Dresses! Who agrees we need to wear them more often? And not just for playing dress up. Runways can be great places for inspiration and realizing that I err on the jeans and a tee side. I can’t help but think, still, that I’d need a special place to go. If I passed you in the mall wearing one of these, you’d either think I was coming or going. Not staying. Or maybe crazy.
Now I need to convince my husband to sign us up for all of his fancy work functions. Or you can invite me to yours.
Oh, the many expressions of femininity.
(Thank you to Nolcha Fashion Week for the great presentation)
First I must express my gratitude to Nolcha for the invite to cover the shows during fashion week. I’m also the only person in the state of NY who misread the Nolcha schedule as open to all. Silly me. Kerry Bannigan, founder of Nolcha Fashion Week, was kind enough to show me grace and allow me to sit in on an intimate discussion on ‘Sustaining a Fashionable Future.’
The luncheon boasted an impressive group of entrepreneurs, diplomats from Guatemala, designers, and corporate sponsors. All interested in doing the grunt work to improve fashion. Or perhaps it is rooted in a hope to hold on to what is left of fashion’s reputation. Arguably, to each attendee, sustainability carried a unique meaning. Whether it be labor laws, ethically sourced materials, pure ingredients, saving paper, or how to reduce contaminates. The issue is broad enough that, in my opinion, there is seemingly no way to do it all. Read, save the world. BUT, in each of our own corner’s of the world we can do our best to improve what we’re compassionate about. For instance, a designer solely focused on supporting human rights in factories overseas may not have the capacity to deal with the tremendous amounts of fabric dyes being dump into the ocean by the same manufactures. But other there is someone who would jump to the challenge to improve water quality. The issues of fashion are multidimensional. Wisdom dictates doing one thing and doing it well. If/When the opportunity arises to branch out, then do so. No half stepping.
There is, of course, an easy way out. The ‘uh duh’ route. That is to pay no attention to the who what when where and why, and instead spend/buy without consideration. Just know that this trend is quickly dying and becoming increasingly un-fashionable.
Excuse the iPhone mixed with bad lighting photos. If you can get past it, I know it’s hard, fix your eyes on this one-of-a-kind dress worn by the beautiful Joanie. It was the perfect dress for the pre-wedding festivities. But get this, the dress is over 30 years old!
Thankfully, the woman behind it was in the room. I’ll never forget Grandma. Marie. A stylish 80-something cross country RV-er and full of life. She was most approachable and full of delightful stories about her life including her outings with her husband, also present. She’d made this dress for a work party she attended with him. We laughed and exchanged jokes about our husbands, the irony of sitting so close to the sweets, and how we both really wanted to stop eating the homemade turtles but couldn’t muster up the self-control.
My life? Stale toast in comparison to hers. Even on the dance floor she and her man out-shined the 20-somethings. I fell in love with her, and hope to leave an impression on others as she has on me. And to believe it all started with a dress…