Rocking the Runway and Dressing for Success …

Sima (left) and Maggie (right) with the collected donations for Dress for Success

Sima (left) and Maggie (right) with the collected donations for Dress for Success

Collected donations (including those from the fashion models) for Dress for Success

Collected donations (including those from the fashion models) for Dress for Success

When faced with a challenge to develop a fashion show that truly gives back to charity, Kent Place Upper School co-Presidents of GLAM’D (Girls Learning and Making a Difference), Maggie and Sima, discovered the mission and the meaning behind the organization, Dress for Success. The result was an inspiring look into the world of Dress for Success and a fashion show that rocked the runway at GLAM’D’s recent inaugural event.

Maggie explains how they chose Dress for Success: “Sima and I chose to support Dress for Success because their mission and philosophy paralleled beautifully with our own goals for GLAM’D. We love that we were able to make this event about female leadership and networking; we did not just donate clothes or money – our event was centered on Dress for Success’ goal of women helping women.” Continue reading

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Borris Powell’s story: From the Alabama projects to Chicago

Borris Powell

Borris Powell

 

Perseverance: Be steadfast or staunch or constant, keep going, stand fast or firm, show determination; endure, carry on or through, keep at or on or up.

On a day when you are feeling a little lost, that maybe your dreams can’t come true, or you don’t know how you will make them a reality – think about this inspirational story of fashion designer, Borris Powell. Borris has lived in Chicago since 1997 but that is not where his story begins. His story begins in the projects of rural Alabama. Everything that Borris has achieved has come from his attitude and determination and especially, his ability to persevere. He will tell you that there was one defining moment when he took a leap of faith to start his fashion brand, Borris Powell, but after hearing him tell his story I believe that his entire life has been a leap of faith – going beyond the expected to the unimaginable. Borris, a southern boy, tells how it happened that he left his home and ended up in Chicago …

I grew up in the projects of Alabama. Our town was so small that there were only 74 people in my graduating class. There were limited options if you were a boy: the way that boys were measured was their participation and success in sports. I had no interest in sports. I was interested in home economics but boys were’s allowed to be interested in home-ec …

My dad’s sister was a fashion model and she introduced me to the world of fashion, a world I had never seen before. When I was about 9 years old she took me to my first fashion show and I remember loving it. My mother was a seamstress and I was curious about her sewing machine, but again, boys weren’t allowed to be interested in sewing machines. As I got older and my mother became busy during our summer vacations, I would sneak and play with her sewing machine. That sparked my curiosity even more … Continue reading

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Stacy London is Back on TLC!

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Stacy London returns to TLC — Photo: Stephanie Diani/Discovery

Does the world see you as you see yourself?” ~ Stacy London, Love, Lust, or Run!

I have missed seeing Stacy London on TLC. In 2013, Stacy’s show, What Not To Wear, ended its 10-year run. But tonight Stacy London is back on TLC with the series premiere, Love, Lust, or Run! The new series is still fashion-focused but it will be more of a fashion make under! Viewers will be introduced to women in need of a dress down of their over-the-top looks as Stacy asks them to strip everything away to reveal their true selves. I sense inspiration will follow these transformations.

And there is more good news! My friend and fashion stylist, Kim Naci, is working on the show, as the lead stylist behind the scenes. This is too good to be true.

Tune in tonight at 9pm to watch Stacy London and Kim Naci work their magic!

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The Good Man Behind The Good Men Project

cc photoCameron Conaway is enlightened. He is a human rights activist and a concerned citizen. He is a prolific poet. And he is a good man. In fact, he is the perfect good man: Executive Director, behind The Good Men Project, an International online destination for conversations about what it means to be a good man in the 21st Century. Cameron and I spoke recently about this important opportunity for men, for women, and for all of us …

MKG: The Good Men Project was founded in 2009 by Tom Matlack. What did the site envision at the onset and why did your team believe the time was now for this vision to come true?

Cameron: Tom had an awakening. Here he was on the cover of magazines and being featured all over, and yet he was struggling personally. He was a successful businessman, but it wasn’t until a series of major personal struggles that he found the error of his ways: He’d confused being a successful businessman with being a successful man. Continue reading

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Says Colette: “I plan to start with a new pair of shoes!”

Colette

Colette

Colette de Jounge is at a crossroads in her life: she must reclaim her style, and with it, her sense of self. It all starts with finding the right shoes …

Here is Colette
 
For the last nine years I have been living in rural Virginia, in the country. The real country, with cows and horses, vineyards, and large, open spaces. It has been a completely different lifestyle for me. All my life, I have lived an International and sophisticated lifestyle: Mexico City, Mexico, Sao Paolo, Brazil, Caracus, Venezuela, and also worked in New York City as a bonafide commuter. Virginia represented a completely different lifestyle  …
 
At first, whenever I went out, I dressed as I always had. It was not something that I thought about, but was completely natural to me. People noticed that I looked different and would tell me that they could tell that I wasn’t from the area, from the way I dressed. Continue reading

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BFF’s talk fashion, self esteem, motherhood and Missoni!

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Kylie and me

Kylie and me

In today’s podcast, my dear friend, Kylie, and I talk completely off-the-cuff about the connection between fashion and self-esteem. She and I have known each other a long time: we met in New York City’s Upper West Side, had babies together, and are now watching those babies grow and move up on their own. Our lives have been full and hectic. Here is what happens when we are left to our own devices!

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Leadership is spelled: E-I-L-E-E-N-F-I-S-H-E-R

Antoinette with Eileen Fisher

Antoinette with Eileen Fisher

EILEEN FISHER has been on my radar as a socially-conscious company, committed to helping young women feel better about themselves. I recently sat down with Antoinette Klatzky, the Program Director and Leader of The Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute. Established in 2010, EFLI promotes leadership in young women through self-empowerment, connection with others and activism in their communities with multiple programs for teens and young adult women. Antoinette discussed the pressing issues facing our teens today, including body image and social pressure. Here is our conversation.

MKG: Antoinette, as the Program Director what do you see as the most pressing issues facing our teens?

ANTOINETTE I see a number of issues facing teens in our local communities today. The primary root cause of the issues, though, seems to be social pressure. The social pressures are wide ranging. They relate to higher education (what college will I get into? How will that affect my future?); testing (does this standardized test really measure my ability to think and create?); clothing (how does what I’m wearing define who I am?); body image (will I fit in if my body doesn’t fit?) etc. Teens are not always empowered to tap into their true passions and care for one another from a place of empathy and compassion. Continue reading

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TFIO: A Valentine Anniversary!

This month marks the second anniversary of Turning Fashion Inside Out, and what better day to celebrate than Valentine’s Day! Thank you for sharing your stories, thank you for tuning in, commenting, and getting the dialogue going. Because there is a connection between fashion and self-esteem, fashion and wellness. And nothing is more joyful than telling these stories … your stories, our stories. I feel the love!

Video by Eric Guarino/favorite Valentine’s Day sweater Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

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Neighbors sharing more than sugar: The topic? Fashion and self esteem

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Leading a Lunch and Learn conversation at MONDO Summit

Leading a Lunch and Learn conversation at MONDO Summit

This week I met with my local community to discuss the connection between fashion and wellness. It was a delightful and informative exchange and the first of, what I hope will be many opportunities to share ideas.

I believe there is a connection between well being and fashion. What do you think? Share your comments below!

 

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