Joyce Carpati is one of the most elegant and confident women I know. She has recently started taking signing lessons again at 82-years-old, after performing opera in her teens. I can’t wait to hear her perform!
|Carol and Richard sometime in the 70s posing as The Avengers, Emma Peel and John Steed. The bowler hats belonged to my(Carol’s) father.|
|Carol in her visor hat at Chestnut Street Studio. The little orange top was from a favorite Philly store, Asta de Blue.|
|Richard on the roof of our building on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The white building in the background was the Strawbridge and Clothier Department Store. Richard is wearing army/navy fatigues and a denim work shirt.|
|Carol and Richard just a few years ago by Ari Seth Cohen|
rich caftans posing in tiled temples in Morocco, with impossible
hairdos piled high, simply enthralled me. Once I found some patterned
ribbons in an abandoned notions store in Philadelphia and made a long
dress from them. I am loathe to admit that I did not keep it. I have the
clutter-free gene in my DNA.
earned my keep as a career woman, and had to learn to dress like one.
However, I made my own style. I loved Cacharel, and bought great clothes
with French flourishes and details. If I was going to be tromping the
halls of commerce, I would dressed like a French ingenue, by Jove!
as always, I am inspired by art and color. The cut-outs of Matisse suck
the breath right out of me. And I love fabulous clothes by the great
designers like Paul Poiret, Elsa Schiaparelli and Jeanne Lanvin.
I have gotten older (and retired from my job) I have the freedom to do
and dress as I like. When I dress for an event, I put together an outfit
as one would create a salade composée. I pick color and form for a
memorable effect. You should feel passion when you dress, as if you were
posing for Matisse on the French Riviera. This kind of dressing pumps
up the joie de vie!
fashion team with my husband, Richard Cramer, it is only fitting that I
tell you that his first job was as a window dresser at a beautiful
department store in Milwaukee called T.A. Chapman’s. He loves color too,
and buys his fantastic shirts at Coton Doux in Paris. He is celebrated
in our co-op for his shirts which he even wears to the gym! We are often
greeted by our neighbors with: “You two always look spectacular!”
I love how Colleen always pairs simple, elegant dresses with dramatic statement earrings. Check out some of her other looks HERE.
I always love getting together with my dear friend Debra Rapoport. She is one of the very first ladies that I ever photographed and she continues to inspire me to lead a creative life everyday.