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The Color Purple

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Life is about using the whole box of crayons. (RuPaul)

Purple, the color of royalty; elegance. Definitely not mainstream. On the edge of brave. Indication of self confidence, of being willing to experiment, possibly idiosyncratic. Arty. (For more information or to purchase an item, click on the name in red.)


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Issa Purple Silk Jersey Dress- Fashion magazine editors? Decorators? Any creative business will accept this with a smile and second glance. Draped, plunging neckline and wrap around front that ties at the back. Gathered front falls in pleats. ¾ length sleeves. Knee-length. 100% silk. $300.00

Blumarine Short Dress- A classic in a great color. Conservative (except for the color). Meet the mother in law? Lawyering? Meetings? You know who you are, but they’ll wonder. Sleeveless 100% virgin wool. Hook and eye with zipper. Unlined. $275.00

Alice & Olivia Caprice Pleated Dress- Ok, so it depends where you are during the day. Great strappy back detail. Smart playing tourist or running warm weather errands. Luncheon? 54% Cotton/40% Silk/6% Spandex. Elasticized waist, crisscross at the open back.Exposed zipper fastening. Fully lined. $300.00

Preen Portman Dress- Silver bead embellished pockets and swallow detail hem at the back make this unique, kind of retro, and definitely stylish. Simple lines with artful attitude. Sleeveless 100% woven wool with v-neck, zipper fastening on the side. Fully lined. $434.00

Tops of Every Shape

Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you? Fanny Brice

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Ciel Violet Silk Chiffon Raphael Blouse- Ruffle sleeves and chest detail make this feminine. Silk chiffon makes it flirty. Covered up but oh so thin and supple. Put a wink into wearing jeans. On sale $115.00

Tibi Scoop Neck Ruffle Sleeve Top- Feminine but not frivolous. Dresses up a simple skirt or pants. Rather Renaissance fair. Vibrant jewel-toned silk plissé, tiered 3/4 length sleeve. Features pleat detail to the rear. Slips on over the head. On sale $112.20

Sheer Hair Marilyn Sweater- Beautiful, sexy neckline, fitted shape. Named for you know who for obvious reasons. Acrylic/Wool//Nylon. 24” long. Fairly sheer-either wear great lingerie in the European fashion, a camisole or a tank. On sale $19.90

See by Chloe Purple Silk Shirt- Museum committee? A client you need to snag? Cocktails after work-add a jacket. Deep, lush color. Flattering lines. Elegant, ruffled bow detail neckline, fluted cap sleeves; exposed back zipper. $204.00


If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag. Unknown

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Preen Carter Wool Crepe Midi Skirt- Couldn’t resist the color combination, stylish shape and open tulip hem in the front. This is fashion, not a retread or something too novel to bear. Flattering, graphic, easy. Two front slit pockets, underskirt, two back welt pockets. Button, hook and zipper fastening at side. 100% Virgin Wool. $380.00

Just Cavalli Satin Pencil Skirt- Great evening option. Pair with skimpy cashmere, shimmering silk or almost sheer chiffon. Form-fitting luxe in a sexy length. Flattering diagonal front seams. Back vent, concealed zipper and hook fastening at the back. 90% Polyester/10% Spandex. On sale $220.00

Beverly Pleated Midi Skirt- Fits any figure. Lovely for wafting around a living room as guest or hostess. Go simple on top with a fitted or cropped blouse or sweater or find something with an elaborate collar. Softly pleated chiffon overlay with elasticized waistline. 100% Polyester. 37” Long. $44.00

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel High-Waisted Corduroy Wrap Skirt- Rather suburban. Easy to imagine with a sweater set and flats. PTA meetings, afternoon movies, shopping-off line? A very red purple. Front patch pocket, back pintucks, button fastenings through front and concealed button fastening at waist. 80% Polyester/20& Polyamide. On sale $200.00

Swathe Yourself in Color

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. Judy Garland

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Max Mara Lightweight Rain Coat- An entrance piece. Never unbelt it before your companion has gotten an eyeful. Gorgeous color, interesting, flattering cut. Side pockets, open waterfall center front (you need to see it enlarged) with matching belt. Otherwise loose fitting. Belt strap and silver tone buckle cuff detail. Polyester/Cotton. On sale $792.00

Sportmax Sondalo Corduroy Jacket- Put a little pizzazz in your casual wear with this piece. Updated classic blazer with two-button front fastening and satin, notched lapel. Two large patch pockets. Single vent. Cotton/Elastane. Falls below the hip. On sale $278.00

Runaway Pony A-List Coat- You’d resemble Anna Karenina wearing it with a midi skirt and boots. Super waist definition. ¾ coat. Eggplant. Detachable, black faux fur collar for panache. Fully lined. $174.00

Jil Sander Lightweight Taffeta Parka- I don’t care what you’re wearing, it’s going to look better with this over it-open or closed. Ritzy fabrication, stand-up collar, button fastening elasticized cuffs, front flap pockets, seam detail, internal drawstring at waist. Concealed zipper fastening at the front to break the wind. 100% Polyester. on sale $563.00

Short & Dressy

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem- David Carradine

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Alberta Feretti One-Shoulder Draped Dress- Like anything contructed well, this has great lines. The draping is well placed and falls beautifully. Cocktails or concerts? Asymmetrical sleeve detail with draped back, side ruching, hidden side zipper closure. Falls just above the knee. 60% Triacetate/40% Polyester. $1045.00

Temperley London Silk Frill Strapless Dress- Cute as the dickens for the young and leggy. Concealed side zipper closure. Architectural frill detail-folds really. Layered. Short. British sizing. On sale $575.00

Angel Sanchez Strapless Layered Gazaar Dress- A show-stopping piece that whispers into the room. Fabulous, original shape. All those sheaths will hide in shape. You may dream of this one. 100% Silk. Draped and layered skirt. Concealed zipper fastening at the back with hook-and-eye. Lined. On sale $1221.00

Notte by Marchesa One Shoulder Silk Crepe Dress- Particularly good proportions for petite woman. Short and fitted. 100% Silk, fully lined. Pleated detailing around the neck with an oversized shoulder bow. Concealed zipper fastening at the back. $449.00

Long Alternatives

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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Halston Heritage Silk Jersey Draped Maxi Dress- Classic Halston style-nothing extra, just good lines and engineered draping. Needs statement jewelry. Deep v-neckline, gathers at the waist with tied waistbelt, side split. Concealed side zipper closure. Draping. Polyester/Elastane. On sale $230.00

Dark Purple Satin Crepe Jumpsuit- Look like a drink of water in long line color. You could spend all night gallivanting in this comfortable piece. Sleeveless racer style with thin spaghetti straps. Nips in at the high waist. Loose cut pants. 100% Viscose. On sale $27.00!!!!

Halston Heritage Draped Matte jersey Gown- Graceful, easy and covered for those of you who prefer or need to be. Not stuffy, however. Could use a gorgeous belt and terrific earrings. Semi-sheer matte-jersey, cowl neck, half sleeves, elasticized waist, split at front of skirt, fully lined at skirt. Slips on. 100% Viscose. Fully lined. $134.40 on sale

Carmen Marc Valvo Metallic Jacquard Gown- Looks like a million dollars. Rich color, beautiful draping, covered but not without some skin. Diamonds or crystals would serve. Knotted asymmetric straps, ruched bodice, boned internal bodice; fully lined. Concealed hook and zipper fastening at the side. Rayon/Polyester/Nylon. On sale $565.00


You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. John Mason

Top Row Left to Right:

Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Boots- Swashbucklers if there ever were any. Tuck in your jeans or better yet wear leggings so these really show. Midi-top suede booties, almond toe, raised paneling throughout. Concealed zipper closure at the heel Lined. 3.5” heel. On sale $345.00

Paris Hilton Destiny Purple Suede Shoes- Sassy as she is or was-it’s the Kardashians now, isn’t it? Same difference. They’re that kind of show. Flirty and fun. Peep toe pump topped with dressy purple fabric bow at the front and side. 4” heel and 1” platform. $95.00

Gianvito Rossi Purple Pumps- Really feminine footwear. Sleek, well cut. Great with anything really. Pointy toes and immensely graceful. Slim, mid height heel. Suede and leather. On sale $340.00

Bottom Row Left to Right:

Georgina Goodman Faith Suede Ankle Boots- graceful enough to wear with a skirt as well as pants. Easy on and off. Lush reddish purple. Contoured 3” heel. Pointed toe. Elasticized panel. Slip on. 100% suede and leather. On sale $249.00

Ralph Lauren “Quinley” Shoe- For loafing all over town. Smart with black pants. Features a long front and oval toe for hours and hours on your feet. Black beaded and embroidered designer initials in the front. Don’t worry, they just look like a design in motion. Scalloped front. Leather sole, stacked wooden heel. $665.00

Giuseppe Zanotti Purple Suede Ballerina Pumps- Wear with black evening slacks or add a little sparkle to your daytime attire. Comfortable and zippy. Entirely covered in tone on tone crystals. On sale $398.00

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