Textile Examples Designed by Mary Jaeger: Lavender Diamond Rib Collar cape, Mountain Scarf-orange-green, Blue Castle Hat
I first met textile maven Mary Jaeger at last year’s annual New York Fashion Conference. My craving for wearable textiles has never been the same since. Mary truly is an extraordinary designer. Her style is so right for Silicon Valley that we hatched a plan to make her amazing collection available outside of her private TriBeCa studio. Design conscious people like you need to see the works of Mary Jaeger.
After having accepted a very special invitation to visit Mary in her studio last December, I was hooked! Walking into her creative space that doubles as a showroom was like entering a rock star’s dream closet full of amazingly designed sculpted and dyed accessories in unusual colors, striking textures, and artistic patterns.
When is the last time you freaked out in the closet? Was it just today? Or is it an everyday occurrence?
I’ve been working with several clients who have been doing just that. One recently realized that she wanted to look fashionable, but that her clothes were not. Another client had a closet full of clothes but couldn’t figure out how to create outfits. One more client has been preparing for a trip and is feeling lots of pressure because she realizes that her existing stylish clothes won’t all work for the type of vacation she’s taking, and she’s got just two weeks to get it all pulled together. They have each freaked out in the closet.
At Prato’s Museo del Tessuto, piles of old clothes are arranged to simulate the atmosphere inside a textile factory where ‘pickers’ sort old clothes into categories so that the fabrics may be reused in current fashion.
One of the most common adages we all like to use at this time of year is “Out with the old, and in with the new.” But what’s wrong with being in with the old?
I was entirely consumed with this thought while in Florence over the holidays because, as the birthplace of the Renaissance, it’s a place that continually looks back to the past and makes it fresh again. In fact, Florentine scholars, artists, and scientists during the Renaissance have been famously credited with giving new life and meaning to ideas from antiquity.
Cohorts visiting Selima Optique at the “One of a Kind” New York Fashion Conference. Pictured l to r: Susan Sommers, Annie Brumbaugh, Joseph Rosenfeld, Maureen Costello, Margo Hasan.
This past weekend in New York City I attended, for the third consecutive year, the New York Fashion Conference, and the theme was “One of a Kind.” This most auspicious theme had me very excited about the prospect of learning more deeply about a topic that is near and dear to my heart. After all, I see every one of my clients as being “One of a Kind,” no matter how much I may find that they share common interests or styles.
Do any of these ideas sound like something you would say?
- I am not worthy because you have yet to reach a certain level of success…
- I am not worthy because you’re struggling with your weight and body shape…
- I’m not worthy because you were brought up to work with less…
- I am not worthy because you don’t know how to put nice outfits together…
- I am not worthy because you aren’t a priority in your family…
- I am not worthy because you aren’t career driven any more…
Looking and being authentic is not easy for so many people. While at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in San Francisco over the weekend, this message hit me front-and-center.
You know, there’s so much the general population can learn from the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered] community about how to show up and be authentic. Moreover, I am very clear that the LGBT community can also learn a lot from itself in this regard.
Silicon Valley style is due for change. We can’t keep ignoring our sartorial side. Consider these ten reasons why our style must evolve.
Hoodieism is a new term I’ve coined to define a person who has prejudice or animosity against people who wear hoodies. Have you ever heard of or know anyone who is guilty of hoodieism?
- Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) in a scene from Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs”.
“We are disguised as ourselves,” was perhaps the singularly most penetrating line in “Albert Nobbs,” a new movie filled with emotion and relevance. While the fictional film, which stars Glenn Close, may be about a woman trapped by her circumstances and who must pass as a man in order to survive in 19th century Ireland, there are some important lessons we can bring into our 21st century non-fiction lives.
The key to understanding the color red is to feel it. Red comes with a range of emotions and sensations that I think are beyond other colors. Even if you were blind, red is a color you’d be able to experience like no other.