It was a particularly stressful, sleep deprived week this week between emergencies with both my daughter and my dog, furiously trying to get 200 recipes uploaded to the new site, auditions, blogs posts and menus to write, plus back to back clients – all of which made me super grateful for a brief visit from one of my dearest friends. Better still, she came with her collection in tow! Maria Grachvogel also happens to be one of my favorite fashion designers in the world, so I got a twofer – both friend and fashion fix in one go.
In December 1993, I was on my way from Cairo to Aspen for a New Years Eve party with an 8 hour stopover in London when my friend Brad Boles took me to a young designer’s flat (which also doubled as her showroom) to find a frock for the party. As Maria tells it, “I thought you were completely mad. I had no idea what to make of this brash American model that bound into my apartment, declared ‘I love that dress’, and promptly threw her clothes off on the spot to try it on.” In my defense there were no dressing rooms, and I was in a hurry.
Today, Maria has stunning shops (with dressing rooms) in both London and Singapore, and a client list that reads like the who’s who of international glitterati. I always did have a good eye for talent. The friendship part was entirely luck on my part, and one that has provided a rock of Gibraltar in my life, spanning two decades, countless parties, divorce, continental divides, suicide, illness, rising careers, marriage, and babies. She continues to be both calming influence and inspiration in my life, and I am so relieved we got some girl time in this week – thank you for dinner, recharging my batteries, and frocking my world Maria!
PS. Is it coincidence? I have Cleopatra on my Guess Who’s Coming to dinner guest list, I first met Maria on my way back from Egypt, and I had dinner at Cleo’s restaurant this week! Don’t forget to enter your top ten guest list here for the Party Accomplished competition. Only two days left – the deadline is June 26th, 2012. My top three favorite guest lists will be posted on my Facebook page (don’t forget to complete the email sign-up where everyone’s a winner) for YOU to vote for the winner – starting June 27th. Voting closes at 12:00PM on July 2nd, and the winner will get a free copy of my mini eBook, Party Accomplished.
This post was first published June 24, 2012