Blog: Off the Cuff

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

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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

Fashion is built on the backs of models. Their elegance, beauty and tall, broad-shouldered, “clothes hanger” bodies are coveted by...

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

Karl was the most talented person I knew: larger than life, a maestro of la mode, a great showman. He was 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. VANILLA BOURBON...
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...
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ENOUGH ALREADY! BAN THESE OTT TRENDS

MAKE IT STOP!   Asymmetrical ruffle tiers -- too many offenders to be named. Piles of patterns -- yes, you...

INNER BEAUTY: ADVENT CALENDARS ARE A WIN-WIN FOR CONSUMERS AND BRANDS

Joy to the girls. The countdown to Christmas is on, via a British holiday tradition that’s gained momentum in the...

CYBER MONDAY READY? OFF THE CUFF’S BEAUTY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

  We can’t help but rhapsodize about beauty options that are beautiful in themselves – no wrapping required! These presentable...
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DAZZLING DRESSES: 10 MUST-SEES AT MFAH’S OSCAR DE LA RENTA EXHIBIT

Give yourself over to this stylish feast – and reserve two hours for the experience. I loved it so much,...