I met my new fashion heroine last week. Her name is Norisol Ferrari. She is a strong, Amazonian woman who makes no excuses for her super luxurious sable coats and makes no compromises in her quality and fit. She is often compared to Alexander McQueen, which she does not agree with, except to say they both are inspired by mens' tailoring and military uniforms. Instead, she cites more historical references like Dior's New Look that she finds to be a muse, except she updates it with modern materials and some edgier gang references.
She has very strong opinions on how many designers try to infantilize women. She builds clothes for a woman's shape with an almost warrior-like passion. Norisol has images of Frida Kahlo and Louise Brooks on her office wall. She has trinkets and carved skulls from her travels and a wall of taxidermy to show her darker influences. Her collection for Fall 2012 was drawn from a classic Jean Harlow meets Tina Turner of Mad Max as her muse.
Norisol proudly produces her collection with trusted artisans in New York. She refuses to sell out or tailor her label to anything less than what truly inspires her, regardless of cost. In this day of outsourcing and penny counting, her fashion manifesto is a career to look up to.
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