Joan’s Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer

Holly Caldwell and Roxanne Donovan attend Joan's Legacy

On Wednesday, November 16, I attended Joan’s Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer 9th Annual Strolling Supper with Blues & News benefit at Gotham Hall in New York City. This event is very special to me, as it honors the memory of a wonderful and inspiring woman by raising money to fund innovative research that will help patients win their battle with lung cancer and lead healthy, cancer-free lives years after diagnosis. To learn more about this event and other Uniting Against Lung Cancer events, visit unitingagainstlungcancer.org.

Pictured above with my dear friend and host Roxanne Donovan, the evening was noted in Newsday as one of New York City’s premiere Lung Cancer Awareness Month’s events.

Brick Church Fair

Brick Church Fair 2011

This week we have been showing at the Brick Church Fair, at The Brick Presbyterian Church on 62 East 92nd Street in New York City. The Fair runs for three days: Tuesday, November 15th from 4 pm to 8 pm, November 16th from 10 am to 8 pm and November 17th from 10 am to 4 pm. Attendee’s here are “shopping for a cause” as a percentage of the sales goes to needy organizations in the neighborhood and their outreach grant program. To learn more visit visit brickchurch.org.

This is truly a lovely, festive and fun event that celebrates the giving spirit of the Holidays!

Thank You, Maestro

Mr Kent conducts the chorus in their beautiful performance in Westerly, Rhode Island.

Mr Kent conducts the chorus in their beautiful performance hall in Westerly, Rhode Island.

I’m writing today to mark the bittersweet announcement of Mr. George Kent’s 53rd and final season as the Maestro of The Chorus of Westerly. The Chorus, known around the world for their beautiful, pure sound and perfect composition, combines the voices of both children and adults, and is over 200 strong. They are a rare and special gift to my hometown.

For me, music is essential to life, like air or water. Whether it’s Mozart or The Rolling Stones, music feeds my soul, gives me energy, brings me focus and drives my creativity. There are few experiences in life that touch our souls so deeply, that we are moved to tears. Very often, for me, it’s music—when a rare or special piece brings such emotional release.

Remarkably, during nearly every performance by the Chorus, I cry. A recent performance of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor was among the most beautiful pieces I’d ever heard. This year’s season was just announced, and the works chosen seem just perfect for Mr. Kent’s finale.

I count myself among the lucky to have grown up in a place with such a rare gem in close proximity, and want to thank Mr. Kent for his many years of “service” to all of us. He is and always has been committed to making it perfect, every time, and to enhancing the lives of those around him through his art. To be in his presence, one cannot help but be inspired. I look forward to each and every note this season. I also wish the chorus and my dear nephew Ryan Saunders, Executive Director of the distinguished group, the very best in continuing the tradition for generations of singers and audiences to come. Thank you for the tears. HC.

A photo of the Charlotte Marie taken during our F/W 2010 shoot in the chorus hall. Photographed
in natural light by Derek Dudek, atop Mr. Kent’s Steinway. Beautiful.

This Year's poster for the Chorus of Westerly. Click the poster above to visit their website!

It’s A Wrap!

Here’s a sneak peak behind the scenes from our Spring ’12 photo shoot.

Carson gets the shot

Designer and last year's model, Carson, takes a turn behind the lens with great results.

Sydney in Fur

Fur in August? Sydney says yes!

Lovely Lindsay

Lindsay, mixing things up, wears a vintage summer hat.

Making it work

Kiefer does what ever it takes, knowing all too well that fashion is not always glamourous.

Stylist, Photographer, Designer & Former Model

Jack of many trades, Carson styles Lindsay.

Hard Day's Work

Art director Heather checks the shots. It's not a wrap until she says so!

Move Over, Ralph

Thanks to my amazing and talented team. Photo courtesy of rock photographer and friend Charlotte Zoller, who makes us all feel like rock stars! Thank you Charlotte!

Welcome!

As I prepare to debut my first collection, and with the launch of our new website, it’s time to write my first HOLLY CALDWELL™ blog entry. I thought perhaps a brief look back, as well as a hint to what I’ll be blogging about in future posts would be a good start.

So first, a look back. The past two years have been nothing short of astounding.  At the risk of sounding cliché, it’s all about the journey. Really. As I moved from one phase to another, through a series of mostly ups and a few set backs, and through my travels, I’ve observed and experienced so many amazing things. With each milestone, the often unexpected way we got there; and, with each set back, how each was either an important lesson, or even a blessing in disguise. Along the way, I’ve learned more than ever before to observe and be inspired by the people, places, and seemingly ordinary things I encounter every day. I’ve also experienced an inordinate amount of kindness, generosity, and goodness from so many people. People with no agenda, but simply found joy in helping. To all of you, and you know who you are, I am astounded by your generous spirits, your willingness to share your time and wisdom, as well as your unwavering encouragement, enthusiasm and support. I am humbled, truly. Thank you. I hope to bring the joyful spirit you’ve helped to instill into the heart of this company to our work, employees, customers and partners as we move forward.

As to future blog entries, I want to share the stories and images of the amazing people, places and experiences that I encounter along the way. Things that take my breath away, inspire or simply make me smile. Some may say that I should remain more mysterious and less revealing. But really, that’s not me at all. I hope to inspire, and be inspired. To seek joy. To amaze, and be amazed. And to give generously, and receive graciously. HC.