Penguins and Pearls

When I got an invitation to view actress Jane Seymour’s new design venture – “Penguins and Pearls” – at the Penguin House, Central Park Zoo, I had a feeling that the ‘high’ point was going to be watching the penguins being fed their morning meal (well, since I have always loved the combination of black and white, penguins were always one of my favorite creatures). I was pleasantly surprised! Ms. Seymour ( told the small group assembled for the informal fashion show, that she had a mission…she wanted to create “amazingly affordable, elegant, glamorous” clothing for Middle America, and she wanted to address all ages and sizes. Her new undertaking, in conjunction with Blair Corporation, is a holiday collection which will launch in October, and will be available only through the Crossing Pointe catalogue, and on their website – Prices for both clothing and accessories will retail amazingly, for under $100. The items that looked best were the tuxedo pantsuit with white ruffled tuxedo shirt, a black tuxedo ‘lbd’ (little black dress), her stretch jeans embroidered with beads and penguin motif, and a group of silk shantung pieces, which included a tailored knee length coat, sheath, shell, and slim pant. Who can resist a bargain?

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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