Archive for September, 2008
This is not your mother’s costume jewelry. Take a look (without drooling, please) at this gilded metal bangle with celadon blue and turquoise pate de verre cabochon stones. Designer Siki’s said her ” vision for this piece comes from the ocean; each stone depicting a different vivacious hue of blue.” Since it’s a clasp-less band, one size fits all. But you’ll need some green for this little bauble, $1,230 to be exact. A girl can dream. From Couture Labs.
Fabulous fashion, glittery models, golden bubbly …yes, that can only mean it’s Fashion Week in NYC. Our fave show so far has to the Vivienne Tam show, showcasing her colorful Spring line. Famous for her designs that blends Asian & Western Cultures, Tam calls dubs it “China Chic.” And you know what they say, if you have to ask the price….
How lovely are these delicate bloom scented earrings? Made of paper, simply spray with your favorite perfume and waft through the day. $19 each , one package contains sterling silver backs and 30 x assorted colored paper flowers. Available at one of our favorite sites, www.designboom.com.
Not only are these reversible Chinese glass pendants beautiful, they are believed to bring good luck, prosperity and happiness to both the recipient and giver. All the more reason to buy yourself one and gift one.
Made from the paper of Chinese red envelope, by Sinapore artist LingGlass, they are sandwiched between clear glass. Traditionally, red envelopes are handed out as gifts, holding small monentary gifts during the Chinese Lunar New Year. Don’t wait that long.
Unlike a few of her friends, Marie was never much of a hippie back in the day, but of late she has started catching onto the luxe boho look—you know, the artfully disheveled presence that allows women to wear free-spirited daywear in a plethora of floaty silhouettes and soft prints, but still accessorize with high-end labels like Prada and Pedro Garcia. Or Elisa Solomon. At 17 inches long, the designer’s Thunderbird necklace channels la vie bohème with turquoise and 18 karat gold.
You can never have enough cuffs in your jewelry box, at least this is the fashion philosophy around the C&M headquarters where the halls are a veritable haute couture show when Marie is in town. Alex Woo has taken our love of wrist wraps and created this exotic stunner, the Zahrah, fashioned from suede cords that are intricately hand-woven. Inspired by the oh-so-vibrant beauty of Morocco, the bracelet signifies the blooming flower, or zahrah, and flaunts one’s affinity for silver or gold vermeil in yellow or rose.
So you’re looking for a striking accent for an all-black ensemble? Hit Moyna Bags for a closer peek at this embroidered silk clutch, with inside pocket, beaded chain, magnetic snap-tap closure. All at once glam and “little girl,” the bright turquoise color allows us to hang onto the fleeting days of summer just a bit longer. We just love pretty little things that are all gussied up with beaded details.
New York City socialite Tory Burch made her ascension to fashion icon in 2004 when she launched her eponymous clothing label, which spans caftans, tunics and sequined cardigans. Although her designs have pervaded the mainstream, we still adore her concepts (much of her inspiration is drawn from interior designer David Hicks, as well as the bright colors and ethnic prints of her parents’ vintage wardrobes). This season she rocks the croc print, using it to spruce up these patent leather Leigh booties. Slip on the generously stacked heels when you desire a rock n’ roll swagger.
San Francisco’s Sarah Shaw boutique channels a modern day Audrey Hepburn with a well-edited selection of dresses by American designers Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch and Tracy Reese. Owner Sarah Shaw has created an airy, sun-dappled space that makes shopping for a work wardrobe a sophisticated affair, yet still fun and casual. Micro-thin belts by Kristin Kahle and handbags by Botkier pull together an outfit with polish, and jewelry is presented in creative ways—on top of black eyed peas or illuminated inside vintage display cases. Spacious hardwood floors provide plenty of twirl-about room for inspecting your rear view in Paige jeans or Chaiken trousers.