Monday, August 17, 2009

First In Best Dressed?

Where to start? There is so much going on I would like to blog about today but have had no time.

OK, so I am going to pick on Stuff again. I am so sorry Stuff, you know I love you really, but I’m a bit unimpressed.

This grates me: “New Zealand’s Best Dressed Businesswoman

Apparently: “ has picked the following businesswomen for the top five finalists, listed below."

1) Mai Chen, partner and co-founder of Chen Palmer, New Zealand's only specialist public law firm
2) Annah Stretton, CEO, Stretton Clothing & Stretton Publishing3) Josephine Grierson, Auckland entrepreneur4) Paula Rebstock, former Commerce Commission chairwoman5) Carmel Fisher, managing director, Fisher FundsHow/who/where did these names come from? Nothing against these women, but I don’t think they could take out NZ’s Best Dressed Businesswoman.

I'm glad that Stuff have done Businessman as well - as that would be a whole different conversation - but surely it is not what these people wear, but what they accomplish? Come on.

Jumping back to the best-dressed ship, I'm sure we could come up with a better list than what Stuff came up with.

Some of my votes would include:
Jenene Freer (Flossie)
Fiona Hawtin (Fashion Quarterly Editor)
Claire Kingan-Jones (Kingan Jones - designer)
Lela Jacobs (Lela Jacobs - designer)
Sarah Henry (Woman's Day Editor)

I think what is pretty obvious from my list is that we tend to focus on our own world and what we know. 'Businesswoman' is much harder than 'celebrity'. Please add your own to the list, we may start to see a trend...


Ken Freer said...

Besides the obvious (because I'm married to one of your nominees) I'd put forward Mariette van Ryn, General Counsel @ Westpac. A very stylish lady.

Phil said...

I nominate Louisa Rimmer, ex-National Bank and currently contracting at Housing New Zealand

Hazel said...

Totally agree with your list, except that editors may not qualify as businesswomen.

I like the black striped blazer though.

gliderguider said...

I'd have to agree than a magazine editor isn't a businesswoman unless she also owns the magazine.

But maybe only three of the original list qualified anyway.

I'd have to vote for Carmel, if only because I had a crush on her in 1985/86.

iChild said...

Well, we seem to be at an interesting crossroads here. So what constitutes as a businesswoman (or person as the case maybe).

Wikipedia says:
A businessperson (also businessman or businesswoman) is someone who is employed at usually a profit-oriented enterprise, or more specifically, someone who is involved in the management (at any level) of a company, or even an entrepreneur. The term businessperson almost always refers to someone with a "white collar" occupation.

Wikipedia is all-knowing right? (Kinda like Google's little brother - as Google is obviously female) Based on this, I think we can say that an editor - magazine/online - is most certainly a businesswoman.