Most definitely! She'd been directing the show for seventeen years, and she'd been a line producer for four years. She knew the show backwards and forwards, how it should flow, how it should sound, how it should look. And she had a spark of creativity in her episodes that few others seemed to have. She was passed over for executive producer in favor of someone else who appeared to have never watched the show before. But such is life!
I was just thinking about how amusing it was that the women of east coast soaps had such sophisticated fashion sensibilities in their choices of clothes, makeup and hair styles.
I guess it would make sense that Barbara, Lisa, and Carly would keep up with the trends, but it is fun to watch the 90s episodes to see how often the other women are wearing major designers. It was also a different time when everyone was much less casual in their daily attire (from 90210 to Clueless every young woman wore a blazer with every outfit). However, I was watching an episode and in one day in Oakdale, Lucinda wore an Escada suit with coordinating coat and shoes, Connor wore a Donna Karan suit, and even Kim Hughes was wearing Armani head to toe. And think about how avant garde Kim and Carly's haircuts would seem to be in such a small suburban city.
I'm not dissing the midwest, but one wonders about the authenticity of the availability (and affordability) of these small town women wearing high end fashion. I doubt that we would see many women in a suburban midwestern Target today looking as chic as those ladies. It wasn't just that their clothes were expensive, but it was complete polished looks that they tuned out on a daily basis (with the obvious exception being Emma Snyder). In real life, Ellie would have needed another farm just to store all of her hats. It is fun to look at, and I never questioned it when I watched them at the time, but upon rewatch, the fashions styling was really remarkable.