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Bijoux Bling: 20 Costume Jewelers You Should Know

Bijoux Bling: 20 Costume Jewelers You Should Know
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Right now costume jewelry is the hottest thing since apple pie. It’s the affordable (and sometimes, even equally as pricy) alternative to estate jewelry that seemingly only comes in thirty or so classic designs. Costume jewelry can be worn in all types of situations, at all types of functions, and by all types of women, as long as you’re smart about what you pair it with. Whether you prefer to keep it safe with a pair of zirconium flourette earrings by Ben-Amun or you’re a bit more wild at heart and have a desire to decorate your décolleté with a rainbow colored Swarovski Dannijo necklace, there’s literally a finery for every femme. Together I have compiled a list of this season’s (and invariably, next season and the season after that) top twenty costume jewelers. Enjoy a little bio about each designer while you contemplate your next powerfully pretty purchase that won’t feel like paying penance. Be bold – be brave – be beautiful – bling it on!

1. DANNIJO

The Snyder sisters grew up in sunny Florida, where they used their cardiologist father’s medical tools to teach themselves how to make jewelry while in middle school. Once the two reunited in New York after their college years, they went back to their childhood hobby and created a capsule jewelry collection for Danielle’s non-profit L.W.A.L.A. (Live With A Lifelong Ambition), which fundraised for grass-roots initiatives in Africa. Seemingly overnight, the two built their jewelry passion into a mega-successful brand. Since its inception, DANNIJO has advocated creating sustainable economic opportunity for women in underdeveloped areas of the world. All DANNIJO.com packaging is handmade in Rwanda as part of their women’s empowerment initiative.

2. Shourouk

Shourouk established her eponymous company in 2007. As a true Parisian, Shourouk graduated from the Studio Bercot before honing her technique at prestigious fashion houses such as Chloé and Roberto Cavalli. With her unique signature style, her designs have become unmistakable in the fashion industry. Her designs are sold in some of the worlds leading retail boutiques. Swarovski crystals are the main component of her designs. Every season, she explores new techniques and materials to make what are to become statement pieces. One fine example is fashionable bibs made of hand stitched crystals from climbing ropes. She shakes up the code of classical joiaellerie by using hand painted neon stones into intricate embroideries. Through the usage of her own technique of coloration, she designs everything from flashy pop-colored tones to nude pastels to warm autumnal jumbles. Shourouk is currently in the process of finalizing her second collaboration with website Net-A-Porter.


3. Erickson Beamon

Founded and designed by Detroit natives Karen & Eric Erickson, Erickson Beamon was born out of the same spontaneous spirit that carries the brand forward today. Working with a local designer on their premiere runway show in the early ’80s, Karen Erickson knew that jewelry was necessary. But little did she know that by merely stringing crystals and beads onto suede, she was launching a company that would soon be featured in Vogue, and credited with creating the chandelier earring. Erickson Beamon opened a European division in 1985, and the opening of a flagship boutique in London’s Belgravia soon followed. Erickson Beamon is now sold in over 600 stores in 75 nations worldwide. 
Though the collection has grown exponentially in the past 30 years, the same handcrafted aesthetic is still Erickson Beamon’s trademark. Walk into their design studios in Manhattan’s West Chelsea and visitors will find artisans sitting before trays laden with crystals and semi-precious stones, meticulously assembling each piece by hand. Heritage and handcraftsmanship are the Erickson Beamon hallmarks. Karen and Eric work alongside their two daughters, Mandie and Monique. Plans for the next generation: a global luxury brand that will encompass handbags, shoes, and a retail world. In 2010, Erickson Beamon will debut ‘House Jewels’, a collection of frames, mirrors, candelabra, jewelry boxes, pillows and more, to bring the iconic look home.



4. Lulu Frost

Lulu Frost is a jewelry brand founded in New York City in 2004 by designer Lisa Salzer. The Frost family, led by Lisa’s material grandmother Elizabeth Rock Frost, has been involved in the estate jewelry business for generations. Lisa’s work blends antique, vintage, and modern elements to reinvent timeless classics.


5. Vickisarge

Few designers can list the struggling metropolis that is Detroit among their muses. Vicki Sarge is one of them. “You can take the girl out of Detroit, but you can’t take Detroit out of the girl!” quipped the jewelry designer, a Motown native. While you may not know her name, you’ve most certainly seen the over-the-top, often dark-tinged baubles Sarge designed during her nearly 40-year tenure at celebrated bijoux brand Erickson Beamon. Together with her co-founders, Karen and Erik Erickson and Eric Beamon, Sarge adorned countless celebrities (Madonna, Beyoncé, Kate Moss, and Lady Gaga among them), collaborated with a bevy of designers (like John Galliano and Dries Van Noten), and transformed “costume jewelry” from a dirty secret to a coveted accoutrement. The resulting collection of costume jewelry is an intriguing fusion of the designer’s tongue-in-cheek approach to opulence, and her memories of the Motor City. “In the sixties and seventies, Detroit was a really great rock ‘n’ roll place,” Sarge recalled. She credits Iggy and the Stooges—who used to play at her high school dances—with making it as such. 


6. ISHARYA

ISHARYA was launched as a passion project in 2004 when sisters-in-law Gauri and Radhika Tandon noticed a lack of high quality, Indian inspired fashion jewelry. They set about creating a jewelry assortment consisting of embellished wood and resin jewelry, chandelier earrings, intricate cuffs, and bold cocktail rings to address this void, and named the line ISHARYA after their kids – ARmaan, IShaan and ArYA. Their unique products quickly drew the attention of editors, stylists, celebrities, and retailers who wanted to purchase their jewelry. In 2007, to cater to the demand, they decided to dedicate themselves full time to turn their passion project into a global fashion jewelry brand, while raising their children.


7. Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar has been described as “One Of The Greatest Jewelry Designers Of The 21st Century”, Alexis Bittar went from hawking his wares on the streets of New York, to selling his eponymous jewelry collections in more than 34 countries around the globe. Designer collaborations include Nicola Formichetti for Thierry Mugler, of which Bittar created an exclusive futuristic earring for Mugler’s Paris Fall 2013 runway show. Collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim saw Bittar and Lim partnering in designing a Gold chandelier earring for Lim’s New York Fall 2013 Runway Show. In 2008, Bittar opened his second store in New York city, which was followed by the opening of his first store in 2004. Bittar counts his first major clients as Harrods in London and Isetan in Japan.


8. Ben-Amun

Isaac Manevitz, designer and founder of luxury jewelry brand Ben-Amun (pronounced ben-AH-moon) established himself as an innovator in the fashion industry more than 30 years ago. With his exquisite line of hand-crafted one-of-a-kind jewellery, he has long been celebrated for staying ahead of the trend.
As a pioneer of the statement-making jewelry movement in the early 1980s, Manevitz brings his love of art to his collections by working with fine, unusual materials such as lucite, pewter, glass and crystal to create unique, innovative and inspirational designs. Ben-Amun jewelry can be characterized as “wearable art” – bold, interesting and statement-making. All pieces are handcrafted in Ben-Amun’s factory in New York’s iconic fashion district.


9. Eddie Borgo

Eddie Borgo began his exploration of adornment at university, establishing his pioneering point of view at that time. A fascination with discovering the symbolism in jewelry evolved from a stage of experimentation, when he began making jewelry as one-off pieces. After being introduced to a select number of stylists and editors, he was commissioned to create jewelry from the runways of Marchesa, Joseph Altuzarra, and Proenza Schouler. He formally launched his collection with Spring/Summer 2009. Eddie Borgo’s design philosophy comes from an attraction to the timelessness in modern sculpture and shape, and an obsession with capturing the spirit of this in his work. As each collection evolves, so does his ability to redefine our ideas of modernity in jewelry, sculpture, and object. In 2010 Eddie Borgo was awarded runner up in the CFDA/Vogue fashion fund as was a co-recipient of the first  ever CFDA/Vogue fashion fund Tiffany & Co. development grant.


10. Pamela Love

Native New Yorker Pamela Love began making jewelry in her Brooklyn apartment in 2006. Since then, she has created a full production facility and design studio in Manhattan’s garment district.
The line is committed to sustainability and localized production. All gemstones and semiprecious stones are ethically sourced and almost all metal used is recycled. The entire jewelry-making process, from design to sampling to full-scale production, is completed domestically with the majority of it done in-house at Pamela Love’s Manhattan studio.


11. Tom Binns

“Do the unpredictable”.  You’d have trouble finding anyone else in the fashion industry who quotes Apache legend Geronimo, but that’s fair enough, because there isn’t anyone else in the fashion industry quite like Tom Binns.   If jewellery design is, by its nature, a solitary craft that requires patient, fiddly focus and an eye for the smallest detail, Binns comes across as a Rabelaisian figure whose hunger for life would surely steer him to sweeping gestures, much bigger pictures. 
And yet, check the list of creative renegades who’ve been his inspiration:  Duchamp, Genet, Neruda, Beckett, all of them working on an intimate scale, carefully dissecting aesthetic orthodoxy. “Scale is immaterial,” as Binns so rightly insists.  “The world is a small place.”  And that is a partial explanation for how and why he has, for at least the last three decades, been re-writing the book on jewellery design,  ever since he made fluorescent rubber bits and pieces to go with Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s Punkature collection in 1983. 
That association brought Binns overnight success, which eventually led to Princess Diana as a client.  More recently, it’s been Michelle Obama’s turn to sample the Binns magic. 

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12. EK Thongprasert

The essence of EK Thongprasert of Antwerp’s design philosophy is a strong approach toward the conceptual aspect; each collection is a complex combination of thoughts and design elements which come from deep analysis into a concept. As a result is a collection with pure uniqueness and originality. Each silhouette in the collection is totally individual from any other. Each silhouette also tells a different message through detail, color, shape, and cutting, which come together to complete a whole story. The brand was found in collaboration between fashion designer EK Thongprasert and jewelry designer Noon Passama. The two meet upon meeting at one of the most prestigious colleges in Thailand. With a degree in architecture, Thongprasert moved on to the prestigious Royal college of Art in Antwerp where he still works today.


13. Joomi Lim

After a fortuitous colliding of worlds, Joomi Lim, a free-spirited and self-taught adventuress from Seoul and Xavier Ricolfi, an industrial designer from Paris, hit it off right off the bat. Sharing a love for design, they decided to join forces in 2009 to launch the first collection of their high fashion-jewelry line, Joomi Lim.

No stranger to the business, Joomi arrived at jewelry by way of her previous careers as a make-up artist and owner of globally recognized brand, Joomi Joolz. Meanwhile, Xavier had been working on cutting-edge projects for French enterprises like S.T. Dupont, E.D.F., Valois and Grey Advertising. His career took a sharp turn when he met Joomi and together they discovered a new calling.
Together, the team’s unique design sensibilities converge to create a line of trail blazing jewelry that defies convention. Joomi’s eye for style and lively spirit injects femininity and playfulness into the designs like intricate crystal motifs and unexpected pops of color. Xavier’s background as an industrial designer informs his approach to design, adding unorthodox materials, finishes and innovative technologies as an essential and distinct aspect of their jewelry. The result is a line of fresh designs featuring sleek spikes, pyramids, spheres and titanium coatings. Chic pearls, crystals and effervescent colors round things out to create the perfect balance. Their jewels are hard yet soft, sweet but tough, punk yet glam– the perfect juxtaposition of styles for those who want to stay ahead of the curve.



14. Juliet & Company

Juliet & Company effortlessly mixes what is “now” and “chic” with classic vintage. They pride themselves on continuously finding innovative ways to design accessible jewelry, while enhancing the overall joy of the fashion experience. The brand represents the perfect  Buy Now Wear Now  jewelry ethos. Juliet & Company has been featured in magazines including but not limited to Glamour and InStyle.


15. Adia Kibur

Founder and Creative Director, Nadia Lee, could not be further from the world of fashion when she was an aspiring diplomat traveling in the Far East. Having attained her degree in International Relations, Nadia was exploring the globe and visiting a metal works factory when she came across a little girl, playing with make-shifts bracelets from tiny metal springs. As Nadia watched, she felt an immediate connection; she too loved to make pretty things for herself when she was young.
It was then Nadia realized what really inspired her, was the search for such connections. Seeing accessories as a way to bring people together, she launched Adia Kibur by the age of twenty-one to renew her creative passion. The company’s initial collection was met with immediate success; a line of metal-spring inspired jewelry, with its materials and approach so unique, the designs soon captured the attention of major buyers, cementing the brand as one of the most trend forward companies on the marketplace.
Today, Adia Kibur’s collection of contemporary jewelry can be found in over 3,000 quality boutiques, chain and department stores across the globe. Beyond the scope of design, the studio provides consultations on trend and brand directions, for clients looking to make sense of fashion, one unique look at a time. 


16. Zaafar

Designed by twin sisters Nadia and Saadia Zaafar, Zaafar embodies the combination of high-end fashion with traditional South Asian embroidery and beading techniques to create a new and exciting fashion jewelry genre. All Zaafar jewelry pieces and accessories are sourced and crafted by hand in India. The duo works feverishly to pursue the perfect balance of fashion and wearable art, all while doing so in their Manhattan apartments.


17. Nocturne

Nocturne is a contemporary jewellery and ready-to-wear womenswear label based in London. Each season, they blend their unique aesthetic with refreshing perspectives to create highly individual clothing and jewellery with a playful, feminine spirit.
Their Autumn/Winter 2013 collection marks a new chapter in the story of their label – an evolution driven by their desire to embrace the possibilities of creativity and craft. Expressing their commitment to craft and detail, each piece of jewellery and clothing embellishment is handmade by their team of skilled artisans in Nanzha.
Launched in 2004 by Claudine Bertinotti Lenoble, Nocturne is led by a small team of London designers with prior experience at Paul Smith, Chloé and Loewe. Inspired by the spirit of Orientalism, Nocturne has established a reputation for effortless chic and exquisite craftsmanship – a reputation that continues to grow and evolve with each collection.


18. Vanessa Arizaga

Venessa Arizaga’s love of jewelry grew from her passion for travel. Splitting her time between New York City and her father’s birthplace, the island of Puerto Rico, the contemporary jewelry designer draws inspiration from the duality of these cultures. While both locations are very different, Venessa loves the energy created in both settings; one bustling urban metropolis is balanced by the vitality of the ocean combined with the mellow comfort of the beach. With this lifestyle in mind, Vanessa Arizaga has a distinct lens with which to steer her jewelry design. 
After graduating from Parsons in 2003, Venessa began her career as a designer at Tuleh. In 2006 Venessa then achieved a longtime goal when she started as Designer under her design idol, Carolina Herrera, she then eventually landed at Zac Posen, taking the lead as his Design Director. With this amazing experience, Venessa not only gained valuable exposure in design, merchandizing, and styling, but she also had the privilege of dressing some of the world’s most accomplished women in the entertainment industry. That said she still dreamed of exploring her own aesthetic, under her own name and vision, and she finally felt armed to do so. 

Venessa creates bespoke pieces for the woman with a chic, yet playful sense of style. Capturing the unique duality of her jet setting lifestyle, Venessa’s collection has a modern urban aesthetic with an exotic island twist, offering versatile designs that complete any look. 



19. Jenny Packham

One of the UK’s most successful and independent fashion brands of recognition, Jenny Packham, the design house of choice for evening and bridal wear, has since launched a their eponymous jewelry line. Launched in 1988, Packham’s distinctive style and fine-tuned eye has led her to see the growth of her ready-to-wear, couture, and accessory lines. Packham has flagship stores in London, Paris and Milan and her collections are available at some of the world’s most discerning stores such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and Bergdorf Goodman to name a few. At the established age of 49, Packham’s pieces have graced the likes of nearly every celebrity in modern culture.


20. Lanvin

The house of Lanvin enjoys the duality of being both a contemporary women’s clothing line as well as a full-out jewelry line. Founded in 1889 by Jeanne Lanvin, the House of Lanvin is now run by Alber Elbaz who arrived in 2001. With an insatiable curiosity and a vision of beauty fuelled by the imaginary, Alber Elbaz knows exactly how to keep the Lanvin spirit alive. A strong link developed between the house and the designer and thanks to this complicity, a beautiful fashion story has been written. Of the House Elbaz says, “My work with Lanvin is based on an evolution, not a revolution. I like the idea of perpetuating Lanvin’s lifespan. Creating an identity which is familiar and sustainable; it is unmistakably Lanvin, and Lanvin forever after.” Lanvin’s designs are decidedly poetic, feminine at heart, and on the cutting edge of whats new in the Parisian market. 



30 Ways to Wear it this Summer: The Black Turtleneck

30 Ways to Wear it this Summer: The Black Turtleneck
Jun 28 4 Comments
Any fashionista knows that the black turtleneck is a wardrobe staple, but what many women don’t know is that it doesn’t have to be reserved for just cooler weather days. A turtleneck, otherwise known as a polo neck, roll-neck in the UK, or skivvy in Australia, is a garment—usually a sweater—with a close-fitting, round, and high collar that folds over and covers the neck. Turtlenecks are made in a wide variety of fabrics, ranging from cottons to poly-blends, and most often have long sleeves but don’t always in some cases. 

Young designer Timo Weiland is a seasoned vet in the turtleneck
Designer Rolando Santana uses black turtlenecks on his runway

Turtleneck-like garments have been worn for hundreds of years, dating at least to the 15th century.
Since the middle of the 20th century black  turtlenecks have been closely associated with in the world of radical academia, philosophers, artists, poets and other intellectuals. Turtlenecks also became a big fashion statement for young wealthy men after they were seen worn by European film stars Marcello Mastroianni and Yves Montand.

Yves Montand
Marcello Mastroianni 

In the United States, their adoption by Noël Coward in the 1920s turned turtlenecks into a brief middle-class fashion trend, and feminists made them into a unisex item. In the 1950s the black turtleneck became a distinctive mark of existentialists. Absorbed into mainstream American fashion by the mid 20th century, the turtleneck came to be viewed as an anti-tie, a smart form of dress for those who rejected formal wear. 

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wearing the iconic black turtleneck
Over time it grew and as a women’s wear, it became a fad, among teenage girls, especially in a lightweight form that emphasised their figures. It was not long before Hollywood was also exploiting this image as part of the 1950s “sweater girl” look. 


Marilyn Monroe even got in on the trend

Of turtlenecks, legendary designer Halston once said “Turtlenecks are the most comfortable garment you can wear. They move with the body, and they’re flattering too, because they accentuate the face and elongate the figure. They make life so easy: you can wear a turtleneck to work and then afterwards throw on a jacket, and it becomes very dressy. You can go anywhere you like.”

Designer Halston wearing a black turtleneck
When choosing this enduring basic, look for a high quality fabric that stretches to fit the body without losing its shape. Choose fabrics such as cashmere, merino wool or even natural cotton and you will have a closet essential that you will wear with every season in years to come. An investment in quality is one that will surpass years of stylish wear. If you are already smitten, then this homage verifies your devotion. That said, if you only possess one turtleneck among the ranks of your wardrobe attire, make it as black as night. Check your neck because black is back.

LOOK 1: Mallary Marks earring, Balmain blazer, Rick owens turtleneck, Etro shorts, Casadei heels
LOOK 2: Oscar de la Renta earrings, Ralph Lauren turtleneck, Valerie Nahmani necklace, Carmen Marc Valvo skirt, Christian Dior heels
LOOK 3: Dolce & Gabbana headband, Lanvin necklace, Viktor & Rolf turtleneck, Kenzo skirt, Sergio Rossi heels
LOOK 4: Irene Neuwirth earrings, Shourouk necklace, Diesel turtleneck, Tory Burch cuff, Jeffrey Campbell heels
LOOK 5: Sophia Kokosalaki earrings, Erickson Beamon necklace, Erdem turtleneck, Ostwald Helgason skirt, Casadei heels

LOOK 1: Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, Matthew Williamson scarf, DKNY turtleneck, Persy cuff, DSquared2 heel
LOOK 2: Erickson Beamon earrings, Gabriele Frantzen necklace, Gfase cuff, P.A.R.O.S.H. turtleneck, Rosie Assoulin skirt, Schutz heels
LOOK 3: Givenchy earrings, Diane Von Furstenberg scarf, House of Fraser turtleneck, Hermés cuff, Hermés belt, Chloé shorts, Kate Spade shoes
LOOK 4: Express earrings, Shourouk necklace, Diesel turtleneck, Hipanema bracelet, Dolce & Gabbana shorts, Brian Atwood heels
LOOK 5: Givenchy earrings, Jewel Be Mine necklace, Ralph Lauren turtleneck, Carmen Marc Valvo skirt, Balmain heels

LOOK 1: Bijoux Heart earrings, Rosantica necklace, Michael Michael Kors turtleneck, Acne Studios shorts, Balmain heels
LOOK 2: Kate Spade earrings, Betsey Johnson necklace, J.W. Anderson turtleneck, Valentino cuff, Cédric Charlier skirt, Kenzo heels
LOOK 3: Andrea Incontri headband, Bottega Veneta necklace, Tomaso turtleneck, See by Chloé shorts, Sergio Rossi heels
LOOK 4: Aurélie Bidermann earrings, Emporio Armani turtleneck, Peter Pilotto skirt, BCBG shoes
LOOK 5: Kendra Scott earrings, Jigsaw necklace, DKNY turtleneck, Roksanda Ilincic skirt, Forzieri heels

LOOK 1: Erickson Beamon earrings, Bijoux Heart necklace, Pinko turtleneck, Isa Afren skirt, Lanvin heels
LOOK 2: Dolce & Gabbana earrings, The Elder Statesmen + Wear scarf, Viktor & Rolf turtleneck, Haider Ackermann shorts, DSquared2 heels
LOOK 3: H&M headband, Marni necklace, Pinko turtleneck, Aurélie Bidermann bracelet, Milly skirt, Luichiny heels
LOOK 4: Rosantica earrings, Alexander McQueen scarf, Bottega Veneta turtleneck, Giambattista Valli shorts, Casadei heels
LOOK 5: IAM by Ileana Makri earrings, Lulu Frost necklace, Joseph turtleneck, Kenneth Jay Lane cuff, Mason by Michelle Mason skirt, Casadei heels

LOOK 1: J. Crew earrings, Tricot turtleneck, Alice + Olivia skirt, Dolce & Gabbana heels
LOOK 2: Marc by Marc Jacobs scarf, Balmain jacket, Michael Kors turtleneck, Valentino shorts, Balmain for Giuseppe Zanotti heels
LOOK 3: Chelsea Doll earrings, Barbara Bui turtleneck, Shourouk cuff, Balmain skirt, Saint Laurent heels
LOOK 4: Bijoux Heart earrings, Bijoux Heart necklace, Victoria Beckham turtleneck, Peter Pilotto skirt, Balmain heels
LOOK 5: Aurélie Bidermann necklace, Emporio Armani turtleneck, Roksanda Ilincic skirt, Saint Laurent heels

LOOK 1: Lagos earrings, Fedeli turtleneck, Ashley Pittman cuff, Mary Katrantzou skirt, Miista heels
LOOK 2: Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, Marni necklace, Blumarine turtleneck, Kenzo skirt, Giambattista Valli heels
LOOK 3: Givenchy earrings, Gucci necklace, Erdem turtleneck, Balmain skirt, Christian Dior heels
LOOK 4: Jennifer Behr headband, Valentino necklace, Gfase cuff, Rick Owens turtleneck, Ann Demeulemeester shorts, Marni heels
LOOK 5: Marni headband, Marni necklace, Rick Owens turtleneck, Talitha Pia shorts, DSquared2 heels



Working Girl!

Working Girl!
Jun 28 0 Comments
Believe it or not, I’ve achieved a blog that doesn’t involve any dresses – promise! Sick of your drab go-to suit for work each day? I’ve contrived a month-long calendar of what to wear each day that will be much more “play” and less “dismay!” These twenty outfits are totally work appropriate but will leave you feeling totally fab and never drab. WORK IT girl, it’s your world! The office this summer is all about angular cuts, bursts of color, and throwback femininity. 1970s references play a role in a huge way. With the practical demands that inherently come along with a work bag, these bags are playful and fun while still maintaining work-appropriate proportions. And don’t think I’d let you off that easily just wearing a simple flat, the modern girl has foot calluses up the ying-yang but she doesn’t care because she looks good strutting her stuff. Heels today are all about slim and narrow cuts; clunky is passé and should be stored in the closet. And last but not least, don’t be afraid to invest in bold statements pieces like a bejeweled sweater or a graffiti’d skirt, so long as you pair it with something much tamer you can pull from nearly any of the colors and compose a wide assortment of looks.  Don’t be boring, start exploring!
WEEK ONE
MONDAY: Lucia Odescalchi earrings, Dolce & Gabbana top, Michael Michael Kors bag, Only jeans, Schultz shoes
TUESDAY: Persy earrings, Temperley top, Saloni Bettina skirt, Givenchy bag, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes
WEDNESDAY: Wolf & Badger earrings, Yesstyle shirt, Michael Michael Kors bag, Dolce & Gabbana skirt, Jimmy Choo shoes
THURSDAY: David Yurman earrings, Issa blouse, Saint Laurent bag, Balmain skirt, Report shoes
FRIDAY: Michael Kors earrings, Versace necklace, Donna Karan shirt, Balmain trousers, Chanel bag, Diane Von Furstenberg shoes

WEEK TWO
MONDAY: Roberto Cavalli earrings, Alberta Ferretti top, Gucci bag, Oscar de la Renta skirt, Gianvito Rossi shoes
TUESDAY: Valentina Brugnatelli earrings, Swetc top, Tibi skirt, Prada bag, Charlotte Olympia shoes
WEDNESDAY: Dannijo earrings, Michael Michael Kors top, Hérmes belt, Lipsy pants, Hérmes bag, Zigi shoes
THURSDAY: House of Harlow 1960 earrings, Colette Hayman necklace, Rag & Bone vest, Balmain jeans, Chanel bag, Giuseppe Zannotti shoes
FRIDAY: Kendra Scott earrings, Alexander McQueen scarf, Lanvin jacket, Peter Pilotto skirt, Louis Vuitton bag, 8 Pump shoes

WEEK THREE

MONDAY: Bijoux Heart earrings, 3.1 Phillip Lim top, Reed Krakoff bag, Poem jeans, Jimmy Choo shoes
TUESDAY: Kramer earrings, Jonathan Simkhai top, Hermés bag, H&M skirt, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes
WEDNESDAY: Esvhi earrings, Halston Heritage jacket, Vince tank, Céline bag, Zalando jeans, Charlotte Olympia shoes
THURSDAY: Tiffany earrings, Nannini scarf, Fendi jacket, Prada bag, 2nd day pants, L.A.M.B. shoes
FRIDAY: Brooks Brothers headband, Proenza Schouler jacket, Seed Heritage tank, Saint Laurent bag, Oliver Bonas pants, Charlotte Olympia shoes

WEEK FOUR

MONDAY: Dannijo earrings, Roland Mouret jacket, Shourouk bag, Dolce & Gabbana skirt, Valentino shoes
TUESDAY: Shourouk earrings, Steffen Schraut top, Michael Michael Kors bag, Alice + Olivia skirt, Kate Spade shoes
WEDNESDAY: Shourouk earrings, Shourouk necklace, Roksanda Ilincic vest, Forzieri bag, Joseph pants, Michael Kors shoes
THURSDAY: Tiffany earrings, Siste’s shirt, Shourouk bag, Kaufman Franco pants, Kate Spade shoes
FRIDAY: Dannijo earrings, Saint Laurent jacket, Saint Laurent bag, Valentino pants, Stuart Weitzman shoes

Follow the Silk Road

Follow the Silk Road
Jun 27 0 Comments
Silk. Sensual, serene, supple. Silk is all things divine and one of the most subliminally sensuous fabrics to work with. For centuries and centuries designers have been working with silk fabrics, dating back as early as 3500 BC in China where legend gives credit to the development of silk to Lady Leizu. 
Lady Leizu and her silk
The first evidence of the silk trade is the finding of silk in the hair of an Egyptian mummy of the 21st dynasty. The silk trade reached as far as the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. This trade was so extensive that the major set of trade routes between Europe and Asia came to be known as the Silk Road.
The Silk Road
The Emperors of China strove to keep knowledge of the making of silk (otherwise known as “sericulture”) a secret to maintain the Chinese monopoly. Nonetheless sericulture reached Korea with technological aid from China around 200 BC, the ancient Kingdom of Khotan by AD 50, and India by AD 140.
Spinning silk
The American colonies were introduced to silk by King James I around 1619, ostensibly to discourage tobacco planting. The Shakers in Kentucky were quick to adopt the practice. In the 19th century a new attempt at a silk industry began with European-born workers in Paterson, New Jersey, and the city became a US silk center. Manchester, Connecticut emerged as center of the silk industry in America from the late 19th through the mid-20th century. 
Spinning silk
The production of silk works as follows: Silk can be divided into several steps which are typically handled by different entities. Extracting raw silk starts by cultivating the silkworms on Mulberry leaves. Once the worms start pupating in their cocoons, these are dissolved in boiling water in order for individual long fibers to be extracted and fed into the spinning reel. Silk is one of the strongest natural fibers but loses up to 20% of its strength when wet. It has a good moisture regain of 11%. Its elasticity is moderate to poor: if elongated even a small amount, it remains stretched. It can be weakened if exposed to too much sunlight. It may also be attacked by insects, especially if left dirty. 
Spinning silk
Silk’s absorbency makes it comfortable to wear in warm weather and while active. Its low conductivity keeps warm air close to the skin during cold weather. It is often used for clothing such as shirts, ties, formal dresses, lingerie and more. Silk’s attractive lustre and drape makes it suitable for many applications. Most major designers like couturier Maggie Norris use higher-end silks but there is also the option of synthetics with modern technology. 
A Maggie Norris couture silk ensemble
Silk dresses, blouses, or even shoes work as the perfect option when seeking out a sophisticated daytime or nighttime look. Below I have compiled some of the most stately and splendiferous silk pieces available on the internet for purchase. Follow your wallet to the silk road!

3.1 Phillip Lim

Bottega Venetta

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti

Alexander McQueen

Alexander Wang

Alice + Olivia

Ann Demeulemeester

Aquilano Rimondi

Balenciaga

Balmain

Beayukmui

Blumarine

Bluemaine

Bottega Venetta

Burberry

By Malene Birger

Céline

Céline

Chloé

Chloé

Christian Dior

Christopher Kane

Cushnie et Ochs

Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

Emporio Armani

Erdem

Etro

Fendi

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Issa

Jason Wu

Jo No Fui

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lanvin

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marchesa

Marni

Marni

Marni

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Meadham Kirchoff

Miriam Ochariz

Moschino

Moschino Cheap and Chic

Moschino

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

Oscar de la Renta

Peter Pilotto

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung

Prada

Rick Owens

Roberto Cavalli

Rodarte

Rosie Assoulin

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Scervino Street

Schumacher

See by Chloé

Silk and Sole

Silk and Sole

Sophia Kokosolaki

The Row

Thom Browne

Valentino

Valentino

Victoria, Victoria Beckham

Viktor & Rolf

Vionnet

Vionnet

Jean Paul Gaultier

Rick Owens

Marni

Marni

Prada
 


Wimbledon’s Winning Women

Wimbledon’s Winning Women
Jun 27 50 Comments
Here at SGABW, we love to dream. Presently in London, the Wimbledon tennis tournaments are going on and it is one of the most hoity toity events of the year. The players are watched with scrutiny both on the court AND off the court, so I wanted to play a little game of dress up to show you what the top five competitors should be wearing when they’re dancing at The Box instead of playing in the box. The top five female competitors are Serena Williams, Na Li, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Maria Sharapova. These women need to follow very serious fashion advice when playing couture off the courts. Rule #1) Dress for their bodies. They are athletic so they should choose hemlines that show off their muscles in a feminine way and not an emasculating way. Rule # 2) Remember it’s a game of respect. Wimbledon has been at the All England Club since 1877 and while these girls may be balling off the court, they need to respect tradition and maintain proper attire accordingly. Rule #3) The competition OFF the court is tougher than it is ON the court. There’s no greater opposition of odds than the gallant game of fashion, and London’s leading ladies (think Thandie Newton, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung) are a tough crowd to follow. So without further adieu, I present to you Wimbledons winning women and what they should wear at London’s top hotspots: Boujis, Arts Club, Jalouse, The Box, and Annabel’s.
SERENA WILLIAMS
OUTFIT 1: Gucci dress, Giuseppe Zanotti clutch, Kate Spade shoes
OUFIT 2: Christian Dior dress, Victoria Beckham clutch, Jimmy Choo shoes
OUTFIT 3: Lanvin dress, Roberto Cavalli clutch, Charlotte Olympia shoes
OUTFIT 4: Yiqing Yin dress, Jimmy Choo clutch, Zigi shoes
OUTFIT 5: Valentino dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, Gianvito Rossi shoes
MARIA SHARAPOVA

OUTFIT 1: Christian Dior dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, Charlotte Olympia shoes
OUTFIT 2: Michael Kors Dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, DSquared2 shoes
OUTFIT 3: Red Valentino dress, Fendi purse, Kate Spade shoes
OUTFIT 4: Just Cavalli dress, Anya Hindmarch clutch, Schutz Norma shoes
OUTFIT 5: Alberta Ferretti dress, Roberto Cavalli clutch, Casadei shoes
NA LI
OUTFIT 1: Alaia dress, Le Chap Eau clutch, Charlotte Olympia shoes
OUTFIT 2: Valentino dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, 8 pump
OUTFIT 3: Balmain dress, Aldo clutch,. Zigi shoes
OUTFIT 4: Saint Laurent dress, Kotur clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes
OUTFIT 5: Prada dress, Valentino clutch, Ivanka Trump shoes
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

OUTFIT 1: Vionnet dress, Roger Viver clutch, Gianvito Rossi shoes
OUTFIT 2: Lanvin dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes
OUTFIT 3: Stella McCartney dress, Les Petits Joueurs clutch, Burberry shoes
OUTFIT 4: Balmain dress, Roberto Cavalli clutch, Ivanka Trump shoes
OUTFIT 5: Gucci dress, Christian Louboutin clutch, Jimmy Choo shoes
SIMONA HALEP

OUTFIT 1: Andrew Gn dress, Dolce & Gabbbana clutch, Gianvito Rossi shoes
OUTFIT 2: Jason Wu dress, Saint Laurent clutch, Report shoes
OUTFIT 3: Emilio Pucci dress,  Lalessoxpichulik clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes
OUTFIT 4: Balmain dress, Saint Laurent clutch, Reed Krakoff shoes
OUTFIT 5: Mary Katrantzou dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, BCBG shoes

The Bow is Back

The Bow is Back
Jun 20 0 Comments
The bow is back and it’s wrapping itself around the necks of fashionistas worldwide. The bow tie blouse, otherwise known as a pussy bow, is a style of neckwear often associated with women’s blouses and sweaters. It takes the form of a bow tied at the neck, similar to those that used to be tied around kittens’ and cats’ necks.
While bows at the neck have been worn since at least the nineteenth century, the term “pussy bow” or “pussy cat bow” took hold in the 20th century. In 1934 the St. Petersburg Times offered a pattern for an Anne Adams dress featuring a convertible collar which could be worn in four different ways, including as “an intriguingly feminine pussy cat bow tied high under your chin. 


In 1947, pussy cat bows were part of the look inspired by Gibson Girls and 1890s fashions created by designers such as Omar Kiam.



It was, and is, popular with designers such as Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, and by the 1960s had been widely taken up by the American market. The pussy cat bow was a sophisticated alternative to an otherwise drab work shirt, and could be dressed up for evening and down for daytime. Together I have collaged for you five different ways to wear the pussy bow.

(From left to right)
OUTFIT 1: Dannijo earrings, Salvatore Ferragamo blouse, J Brand jeans, 8 Pump shoe
OUTFIT 2: House of Harlow 1960 earrings, K by Karl Lagerfeld shirt, Saint Laurent pants, Charlotte Olympia shoes
OUTFIT 3: Erickson Beamon earrings, Saint Laurent top, Topshop skirt, Kate Spade shoes
OUTFIT 4: Erickson Beamon earrings, Plein Sud shirt, Jane Norman skirt, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes
OUTFIT 5: Dannijo earrings, Siste’s shirt, Balmain pants, Charlotte Olympia shoes
Say yes not no and wear a bow!

Andrea Incontri

Au Jour le Jour

Balmain

Balmain

Balmain

Blumarine

Burberry

Céline

Chanel

Chloé

Chloé

Dolce & Gabbana 

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolores Promesas Earth

DSquared2

DSquared2

DSquared2

Diane Von Furstenberg

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

Erika Cavallini Semi Couture

John Galliano

Gianfranco Ferre

Jil Sander

Juliana Jabour

Just Cavalli

Just Cavalli

L’Wren Scott

L’Wren Scott

Lanvin

Lanvin

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

McQ Alexander McQueen

Michael Kors

Michael Michael Kors

Miu Miu

Miu Miu

Moschino

Moschino

Moschino

Moschino

Mother of Pearl

MSGM

MSGM

Mulberry

PF Paola Frani

Philosophy di A.F.

Pink Bow

Pinko

Red Valentino

Rena Lange

Roberto Cavalli

Rosamunda

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Stefanel

Stella Jean

Tara Jarmon

The Row

Tory Burch

Valentino

Valentino

Very Gotha

Victoria Beckham

Aniye By

Gossip

Just Cavalli


Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights
Jun 20 1 Comments
Turn on your disco balls, flash off all the lights, and bust your best move because boogie nights are back. The obvious and only way to spend a night on the town is to take a toss back to the 70s and adorn yourself in sensual silhouettes of golds, silvers, metallics, and blacks. Think Naomi Campbell megawatt fashion. And it would be a taboo times two to even think of leaving the house without some fabulous accessories. Pick an earring or a cuff in silver or gold to make a statement that’s stylish and utterly bold. The heavenly seventies are all about female empowerment – dresses that show a little leg, impeccably tailored jackets, sky high heels. The one mistake you don’t want to make is being mistaken for a disco ball; wear a sparkly jacket but don’t wear a sparkly skirt, or wear a sparkly skirt but don’t wear a sparkly top. When it comes to heels, feel free to play around with a variance of colors. Red pumps can make for a sexy accent to a gold lame dress. The one thing the 70s was NOT about is big bags, so ladies leave your hobos at home and make your crutch a swanky clutch. The best part about boogie nights fashion is that it spans the gamut from skirts to pants to blazers to dresses; nearly any shape garment is in it to win it. BNF (as we’ll call it) is all about the three C’s; color, cut, and confidence. Keep your palate to the aforementioned colors (gold, silver, metallics and black) make sure the cut of your garment is refined and body-conscious, and make sure you rock your look with confidence that would give John Travolta a run for his money! Ladies, shake what your momma gave you because BNF is wAy-OK!

OUTFIT 1: Victoria, Victoria Beckham dress, Oscar de la Renta jacket, Roberto Cavalli earrings, Roberto Cavalli clutch, Kate Spade shoes
OUTFIT 2: Chloé jacket, Hervé Léger dress, Eshvi earrings, Zac Zac Posen clutch, EK Thonhprasert bracelet, Reed Krakoff shoes
OUTFIT 3: Lucia Odescalchi earrings, Hervé Léger dress, Christian Louboutin clutch, Jimmy Choo shoes
OUTFIT 4: Allurez earrings, Shourouk necklace, Saint Laurent dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, Jimmy Choo shoes


OUTFIT 1: Marc by Marc Jacobs earrings, Adam Lippes top, Valentino cuff, Alexander McQueen clutch, Oscar de la Renta pants, Witchery shoes
OUTFIT 2: Eddie Borgo earrings, Versace top, Anya Hindmarch clutch, Isabel Marant pants, Opening Ceremony shoes
OUTFIT 3: Kendra Scott earrings, Theory top, Emilio Pucci pants, Fendi bag, Charlotte Olympia shoes
OUTFIT 4: Vickisarge earrings, Diane Von Furstenberg jumpsuit, Saint Laurent bag, Shoe Cult shoes

OUTFIT 1: Chelsea Doll earrings, Haider Ackermann shirt, Roberto Cavalli clutch, Saint Laurent pants, Kate Spade shoes
OUTFIT 2: Fendi earrings, Roland Mouret dress, Sergio Rossi clutch, Olivia Collings bracelet, Diane Von Furstenberg shoes
OUTIFT 3: Johnny Love Rosie earrings, Kate Moss for Topshop dress, Roberto Cavalli clutch, Kate Spade shoes
OUTFIT 4: Ben Amun earrings, Joseph Alicia jumpsuit, Christian Louboutin clutch, Diane Von Furstenberg shoes

OUTFIT 1: Nail earrings, Lanvin blazer, Lanvin dress, Christian Louboutin clutch, Kate Spade shoes
OUTFIT 2: Marni earrings, Dolce & Gabbana dress, Emilio Pucci belt, Oscar de la Renta clutch, BCBGMaxAzria shoes
OUTFIT 3: Nur earrings, Lanvin dress, Saint Laurent purse, Schutz Norma shoes
OUTFIT 4: Anito Ko earrings, Valentino dress, Saint Laurent clutch, Ibanka Trumo shoes

OUTFIT 1: Ben Amun earrings, Isabel Marant dress, Ben Amun cuff, Edie Parker clutch, Marc Jacobs shoes
OUTFIT 2: Nikos Koulis earrings, Emilio Pucci blazer, Maiyet skirt, Fendi bag, Kate Spade shoes
OUTFIT 3: DaLaton earrings, Kate Moss for Topshop jacket, Kate Moss for Topshop dress, Roberto Cavalli clutch, Schutz Monya shoes
OUTFIT 4: Ben Amun earrings, Kate Moss for Topshop dress, Dolce & Gabbana bracelet, Alexander McQueen clutch, Michael Michael Kors shoes

OUTFIT 1:Kendra Scott earrings, Haider Ackermann top, Alexander McQueen clutch, Balmain pants, L.A.M.B. shoes
OUTFIT 2: Chelsea Doll earrings, Hervé Léger dress, Victoria Beckham clutch, Persy cuff, Charlotte Olympia shoes
OUTFIT 3: Akong earrings, Lanvin dress, Giuseppe Zanotti clutch, Kate Spade shoes
OUTFIT 4: Schield earrings, Balmain blazer, Ines Figaredo clutch, Becka pants, DSquared shoes
OUTFIT 1: Persy earrings, Alice + Olivia dress, Edie Parker clutch, Gfase bracelet, Gianvito Rossi shoes
OUTFIT 2: Assad Mounser earrings, Salvatore Ferragamo dress, Dolce & Gabbana clutch, Schutz Norma shoes
OUTFIT 3: Alighieri Fortuna earrings, Marc Jacobs dress, Reece Hudson clutch, Manolo Blahnik shoes
OUTFIT 4: Lucia Odescalchi earrings, Roland Mouret dress, Benedetta Bruzziches clutch, Charlotte Olympia shoes

OUTFIT 1: Chanel earrings, Ben-Amun necklace, Saint Laurent dress, Moschino belt, Kate Spade shoes
OUTFIT 2: House of Harlow 1960 earrings, Schumacher top, Delia’s clutch, Rag & Bone pants, Alexander McQueen cuff, Diane Von Furstenberg shoes
OUTFIT 3: Carla Amorim earrings, Burberry dress, Sergio Rossi clutch, Bottega Veneta ring, Schutz Oriana shoes
OUTFIT 4: Chanel earrings, Saint Laurent jacket, Stouls pants, Dolce & Gabbana clutch, Givenchy cuff, Kate Spade shoes

OUTFIT 1: Shourouk earrings, Saint Laurent dress, Lanvin jacket, Alexander Mcqueen clutch, BCBG shoes
OUTFIT 2: Jozica earrings, Gucci dress, Oasis clutch, Sergio Rossi shoes

OUTFIT 3: Erickson Beamon earrings, Jason Wu top, Lanvin skirt, Christian Louboutin clutch, Maison Martin Margiela cuff,  ZIGI shoes
OUTFIT 4: Marni earrings, Antonio Berardi top, Sass & Bide shorts, Jason Ruzzuti clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes


Fashionable Flashers

Fashionable Flashers
Jun 19 0 Comments
If for no other reason, for the sake of convenience nothing beats the outerwear as daywear trend. With examples from red trenches to blue tweeds to deep silks, going out has taken on a whole new meaning. A flasher, for those of you who don’t know,  is a person, usually a man, who takes pleasure in exhibiting his private parts to random people in public. A cliché flasher wears a dust-coat, flabs of which he spreads in front of his victim(s). Fashion flashers however are the complete opposite, despite wearing the same dust-coat style, the fashion flasher bares nothing but a little leg. Other verbiage for the street slang “fashion flasher” is “dress coat,” perhaps a bit more apropos. A dress coat is a lightweight coat that is worn just as the name says, as a dress. Imagine the luxury of never having to check a ticket at a coat check again.

Dress coat lover and fashion icon Kate Middleton is more than often seen sporting the trend and in her case, she likes to keep it more prim and proper by pairing the coat with a pair of black tights.

A dress coat is a woman’s dress that resembles an overcoat, usually with collar, lapels and front fastenings similar to a coat, and made in spring- or autumn-weight fabrics. The modern coatdress first emerged in the 1910s, with a 1915 article in Vogue assuring readers that the new garment could be worn over waistcoats or underdresses. The basic coatdress was a wardrobe staple for most decades, but became particularly popular in the 1960s. In the 1980s and 1990s, Diana, Princess of Wales, was a particularly high profile wearer of coatdresses, many designed by Catherine Walker. The coatdress is often recommended for those wishing to project a professional look, whether in the office, or at an affair.

Princess Diana in a Catherine Walker coatdress

Princess Diana in a Catherine Walker coatdress

Princess Diana in a Catherine Walker coatdress

Perfect for a cool Spring evening, lust over some note-worthy coat-worthy ensembles that will leave you feeling warm and haute.
Balmain

Burberry

Burberry

Burberry

Chloé

Chloé

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dries Van Noten

Etro

Etro

Etro

Etro

Etro

Fendi

Fendi

Francesca Piccini

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Jean Paul Gaultier

Kate Moss for Topshop

Lanvin

Lanvin

Love Moschino

Maison Martin Margiela

Marc Jacobs

Marco de Vincenzo

Marni

McQ Alexander McQueen

Miu Miu

Miu Miu

Neon

Rachel Zoe

Rag & Bone

Red Valentino

Red Valentino

Roland Mouret

Salvatore Ferragamo

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Valentino

Valentino

Versace

Red Valentino

Valentino

Lanvin

Swarovski: Crystal Creations

Swarovski: Crystal Creations
Jun 19 2 Comments

Whether you want to admit it or not, every girl loves a little bling. And the bling queen extraordinaire? Swarovski crystal, but of course. Swarovski crystals adorn some of the worlds finest jewelry, and they’ve been doing so since 1895. Daniel Swarovski (October 24, 1862 – January 23, 1956), formerly Daniel Swartz, was born in northern Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). His father was a glass cutter who owned a small glass factory. It was there that a young Swarovski served an apprenticeship, becoming skilled in the art of glass-cutting. In 1892 he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass and in 1895 he opened what we presently know as the Swarovski crystal factory. 


The Swarovski Crystal range includes crystal glass sculptures and miniatures, jewelry and couture, home decor, and chandeliers. All sculptures are marked with a logo. The original Swarovski logo was an edelweiss flower, which was replaced by an S.A.L. logo, which was finally replaced with the current swan logo in 1988.

Swarovski produces crystals of the finest quality. The company’s name has become synonymous with genuine crystal. Swarovski’s specialized manufacturing processes, together with the highest quality raw materials, guarantee the highest possible degree of precision, component quality, consistency, and unmatched brilliance.

Swarovski crystal is produced at the company’s traditional production plant in Wattens, Austria, where each crystal is subject to the most stringent quality controls. The exact recipe and the proportion of quartzes, sand, and minerals remain a company secret that is part of the legacy of pioneer Daniel Swarovski to his three sons.


Me wearing a Maggie Norris Couture Swarovski crystal gown

Swarovski’s crystal creations are truly works of art, and their price point only further goes to drive that point home. A Swarovski necklace, for example, is a great statement piece with a little black dress. You can also pick up the tones in your Swarovski jewels and compliment it with a matching top.

Tom Binns necklace, Ter et Bantine dress, Miu Miu clutch, Michael Antonio sandals
Tom Binns necklace, Erdem sweater, Preen skirt, Saint Laurent sandals


 However you choose to flaunt your finery, be subtle with the rest of your attire so as not to look like a sparkle spasm. Get creative, get crystal creations!


Akong

Akong

Akong

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Alexis Bittar

Anabela Chan

Anabela Chan

Andy Farrow

Anton Heunis

Auden Emerson

Ben Amun

Ben Amun

Ben Amun

Bijoux de Famille

Bijoux Heart

Bijoux Heart

Bijoux Heart
Bijoux Heart

Bijoux Heart

Christopher Kane

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana


Debenhams

DSquared

DSquared

DSquared

DSquared

EK Thongprasert

EK Thongprasert

EK Thongprasert

Ellen Conde

Ellen Conde

Erdem

Erdem

Erickson Beamon

Erickson Beamon

Erickson Beamon

Erickson Beamon

Erickson Beamon

Erickson Beamon

Fallon

Gfase

Gianni Calignano

Heaven Tanudiredja

Iosselliani

Jennifer Behr

Joanna Laura Constantine

Judith Jack

Judith Jack

Judith Jack

Julia Clancey

Krystal

Krystal

Krystal

Krystal

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lulu Frost

Maison

Maria Francesca

Maria Francesca

Marni

Mawi

Mawi

Mawi

Mawi

Max and Chloe

Persy

Persy

Philippe Audibert

Reminiscence

Rene Caovilla

Roberto Cavalli

Schield

Shourouk

Shourouk

Shourouk

Shourouk

Shourouk

Shourouk

Shourouk

Sveva

Swarovski

Swarovski

Tom Binns

V by Valkeniers

Valentina Brugnatelli

Valentino
Vickisarge
Vickisarge
Yoola

Erdem


BridesMADE

BridesMADE
Jun 19 1 Comments
Being a bridesmaid can be a glorious thing – a time for celebration – a fashion fete – but along with being a bridesmaid can come an awful caveat of faux pas. When it comes to dress, casual is fine for a casual wedding, but if the invitation says semiformal then torn jeans and a Nascar t-shirt won’t cut it. So when it comes to the dress, it seems like a no brainer right? Just remember that the dress also corresponds with the entire outfit, so don’t forget there can be shoes, accessories, hair styling, getting nails done, etc.  You can expect to spend between $150-$4,000, depending on the bride.  Typically dresses seem to range in the $200-$500 range, but this can depend on the bride and what dress she chooses for her vision. Speaking of the bride, it is important to make sure that she always comes first. You never want to out-dress the bride, so be tactful and tasteful in choosing a dress (even if her guidelines are loose, you never want to look like the belle of the ball). This brings me to me top five misconceptions:

Mistake One: Avoiding White

Nowadays, it has become acceptable to wear white as a bridesmaid. You want to be careful, however, that your dress is of an appropriate length and can’t be mistaken for a wedding gown.

Mistake Two: Wearing Black

Black wedding guest outfits are supposed to show disapproval of the marriage, so it’s best to leave that little black dress at home. While black might be slimming, it’s also the color of mourning, which isn’t really appropriate for a wedding celebration. Black dresses can sometimes be worn with a bold contrasting pattern or colourful accessories. 

Mistake Three: Wearing Red

It might seem that there aren’t any acceptable colors left to wear, and in actual fact there’s nothing wrong with wearing a red dress to a wedding. The key issue with red is that it draws the eye, and if there is only one bright red dress among a sea of pastel shades, it will stand out like a sore thumb on the group photos. To avoid stealing the show, female guests should stick to dark, pale or muted shades of red or pink.

Mistake Four: Ignoring the Invitation Dress Code

A common wedding dress guest mistake is failing to check the invitation dress code to see which style of outfit is appropriate. For a black tie dress code an evening gown or cocktail dress is expected, for a white tie dress code nothing but a ball gown will suffice, and for a lounge suit dress code a daytime summer dress, a skirt and top or a light suit is required. If there is no dress code on the invitation, a colourful summer dress is usually a safe bet.

Mistake Five: Don’t be Afraid to Hack the Hemline

It has now become acceptable for bridesmaids dresses to hit below (traditional) or at (modern) the knee. Don’t be afraid to pick out a dress that you might actually wear again on another occasion, remember that it’s all about how you accessorize.
Below I have compiled for you four different complete looks; white, long, colorful, and a touch of black. This should help guide you as to how to accessorize according to your style.

OUTFIT 1: Kwiat diamond earrings, Tory Burch dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, Casadei pumps
OUTFIT 2: H & M headband, Mary Katrantzou dress, Forever New clutch, Dollhouse sandal
OUTFIT 3: Topshop headband, Alice + Olivia dress, Saint Laurent clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti heels
OUTFIT 4: Nur earrings, Marni dress, Lizzie Fortunato clutch, Kurt Geiger heels

Put the MADE in bridesMADE and make the most of a stylish dress!

Acne Studios
Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen
Alice + Olivia
Alice + Olivia
Alice + Olivia
Alice Temperley
Altuzurra
Ariella
Burberry
Carven
Chloé
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana
Emilio Pucci
Erdem
Erdem
Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli
Halston Heritage
Jason Wu
Kate Moss for Topshop
Lanvin
Lanvin
Lanvin
Lanvin
Marchesa
Marni
Missoni
Monsoon
Mulberry
Nina Ricci
Nina Ricci
Nina Ricci
Nina Ricci
Nina Ricci
Notte by Marchesa
Preen
Preen
Red Valentino
Red Valentino
Red Valentino
Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli
Roland Mouret
Roland Mouret
Saint Laurent
Salvatore Ferragamo
Schumacher
T by Alexander Wang
Tevolio
The Row
The Row
Tory Burch
Valentino
Valentino
Valentino
Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham
Lanvin
Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli
Tory Burch

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