woman to woman

I love the company of women. I realised how important we are to each other early in life and over the years have come to appreciate the bonds that connect us from childhood to old age. Many of us share a culture or special rituals with each other while we fashion intimacy through conversations and clothes. Often those conversations are prompted by our clothes.

We share secrets, tell each other stories, and give each other advice. We kvetch, we laugh and we console each other. It’s through such honest and vulnerable moments that we fashion strong connections. We discover we are not alone. We talk about life and how to get through the crisis — as well as where we bought those fabulous boots. Sometimes all in the same sentence. Let’s face it, we like our clothes, shoes and shopping. I’m not saying that we live our life as a fashion statement, but, then again we connect immediately when we gush over each other’s outfits because it’s a subtle way of saying I see you, I like you and we can be friends.

Consider me your therapist — your fashion therapist — as I challenge you to adopt a nurturing attitude affirming your substance and style. As a speaker, style expert, Fashion 911® newspaper columnist and television contributor, I spent many years advising and styling women, helping them make friends with fashion, but mostly with themselves. Those who know me and know the work I have done would say that I inspire women to love who they are, to own their truth and to live authentically, inside and out.

I’m still young enough to enjoy fashion, old enough to have seen the trends before, real enough to embrace life itself and friendly enough to keep it fun.

I am a happy person. I wish it for you, too.

Helene Oseen is a distinguished recipient of the Global Woman of Vision Award.

Honoring exceptional women, it is bestowed on leaders who have implemented their passion and whose personal dedication and actions inspire others to new levels of success.