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Happy New Year!

I'm wishing all my taffetadarlings a healthy, prosperous and fashionable New Year!  Happy 2012!


Wright Was Never Wrong

As a designer and artist, I am (obviously) inspired by many different creative people who helped in some small, meaningful way to shape and mold my aesthetic.  One of these people is architect, Frank Llloyd Wright -- I've even mentioned him in my bio on my website.  Well, my dad happens to appreciate the genius of Mr. Wright as well, and we have discussed his work at Fallingwater at length.

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

staircase in chapel with colored glass

So, I thought that since I was in town visiting my folks (a.k.a. "parental units" as my sister and I have dubbed them), it would be a great idea to visit Florida Southern College.  Why?  Because I'm religious?  No, not even close.  Because Frank Llloyd Wright designed the entire campus.  How cool is that?  My dad joked as we strolled past the ginormous grandfather oak tree, "This reminds me of F.I.T. Stac."  Hey, we have Central Park in NYC and that's enough.

one of the many many sprawling oak trees

me, under a giant cross feeling the guilt weight on my shoulders

The college is situated on Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, Florida, it's been called the most beautiful campus in the country.  According to the enthusiastic and knowledgeable man at the visitors center, the first buildings designed by Wright, were actually built by WOMEN.  Yes, that's right, chicks!  In the mid 1940's when they were constructed, men were not exactly available, therefore, women had to do the hard labor.  They didn't just paint or decorate, instead, they poured concrete and devised elaborate pulley systems to transport heavy building materials to upper levels.  Pretty amazing.

If you ever find yourself in the area, I highly recommend stopping by to see the angular, pointed, low-ceiling buildings that are detailed in Wright's favorite color, Cherokee Red.  The serene setting adds to the charm, as does unexpected little findings like the Hindu Meditation Garden -- kind of surprising (but refreshing) for a Methodist establishment.

Hindu Meditation Garden, or as I like to call it, "Mini Taj"

my dad, trying his best to look priestly or saintly


I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas

I love white.  And I say that white after Labor Day is fine as long as it's style and fabric appropriate.  In other words, summer linen should be shelved for, well... summer.  Try cashmere or wool, angora, mohair or leather instead!

This is my white Christmas wish list and I have been a very good girl this year, so I'm hoping Santa will bring me all of these yummy items...

 Movado watch

Ann Demeulemeester white leather pants Spring 2011 on sale now at Neiman Marcus  for $1118 (from $3195)!!
photo credit Yanis Vlamos/ via

Max Mara Fall 2011 Alpaca coat with fur collar

leather Barcelona chair


I'm On The Airwaves Baby!

Well, it's official, I did my first radio interview!  However, since it was for an Internet station, I'm not sure if I can technically say that I'm on the airwaves, but if I said "webwaves" I wouldn't have been able to use the Ramones in this post and that would be a tragedy.

The Ramones want the airwaves and so do I!  I'll take the webwaves too.
If you'd like to hear a little bit about me and my thoughts on the industry, business and nail polish color, check out S.E. Burns' interview with me on Tenacity Radio.  Burns is the host of a new segment called, Got Style and I'm lucky enough to be her first guest.  How fabulous!  I like being first... always have!


Pantone and Stacy Lomman : New York, Choose Orange

screen shot from Pantone's website

And the winner is... drum roll please... Tangerine Tango!!!  Pantone just announced its color of the year and it's bright and cheery, just in time for the holidays.  Now, some people are afraid of such bold hues and feel that they don't look good in orange, but if you select the right pieces and style them the right way (I agree... easier said than done), you can "make it work."

"Safety Orange" Nylon Rip Stop Gown -- from STACY LOMMAN : NEW YORK Spring 2012 Biohazard Collection

I tend to wear mainly neutrals myself, however, I've been feeling orange for quite a while.  In fact, I did not one, but two posts on the happy color back in June.  I guess I just couldn't get enough because a little later, I included an orange gown in my Spring 2012, Biohazard Collection.  I called my color of choice, Safety Orange, which evokes an entirely different emotion than its relative, Tangerine Tango, but it's still just as lively.

"Safety Orange" Nylon Rip Stop Gown -- from STACY LOMMAN : NEW YORK Spring 2012 Biohazard Collection
Photo: Shane LaVancher
So, taffetadarlings, be bold, be fearless, go forth and conquer.  Wear some orange... you might just like it!


On The Rise With FGI!

I have great news taffetadarlings  -- I've been nominated for The Fashion Group International's 2012 Rising Star Awards!  The Fashion Group (a.k.a. FGI) is an International non-profit organization made up of industry professionals in apparel, interior, accessories, advertising, marketing, publishing, PR and beauty.  Let's just say they cover anything fashion related. 
Lightweight Neoprene Zip Front Jacket & Asymmetric Skirt (Spring 2012)
Photo: Shane LaVancher

I am honored to be up for the award in the women's RTW category and I feel flattered, excited and nervous all at the same time.  While I know that I'm up against some steep competition, I'm remaining optimistic -- I hope that when my peers head over to FGI headquarters to cast their votes, they will be impressed with the pieces I've selected to showcase.  I'm quite happy with them!

Slate Grey Cropped Jacket & Pencil Skirt in Cashmere (Fall 2011)
Photo: Shane LaVancher

Whatever the outcome, I want to thank all of my supporters, sponsors and friends who have helped me and followed me from the beginning when I launched "Precious Metal" for Spring 2011. Most of you know that one of my greatest advocates is Wendy Brandes (who is also a dear friend). In fact, quite a few of you who found me on this little blog were referred by WendyB.  So, what makes this awards competition that much sweeter for me is the fact that Wendy is a nominee in the fine jewelry category. How great is that? She was a finalist last year (missed it by a hair) and I have a really good feeling this time -- have you seen her new Empress Wu dragon earrings? Need I say more?

Grey Wool Motorcycle Jacket With Silver Foil Print (Fall 2011)
Wool/Mohair Mini Skirt (Fall 2011)
Photo: Randy Brooke

Judging will take place between December 6th - December 13th and after the votes are counted, candidates will be informed as to whether or not they are a finalist in their category.  Of course, I truly hope to make it to the last round so please keep your fingers crossed for me. 


Dress For The Holidays!

It's that time of year again Taffetadarlings!  Let the festivities begin!  If you're looking for some fabulous, sexy, chic dresses, look no further.  Contact me through the blog or my website to place a custom order today -- there's still time!!

Eat, drink and be sexy!

Photo Credit: Shane LaVancher
copyright, stacy lomman 2011


Dress S.O.S.

Sometimes, Hervé Léger is just not appropriate.  As a rule, I try never to criticize actresses/musicians/performers potential clients, but as a designer, I think it's okay to offer a little wardrobe advice.  That said.... Ms. Christina Aguilera, if you're out there, I can help you...   


Hello Dali

I adore this photo -- fabulous shape, composition and subjects!

I think I remember when Salvador Dali died, but I was a teenager so I can't say it made much of an impact.  Sad, considering I was painting in school at that time and I was highly influenced by the great Spanish surrealist.  Born in 1904, Dali had an extensive career spanning over six decades.  The body of work produced by this colorful, unique man is enormous.  Monumental. 

I snapped this photo outside of the museum

This weekend, I had the great opportunity to visit the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL.  I highly recommend a visit, you won't regret it.  I'm not so sure Salvador would approve of the commercialized merchandise in the gift shop such as; the butterfly headband, the ant hat and bib or the Dali doll that looks more like Vincent Price, but I hope he would gain some satisfaction in knowing that so many of his pieces are gathered in a beautiful space for the world to see and enjoy.

The museum, which opened in 1982 (several years before Dali's death in 1989), contains over 1500 pieces (donated by ardent collectors, A. Reynolds and Eleanor R. Morse) from Dali's oeuvre.  The collection ranges from his slightly cubistic early works in thick layered oils on canvas and linen; to his fine line, hyper-detailed pencil sketches and etchings; to his scupltures and photographs. Most people know Dali for his whimsical, upturned moustache; his famous melting clocks; segmented, distorted body parts and his Masterworks (paintings which are at least 5ft. tall or wide and have taken at least a year to complete); but not many are aware that he even created jewelry. 

A true genius, Dali lived in an avant garde world where he was thought by many to be insane.  Still, he is considered to be one of the greatest surrealists of all time, inspiring many artists such as; Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and even the late, Andy Warhol.

Dali's brilliant pieces are often matched with equally brilliant, bizarre and humours titles of which I've listed (in chronological order) my top five favorites below...

1.  Ordinary French Loaf with Two Fried Eggs Riding Without a Plate (1932)
2.  Atmospheric Skull Sodomizing a Grand Piano (1934)
3.  Skull with its Lyric Appendage Leaning on a Bedside Table which should have the Exact Temperature of a Cardinal's Nest (1934)
4.   Fountain of Milk Spreading Itself Uselessly on Three Shoes (1945)
5.  Logical Rapproachment of a Trouser Button and a Pair of Cherries (1958)


Stacy's Style List

What I'm loving now...
Joseph, Fall 2011

I've been a long time fan of the London based label, Joseph and its cozy cashmeres and its fine gauge knits.  Pure chic!  Joseph doesn't try for trendy, they're only concerned with smart design and innovative techniques for their luxury knitwear.

All photos: Courtesy of Joseph for


Night of Stars!

I'm a lucky girl!  I was fortunate enough to be invited (by the publisher of Lookonline, Ernest Schmatolla) to cover FGI's 28th Annual Night of Stars on October 27.  You can read the full article on Lookonline's website HERE

with David Byrne

Though it was thrilling to be surrounded by so many fashion greats under one roof, I must admit that for me, the highlight of the evening was meeting Talking Heads' David Byrne.  I'm a long time fan.  He was extremely gracious and I was, well, hopefully not a giddy mess!

in my safety orange rip-stop dress and wendy brandes earrings

Luckily, I was able to squeeze into one of the new Biohazard pieces from my spring 2012 collection and I was thrilled to accessorize the orange gown with some stunning Wendy Brandes earrings.  Like I said, I'm a lucky girl!


The Emperor's FAB Clothes!

Just a typical day in NYC -- hustle, bustle, traffic jams, train delays, smelly subway platforms, crowded subway cars...  Sometimes a city girl has to stop, take the good with the bad, soak it all in and appreciate how lucky she is to live in such a marvelous, colorful town.  So, that's exactly what I did the other day when I found myself on the #6 train sitting next to none other than the Emperor of New York City!  That's right, I said the Emperor!  Yah, I didn't know there was such a thing either.

one of the cards the Emperor gave me (he is on the left)

For those of you who aren't familiar with the Upper East Side, suffice it to say it's not exactly edgy.  Think UGG boots, little dogs, manis, pedis, nannies, baby carriages and lots of girls named Alexis.  Even in NYC, unique people attract a lot of attention.  And so, when a tall stately man wearing a fur stole, an awesome top hat with two extra large, curved plumes and rocks for rings on each and every finger (with nails painted black) was spotted on the train, people stared.  Alexis' jaw dropped.  A boy in a Pittsburgh Steelers tee shirt, (obviously a tourist), took a photo with his phone.  I didn't bat an eye.  I'm jaded.  But, then I noticed the rings.  Then, I noticed the earrings.  I thought about passing him WendyB's card!  Then, I noticed the pretty fan he carried with what seemed to be seven feet of tassel dangling off the bottom.  He had to keep picking it up off the floor and draping it over his lap, delicately sitting it on top of the fur stole.

another postcard
Okay, I was intrigued.  Okay, I was more than intrigued.  "Who is this fabulous man?" I thought.  It takes a special kind of person to walk around in such an outfit.  It takes a confident, social and creative person.  Well, that's my kind of person!  So, I waited till we hit Union Square and it just so happened we both exited the train at that stop.  I just HAD to find out who this dude was... what he did... what his story was.  So, I asked what he did for a living.  "What don't I do?" he said.  "I'm the Emperor of New York."  To which I responded with a chuckle.  I quickly realized he was dead serious.  "Oh, I didn't even know there was an Emperor," I said.  Luckily, that didn't offend his Royal Highness (is that appropriate in this case??) and he told me about all the fundraisers and parties he attends as an official representative of NYC.  Cool.  I want that gig!  And so we exchanged cards and I scooted along because I was running ten minutes late as per usual and I left him to be accosted by a group of Hasdic Jews for a photo opp (which I found kind of odd)!  Such a New York moment!!

thinking maybe I should go to this!


Paco Versus Stacy

I've never hidden my admiration for great designers who've inspired me whether they be new on the scene or from generations past.  Paco Rabanne has been a big influence for me ever since I can remember and most of you know that I looked to his metal creations from the sixties when I started working on my debut collection last year, "Precious Metal" (for Spring 2011).  Even though the great Rabanne is alive and kicking, he hasn't been at the helm for a while and the collection has struggled in recent years (including an unsuccessful attempt by Patrick Robinson).  Still, the label has continued to be an important part of the fashion world and I am always excited to see what the they send down the runway each season.  This year, it looks like Rabanne's new designer, Manish Arora, tapped into Stacy Lomman : New York for some inspiration (IF ONLY!) as some of the similarities are uncanny.  At least I can say I did it first!

molten metal with shoulder detail
(left: Stacy Lomman - Spr. 2011 / right: Paco Rabanne - Spr. 2012)

metal sheath
(left: Stacy Lomman - Spr. 2011 / right: Paco Rabanne - Spr. 2012)

skinny with plunging V
(left: Stacy Lomman - Spr. 2011 / right: Paco Rabanne - Spr. 2012)

icy, short and sweet
(left: Stacy Lomman - Spr. 2011 / right: Paco Rabanne - Spr. 2012)

one shoulder, micro-mini
(left: Stacy Lomman - Spr. 2011 / right: Paco Rabanne - Spr. 2012)

cinched waist and pleats
(left: Stacy Lomman - Spr. 2011 / right: Paco Rabanne - Spr. 2012)

asymmetic, little black dresss
(left: Stacy Lomman - Spr. 2011 / right: Paco Rabanne - Spr. 2012)