Perhaps it my annual trips to New York City when I was a child with my grandmother and or with the private all-girl’s high school I attended but it seems that the city that never sleeps is always calling me back. This time to see latest curated exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This month one of the greatest couturiers of the 20th century has a birthday: Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel. In honor of what would have been the designer’s 133rd birthday on August 19th, let’s look at the allure of Coco Chanel’s iconic bags.
Wearing: Old Teri Jon Little Black Dress, Vintage Opera-Length Silver Pearls, Vintage Peau de soie Evening Bag with Lulu Frost pin, Vince Camuto Nappa Metallic Caged Heels with Dita Cat-Eye Sunnies
Chanel’s Iconic Bags. Pamphlet from 2010 Chanel Exhibit in NYC.
I thought my fashion passion bucket would be overflow during the summer of 2010 when my daughter and I visited Chanel’s New York flagship store on 57th Street, to see The Secrets of the Chanel Handbag, an exhibit demonstrating the construction and history of the company’s iconic
What do the following memorable Alfred Hitchcock films, Notorious, Read Window, To Catch A Thief, Vertigo, Marnie, and The Birds’ have in common? Edith Head an accomplished costume designer for over 400 classic motion pictures.
Ladies, you know the focus of The Age of Grace is mainly about creating awareness so that women baby boomers can age gracefully (and healthy!).
That’s still the case but today, I want to show that the off the shoulder fashion trend can work for women over the age of 50.
Every year in late May, right around Memorial Day Weekend, I look forward to our annual Club 21 dinner dance.
Similar to the fashionable crowd that attends the Met Gala in New York City, I want to look my best. I start my countdown at least four-months before to prepare.
I developed my own must-do checklist after twenty years of attending the soiree, that includes the following:
Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. This wedding ensemble from Chanel’s fall 2014 haute couture collection. It is made of scuba knot that was machine-sewn but finished by hand, while the design of the cape was hand-drawn by Karl Lagerfeld, then digitized to give it a pixilated feel. Its rhinestones were heat-printed, then accented with hand-sewn pearls and gemstones. As described by Andrew Bolton, curator at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Every spring, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute holds one of the most glamorous and exclusive nights in New York City: an annual fundraiser that started in 1946. The Met Gala, fashion’s biggest night, took place on May 2nd.
A 65-foot structure rises from the center of the space made up of 80,000 red roses, 200,000 red silk roses and laser-cut ;ace for the Metropolitan Museum’s Great Hall by benefit event designer, Raul Àvila. Image credit: Taylor Jewell.Vogue Magazine.
This year’s theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Costume Insitute, explained the theme, saying “traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made. Technology affects everything we do every day. This year’s exhibit will examine how fashion is celebrated with a tech theme.”
When you live in Small Town, USA like I do, a trip to New York City is the ultimate one stop destination for style inspiration, great food, cultural enrichment, and of course, shopping.
My hubby and I motored to New York City for a belated birthday celebration with our daughter, Channing, a fashion journalist. Upon our arrival on Friday evening, we commenced the weekend’s festivities with a literary-themed dining experience at The Writing Room in her neighborhood.
It’s Kentucky Derby time again. The 141st running of the thoroughbred race, “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” is always the first Saturday in May. My outfit this week is inspired by the go big or go home headdresses usually worn at this annual horserace since 1875. My outfit may not be perfect for Churchill Downs but it is my own trifecta for a winning ensemble.
At the Harrisburg Capital Annex; Wearing Banana Republic black lace crop top with J.Crew Double-breasted linen ivory blazer, Sara Pacini linen wide-leg pants, San Diego Hat Company Ultrabraid XL brim black hat with Kate Spade New York camel Licorice suede pumps.
Hats, seem to be having a moment in fashion. Even men are dabbling into hats. Remember Pharrell Williams’ infamous hat at the 2014 Grammys? This past winter, many fashion statements were made with hats. The forecasts for fall 2015 accessories include all kind of head gear from hats to headbands. I occasionally like to sport a topper myself.
Red Alert with ModCLoth
It’s a red alert at ModCloth for the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year. Officially, its marsala, an earthy wine red. It’s not too soon to start planning a few key pieces for spring transition looks (you know they sell out early on the new colors every year). I was approached by a ModCloth stylist to showcase my ideas for layered pieces for spring 2015. I was able to highlight the color marsala using ModCloth clothing.
Pantone 2015 Color of the year: Marsala
What I love about ModCloth is that the online retailer specializes in vintage, vintage-inspired and indie clothing, accessories and decor. The husband and wife duo sell items from numerous different brands, and every day they offer new products. In addition to original items, they sell single authentic vintage items from various eras past. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with ties to Pennsylvania when founded in Pittsburgh when couple attended Carnegie-Mellon. Be sure to check out the ModCloth site if you have a love for vintage-inspired clothing.
One of hottest trends right now are the oh so chic, leopard prints. This big-cat print is showing up everywhere in the latest clutches, coats, skirts, tops and scarves. I am spot-on today wearing a light-weight faux fur leopard print hooded vest by Covered Perfectly.
Spot-on is what Pauline Durban had in mind when she created Covered Perfectly apparel for women over 40. In May 2012 Pauline invested her life savings into Covered Perfectly. It was out of her personal frustrations with sleeves not covering the unflattering part of her arms, tops too short revealing too much and styles geared toward younger slim bodies. She began designing her own line of women’s tops.