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Isaac Mizrahi’s Memoir

16 Sep

While I was in Motown last week, I met fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. It’s the second time I met him as I interviewed him almost 20 years ago when I was editor of Style magazine, a local Detroit publication no longer in existence.

He’s still engaging, funny and oh so talented. He was in Detroit speaking at a Hadassah event about his new memoir, I.M. Mizrahi spoke about growing up in an insulated, Syrian Jewish community in New York. He was conflicted as an overweight youth, but found his calling in the arts. He sketches, sings, performs, and dances. He was even in the movie Fame, as one of the dancers in high school.

Mizrahi is a well-known fashion icon, and now he can add writer to his list of accomplishments. It’s a candid, honest portrait with fashion, glamour and plenty of Jewish mother stories.

Lilies Blooming

1 Apr

Lilly Pulitzer is a fashion icon. If you are thinking spring at the moment, there is nothing more refreshing or summery than a Lilly Pulitzer hue. Awash with florals, hot pinks and crispy limes, the prints are delectable. So, I was delighted to stumble upon a large Lilly Pulitzer store on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. (The photos above are from the store, including the mood board.)

The Lilly Pulitzer brand began in the 1960s but it was Jackie Kennedy who catapulted the prints to stardom. The shift dress is probably her most recognizable design.

It’s a preppy, fun look. I went to a charity benefit in the Palm Beach area, and the dress code was Lilly Pulitzer.

There is a lovely article on how her brand became iconic in the archives of Boca Life Magazine. You can read it here.

Are you a Lily fan?

 

Remembering a Fashion Icon

29 Jan

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, but the world was his palette. Spain, Russia, China and Japan inspired his extraordinary designs currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

André Leon Talley, a former Vogue magazine editor, narrates the audio tour describing Oscar de la Renta’s career including interviews with the designer’s clients. He is “the master of ruffles,” notes Talley describing his flamenco-inspired gowns.

Former First Lady Laura Bush wore his outfits often. The audio tour describes a red lace suit she wore to an event. When two other women attended wearing the same dress, the former First Lady discreetly changed into another outfit. The beaded and embroidery ensemble, below, was worn at a state dinner at the White House.

De la Renta designed Amal Clooney’s wedding which she loaned to the museum for the exhibit. The off-the shoulder silk and lace gown is exquisite.

The exhibit is aptly titled: The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta.

 

Inside a Fashion Icon’s Home

14 Aug

Linda Dresner is a fashion icon in Motown and in New York. Although she closed her NY boutique, her Birmingham, Mich. store is still a destination for fashion mavens. Wall Street Journal featured her dramatic home designed by architect Steven Sivak.   BN-EB129_mag091_G_20140811141431 Photography by Adrian Gaut

I know Linda, and she is as beautiful as the fashion she wears and sells. Here are some photos of her from my Style magazine editor days. Special thanks to my friend Lisa Brody, news editor at Downtown Publications, for sharing the article on her Facebook page and alerting me to this story.

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