Tess is a new company, and this is Theresa’s first foray into designing, but it doesn’t feel like it when you look at her dresses. I was immediately impressed with the pieces’ interesting details, colors, patterns and attention to quality that it felt like I was looking at an established line. Theresa’s inspiration is vintage, but she designs for the modern woman; I kept imagining a woman who loves pretty frocks dressing up in some of the simpler shifts with a jacket for work, then changing into the Audrey or Marlene dresses after work or on the weekends for a bit of fun.
As I touched and played with the dresses, I really got a feel for their heirloom quality and the unique details – like 100% rayon linings and matching belts – that make them special. And even though those of you who know me know that ’50′s & ’60′s vintage-inspired frocks aren’t necessarily my style, I always appreciate good design and interesting details when I see them. You probably also know that I’m a sucker for a good story, local design & local manufacturing, which Tess has too.
If you’re interested in seeing for yourself what goes into Tess’ designs and have a chance to touch, feel and try on some of the pieces, save the date for our Happy Hour/Showroom visit with Tess on August 11th!! More details to follow…
**and just today Theresa announced her new line of Summer separates!
About the images:
- Detailing at the shoulder – I loved all the details Theresa inserts into her designs; they are so thoughtful and unique.
- Some of Theresa’s sketches for next season. My favorite is the second dress from the left on top – such a pretty silhouette!
- The rack of dresses and some fabric for inspiration
- Fabric swatches!!
- This was my favorite fabric. Can you imagine a dress or skirt made out of this with the design blooming from the bottom hem? I can, and it would be GORGEOUS!!!
- I loved the style and print of this dress. It’s kind of perfect for super-hot Texas summers: wear it belted for more structure (or for work), then for the weekend, wear it as-is! Incidentally, most of Theresa’s dresses come with matching covered belts she has made especially for her.
- This was another of my favorite dresses. The print caught me immediately (I love poppies), but I also love the square neck and then plunging back! Notice the button detailing and zipper down the back…
- Speaking of details…Theresa explained to me how the flat pannel at the front of this dress (in between the pleats) helps to hide a tummy! I also loved the color of this print.
Which dress is your favorite? Can you choose??