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Oscar de la Renta commemorative postage stamps. 

When I was in college I worked part time in a neighborhood dance wear and accessories shop. Ingeborg, the German-born owner of the shop, was a stern boss but she was a good businesswoman, had an discerning eye for quality, and could be very generous to her employees.

I learned about a lot of different things from Ingeborg, including the attraction of a postage stamp. Among my tasks each morning was a walk to the bank and sometimes the post office, where I was to buy commemorative stamps only. Commemorative stamps? I had no idea.

Commemorative stamps are limited edition postage stamps that honor a person, place, or event. There are perhaps a dozen or so to choose from at any one time. Like miniature pieces of art they are always more interesting than the usual stamp and brighten up any envelope. Ingeborg didn’t ever say she wanted a particular stamp, she left it up to me to choose. So this is something I have been doing (and enjoying) a long time; at first for her and now for myself. Like Ingeborg, I only buy commemorative.

02-oscar-de-la-renta-stampsEarlier this year I read in WWD that there was to be a stamp commemorating the late and beloved American fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. The stamp was two years in the making and finally released on February 16th 2017. To celebrate, the fashion house hosted a release ceremony with formidable speakers Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Hillary Clinton, who was a good friend of Mr. de la Renta and the man who designed her original pantsuits.

(In her speech that day, Mrs. Clinton reminded the audience that Mr. de la Renta was an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. “And let there be many, many, more immigrants with the love of America that Oscar de la Renta exemplified every single day,” she said to a reported thunderous applause. He became a US citizen in 1969.)

You bet I was excited to make my way to the post office and get the fashionable commemorative stamp. They’re so lovely.

Thanks Ingeborg, wherever you may be, for gifting me with a lifelong appreciation of a postage stamp.

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Hillary Clinton, a woman with impeccable grace and style.

… I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together… let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart, for there are more seasons to come. And there is more work to do.

– Hillary Clinton, from her concession speech on November 9, 2016.

We expected on November 8th for Hillary Clinton to finally shatter that glass ceiling. Instead, Donald Trump and his supporters have shattered our hearts, our hopes and dreams for the future of this country.

It’s a painful time. It’s a challenging time. But after some days of contemplation I choose to heed Hillary, who has led with such grace and style. I will pick up the pieces and move forward. To be honest, I’m not sure where I’m going – what to do – where to turn. Still, one foot in front of the other … moving … forward … moving … forward …

Thank you, Hillary for all that you have done and tried to do for women, children, and America.

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Have your say on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016.

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Vogue editor Anna Wintour sporting a Marc Jacobs Hillary t-shirt at the recent NYC fashion shows.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hillary Clinton sported the original cold-shoulder dress to her first state dinner as First Lady in 1993. She told Lena Dunham in a recent interview that she loved that dress, designed by her friend Donna Karan, and chose it to have a bit of fun with her style but, “Like everything I do it turned out to be controversial.”

Apparently it was also considered a loser for Donna Karan, who says her design was panned by Women’s Wear Daily back in the day. Fast forward 23 years and the cold- shoulder dress is all over the runways this season.

Two women ahead of their time.

It’s the California primaries today – best of luck to Hillary Clinton.

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