the enchanting kingdom choir color concept

I am sure that one of the first questions that popped into anyone's mind who got an invite to the royal weding was...What will I wear. And rightly so, the even was televised around the world and thousand of photographer caught people at every possible angle. And so many people nailed it, including of course Meghan Markle...but that is for my next blog post. For now I want to look at how and why Karin Gibson and the Kingdom Choir nailed it.

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wearing Rothko to express your beauty and strengths

Myers-Briggs and psychological type are based on the idea that people have preferences. Some people like more alone time and some people prefer more team activities. Some make decsions based on how they feel....others prefer to review facts. Learning you type helps you devlop self awareness in four areas: how you get energized, gather information, make decsions and how structured or flexible you like your lifestyle to be. These preferences are your strengths, identifying them allows you to take advantage of and appreciate how you are made

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accessorize for more visibility

I first posted this in 2013...and believe that five years on the photos are as timeless and creative as ever. The first photo is from Scott Schulman of The Satorialist. It remains one of my all time favorite style photos. I think she looks smart, wise, full of joy...and like she loves taking time to get dressed up.  When you accessorize boldly as she does, you cannot hide from the world that one of your signature character strengths is appreciation of beauty and excellence.

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the more you know the less you need

An actress friend asked me some years back if I didn't get bored working with corporate clients. And if I wouldn't  love to work with 'creatives'. No was my very clear answer. I am never bored....my magician archetype knows that inside everything seemingly ordinary is something extraordinary waiting to find its way to the light. Because each of us is full of  inspiring images. Many ae submerged, hiding under the weight of fashion and celebrity imagery. My calling has been to create a system that sorts all this seemingly random inspiration into a clear, useful and enlightening structure that become a uniquely personal style language.

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creating modern elegance with voluminous dresses

It was a blessing in disguise that Milan was booked out for the furniture fair, Salone Mobile, two weeks ago. It meant I stayed an hour outside Milan in Bergamo. I love observing the way Italian women in smaller towns translate fashion items into their own style language. After a delightful first coffee with a view of Citta Alta, the old city on the hill, I strolled down via Borgo Palazzo to my bed and breakfast, The Poets Corner (angolo del poeta). 

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cancel fashion noise with your style vision

I remember so  vividly a fashion crush moment at the Marangoni fashion school in Milan. It was the early eighties, she was a classmate in the fashion illustration class. The object of my crush was one particular ensemble, a cobalt blue mens cardigan, white shirt, black cigarette jeans, white socks and black ballerinas. I don't remember being fascinated by any other outfit but this one touched me deeply. Months went by and I became the excited owner of a cobalt blue cardi and skinny black trousers. Then something devastating happened. I didn't feel fascinated by what I saw. The effect that I was drawn to on her was not in any way reproduced on me. Determined to get "the look" I put it on. but clear as day I remember standing at the bus stop wondering how on earth I could not like it when it looked so good on her.  I now know why...but back then it was a mystery.

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benefits of casual and formal clothes in your wardrobe

Vanessa Friedman wrote a fabulous NY times article about "Mark  Zuckerberg's sorry suit", commenting on what he wore to his congressional hearing. Vanessa analyses Mark's  dress philosophy, the easy-going combo of t-shirt and jeans ( although not the cheapest as apparently his t's are Bruno Cucinelli at $300 a pop).  She explains that he chose this practical, multi-purpose signature style so he would "never' need to think about clothes again. Ms Friedman reminds us that any approach cemented in stone with the word 'never' might fail us because we all need to be ready for both casual and formal occasions. 

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curating your unique signature strengths

I am just back from two inspiring exhibitions in Frankfurt: Jil Sanders and Jean Michel Basquiat. Both had in common amazing curation...they were edited to bring out the essence of the designer and artist. How skilfully the essence of of each person was brought to life.... by editing a monumental amount of work and reducing it to essential signature pieces.  

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dressing for conflict when you are a harmoniser

Twice a year in at Raupe & Schmetterling in Berlin I give an open women's workshop on "The Secret to a Powerful Personal Presentation'. The audience usually covers three generations, a multitude of disciplines and cultural heritages allowing for common thread in communication becomes very quickly visible.  I present the theory of visual perception and then facilitate live coaching for 3-5 participants. Each participant presents a challenge they are currently facing, a conflict that till now they have been unable to successfully overcome. I help them overcome this by bringing their creativity and inner strengths to life through wardrobe.

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sophisticated nonchalance in florence

I saw so many wonderful prints and colors in Florence. And loved the Gucci Gardens exhibition with the extra-ordinary vivid beauty of the setting. But am saving that for another story. Something else stands out in my mind as write in my warm Berlin flat looking out at a sunny day with minus temperatures.  It is a glorious tone-in tone-black outfit I saw on an elegant 75 (my guess) year old woman walking down a rainy pastel coloured street. It was the casual modern sophistication that drew me toward her. In this beautiful old city, with patina pastel layers of texture, there she was a creative vision of texture and patina in black. 

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