Carolyne Roehm had a brief but beautiful career in the world of high fashion design. Her mentor was Oscar de la Renta, whom she worked for as an assistant and model for ten years before beginning her own fashion house in 1985 at the age of 34. Despite extreme success and accolades, she closed her line in 1991. She continued to do some work for Saks Fifth Avenue and also designed for private clients until 1994. So, once again, we present a vintage garment from a talented designer whose clothing design work spanned less than a decade.
I have no doubt that this skirt was part of one of her fabulous 1980's power suit designs and it's a shame it's lost it's upper half. That said, it can still be a great addition to your closet. I've paired it here with a simple black vintage Pucci turtleneck for a classic minimalist look for the office. But there are so many ways to wear this classic skirt! It's a straight pencil skirt with a left side zipper & hook & eye closure. There are eight darts at the waist. It's a soft ivory wool crepe that has a beautiful feel to it. It's very slim fitting as it tapers in at the hem and there is no slit. Fully lined in matching ivory silk. This skirt has her original label, not the later Saks Fifth Ave. label.
Overall this skirt is in great condition. There are a few tiny dots here and there where the fabric is worn; not all the way through, but worn enough to create an indentation in the fabric. There is also a half inch area on the underside of the waistband in the back just right of center where the stitching is unraveled a bit. (See last photograph.) The hanger has left indents on the waist band where it was clipped; also visible in photographs. So it's not perfect, but it's still a really great vintage skirt that has a lot of life left to live. I've taken these minor issues into consideration with pricing.
Measurements: Waist 28" / Hips 36-38" / Length 23.75" / Hem Circumference 36"