Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mrs. Smith goes to Milan

Listening to the sweet tweets of WWD this morning.... 
 womensweardaily Celebrity Fashion: Jada Pinkett Smith and her daughter Willow were fashion’s dynamic duo during Milan Fashion Week: 

A very chic Mother and Daughter, doing the rounds in Milan.  How adorable is Willow in animal print, exaggerated shoulder and sneakers to match?  About as cool as her mother, in shorts and over sized chunky accessories.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010


BROOKLYNrehab is Alyssa Zygmunt. She's a fashion designer by day, collector and crafter by night. Each little handmade, vintage, and up-cycled piece is divine.  Not only does this shop sell the most precious little things, but the merchandising, makes me want to change everything in my apartment. 

  I'm getting rid of my silver bookends (from Staples) and getting this 'Scout's Honor' handcast porcelain bust to grace my shelves. 

Salt is the spoon and pepper is the fork but don't worry if you forget, 
there is always the "S" and "P" on top to remind you.  

Grey Gardens Charm Necklace - You don't have to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth to love the absurd glamour of Grey Gardens and high society life in the days of yore. Sport your own spoon that comes shipped with a reproduced "coming out" card that was used by families to find suitors. 

Wooden Key Necklace - Love the way this key necklace is displayed, I'm going to have to do some serious flea marketing to reconstruct this look at home.... and then where to put it? 
Wish I had a mantle place..... I'll figure something out. 

Everyone reaches out to touch my own Little Key Necklace from BROOKLYNrehab, so chic alone and light enough to cluster in with some other gorgeous little bauble.
Want more BROOKLYNrehab?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Judith Leiber Exhibit - The Galleries at Moore

The Galleries at Moore are a gem!

   I was really excited, when I heard that Moore was hosting a Judith Leiber exhibit! Luckily, I was able to take an afternoon off and scurry down to the Parkway.

The exhibit of 25 minaudieres, parade down a beautifully lit corridor.....  like the breadcrumbs left by Hansel and Gretel.  I hungrily peered into each display, each one more beautiful than the last. 

If I had to choose, these are my favorites.

You must see this exhibit, get thee to 20th and the Parkway and partake!

Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Mon - Fri:10:00 - 17:00
Sat:11:00 - 17:00 

From the


Style Shepherd Giveaway
Well of course the giveaway is a beautiful sequined evening purse.  Here are the rules, you must be a follower of the Style Shepherd, 'Like' The Galleries at Moore and 'Like' Judith Leiber on facebook. Also you must leave a comment about your favorite vintage item in the This and That  Etsy Shop.  Comment as many times as you like and all comments must be posted by October 3rd, 2010 11:59 EST, and the winner will be announced on October 4th. Good Luck!
 Gorgeousevening purse by Carlo Fellini. 
There is a brass chain that can be tucked inside or used over the shoulder. The frame is a delicate brass and the clasp is also covered in sequins. The purse measures approximately eleven inches in length and five inches high.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Art of Elysium

A donation of $25 provides an Art of Elysium Art Kit 
for one child to paint, color and be creative 
while receiving treatment at the hospital.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Carmen Marc Valvo

Love watching the beautiful ombre morning sky. Nothing like a sunrise.  
.... Anyway, my morning reading turned up Carmen Marc Valvo Spring 2011 on and I wanted to share. ..... think I need a sheer glove for spring. 
 - Watch the whole show on First Comes Fashion.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Electric Florals for Spring 2011

.... Ahhh I was up at the crack of dawn this morning, with a cup of tea and my mountain of reading to catch up on......  local news, CNN Style and Design,, Bryanboy, .... my calendar! This morning I didn't get to any of those things (No worries, I'll get to it, probably while I watch ANTM tonight). I got so caught up in the Breaking Trends section of Accessories Magazine's News Flash

"London might be known for its showers, but boy did their designers bring on the runway flowers! London designers across the board showed us that floral prints are still a strong motif for Spring '11. Check out a few of these Asian-inspired floral prints from Christopher Kane's collection, and the sweet embroidery from Erdem." - Accessories News Flash

Christopher Kane 
- mixed the electric colors in a Koi pond
with lace and lace print, arglye and polka dots! 

- Very modern garden party. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, in Nautical Knots.

My heart skips a beat. 
Invite From: IVANAhelsinki
Oh! Could this be? Is it? Click.
Please take a moment to confirm your RSVP online by clicking here.  Click. I went into full happy dance... which lately is The Jerk.
 Then I remember, the curtains are open and I'm dancing in full view of the outside world. Let's take a seat and happily gaze at the twinkling Philadelphia skyline. A flicker of fresh type breaks the moment - RSVP Update Notification. Thank you for confirming your RSVP to IVANAHELSINKI. Your RSVP status is now YES.  I'm confirmed for the Ivana Helsinki Show!  Ohhh, and look at this:
The King Collective invites you 
to attend the presentation of the Spring 2011 Collection -
Well now, we can all relate to that? Who hasn't asked, where the f*ck is my sailor at one time or another? No? Just me?  I don't believe you... you're being shy. Wink.

Night of the show, Mother Nature flexes her muscles, shuts the Long Island Railroad down, and causes signal problems for Amtrack..... EVERYBODY is hunting a taxi!  Took me 20 minutes, but I'm finally splashing down 8th Avenue towards Lincoln Center!

Front row, right next to Zelda Kaplan!  All those sacrifices to the fashion Gods were worth it, this is going to be fun!

The lights dim..... an overwhelming recording of seagulls creates an anticipation I can't really explain... a little like Tippi Hedren in The Birds. In hindsight, .... more like the sounds you'd hear if you were stranded on a deserted island in the Pacific... looking for your missing sailor.  The first look rounds the corner, and the model marches slow and deliberate in a rope printed pleated dress, and red rope necklace. 

Designer Paola Suhonen has set the mood. 

And this IS a new take on the nautical theme. The reoccurring rope print is intriguing because up close, its so literal. At a distance, it's an optical illusion creating flattering movement and 'waves' in the fabric. 

Most of the silhouettes were very girly, almost baby doll, and the rope/knot accents and accessories gave the baby doll a little delinquent twist. There was another fantastic reappearing print that looked like a mish mosh of classic sailor tattoos.  The kind of ink you would get, if you were a sailor in the 50's and had a reputation that the girls happily whispered about. It was a wonderful mix of mermaids, anchors, ships and seagulls..... perfectly modern, and perfectly vintage. 

The accessories! Ropes, knots, and more ropes and knots.  Thick twisted rope headbands, nautical knot necklaces, mesh hats, crocheted sleeves and..... twisted rope boots!

*Hats - Rike Feurstein
*Jewelry - Michelle Lane
*Shoes - Swedish Hasbeens
* To Watch the Show - Register at First Comes Fashion
*Below are more pics and great Nautical themed giveaway. 

Another special Style Shepherd Giveaway!  
A beautiful Nautical Necklace from BROOKLYNrehab! Its 'Knot' your typical necklace. "Flat ship knot" interwoven bib on a light weight gold tone chain. 3" x 1-1/2" cotton cord knot on a 18" chain.  To win, you must be a follower of the  Style Shepherd of course, and leave a comment telling us about your favorite piece of BROOKLYNrehab jewelry and follow IVANAhelsinki on facebook. All comments must be posted by Sunday September 26th, 2010 11:59PM. The winner will be chosen by and announced Monday September 27th, 2010. Comment as many times as you like (no translation yet, comments must be in English). Good Luck!  

Friday, September 17, 2010

Art as Fashion, Fashion as Art

I come across a fashion quote every other week that speaks to me.  So, I tuck it away in my 'fashion quote folder' for .... a rainy day.  Wouldn't you know it, the last day of NY fashion week, NYC was soaking wet. And quite frankly, it was beautiful, the streets extra shiny, the traffic making that loud swish, and the umbrellas bobbing and weaving up and down 8th Ave, .... a really beautiful improv piece. To be fair, I was on the way to a fashion show, so I had on rose colored glasses.   There's nothing like the anticipation of Spring 2011 to put a girl in a good mood. But I digress. I've always wanted to use the quotes to go along with a beautiful set of fashion pics.... and I've made a few attempts at collecting high fashion pics, but.... I had an epiphany waiting for a taxi at 8th and 33rd..... Denise Fike!  I can illustrate my favorite quotes with a set of Denise Fike treasures. 

One should either be a work of Art, or wear a work of Art.
~ Oscar Wilde 

I'd rather buy a dress and put it up on the wall, than put a painting, wouldn't you?
~ Andy Warhol

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse. 
~ Sir Francis Bacon

He who always goes against the fashion is himself its slave.
~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

If Botticelli were alive today he'd be working for Vogue.
~ Peter Ustinov

I have fun with my clothes onstage; it’s not a concert you’re seeing, it’s a fashion show.
~ Freddie Mercury

I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.
~ Marlene Dietrich

My son has followed fashion since he was a punk. He and I agree that fashion is about sex.
~ Vivienne Westwood

For me, elegance is not to pass unnoticed but to get to the very soul of what one is.
~ Christian Lacroix 

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.
~ Coco Chanel

Fashion is a tyrant from which there is no deliverance; all must conform to its whimsical.
~ French Proverb

Fashion is not frivolous. It is a part of being alive today.
~ Mary Quant

Who can live without some black clothes.
~ Karl Lagerfeld 

Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
~ Epictetus

Style is when they’re running you out of town and you make it look like you’re leading the parade.
~ William Battie

The finest clothing made is a person's skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.  
~ Mark Twain
Just around the corner in every woman's mind - is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her.  
~ Wilhela Cushman

I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.  
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Clothes are never a frivolity:  they always mean something.  
~ James Laver


Thank you Denise Fike for this very generous gift to the Style Shepherd followers. 
Lady's and Gents, ..... Happy Girl, Denise Fike 
 This  original Denise Fike work (measures 15" x 15.5",enamel and vintage paper, ready to hang, no frame needed) is this week's Style Shepherd Giveaway! 
The contest is very simple, you must be a follower of The Style Shepherd of course and a follower of Denise Fike Designs on Facebook, and leave a comment about your favorite Denise Fike Design from her site ( or from her brand new Etsy Shop (!  The comment must be posted by October 2nd, 11:59 pm EST, and the winner will be chosen by and announced on October 3rd, 2010.  Good Luck!