|View from one taxi to another. 3:00. Photo: JH.|
|Susan commentating a show in the Carlisle Greenwich showroom recently.|
|I felt obligated, out of respect for her profession, to ask her something about her work. I don’t know how to ask a designer how to design without sounding stupid. So I asked Susan Klope what she “thought” about when she was doing her sketching – which, from the sound of it, goes on all the time and wherever she is.
Her answer was simple: she thought about how a woman would wear what she was designing, and how it would work for her. She told me she’d commentated a show in the Carlisle Greenwich showroom recently and it gave her a lot of personal pleasure. Because she could talk to the women about her intent with her choices. This, all women understand. Fashion for the modern woman, often professional, often active, is about comfort and the comfort of looking good. “Fashion is an attitude,” she said, “not an expression of age but of attitude.”
I asked her about fashion and age. “Fashion doesn’t have age barriers. Young women and older women have different ways of wearing the same thing.” Babe Paley emerged as a subject of “fashion.” Susan Klope’s comment about her: “She felt comfortable in her clothes. She also knew where to start, but knew when to stop.” The Designing Woman in New York.