Friday, September 26, 2014


In todays modern culture women are bombarded with magazine ads, movies, television and music videos - and all you see are half naked, photo shopped/pin up girls.  How can you compete with that you think, am I right?  I'll tell you how, you don't. Why?  Because, it's not real.  Society these days has given women a complex and it has become downright dangerous and misleading.  Because at the end of the day all they want to do is sell you something.

I got into fashion for the love of creating garments that conveyed elegance, and that brought out the beauty in every women.  But, fashion these days also has missed the point.  Nowadays anybody who picks out a pin, button or print thinks they can call themselves a designer - IT JUST DOESN'T WORK LIKE THAT!  And it's a shame!  Take for instance my students, when they go out into the real world who do the jobs go to?  Some A, B or C list celebrity putting their name on something that they didn't design.  All they had to do was approve it.  Jobs that should be going to real, talented designers go to these fake/poser designers looking to make a quick buck.

I want to finish with this - some of you out there have expressed that you don't feel beautiful until you put on one of my designs (it's an honor that my designs make you feel that way), but you are all beautiful, please you must know that, and that you must wear the clothes and not the other way around.  What I mean by that is, you can wear a turkish towel and some pearls as long as you exude confidence - anything can work.  Believe in yourself and others will too!  Reclaim your power from societies imaginary and unattainable standards and live your life in power not defeat, Simonton Says.

Take care for now.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Forgetting 9/11

Thirteen years have gone by and I can still remember Sept. 11 2001.  My continued love and prayers go out to my fellow Americans (civilians and military) who have lost their lives both domestically and abroad.  However, my love stretches farther then that.  All the innocent men, women and children in the Middle East have my deepest sympathy's as well.  Humanity is so eloquently inter woven and connected that our division these days with race, religion, gender and so on only creates a detachment from it.  Nobody wants war, but those who stand to profit from it.  The lives of countless families have been turned upside down by the actions of a few.  I pray that humanity will set aside their differences and unite, evolve and aspire to become more loving, understanding and compassionate beings.  

My solution and plea to you all is, LOVE.  Not the love that's thrown around in movies, music and the media, but the love that can transform the planet.  It starts with each and everyone of us.  Committing random acts of kindness instead of random acts of violence can be the inception of something profoundly rewarding.  Love doesn't cost anything so, go out into the world and love every moment and human being like it's your last day on this planet, Simonton Say's.