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Fall Lecture Series: 18th & 19th-Century American Fashions

Saturday, November 4 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for our Fall Lecture Series!

Genesee Country Village & Museum is excited to announce our Fall 2023 Lecture Series: 18th & 19th-Century American Fashions. This day of lectures features four exciting presenters, including keynote speaker Susan W. Greene. Access to all four fashion and textile-related lectures is included in the price of admission, along with a prepared boxed lunch (hot and cold selections available) of your choice. A continental breakfast of coffee, tea, orange juice, water, and pastries will be present upon arrival. 

At the end of the day (from 3 – 4 p.m.), guests will have the opportunity to enjoy staff-led explorations behind the scenes in either the John L. Wehle Gallery vaults which house the Bruce & Susan Greene Costume Collection. Don’t miss this! 





Indigo Tones Piece

It is my great pleasure to introduce Dark Autumn, Joan Lincoln – Rochester, NY’s fashion and beauty icon for decades! She lives life with style & flair and a never ending enthusiasm for connecting and collaborating with local businesses and charitable organizations. Her entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen belie a family oriented local girl sensibility and humanity that she brings to her business ventures. 

I have collaborated with Joan for years. In the decades since I opened my first studio in Pittsford, NY around the corner from a fabulous boutique she managed, she has become Rochester’s leader on all things involving fashion and style. 

We share a passion for empowering women to be their best bymaking style affordable and accessible while lessening the impact of the fashion industry on the environment. We also share an affinity for a feminine Romantic Style and so I gravitate towards Joan’s look. 

Read more about Joan’s eclectic and expansive contribution to helping women in this month’s colorful lives blog.  

My journey through the fashion and image industry has offered me a host of extraordinary introductions, adventures, and accomplishments beginning in 1978 when I was voted “Best Dressed” for my Waterloo High School Yearbook.

I started my retail career managing local The Limited, Inc. stores and moved over to running upscale niche boutiques. In the 80’s and 90’s, I also modeled on local runways and had many gigs with large corporations like  Kodak, Bausch & Lomb and Xerox. Then, stepping from in front of the lens to behind it I spent a decade as a Makeup Artist working for NYC-industry giant Trish McEvoy Cosmetics. I was blessed with a reputation that allowed me to become a sought-after makeup artist in the region for decades. 

Joan Lincoln Makeup Artist and Model in the 1980's and 90's Rochester, NY

Often described as a “serial entrepreneur”, it was not a surprise that I decided to retire from the makeup industry in order to establish Panache Vintage and Finer Consignment and Panache Home and Design,establishing the “HAPPPY CORNER” in the 12 Corners of Brighton, NY. The Panache team specializes in empowering women to expressing their individuality through passion for fashion. At Panache we have every component of a woman’s outfit – extraordinary clothing for unique, fashionable women – we love to make Rochester our runway!

These are my favorite pink pants and some other treasures found at Panache. I really enjoy sending my clients to Panache to find unique clothing in their colors. Joan and I collaborate each month to feature the seasonal tone that corresponds.  Brenda and Joan on a typical day in the shop.

Kerry Jones of Indigo Tones and Joan Lincoln of Panache Consignment

Check out the pics of my successful shopping trip to Panache with a Light Spring who had just found out her colors that morning.  What fun!

Shopping trip at Panache Consignment Boutique with Light Spring Wendy Mancarella

My passions  have always focused on female-based fashion retail/resale, marketing, women empowerment and special event planning. I am a weekly Radio Personality on WARM1013.COM with host Tony Infantino. Fashion First with Joan Lincoln entertains listeners about the latest trends and tips in the beauty and fashion industries, giving a glimpse into the world of fashion from the dressing room to the runway!

Dark Autumn Joan Lincoln on the Fashion First show on Warm 101.3 in Rochester, NY

I have written for the former Rochester Woman Magazine, former Fashion Edge of Healthy Edge Magazine, and was a Beauty Buzz blogger with HerRochester. 

In 2010, I helped Meghan Mundy to found Fashion Week of Rochester, a three-day event including 6 runways shows that spotlights local designers, boutiques, businesses and artists while shining a light on youth homelessness. 

Fashion Week of Rochester

What prompted you to have a color analysis?

After meeting Kerry, I purchased a gift certificate for a personal color analysis for a dear friend.  She discovered that she was a Cool Winter and became so immersed in her jewel tone colors  and icy cool look was so enthusiastic about  her experience that I decided that I needed to have mine done too!

How has it changed your life?

Being in the retail industry surrounded by clothing and home furnishing all day,  my color wheel has helped me define and refine my palette in my closet and what colors I surround myself with in my home. In my multi level home, I refer to my family room as the neutral room and my living and dining rooms as my soothing rooms. Both decorated from the neutral pages on my color wheel but at a different degrees.  I love them both. 

In what ways has it changed the way you approach your business?

Having the knowledge of my own color story, I continue to promote the need for wearing the correct colors to my clients. I encourage daily they too treat themselves to a color analysis to better understand what colors they should be wearing!  It’s fascinating when a client returns with their wheel in hand and shops more confidently.

What has been the biggest challenge?

I’ve found the biggest challenge is to not wear black as much as I used to. The fashion industry promotes black as it is easy to produce and has many myths associated with making everyone looks slimmer.  While that can be the case for some like my friend above, for many including me the browns of my hair and eyes make a better neutral.  While I do have a softer, warm black on my color I try to blend it with the earthy browns as much as I can…but some days, I just can’t break this one color rule!

Any interesting things happen while you were wearing your colors?

Oh Baby you bet! When the color and the style is on point so are the compliments! There’s a big difference when someone likes your sweater compared to when they say “you look amazing today!”

What was the biggest surprise?

When I took my color wheel and dove into my closet some of my most favorite pieces of clothing were a perfect match.  So I guess sometimes, not always, we already know what colors we should be wearing…then there is all the black in my closet that I just can’t let go of! 

Tell me about your favorite color in your palette.

OLIVE and Aubergine all day long!!!!

Tell me about your closet

Boho Chic, Artsy, Romantic and Multi layer draping pieces.  Then there are the cowboy boots, jeans with lots and lots of Dusters!!!!

The Purple Painted Lady Festival

It’s a Fashion First! Panache has teamed up with the wonderful folks at The Purple Painted Lady Festival to host a legendary FASHION TENT! This tent will include both new pieces and sustainable resale including but not limited to: clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry and more! Come shop all of the most stylish fashions from our vendors: Panache Consignment, House of Kloth, Chandelier’s Boutique, UnsystematicC, The Robyn’s Nest Boutique, Jewelry by Joette Boutique, Aprons and Pearls Vintage Boutique, In The Closet/Fashion Week Rochester, Roc City Vintage, Muted Closet and Shop Peppermint. You won’t be able to miss it – on your way into and out of the festival, the tent will be set up by the beautiful Fig Hollow Barn. Added entertainment will be on Sunday, September 18th from 12:30-2 by the famous Roc City Singers directed by Judith Ranaletta.
We can’t wait to see you!
More information can be found on the festival website below:

Fashion Week of Rochester


Limited tables are available in our VIP area for purchase. Please contact: Elaine Spaull at (585) 752-3307 or

Contact Meghan Mundy (585) 746-5395 or Mary Jacobs (585) 694-7162 with any questions!

Today for our WCW we are celebrating Joan Lincoln. Her resumé is so impressive, that we don’t know where to start. So, let’s start here, you might have seen Joan at one of the many fashion events here in Rochester or have heard her talking on the radio with WARM 101.3 on her Fashion First segment. Joan is also the proud owner of two businesses, Panache Vintage & Finer Consignment and Panache Home: A Division of Panache Consignment. She was also a contributing writer for the Rochester Woman Online Fashion Forward column and can be found on local panels talking about women empowerment. When Joan isn’t busy building her empire, she is spending time with her three daughters, four grandsons and Kevin.

What is the most challenging part of running your business or job?
“Challenge #1: keeping up with technology, I break out in hives if my internet goes down.”

“Challenge #2: Saying “NO” to a community that has been so supportive. I can only do so many fashion shows, give so many donations and discounts.”

As a young girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
“THIS IS IT! All my jobs from the age of 14 to present have been feeding me with experiences and knowledge to take the leap into entrepreneurship. Of course, it took me 50 years to put my BIG girl pants on and jump!”

What fills your cup?
“Family first and then community. Or is it a great cup of java and then another dark brew later in the day. One gets me through the day and the other gives me something to celebrate!”

What job would you be terrible at?
“Assembly or anything repetitive. I went to college to be a court stenographer. Ugh.”

What does your perfect room look like?
“Simple, fresh, with plants and Palm Crest turquoise décor accents.”

What movie title best describes your life?
“My Fair Lady”

What’s the best way to start the day?
“75 and sunny with company or a call.”

What do you wish you knew more about?
“History, geography …I’m awful at JEOPARDY

What takes up too much of your time?
“Balancing the time I DO have … no time for idle.”

What fictional place would you most like to go?
“I lean towards the places in Hallmark type settings BUT always near a body of water.”

What’s your favorite emoji and why?
“Presently using 🤦🏻‍♀‍ a lot, SHOCKED at what some people with fancy titles, little knowledge, no moral values or integrity are saying or doing.”

What are three qualities that got you to where you are today?
“Family encouragement and support, work ethic -I really like to get my hands dirty, and respect & appreciation of community.”

Best career advice you’ve gotten?
“Think big-stay small.”

What’s the last thing you binge watched?
“Outlander, Poldark, Hollywood…did I mention had my hip replaced…it was a long winter/spring 2020.”

What should every woman try at least once in her lifetime?
“To be financially independent …total empowerment!”

Want to nominate someone for our WCW? Send us a message! 👇The Susan Glenz Team – Real Estate Agent



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