Miss Elliot’s style has always been a direct outgrowth of her spirit. Her favorite wardrobe pieces are vibrant, soft, and loved fiercely, to the point of reuse so frequent I must kidnap it for a wash. In contrast, the clothes she doesn’t like are always the pieces I’ve foisted upon her for an event, scratchy and, in her opinion, too coordinated with her sister. And I can always tell when a shirt or a skirt is destined to return, because before I see her downstairs wearing it, it turns up on top of her laundry basket. Sneaky girl. Resourceful girl.
“That is the key of this collection, being yourself. Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” – Gianni Versace
Yesterday, as big sis languished upstairs with a fierce summer ailment waiting for antibiotics to kick in, I asked Elliot what she’d like to do. “Let’s have a fashion show!” In the spirit of empowering the kids this summer, I’ve vowed to take a yes, and approach to whatever comes up, but fashion? Yes, fashion! Elle was the executive producer of the show, designing the runway, playing DJ for her models, setting up the audience, and, of course, approving all fashion choices. Maya and I added our own goofy selections. Elle even designed one shirt all by herself, adding a funky fringe using a pair of scissors, and writing “Love this life; life is good” on the front with fabric markers. Words to live by, my girl.