Morgane Le Fay (see above) is a favorite design label of mine. It's primarly designed by Liliana Casabal, who's known for her ethereal, floaty, assymetrical, knotty dreses as well as her architecturally interesting outerwear. I try to visit her shop in Soho (Is it there any more? Something tells me it's gone . . .) when I go to the city.
NB: The lovely designer herself emailed to say that the Soho shop is indeed there. I am very glad and will visit this summer encore une fois.
Project Alabama was the brainchild of Natalie Chanin. She employed seamstresses in Alabama to handmake pieces that involved traditional stitchwork, like rough-hewn applique or quilt-inspired topstitching. Each piece was collectible.
[Circa 2005, when Natalie Chanin was in charge.]
And so today I found a correction in the NYT: Charlotte Greenough is the new creative director of Project Alabama and will reinvent the label as a more moderately priced brand. Plus, she has designed for Morgane Le Fay, so perhaps we may expect a winning blend of homespun and ethereal.
[This is the new Project Alabama.]
Except that, alas, the clothes continue not to be "spun" at "home."