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Outstanding in Orchestral Blacks!

Patricia Heller

Patricia Heller

We all know how the right scarf can add dimension and visual appeal to our everyday clothing, but what about our Orchestral Blacks?  We’re not allowed to wear any colors in the orchestra pit.  We accept this as a part of everyday work life.  Sometimes we sneak a pretty piece of jewelry, earrings or a nice pin, but truthfully jewelry can get in the way of serious musicianship.  So, how do we differentiate ourselves from the other dozen women in the pit when we are all wearing black?

We are talking about fit and style.  Your clothing has to fit properly, be comfortable and appropriate.  Your Black pieces must match; not an easy thing.  Over the years you’ve collected various Blacks in different fabrics and styles, now in all different stages of wear.  It’s probably time to donate or throw out those items which no longer fit properly, are out of style, or do not match anything.

A common rule for weeding out one’s closet is, that if you haven’t worn something in two years, get rid of it!  I think that’s nonsense.  I have had some of the same dresses for over thirty years, and have no plans to discard them.  Well-loved, well-designed clothing deserves some respect.  This may sound trivial, but I believe how one presents oneself, especially in the workplace, makes a real difference in how one is perceived.  A Brava! Consultant can help you make these decisions.  The second rule is style.

Let’s clean out our closets and put together a Working Wardrobe!  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to throw on an outfit for work, and know you’re looking perfect?  It’s all in the pre-planning.  For instance, this 2016-2017 season, the San Francisco Opera has seventy performances.  That’s seventy different times the women in the Orchestra have to find something in Concert Black to wear. Seventy outfits, which have to span the quirky Bay Area weather patterns from September through December, then May to July.  Our Brava! fabric in Bamboo and Organic Cotton is perfect for this.  It’s cooler in summer, and warmer in winter. The comfortable knit moves with your body, and there’s no static cling.

We offer many different styles which suit all body types, XS – 3X.  And even better, we custom fit even before the garment is made, at no extra charge. No alterations necessary.  Our designer, Carole Wang, is based locally, in Fremont, so turnaround time is usually fairly short.  We make sure ahead of time that your Black garments match from the same dye lots.  Little or no color fading or shrinkage guarantee your Orchestral Blacks remain attractive and work-ready for a long while.

 

The Perfect Brava! Model

Patty in Teal Button OutfitOur friend, Patty, is a perfect example of that skill my sister used to call, “Throwing it on and looking perfect”. We asked Patty, a Bay Area orchestral musician, to model in our last fashion show, and frankly, we would love her to model at all of our shows.  She was energetic, fun, and clearly enjoyed herself.  We asked her to bring two of her own Brava! outfits to model, since she had already purchased those samples, and Patty brought ALL of her Brava! clothes, and insisted on wearing them.  We didn’t object; this kind of enthusiasm is contagious!

Everything Patty tries on looks great on her. We can’t wait for some of the new color selections to come in so we can dress her up in those.  And we are counting on her for our upcoming photo shoot for our new website.  Look for this new website in January, 2016.

Meanwhile, what does it take to become a Brava! model?  Enthusiasm, a sense of color and style, self-knowledge, and the desire for fun.  We are looking for a couple of sopranos or altos, and a token male or two to round out the models’ setup for our photo shoot in November.  Contact me at: kathrynfoxma@gmail.com, if you’d like to model.  Do you have what it takes?  I think you just might.

Brava! Oval Mirror - In Transition

Brava! Oval Mirror – In Transition

Brava’s Oval Mirror awaits your reflection.

A Dire Need for Dresses!

Our friend, Barbara wearing the "Diana" Dress.

Our friend, Barbara wearing the “Diana” Dress.

I am in heaven this morning!  Just received our latest shipment of new dresses!  I have to rein myself in so I don’t just try them all on!  They’re practical, appropriate for playing in the orchestra, wearing out to dinner, to auditions, interviews, performances.  They’re elegant – the Bamboo rayon drapes well, yet doesn’t cling.  It moves with you when you walk.  There’s the feminine flutter of a hemline, the sweet detail of a rosette at the small of your back, placed just so…  I love these styles and want all of them!

The big three for Fall:  The classic “Diana” dress, with it’s scoop neck, modified Empire waist and three-quarter sleeves.  It’s tea-length so it’s comfortable and covers everything.  This dress is named after one of our favorite women, Diana Dorman, of the Lamplighters Music Theatre Orchestra.  Next, we love the “Carol Ann” style, The popular cowl neckline, three-quarter sleeves, and straight style to cover the knee, take you from work to a night on the town.  This dress was named after our lovely, dynamic Fashion Director, Carol Campbell.  Then, lastly, we have my personal favorite, the “Cleora” dress.  This scoop neck style has three-quarter sleeves, each decorated with a single, charming rosette, which echo the lovely rosette which anchors the ankle-length fabric in the back.  I named this dress after my sister’s best friend, Cleora, whose beautiful 1940’s face evokes memories of wartime romance and roses under a white trellis.

Each of these dresses is available in sizes XS – 3X, in black; new colors coming!  $198.00.

Opera Season! Don’t you need new Concert Attire?

Patricia Heller of the San Francisco Opera

Patricia Heller of the San Francisco Opera

It’s here!  2015 is fast fleeting by, and suddenly, it’s Opera Season!  We’re very excited at Brava! to see so many items from our Performance Attire Collection assembled in one orchestra!  This Season’s favorites include the Diana Dress, Shirred Ankle Pants, Wrap Pants, 3/4 Sleeve Flower Crop Tops, Flower Skirts, 3/4 Sleeve Cowl Neck Tops, Eight-Panel Skirts, and Long-Sleeve Boat Neck Tunics.

We’re making our Orchestra member clientele feel cool, comfortable, while looking so elegant in their Brava! Performance Attire! This can only have a positive affect upon overall morale, which means we’ll be making beautiful music!  We look forward to a wonderful 2015 Season!

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