First Words — 01 September 2012
Confessing my crimes of fashion

I have a little fashion sense.

“You’re going out dressed like that?’’ she says.

“Yes,’’ I say. “Why not?”

“Your shirt is turned inside out,” she smiles. “Did you know that?”

Long pause.

“Yes,” I say. “I knew that.”

“You knew that?”

“Yes,” I say. “It’s the style now.’’

“It is not the style now,’’ she says. “I thought you had a little fashion sense.’’

Long pause.

“I do,” I say.

“So you’re going out dressed like that?”

Longer pause.

“No,” I say.

“You’re going to turn your shirt right-side out?” she smiles.

“Yes,’’ I say.

Short pause.

“See,” I say, “I just did.”

She smiles.

“You’re going out dressed like that?’’ she says.

“Yes,” I say, “why not…?”

“There’s mustard on your shirt.”

We can all use a little fashion sense from time to time, and we get a lot this issue, starting on page 85, from Fashion & Style Director Elyse Ranart.

Elyse has been with City & Shore for seven years, but she started her career as an apparel designer for some of the most successful brands in the fashion business. She followed her design career with a move into art direction, and spent six years as a Senior Art Director for Neiman Marcus advertising.

Over the years, Elyse has worked with most every luxury lifestyle and iconic fashion brand in the business, including Armani, Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.

We are fortunate that she is on our side, watching what we’re wearing, saving us from fashion faux pas. She follows fashion the way a baseball fanatic follows a box score; the way an oenophile follows a harvest; the way a foodie follows a food truck.

When she says red’s the color this fall, men’s wear is influencing women’s wear, prints are in or even – if it slipped past a discerning eye at home – there’s a little mustard on our shirt, we believe her.

She has more than a little fashion sense.

Mark Gauert

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