Welcome to the Hotel Ansonia, the inspiration behind Denyse Schmidt's newest collection for Free Spirit! I had the pleasure of attending Denyse's quilt market schoolhouse where she took us on a tour of this hotel, a staple of New York's Upper West Side for over 100 years. Her newest collection, named in honor of this establishment, consists of 14 designs as varied as the hotel's history.
Infamous for its basement concert performances by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow, and for being the place that Babe Ruth once called home, the glamour of the hotel has as much to do with the people that filled its halls. Since fashion often follows celebrity, the Hotel Ansonia has always been a melting pot for both. A peek at the building's official website and a quick google search will afford you a glimpse into the gilded halls of this most intriguing establishment. Here's a fun collage that pairs some of Denyse's fabric designs with snapshots of the hotel.
From the checkered floors to the ornate tiles and swirling staircases above, you can easily spy some of the luxurious architectural attributes that inspired this new fabric collection. But of course, Denyse also looked to the ever changing fashion trends over the course of the hotel's long history. As a result, her collection is composed of a unique balance of contrasts. Below, old world glamour meets the bohemian vibe of the swinging 60's, resulting in a fun juxtaposition of contrasting styles that reflects the various incarnations of the hotel. Here are some fabric designs paired with some photos Denyse shared in her slideshow. The top half evokes turn of the century charm while the bottom half hints at the hotel's psychedelic past.
Here's a piece from Denyse's booth that marries these divergent styles beautifully! The citron green design really modernizes the vintage lace pattern in a fun case of modernized sophistication.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't include a few quilts from the mother of modern quilting! Here's a fun flying geese quilt done up in the mushroom palette.
And below Denyse shows off a nice strippy herringbone design featuring the mossy palette.
Look for this eclectic collection in our shop this February, and feel free to sign up to receive notice as soon as Ansonia arrives!