Janet Feheley for Ladybird

From the November/December 2013 issue of Capital Style
  • Janet Feheley, left, and Allison Jayjack, right, with a look from the “Lady” collection


Worthington designer Janet Feheley, mastermind behind the label P. Thatcher and a highly sought custom dress maker, is creating a capsule collection for Short North boutique Ladybird. The collaborative collection, called “Lady,” was inspired by the lady who does it all—the lady who works, the lady who lunches and the lady who rocks the night away.

It has included input from Ladybird owner Allison Jayjack (there is a leather midriff top in the collection that she relishes) and goes on sale in November. Pieces start at $175. “It’s somewhat ladylike, and very versatile,” Feheley says. Jayjack says her customers are anxious. “They’re excited to have something local, something new, fresh, different,” Jayjack says. “It’s timeless and kind of ageless. It’s classic styles, but the fabrications are what make it really special.” Here’s a sneak peek.

Flapper Fever

Pencil skirt with ostrich feather trim + animal print burnout silk velvet tunic = a modern take on the twenties. The pieces can be worn together for a cocktail dress feel or separately for an entirely different look. “This,” Feheley says, “is my ode to Gatsby.”

Feathery Fun

A midi pencil skirt made of peacock-dyed coque feathers? Yes, please.

Animal Instincts

This leopard-print, angora-wool blend dress takes a simple sheath to new heights.

Va-Va-Versatility

The skirt-heavy collection boasts pieces that can easily transition from day to night. This lace-infused boiled wool skirt, for example, can pair with a silk blouse for the office, a T-shirt and moto jacket for happy hour, or the matching midriff for Saturday night.

Touchy Feely

“It’s all about the fabrics and the textures,” Feheley says of the collection. Take this dress, for example: It’s made of a laser-cut milk chocolate wool over silk with leather trim. Sweet.