Zandra Rhodes at Mingei

Balboa Park’s Mingei International Museum was even more colorful than usual on Friday night with The Princess of Punk herself, the great Zandra Rhodes. The event was a celebration of Rhodes’ fifty plus years in the fashion industry, and the who’s who of San Diego came out in droves to support their local legend.
Partnering with Bloomingdales and Mengei, Rhodes put on a killer runway show featuring couture pieces from her archives. Only a visionary like Rhodes could away with dousing the audience in rose petals while edged out Geishas sashayed down the runway in silk frocks, adorned with feathers, sequins and sashes that look just as fabulous and on-trend in 2011 as they did in 1977.
Best known for creating one -of-a-kind pieces with her to die for textiles, Rhodes has dressed everyone from Cher and Jackie Kennedy to Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Moss. Once considered “too outrageous” for the fashion industry, her brand now includes designer clothing, textiles, eyewear, bed linen, shoes, furniture and china.
You have until April 3, 2011 to get your fashionable fanny to the Mingei to see Zandra Rhodes – A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles .

Transforming Your Closet

There’s no time like the new year to reinvent your look, and the easiest, most cost efficient way is with a closet audit. Whether you hire a professional or just have a girlfriend over (fueled by some wine of course!), it’s time to take stock of what’s hanging in your closet. Most stylists tell you to throw something away if you haven’t worn it in a year. Short of an acid wash jacket with shoulder pads, I tell my clients not to toss something out just because you’ve had it for a few years. Instead, try to pair it with three different pieces in your closet to wear it in a new way. For more tips like these, check out my feature in the January issue of San Diego Magazine…