Inspiration: Work/Lunch Outfit

21 March 2015

Yves Saint Laurent’s Studio: Mirror and Secrets by Jérômine Savignon

20 March 2015

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The name of Yves Saint Laurent, one of the great fashion designers of the twentieth century, evokes the now-iconic looks he helped popularize as part of the modern woman’s wardrobe: the Le Smoking tuxedo jacket, the pea coat, the Mondrian dress, the jumpsuit. But seven years after Saint Laurent’s death, the man himself remains an enigma and a source of fascination (two Yves Saint Laurent biopics were released in 2014). In Yves Saint Laurent’s Studio: Mirror and Secrets, the first book to be published by the Fondation Pierre Bergé with Yves Saint Laurent, fashion historian Jérômine Savignon invites the reader into the designer’s studio, revealing Saint Laurent’s approach to fashion and design. Illustrated with more than 40 previously unpublished photographs, this volume offers a fresh, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the work of this iconic fashion designer.

A precocious talent, Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008) started work at the venerable fashion house of Christian Dior at the age of 18. He started his own design house in 1961 with his partner Pierre Bergé. Saint Laurent was one of the first designers to hire nonwhite models, and the first to lend his name to a ready-to-wear line while maintaining his haute couture business. He became the first designer to be honored with a Costume Institute retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art during his lifetime, with a 1983 show organized by Diana Vreeland, who called him the “Pied Piper of fashion,” because “whatever he does, women of all ages, from all over the world, follow.” Available to Order from Amazon.com.

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Summer Beauty: Faded Lipstick + Natural Glow

19 March 2015

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- Bobbi Brown Art Stick Lip Liner in Electric Pink . . . Click Here to Purchase

- Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in ‘Rapture’ Pink . . . Click Here to Purchase

- By Terry Baume De Rose Set . . . Click Here to Purchase

- Serge Lutens Beaute Oeil Pour Oeil Mascara . . . Click Here to Purchase

- Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Rose . . . Click Here to Purchase

- Givenchy Beauty Noir Couture 4 Mascara . . . Click Here to Purchase

- NARS Blush & Highlighting Duo in Hungry Heart . . . Click Here to Purchase

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Street Style Inspiration

11 March 2015

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New York City Street Style: Khaki Trench x Chanel 2.55 Bag

08 March 2015

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- Maison Michel Blanche Wide-Brim Fedora Hat . . . Click Here to Purchase

- Montana Wide-Brim Hat . . . Click Here to Purchase

- Carven Waist Tie Trench Coat . . . Click Here to Purchase

- Soft Waterfall Drape Trench Coat . . . Click Here to Purchase

- Chanel Vintage Classic 2.55 Bag . . . Click Here to Purchase

- Rag & Bone High-Rise Black Skinny Jeans . . . Click Here to Purchase

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Temple St. Clair Jewelry

03 March 2015

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Temple St. Clair is one of my favorite jewelry designers and a brand that you can always count on for elegant trinkets. In the era of mass market collaborations St. Clair went the other direction and recently released her first high jewelry collection. Her line is available to shop on www.SaksFifthAvenue.com and www.Bloomingdales.com.

About: Working in an airy studio above the streets of New York’s SoHo, Temple draws inspiration from varied and far-flung sources: a color in a Mannerist painting, an architectural element in a Venetian church or a Kyoto temple, the shifting shades of the sea. In her designs, as in her life, she blends a modern aesthetic with a deep love of art, history and storytelling.

After completing her academic studies in Italian Literature at Smith College and then, Middlebury College, Temple remained in Florence. Studying the details of the Renaissance, she was inspired to create her own work and to partner with the centuries-old Florentine jewelers guild.

She sold her first collection in 1986 and 20 years later her designs continue to draw on classical motifs. Temple’s signature triple granulation and “archer’s” granule on the shank of her rings nod affectionately to Etruscan and Hellenistic gold work. Another trademark is her brilliant eye for color. She travels the world to select the most uncommon and perfect gemstones and then sets them in innovative ways.

Temple creates distinctive jewelry for the modern woman by combining exquisite materials and old-world craftsmanship with an independent, spirited sense of design.

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Beauty File: Model Laura Love’s Alabaster Glow

25 February 2015

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- La Mer Limited Edition The Moisturizing Soft Cream . . . Click Here to Purchase

- Hourglass Ambient Lightening Powder in Mood Light . . . Click Here to Purchase

- Guerlain Blanc de Pearl Refreshing Hydrating Cream . . . Click Here to Purchase

-  Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter . . . Click Here to Purchase

-  Diorskin Nude Air Powder Healthy Glow Invisible Powder . . . Click Here to Purchase

- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact with SPF 20 . . . Click Here to Purchase

-  Shiseido Translucent Pressed Powder . . . Click Here to Purchase

- NARS ‘All Day’ Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation . . . Click Here to Purchase

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Outfit of the Day: Oscar de la Renta x Sergio Rossi

25 February 2015

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One: Chanel ROUGE COCO Hydrating Lipstick . . . Click Here to Purchase

Two: Oscar de la Renta Bow-Embellished Silk-Faille Bustier . . . Click Here to Purchase

Three: Oscar de la Renta Crystal Drop Earrings . . . Click Here to Purchase

Four: Judith Leiber Couture Satin Coffered Rectangle Clutch Bag . . . Click Here to Purchase

Five: Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Pallet . . . Click Here to Purchase

Six: Oscar de la Renta Pleated Lamé Wide-Leg Pants . . . Click Here to Purchase

Seven: Sergio Rossi Shadows Metallic-Leather Sandals . . . Click Here to Purchase

Eight: Sublime de Chanel Waterproof Mascara . . . Click Here to Purchase

Nine: Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer . . . Click Here to Purchase

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FieldCandy “Little Campers” Hold Your Horses Merry-Go-Round Tent

24 February 2015

Field Candy Little Campers Hold Your Horses Merry-Go-Round Tent

This collection of Little Campers tents from FieldCandy will inspire you to spend nights away from home. ‘Hold Your Horses’ takes you to the fair ground, climb aboard the carousel and take a spin around the carnival in this vintage merry-go-round print tent. Available to Order Now from www.LaneCrawford.com.

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History of International Fashion by Dider Grumbach

22 February 2015

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First English translation of critically-acclaimed book opens the door to the fascinating universe of fashion. This book is not just a history of fashion from the early days of the creation of dressmaking fashion to the development of ready-to-wear manufacturing and the global enterprise it is today. Its ambition is to be the story of the creation, the evolution, and the implosion of the fashion related professions. With readable, highly-informative, and entertaining text–coupled with stunning photography–this book offers valuable insights into a profession which, unlike any other social body, is determined as much by its origins as by its economic context.

Didier Grumbach walks you down the runways of fashion history and unfolds the secrets of the industry with stories and accounts from those who have played an active part in its development from the 1920s to the present. And he knows what he is talking about: he was born, grew up and made his mark in the circle that he opens for us here. For decades, he has collected archives, met with witnesses, interacted with the most influential players, and opened doors which are normally kept firmly shut. In his international bestseller, he finally offers us a 20th century illustrated history of fashion like no other–a saga, a family business, with noble fathers, prodigal sons, enthusiasms, passions, hatreds, strokes of genius and, of course, failures. The heroes are Dior, Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel, Prada, Hermès, and others.

Their adventures are presented in an innovative chronological–and logical–order. From haute couture to the boom in ready-to-wear, the clothing industry, creators and designers, we witness the evolution in techniques, the shifting trends in the market, how an art matures and a culture changes. We also discover how the French ventured out of Paris to meet New York, London, Tokyo and Beijing. This book is a must for fashion lovers, professionals, and students who will find a thousand references never before presented. It will also enlighten the curious reader who wishes to go behind the scenes of this most seductive of theaters. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com

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