Fashion designer, Erin Fetherston, presented her second collection (Spring 2012) to a welcoming crowd at Neiman Marcus in March, 2012. Raised in Piedmont and a UC Berkeley grad, Erin studied at Parsons School in Paris before embarking on a recent, yet successful fashion career. She was thrilled to show her line in Walnut Creek, since she shopped at Broadway Plaza growing up. It was, as she said, “Her mall.”
Welcome Home, Erin!
The annual O-You! Conference came to San Francisco, and Stacy London (co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear”) told me to “SHUT UP”! Was I offended? Hardly…as that is code for “love your outfit”, and since I stewed over what to wear, I was delighted to have earned such a compliment. And, while I had the pleasure of a private 17-minute interview with Stacy, the big excitement came when Oprah herself surprised the 4,000 attendees, and inspired everyone with her closing remarks. Did I chat with Oprah, too?
Not even close!
In October, 2008 designer Isaac Mizrahi appeared at the Diablo Country Club for a signing of his new book, “How to Have Style”. The event benefitted Wardrobe for Opportunity, an organization that outfits women (and men) in transition for their first office jobs. As part of the event, it was my pleasure to style and host a mini fashion show featuring the Isaac Mizrahi for Target collection (including my $39 corduroy dress), and pieces donated to WFO. The models were clients of WFO, and so wonderful to work with…and they looked amazing! Isaac was shy and funny—when someone asked him, “What is the most UNDER-used accessory by women?”, he paused thoughtfully and replied, “the tiara.” I think he’s right!
Project 5.4.7 was a wonderful event presented in Danville by Rakestraw Books and featuring “Project Runway’s” favorite mentor, Tim Gunn. A mini design competition and fashion show featured gowns created by recent FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) graduates. The judges included Elizabeth Wen Tell (owner of Elisa Wen in Walnut Creek) and Gina Pell (co-founder, CEO of Splendora.com) and ME! It was wonderful to meet and talk with Tim, who was extremely gracious and pleasant…not at all what I was expecting! Proceeds from the event were donated to “The Princess Project”, and organization that gives gently-worn prom dresses to teen girls in need.
In September 2005, Sarah Jessica Parker made a personal appearance at Macy’s San Francisco to promote her new fragrance, Lovely. I spoke with her for only a minute or so, but during that time, I found her to be delightful and genuine. When I told her that I’m a Style Consultant, she replied, “You are? Do I look ok?” I told her that her turquoise dress color made her eyes POP, and that I have a few clients (you know who you are!) who refer to themselves as a “Carrie” or a “Charlotte-who-wants-to-be-a-Carrie”. She laughed, and then asked if I’d like to have lunch and go shoe shopping!
So we did…not! And aren’t those shoes AMAZING? Special thanks to Julie Wallunas for snapping these pictures—she’s a great “faux photog” and friend!
When Neiman Marcus announced that Manolo Blahnik, the “King of Designer Shoes”, would be appearing in person to meet the “little people”, I knew I needed to be one of them. The hottest shoe designer in the world was handsome and gracious as he autographed my very own C2 Style Report Newsletter from Fall 2003 in which I mentioned him. What a coincidence! I was even approached by a SF Chronicle reporter for a quote. So I made some “witty” comment, and it got my name in the paper! And no, I didn’t buy a pair of his shoes—they don’t quite fit in with my lifestyle. In other words, I can’t afford them!