Fledgling Fashionistas

It was a splendid volunteer day for us ladies from Burberry when we were privileged to see the next generation of fashionistas learning their craft from the sketch pad up.  From designing, illustrating, sewing and modeling their creations, these six to eight year olds showed a maturity far outweighing their tender years and experience in this weeklong summer class sponsored by the Aspen Art Museum.  Enjoy my article in this week’s Time Out section of the Aspen Daily News.  http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/163180Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 2 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 3Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 4 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 5Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 6 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 7 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 8Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 9 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 10 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 11 Fancy Fashionistas Summer Class - Art Museum.jpg 12

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Tony and me

I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Mr. Tony Bennett again, not only on stage and fabulous, as always, at the JAS Aspen June festival at the Benedict Music Tent, but was thrilled to be invited backstage with my friend, Jill Ginn, who I invited to join me for the special evening. I met Tony in September of 1999 when I was a concierge at the St. Regis Aspen. I handed him the sheet music for his show at the Wheeler and so enjoyed making his stay comfortable and pleasant for the week he was with us, culminating in being invited to his private concert at the Wheeler Opera House where he dedicated my favorite Tony Bennett song, “When Joanna Loved Me” just to me. I was on cloud 9! I have since been invited backstage to say hi, after every concert I’ve attended. I always feel so honored to be able to hear him sing, as if every song is directed to me. That’s his gift, being able to make everyone in the audience feel that way. Then, to be able to say hello for a moment or two after the show… that’s pure heaven! Thank you, Tony. Happy Birthday!JAS June Festival, Tony Bennett, Sat. June 28, 2014

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Food, Wine & Fashion

For Aspenites, Food & Wine is the official kickoff to the summer season, signaling the welcomed onslaught of tourists and added ka-ching for everyone – from restaurants and hotels to every gallery and retail store in town. The 32nd edition of this extravaganza of gourmets and gourmands was no exception! It’s also the perfect occasion to bring out those pretty spring frocks and outfits we’ve been gathering, just lying in wait for our mountain temperatures to warm up enough to break them out of the closet. Enjoy my article and photos of this annual rite of passage.

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/162831

Erin and Todd Heintz, Tom and Angela Kelp

Deborah Herron, Kiki Raj and Laura Herman

PBS cooking show host, Michelle Tucker

PBS cooking show host, Michelle Tucker

Chester and Kath D'Arenberg at Hyatt Australian wine party

Chester and Kath D’Arenberg at Hyatt Australian wine party

Aspen Magazine party at Snowmass with the girls from Burberry, Andrea Sirko and Michelle Pedinielli

Aspen Magazine party at Snowmass with the girls from Burberry, Andrea Sirko and Michelle Pedinielli

Christopher Longden and Ramona Bruland and Michael Goldberg.

Christopher Longden and Ramona Bruland and Michael Goldberg.

Chris and me

Chris and me

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Kentucky Derby in Aspen

The place to be on Saturday afternoon after a fun morning skiing on Aspen Mountain for the last weekend of the year was at the Square Grouper, the Cajun Creole place on Restaurant Row in Aspen to enjoy the Kentucky Derby. Aspenites got in the mood by donning some festive millinery accents while the gentlemen enjoyed their summery seeksucker suits! Mint juleps were enjoyed by all! http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/162235 918.jpg”>Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 918Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 921Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 922Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 927Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 928Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 929Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 934Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 938Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 942Kentucky Derby at Square Grouper 915

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Aspen AIDS Benefit Hits Its Stride

After an amazing month of fashion, fundraising and frenetic fun in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Aspen AIDS benefit provided the crowning touch.  Read about the third annual AAB in this week’s Time Out.   http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/161893Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 134 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 113 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 089 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 085 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 021 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 016 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 092 AAB co-director Amy Parnello Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 108 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 075Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 024 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 031 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 117 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 103 Aspen AIDS Benefit 2014 Belly Up 124

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Dressed to Impress at Re-born Aspen International Fashion Week

Nancy Rogers in a Dennis Basso creation

Mountain Hides designer, Laura Schock wearing her own creation

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Designer Jitrois with one of his models at in-store event

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Brooke displaying the teal suede Jitrois dress that was auctioned to benefit St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee

Brooke and me in Gorski

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AIFW Director and Wilhelmina Models President Brooke Fogg with Basso mgr. Olga Lukastievich

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Olga Lukastievich and Ivana Alessi, co-managers of Dennis Basso

Stascha and Stefan Kaelin at their in-store event

A masked guest from NYC in a tux interpreted in a black sequin jacket at the Caribou charity event

A reveler at the Black & White Ball at the Caribou to benefit St. Jude's Hospital

Kathy and Warren Klug with Missy and Chris Klug

Guests bidding at the benefit at the Caribou on Saturday night

Wilhelmina models at Dennis Basso in-store event

Basso 3From the drop-dead luxury of Dennis Basso to the functional playfulness of homegrown Obermeyer Skiwear, the re-incarnation of Aspen International Fashion Week never stopped bringing the glamour and party for the three days and nights that they ruled the mountain-high red carpet known as Aspen.  Read my account of all the highlights of the new AIFW….Image

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Aspen Fashion Week Returns

Dennis Basso at Aspen International Fashion Week

Dennis Basso at Aspen International Fashion Week

After a one year interruption, the re-born Aspen International Fashion Week is back on the scene, with a new cast of characters running the show…or shall I say, the shows.  Read my interview with its new director, Brooke Fogg of the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in Denver, along with an article about some of the new shops opening up in Aspen over this winter season, as well as a third one telling all about  what we have to look forward to this coming weekend with AIFW taking over the town.  From Dennis Basso furs to Obermeyer skiwear,  enjoy all the info in this week’s special Fashion issue of the Time Out section in The Aspen Daily News.

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