Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Just had a special vacation with the whole family – this was a first with the two grandchildren. I purposely chose a resort that was kid friendly, and that it was to the delight of the kids!
The Ritz Carlton Reserve in El Dorado in Puerto Rico is a little piece of paradise… the shoreline goes for miles with the bluest water, the landscaping is perfection, green and lush as can be, and the spa is to die for!
We all loved it so much and we can’t wait to go back the same time next year!
Friday, February 28, 2014
February is always a busy month – from Fashion Week to Market Week to Curve and Coterie! Our Fall/Winter 2014 collection is one of the best yet, and it has been so exciting to see how our ready-to-wear collection has evolved over the years.
It was very gratifying to show this collection to my favorite boutiques at Coterie, and see some old friends and new faces at the show! Our sales team does an amazing job showing the collection, and sometimes wearing it too!
I can’t wait to see it in stores this fall!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Last week I traveled to Houston, where I was honored to be a part of Saks Fifth Avenue and Allure Magazine’s beauty trend panel discussion, “Illuminating Beauty.” Sitting alongside Victoria Christian Clive of Christian Clive, Nancy Feethan of La Mer, Terry Darland of Dior, and Deborah Walters from Saks we talked about new trends in beauty, colors, and everything in between. Here I am with Victoria Christian, right before we got started.
As the only designer on the panel, it was fun to connect beauty with lingerie, and really tie the two together. Lingerie is the item closest to our skin, and you do need to be comfortable in order to look great, and feel great!
Allure’s Catherine O’Neil led the conversation and had me thinking about trends, and predicting the next big thing. It’s always nice to hear how our collections and styles inspire beauty trends, since we constantly think about the woman wearing our designs.
I’m glad I was able to meet the other amazing panelists as well, and it’s always fun to meet our amazing customers in different parts of the country.
Monday, February 10, 2014
What a week to remember… to be staging our RTW show smack in the middle of lingerie week was something I thought would be an impossible dream. But a good dream it was…
Not only did we have a seamless market week for Lingerie… samples were complete the week before (that’s a first!!)… the reception to the collections were gratifying (proof will be the written orders!)…
The highlight of the week was our first runway show for fashion week outside of our showroom (last season was a practice run)!! We held it at DiMenna Center (home for orchestra of St Luke’s.)…
The venue was perfection… I am overjoyed by the whole thing… the collection is the best ever yet (I honestly mean this!), the production was amazing… the models, the hair, makeup, lighting, the music (Swan Lake remixed!)… the inspiration of Russian culture came through so beautifully!!
Thank you thank to the amazing Natori team led by David Leung! So lucky to have them all!
The icing on the cake was the cover of WWD the next day and the best review we have gotten on RTW since our start!!
I am beyond grateful to everyone who helped us get here!!!
Saturday, February 8, 2014
After an exhausting but exhilarating market /fashion week…I dragged myself to a party to celebrate Maria Bartiromo’s new shows at Fox network. Ken and I have been great fans of Maria through the years… Kenneth even had the privilege of working by her side art the NYSE during his Bloomberg days!
I was star struck at the party… media and business titans… Hank Greenberg, Ariana Huffington, Governor Cuomo etc… couldn’t help getting a photo with these big personalities!
Congratulations Maria! You are a superstar!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Just back from an inspiring weekend in Paris. Doubly fun as I had my friend David Monn to play with …
First stop was the flea market. Visiting the flea market is always an adventure. The mix of different pieces, styles, and little treasures all around, makes me feel like I can find anything there! Whether it’s vintage jewelry or an odd trinket, I always come away with a sense of inspiration – and sometimes a unique souvenir. I was very close to getting this awesome jar, but realized it may be a little bit too big to get home.
My dear friend Olivier Echaudmaison. Creative director of Guerlain was so dear to show us the newly renovated Guerlain emporium….quite a production designed by Peter Marino that includes a restaurant!
For two days I worked the Lingerie Fair and the Maison Objet…..the endless visual feast for the eyes was so inspiring! Can’t wait to share with the design team as we begin our work for the next collection!
I so love Paris I always hate to leave but must as market week and fashion week is upon us!!
Thursday, December 19, 2013
What an amazing farewell party for Mayor Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion. Ken, Kenneth and I braved the bitter cold evening and celebrated in a heated tent with so many notable fans and supporters of the Mayor.
The feeling was festive and at the same time nostalgic. It is sad to see the end of 12 amazing years for New York.
There were so many distinguished guests and celebrities in attendance…I was star struck to see Paul McCartney and had photo ops with Katie couric and Donna Karan…
The night was topped off with a three song performance by Paul Simon, and an amazing video celebrating the mayor’s accomplishments.
It was a very New York evening…The city will definitely not be the same without Mayor Bloomberg!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The threat of all day snow didn’t stop Ken and I from spending this past weekend in our dream home in Pound Ridge, NY.
I was fantasizing of winter wonderland….and that is what we got! It was one of the dreamiest, captivating, most inspiring days ever.
Monday, December 2, 2013
I am so saddened by the loss of my dear friend, Mary Krug, who passed away last Saturday. In our 36 years in the business, Mary stood out as the consummate professional retail partner. She exemplified the values of the Neiman Marcus Group, and was always a pleasure to work with.
Suffice it to say that Natori would not be where we are today with Neiman’s if not for her dedication and passion.
We will miss her dearly… and are all so grateful for the Natori-Neiman Marcus relationship that she helped build over the years.
Friday, September 27, 2013
I have been looking forward to traveling to Burma with my soon-to-be 89 year old mother for quite some time.
After traveling almost a day from Manila to Yangon on the world class Singapore Airlines, we arrived in Yangon (also known as Rangoon), and were immediately taken by the colonial aspects of the city that surrounded us. We left feeling as though we had traveled to a different era. Our hotel, the Governor’s Residence, is the epitome of style… I love it. We were met by an Elephant coach on arrival… so cool!
On the first day, we visited the magnificent Shewagon Pagoda, a breathtaking series of intricately carved small pagodas beside a towering umbrella shaped gold plated large one. The sight of very religious Burmese locals praying all over the place together with monks milling everywhere was a resplendent and inspiring sight. The Shewagon Pagoda has specific corners where one prays according to the month in which they were born!
By the way, we had to go barefoot throughout this viewing. This is the main attraction in Yangon, as well as the holiest place in the city.
Next was another pagoda with a humongous reclining Buddha! His eyes looked so real, and his lips are red! A bit eerie…
The rest of the day was spent shopping… my mother and I are veterans from all our trips throughout the years.
The lure of Burmese jewels was so tempting that we spent hours on end in a jewelry shop! My mother beats me hands down in the art of haggling, and the store’s owner was truly entranced by her.
We even had our lunch at the shop after we had made it through stalls of treasures, handicrafts, textiles and so much more! The Scotts market is quite a sight… we had fun haggling and buying things we don’t need, including umbrellas that the monks use! I loved the sight of umbrella clad monks in their deep spice colored garbs so much that I bought contemporary paintings depicting them. And of course I managed to find antique Burmese textiles to add to my collection!
It was a full first day… we went back to our rooms to relax and had room service.