Compliments for S.M. Moser

RECEIVED Mon., Jan. 5, 2004

Stephen Macmillan Moser's recent article ["After a Fashion," Dec. 26]: "There is a rampant fashion omerta in Austin: a conspiracy of silence ... about really bad clothes." The article is so fresh, unexpected and well written that I had to stop painting our house to venture out in really bad paint-splattered sweats to seek a new copy of the Chronicle (sorry – used first paper for catching paint splatters).
   Finally, Stephen, an article authored with some tooth! A pure piece written without any pics of toothy debutantes and professional partygoers. Like an ambulance chaser peeking through words to see who got "wrecked" the weekend before at one party or another, I'm guilty of following your column, typically filled with its predictable inane gossip and frivolous fashion sightings.
   Without having met you and thus forming my impressions only through your written words, this latest article has changed my distorted view of your considerable talents. I enjoyed immensely learning more about your background in the fashion industry and the vivid pictures you painted of your grueling training. And you are right – foundations are needed (and not just in the fashion industry) – and one does need to know the rules before breaking them.
   And now may I offer you some advice? Please don't hide your literary talents and designing skills by writing martini articles – you urged your readers to go out and "read, read, read voraciously" to increase their knowledge of fashion design – perhaps in this new year a worthwhile mission for you would be to get out there and teach, teach, teach, so the "so fresh and so young" have a chance to realize a real future in fashion.
   With best regards and sincere thanks for a better read on you – write on, Mr. Moser.
Patti Przybylinski
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