By MIKE CHAIKEN
NEW YORK— In the art gallery encrusted neighborhood in Chelsea, New York, Bristol lingerie designer Andree Ciccarelli unveiled her latest line at Lingerie Fashion Week on Oct. 25. She impressed the fashion insider crowd with her self-assured and polished collection that offered up a little bit of naughty and nice, mesh and lace.
The St. Paul Catholic High School alumnus—and Parsons New School of Design graduate—was part of the Made in NY runway show that allowed designers local to New York City to showcase 9 to 10 looks on the runway.
Backstage before the show, as her models sat for hair and make-up, Andree looked as self-assured as her collection turned out to be. She was seen smiling, chatting with her models, and accepting phone calls from well-wishers.
It was nothing like the “Project Runway” drama seen on that reality series.
Already Andree has seen her collection written up in Glamour magazine and websites such as LingerieTalk.
After the show, The Observer caught up with Andree via email to discuss the aftermath of the show.
OBSERVER: First of all, now that you can finallly breathe, how do you feel about what you presented on Saturday?
ANDREE: I am so happy with the runway presentation and with the collection. It was such an amazing experience to see everything come together.
O: What was the reaction of people outside of your usual social circle who attended the event? Any comments stand out most in you mind.
A: The reactions have been awesome. I had such great feedback from press, friends, and family. A lot of the comments were about how the craftsmanship of the collection was exceptional and this made me so proud. I focus an incredible amount time and effort on creating well-made pieces and its very reassuring to know that it shows when put down a runway. I have also received a lot of press and comments from people about my models being ‘real women’ with different body types. When I started the brand, I promised myself that I would use women of all shapes and sizes to showcase my brand and for people to comment on this so positively is such a success.
O: You looked pretty calm backstage… was that your true state of mind at the time or did you hide it well?
A: I’m a pretty calm person under pressure but I think it helped that I was around a great team— and my little sister, Nina, who played my backstage assistant for the day. I was working with such an amazing group of people, from the backstage photographers to my models to the Lingerie Fashion Week team. Being around wonderful people really helps to keep calm and positive and create something great. I also felt pretty calm because I was really happy with how the collection had come together at the point.
O: Now that the pieces were shown, and you’ve gotten some press, what’s next for the line?
A: I’m hoping to get some of the collection into small boutiques in and around New York City and maybe expand into other areas. I’m hoping that our online presence will pick up and we can continue to create made to order pieces for customers. Hopefully, within the next few months, we’ll be able to go into small production and get the line into more places.
For more information about Lingerie Fashion Week, go to LingerieFW.com. For more about Andree Ciccarelli’s lingerie, go to andreeciccarelli.bigcartel. com
PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN