You may remember the beautiful preserved hydrangeas I featured in my hydrangea post last month, created by the talented Barbra Scott. Those of you living in NYC will be happy to learn she is having a sample sale on Tuesday, 9/21 – Thursday 9/23 from 11:00 – 6:00. Selections will be 25-50% off retail prices. Custom orders taken on the sale dates will be given a 15% discount. Included will be: Preserved Floral Arrangements, Silk Orchids & Arrangements, Blossom Branches, Moss Gardens, Terrariums, Topiaries. Cash only. Address is: 27 W. 20th St., Room 504, NYC 10011. If you can’t make it to the showroom but are interested in purchasing something from the sale, Barbra is happy to deliver or ship for an additional fee.…
What a fun day I had at the shows yesterday! I’m sure you all know by now that Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has a new home at Lincoln Center. Everyone seemed thrilled with the new venue – there was lots more space for attendees, an entire computer “pit” for the dedicated fashion bloggers and evidently much more room for the behind the scenes people – make-up artists, dressers, hair stylists etc. And the temporary structure even created an outdoor garden lounging area which was very popular.
I had been invited to the Nanette Lepore show (reviewed next), so had always planned on attending yesterday.…
First was Michael Kors. A very popular show, the Theater was jam packed. This show, choreographed to lively renditions of Here Comes the Sun, felt like a slight departure for Kors. Like the back to nature theme of many of the other shows, the collection featured lots of neutrals and spring colors but was not as structured as usual. The shapes felt looser and easier, like an easy summer at the beach, and sported linen and gauzy textures.
There were great trenches
including this spectacular saddle colored leather one
This very cool and sexy swim suit – that I don’t quite understand how you swim in
And great combinations of texures
None of the usual Kors body hugging sheath dresses or high heels.…
This show was held in the more intimate Stage, which I really liked. Not to mention, I was sitting across from Stanley Tucci and Kristin Chenoweth (not sure who’s in between them).
And there was live music provided by John Forte, which made it feel even more like a special event. You can go to Nanette Lepore’s site to see a video of the show, including the music.
Lepore’s clothes are always feminine and flirty and these were no exception. The make up by Mac was wonderful, highlighted by a beautiful lip shade of pinky red, which was a great counterpoint to the colorful collection.…
Michelle Smith said her inspiration for this collection was the “stylishly eccentric ” Peggy Guggenheim. She channelled her spirit with “unexpected combinations of pattern, texture and color”. This 10th anniversary collection also marked the debut of Milly‘s handbag and jewelry collections. All of this was accomplished with a great sense of fun and creativity. I’ve attached a video to give you a sense of the entertaining presentation.
The show had a ton of energy and offered an upbeat collection with quite a few terrific pieces. In true Guggenheim style, Smith assembled many of the outfits in unconventional but appealing combinations
Today I will be going to a couple of the shows at Fashion Week – Michael Kors and Nanette Lepore. I’m totally excited, especially to see the fabulous new venue at Lincoln Center, which everyone has been raving about.
Although you probably have a handle on my taste by now, I thought I’d show just a very few of my favorites from the shows so far – showing you all of them would take a full week of posts! I love Jason Wu. He has a winning combination of pretty and tailored (photos by Thomas Iannaccone).
As the younger generation heads back to school, we can also consider our educational agenda for the fall. For all of you book lovers, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I have a wonderful new literary source and the bad news is that you will need to make room on your already overcrowded shelves. One of my oldest friends, Deborah, a compatriot in searching out all things of style and substance, recently divulged a fabulous new source for collectible titles.
Persephone Books, out of London, has found a literary niche that I’m sure appeals to many of us.…
I was in my favorite local stationer, MMilestones, in New Canaan, the other day (more on them soon). Looking through the books for several needed items, I was reacquainted with the beautiful offerings of Sugar Paper. I had originally seen their book last year for Christmas cards but was too late to the game. There are certainly many lovely lines for stationery products, but if you like letterpress, then you’ll be in heaven when you see Sugar Paper. After looking at their collection, there’s just no going back.
Founded in 2003 by Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker, Sugar Paper is the quintessence of understated luxury.…
For those of you who romanticize travel and long for the days of civilized airports, airlines with glamorous stewardesses, ocean liners with formal black tie dinners and train travel on the Twentieth Century (which I actually experienced), then you will probably be pleased to learn of the new book, coming out on December 1, just in time for the holidays, Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks.
As most of you know, Vuitton was founded in 1854 when the original Louis opened his first store in Paris. He made history with the creation of his first trunk which had a flat top and could be stacked as opposed to previous trunks which had barrel shaped tops to aid in the dispersion of water.…
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