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Norma Kamali

Blog Entries by Norma Kamali

Hey Baby

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 5:15 PM

I would love for this to be a call to action for all women to free themselves of the humiliation and embarrassment of objectification in relationships, in the office -- everywhere. Share your experiences now with everyone, especially with the men in your life who care about you. Let go...

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Views From Abu Dhabi: Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 12:36 PM

As I walked through the grand mosque in Abu Dhabi, my chiffon abaya floating along, I felt more feminine than ever as I adjusted a scarf trimmed with sequins and flowers. The gesture Emirati women use to adjust their chiffon scarves seems more engaging than one would expect and I...

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My Mother Said, "Marry the Man You Choose to Be With, Not the One You Need to Be With."

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 4:58 PM

Mother's Day is when we remember how selfless the role is as well as remembering all that our moms do for us in our development.

My mother was a painter, a costume designer, and an amazing cook -- a powerful creative force. She built doll houses with incredible detail from...

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Does Swimwear Objectify or Enpower You?

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 2:20 PM

Swimwear is quite different from fashion. Swimwear like lingerie, are costumes we wear for a specific event.

Lingerie is for the bedroom and all that one imagines and swimwear is made for the sport of swimming, but also as the most provocative clothing that is worn outside of the house.

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Our Japanese Friends Need Our Help Now

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 7:46 PM

The 46th floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Japan swayed through dinner in the restaurant made famous in the film Lost in Translation. I sat amazed at the engineering that enabled the Japanese to outsmart the threatening earthquakes that they face on a regular basis.

During one of...

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Made in the USA

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 8:02 PM

New technology and fashion are benefited by a fast turnaround on products.

Five years ago, I designed brand labels that said, "Made in the USA Norma Kamali."

A fast turnaround on production is in sync with the growth of my online business. With more people shopping online, we are able...

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Farrah Fawcett's Iconic Swimsuit

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 2:06 PM

Farrah Fawcett was the Charlie's Angel that smiled and stole the TV screen in the 70s. Magazines shot her for editorials and many covers. Her look became the girl next door style of the decade.

One day she was shopping in my store and asked to meet me. I saw...

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Is Marilyn Monroe's Lipstick Making Us Sick?

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 6:39 PM

Marilyn Monroe wore red lipstick in the most memorable way. Even until today, there are so many references to her image and her red lips. Madonna, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani and many seductive ad campaigns are influential in our love of lipstick.

Lipstick is a female rite of passage. I...

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Kim Kardashian, Madonna and Lady Gaga Have Something Other Women Don't

(5) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 5:05 PM

Since I opened my retail store in the late sixties, a wonderful list of celebrity women have been wearing my clothes. The way women shop says so much about who they are and how well they know how to present themselves as the product celebrity or not.

Cher's personal style...

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The Health Benefits of Olive Oil

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 11:25 AM

I really want everyone to experience extraordinary olive oil. The timeless golden liquid is delicious, packed with health benefits and is as special as fine wine. At this time of the year, just at harvest, you will experience the peak taste in the oils.

It is fun tasting olive oils,...

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Let's Give Thanks for New Technology

(5) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 3:00 PM

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Every year, each person on our staff cooks a meal from their ethnic background and the multi-ethnic mix of amazing tastes and aromas are matched by the love that is put into each presentation.

Before the feast, we take turns giving thanks for something in...

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You Can Help a Public School Student Graduate -- So do it Now!

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 2:04 PM

Not every student must go to college, but instead they should learn a trade and graduate from high school. The drop-out rate amongst public school students is unacceptable especially if the USA expects to have a competitive work force.

"Norma, we would like to give you an award as a...

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Jeter, Posada, Mariano and Pettitte Are My Yankees

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 3:10 PM

I was introduced to baseball by my friend Robert Isabel when I reluctantly agreed to accompany him to a baseball game. He stopped my refusals by announcing it was his birthday and he wanted my company. We got there and to my surprise he has what I soon learn are...

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My Trip to China

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 2:17 PM

Beijing Amazing!

The Opposite House Hotel in Beijing is cool and edgy with soaring ceilings and modern Chinese art. From the moment I arrive in Beijing I feel inspired, and settling into the Opposite House room was the best way to start the trip. Yes of course, it is hot...

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Conversations: A Wellness Event

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 1:00 PM

The planet we live on today is very different from the one I was which I was born... How do we survive?

The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, are not the same.

The likelihood our bodies will evolve to adjust to the changes would...

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Twyla Tharp

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 5:28 PM

Richard Avedon suggested that Twyla and I meet since she was looking for someone to do the costumes for her new work, In the Upper Room.

The minute I met Twyla, I was excited about the open approach she had to collaboration. She was trying something new in dance and...

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I Love My Dog

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 12:21 PM

We love our dogs, and I love my mini dachshund Zeke, with all my heart and soul. Today is his 7th birthday and I wish I could stop time and never let him age another year so that he has a happy life with me as long as I...

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My Model Go-See Diet For Fashion Week

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 9:52 AM

Fashion Week is upon us, and here are my tips for models to be thin and gorgeous for the go-sees ahead.

No, it is not tic tacs and cigarettes!

1. Start with a supervised juice fast for 3-5 days. This cleanse will be nutrient-rich. You will eliminate waste and toxins,...

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Am I at a Korean Day Spa or on Set With Italian Vogue?

(18) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 1:20 PM

I recently planned a visit to a Korean day spa with my friend Hana. As we began our drive to New Jersey, she gave me a heads-up to the nudity factor but also told me that she picked the spa's superwoman to do all my buffing and massaging -- and...

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