Now that she's the darling of the New York fashion set, Deanna Hamro, the jewelry designer from San Clemente, is like this with Bill Blass. Hamro gets calls from Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Carolyne Roehm. They want her earrings, her brooches, her crystal paved bracelets.
The mail to her Melrose Avenue workroom carries fabric samples and sketches from the New York collections long before anyone else sees them, so she can make jewelry to match.
Hamro pins small plastic bags, with a sample earring inside, to a bulletin board. One whole row of flower-shape styles was designed originally for Oscar de la Renta.
But lately, the tall and lean retired fashion model spends her time counting infinitesimal colored crystal beads and keeping careful track of their numbers (she's taking inventory), or she's showing visitors the new BMW, the big one, parked outside the window of her Melrose Avenue office. "I didn't have any car for a year," she recalls.