Archive for May 2013

Molly’s Question

Molly asked a question from the Make an Effort blog. Do you have any favorite patterns for your silk dupioni? I’ve had 4 m of golden silk dupioni in my stash for a couple of years now, but I’ve been reluctant to use it. I’m worried I’ll […]

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Some more dress up ideas

In case you don’t believe me that dresses are making a come back (as opposed to a more grungy look), here are some samples from a slide show touting selections for guests at summer weddings.  Instead of dressing down or looking sloppy, every one of the suggestions […]

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How to dress up without dressing up!

On a more practical note – here’s a great way to stay sharp looking and some of that anti-grubby look.  Sometimes we need a jump start (and I admit I do too) for ideas, and one of my favorite places is surfing the net. Here’s a site […]

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Make an Effort

A friend sent this to me the other day and I hadn’t had the chance to really look at it.  It’s a piece on the “nation of slobs” that we’ve become.  Many of my newer students are infatuated with the looks of the Mad Men or that […]

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Suzy at the Y

It’s no secret I really like Suzy Menkes.   Part of the reason is that she’s so dang grounded about fashion and yet she understands the creative process and knows her stuff.  So when she does an interview or an article or anything I’m usually all over it […]

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The Met Gala

As many regular readers know, I’m not much on Punk or Grunge or any of that look.  Polly Mellon once said that Ugly is the New Beautiful, during this period, and I nearly croaked!  Ugly is ugly and beautiful is always beautiful.  I realize that in fashion, […]

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Nothing like an opening to get some great fashion ideas

The Met Museum in NY had their opening for their Punk: Chaos to Couture opening, and lots of beautiful things.  I love the way fashion trends are turning more beautiful and glamorous, as opposed to the chaos of Punk (sort of ironic, but that’s art for you). […]

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The Great Gatsby

This is a movie that is just rife with style, drama and lots and lots of money!  What a fun period to do a movie about.  Then you add a good plot and great characters, and it’s irresistible.  Every version seems to put their own spin on […]

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