(Miss A, Pamela Sorensen and Kate Marie Grinold, Miss DC)
After my Marilyn Monroe photo shoot this morning, I rushed off to Neiman Marcus in Chevy Chase for an Innocents at Risk luncheon still looking a bit like Marilyn sans mole, or perhaps I was channeling Gwen Stefani. Some fellow board members of Innocents at Risk didn’t even recognize me at first! Innocents at Risk is a child-advocacy 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to fight child trafficking though awareness programs aimed at educating the public of these crimes. They have established a public-private partnership with the United States Department of State and NGO’s to support their battle.
Deborah Sigmund spoke about child trafficking, and Kate Marie Grinold, Miss DC told attendees that child trafficking would be her platform for Miss America in January. Then, British designer Zandra Rhodes told us how she went from being a textile designer to “one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s.” She is unmistakably a fashion designer and still adores punk, as you can see from her shock of pink hair, and theatrical makeup. Over the years, Zandra has designed for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Liz Taylor, Twiggy, and continues to design for the rich, the famous, and the royals around the world. The Queen of England has even made her Commander of the British Empire in 1997. As Zandra explained her amazing fur and fashion
collection, the models walked by our tables showing us the details of her designs.
Many of her fur pieces were reversible. For instance a metallic silver raincoat with chinchilla fur trim could be reversed to a sheered black with Chincilla. Maybe one day I’ll have a raincoat like that! Then there were gorgeous Lippi Cat fur coats, which Pamela Sorensen and I just adored! And then there was an amazing micro-sheered beige sable fur with beautiful trim. Zandra showed us a gorgeous white fur with a pattern design created by sheering. The models wore stoles, and a beatiful capelet stole, which was fantastic because it had short sleeves, so that you wouldn’t have to worry about your stole falling down.
In the past, people have questioned how I can love fur, and at the same time support The Washington Humane Society. Let me reiterate my beliefs. I support the humane treatment of animals we consider to be pets like cats dogs, and horses. I don’t think I need to support mink, sable, fox and chinchilla. I am a carnivore, and wear leather shoes, belts and handbags.
– Miss A