Blog: Off the Cuff

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

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THANKSGIVING: THREE IMMENSELY TALENTED DESIGNERS WE LOST THIS YEAR

GIVING THANKS: Two Greats Should've Been on More Fashion Radars I wish you’d known them and their work and understood...
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ADVENT CALENDARS: BEST OF BEAUTY

TINY TREASURES By MICHELE MEYER Why should Christmas last a mere 24 hours —or even 12 days? Thanks to beauty-themed...
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HEAVENLY HOLIDAY: BEAUTIFUL BEAUTY GIFTS

GIFTS THAT ARE BEAUTIES IN THEMSELVES By MICHELE MEYER I love lingering in beauty and home gift stores. (A shout...
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SORDID, BUT NEVER UNSIGHTLY: ALLABOUTVISION.COM

Eyeglasses addict tells all: Fashionista Fesses Up   By Michele Meyer   Before we plummet down the spiral of my addiction,...
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ALLABOUTVISION.COM Father’s Day Gift Guide

  EYEGLASSES Father's day eyewear gift ideas By Michele Meyer, for AllAboutVision.com Get real. Your dad may not even wear...
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MADE IN THE SHADE: RiRi’s New Fenty Line

Rihanna sunglasses line Fenty marries style and glitz By Michele Meyer, for AllAboutVision.com (my latest client!) Robyn Rihanna Fenty ―...
WHEN THE SKINNY IS TOO MUCH

WHEN THE SKINNY IS TOO MUCH

By MICHELE MEYER Fashion is built on the backs of models. Their elegance, beauty and tall, broad-shouldered, “clothes hanger” bodies...

CHANEL’S KARL LAGERFELD: The Witty, Prolific Designer Will Be Missed

By  MICHELE MEYER Karl was the most talented person I knew: larger than life, a maestro of la mode, a...
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MAKE IT STOP: Another Italian Label Has to Do an About-Face Over Blackface

Another Italian label -- Gucci -- offends with its $890 balaclava-style sweater. It joins Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, who...
HAUTE COUTURE AT ITS FINEST: Fly Away with Me

HAUTE COUTURE AT ITS FINEST: Fly Away with Me

Usually I judge clothes by their wearability. For one Dutch designer I make an exception. Former dancer Iris van Herpen...
WHAT ARE THEY THINKING? Fashion Rant of the Day

WHAT ARE THEY THINKING? Fashion Rant of the Day

This room says it all. Violently vivid fast-food yellow walls, cheap plastic piñata-befitting fringe, a Target-reminiscent wall hanging and a...
THE FASHIONABLE AND THE FRIVOLOUS: Random Thoughts

THE FASHIONABLE AND THE FRIVOLOUS: Random Thoughts

  My mother -- also my best friend for many years -- had exquisite taste. She surrounded herself with the...
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BACK TO THE BEACH

Stressed by the holidays? The following delights will take you back to the beach, prolonging your post-vacation relaxation. By MICHELE...
CELEBRATE THE SEASON

CELEBRATE THE SEASON

  IN THE NICK OF TIME Still looking for pampering gifts that dazzle and are perfect fits for beloved family...
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GREATEST SHITS, ER, HITS OF THE SEASON

Where do I begin...Everything that's wrong with current trends is captured in this label's wares, starting with the Maison Alexandrine...

KATE SPADE AND THE UGLY SIDE OF FAME

On some level, fashion is a façade -- the one you choose to present to others. New York accessories designer...

MEGHAN MARKLE: Looks Unbefitting a Princess

Day and night. Black and white. A month before her wedding to Great Britain’s Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's personal fashion...
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OSCAR RED CARPET: We Wait, We Wince

Forget the glorious circle of life. As Oscar’s red carpet looms, let’s diss about the sometimes less inspiring circle of...