Category Archives: Inspiration

Michael Kors- Fall 2010

Simple (tans, golds, blacks, greys), yet sexy (furs, suede boots) was the look at Michael Kors. Each piece is easy to wear and he keeps his sporty American dream alive.

Kors’ mood board:


This coat is outstanding.

These boots and the Isabel Marant boots are killing me. Must….have.

The shimmering gold dress with the brown leather wrap around belt is so easy to wear and looks fabulous.

Love the camel blazer, trousers and white button down.

xo,

S

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Oscar de la Renta- Fall 2010

The Oscar show is always breathtakingly beautiful. He is a master of detail and he showed that once again this collection. The models showcased big 80s hair and make-up and the jewel toned pieces followed suit.

I love this little green jacket.

This long glimmering jacket is the perfect piece for fall – check out the tights!

Ruby red jacket with plum colored fur collar.

I love this whole outfit. Slinky black pants with the white wooly jacket with tight red sleeves poking through.

The staple trench again with furrrrrrrrr.

I love the proportions of this little red jacket- the tie collar and short wrist baring sleeves is so chic.

This dress is skewed towards the younger side- perfect party dress.

This could easily be an Oscar ( red carpet) dress. Totally timeless- would love to find this in my closet!

The beadwork on this dress is amazing. The light catches with the wearer’s every move.

I LOVE this dress. Simple in black but look in the photo below for the back….To Die For. Another Oscar ( red carpet) dress for sure!

The drape of this is gorgeous. Simple and stunning…and behind her you can see the back of my black dress.

xo,

S

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1st dibs- Wednesday’s Picks

It’s wednesday and the new listings are up on 1st dibs- my go to site for hard to find pieces. Below are my selections for this week. Enjoy!

Pair of 1940’s sconces by Maison Bagues

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=383756

Double Flamingo lacquered desk- so much fun! Perfect for a Palm Beach bungalow I am working on.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=384103

French 1940’s rectangular mirror with beveled frame. This mirror is stunning. I love the details in the corners.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=380845

1950’s Shiaparelli sketch by Marcel Vertes- this is so great! I love all of Marcel Vertes works and this one is iconic.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=384725

1940’s James Mont cerused bookshelves with “button” pull. These would be perfect for a certain fashion designer I know…

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=384786

USA 1960’s vintage gilt wheat cocktail table

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=384174

Please contact me with inquiries.

xo,

S

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Carolina Herrera- Fall 2010

This collection has touches from the 40’s 50’s, and 70’s. Fierce clean lines with elegant embellishments. You can easily picture Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Faye Dunaway, Ingrid Bergman, or Lauren Bacall in one of these outfits ready for her close up. The colors ( crimson and camel) and textures ( sable) are evocative of autumn. Though, not many of us are rushing out to splurge on Carolina Herrera outfits at this time her collection is always one to drool over.

xo,

S

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Belvedere via 1st dibs

Glamorous is the word that immediately comes to mind when browsing the inventory at Belvedere. With an emphasis on elegant mid-20th century furniture and decorations, pieces range from classic modernist basics to those of understated glamour, all with a focus on beauty, comfort, and function. Their inventory highlights the work of many of the period’s better known designers, as well as those who are just now being rediscovered. Finally, Belvedere features a selection of contemporary offerings that compliment our vintage aesthetic; these designs are destined to be the treasures of the future.

Handmade table in bronze with ivory shagreen top.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=320514

USA 1950’s- Copper glazed ceramic lamp. I would love this on a table next to a deep scarlet linen velvet sofa.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=259708

USA 1950’s- button-tufted slipper chairs. The shape and scale is so chic. With a small cocktail table between them this would be the perfect spot for cocktails with a friend. I would love to upholster them in a lavender mohair.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=333239

USA 1940’s scrolled mirror finished in gold and silver leaf- the lines are beautiful. This could be hung anywhere and would be particularly fun in a powder room.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=358540

USA 1950’s- Pair of Foo Dog Lamps. There are many reproduction foo dog lamps on the market right now and I think they are all fun in their own way. The below pair are stunning. The silver leaf with the soft brown patina brings the carvings to life. The carvings have a high visual impact- very intricate and three dimensional. The lucite bases add some feminine glamour.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=358561

USA 1960’s- Fabulous hexagonal side tables in silver gilt- just plain pretty.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=326831

Petite dresser/ bedside tables wrapped in parchment. The scale of these tables is perfect for a manhattan bedroom. The curve of the bottom and the nickle plated key hole makes these tables special.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=271252

USA 1950’s wave dresser- Va- Va- Voom…look at those curves!! The deep espresso stain still allows the grain of the wood to show through making this a bit more sophisticated than a straight lacquer. The pulls are equally unique. This would be a statement piece in a dining room but is versatile enough to sit anywhere.

http://www.belvedere.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=283308

Contact me with inquiries.

xo,

S

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Monique Lhuillier- Fall 2010

She had some show stoppers this season! Several of these are sure to be seen on the red carpet come Oscar’s

The beadwork is amazing on this little number- greens, blacks and sparking all over. I can see this on Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, or Abbie Cornish

The color of this dress is amazing! Cate Blanchet or Sandra Bullock….

Black tulle – Amazing- perfect for a character out of “Nine” or Emily Blunt…

Penelope Cruz!!

xo,

S

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Lela Rose- Spring 2010 in stores now!

From the moment I saw the first model walk down the runway I was hooked. Lela Rose’s Spring 2010 collection centers around the sun faded palette of Alex Katz and the splashes of saturated color seen at Venice Beach. Combining texture and blocks of color, silhouettes resemble sculpted surf wear while soft wave and cascade shapes bring an ocean feel to the collection. Wrapped skirts, seamed sheaths, and sport jackets are redefined through sunset tweed, matte stretch linen and daybreak printed cotton. Cashmere t-shirts and paneled cardigans in colors such as highlighter, grass green and watermelon bring an effortless balance of casual and luxury.

Lela’s pieces are just plain pretty. I find myself reaching for many of my Lela Rose pieces when I am searching for that perfect dress, fun top, or skirt that can pack a punch. The lines are always graceful and the details make her pieces modern and unique.

The above stripe comes in fuschia as well as navy blue and I got the skirt shown above as well as a tank top in the same pattern- I cannot get enough of stripes!

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod53460008&eItemId=prod53450025&cmCat=search&searchType=MAIN&parentId=&icid=&rte=%252Fsearch.jhtml%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dlela%252Brose%2526_requestid%253D15433

This top also comes in a dress. The acid yellow, grey, and seafoam blue look beautiful together. The geometric print has a modern edge. Perfect with white jeans or a skirt.

I love this dress! It makes me feel like a 1960’s barbie- in a good way. If you have purchased Kelly Wearstler’s new book the colors will look familiar. The fabric looks a lot like Kelly’s new office featured in Hue.

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/65717

This fabric is simply stunning in person. It is very soft to the touch and the brush strokes resemble feathers. A totally modern take on classic black and white.

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod53430023&eItemId=prod53430023&cmCat=search&searchType=MAIN&parentId=&icid=&rte=%252Fsearch.jhtml%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dlela%252Brose%2526_requestid%253D15433

The perfect dress for a garden party or for your rehearsal dinner. This fabric reminds me of my wedding dress ( more on that below).

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod53430037&eItemId=prod53430037&cmCat=search&searchType=MAIN&parentId=&icid=&rte=%252Fsearch.jhtml%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dlela%252Brose%2526_requestid%253D15433

Tie-dye is big for spring and this dress fits the trend. It also comes in a flowing top. The colors are beautiful and the fabric is so soft.

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/65719

All 3 of the above outfits jump out of the Alex Katz painting shown here. The skirt pattern is fun with greys, blacks, and blues. You could pair this with a simple white t-shirt and be ready for the day. The orange dress looked stunning on the model. Such a lady-like drape in a totally modern punchy color. I adore the emerald green dress with the tealy blue razor flutter edge. The body is one piece of silk but the detailed razor edge has several blue and green pieces on top of one another. These pieces flutter when you move. Amazing!

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod53460009&eItemId=prod53450026&cmCat=search&searchType=MAIN&parentId=&icid=&rte=%252Fsearch.jhtml%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dlela%252Brose%2526_requestid%253D15433

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod53430027&eItemId=prod53430027&cmCat=search&searchType=MAIN&parentId=&icid=&rte=%252Fsearch.jhtml%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dlela%252Brose%2526_requestid%253D15433

This neon yellow dress felt very 1960’s glam. The print and color are totally modern. It also comes in a floor length gown.

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod53430032&eItemId=prod53430032&cmCat=search&searchType=MAIN&parentId=&icid=&rte=%252Fsearch.jhtml%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dlela%252Brose%2526_requestid%253D15433

Lela Rose’s aesthetic of adding whimsy to elegance through brilliant color and hand crafted details has brought a fresh point of view to modern American fashion. Lela was raised in Texas and went to school in Colorado where nature, its surrounding landscapes, and the sublime colors it offers have long been an inspiration. Today, Lela continues to draw from these early influences as she designs clothes for the modern sophisticated woman who embodies a spirit of effortless elegance.

After graduating from Parson’s School of Design in 1993, she went to work with two esteemed designs, Richard Tyler and Christian Francis Roth. There she honed her love of couture fabric as well as fanatic attention to detail. In 1998, Lela’s vision and passion compelled her to create her signature collection, Lela Rose. Through intricately designed and finely detailed separates, dresses and jackets, Lela has established herself as a renowned designer.

The Lela Rose collection is built on a design philosophy of creating hand finished clothes that exude a casual luxury and refinement. The beautifully embellished fabrics are the foundation of this innovative collection and speak to the elegance of its personality with a nod to the era of glamour.

In fall 2006, Lela Rose launched the Lela Rose Wedding collection. She expanded into footwear in 2007, partnering with Payless Shoes to create the Lela Rose for Payless brand of fashion forward shoes at an extremely affordable price. In 2009 Lela launched Lela Rose Bridesmaid.

With such incredible successes under her very stylish belt she is one to keep your eye on! You can find her pieces at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Net-A-Porter.com among other stores.


Lela stitched my name and Jays along with our wedding date onto the inside of the skirt for a personal touch.

The V in the front of the dress was mirrored in the back. I wanted a very simple silhouette with a more organic material used on the bottom. The entire dress was made of a washed silk and the modern tatted lace was attached over it.

Bridesmaids dresses colors were inspired by the hydrangeas that were all over the property. She copied a dress that had gone down the runway for fall. She has now added a similar style to her Lela Rose Bridesmaid collection:

http://www.dessy.com/dresses/lelarose/lr102/

Lela even made the sash for my little flower girls dress:

An interview with Lela Rose and my favorites from fall 2010 to come soon!

xo,

S

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