Friday, February 12, 2010


The single woman traveler is of course interested in fashion, particularly clothes which are chic and comfortable and will withstand long distance flights and other means of transport. I was therefore delighted to have been invited to visit the Carlisle/PerSe collection fashion show which was hosted in Greenwich. Designer Susan Klope presented her latest collection and, a highlight, used as models a mother-daughter combo who pulled off the task with panache. It also showed that the same item, jazzed up with individual style and accessories, can be worn by women of all ages. A tiny trick for tighter skirts: a hidden zip in the hem in back which can be opened or closed to allow even longer strides. Great idea, as were the stretchy fabrics for smart dresses.

A child again....

Last week I visited New York for the first time in my life and have instantly fallen in love with the city. There was so much to do and so much to see, five days could only scratch the surface. However, one of the highlights was a visit to the newly refurbished Plaza Hotel on 5th Avenue. Who isn't familar with the Plaza's most famous -albeit fictitious- resident--6 year old Eloise? The creation of Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight and her adventures in the luxury hotel have delighted children and adults since 1955. Of course, the 'new' Plaza could not by pass Eloise and hence a big part of the basement is dedicated to Eloise. I felt like a child again, seeing the all pink little chairs and tables, the party room, the shop and much much more, where today's New York Eloises can come and browse, try on clothes, apply make up, play, watch videos and host their birthday parties.I wanted to join right in the fun.