Tuesday, September 16, 2014

That was 1996, This is Now: Gianni Versace Edition

I love finding pieces that we have for sale at RARE vintage in a magazine and in the September issue of Vogue Italia - which is celebrating 50 years of Vogue Italia - they revisit past issues, stories and fashion.  I was thrilled to see this photograph of Alek Wek in our baby blue metal mesh and lace dress.

This was 1996:

Alek Wek in Gianni Versace metal mesh dress in Vogue Italia

and this is now at RARE vintage:

Gianni Versace couture metal mesh Oroton dress at RARE vintage.

Dress is available for purchase here.

xo, Juliana

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Inspiring Rooms: Sir John Richardson

In today's T Magazine, there is an article with photographs by Francois Halard of the art historian and Picasso biographer Sir John Richardson's estate in Connecticut.  It is a whimsical, grand, beautiful and eclectic place.  There are two homes, the "library" which is where Richardson lives and the guest house which was modeled on an 18th century folly on the grounds of Syon house in London.  The "library" is a large single room house filled with photographs of Picasso, Piranesi prints, Warhol polaroids, a bed from Versailles, a bust of Caligula... It is a house of stories and how I would love to spend a day or two there just listening to Richardson...

"It's important to have a few really hideous things otherwise it looks like too much ghastly good taste."
Sir John Richardson

Sir John Richardson's Connecticut home from T Magazine.  Photographs by Francois Halard.

love and kisses, Juliana

Friday, September 12, 2014

Aspiring Fashionistas and Jimmy Kimmel

It is all about the robes...


; ) Juliana

Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion

The subject of next May's annual Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute exhibition and gala has just been announced and it is "Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion".  

It will be a collaboration between the Costume Institute and the Metropolitan Museum's Department of Asian Art and will not only feature fashion but include painting, decorative arts and the representation of China in film.  The Chinese galleries as well as the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery of the Anna Wintour Costume Center will be used.  In other words, it should be beautiful!  

One of my favorite Costume Institute exhibition's was Dangerous Liaisons which placed 18th century dress in the The Wrightsman Galleries and it really brought to life the clothing, objects and furniture of 18th century France.

Here is a dress from the Brooklyn Collection Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art that was a gift from the actress Anna May Wong.  It was designed by the Hollywood costume designer Travis Banton and should be a perfect example of Chinese Whispers, which is what the game, Telephone, is called in England...

love and kisses, Juliana

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Hair at Michael Kors!

Okay, not literally my hair at Michael Kors but it could have been my hair at Michael Kors.  It was my I-took-a-shower-last-night-put-my-hair-in-a-braid-and-just-woke-up-hair.  So now, I feel like it won't look so accidental but like I did the whole thing on purpose!

love and kisses, Juliana

Francesca Amfitheatrof Tiffany's New Design Director

Years ago (late 1990s I think, you know, the 90s were kind of a blur : ) my husband gave a me a collection of jewelry by a talented young Italian designer, Francesca Amfitheatrof, and for a long time, I wore them every day.  The silver bean rings are a still a favorite.

Now Francesca Amfitheatrof, that same (wildly) talented jewelry designer, has been named the first female design director for Tiffany's and has already debuted her first collection: Tiffany T.

love and kisses, Juliana

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fashion Will You Still Love Me, Will You Still Need Me When I'm 60: The Ellen Barkin Edition

"When people say, "you look great for your age.  I can't believe your 60!"  I'm like what about just, "you look great."
Ellen Barkin

Which is so true.  Why define beauty by age?  I am sure it is meant as a compliment but it is also a quantified beauty.  Sort of a, I know you are 60, but despite being 60, you still look amazing!  And so as I grow older, I don't want to hear, I thought you were so much younger, which I actually hear fairly often, I just want to hear, you look great!  

Ellen Barkin was interviewed for Violet Grey by Carole Radziwill and for the accompanying photos taken at the Carlyle Hotel, she asked that her photographs not be retouched and she even chopped off her hair into a Jean Seberg pixie-cut because she was tired of seeing older actresses hiding their faces behind hair. 

Ellen Barkin gives a lesson.  One being wash your face every night!

You can read the full article here.

love and kisses, Juliana

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I Spy: Elsa Peretti for Halston at Rodarte

There was a definite very Elsa Peretti for Halston moment at Rodarte today with Peretti's famous horseshoe buckle belt making an inspired visit.  

and the original:

Otherwise, I think this was one of the strongest Rodarte shows in quite a while with the Mulleavy sisters doing what they do best: layers of yarn, net, sequins...

love and kisses, Juliana

Thom Browne, the Caterpillar and the Hookah: Spring 2015

I really admire Thom Browne's work.  He is wildly imaginative and in a sea of shift dresses, his madcap menswear inspired collection, looks like it fell through a rabbit hole of flora and is a breath of fresh air in a stale room...

So let's take a puff from the Caterpillar's hookah and fall through Thom Browne's rabbit hole where we mustn't be late and it is all quite mad...

Thom Browne Spring 2015.  Photos from Style.com

love and kisses, Juliana

More of The Row

The Row Spring 2015 is a beautiful collection of wearable, ethereal and romantic floaty pieces.

The Row Spring 2015.  Photos from Style.com

and I am swooning for the sandals and the bag...

love and kisses, Juliana

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Row Romancing Romeo

I have seen only a few tantalizing images of The Row for Spring 2015 on Garance Dore's blog but it looks reminiscent of one of my favorite designers, Romeo Gigli, with the wrapping, the smock tops and the midi length.  Can not wait to see more images and mix a little vintage Romeo Gigli from my closet with The Row spring 2015...

The Row Spring 2015.  Photos by Garance Dore.

love and kisses, Juliana

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  Mrs Bennet, what now of your poor nerves when zombies come calling?

Miss Elizabeth Bennet will be played by Lily James, lately seen in Downton Abbey...

Mr Darcy will be played by Sam Riley...

and George Wickham will be played by Jack Huston lately seen (and will be missed) in Boardwalk Empire...

For me, there has always just been one defining film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and that is the 1995 television series with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.  The casting was perfect and you can not improve upon perfection.  But that said, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies looks like a bit of fun and I am looking forward to seeing it.

love and kisses, Juliana

Friday, September 5, 2014

Eau de Diana Vreeland

What would Diana Vreeland smell like?  Something intoxicating, nothing gentle, something bold, slightly sauvage...

Diana Vreeland would be like Eleanor Lavish from A Room with a View when it comes to scent I think:

"I prefer something bolder: the reckless rose.  The tempestuous tulip."
Eleanor Lavish

The Extravagant Russe:

Diana Vreeland at the opening of The Glory of Russian Costume at the Metropolitan Museum

Perfectly Marvelous:

Outrageously Vibrant:

Simply Divine:

Extravagance Russe, Absolutely Vital, Perfectly Marvelous, Outrageously Vibrant, Simply Divine, Diana Vreeland, will be available in September exclusively at Colette in Paris.

love and kisses, Juliana


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