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Candy Pratts Price on Design: "People Need to Believe in Something"

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Last night, Steven Kolb, the executive director fo the CFDA, and Gabrielle Fialkoff, president of Haskell Jewels, hosted a discussion at New York's Crosby Hotel on "The Heritage, Business, and Influence of Costume Jewelry in Fashion." You know we can't resist a good panel discussion, so we hightailed it downtown to check out what speakers Cameron Silver, founder of Decades Inc., Candy Pratts Price, costume designer Janie Bryant, and Fialkoff had to say. The panel was moderated by Town & Country accessories director Stellene Volandes.

Let's talk about our fangirl love for the super-iconic Candy Pratts Price (CPP, above). Currently the creative director of, Pratts Price has previously worked as the executive fashion director at We love pretty much everything about her: her no-BS attitude, her hair, her know-how, her straight-shooting advice for designers (hello, remember her from Unzipped?), her style, and of course her super-cool voice and way of putting things. Also, she knows everything and totally hit the nail on the head several times during the discussion.

For example, she recommends that designer develop a motif, so they can "develop a following," she says. "People need to believe in something. We try to encourage designers not to be too schizophrenic... Those that are successful have been very clever with their brand identity."
· CFDA [Official Site]
· Here's a Candy Pratts Price fan page [Facebook]

Crosby Hotel

79 Crosby Street, New York, NY