Betsy Franco

Celebrating Women in the Arts

Have you heard about Camille Claudel, the talented sculptor who lived a tragic life?  Last year her life captivated not one but two authors. Betsy Franco penned the novel, Naked, and Heather Webb wrote the historical novel, Rodin's Lover. Last night both authors organized a celebration of Camille's life at the Hotel Monaco with the help of Jennifer Webb.

We presented an event where our models brought five of Camille's sculptures to life by posing like the figures in each piece. Have a look at the human sculpture in these photos.

Hannah Rose wears Camilla Olson cage coat in silk faile as she poses in Camille Claudel's  The Implorer.

Hannah Rose wears Camilla Olson cage coat in silk faile as she poses in Camille Claudel's The Implorer.

Shi-Lin wears Camilla Olson cage dress in 4-ply silk as she interprets Camille Claudel's  Clotho.    

Shi-Lin wears Camilla Olson cage dress in 4-ply silk as she interprets Camille Claudel's Clotho.

 

Sade wears Camilla Olson's cage jacket in black jersey and Brittney wears Camilla's cage vest gray silk faile as they interpret Camille Claudel's    Sakuntala   .

Sade wears Camilla Olson's cage jacket in black jersey and Brittney wears Camilla's cage vest gray silk faile as they interpret Camille Claudel's Sakuntala.

Haylee wears Camilla Olson's cage top, cropped, and Fall15 full skirt; Coral wears Camilla's square neck top, straight skirt and Fall 15 Polo dress; Kennedy wears Camilla's Modal sheath and Silk Hoodie.

Haylee wears Camilla Olson's cage top, cropped, and Fall15 full skirt; Coral wears Camilla's square neck top, straight skirt and Fall 15 Polo dress; Kennedy wears Camilla's Modal sheath and Silk Hoodie.

Cayla wears Camilla Olson's Fall15 Cate dress/vest as she poses as Camille Caudel's Girl with a Sheaf.

Cayla wears Camilla Olson's Fall15 Cate dress/vest as she poses as Camille Caudel's Girl with a Sheaf.

For me, the story told through these poses starts with The Beginning, moves to Introspection, then the colorful Finding Love, followed by the Harmony of friends, and finally, Confidence. This was a most satisfying presentation and was honored to be a part of it.

Betsy wears Camilla at James' Broadway Opening Of Mice & Men

Betsy of M&M

Sharing Some Client Love

We have fun with lots of people. I thought we'd share some of the messages that we have gotten from some of the folks we work with.

"Got the tops you sent. Thank you. They are perfect. I'm wearing all your clothes. Perfect for my lifestyle."          Janice T from Newport Beach

"It's SO gorgeous and unusual, and I will wear it to my readings (and on many other occasions for sure)!!"   Harriet Chessman, author

“I can’t tell you how good that dress made me feel. I got so many compliments! … and I told people your name of course. It was a magical day and a magical dress. Thank you so much.” .. Betsy Franco March 2013. (On the occasion of her son receiving the STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.)

"Authors under the stars. Boy did I feel good in my outfit. ..."   Betsy Franco, author.

http://digthisdesign.net/style-fashion/5396/ Guest Column written for The Wrap in Hollywood Tanna Frederick, October 2013.

These have been go-to pieces in my wardrobe. Easy to wear and travel with yet impact full. Gets many compliments.” MJE, Frequent Customer, October 2013.

I appreciate the taste and design level that Camilla brings to life in the pieces she creates She patiently spends time to understand the themes of future seasons as well as colors for both mass and direct to consumer. Her attention to detail is exactly what you expect from a custom designer. The new shirt collection from “desk2dinner” is a perfect delivery interpreting design to define “business casual”. In particular, the fabric choices, comfortable designs, and attention to detail make them stand out from other shirts in the marketplace. A great shirt is so hard to find. If you want something that feels like it has been especially designed for you, visit Camilla’s collections.”     LB, Client & Advisor, October 2013.

Hi Camilla, I absolutely love all of my new clothes from you. I have been wearing your designs out and about all around Napa and the city. I have gotten many compliments. I thought I’d send you a picture of me in one of your lovely tops. I’m so in love with it.… Best wishes to you! XO."      Emily M. October 2013.

You are a great designer and have a beautiful product. … love the ponti fabrics and the new blouses look great too.   Thank you."    Barb, Store Owner, October 2013.

Thank you Janice, Betsy, Emily, Harriet, Barb, Tanna, MJ, Lisa, Maria, and Albert.

To all our other clients and our new ones~  Thank you for your patience with us and your support. It means the world to us. We'd love to hear from you. Mostly, we'd love to see you in our work. Please send photos.

XO

Camilla

 

Images from Our Fall 2011 Fashion Show Luncheon 10-19-11 at Four Seasons Hotel

On October 29, we held a luncheon fashion show at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley. This event raised funds for Womens Health Stanford. It was lots of fun seeing girlfriends together enjoying themselves. Here are some of my favorite images. Thank you Jessica at Jessica Shirley- Donnelly for such good photos. Alanna enjoying Katie's walk.Cage Top and Skirt. Meg Waite Clayton's The Four Ms Bradwells.

Nancy, Lisa, and Holly at a very fun table.

Katie and Victoria are wearing our cage tops and trousers.

Camilla and Betsy Franco after the luncheon. Betsy is wearing Camilla's draped top that she wore for the interview aired during the Red Carpet segment of the Awards last year. Chef Marco engaged our guests as well.

The Oscar Dress

Betsy Franco's gown, illustrated by Jungah Lee

We got a glimpse of her on the red carpet, then several in her third row, center seat.