Managing Editor Karin Tanabe talks to the designer about local style and White House duds
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO DO A RUNWAY SHOW IN WASHINGTON?
This season’s floral designs poke fun at the average bouquet. Bright colors and graphic prints give these blooms an enormous “wow” factor, but don’t forget to add the jewels. Rock an oversized diamond pendant on a skinny chain to add some sparkle to any outfit.
WHAT KIND OF WOMAN DID YOU DESIGN YOUR COLLECTION FOR?
While the collection may not be for everyone, I think that most women will find pieces they love. The new and elegant print is a great part of the collection and fits perfectly with black and classic pieces. There are also lots of dresses that are great for layering under blazers. But it’s not work attire – it can be best described as wearable clothing for day to evening, events, and out to dinner.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MICHELLE OBAMA’S STYLE SINCE SHE BECAME FIRST LADY?
Michelle Obama makes great style choices, especially when it comes to colors. She is not afraid of wearing color, and blush tones look amazing on her. She has also worn some really great couture dresses. I would love to see her in a motorcross jacket, which is a great piece to have for spring.
HAS WASHINGTON’S STYLE CHANGED SINCE YOU WERE GROWING UP NEARBY IN ANNAPOLIS?
Yes and no – fashion is evolving. The Obamas have great style, and Michelle wears a lot of interesting pieces that undoubtedly influence Washington style. There are always great events in the District; from ballets to galas, people always have things to do – and get dressed for.
AND LASTLY WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE IN OUR FAIR CITY?
I went to The Source last night. I often do events here and in Baltimore, most recently I emceed the Larry and Lori Lickstein Foundation show. I certainly hope to continue to do these types of events here in the future.