Female fashion designers in the media

I wanted to share with you my delight in watching videos of designers talking about their offices and personal style this past week in the New York Times Video.  Male designers were interviewed but the women really caught my attention.  Julie de Libran for Sonia Rykiel, Tory Burch, Donatella Versace, Vera Wang and Diane von Furstenberg all were filmed in their offices discussing their distinct individual styles and what fashion design means to them.  What struck me most each about each one…

  • Julie de Libran talked about her use of color, how much she enjoys being a woman dressing women, and the importance of making your own choices.
  • Tory Burch indicated that when she started her design house she decided hers would not be a “bitchy” environment, as well as the importance of Feng Shui (not to put her logo on the bottoms of her shoes) and our ability to multi-task.
  • Donatella Versace emphasized the importance of family, employee relationships, and branding.
  • Vera Wang expressed concerns about the pressure to move forward in the fashion world.  She also used Feng Shui as well as a psychic in setting up her office.  I was appalled by the size of her fit model but realize this was for her couture clothes and not the items she designs for Kohl’s (or we will all be splitting the seams of our clothes).
  • Finally, Diane von Furstenberg shared her experience of the intertwining of her work and life and suggested her lovely office represents her brand.  I am quite a fan of DVF and am fortunate to own a jacket and two of her dresses thanks to The RealReal and Putnam and Speedwell here in Athens (where I was thrilled to find a vintage DVF sheath for $20).
Do you have a favorite designer?
Really yours,



Women’s body image in today’s culture

I had a wonderful time with my friends Jen and Erika last weekend; we talked about all sorts of things including women’s body image.  As a person who has been everything from size 4 to size 14, and “felt fat” at every size, I’m always interested in body image.  As a nurse who has watched young women die as a result of anorexia nervosa, I’d like to have a role in changing our culture’s preoccupation with thinness.  As an image consultant who will be helping women of all sizes develop and celebrate their unique style, I want to know as much as possible about stylish affordable clothes in all sizes.

Some resources that help inspire me to know that things are changing:

With Get Real Image, I hope to inspire every woman to put her authentic self out there with confidence, knowing she is true to herself no matter her size, age or sexual identity, and that other women support her in doing so.  It doesn’t cost a fortune but it does take some effort and the courage to jump into the pool.  There’s water there – and it’s deep…

Really and truly yours,