Fall is the perfect season to see the launch of Cartel Noir's latest line. This Saturday, September 29 at Goldyn, the design house will showcase expertly structured garments made from a mix of Merino wool and leather, silk organza and modal. The intelligent combinations of weights and textures result in comfortable but sleek clothing that wears well in a changing season, and Cartel Noir's Greg Garman is excited to see his first full line roll out. See also: - Slideshows: The Cartel Noir Fashion Show at Suite 200 - What's in your bag? Fake mustache, tickets and more! - Jewelry designer Pamela Love on mysticism as inspiration and her dream client, Neil Young
"We did a small collection last season and this is our first real collection," says Garman of the line's big launch. Black and white are signature colors for Cartel Noir, and the versatile feel of the fabrics is directly in line with Garman's vision. "One of the things I really try to champion is this notion of day to night, work to play, season to season," he says. "It is a big philosophy of the brand."
As far as the fall line goes, the design house will be showing an array of tops and bottoms, both in basics and more detailed pieces. From satin blouses and micro modal t-shirts to leather-accentuated riding leggings, "lifetime staple pieces" are Cartel Noir's focus. Structured jackets that pair lightweight exterior fabrics with heavier linings and simple dresses with delicate cut-outs are pieces meant to be easily layered, or gorgeous silhouettes on their own. "I use a lot of fabrics based on tactile sensation and how they wear on the body," says Garman. "I like a lot of old world luxury and modern equivalents," the designer says of the coalescence varying materials.
A Vail native, Garman makes as much of Cartel Noir's production happen in-state as he can. "Most of our pattern-making and first sample pieces are done here and quite a bit of our manufacturing process is also done here," says the designer. "It allows me to preside over the quality."
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The Cartel Noir Fall 2012 launch happens this Saturday, September 29 at Goldyn in the Highlands. The event is free, with food from Linger and cocktails served from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; music provided by DJ Boyhollow. For more information on the night, visit the fashion event's Facebook page. For more on Cartel Noir, visit the brand's website.