It has become my tradition and ritual. A few times a year I prepare for awards shows by putting on my blinders, removing myself from the rest of my family, and turning on the television – to hear the words, “Live from the red carpet!” What I see is the red carpet style and sizzle that I have come to appreciate as much as the shows themselves. Those moments in time when actors come to talk about their shows or movies and yes, share information on ‘who they are wearing‘ as Joan Rivers used to say.
“The greatest way to honor my mother’s legacy is to keep going. Because she was not a quitter. Nothing ever stopped her; if she couldn’t get through this door she went through that window.” ~ Melissa Rivers
Monday night saw the return of E’s Fashion Police, with Melissa Rivers not only serving as the show’s executive producer, but also joining the show’s current panelists, Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, as a co-host. After a six-month hiatus and a dramatic exit by two of its stars, Melissa Rivers kicked off the new season of Fashion Police with these words: “Yeah, it’s been a little bit of a crazy year around here. And, well, I’m still cleaning up messes.” Addressing the drama-filled year head-on is something that would make Joan Rivers proud.
As I move into 2015, I look back at TFIO 2014 for the stories and the messages that meant so much to me. I treasure stories like Ilene Beckerman’s who created the book which later became the play – Love, Loss, and What I Wore – as a way to document the clothes and the moments and memories of her life; like Isabella Rose Taylor who as an artist and a fashion designer at 13 was told she was never too young to dream; like Daniel Silverstein, a New York designer who is 100% committed to creating beautiful clothing with Zero-waste technology; like Pro-Age revolutionary Cindy Joseph who wowed me (again) with her outlook on life and true beauty; like Lisa Curran, a swimsuit designer who never forgets the importance of bringing out the best in a woman’s self esteem, and like my dear cousin Drew Ann Rosenberg, who as a Director and Assistant Director of films and television, is a woman working in a male-dominated profession.
But perhaps the single most important message came from comedian Joan Rivers. On Labor Day we heard that Joan Rivers, one of America’s hardest-workers (forget the fact that she was 80 years old!) was in critical condition following a medical procedure, and finally the news followed that she had passed. To honor Ms. Rivers I wrote about her in a piece I titled, “Joan Rivers: Beeautiful!” As a designer for QVC, Joan Rivers had a signature bee collection as part of her jewelry line. With a name like Melissa, which means bee in Greek, I have collected several of Ms. Rivers’s bee pins. But I never understood why the bee meant so much to her until I heard her tell the story: “The bee pin, for those of you who don’t know, has been my signature. It represents achieving the impossible because the bee absolutely cannot fly, cannot get off the ground, the way it’s built; yet it flies and makes the world beautiful. So it gives you hope … When people say, ‘give up,’ … no, no, no, no, no … don’t give up, up and at ‘em, make the world better.”
That is the message that I carry with me into 2015 and I happily share with you: Don’t give up, never give up – even when people say you can’t or you shouldn’t. If you believe in it, do it. Do it. And make the world better for it. The bee somehow finds a way to fly. Joan Rivers did it. And we can, too!
Photo by Alexandra
“The bee pin, for those of you who don’t know, has been my signature. It represents achieving the impossible, because the bee absolutely cannot fly, cannot get off the ground, the way it’s built; yet it flies, and makes the world beautiful. So, it gives you hope … When people say, ‘give up,’ … no, no, no, no, no … don’t give up, up and at ’em, make the world better.” ~ Joan Rivers speaking on QVC
I am heartbroken at the loss of Joan Rivers. I celebrate her life today, with my own Joan Rivers signature bee pin from QVC. Thank you for this beautiful, meaningful piece, which I will wear and think of you. And no, I won’t give up, nor say ‘I can’t.’ Rest in peace, Joan.
Photo by Alexandra
Labor Day is the day to honor the American working man, but I must take a moment to celebrate America’s hardest working woman, Joan Rivers. After a medical procedure, Joan Rivers remains in critical condition at Mount Sinai hospital, and today, I am thinking of Joan.
I have been a Joan Rivers admirer for a while; I followed her career, and have been inspired by her resiliency. When she lost everything, and started a new design career with QVC, I followed her (I own a signature Joan Rivers bumble bee pin). And as she worked her way back, I followed her, watching her on E’s “Fashion Police.” But it wasn’t until last year, when Joan Rivers turned 80, and I watched the touching documentary, A Piece of Work, that I had a real peek at the hard-working woman who is Joan Rivers (which I documented, here). I learned that Joan Rivers never stops. She is always working. She never gives up. And she loves her family and friends and takes care of them.
I am thinking of Joan Rivers on this Labor Day. Her family is prayerful, as am I.
“I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive.” ~ Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers turned 80 years old last Saturday and boy is she alive! Tonight her show “Fashion Police” on the E Channel is throwing her a birthday bash at 10:00 p.m. (EDT). Joan Rivers has remarkable energy for 80, or any age. She doesn’t stop moving. She is an entrepreneur and a survivor and re-inventor and frequent flier. I found the 2010 documentary, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” to be incredibly honest and touching. She makes it appealing to love to work and work to love.