Olivia Batchelder is an incredible artist and designer living in Laguna Beach. Her style is as laid back and artful as her incredible spirit. She is wearing one of her wonderful hand painted silk jackets in the photo above. Check out more of her fantastic work HERE.
I few backs I met Zandra Rhodes, one of my childhood heroes, at my book signing in London. I told her how my mom first introduced me to her work and how we were always on the look out for her when we would go shopping in San Diego. Last week Zandra invited us over for dinner at her place. We had a splendid time and got some great photos by the beach. When I asked Zandra about her style secrets she exclaimed, “Personality and jewelry will conquer everything.” The Advanced Ladies and I wholeheartedly agree!
I can’t go to San Diego and not meet up with one of my favorite ladies and stars of my book, Ljubica Bogic. I originally met Lubi while she was visiting her daughter, Ivana, in New York City and found out that she lived in my hometown of San Diego. I have since photographed her on almost every trip back to see my family. Lubi and Ivana have a wonderful bond and a shared passion for art and fashion. My mother and grandmother were a huge inspiration on my own style development. They allowed me the freedom to dress up and colorfully express myself at a young age. I asked Lubi to share a little about how she has influenced her daughter’s style. Check out her response below and a photo of my mom and I wearing coordinating colors!
formal education. As a scientist in molecular biology, with a specialization in
molecular medicine, my professional life and interest evolve around creative
work in the medical/scientific field, which has diverse and numerous limits/constraints.
The scientist is a creative explorer; however, there are set rules and even
stricter standards that must be followed—by the book. In fashion, as my hobby,
it is quite the opposite: I feel fully FREE, and I am never judged by the critics
in the field. Nevertheless, my
best critics in fashion are my husband, daughter and my dog….Ha! Ha! Thus, my
interest in fashion as an art form allows my creative thinking to materialize into
full freedom, or at least the illusion of a full freedom. In my mind there is
no existing scale in fashion; at least not to the same extent as in science.
How would I define my own style: simplicity, comfort, a clear-cut silhouette,
monochromatic, colorful accessories and else!
supported her own creative thinking, yet I probably did shape her style to some
extent. She grew up into a sophisticated
young person with her own unique style…..but fashion still continues to be our
special bond that translates into the formation of an additional dimension of our
friendship. As we go different ways in style, our fashion interests bond us in
a distinctive way. We often exchange fashion opinions, build exceptional creative
dialogs, and review the art of fashion. My daughter lives in NYC, and I am in
San Diego. Very often she sends me a phone picture of a window display in the city,
or a fashion piece worth the attention. Then, we usually build a discussion
around our opinions and ideas of a piece. Often, she asks for my advice. If I
do not like something, it does not mean that she won’t get it. However, our
connection to fashion links us in an interesting way, and broadens our
Did I influence my daughter’s style? I do not know. Maybe to
some extent I did. Most importantly, I encouraged her to develop her own
creative style. I am happy that two of us can play and dance through life together
at many different levels.As for my Borzoi…..Ha! Ha! I do include her in my most
recent fashion expressions. This is my new puppy that I refer to as “my black
and white design”………so I try to match her color patterns….. CRAZY? Maybe not,
because BORZOI – “They are truly living and breathing works of art” (Joseph B. Thomas).My freedom of
expression translates into my fashion style. At present, I take inspiration
from the elegant, yet simple markings of my Borzoi. CRAZY? Maybe not, because “Only
great minds can afford a simple style” (Stendhal).