Designer Shani Grosz said much of the inspiration for her new line, called Nue by Shani, comes from "the important women" in her life and the kinds of things on which they base their fashion decisions.
"I knew that women want to ‘hide their flaws,' but without [it] being obvious," said Grosz, who is introducing the Nue line of dresses for spring and will be showing them at Coterie for the first time.
When the designer found a special compression fabric woven with spun Lycra spandex that has shaping qualities, she knew she had found the perfect material for her line. Grosz designed a collection of dresses based on the compressing fabric, and each look features a form-fitting inner construction that, quite literally, gives the wearer the appearance of being a whole size smaller. Grosz underscored the illusion with precise darting and ruching.
"Nue designs are about feeling free and comfortable in your skin, with a little secret that no one needs to know," Grosz said. "A Nue design is like the perfect little black dress. It is something every woman needs in her wardrobe and what makes her feel her best.
" Grosz is no stranger to fashion. Over a decade ago, the designer launched a contemporary line called Shani, targeting "the modern woman, celebrating her multifaceted lifestyle that allows her to be both feminine and strong," she said.
Her new line has similar goals. Among the highlights in the Nue collection is a cold-shoulder sheath dress for $99 wholesale, a ruched bodice and off-the-shoulder dress for $110, a color-blocked dress for $130 and a cocktail dress with a large rosette sleeve at $150.
The designer doesn't just have dresses on her mind. Next up, she said she is planning to add separates, like pants and tops, to her line. — Marc Karimzadeh
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