Connecticut Junior Republic trades house tour for fall fashion show

LITCHFIELD >> For more than 60 years, a house tour hosted the Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic offered ticket holders an insiders’ view to some of the town’s most stately and historic homes. The event, dubbed the Litchfield House Tour, over the years, was held traditionally on the second weekend in July. Until this year, that is. The Litchfield Aid, a group founded in 1911 to support the efforts of the Connecticut Junior Republic in helping troubled youth find their place in the world, decided to hold a fashion show instead. That event, High Style in the Hills, takes place Oct. 4 and will feature members, their husbands and other willing participants modeling clothing by des

Becket: The Fashion Industry's Next Big Thing Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Fall 2014 Collection

LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Becket, an exciting new label in the fashion industry, announced today it has launched a Kickstarter campaign Becket, a new brand created by fashion designer Bunny Donahue, promises to be the next best thing to hit the fashion world. Becket represents a modern nod to the chic, glamorous style of the past—with a twist. Inspired by the countryside around her home, many of Bunny's designs incorporate digitally printed scenes taken from the gorgeous landscapes she finds throughout the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. And they're stunning. The new Becket dress line boasts only the finest of European fabrics, all designed in flattering silhouettes i

Welcome to Becket

I recently attended a fabulous dinner party in an old mansion, Mepal Manor, in Massachusetts and it was a rather formal affair. Consequently, I wore a gorgeous silver jacquard cocktail number with a mink stole and opera length white kid gloves. The gloves stole the show. I felt as though I was channeling Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face”, or better yet, my mother, from back in the day. (My mother, I am convinced, is the one and only Betty Draper inspiration.) Like hats, women have forgotten how wonderful an accessory a beautiful pair of gloves can be. They truly complete the ensemble and give your look a polished finish that is very sophisticated and glam. I adore a beautiful pair of glove

Welcome to Becket

Bunny Blog intro I'm excited to be launching my new website as we launch our kickStarter campaign! Join me on a tour of becketdress.com and discover what makes the Becket dress so special. The Becket Dress is a classic, ladylike dress that fits and feels good on the body, designed in silhouettes flattering on women of all ages. My dresses are designed with a distinctive use of color and print. Some of them I create myself from the nature found around my home in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. With the advent of digital printing* on fabric, I’m able to design dresses on the most luxurious of fabrics. I use rayon matte jersey and rayon ponte knit fabrics. These have a luxurious hand and

SPECIAL REPORT: BACK IN THE USA

Becket New York dresses are sewn at 270 West 38th Street in Manhattan, the home of Ruby Fashions. Bunny Donahue, a fashion designer from Salisbury and the owner and creator of Becket, said she contracts with domestic factories like Ruby because they produce the highest quality product. “The Becket customer appreciates fine quality,” she said. (Or “good needle,” as it is called in the fashion industry.) Quality is one feature Becket customers will pay for, as her line averages $300 per dress. Her price range, a small business loan and financial help from others in the industry help to offset the higher cost of domestic manufacturing, a cause that means a lot to Donahue. Donahue’s commitment t

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