As a frosty winter storm settled into the Big D last night and gave the city an icy kiss, we cozied up in our wonderful home (accompanied by a cracking fire of course!) and decorated for Christmas. Filled with nostalgia from childhood traditions, I remembered the sheer excitement I felt as a little girl when we would pick out our lush Christmas tree and adorn it with glittering tinsel, sparking twinkle lights, and an array of beautiful ornaments. As you “deck the halls” for Christmas in your home this year, here are some fabulous photographs to inspire. Enjoy!
Greeted with a warm smile and ease of a longtime friend, celebrated designer Abi Ferrin graciously invited me to her chic Dallas showroom to talk shop and chat about her inspiring career. Named Texas’ Next Top Designer in 2007, an award that launched her into stardom, Ferrin has since been churning out coveted collections for fashionistas and celebrities alike. And so, I give you my interview with the lovely Ms. Ferrin. Enjoy!
You’ve created a thriving brand, how did it all begin?
I love Alexander McQueen, because he always demonstrated a similar appreciation for women’s form. I truly believe he’s the greatest designer of our time.
What is your favorite piece you’ve ever designed?
The Nikki also known as the “Five Way Dress.” It was one of the first dresses I ever created and continues to be a staple in so many women’s wardrobes today. Every time I see a woman wearing it – be it in Dallas or Aspen – they put their own spin on the dress and look so confident and beautiful. I recently spotted an editor wearing it in New York which was great.
Inspired by my own experiences and my sister’s lifetime commitment to helping empower people, I started the Freedom Project in 2007, and created it to aid those who are constantly faced with seemingly impossible circumstances. The Freedom Project supports Sak Saum – a ministry in Cambodia dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation, and rehabilitation of exploited men and women – with a steady stream of income through the purchase of handmade buttons and other accessories used in my line’s garment production. Every garment is tagged with a special handmade button, so every purchase is a loving contribution.
What’s the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
I learned early on to follow my intuition.
Do you have advice for young entrepreneurs?
If you believe in what you’re doing, take risks and never give up, or in the words of my tag line, “Persistence beyond what seems reasonable.”
|Abi Ferrin’s Showroom|
|Abi Ferrin’s Showroom|
|Beautiful pieces from the fall 2013 collection|
|Her design workroom where the magic happens!|
|Me and the lovely Abi Ferrin|