The Last Hours of Summer …

As I watched the last hours of summer fade into the sunset, I wore my super-happy outfit … jeans and a tee and sandals … with the beautiful scarf Myriam brought back from Paris just for me. On to a new fashion season!

Jeans, Frame Denim; tee, Calvin Klein; sandals Pierre Hardy

Photos by Abrina Hyatt

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Trash Talk from Emma Watson

Emma Watson in a custom-made Calvin Klein

Emma Watson in a custom-made Calvin Klein

Truly beautiful things should be worn again and again and again,” ~ Emma Watson

Monday night was the 2016 Met Ball Gala – some outfits were outrageous, some sublime – but there was one that stood out, not simply for the style but for the words of wisdom behind the fashion. Emma Watson’s custom-made Calvin Klein dress was a statement about sustainability and preservation from the actress and activist herself. In her Facebook page , Watson explained the design and fabrication of the dress: “Thank you Calvin Klein & Eco Age for collaborating with me and creating the most amazing gown. I am proud to say it is truly sustainable and represents a connection between myself and all the people in the supply chain who played a role in creating it … Continue reading

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New York Fashion Week Will “Salute the Runway”

Photo courtesy of Salute the Runway

Photo courtesy of Salute the Runway

About the power of clothes: New York Fashion Week is getting patriotic. On September 3rd, to kick off New York Fashion Week, fifteen military service women, both veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, will participate in a fashion show, during an event titled Salute the Runway. They will be wearing variations of the little black dress, ranging in sizes from 2-12, and designed by DKNY, Calvin Klein, Carmen Marc Valvo, Norisol Ferrari, and Mara Hoffman.

Similar fashion shows, sponsored by Little Black Dress Wines and Fatigues to Fabulous, have been taking place at military bases throughout the U.S., aiming to raise awareness of the difficulties military servicewomen face as they transition back to civilian life. Retired Army captain, Leslie Nicole Smith, who will also be walking in the show, says:  “We are able to raise awareness of the issues surrounding women veteran reintegration, acknowledge their heroic service, and highlight the versatility of the little black dress and how this wardrobe staple can help women veterans’ transition from military service.”

Ah, the power of clothes!

 

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Thank you Rachel Zoe, for picking my New Year’s Eve outfit!

Optimized-IMGP0184Rachel Zoe was the inspiration for my New Year’s Eve outfit. Today it’s all RZ, in honor of her and the birth of her new baby boy, Kai. The idea came to me after seeing this feature on The Zoe Report – How To Do VIntage: The Silk Bow Blouse. Continue reading

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When fashion design becomes designing your life

Danielle Kort

Danielle Kort

Meeting Danielle Kort is like smiling from the inside out. She is young and vivacious for sure, but there is depth in her being and a purpose to her life. These are the qualities that are pushing her forward from a career in fashion design to one as a life coach. And aren’t we lucky because those who work with her will be able to tap into the wonderful energy that transformed her own life. Here is my conversation with Danielle …

MKG: You grew up in Nebraska. Did you always want to be a fashion designer? Did you picture yourself in New York City?

Danielle: When I was about 10, I started to think about being a fashion designer. It was all I wanted to do. My mom told me I was good with design and when I was 12, she supported me by buying me my first sewing machine. From that moment on, I didn’t stop making outfits. My entire family lives in Nebraska, but I always knew that I wanted to live in New York. Always.

MKG: The story of your move to New York is remarkable. How did it unfold?

Danielle: I knew that I would major in fashion design and the big question for me was where I should attend school. Continue reading

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Maestra Sarta (Master Seamstress)

The maestra sarta

Josephine’s mother, maestra sarta

Josephine’s mother was a maestra sarta, a master seamstress, which was and still is a highly respected and honorable profession in Italy, where she was born. This is the story of Josephine’s mother and the gift she gave two generations of women …

My mom was born in a small town in Italy in 1931. She loved school and hoped to continue her education, but when she finished the 8th grade her family needed her at home to help out. It was the early 1940s, the country was at war, supplies were scarce, and my mother was the oldest of five children. Her mom was not well. She was needed: she sewed shirts, using parts of older shirts to fix newer ones, washed clothes by hand, and ironed for hours so that her younger siblings and extended family had the proper clothing to continue attending school or work. Her family was refined and tried to maintain a normal life despite food shortages and the other casualties of war. My mom remembers that her uncle, a shoemaker, made her high-heeled shoes out of a leather bag and wood. Growing up, I was often told about those shoes; my mom received many compliments when she wore the shoes with a dress she had made.

As the war ended and her younger siblings continued their schooling, my mom had to figure out what to do. She felt that she was too old to start high school and she was still helping out at home. Her dad offered to pay for her to apprentice with a master tailor. She would learn how to design clothing and cut a pattern and sew. This was a very respected profession in those days since many people had their clothes made for them. There weren’t any malls in Italy where people could shop for mass-produced clothing. Since most women of her generation lived with their parents or their husbands and never worked, my grandfather was rather progressive. My mom continued her training in fits and starts, as she also helped at home. She made clothing for her extended family and friends but never worked for a company or opened her own business. In spite of the hardships she faced she remained faithful to her passion: she loved the latest fashions, followed fashion in magazines and imitated the styles of the time, adapting to her conservative culture when needed. Continue reading

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Back in black

IMGP1191Autumn’s here and what do I do? Return to my basic black. This is not to say that I don’t love wearing color, but usually the color pops against black. And there is nothing quite like black when the weather cools and the crisp autumn air rolls in. Today I am wearing black faux leather pants and coat, both by Calvin Klein, a black v-neck sweater and black pumps (Kate Young for Target). My pop of color: a leopard bag that I found at my favorite consignment shop.

It feels good to be back in black.

Photos by Alexandra

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