompass so many incredible options, and Woman want to look good and have options!
I design pieces I want in my own closet depending on the woman I need to be that day. We all have so many sides to our personality, so many things we can do, lives we are made to live, characters we are in different moments.
I am designing for all of those. It’s the transformative power of clothes that I’ve always loved, the story we tell. Open your closet and choose your destiny. Bang Your Drum"
Read the whole interview HERE

I love her fashion philosophy, it makes me even more excited about the line. Her clothes really speak to me, modern classic, simple and feminine, but chic and sexy at the same time. 
I could totally rock this look

I love so many pieces from her Spring 2012 line. The clothes are not cheap but the design is timless they made in US from natural fabric.

But since my budget is limited, I could only afford to order couple of items, so I went back to The List (of things I need this year), and decided that I would try this skirt:
 
2 Button Skirt - Tiny Navy PinStripe
The skirt arrived in couple of days, packed in white tissue paper with golden seal. It was like opening a present. Lavender sachet was hanging on the skirt hanger, how delightful. 

With perfect fit button sleeve
Love it!
With linen perfect shirt
The skirt fits according to their size chart. I had to order a size 8 to get 30" waist (equivalent of size 4 in J.Crew pencil skirt. The two button belt is removable. The length is just below the knee on me, I am 5'6.  It is a n A-line skirt and there s no too much volume in the hips, which is sometimes a problem for me. It drapes nicely and it is fully lined in white acetate, it feels wonderful on. It is made from Belgian linen and it does wrinkle, but this is a nature of the fabric. Shipping is free and no sales tax.  I was fully prepared to return it if it is not perfect but I am in love. It's a keeper.

My other purchase was from their 'ends', leftovers from previous season. You cannot return it but you can get store credit or exchange. I actually ordered it first to test the brand since it wasn't so expensive and I thought I would use a credit towards the skirt, if I have to.

They had a whole line of those blouses in different colors but I actually need a black blouse that can double as a party top which I was lacking. 


Same blouse in blue, you can see the pleating and puff sleeves



Cream version


My blouse


Cute little button in the back
This blouse is made of silk chiffon and quite sheer, which is what I was looking for but it may not be for everybody.

Little daring for going out
I would wear it sheer with just a black bra if I was going out clubbing with my hubs.

Plain and easy
But of course you can add a black cami underneath and wear it to dinner, like above.

Love the silhouette!
Combined with my tulip lightweight wool skirt from J.Crew this is a silhouette I really love and it feels very me. The front is a little longer than the back and the blouse has just the right length to wear it untucked. It has slightly boxy swingy fut that I love but it is fitted in the chest are with perfectly placed darts. I love the neckline with the pleating and perfect depth of scoop and the sleeves are only very slightly gathered, nothing puffy at all. And ceck out the cutest little button in the back. This really is a great purchase for me, very versatile for what I needed and I am very happy with it.


That's all folks

I will probably buy more from them, I am lusting after the raspberry striped skirt, but I need to save up first.

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What do you think?
Have you bought anything from Emerson Fry?
Do you like the line?
What are your favorites?

Please share, it woudl be no fun without you!!!

27 comments:

  1. Thank you for your reviews. I bought 3 pieces from the line last fall, but ended up returning them. I wanted something special for a class reunion and though not perfect for what I wanted, I did like the what I ordered. The customer service is great - you call the office and someone picks up. Love that. What I don't love is how much more expensive the Spring collection is. There are a few items I'd try - but simply won't order due to price. Believe me, I love Emerson, and share your girl crush - but I think I'm sitting out this collection.

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    1. You know, I am always a little hesitant when I post reviews of more expensive items and I always question myself whether they are worth it or I fell prey to marketing gimmicks. I actually had an email exchange with Dani when I was deciding if I should keep the skirt. But inthe other hands it is a price of two skirts from jcrew made in china and this skirt is exactly what I was looking for. Of course I would love if it was half the price but when you compare with other retailers and fabrics used etc it is not such a bad price IMO. The blouse I never even questioned, I paid $85 which you'd pay for many inferior designs.

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    2. You make an excellent point. Quaility vs quantity is important. American made is great too. Plus, if you love it - it is worth it. Enjoy!

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  2. You look gorgeous in both the skirt and blouse! I want that button skirt in the kelley green cotton, so I'm glad that you reviewed that shape - I was worried about the hips too.

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    1. Thanks Whitney I liked them both. Actually I ordered partially thanks to you because you told me once that you have few pieces and you are very happy with them. That was definitely an encouragement for me, I am not sure if I would have pulled the trigger otherwise.

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    2. I'm so glad to have helped with your decision to buy/not buy! It's true that the Emerson Spring line is pretty pricey, but the clothes are so versatile, timeless, and well-made, I think that the cost-per-wear ratio will even out in the end. That's what I've found with last year's pieces, anyway.

      Bruce Willis is a sexy beast. I've had a crush on him since "Moonlighting", and I was just 7 years old.

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  3. Thanks for the review and pics. I haven't seen many. The skirt is perfection on you, esp w/the Valentinas.

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  4. I love it ajc, it looks beautiful on you (the skirt) and so does the blouse. I can tell you love the items and that they are really you. Totally worth the money.
    I really want to order that skirt and of course I like a couple of other things from the line too. Shipping to Canada is $37 and then the duty will be killer, so I might have something sent to my Dad's house in Atlanta to be picked up when I visit him next. I better order soon or they will sell out.
    Thanks for all the great pictures and don't worry, I also had a crush on Bruce Willis. Who am I kidding I still like him!

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    1. $37 plus duties, ouch! If you ever need I will forward things for you..

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  5. oh i'm so glad you posted this. i've had a love affair with emerson since i first laid eyes on her and her lifestyle that she protrays. omg, who wouldn't? boy do i love this spring line too. i love the blouse you got and have wanted it since i first saw it. it looks great on you and the price is great! love the skirt too. there isn't anything i wouldn't wear the she makes and i know her market is not 50 plus year olds. i think that speaks to the timelessness of her designs. i can't ever imagine that you would ever donate these pieces. i really want the orange shift dress and it is going to take an incredible amount of willpower not to purchase it. dang you ajc!!!!

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    1. Sorry Janet!
      I think her house is very much your style, you probably have similar sensibility and that's why you like it..

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  6. Both of the pieces you picked up are classic and pretty, you can't go wrong with that.
    I only have one thing from the Emerson line and it's that same blouse in a leopard print. I would gladly buy up the whole line if it wasn't so darn pricey. Hopefully, I can add another piece to my closet one of these days.

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    1. Oh, in leopard print, that sounds great!

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  7. The skirt is fab with the white tee and coral heels and I love the design of that black blouse. I looked for it in the blue stripe colorway but can't find it online.

    I saw Whitney's post on the spring line and I had a few picks, some of which are already sold out. Lesson learned to move faster next time. I've never ordered anything before but I have the Pharaoh heels and the Ticker Tape coat in my cart, both waitlisted until April.

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    1. That stripe blouse is from last year so probably sold out.

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    2. Just FYI: Emerson's Accordion Pleated Little Blouses and the Tie-Neck Blouses usually pop up in different colors and patterns throughout the year, so I'm sure she'll have more coming soon. She seems to do a limited run for each in her "collectibles" series. Last year she did the Little Blouse in a white silk with goldfish all over it and it sold out in my size the same day it was posted.

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    3. Thanks Whitney, I will be checking for those, I really liked the Golden Fishes blouse.

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  8. Sorry to double-comment but I wanted to chime in on the practicality of buying quality, well-made clothing that is timeless. It is always worth the money if you love it and wear it for years.

    Looking at the Pharaoh heels for $325, there are J.Crew shoes that cost that much and I would bet real money that the Emerson are better quality and a lot less trendy.

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    1. off to go check on Pharoah heels... I bet they are great.
      ITA about quality/well made.
      I never regret those kind of purchases, it is the sale junk that I usually wish I never bought.

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  9. Oh, I am so with you on the girl crush. Doesn't her life with big flowers and hens and pretty clothes look lovely? Also, her tweets always made me laugh. The clothes are just gorgeous, and I really appreciate the thought behind them, the workmanship and that they're made in the US. I love the skirt and the blouse on you. They are both timeless and lovely and will be workhorses in your wardrobe. Well worth the money IMO.

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    1. Oh she is so cool, I cannot stand it, lol

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  10. I love both items on you! I would by the skirt in kelly green but, won't pull the trigger because I would need several inches cut off, because I am only 5'3.

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    1. that kelly green skirt is so cute!

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  11. Such a cute skirt on you!! I've been eyeing the rasberry one, it's super pretty. You said that the skirt is equivalent of a J. Crew size 4? I compared her size chart to the J. Crew one and it actually looked to me like Emerson Fry runs big compared to them, not sure what size to order since I usually wear a J. Crew size 8, any thoughts?

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    1. Hi Erika, size 8 has a 30 inch waist, this is the waist in jcrew size 4 double serge pencil skirts. But if you wear size 8 to accommodate your hips but your waist is smaller go by your waist size, the hips should fit since it is a-line. I wear 6 in jcrew skirts that sit at the waist. The skirt measures exactly what they say in the numerical chart. But you can call them and ask specifically, I hear their customer service is great. Hth

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  12. So funny because I just reviewed an EmersonFry blouse as well. I LOVE her clothes and the way it is all laid out on the website. That skirt is one of my favorites. Might have to buy it if it ever goes on sale!

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