Saturday, November 25, 2006


"Authentic personal style comes from understanding our bodies, recognizing the demands of our particular lifestyle, mining our experiences, and finding what we really like." — Randolph Duke

The fashion designer Randolph Duke has written a book that is "A Guide to Dressing from the Inside Out" published by Random House and forwarded by his long time friend and associate Sandra Graham. Randy is a remarkably talented designer whose name can be included on the same A-List of couture inspired American designers as Geoffrey Beene, Ralph Rucci and Yeohlee. (I have known Randy for over 20 years and I photographed a number of his shows as his house photographer.)

Randolph Duke has designed swimwear for Anne Cole and Gottex; served as design director for Henri Bendel; revived the iconic Halston label; created a couture collection that has been worn by Angelina Jolie, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez, and many other celebrities; and he currently sells his collection also called 'The Look' on The Home Shopping Network

The Look is a guide to help women find their own personal style, and offers tips including: identifiying your body type, how to maximize your positive features (and downplay the less desirable ones), and how to use your existing clothing and accessories to freshen up your look.

The book also features photos of real women of various body types, from slender supermodel Cheryl Tiegs to curvy fashion writer Merle Ginsberg. It makes a great holiday gift. To purchase a copy of the book click here

-Ernest Schmatolla

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