get a 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.

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casual and formal 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…. 

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dress to express

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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italian sophistication

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……

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style inspiration concept

I love beautiful images but the sheer amount available overwhelming and even exhausting.  Everyone has a different capacity to process visual imagery and learning to selectively edit prevents you from becoming submerged under other peoples outfits and choices. Just as with clothing buying less but better creates a more focused style so it is also true with all the beautiful photos available.

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goddess in fluid fabric

Fashion history tells us that horse riding began about 3,400 years ago and trouser-making came shortly thereafter as riding in a robe was awkward. The first known trousers were shaped on a loom and needed no cutting:  three pieces of brown-colored wool cloth, one piece for each leg and an insert for the crotch.  At that time robes were worn by men and women and were the easiest to drape.

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learning from lii edelkoort

I got a mail yesterday from a French client asking if we could have a session on presentation do's and don'ts for her upcoming work in Germany. We have worked together over the past year on her professional style and this will be a chance for her to even more clearly articulate her purpose. Clients come to me for two reasons...some because they want to increase their impact and influence….

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