Cho is funny, fashionable
She's played an "All American Girl," Kim Jong-Il and Kim Jong-Un, and one of my favorite fashion personalities Lynne O'Neill, on "Sex and the City," but few know of Margaret Cho's other role as fashion designer.
After taking up bellydancing, Cho started her own line of Hip Wear bellydance belts and accessories in 2006. Now she's teamed up with Betabrand to create the Solitaire, a multi-pocket jumpsuit that allows you to move freely about the world sans purse, handbag or clutch.
Betabrand is a San Francisco-based online clothing company that designs, manufactures and crowdfunds innovative or quirky threads into existence with a little guidance from online followers who are able to offer critiques before the projects go into production.
Some of the company's hits include Dress Pant Yoga Pants, Executive Hoodies, Space Jackets and Gay Jeans that wear down to reveal rainbow-colored threads.
In her Betabrand introductory bio, the comedian said, "I created The Solitaire because I wanted the perfect outfit. I wanted something that could carry all my essentials: my credit card, cash, ID, lipstick, keys, and smartphone.
“I want to walk the earth freely without a handbag or anything else to hold me back from my journey, my destiny."
Her styling advice: "You can dress it up, with heels and jewelry, or you can get really sporty with it via combat boots and a matte lipstick. Anyway you dress it, you look amazing. All your stuff sits neatly in the zippered pockets. You can take on the world with both hands."
As of this writing, the Solitaire is a Think Tank item in need of crowdfunding and offered at $159.80. There are only eight left to be purchased within 14 days.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage is in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.