Today we’re wearing… Manoush

von Michael Rothleutner

For Spring/Summer 2011 one of our favorite eccentric, girly brands is taking a journey into the American West. The creative team at Manoush is mixing ranchero flair with equal parts Little House on the Prairie and Sacagawea. The result is a charming mix of playful and imaginative clothes featuring intricate detailing, brilliant color and a lot of oomph.

To understand all this energy and pizzazz it might help to get to know the lady behind the brand. Frederique Trou-Roy was a bohemian spirit from birth, possessing a fondness for sugar-colored accessories and fascination for nomadic cultures. As a child she adopted the nickname Gypsy.

Her personal wandering adventure began in Marrakech where she became enamored with the color, craftsmanship and materials available. The initial product of this experience was a series of hand-embellished baskets she brought back to Paris. Still high from the adventure and fueled by creativity, Frederique went further, visiting many more cultures and continents, drawing inspirations and techniques from every stop along the way.

This season’s looks focuses heavily on flirty dresses in countless silhouettes, none lacking personality or appeal. A standout item from the collection included this belted black coat with scalloped hem and pretty gold embroidery. It looks even more shapely and enchanting with a sweet, pink, tiered skirt peeking out adding color and volume. The full linen colored dress with smocked waist and some dramatic décolletage action has also been a fav with the ladies. The high, nipped waist and deep neckline are always guaranteed to be flattering, plus it features plenty of Native American inspired beading, shiny gold paillettes, and countless variegated feathers and still manages to look effortlessly chic with sandals.

Congratulations, you’re now ready to check out the bubbly and interactive Manoush website! It has all of the season’s looks, an online boutique so you can get your hands on it, plus some mood music to shake your thang to. Have fun!

Michael Rothleutner

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