Dear Jacquie,

I am the mother of the bride, and I need help! I am short (5'1") and pear shaped, and I feel self conscious in most everything. I so want to look beautiful for this event. The wedding is in three weeks, and I’m starting to panic. Short of a total body makeover, do you have any suggestions?
Desperate MOB



Dear Desperate,

Not to worry. First, keep the focus at the top with a beautiful jacket... not too oversized and not too long. I suggest Lee Andersen. Her sheer embroidered jackets are exquisite, come in a wide range of sizes, and flatter every body. Pair a beautiful sheer jacket over Lee’s tea length crinkled tank dress or a pair of simple silk pants, and you are ready to go. Call or e-mail me, and we can talk about details like color and size. In the meantime, take a look at Lee Andersen’s website for inspiration, relax, and enjoy this special time.
Jacquie



Dear Jacquie,

I am looking for everyday clothing that is comfortable and stylish, but does not resemble sweats! I prefer natural fabrics. Suggestions?
Casual in New Hampshire



Dear Casual,

The answer is Cynthia Ashby... creative, comfortable, interesting, indestructible (washable, dryable), made from natural fabrics (linen, cotton, silk, wool), in different weights depending on the season; garment dyed in colors designed to work with past and future collections, and fits and flatters a wide range of sizes and body types. I love to add either a Teresa Goodall necklace, or some great Amy Leiner earrings or loop necklace, depending on my mood. Heartily endorsed by a fellow New Hamshirite.
Jacquie





Dear Jacquie,

I am a trial lawyer who spends a lot of time in court. I am atypical, in that I don’t wear traditional business suits, yet I have to look professional. I like to make an impact, and I love color and great style. I like pieces that I can wear with my silk trousers. I am tall, and I wear a size 18 - 20.
J.D. in Atlanta




Dear J.D.,

Lorain Croft is the perfect designer for you. Her 4-ply silk or silk dupioni jackets are dramatic, bold, and beautifully styled, flatter every body type, and pair perfectly with a simple pant or skirt.  
Jacquie



Dear Jacquie,

I’m planning a wedding on the beach in Malibu, and am looking for a wedding outfit that is beautiful and romantic, but not too formal or traditional. I am a small person, so can’t wear things that are overwhelming.
Malibu Bride



Dear Malibu Bride,

I am thinking that Robin Kaplan would be exactly right for your wedding. Robin’s pieces are so romantic and beautiful, with layers of sheer silk chiffon and tulle and lace, embellished with handmade flowers and ribbons. Just exquisite, and the epitome of romance. Add a fresh gardenia to your hair, and you will be breathtaking. 
Jacquie





Dear Jacquie,

I’ve been invited to a very upscale, artsy event in New York City. I like clothing that is dramatic, vibrant, sophisticated and unconventional, but still tasteful and beautiful... a tall order, I know. I am tall and rubenesque, and like to make a statement. Any suggestions?
Drama Queen



Dear Drama Queen,

English designer Ray Harris immediately comes to mind. His crinkled dresses and coats are fabulous creations in beautiful, vibrant colors. His pieces literally float on the body. One of my favorites is the Handkerchief Dress that is simply perfect... dramatic, artistic, eye catching. No need to worry about fit or length... Ray Harris will make to measure... just be sure to allow 6 weeks for made to measure pieces. You can top Ray’s dress with one of his amazing kimono coats for added drama, or you can pair it with one of Mina Mann’s beautiful wraps in silk or velvet. As for jewelry...the Mindy Lam lariat of crystal and pearl flowers on crystal covered wire sculpted around the neck or tied and hanging long.
Jacquie



Dear Jacquie,

I am a businesswoman, an engineer to be exact. Unlike many of my colleagues, I actually love stylish clothing. (No, I do not wear a pocket protector!). I like interesting and non-traditional design that is professional, but eye catching. I frequently attend business meetings and events that call for business casual dress. Any thoughts?
J.P. in St. Louis                                                                                    


Dear J.P.,                                                                      
I happen to have a good friend who is an engineer with style, and who manages to look totally professional sans business suits. There are a couple of designers who create what is referred to as architectural clothing. These are pieces with beautiful and interesting lines and angles and asymmetry. Lynn Mizono, who designs for Giselle Shepatin, is a master of architectural design, having studied with Yoji Yamamoto. Her white stretch cotton poplin shirts paired with simple black pants are perfect. Another great designer of high style architectural clothing is the Danish designer, Ivan Grundahl. Both will offer you the non-traditional, yet professional style that you are looking for. 
Jacquie