When Robin Zimelman, 52, went to the Contemporary Museum's "Winter Party," she was a work of art herself. The retired attorney and Contemporary board member paired a sleeveless pink and black moleskin tux shirt by Ann Demeulemeester with a black and pink striped tea length petal skirt by Patricia Palson, both of which she picked up at the "Best Dressed Sale" put on each year by the Womens Board at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. "They weren't by the same designer, but I saw them both at the same sale and put them together." The Owings Mills resident then popped on a loop woven Christian Lacroix chubby, textured black trouser socks and Ann Demeulemeester cage sandal wedges that she found online "at either Saks Fifth Avenue or Barneys; whoever was having a better sale." Zimelman added her own embellishment with a pink bead and crystal studded gunmetal filigree brooch that she's had for years, a wood stick brooch she bought at the American Craft Council show, and a folded black leather bag she purchased at the Marimekko store in Finland. So, how does she come by her "unexpected" style? "I only buy things that I love. I don't need to know how I'm going to use them. But, I really like to take a designer [piece] and make it my own. ... And the price has to be good."
COLBY WARE, BALTIMORE SUN
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