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Monte Carlo Fashion Week Highlights

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Chanel aka Epcot Center with barricades and a dry fountain.

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Intimate cocktail reception on the terrace above the Cafe de Paris, overlooking the Casino.

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Phone frenzy as the Princess of Monaco arrives to view the shows.

IMG_1455SPECIAL MCFW AWARD – ETHICAL FASHION BRAND – TO STELLA JEAN

The Chambre Monégasque de la Mode awarded Stella Jean for her engagement and contribution in the creation of an ethical and sustainable fashion brand. When accepting her award, Jean said, “We can make beautiful things, but we also have the chance to do so much more.”

 

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View from all the way up! in Beausoleil.

 

 

 

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The Dance of Female Assertiveness

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When I was a child, I remember being told that a lady should be “Seen, and not heard.” So, my beauty pageant success soared as I waved perched from convertibles in all the local villages’ parades. I refused to sing along in my beginner ballet classes and when they prodded me, I silently mouthed the words.

Now that I’m an adult, I noticed situations sometimes turn out better for me when I am seen but speak less. I know I’m smart enough so that’s not the problem, so what is? Even males have criticized my behavior in situations where they would have felt comfortable being more brazen, but the truth is that I know better how it would pan out for me if I skip the formalities.

Fascinating behavioral studies covered by Danya Evans quoted Melissa J. Williams in this week’s New York Magazine help us see where the wage gap continues and why asking for a raise often doesn’t work out for women.

“When people see a woman asking for something, they may interpret her act of dominance as inappropriate, as out of bounds for women. Yet when people see a woman stand tall and speak loudly, they tend not to consciously label such behaviors as dominance — so they may not trigger outmoded reactions about how women ‘ought’ to behave.” link to the full article here. 

Below, Hillary celebrates her democratic nomination with a grand gesture. So what can we do to create equality? We need to take a look at the phrase, “asking for it.”

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Deep thoughts

Raf Simons is more popular than ever after speaking out against the breakneck race to provide fashion to the masses, saying he would personally prefer more time to devote to the creative process. What the articles don’t mention is the working conditions sustaining fast fashion’s pace are worse than slavery with no regard to human life. That part was left out. Shame on everybody. 

While the debate continues on basic vs fashion … Know this: people might notice when you wear a fabulous dress twice, they notice that you are FABULOUS. People also notice when you wear plain clothes and what they notice is that you are BASIC. The choice is yours. 

People ask me if the work I do is made by hand or by machines. There are always hands and there are always machines and they work together. Just about everything we wear is touched by hands whether to cut the fabric or to run it through a serger. This is done by living people. Purely hand made or machine made is figmentitious. People come to me looking for absolutes and they ask yes or no questions that I can’t possibly answer politely. More out of ignorance than rudeness. 

The answer though, is that the works in my store are hand-finished. If you’re interested in collecting them or if it is for an article I can reveal the details of what goes into each dress, happily. But as a public service I’m not at liberty to discuss. 

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Obama answers my letter, do you think it’s adequate?

One day while I was catching up on current events, I noticed an initiative on behalf of the president to create hi-tech textiles in the US- and it spurred many thoughts on the current state of the industry. So, I collected my thoughts and wrote him a letter, overviewing what I’d like him to help fix.

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When I dropped the envelope into the letterbox, I felt a lifting sensation, as though something good was going to come of it.

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I was thrilled to see his response today- I wonder what others may think.  Do you think his response was appropriate?

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