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Michael Vollbracht
September 2008 Fashion Week
The Wally Findlay Gallery
124 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
September 16, 2008

Written by Wendy R. Williams
Photographed by
Nick Hunt of Patrick McMullan

Michael Vollbracht launched his new line at the Wally Findlay Gallery on September 16, 2008. This was Vollbracht's first fashion show since he worked as creative director of Bill Blass in 2007.

Here is a quote from the press release for the show (Jonathan Marder and Company Inc.): "Saks Fifth Avenue announced the launch of an exclusive new line of made-to-measure and made-to-order clothing designed by Michael Vollbracht. It’s the designer’s first fashion endeavor since exiting Bill Blass in 2007. The collection, which includes both day and evening looks, evokes a classic, American style. Vollbracht said, “Like Bill, I’ve traveled all over the country and have met women who need clothes that fit their lifestyle. Bill told me early in my career, ‘Kid, go out and meet your customer’ and I have always followed his advice.”'

Many of Vollbracht's customers and friends attended the fashion show (see photos below): Carolina Herrera, Sheila Johnson, Karen Bjornson, Anne Ford, Charlotte Ford, Iris Apfel, Christina Coleman, Cece Cord, Liz Peek, Kathleen Hearst, Bethann Hardison, Duane Hampton, Donna Murphy, Candy Pratts Price, Nancy Kissinger, Michele Gerber Klein, Louise Grunwald, Jamee Gregory, Adria Roush, and more.

The line that Vollbracht showed at the Wally Findlay was filled with elegant garments, made from beautiful fabrics that would be the classic building blocks of an Upper Eastside/Philadelphia Mainline socialite's wardrobe. But Vollbracht's pieces are so universally beautiful they can also be mixed with a touch of whimsy to dress a more bohemian lifestyle. Because beautiful clothes are beautiful clothes and they can help tell many different stories.

I had a quick moment to speak to Vollbracht before the show and asked him my stock fashion question: "What was your inspiration?" He replied, "Flowers." And flowers it was, they were everywhere, in the paintings on the wall and worked into the designs of the clothing.

The fashion show took place against a backdrop of Vollbracht's art work, "Ladies Painted," which is on display throughout the month of October 2008 at the Wally Findlay Gallery. Click here for a PDF about the art show.

Click here to read the designer's biography.

Designer Michael Vollbracht

Carolina Herrera and Jamee Gregory Charlotte Ford, Michael Vollbracht
and Anne Ford
Liz Peek and Haresh Tharani

Sherry Lynn and Adria Roush
Nancy Kissinger Coco Koppelman

Michael Vollbracht, Iris and Carl Apfel

Michael Vollbracht, Johnny Dynell and Candy Pratts Price

Donna Murphy and Karen Bjornson

Ann Slater and Michael Vollbracht


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