About the series: In My Closet is a regular Sky Blue Window feature, taking readers inside the wardrobes of some of the city's most fashionable women and men.
Her name: Murph Damron
Her work: Damron,
a former model, is a fashion consultant, stylist and fashion show producer. She
serves as the fashion director of the Dress for Success Stepping Out in Style
fashion show each year.
Her play: She loves going to the
cinema, and having an intimate dinner out with one or two friends at a time for conversation. "I
really value close friendships and that one-on-one with people."
Closet Cliffs Notes: A mix of high-end
designer pieces, cowboy boots, leopard print and lace.
Favorite pieces: Black Tony Lama cowboy
boots; a faux leopard skirt and crop top; a khaki jumpsuit; a deep red Nikki
Blaine lace dress; and a black alencon
lace blouse with black lace skirt.
Something she'll never have in her closet:
"Louboutins, because they're way too tall. And
I'll never have any nasty polyester
fluffy sweaters in my closet."
Her style philosophy: "I'm very
tailored and down to earth. I love to wear my turtlenecks and my trousers. I
love crisp, white blouses under a V-neck. I like jewelry, and if I wear pearls,
I'm going to wear a lot of pearls. I love leggings. I say, 'If you have great
legs, then wear them.' "
"When I dress up, I love to dress up," says Damron. "This to me is another classic piece. It's a fantastic Worth piece."
Murph Damron has donned the designer
fashions of Chanel, Mary Quant, Yves Saint Laurent and a young Betsey Johnson.
She's appeared in print ads -- from newspapers to magazines -- around the world,
and has walked the runway in Chicago, New York, London and Paris.
But these days you're more likely to see the former model and now fashion consultant and
stylist wearing her favorite cowboy boots, instead of stilettos by Christian Louboutin.
just something empowering about them," says the stylish 68-year-old Damron. "There's something that happens when I put my cowboy boots on and my
cowboy hats. I just feel good."
true fashionista form, Damron
doesn't wear just any cowboy boots.
her favorite pair of black Tony Lamas.
rubber pair with skulls she purchased during a trip to Sante
Fe, New Mexico. "I just have a thing for guns and roses and skulls,"
says Damron. "When I wear these, people want to
take them off of my feet."
also has a pair made of ostrich leather, and another in blue suede.
Damron's love of cowboy boots stems from her childhood
growing up in North Manchester, Indiana.
Murph Damron shows off her collection of cowboy boots in a kaleidoscope of colors.
a young girl, she recalls playing "stagecoach" with her brother J.R.
and friends; watching "Gunsmoke" with her
dad ("Oh, Miss Kitty, her wardrobe was to die for. God, she was
wearing circular skirts with little white blouses made by her
mom, and her Acme cowboy boots.
love of fashion started when she was a preteen studying the fashion magazines
of the time, and this is evident the moment you walk into her house.
first thing that catches the eye is the leopard carpet throughout. Then
there's her collection of cowboy boots lined along the living room walls, and
the scarves strategically placed over couches and draping from a coat rack in
I love, I don't like putting in boxes," says Damron,
classically dressed in a black cashmere turtleneck sweater, a pair of wide-leg
black trousers and black loafers.
philosophy of showing off her favorite things is displayed in a bedroom that Damron has turned into a closet. Inside, is a "shabby
chic" wall that includes hand-drawn fashion sketches by Hoosier designer
Don Day, pictures of Murph as a child, and a pair of
black Jimmy Choo shoes hanging from their heels.
put 'em in a box? Just put 'em
out," she says.
Damron says her style is very classic and down-to-earth (a
la Katharine Hepburn, Chanel and Ralph Lauren).
a look at just a few of her favorite pieces:
Damron puts the finishing touches on a favorite jumpsuit.
Khaki "Katharine Hepburn-esque"
thing that I absolutely do love are jumpsuits, and
this is one of my favorite classics," says Damron
about a khaki Ms. Chaus, long-sleeved jumpsuit she's
owned since 1983.
is one of my classic Hepburn looks. I mean, this just looks like the one where
she was sitting on the airplane wing."
Damron usually adds a pocket square ("one of my dad's
old pocket squares") in the chest pocket and a belt, and she always
wears her collar up.
love this thing! ... God, you couldn't find a jumpsuit like this today. And look
at the shoulders, there's just that little bit of shoulder pad. It's just so
Damron shows off her black velvet gown and her leopard print crop top and skirt.
Faux leopard peg-legged pants (now a skirt) with matching crop top
it is," exclaims Damron, as she pulls the faux
leopard two-piece ensemble out of her closet. "Mother made this in 1960 or
'61, when the first faux fur came out."
mom, who sewed most of her children's clothes, made the outfit for Damron for a school mixer during her sophomore year,for a
dance that Damron says she attended sans a date.
was always the last one to be asked to dances," she says. "But I
don't need people to go places with me, I just went by myself."
25 years after her mom originally made the outfit, Damron
asked her to alter it.
wanted to wear it for my 40th birthday, but as a skirt not trousers," she says.
of the reasons Damron loves the outfit is because of
the leopard print.
always loved leopard, and I tell my clients that they have to have a fabulous
black dress, black suede shoes and leopard -- something leopard -- because these are the classics, absolute classics, plus pearls," she says.
Damron accessorizes her Chanel-inspired suit by Worth, mixing classic understated elegance with a bold and chunky statement necklace.
Black lace blouse and skirt
Damron calls this black lace blouse and skirt her Western
outfit, but views it as elegant enough to wear to black-tie galas, which she
this the most gorgeous thing," she asks while pulling the blouse off the
rack. "This is actually black alencon
lace and it has a little silk, black shell underneath. But the beading... it's
like its own necklace. It's
very Victorian. And then the skirt ..."
Damron says to switch up the look,
she sometimes wears the top with black velvet trousers.
just feel so good in this thing when I wear it," says Damron
about the skirt and blouse, which was given to her by a longtime friend.
"I only wear this outfit with black cowboy boots, and then I have jet black earrings. I wear very little else with it."
Local fashion designer, Nikki Blaine custom-created this CPD (crimson party dress) for Damron, using exquisite red lace that Blaine dyed herself.
A red, Nikki Blaine custom lace dress
by Indianapolis-based designer Nikki Blaine, the long form-fitting dress has
become one of Damron's new favorite pieces. It was
made especially for Damron to wear in an all-red
collection Blaine was showing during last year's Meet the Artists fashion show.
dyed all of the fabric," says Damron. "Now
me, I would have had tie-dye. I don't know how the hell she did it."
two brainstormed the style of the dress together. The poly-lace piece has a
high neckline and long sleeves that end at a point mid-hand. But it's the back
of the dress, primarily the bottom, that Damron focuses her attention on.
the fitting, Damron kept telling Blaine to pull the
back of the dress in.
one point), Nikki said, 'Murph, the side seams are
now meeting in the back,' " says Damron. "And I said, 'That's okay, just pull it in.' And then I said, 'Look, Nikki, see what's happening?'
they created was a little fishtail at the back of the dress, which Blaine later
gifted to Damron.
just felt so fabulous on that stage last year," says Damron.
"I felt so blessed and honored because she asked me (to be in the
Murph Damron showcases her scrapbook filled with images of her modeling work.
Bio: Shelby Roby-Terry has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years and served as a reporter and editor at several papers throughout Indiana and New Orleans, Louisiana. She is founder and owner of The Forty Group, an Indianapolis-based PR, Marketing and Event Planning agency. During her spare time, Shelby...Shelby Roby-Terry has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years and served as a reporter and editor at several papers throughout Indiana and New Orleans, Louisiana. She is founder and owner of The Forty Group, an Indianapolis-based PR, Marketing and Event Planning agency. During her spare time, Shelby loves reading, traveling and hanging out with family and friends. She also volunteers throughout the community and serves on several boards for local not-for-profit agencies.more
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