An Eye for White

  • 9th April 2013

This beautiful cotton broderie anglaise dress from Moschino just screams summer.  It would be elegant at a sea side sunset wedding or evening cocktails overlooking Istanbul.

 

Cotton Broderie Anglaise Dress Moschino

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire UK

 

If your budget is not $3,000.00 but closer to $150.00, this white stunner comes in at a close second.

 

Sundance Catalog EyeSundance Catalog Isla Eyelet White Dresslet White Dress

 

 

Patchwork Broderie Anglaise Long Tank Dress Moschino, modaoperandi.com, $2,995.00

Isla Eyelet Dress, Sundancecatalog.com, $148.00

 

 

Back of Dress Moschino

Back of Dress Moschino


 

 

Back of Isla Eyelet Dress

Back of Isla Eyelet Dress

 

 

White is blinding us with its presence this spring, but never has it looked so elegant as in the ever abundant maxi dress form.

 

Photo Courtesy of: L'Officiel Thailand

Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel Thailand

Photo Courtesy of: Harper's Bazaar Australia

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Australia

 

If you are going to buy one maxi dress this season, make it long, lean and clean (white!).  Here are a few more of our favorites…

 

Cushnie et Ochs Suspended Silk Gown
Cushnie et Ochs Suspended Silk Gown

 

 

 

Cushnie et Ochs Suspended Silk Gown, shopbop.com, $1895.00

 

 

Free People Jill's Limited Edition White Story Dress
M Missioni Paneled Stretch-Knit Maxi Dress

 

 

 

 

Free People Jill’s Limited Edition White Story Dress, freepeople.com, $500.00

M Missioni Paneled Stretch-Knit Maxi Dress, net-a-porter.com, $1,295.00

 

 

6 Shoreroad Monsoon Tie-Strap Maxi Dress
Young Fabulous and Broke Lou Crochet Strapless Maxi Dress

 

 

6 Shoreroad Monsoon Tie-Strap Maxi Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $188.00

Young Fabulous and Broke Lou Crochet Strapless Maxi Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $194.00

 

 

Ermanno Scervino Sleeveless Dress

 

 

 

Ermanno Scervino Sleeveless Dress, farfetch.com, $2312.73

 

 

 

We would pair any of these picture perfect whites with effortlessly cool metallic sandals…

 

Sundance Thong Sandals

Sundance Thong Sandals

 

Thong Sandals, sundancecatalog.com, $178.00

 

AND, the perfect bold, red lipstick…

 

MAC Matte Lipstick Russian Red, amazon.com, $19.85

 

MAC Russian Red lipstick

 

The Knot that’s Hot!

  • 8th April 2013

The Christian Dior collar knot is swiftly wrapping itself around the necks of models and celebrities alike.

 

Christian Dior Collar Knot

Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel Thailand

 

 

It’s available in a range of colors and looks equally appealing paired with a flowy strapless dress or a structured blazer.

 

Christian Dior Collar Knot

Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar Australia

 

Available currently at Dior boutiques only (hopefully it will be available for purchase on the internet soon!)

$670.00

 

Jennifer Lawrence Christian Dior Collar Knot

Photo Courtesy of: Coolspotters

 

 

Christian Dior Collar Knot

We’re a Fan!

  • 8th April 2013

Through its unusual shape alone, the Ginkgo draws an automatic fan club.  This living fossil is unique in that it has no close living relative.  Indigenous to China the Ginkgo is widely known for its medicinal properties and the splendid yellow hue it affords us in the fall.

 

This spring, designers are also drawn to the unique shape of the Ginkgo leaf using it as a base for clothes, jewelry and home décor.

 

Kate Spade Japanese Floral

 

 

 

Kate Spade Japanese Floral

 

Japanese Floral Dinnerware, Kate Spade, bloomingdales.com, $80.00 for 4 pc setting

 

 

Bronze Ginkgo Chairs by Claude Lalanne. Photo Courtesy of: Architectural Digest goldginkochairs

 

 

 

Bronze Ginkgo Chairs by Claude Lalanne. Photo Courtesy of: Architectural Digest

Bronze Ginkgo Chairs by Claude Lalanne. Photo Courtesy of: Architectural Digest

 

 

We are especially fond of the Ginkgo Foulard from Balenciaga!  Wrap it around the handle of  your favorite purse, tie it thin around your neck, or bandeau style sur la tête and don’t be surprised if you spawn a fan club yourself!

 

 

Balenciaga Gingko Foulard

 

Ginkgo Foulard, Balenciaga, barneys.com, $455.00

 

Baccarat Gingko Vase

 

 

Baccarat Ginkgo Vase, neimanmarcus.com, $400.00-$965.00

 

Tufted Gingko Rug Anthropologie

 

 

Tufted Ginkgo Rug, anthropologie.com, $498.00-$998.00

 

Gingko Print Ethereal Dress Balenciaga
Gingko Print Ethereal Dress Balenciaga

 

 

Ginkgo-print ethereal dress, Balenciaga, matchesfashion.com, $1471.00

 

Aurelie Bidermann Cuff.  Photo Courtesy of:  Vogue.de

Aurelie Bidermann Cuff. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.de

 

 

 

Biloba Sculpture Gold

 

Biloba Sculpture Gold, plantationdesign.com, $175.00

 

Michael Aram Gingko Trivet

 

Ginkgo Trivet, Michael Aram, Michaelaram.com, $65.00

 

Misskukie Vintage Gingko Necklace

 

 

Misskukie Vintage Ginkgo Necklace, www.notonthehighstreet.com, £35.00

 

Aurelie Bidermann Gingko Earrings
Aurelie Bidermann Gingko Earrings

 

Earrings, Aurelie Bidermann, net-a-porter.com, $360.00

Earrings, Aurelie Bidermann, net-a-porter.com, $570.00

 

 

Vogue.de celebrates gold Ginkgo jewelry

Vogue.de celebrates gold Ginkgo jewelry

 

Daisy Goes Designer

  • 7th April 2013

Even the extras in Baz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated The Great Gatsby, set to release May 10, will be clad in perfectly tailored Brooks Brothers, while Carey Mulligan and the cast of ladies will be outfitted in Prada and Miuccia-inspired glittery, feathery, sumptuous frocks.

 

Great Gatsby Prada and Brooks Brothers

Photo Courtesy of: 2-Mag, Thailand

 

Miuccia Prada helped Lhurmann’s wife, costume designer Catherine Martin to create many of the outfits and of the 40 sketches she produced for the film, the 4 above were shared as an “amuse bouche” of sorts.

The orange organza dress comes adorned with plastic fish scale paillettes. It is inspired by the Prada Fall/Winter 2011 collection.  According to the fashion.telegraph.co.uk, the Radzmire dress (celadon) is elegantly employed with bustier embroidered with pearls, stones and sequin fringes. Inspired by a revisited silhouette of the 1920s, it is made contemporary by the use of modern fabrics and embroideries of the 1950s. 

Carey as Daisy, wears just one dress from Prada.

 

 

The Great Gatsby

Photo Courtesy of: Clothesonfilm.com

 

According to an interview with EW, “[Carey Mulligan’s] Daisy costumes were made in-house in Australia and designed by me,” Martin told EW. ”I had a workshop of about 90 people… I designed and had made all of the principal women’s costumes within that workshop, and a lot of the incidental male costumes.”

 

Daisy’s one designer moment comes by way of one of the film’s party scenes, where she dons this Prada gown.

 

The Great Gatsby

Photo Courtesy of: Clothesonfim.com

 

“[Daisy’s] party dress, when she goes to Gatsby’s party, was a redux of a Prada dress, a crystal dress, that she had done previously,” Martin said of the chandelier frock — made of crystal drops connected by a net of small metal rings — which was inspired by look 33 from Prada’s Spring/Summer 2010 runway collection.

 

The Great Gatsby

Photo Courtesy of: Popstyle.ew.com

 

In the 1974 Gatsby film version, a handsome Redford was clad in Ralph Lauren, this year DiCaprio and and Tobey Maguire wear Brooks Brothers.  In fact, Brooks Brothers created a stunning 500 day and evening ensembles adding up to about 1,700 pieces including neckwear, shoes and accessories for cast and extras.  Martin has repeatedly pointed out that Fitzgerald in fact was a Brooks Brothers customer, so the association was a natural one.

 

The Great Gatsby

Photo Courtesy of: The Hollywood Reporter

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Photo Courtesy of: Blouinartinfo.com

 

 

“It was this most basic and fundamental connection that has made our collaboration so authentic,” Martin said. “Brooks Brothers is mentioned several times in Fitzgerald’s writings as a representation of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction.”

 

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Photo Courtesy of: Blouinartinfo.com

 

Martin worked meticulously researching hundreds of photos, advertisements and catalogues from that time.  She needed to properly assess weights, textures and colors of fabrics that would perfectly be conveyed on screen and lend description to the era.

 

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Photo Courtesy of: Bluinartinfo.com

 

Miuccia and Martin worked together to create costumes with “the European flair that was emerging amongst the aristocratic East Coast crowds in the 1920s” and hope the pieces illustrate the “dichotomy between those who aspired to the privileged, Ivy League look of wealthy Long Island and those who were aspiring to European glamour, sophistication and decadence.”

 

 

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Photo Courtesy of: Blourartinfo.com

“Baz and Miuccia have always connected on their shared fascination with finding modern ways of releasing classic and historical references from the shackles of the past,” explains Martin. “This connection is central to our relationship with Miuccia Prada on The Great Gatsby , and has connected our vision with hers.”

 

“In the same way Nick Carraway reflects on a world that he is within and without, we have tried to create an environment that the audience will be subconsciously familiar with, yet separated from.”

 

 

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Photo Courtesy of: Blouartinfo

 

 

Perfect Fusion

  • 6th April 2013

A perfect fusion of price and style has happened with the new line Pearl by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa, for JC Penney.

 

Pearl Marchesa JC Penney
Pearl Marchesa JC Penney

 

Price points range between $75.00—$250.00 and the collection has a cocktail evening focus.

 

Pearl Marchesa JC Penney
Pearl Marchesa JC Penney

 

 

 

The Marchesa aesthetic is now available to a much wider audience in store and online.

 

Pearl Marchesa JC Penney

 

The collection is named after Chapman’s daughter India Pearl.  And like the name suggests, it features all of the adornments of Indian wear—sequins, gauze, ruffles, shimmery fabrics….

 

Pearl Marchesa JC Penney
Pearl Marchesa JC Penney
Pearl Marchesa JC Penney

 

jcpenney.com 

 

Parting Words…

  • 6th April 2013

In Luang Prabang, Laos, the Dragonfly represents Three Theravada Buddhist values:

Detachment from stress; Humility of your surroundings; Impermanence of the moment

 

 

 

Dragonfly Amantaka

 

(Courtesy of the Amantaka)

 

 

BonConseil