Entertaining with the outdoors

November 1, 2014

Now that it’s November I’m really loving the use of outdoor elements when designing a tablescape – it feels very seasonally appropriate! And with that, I bring you some of my recent favorite finds. I love the blend of gold and wood here, especially these beautiful log bowls with a pop of color. The centerpieces are Osage oranges that I brought home from our house upstate. I grew up with these and just love how beautiful and unusual they are. As you know, I like to match my dress to my dinner table so I would host the evening with a printed look from our current collection and you’re ready to go!

Inspiring Moment: Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Fashion Education Workshop at the White House

October 15, 2014

 

This past week, I was honored to take part in one of the most incredible events this industry has seen. First Lady Michelle Obama invited several designers and various influencers from the industry to help her host a spectacular Fashion Education Workshop for 150 students from across the country who have shown an interest in fashion.

 

I was joined by a group of really amazing talent ranging from designers Diane Von Furstenberg and Narciso Rodriguez, to Jenna Lyons and Anna Wintour. We spent the day working with an incredible group of students who all showed an immense interest in learning about the various opportunities in the fashion industry, including construction, wearable technology, entrepreneurship and journalism. I had the pleasure of working directly with one young student, Natalya Koval, who is currently studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I mentored Natalya on construction, quality and execution. We went through a few rounds of sampling as well as advised her on fabric selection.

 

Natalya designed the navy dress that the First Lady wore to the workshop – it was a very gratifying experience!