Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dress Well and Be Well with Norma Kamali

In Norma Kamali's world, wellness and fashion go hand-in-hand.  But Kamali has always been ahead of the curve. 

She rose to fame in the '80s and her glam swimsuits, classic evening and sportswear, and signature sleeping bag coats are still must-haves for any uptown girl's wardrobe. Budget fashionistas everywhere can also shop her affordable Norma Kamali for Walmart line (stylish swimsuits are $20 and under).


The designer (above photo), known for her trademark sunglasses, recently re-launched her Wellness Cafe where she sells her favorite olive oils from Italy, Spain, and France; olive-oil based skincare products and massage oils; Intelligent Nutrients anti-aging products by Horst; and fitness videos by Physique 57.


I spent an afternoon at the inviting, stark cafe, which offers visitors a chance to nosh on healthy snacks including yummy kale chips and tasty, fresh fruit and vegetable juices at the Organic Avenue juice bar.


"Organic Avenue is 85% of my daily diet," says Kamali.  "It's a great way to be trim, fit, and healthy."


Kamali originally opened the cafe in 2007 out of a desire to provide a healthier place for she and her neighboring retailers to eat.  Since she's given up her daily morning bagel for a diet free of non-processed food and rich in plant based products and olive oil, she's reached her desired weight and looks half her age.


Check out Ms. Kamali's blog and stop by the Wellness Cafe at her multi-level flagship store:


OMO Norma Kamali
11 W. 56th Street near Fifth Ave.
(212) 957- 9797


Image credit: Tracy Hopkins

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