As many of you know, my
mother passed away this summer after a long battle with
cancer. Her death created a chasm in my life, and in my
father's. Many matters had to be attended to, people to
notify, a service to be created and held, people to thank,
and the long road of grieving that we are on, and that
lies ahead. It's an incredibly difficult and wrenching
ongoing experience with many waves and ebbs.
I realize that now is a
time of firsts and lasts. The last days, the last words,
the last, in my case, silent goodbye; the first fall
without her, the first holidays, the first time, since I
was two years old, that my mother and I didn't relish and
enjoy the New York City telephone book size September
issue of Vogue together. The firsts and lasts are
everywhere and in everything. As she is.
I have said many times
how great an influence my mother was and is. I started
this magazine with her encouragement and inspiration.
Every issue, every story has something of her in it. My
mother was an artist, and throughout the life of Fashion
Finds her art has graced our pages, as it does again in
It's only been 8 weeks
since her death, and I feel I'm just starting to pick up
the pieces of my life, focus my sight, get back in the
saddle, pull myself up...the endless metaphors for how to
learn how to live one's life in a completely different
way. It's like learning how to walk -- all over again.
My mother drew this sketch
of me when I was 3½
This is a somewhat
abbreviated issue of Fashion Finds, but included are the
monthly favorites such as our Top 5 of 5 column with great
fall picks, our Fashion Finds Angels, a wonderful poem by
Dai Crowther, and several columns on a variety of subjects
under the heading: From Gina's Notebook. We will be adding more features as the month
goes on. Enjoy.
As far as fall fashions
go, I like what I see. The elegant sophistication that is
classic enough to not be a one season trend. I love the
nouveau-retro (that's an oxymoron isn't it!?) 80's punk
interpretations. I like the vintage, thrift looks, and
especially the 40's influence I adore. Mix it into your
current wardrobe, add a few things and give the clothes
you already own a little lift with a small this or that.
Also pins are chic again -- look in curiosity shops, ask
your grandmother for a loaner, but try a pin. And, maybe
some ankle strap shoes a la Joan Crawford?
Finally I want to thank
all my readers and friends for their support, love and
sympathy during this difficult time for me. The out
pouring of affection and understanding has been
overwhelming. I am eternally grateful.
Have a wonderful month.