Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week Marylou of Second Lives Club is hosting Fashion Flash. In a sea of personal  and how- to blogs, Second Lives Club is a unique site that profiles  women who made large, wonderful changes in their lives.  Not only does it give me courage to reach a little further and try a little harder, Second Lives Club  shows life choice  pathways  that  actually work.

Fashion Flash Book ReviewFashion Flash Book Review:  I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbrich

Betty Halbrich  is considered a fashion institution in NYC. She has worked with designs legends including Geoffrey Beene and  Chester Weinberg and for more than 25 years  she has run the personal shopper service at Bergdorf Goodman.  Her client list includes  some of the most photographed  in the world including  Lauren Bacall, Estee Lauder, Candace Bergen, Meryl Streep and Joan Rivers.  In recent years  she  has  worked with soap  opera stylists, Woody Allen and most famously,  pulled the  always memorable clothes for Sex and the City.

But this work  resume is just part of her fascinating life.  Born into a well to do Midwestern family, she thought her life would be  an uneventful  wife  and mother of a  successful business.  But  her life took a  clear detour  when  a divorce and  hospitalization in  Payne Whitney mental hospital changed  who she was and what she would do. Halbrich  had inherited the style gene  from her always elegant mother and she  she used  those skills to build  a new chapter in her life.  She doesn’t pretend it was easy and  shares her  fears and missteps as well as  her successes.

The honesty of her writing as well as  an insider  look  at high fashion make this  book both motivating and entertaining.   Now at 86,  she is a force of nature, working with individual clients as well as movie designers, never backing down from her own hard won opinions.  I loved her indomnitable spirit as well as  her criticism  of buyers who refuse to  stock  styles larger than size 8 and  designers  who seem to have abandoned sleeves.  If you love fashion, you will love this book.

2 thoughts on “Its Fashion Flash Monday!

  1. Would you consider listing a title for each pink square labeled Fashion Flash? With them all the exact same, when I’m clicking through them, I lose track which I’ve already opened. Why do they all have to look the exact same? Thank you!

  2. I would if I could. The boxes are choosen by a plug-in from Zementa and I am at the mercy of their algorithm for choice. THe other days are a bit better.

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