Loungewear

Rosita on Angela.
My family has been making loungewear, pyjamas and embroidered fabrics since the 1920s. My husband, Tai, by chance had been a knitter – he was a track and field champion and his family made active sportswear in the 1940s – so it was always in our DNA. When we married in 1953, I knew that I wanted to do fashion. In 1958 we had our first success of an order of 500 shift dresses, in charcoal with an orange stripe, and in brown and beige with a purple stripe. It was very bold for that time. This was the year in which Angela was born. Our first atelier was 100 square metres on the bottom floor of our studio apartment – she grew up with two older brothers, Luca and Vittorio, and the factory was their playground. They played with the hanks, the trolleys, the yarns.

Angela was always very strong; more independent than her brothers. She loved to be glamorous; for Christmas aged four she asked for a beauty case, and my sisters gave her lipstick and rouge, and she came to Christmas dinner all made up. My grandparents were horrified. She started to look after the accessories in 1992, but she was always pregnant! One day she decided to prove to herself that she could handle a whole collection, so she produced an Angela Missoni line in the factory. There were no stripes, no patterns, just solid colours. It was good. After two years and four seasons, I told her I felt tired. She said she felt ready to take over [the creative direction] and the change was automatic. She was young, she had strength, the factory workers loved her, and there was nothing to explain because she knows how to produce a collection. It was the story of her life. We are very different – she is like a lioness, she is so protective of her children – but she keeps the family together. She is a mother hen.

Summer

Posted by admin | Summer,UK women,Uncategorized | | Wednesday 6 June 2012 1:49 am

Summer Associates: Please Don’t Dress Like Fashion Victims.

As a new summer associate, you must have heard many a horror story about your predecessors, including tales of fashion disasters. For example, do you remember the boozy Milbank SA who supposedly showed up to events wearing an Olympic jumpsuit? How about the girl who wanted to march around her firm with a $9,000 Birkin bag? As this year’s summers descend upon Biglaw firms across the country, we thought that we might be able to offer you some assistance to prevent you from committing comparable crimes of fashion.

To accomplish this feat, we’ve teamed up with none other than Anna Akbari, the “thinking person’s stylist,” to help you make it through the summer. You don’t want to wind up as a bullet point on Weil Gotshal’s “unacceptable” list….

In case you’re not familiar with Anna Akbari, she’s a professor at New York University and the founder of Closet Catharsis, a fashion and image consulting company that takes a holistic approach to individual empowerment and identity construction through personal styling and image management. (You can see her full bio at the end of this post.) This woman knows a thing or two about fashion.

When we spoke with Professor Akbari, the conversation was a little heavy on women’s fashion — sorry guys, but ladies just have a lot more to deal with when it comes to dressing for work in a professional setting. While most men are able to slip into a suit and head out into the world looking dapper as can be, women have to worry about their hair, their makeup, their Spanx, their heel height, their bra, their accessories, and most importantly, the social mores of their office. After all, as we know from the allegations in some recent sex discrimination cases, it’s a mad, mad, Mad Men’s world out there.

Here are Professor Akbari’s tips and tricks on how to dress fashionably — and appropriately — as a summer associate this year. Much of her assessment was based on questions that we received from our loyal readers. And unlike the 80s-inspired fashion advice from Duke Law, these helpful style hints might actually be applicable in 2012.

We’ve divided this into four categories: Suits and Separates, Shoes, Grooming, and How to Stand Out. We hope that you’ve already been following most of these “fashion do’s.”

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