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Doing What I Love Most

Doing What I Love Most

Nothing like starting out the new year with something that I love to do, which is designing and making a gown that is: custom fit flattering fit (and those are two different things) comfortable beautiful But that may not include looking good on the hanger.  As a matter […]

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What to take away from the Golden Globe

What to take away from the Golden Globe

Here we are at the New Year and barely room to breathe when the Red Carpet Season starts and it starts with one of the biggies and in my mind one of the best.  Some of these award shows are a contest to see who can be […]

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Designer Shake-em-Up

Designer Shake-em-Up

Or as we most often refer to this as designers leaving and new ones being hired.  This seems to happen more and more often.  New young talent is hired for a stalwart older firm like Calvin Klein, or Gucci, or Hermes or one of those old venerable houses.  […]

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Where’s Your Mojo?

Where's Your Mojo?

So here it is probably the most creative time of the year, or at least you would like to think that this is the most creative time of the year, and you’ve had all these ideas about what to do, and now that time is here and […]

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Chanel, Then and Now

Chanel, Then and Now

    Chanel had such an impact on fashion not only from the beginning but then intersected major designers all her life.  Understanding and studying the history of Chanel brings about so much understanding of fashion and why it is where it is, and why her effect […]

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Spring Weddings – Rafia

Spring Weddings - Rafia

Not all my brides have trekked down the aisle, however enough so that I can finally show you what I’ve been up to this spring.  Weddings come in bunches – every 4 or 5 years, there’s a bunch.  I have a philosophy I’ve worked out about this over […]

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Could We All Only Hope To Accomplish As Much

Could We All Only Hope To Accomplish As Much

I was really shocked to find out that Givenchy died only a few days ago.  If you would have asked me yesterday, I would have known that he died decades ago being part of that indomitable force of designers who catapulted Paris back to the fashion capital after World […]

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Think Clothes Don’t Matter?

Think Clothes Don't Matter?

The three basic needs of mankind are food, shelter, and clothing – clothing so that we can protect ourselves from the elements, whether that is very cold or very hot.  In either case, clothing can protect us from harmful sun exposure and harmful cold exposure.  But like […]

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Mourning the Loss of the Great Designers?…

Mourning the Loss of the Great Designers?...

….like Oscar de la Renta?….Valentino?…Carolina Herrera (this is her last season)?  Really about the only ones left who design beautiful clothes that were so in vogue before the 90’s are Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren.  Even Vera Wang who made her name with a classic beautiful style […]

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Sewing Is More Than Covering Your Body

Sewing Is More Than Covering Your Body

I love this picture – I always have. These are sisters who pioneered a homestead in Nebraska.  Maybe this reaches back to my own family’s homesteading roots, but I love this photo and this mud house they built for themselves.  Here’s the subtle message in this photo […]

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