"What are women going to be wearing for Spring? Suits, apparently, judging from the great response Eleanor P. Brenner had in the fitting rooms at Nieman Marcus. Known for dressing career women who don't favor dull clothes, Brenner saw Chicagoans swooping up her vivid separates. Near sellouts included emerald (or purple) silk jackets bound all around with black and white stripes that many teamed up with patent skirts. Big reasons for Brenner's popularity, in addition to color and detailing (as well as affordable prices): she's a stickler for a good fit." Excerpts from the "Chicago Tribune", March 11, 1992.
Here's my St. Paddy's day dressy set in retro style! The skirt I made myself a few years back - it's Burda Style #107
, from October 2012. Blazer from @vodkaandlime.co
and jewelry vintage from my Grandma. I channeled "Aunt Vi" from "Fresh Prince of Bel Air"! She's definitely my ideal 90's style icon!
Eleanor Brenner started out "pushing racks of clothes around" at Bloomingdale's, where she met and married her husband, an executive. In the 50's she began sewing for friends, which led to designing clothes in smaller sizes for her first major client Henri Bendel. By 1968, she had her own couture studio but closed it in 1979 to write a cookbook on salt-free cooking. She reopened in 1983 under the label 'Eleanor P. Brenner', and now runs a program for youth on her Santa Fe ranch. For being the designer that clothed Mrs. Mondale, wife of the vice-president, for the 1977 Inauguration, I think she needs to be better respected and known. 'I want my clothes to give each woman positive feelings about herself. I want my clothes to help a woman say, 'I like who I am.'" This suit does that for me. Goodness knows, we need more of those kind of clothes today!
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