Jo Ann Gammon

| December 20, 2012

Interview By MIRANDA ROGERS MCDONALD
The Chic Sheet
What is your fashion view?

I would rather talk about style. I tend to focus more on style because fashion comes and goes, but style stays with you forever and affects many aspects of your life. Style encompasses more than just what you choose to wear. Style influences how you entertain, the way you decorate your home and even gift-giving this time of year. Anyone can go out and purchase something, but it is the little ways in which you personalize it that really makes a statement.

How do you describe your style?

I believe in simplicity because it is what creates true elegance.

What are your favorite pieces?

I think your adornment is important and jewelry is a big part of that. Jewelry is about art, not about wearing diamonds in order to look rich. You can purchase something that really makes a statement on a shoe-string budget. I buy my jewelry from three local artists. I really love pieces by Clifton Nicholson in Indiana, and then there is Lesley Rahner of Bejewelled and Nancy Laird at Sign of the Dove. Nancy creates more current and trendy pieces, while Lesley is more simple and unique in her creations. However, they both have a great eye, and that is something that some people are just born with.

Where is your favorite place to shop?

I have only gone to one place to buy my coats for the past 20 years, and that is Elizabeth’s on Frankfort Avenue. I start there and then I like to go to 2023 Antiques, and occasionally I will stop in Von Maur. However, I will shop anywhere that I can find something that looks good on me, because it is not about the price. Instead, it is about finding something that you like.

Who is your fashion icon, and why?

Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel are all icons because they exude classic style and elegance. They also emulated their clothes. Hollywood stars nowadays borrow their clothes and have other people dress them, but these women dressed themselves and developed their own style. Babe Paley was also a fashion icon of mine years ago. She is where I got the idea to drape my dining room because her interior designer, Billy Baldwin, did it for her.

Besides fashion, what else makes you tick?

I am very active in the community and enjoy volunteering. Carla Sue Broecker and I opened Fabulous Finds 23 years ago, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy. I also have my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to occupy my time. They are the icing on my cake, and everyone who knows me knows that I don’t eat cake, I only eat the icing.

Photos by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune

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