Supporters and members of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) enjoyed cocktails and beauty makeovers at a private event featuring David Meister last Thursday evening at Nieman Marcus. I had seen his name so many times before and picked out many a David Miester dress from the Nieman Marcus catalogs and online. I could tell that they fit well and some have a bit of retro glamour that is timeless. I was so pleased to met him!
"It's all about the stretch" said the energetic David Meister. He was younger than I pictured, perhaps because he has been around! He fit right in with Chicago crowd although now he lives in LA. He is a midwesterner, from Cincinnatti and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. Meister then moved to New York to pursue fashion and worked for Danskin, where his understanding of stretch flourished! He also launched the first evening line for Laundry by Shelli Segal and headed up other design teams during his career. In 1998 he joined forces with a California Division of Kellwood Company and in 1998 launched the David Meister collection of eveningwear and daywear with rich colors and modern silhouettes.
May I add very flattering silhouettes? Women at the event marveled at the collection and how the dresses are sexy, yet figure forgiving. I heard a lot of "I can wear that!" And with that extra bit of stretch (even on some cotton-linen dresses) the dresses are comfortable and wrinkle free.
When I told David that I liked how the designs were modern but not too trendy he said that was intentional. "Yes, I want a woman to be able to grab that dress out of her closet for a few years."
I think the smart woman will load up her closet with David Meister dresses (which are also reasonably priced) and will therefore always have something to wear!
— Carol Calacci
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