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Adornments for The Neck


Ornate, lavishly embellished bibs, chokers, and necklaces take the forefront, as we see an influx of offerings for the upcoming spring season. I've featured a few of my favorites.



Christian Dior

House of Lavande
Oscar de la Renta


Lizzie Fortunato

(Images: style.com)


Dior's Color Infusion


Spring 2011



The Bold & The Colorful: Christian Dior Jewelry Spring 2011




Fashion: Fifties Nostalgia


The spinning and weaving, Costa, Como in the '50s, producing fabrics for the finest fashion houses in Paris, like Dior, Givenchy and Balenciaga. An exhibition, staged in the halls of the Villa Grumello Como, traces its history. From May 6 to June 27.

Cristobal Balenciaga, apparel, textile spinning and weaving, Costa, Como, on the cover of Vogue Paris, May 1953


Collection Hubert de Givenchy Les Mures Spring / Summer 1953 Archives Maison Givenchy Couture, Paris


Cristobal Balenciaga, cocktail dress, satin printed fabric, spinning and weaving, Costa, Como, Autumn / Winter 1957 Fundación Cristobal Balenciaga


Hubert de Givenchy evening gown fabric, spinning and weaving, French L'Officiel, April 1953


Jean Patou, two dresses in organza satin Bodin, Vogue Paris, April 1955


Christian Dior evening gown with satin plisettato densely printed fabric, spinning and weaving, French L'Officiel, April 1953

Christian Dior dress, spinning and weaving, fabric Costa, Como, drawing begonias, Spring / Summer 1953 Palais Galliera, Musee de la Mode de la Ville de Paris</p>
Jean Patou, spring / summer collection 1955, L'Officiel, March 1955 (fabric marketed by Bodin)</p>
</p> <p>Hubert de Givenchy Es Coquillages Collection Spring / Summer 1953 Archives Maison Givenchy Couture, Paris


Seeing beautiful vintage dresses simply gives me a chill! The "nipped" waists and full skirts make a stunning silhouette. From that bygone era when dresses were de riguer......the dress for day (encompassing errands and lunch), the cocktail and dinner dress along with the beautiful gown for that important event. The cocktail dress in picture three (my favorite), and those in pictures five and seven, would translate well with today's looks. Oh, the beauty of it all!


The History of the Cocktail Dress

The cocktail dress rivals only the LBD for importance in a girl's closet. The cocktail is feminine, fun, and sexy, and made for a night out — what's not to love about that? And so it's only fitting that it get an entire book devoted to its history, curated and written by Style.com's Laird Borrelli- Persson. The Cocktail Dress traces the history of the piece, from its conception in the twenties to Dior's New Look interpretation to Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy number in Breakfast at Tiffany's to more recent couture looks. And, true to Borrelli-Persson's other image-heavy books, this one is filled with contributions by designers like Peter Som, Cynthia Rowley, and Isaac Mizrahi, and shows off dresses by Vionnet, Marc Jacobs, and more. And many of the contributors will be toasting the tome at the official launch tonight. (NY Cut) I personally love Twiggy and joan Crawford 's look, as well as all of the Christian Diors.......especially the vintage. 1. Joan Crawford in an Adrian design for the 1934 movie Sadie Mckee. 2. Two models in Christian Dior, 1951. 3. Twiggy, 1966 4. Models for Kasper for Joan Leslie (left) and John Anthony (right) with escort, circa 1975. 5. Kate Moss September 2003. 6. Sara Singh illustrations. 7. Costume sketch for Anjelica Huston for "Pritzi's Honor", 1985. 8. Maria Carla Boscono in Christian Dior couture, fall 2007.


Jewelry: The Bold and the Beautiful


Featured today is jewelry for those of us who love our statement pieces! It is always a exciting to find items to feature. The designers are as follows: 1.)Christian Dior bracelet, 2.) Christian Lacroix "sculptural" necklace, 3.) Dries Van Noten gold ball necklace, 4.) Erickson Beamon jet and crystal necklace, 5.)Erickson Beamon tear drop stone necklace, 6.) Janis Savitt gold bead and rhinestone necklace, 7.) Kennth J. Lane coral necklace, 8.) Lanvin ribbon and crystal necklace, 9.) Lanvin Fuschia & purple necklace, 10.) Marni floral necklace, 10.) Marni stackable bracelets, 11.) Matthew Campbell Laurenza gold and gem stone ring, 12.) Moschino gold necklace, 13.) Polytima amethyst bracelet, 14.) Polytima amethyst necklace, 15.) Sonia Rykiel floral red & fuschia crystal necklace, 16.) Stephen Dweck turquoise ring, 17.) Stephen Dweck coral earrings 18.) Stephen Dweck brown Chalcedony ring, 19.) Vera Wang ribbon and rhinestone necklace, 20.) Top Shop Multicolor necklace, 21.)Vivienne Westwood large, etched earrings, 22.) Vera Wang Blue crystal bracelet, 23.) Zac Posen Silver Earring, 24.) Oscar de la Renta gold collar with a red stone.




"Give'em The Cold Shoulder"


The runways are full of Aysemmetrical or one shoulder pieces. From tops to jumpsuits to dresses, there are many beautiful offerings. Featured here are some favorites. 


Le Fleur


Spring offers up a bevy of floral delights!



Christian Dior

Louis Vuitton

Luciano Padovan

Louis Vuitton

Marc Jacobs




(Vogue Italia)


Walk This Way: Christian Dior Accessories Spring 2011



Those feathered lovelies are simply breathtaking!


"The High & The Mighty"


Versace Resort 2011

Sergio Rossi Resort 2011</p>
Jimmy Choo Cruise 2011</p>
Christian Dior Cruise 2011


Aren't they beautiful.....that Tamara Mellon is creating "hit" after "hit!" The lucite heel and Rhinestone ankle cuff are certainly stunning accents. Better still, is the neutral color which allows for wear with a variety of looks. The Christian Dior is another standout neutral. Fringe, stitching and the onyx colored stones are a perfect mix, making them funky and fabulous! It's apparent that Versace enjoyed a great deal of success with their patterned and print shoes from last season. I like the idea of a bold shoe, not only to wear with solids, but to mix with a patterned or print dress or top.

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Accessories magazine

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WWD Accessories magazine

Vanity Fair magazine

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Quintessental Style magazine

Upscale magazine

The Andy Warhol Diaries

The Irreverent Iris Apfel: Rare Bird of Fashion

Vegas Magazine

Atlanta Peach Magazine

Nylon magazine

Instyle Magazine

Instyle UK magazine

The book of Film Noir

Town and Country Magazine

The Legs Are The Last To Go

The Jewels of Miriam Haskell

Interview magazine

"Faking It" by Kenneth J. Lane

Fabulous Fakes

Departures Magazine




Style Icon: Iris Apfel

This eighty-six year old lady is the epitome of style. She wears big, bold jewelry and beautiful ornate clothing. So popular is she, that a book was written about her titled: THE IRREVERENT IRIS APFEL: RARE BIRD OF FASHION. The book contains clothing and jewelry that is absolutely breathtaking. I like the fact that she has and revels in her "individual style". She does not follow the "fashion path"....she has created her own.

Gracious Beauty Audrey Hepburn

I think that she will always be remembered most for her role in Breakfast At Tiffany's, but from what I have read about her, she was a beautiful person inside and out. Here is a quote that was spoken by her that I think sums up the type of person that she was...."never let yourself grow up believing that anybody if different from anybody else.....love each other and do what you can for your neighbor".

"Lady Day"

Billie Holiday gave new meaning to singing a song.

Daphne Giunness

Another "lady of style"

Diana Ross

As she appeared in the movie "mohogany"

Butterfly dress


"A trunk full of treasures"

Dolce and Gabbana "Face" wedge platforms

Manolo Blahnik

This shoe belongs on display.

Nicholas Kirkwood Couture for Alice In Wonderland

Nicholas Kirkwood Couture for Alice In Wonderland