Mary McDonald

Mary shares tells of "Delhi Belly," sari shopping, and her One Kings Lane line.

on Nov 27, 20120

Before we go ANY further I have to say I adore Martyn, and no one could be more fun, playful and ready to entertain. So frenemies we are not. Although that word itself has kind of a pretty cadence, so too bad it does not have a great connotation! Frenemies. . .hmmmm. . .sounds like I could have a line with that name. . .

I am so honored and grateful that Susan Feldman and One Kings Lane asked Martyn and I to India to design a capsule collection. We all had an amazing time really filled with so many rich life experiences. From the early discussions about our collaboration, I always knew that Martyn and I share a great love of a good time, as well as a love for other cultures in the world, so at the very least we would discover a new great experience together. I honestly have to watch our little tiffs on the screen and laugh. I love Martyn's strong personality and that he actually takes control for so many things -- but in the design world it is one area where we really both have our own big ideas about things. Collaborating with any designer can be hairy since we have all worked so hard to have a voice, sometimes for years and years.

I love that when I go to a foreign country I think it is obviously a costume party for the local custom, and India was no exception. I have been to India before this trip and have tons of clothes from other trips there so it was about time I got to wear them again.

6 comments
SwankyMrsH
SwankyMrsH

Mary, your style is phenomenal, your humor fantastically witty, but what I admire most, is your confidence and ability to stand up for your vision.  Whether it is with a client, friend or colleague you have a way of expressing yourself that is strong, however neither off putting nor condescending.  You are a joy to watch!

Kblutz
Kblutz

You can set a table! Maybe a chapter on dinner parties in the new book?

Kblutz
Kblutz

Love love love watching your India trip. Too much fun. And Liz can't dress or decorate.

minerva@
minerva@

I really enjoyed watching the creative process via your trip to India.  I am fascinated by people who can design as I am without that talent.  I also think you communicate well with your clients, by being respecful yet assertive at the same time.  Can't wait until next week.  Bravo

shysharon
shysharon

Fun episode. I can understand your need t be heard was essenial, but Martyn DID listen! He is assertive, yet really does hear you, too! In fact, I think he's delicious! Seriously. 

GreatLakes
GreatLakes

Loved how much you enjoyed India and would have definitely have enjoyed the missing footage you described. So glad the creative process turned out to be more of a collaboration.