Time for CINDY of CINDY HATTERSLEY DESIGN and I to do our AGELESS STYLE POSTS!It seems to me YOU are REALLY ENJOYING THEM………I know I AM.THANK YOU CINDY for having this VISION!Click on CINDY HATTERSLEY DESIGN above to see WHO HER VICTIM is this month!!!!
This month I have a REAL TOP MODEL for YOU to ABSORB her STORY and see her NOW!
I do BELIEVE I found her on INSTAGRAM?
Of course, I called her on that old-fashioned telephone and we chatted for awhile.This was two maybe three years ago!
Come to find out CHARLES FAUDREE had done her home in TENNESSEE and was a personal FRIEND!
I had just bought about THREE of his books on AMAZON and had DEVOURED THEM!
I’ll STOP TALKING and let BRENDA WELCH start!
I THINK YOU WILL ENJOY THE SHOW!
“Ciao Elizabeth……Thank YOU for this opportunity & it has stirred UP a FLOOD of Memories!!!”
“HERE YA GO!!!”
BRENDA WELCH AT 16 years of AGE on the LEFT.
TO BE THAT GAL ON THE RIGHT!!!!!!!!!
As a Young Girl growing up in Arkansas……I was terribly INSECURE & grew up with a Mother who was verbally abusive……..It has taken YEARS to recover……But DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!!! So GRATEFUL for Fashion Magazines & my Grandmother who had a flare for FASHION…….THAT was MY ESCAPE into the WORLD of STYLE!!!!!
When I was 18 I moved to Los Angeles & had a Guardian Angel who let me live with her. She gave me the Confidence to help me pursue my DREAM of MODELING…….I balanced BOOKS on my head & walked in her HEELS & she taught me how to put on makeup!!
Within months…..I was sitting in a Restaurant when a Photographers Assistant approached me & said they would like to do a TEST on me!! (I did NOT know what that meant)….. He shot a roll of FILM on me & I GOT the MODELING JOB For an AD for
My LIFE changed quickly & I was signed to a Modeling Agency in L.A. …..Then I was sent to New York & Europe….. I did a lot of PHOTO SHOOTS for magazines……even Harpers Bazaar Italy & I LOVED walking the RUNWAY for many Designers……DIOR, VERSACE, ARMANI,LAGERFELD & many others in MILAN, PARIS, & TOKYO.
THEN…..I was offered a nice opportunity to work in TOKYO & that was an AMAZING Experience! I was the Poster Model for SONY STEREO & then I received the GIFT of Modeling for ISETAN DEPARTMENT STORE for their Anniversary. I was their Billboard Gal ( that was interesting to see myself on all the exterior walls of the Store) & hanging in the subways flapping above my head as I was going to another job!! We had a BLAST doing this PHOTO SHOOT!! I was In a Royal Blue One Shoulder Dress standing on a PLANK while the photographers assistants dropped GRAFFITI on ME every time the photographer screamed GO!!
Then……I met this young NEW Designer on the Scene called YOHJI YAMAMOTO.
I became his FIT MODEL……Where I would stand for hours while he worked his MAGIC & he draped fabrics over me!!
Also, I did his FASHION SHOWS in TOKYO.
As LIFE can be MAGICAL……Three weeks ago I was in PARIS for PARIS FASHION WEEK & ran into YOGHI on the STREET!!! (I emailed the photo of me & Yoghi…….see BELOW.)
TIME FLIES SO FAST!!! We had worked together 37 YEARS AGO!!!
LOTS of Special Memories remain with me……VERSACE styling me before the Fashion Show, ARMANI was divine & so talented, NINO CERRUTI ……Sharing a Cocktail & Laughter backstage before the Show starts & LAST but not least…………………OSCAR DE LA RENTA …….WOW!!!! He ooooozed a SENSE of GREAT TASTE & his ELEGANCE was limitless!! We would rehearse 2 times before his Show & then he and his lovely wife Francoise would sit on the FRONT ROW while we did a RUN THROUGH…..He was always KIND & I felt like a QUEEN walking in his DESIGNS!!!
BRENDA WELCH & Marcello Mastroianni
I had a GREAT time modeling & then in 1983 I decided to design my own line of Swimswear/Sportswear……That Business taught me a LOT of lessons & I was written up in a FULL Page Article for ELLE MAGAZINE & VOGUE listed me as One of the Designers to Watch!!! I loved Designing the Collection but really did NOT enjoy the manufacturing side.
My swimwear Designs were sold in Saks, I. Magnins, Bergdorfs & lots of fabulous boutiques but I FINALLY threw in the HAT & moved to Memphis, TN.
Now I have a CHIC Lil Boutique called 7th Avenue.
I LOOOOVE going to New York/Paris on Buying Trips & Every two years I take a Magical Mystery Tour to Other Countries…….
Going on a TREASURE HUNT to BUY for my Shop.
Once in Marrakesh I found a Tailor & he made the most AMAZING Goat Cashmere Jackets & Scarfs for my Customers!! Then I went to Istanbul & found JEWELRY in the SOUKS that blew my mind!!
Hopefully INDIA will be on my next JOURNEY……….I am GRATEFUL that FASHION & ACCESSORIES feed my SOUL & YES …….DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!!!!!!!!!
In my lifetime I have had special moments with lots of people……
I CAN NOT cover everything……Few Hints….Dated PETER LAWFORD & played Backgammon at Pips with LIZ & PETER; met PRESIDENT CLINTON at the KENNEDY’s HOME ; 1975 went to the White House & had Tea with BETTY FORD…….Our Photo was on the Cover of the Los Angeles Times!
Had dinner with JACK NICHOLSON one evening……Went to a Halloween Party at his House dressed as a Leprechaun……his girlfriend ANGELIQUE HOUSTON LOVED IT!!!
Dated & had my Heart broken by DENNIS HOPPER……….
HOPE I haven’t overwhelmed you Elizabeth!
I started writing & couldn’t STOP!!!
Thank YOU so much for choosing me as your NOVEMBER GAL!!!
Can’t wait to see your Posts……LA CONTESSA……YOU always inspire me!!!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
Chic but with a TWIST & also depends on the mood I am feeling that day.
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE?
LOOOVE Instagram & watching the TRENDS on the Runway. And when I am traveling to NY or Paris for Fashion Week…..It is SO Inspiring to see what everyone is wearing.
WHAT ACCESSORY CAN YOU NOT DO WITHOUT?
My WATCH………& a BIG TOTE to carry all my STUFF.
Liza Minnelli & BRENDA WELCH
BLACK with a splash of RED……then in the Summer I wear a lot of WHITE.
DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE PIECE THAT DEFINES YOUR STYLE?
Oversized Bracelets, BIG RINGS & my Black Norma Kamali glasses with a gray tint.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE STRENGTHS?
After Modeling I loved working as a STYLIST……I LOVE the transformation one can do with CLOTHES, MAKEUP & HAIR with a load of ACCESSORIES.
DO YOU HAVE A STYLE ICON?
LA CONTESSA & ALI McGRAW
(OMG,she PICKED ME!)
BRENDA HAS NO IDEA BUT I HAVE LOVED ALI SINCE THE MOVIE LOVE STORY CAME OUT!
(DID YOU KNOW HER FIRST NAME IS ELIZABETH?)
I had NO IDEA until I did a SEARCH for HER PHOTO!!!!!!!!
LOOK AT OUR GAL FROM LOVE STORY>>>>>>NOW!
WHAT ARE YOUR BEAUTY ESSENTIALS YOU COULD NOT DO WITHOUT?
Lancome Lip Pencil with either Tom Ford Or Nars lipstick, Mascara & Chanel Foundation.
DO YOU HAVE REPEAT OFFENDERS IN YOUR CLOSET IF SO WHAT ARE THEY?
Jackets & Coats……LOVE my Leopard Coat & maybe 15 pairs of BLACK pants.
WHAT ADVISE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN OVER 50 or OVER 40?
Eat Healthy, exercise & always cleanse your skin every evening!! I am a BIG Believer of Progress EYE Cream for Evening plus a good moisturizer for the face & neck.
DO YOU HAVE ANY STYLE RULES THAT YOU LIVE BY?
Do NOT leave the house without lipstick on & LIVE LIVE LIVE each day to the fullest.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ONLINE GO TO SOURCES?
I own a Clothing Shop so no need to shop online & my Shoes I love to buy when in NY or in Europe.
DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR DESIGNER YOU ARE DRAWN TOO?
IGOR DOBRANIC & PLANET CLOTHING plus JIANHUI LONDON & MONIES JEWELRY……All of these Collections I sell in my Shop
We don’t sell online but if you see anything you love on my Instagram page
@therealbrendawelch …….just send me a message or CALL ME!
What a Journey through my LIFE this has been!!
Elizabeth…..Thank YOU so much for this opportunity!!
Hugs & Love,
CONTESSA speaking NOW!
I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS PHOTO!
I COVET HER HAT AND COAT.
This is called THE MEDICI FOUNTAIN in the LUXEMBOURG GARDENS IN PARIS!
The MEDICI’s ruled FLORENCE, ITALY at ONE TIME LONG AGO!
I Met CARLA COULSON for the FIRST TIME RIGHT HERE when I did THAT photo shoot with MY TWO SONS!!!!!!!!
BRENDA……….I MUST HAVE A PRINTED COPY OF THIS PHOTO!
I MUST I MUST!!!
WHAT A PLEASURE AND A HONOR TO INTERVIEW YOU!
KEEP ON LOVING FASHION AND LIFE!
TO SEE BRENDA L I V E click on BRENDA WELCH in PARIS below.
that takes you to her instagram than put your cursor in the middle of the photo!
YOU will be walking around THE Luxembourg Gardens in PARIS WITH A REAL SUPER MODEL!
THIS WAS A REAL TREAT FOR ME BRENDA I can NOT THANK YOU enough!