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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rose Cottage Couture

Leave it to me to drive all through the back country roads of Orange County, N.Y. on a rainy Sunday afternoon for fashion. Oh, but it wasn't just fashion--it was a trunk show for designer Harrison Morgan.

The Women's Leadership Fund (WLF), a branch of Orange County United Way, sponsored the event to help raise money to promote independence, growth and self-determination for women and girls.

Luckily I didn't get lost and I had a vague idea of where I was going. I was greeted by Kat and Susan of the WLF at the gate of the former Laura Ashley Estate (yes, THAT Laura Ashley). I parked on the designated grassy area which was not conducive to my outfit or heels, but I digress.

The interior of the Rose Cottage was beautifully accessorized with discounted designer clothing, a win win for us all. Many other eager shoppers already had their hands full with Harrison Morgan's (and other designer friends) threads. Good thing I arrived early.

I perused the racks with the notion of buying a simple shrug or possibly some jewelry, I did give myself a $40 spending limit. I knew I was in over my head when my arms were full of dresses, sweaters, shirts, shrugs and coats. They had coats! With an armful of clothing Kat brought me over to meet Harrison. He was a doll and we was wearing my favorite color: lavender.

Harrison who was born in Miami and raised in Atlanta, at a very young age was deeply interested in the arts. He eventually chose fashion design as a career, and to our benefit expanded into New York City, one of the fashion mecca’s of the world. While in NYC, Harrison developed his own unique style and began offering evening separates and hand-beaded gowns; allowing women to express their individuality and modern confidence. He has the ability to create a piece that, in turn, creates that finishing touch needed to complete an ensemble. His designs are the cherry topping on an ice cream sundae.

Harrison Morgan and I

Harrison’s designs have been seen on celebs like Catherine Zera Jones, Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford and many socialites. He has also gone international selling his designs in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Canada. His collections include day to evening, wedding, fur and jewelry. It’s the perfect finishing touch.

My finishing touch? $180 in damages. But it was extremely worth it.

1 comment:

Amber Nikol said...

Only a $180 damage?! Really? It could have been a lot worst, plus I'm sure you got some great steals!

sounds like you had an amazing time, that would be so cool to go to one of them. I'm definitely not in the right area for those though. haha