Monday, November 12, 2007

UW Lecture, Monday 11/19

Calling all aspiring fashion writers, magazine editors and wordsmiths! Next week (11/19, 7:30) I'm giving a talk at UW about how to break into magazine writing and editing and describe a day in the exciting life of AB. Feel free to come on by!

Update: Whoops, this lecture is only open to students participating in the program. So, uh… don't come by after all!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The world's best party hats

I love these adorable handmade party hats—especially with the holidays around the corner (these are begging to be worn on New Year's Eve!) Co-owner/designer Mikele Keiffer was selling these at this weekend's Crave Show and she looked so cute—like a maverick Isabelle Blow for a new generation—that I had to snap a picture. I covet the hats with sweeping ostrich feathers and little songbirds perched among the marabou fur. Oh, and the party hats for puppies (you can almost see them in the picture) are a must for fancy pooches. Find, buy and look at pictures of Tuzzie Muzzie party hats here

Monday, November 5, 2007

How to Throw a Green Celebration

This past weekend's Crave Show was a smashing success! Thanks to everyone who came out to hear my presentation on "How to Throw a Green Celebration" (without sacrificing beauty, style or tradition).

As promised, I am publishing information here for all the sources and vendors I discussed in my talks. Again, none of these folks are affiliated with Seattle Bride; they're just products I personally think are great. My thinking is, if you're going to throw a big party, such as a wedding, why not make it as locally sourced, organic and earth friendly as possible—especially if the cost is nearly the same?

Sustainable fabric cocktail dresses
Anna Cohen found at Juniper. Gorgeous stuff! This boutique is pricey, but about 80 percent of the clothes sold here are good for the planet and designed in styles you'll wear for years.

Badger Mountain Organic wine, Fish Tale Ale and Dry Fly Distilling
Three examples of great, tasty, locally made wine, beer and spirits that cost the same as booze imported from far-flung places. Buy locally, support your state farmers, vendors and economy, and cut down on carbon emissions emitted through long-distance shipping practices.

Soy candles from Pacifica Candles
I got more feedback about my bit about using soy candles versus paraffin than any other part of the talk. Hooray! To recap:

—Soy candles are nearly 100-percent soot-free. Paraffin candles release soot (carcinogens) upon lighting (you can see the black stuff form on the votive) and continue to do so, staining your furniture, walls and releasing unhealthy chemicals into your home. Studies have shown carcinogens to be as bad for your lungs, heart and nervous system as second-hand smoke. If you don't let smokers light up in your home, then don't burn paraffin candles either!
—Paraffin is a petroleum-based product (refined gasoline) and supports the way-bad-for-the-planet outsourced oil industry.
—Soy burns two-to-three times longer than paraffin. Because soy candles are slow-burning, the wicks are usually made with cotton, as opposed to paraffin wicks that contain lead.
—Soy candles often use natural ingredients for scenting (always check the label, though), as opposed to paraffin candles which usually use artificial chemicals as scents, which release toxic chemicals into the air of your home as they burn.
—Soy is a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable product grown by American farmers. If every American switched to soy candles today, it would create an estimated $68 billion U.S. agricultural business!

Favors: Vegan Divine gift baskets
I was very impressed with this Seattle-based company founded this past summer by two smart, savvy and way-stylish sisters. Finally, gift baskets with healthy offerings that people will actually want to receive and use! The ladies will also custom-design baskets by special request.

There were several other ideas and vendors included in the talk, but these are the big ones. Write me with any questions about how to throw a green celebration or how to throw a green wedding. My years of editing Seattle Bride have made me a mini-expert on the topic!

Oh, and don't forget my two, non-party-related fashion books to read: The Long and Short of It: The Madcap History of the Skirt by Me! (funny how I managed to sneak this one in!) and Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas, an in-depth look at the big business of high-end fashion (Prada, Louie Vuitton, Chanel, et al) and how you don't necessarily get what you pay for anymore. I find this book fascinating and I recommend it!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Crave Show tomorrow!

I just returned from setting up my stage at this weekend's Crave Show and everything is looking amazing! Seattle Bride—as well as Seattle magazine, which is produced by the same publisher—has a beautiful presence and I'm officially excited to share my tips on how to throw an earth-friendly celebration. By the look of things, there will be more shopping, beauty treatments, fun seminars and fashion shows than ever before. I'll be at the Beauty Stage at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday—I hope to see you all down there!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Crave Show 07 this weekend

Calling all Seattle brides and party girls! Stop by Crave Show at the Convention Center in downtown Seattle this weekend to hear my presentation on How To Throw a Green Celebration and get some insider gossip on what you’ll find in the upcoming issue of Seattle Bride Magazine, due on newsstands in early January 2008. At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday (11/3 and 11/4), I’ll be on the Beauty Stage highlighting all the creative ways Northwest women can plan earth-friendly parties without sacrificing tradition, beauty or romance, including tips on floral arrangements, party dresses, wine, beer and spirits, favors, recycling and food. You'll be surprised how simple, inexpensive—and fun—it is to reduce your carbon footprint. It should be a good time, so come by and see me!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Goodbye Lycra, Hello Cycle Chic!

Here we go again!
Today’s London Telegraph has an article called “Goodbye Lycra, Hello Street Cred” about how urban cycling is no longer just a pastime for jocked-out sportos but an Officially Cool mode of transpo for fashionistas.

Hm … sounds strangely familiar to an article I just wrote for Textile View magazine called “Cycle Chic!”

But here's the rub: The Telegraph cites as evidence of this “trend” the new, limited edition, eight-gear bicycle soon to come from Chanel (about $12,000 US), and the Emporio Armani Bianchi from 05.

Um, I’m sorry, but when did Chanel or Armani ever equal street cred?!? (I’m envisioning a pack of bike messengers kicking the couture crap out of a Chanel bicycle, Romper Stomper style, while a waify Euro-model stands off to the side wailing for help).

The bottom line: Expensive designer labels are never, ever hip. They are faddish, unlike cycling, and fun but only indicative of a person’s paycheck, not their sense of style. Check out the simple, sexy-tough style of my neighbor in the photo above (an outtake from “Cycle Chic”) and her beautiful streamlined bike—that she built herself. Now that's street cred, people!

Stay tuned for “Cycle Chic”—the real story about cycling street cred—in the upcoming issue of Textile View!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Seattle Bride Fashion … upcoming

Yesterday we wrapped the latest fashion shoot for the upcoming issue of Seattle Bride Magazine and, as usual, it’s going to be stunning! Of course, I can’t show any real pictures (the above shot depicts the aftermath...) or reveal any details, but let’s just say that the 10th anniversary issue (on newsstands January 2008) is going to be unforgettable!

Laundry Art

For roughly the past 10 years in the building where I live, an anonymous donor has contributed to the Laundry Room Art Gallery, covertly supplying shrink-wrapped vintage magazine advertisements and images to the collection of tenant-crafted paintings, charcoal drawings and (framed!) dryer-lint collages.

The magazine images are smartly chosen, cheeky and ironic. Mid-20th century movie stars hawk cigarettes, booze or Jantzen bathing suits and politically incorrect ads depict housewives as airheads and white men as strapping breadwinners. Every month or so, five or six new images mysteriously replace the old, creating rotating, in-house gallery shows.

This morning, this Life magazine page (above) celebrating Edie Sedgwick and her famous black tights accompanied the usual fray. I've seen this page before—everyone has—but what struck me is how timeless her style is. I adored these pictures when I discovered Edie as a pre-teen (I can't bring myself to use "tween") in the early 80s and love looking at them just as much now.

Why is her style so timeless? I think, hands down, it’s the DIY factor she employs from head to toe. She didn't invent the micro-miniskirt, the blonde cropped pixie-cut or opaque tights, but she restyled them to match her impish personality. It's a self-crafted look akin to those in “Grey Gardens" and "Times Square."

The bottom line is that is will always be cooler to make a dress from the parlor drapes, à la Scarlett O'Hara. But the DIY m.o. is missing with today's celebrities, and in most streetwear. Even today’s teenagers are label-obsessed. And if the young ("youthquakers," in Edie's day) can’t introduce a return to inventive, homemade dressing, who will?

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Handmade in the USA

The NYT published an article, "Reborn in the U.S.A.," in yesterday's paper about the luxury denim industry currently thriving in Los Angeles. It reports that an estimated 100 companies making premium denim are based there, but the more interesting story is how a handful of these companies are producing the jeans right there in L.A. versus overseas.

Hm…sounds a lot like the article I wrote for this summer's Textile View magazine: "Handmade in the U.S.A."!

My article makes note of the Undesigned bamboo-fiber jeans made in the Los Feliz area of L.A., but I focus more on the efforts of smaller, upstart artisans—luxury T-shirts from Turk + Taylor and Quentin and Claude (that's their awesome batik T-shirt in the image above) and Kim White Handbags—as well as the Ground Zero of the anti-sweatshop movement, American Apparel.

I loved how Quentin and Claude (Olaf Derlig and Moises Chavez) batik and silkscreen each T-shirt by hand in their Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, and talked at length about the "soulful spirit" (!) the process gives each garment. The guys at Turk + Taylor use only organic fabrics and told me: "There's something really magical about that whole hands-on process." How great is that?

My hope is that all these DIY artists are the pioneers of a second wave of made-in-the-U.S.A. manufacturing. With all the money circulating on this Coast, shouldn't the wealthy support artists making the real thing by hand at home, rather than shelling out for mass-produced, overpriced lookalikes made overseas?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Luly Yang Fashion Show

Last night Luly Yang showed her 2008 collection at the Paramount Theatre and pulled out all the stops: a gorgeous, Tom Douglas–catered event with cocktails and dessert, all benefiting Children's Hospital. The collection was beautiful, as always, with shades of Bo Peep, peacocks, and a finale party dress that lit up like an effervescent sea creature. The crowd went nuts!

Another highlight was the "real people" fashion show: Children's Hospital patients dressed to the nines and strutting their fine selves, and Luly clients wearing their own couture—including our own Melissa Coffman! (see blurred-out picture above right—my best shot out of, like, 10).

Melissa (also seen at left—the blue tweed lunch box she's holding is the night's goody bag: B&B hair products, journal, inspirational words from Luly, etc.) is the associate publisher at Tiger Oak, which publishes Seattle Bride. The picture’s no good so you'll have to trust me on this: girlfriend worked it. At the last minute she swapped out Luly Bondage Heels for a more streamlined, walkable pair, but it looked hot. As Carrie Bradshaw would say, "I likey!"

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Skirting the Law!

I'm a week behind on this story but it's so crazily skirt-centric I had to comment!

Kyla Ebbert, a 23-year-old college student and busty Hooters employee, was almost kicked off a Southwest airlines flight for wearing a frayed white denim miniskirt, tight, white scoop-neck top and little green shrug a flight attendant deemed too short. She was removed from the plane, lectured in what she claims was earshot of the passengers, advised to buy a less-revealing outfit from a gift shop, and then allowed to reboard anyway, as long as she tugged down her skirt and pulled up her neckline. Shortly after that, another gal got the same humiliating lecture on a different SW flight, and was made to cover up with a blanket before takeoff.


The ladies got themselves lawyers, natch, and appearances on the Today Show and Dr. Phil, but I think they need to rally the enthusiasm along the lines of Zoe Hinkle, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who protested her school's Draconian dress code last year, marched in a blue denim miniskirt while waving a sign that read "Style is Freedom!"

No doubt this story will be passed off as a joke (the airline issued a mock press release on the subject in what must be an attempt to steer public opinion into thinking the two women are buffoons), but I think it's a story worth watching.

Will Southwest Airlines start an official dress code? Can a flight attendant have absolute power to deem which clothes are appropriate for a "family airline," (the reason given for Kyla's reprimand) and what isn't?

And most importantly, is the busty hirsute SW Airline stew who served me in 1992—the last time, and I mean the LAST—I flew SW—still pushing her own low-cut cleave against female passengers' faces and dragging her waist-length curly mane through passengers' cups of Pepsi?

Sunday, September 9, 2007

As the Hemline Falls...

Hilarious! Right on the heels of finding that video about the Hemline/Stock Market theory (see earlier post below), this article, "Do Low Hemlines Spell Bad News for the Market?" comes out via Reuters about the longer hemlines seen at Fashion Week. The invariable conclusion? Watch out, because the Stock Market must be crashing down again.

Pu-leeze. What about the Zandra Rhodes and Pucci inspired maxi-dresses and skirts that made a comeback in summer 06, not to mention this past season, two periods they report as economically thriving? And on Wednesday L.A.M.B. put thighs-the-limit microminis on the runway (not that Gwen Stefani is the end-all regarding the direction of high fashion, but still. Miss Sixty streetwear for spring showed hot pants, for Pete's sake, and Alexander Herchcovitch had tulip miniskirts.) The Hemline Theory was a cute idea in its time, but reporting on it now—as fact—is lazy. It's been disproven repeatedly. I'm guessing Reuters is looking for a way to report on fashion week that will pique the interest of readers who wouldn't otherwise give a flea about the shows. Maybe they're seeking to make news, not report news?

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

I do love it.

Admit It. You Love It. It Matters.

"It" being fashion and the article is from Sunday's NYT. The writer (Guy Trebay) loves his adjectives and he's crams a bevy of them into his 2-page article to describe Fashion: bourgeois, girly, unfeminist, conformist, elitist, frivolous, anti-intellectual, cultural stepchild, superficial, blameless, to name a few. It's no wonder we're fascinated by It!

Fashion insiders and fashionistas get their own laundry list of creative monikers: pixie-dust people, cuckoos, extravagant mythomaniacs, fops, dandies, flibbertigibbets, socialite geishas, second-rate celebrities, editorial priestesses, idlers and dupes. (I wonder where I, a Seattle-based fashion editor, fall into the mix?)

In between all the demiurgic wordage (see, I can do it, too), the article is a good read and makes some good points. Namely, that despite all the fanfare, criticism and debate, fashion is not only irresistible, it serves as an important measure of history. Agreed!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

The Skirt Length Theory

Crashing Down! (and up and down again).
In chapter 4 of The Long (and Short) of It, I write about the Skirt Length Theory, an outdated way to measure the economy based on the length of women's skirts. So I was surprised to see this clip on YouTube from a 2006 video called History's Hidden Engine about that very topic, even though today’s economists and historians pretty much agree that 21st-century styles, which see hemlines at every length, make the Skirt Length Theory entirely obsolete. I haven't seen the whole film, but there's some great footage in this clip: dancing flappers, early catwalks and decades-old fashion shoots.

Here's my take, from Chapter 4 of "The Long (and Short of It): the Madcap History of the Skirt":
Since the Depression and the subsequent finicky nature of hemlines through World War II, the height of hemlines has been used as a barometer to determine the outlook of the stock market. Though market analysts didn't pick up on the connection at the time, the Skirt Length Theory, an indicator of market value and consumer behavior, was born. The thinking behind the theory goes that shorter skirts tend to appear in times when general consumer confidence is high, and when hemlines fall and skirts are worn longer, the overall outlook is gloomy and fearful. (The same goes for lipstick sales, according to Leonard Lauder, the chairman of Estée Lauder.) In 1971, hot pants were the rage, and the advice at the Dow Jones was, "Don't sell until you see the heights of their thighs!" Now, in the 21st century, with hemlines all over the place, the Skirt Length Theory serves only as a cute colloquialism of the past.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

On the TV ... today!

I just found out that I'm on the History Channel today on a show called "The States". It airs nationally at 2 be sure to tune in!

From what I've been told (the show originally aired in June), I'm only on for a couple minutes--if that--but I had a lot of fun taping the segment. I met the producer when I was visiting my friend Jeri Callahan (aka the Houseboat Lady) on her houseboat in Lake Union last July. She was filming a bit for them about houseboat living and when they met me and heard about The History of the Skirt, they invited me to contribute to the show (I'm sure the fact that I was lounging around in a bikini had nothing to do with it!). We met the next day at Top Pot Donuts and they set up this elaborate filming area and we chatted about my fabulous life working as a freelance writer in Seattle. All in all, we taped for about an hour, so I'm anxious to see what was included!

The States, 2 p.m., The History Channel

Update: My scintillating "segment" aired for a mere 3 seconds not 3 minutes and none of it was about my book! But as my friend Dave pointed out, all of Eastern Washington hit the cutting room floor and I got 3 seconds, so I didn't do too badly.

The skirt may be the next fad

Well, this is exciting news. Reuters reports yesterday that the skirt may be the next big clothing trend, following the eventual waning of the ubiquitous dress. I actually love wearing dresses as much as skirts and blouses, particularly in cold weather--keeps the waist warmer!--but it would be nice to see choices of both in stores. Why does it always have to be one or the other: skirts or dresses?

"The skirt is such a conversation. All the stores are talking about it -- 'Will it hit, when will it hit?'" said Krissy Meehan, head of wholesale sales for Urban Outfitters Inc's Free People line.

"Everyone's stocking skirts just to see what happens. Everyone's playing back-up," says another buyer.

The article then goes on to say that skirts might not be the next trend: The Next Big Thing just might be pants or...shorts. Pshaw!

Read the whole article here:

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tune in July 1!

This Sunday July 1 at 9 pm EST (6 pm PST) I'm a featured guest on "Inquiry" on 90.5 WICN, a public radio station in Boston/New England, and you can go to their web site and listen in. (Or tune in, if you're in the area)

From the WICN website:

Inquiry struts down the catwalk this week with two conversations devoted to fashion. First, Ali Basye takes us through the ups, downs, and ever-quirky designs of the skirt; from hobbles to poodles, to the mini, midi, and maxi. Then Cheree Berry uncovers the amusing history of the brassiere with her brand new, you guessed it, pop-up history book. At 9 p.m. Inquiry talks with fashion and travel writer Ali Basye about the ups, the downs and the ever-quirky design of the skirt. From panniers to bustles, from hobbles to poodles, the mini, the midi, the maxi and even the micro-mini, Ali talks about them all in her book "The Long and Short of It: The Madcap History of the Skirt."

The caveat is you need to download Radio 365 to listen but I think it might be a pretty interesting show so it's worth it, right? Seriously, this interview (recorded last month) was one of my better ones, primarily because the host Mark Lynch was really engaged and asked interesting questions. He actually read the book and even better: He liked it! I myself am looking forward to hearing how the segment shaped up--should be a fun one!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Seattle Bride on Northwest Afternoon

Thanks to everyone who called or wrote encouraging notes regarding my segment on Northwest Afternoon on 6/21 promoting Seattle Bride. (Yes, I think they should have given us more time, too!) But I think my 6 minutes of fame went well and I was really happy to promote the ten or so vendors (10 vendors in 6 minutes!!) who generously put together props and products for the show. It didn't hurt that I loved everything that was on stage with me, so if I seemed relaxed and natural it was only because I was talking about stuff I really like!

Hopefully I'll learn how to post a video soon (I have a painfully slow learning curve when it comes to learning computer stuff) and everyone can enjoy the magic.

Also yesterday was Seattle Bride's 5th Annual Best of Bride Party, and I have to say it was the best one ever. Reasons being that we have a really hip and innovative marketing and promotions crew (hi Rachael and Elizabeth!) who put together a terrific set-up and kept things going smoothly and organized and the venue (Pan Pacific Hotel) was fantastic. I have pretty neutral reaction when a new hotel opens because they're all super nice and they all give good service and have a good restaurant and offer luxury bedding and conference rooms with the latest in high-tech AVA equipment and blah blah blah, so how much can you say about it? But the party space at the Pan Pacific is gorgeous, with a super-cool balcony overlooking southwest city view, big windows and high ceilings, lovely colors and landscaping---I'd recommend it to anyone and I'd certainly get married there in a heartbeat! I meant to bring a camera and take snapshots and naturally I forgot, but if you want to see pictures from it you can visit the Team Photogenic web site in a couple of days and take a looksie.

Monday, June 18, 2007

cupcakes, KONG toppers and more

After days and days of clothes shopping and trying on dozens of different outfits, toying with my hair and makeup (yes, I thankfully decided green eye shadow would definitely NOT work on HDTV) and rehearsing flower pronunciations like crazy, I finally taped my Best of Bride segment for Northwest Afternoon on KONG. And the good news is, it was really fun and went super smoothly! As usual, all my worrying was for nothing because everyone at the station was so friendly and relaxed that they put me at ease right away. Plus it's so stupid to worry about being "perfect" for TV. Everyone I've ever met who works in TV or other glamour jobs in this town are so down-to-earth (not a trace of Faye Dunaway, a lá Network, at all!) As for what I wore, I always feel like I should wear a skirt these days, to subliminally promote my book in some way, but this was for Seattle Bride so I let the skirt rest and hit up my old stand-by, Anthropologie, and wore striped pants and a jacket. I love that store! It never fails to serve me in a pinch.

Another reason it was ridiculous of me to stress out is that the segment was all of six minutes. In real time, those six minutes simultaneously went super quickly and seemed to last forever (especially when I realized I couldn't remember any of the flowers in the gorgeous bouquet Athina at Athena Flora made for the show--even though they were mostly roses and peonies). Other corrections: Trophy Cupcake is NOT on Queen Anne but in Wallingford, and--most importantly--all those amazing dressmakers and mannequins were generously loaned to Seattle Bride by Joe at Northwest Mannequin in Green Lake and I forgot to credit them altogether. I'm so bummed about that because Northwest Mannequin is a super cool place that more people should know about. I won't lie: It is pretty creepy walking into a dimly lit room FILLED with every size, shape, color and gender of mannequin you can imagine, but the whole scene is so macabre that it eventually grows on you. So if you need a dressmaker or dummy, go to Northwest Mannequin!

The amazing thing was--despite a few flubs--I managed to fit a ton of Seattle Bride "best of" information into those 6 minutes. We covered:

• a gorgeous Cicada corset and fishtail skirt---stunning!
• an Elsie Katz Couture gold floral number that is out of this world! I must have it!
• Vera Wang from Voletta Couture--need I say more? It's a perfect work of art.
• Trophy Cupcakes and vintage party favors. I'm obsessed with this place--and I didn't even know I LIKED cupcakes!
• artisan chocolates from Theo and Chocolate Vitale--holy cow! Could these guys have given us MORE chocolate? Both places hooked us up with so much chocolate I'm guessing the studio audience STILL has the jitters! (I know I do--look how long this post is!)
• stunning, stunning bouquets from Athina--you can always count on her to do "camera ready" work--and John Gardner at Aria Style. His green and ivory bouquet had mint leaves and poppy buds, among other funky Northwest flora. I've got his bouquet in front of me right now and it's a piece of art and smells wonderful. Amazing.
• a HUGE shimmering cake from Bonnie at New Renaissance. It was coated in opalescence(!) and dotted with dropped sugar teardrops!
• cake toppers from way-cool Mike Leavitt including a KONG topper in the likeness of Kent and Natasha. How way-cool is that? Kent loved it. I wish Natasha had been there to see it.
• the golf club at Hotel 1000 as the best new place to have your bachelor or bachelorette party.

The segment airs at 3 p.m. on 6/21 on KONG, for anyone who wants to tune in, and (eventually) I'm going to attempt to post my six minutes of fame here, but given that I've had this blog for 4 months and still haven't figured out how to post pictures, this latter video-posted-on-blog plan might be a pipe dream (do they even call them videos anymore?)

Monday, June 4, 2007

Long and Short picked for American Profile Magazine!

It's been a while since I posted but The Long and Short has gotten a ton of great press lately, namely in my hometown paper The News Journal, in too many newspapers to name, my college alma mater magazine and a number of terrific radio stations had me on as their guest. Maybe I'll eventually post links to all the radio interviews…right.
Another cool thing is I could recently be seen on the History Channel's new program, The States, which aired on May 28--just a tiny little segment but an appearance nonetheless. And this week I'm happy to report that American Profile Magazine picked The Long and Short as one of their "Our Picks" reading reviews. You can see it here

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

the first ladies of skirts

Today I was a guest on a terrific radio show, Conversations with Kathleen Dunn, on Wisconsin Public Radio for a full HOUR talking about the history of skirts. It was really cool, with a lot of interested guests calling in with very challenging questions about skirts. I'm working to archive the segment on my web site. Or go ahead and listen to it here with Real Player:

One caller (who was unable to get on the air) told the show's producer that she wanted to ask me about a first lady she had read about who died or was injured when her skirt caught fire. I've never heard this story and feel remiss that I included a side bar about the first ladies in my book and had never heard of this story. I spent a few hours researching it today and nothing turned up--has anyone heard this story before? If so, I'd love to hear about it!

I'm surprised how many people are interested in hearing about the First ladies of Skirts. I admit that that section of my book was a sidebar that was added as an after-thought. In retrospect I would have spent more time on it, making the content more extensive and more detailed. Maybe this is an idea for another book?

In the meantime, keep an ear out for my upcoming radio interviews:

Wednesday, February 28, 2007
CHED: Cheryll Gillespie Show
Edmonton, Alberta
10:00 AM to 10:23 AM PST
*TAPED Interivew

Friday, March 23, 2007
In The Morning
New York
6:40 AM to 6:55 AM PST
Promotional giveaway

Tuesday, April 3, 2007
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM PST

Monday, February 12, 2007

February 12 - Health & Beauty Revolution

I just finished a pretty great interview on WS on The Health & Beauty Revolution with the host Patty Kovacs. Patty was so gracious and complimentary about my book and said every woman should buy it--wow!

It's interesting now that I've done a few of these shows to hear how badly women want to know WHAT they should wear, as if there is a one-skirt-fits-all out there that will solve their wardrobe dilemmas. I keep saying fashion should be fun, not stressful, but good clothing is clearly challenging and shopping is not fun for a lot of women. Women should strive to find clothes that make them feel confident and comfortable, and sometimes that means getting rid of all your ill-fitting clothes (donate them to Goodwill; don't throw them out!) and taking the time to shop at different stores until you find the right clothes for your body and personality. Of course A-line skirts look good on everyone and make calves look slimmer. So you can always get a bunch of those. The Gap or Banana always has that style in stock.

I updated my web site this weekend, adding a few magazine clips to the Clips page and will keep adding more as I get savvier on the computer. Tonight I pre-record a show for "Making Waves," a magazine-style show on WJFF Radio Catskill that will run next Monday. Be sure to tune in to KOPB-FM this Thursday at 1:05 to hear me on Oregon Public Broadcasting. It should be a fun one!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

1:05 PM PST
KOPB-FM (91.5)
Portland, Oregon

Monday, February 19, 2007
5:30 p.m. PST
WJFF Radio Catskill
Making Waves with Sabrina Artel

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

6:30 AM PST
NATIONAL Interivew/giveaway
AM Show
Los Angeles

10:00 AM PST
Louisville, KY

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

8 a.m. PST
WPR: Wisconsin Public Radio
Kathleen Dunn Show
one hour interview

2:44 PM to 2:56 PM PST
Drive Time with Alan Palmer
Bowling Green, KY

Friday, March 23, 2007
6:40 - 6:55 am PST
In the Morning
Southampton, NY

Tuesday, April 3, 2007
8 - 8:30 AM PST
Boston, MA

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Welcome, February 10, 2007

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog, where you can find news about my goings-on, as well as updates on my first book, The Long (and Short) of It: The Madcap History of the Skirt. The launch has gotten off to a great start, thanks to my amazing publicist at HarperCollins, Rachel Elinsky. I've done several radio interviews to coincide with fashion week, with even more interviews to come. Check out my radio schedule below and please tune in! Also, if you haven't picked up your copy of The Long (and Short) of It, you can link to through, or contact Harpers to order copies to sell in your shop.

Monday, February 12, 2007

10:45 AM to 11:00 AM PST
NATIONAL Interview
Health & Beauty Revolution
San Diego, CA

Thursday, February 15, 2007

1:05 PM PST
KOPB-FM (91.5)
Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

6:30 AM PST
NATIONAL Interivew/giveaway
AM Show
Los Angeles

10:00 AM PST
Louisville, KY

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

2:44 PM to 2:56 PM PST
Drive Time with Alan Palmer
Bowling Green, KY

Thursday, February 22, 2007

8 a.m. PST
WPR: Wisconsin Public Radio
one hour interview