Blog: Off the Cuff

Welcome to my blog, taking you behind the curtain of fashion.
-- Michele

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DON’T FORGET THE SPEED BUMPS OF FAST FASHION

When will fashion’s revolving door -- which just ejected Lanvin designer Bouchra Jarrar -- slow down? No time soon. “Fast...
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“FASHION CAN CHEW YOU UP AND SPIT YOU OUT” SAYS INSIDER

The talk of this year’s collections isn’t hemlines or hats. It's a searingly revealing interview in rag mag Vestoj with...
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WHY KIM KARDASHIAN SHOULD LOVE OSCAR – DE LA RENTA

Silly me. When I saw the “Culture” headings on women’s magazine websites, I assumed I’d find more stories about art...
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JONATHAN SIMKHAI: BACKSTAGE CONFESSIONS

"I like to design in bursts, so I’ll be running around the office in the morning choosing fabrics, draping on...
Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld

#TBT CHANNELING CHANEL

#TBT  Long before Coachella, there was Karl Lagerfeld, designer at Chanel and Fendi -- and a Renaissance man.
Les Copains Belt Choker

A FASHION STYLIST’S CHEAP TRICK

Wrap a belt around the neck as a choker or around the wrist as a cuff -- as does Les...
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WHY I HATE #COACHELLA

  Fashion marketers are ruining fashion. Their vehicle? Coachella. The once modest rock event for aspiring indie bands has morphed...
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THE EMPRESSES’ NEW CLOTHES

  People keep asking me: “What did you think about the inaugural fashions, and why haven’t you blogged about them?”...
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FASHION’S RUNWAY ROULETTE

  Designers and department stores are endangered species, thanks to fickle shoppers -- and investors.   With runway spectacles instantly...
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8 WAYS TO SPEED CLEAN FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Courtesy: Gratisography   Mother-in-law -- military inspection. Same difference. There’s nothing like holiday visitors and scant...
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MY 5 FAVE PRESENTABLE PRESENTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

No gifts, no time? My top five as-is presentable presents will enrapture, no wrapping needed:   R Nichols’ Glisten Candle...
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RULES OF THE ROAD

Fall 2016 Fashion Trends: When Should You Proceed With Caution? By Michele Meyer Few of us are models, storks or...