Thursday, December 31, 2009
Jeweler Alexis Bittar has teamed up with Michael Kors on a second exclusive collection for spring. Inspired by Woody Allen’s 1973 sci-fi film Sleeper, Bittar created futuristic limited-edition pieces like this Lucite gum-ball necklace. michaelkors.com (Harpers Bazaar)
Swiss watch maker Nina Ricci presents an interesting timepiece for Valentine's Day 2010. This sporty yet attractive watch is a departure from the legions of formal jewelry wear often delivered for the "romantic" occasion. Combining the requisite "red" color of love for the occasion with stylized doves on the dial of the thin rectangular steel case (17mm x 37mm in size), and you have a timepiece that both fits the mood of the day yet offers something different. The strap is rubber and has three polished steel plates on both ends of the strap (which is closed via a butterfly clasp). Such plates create a more substantial feel to the watch, but preserve its sporty and comfortable demeanor. As a "love" watch, but the design does not scream "Valentine' Day." As such, it is a piece that can be worn on any occasion. That is not always easy to get away with when your watch dial is pink and shaped like a large heart.
While the red version of the N029 watch is the special version for Valentine's Day, the standard N029 watch collection has two Roman numerals on the dial and arrives in a variety of colors to suit one's tastes. Inside the watch is a Swiss Ronda 751 quartz movement. (Luxist)
We've reached a point yet again where items that aren't shipped in from China or elsewhere have a new appeal for the consumer. Emporio Armani's going made in the USA for a new line of jeans. The Spring/Summer 2010 collection will include "Made in California" jeans that are at least partially made in Los Angeles. The LA Times reports that there will be four styles of jeans ( two for men and two for women) with red, white and blue leather labels, brushed white enamel rivets, and special hangtags. The jeans sell for $195 and ar available at Emporio Armani stores but not online. Come February, the men's styles will also be at Saks Fifth Avene and Bloomingdale's. (Luxist)
Kate Hudson's gold Versace dress from the 2003 Academy Awards has been designated the top dress of the decade according to InStyle Magazine. The classic lace gown has, according to InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein, a "level of extravagance that just had you gasping." The golden look was accessorized with a diamond bracelet and earrings from Fred Leighton. Other top dressses included Jennifer Lopez's famous jungle-print Versace 2000 Grammy dress slashed to the navel and Anne Hathaway's ladylike crystal-covered Armani Prive gown at the 2009 Acadamy Awards. Ceck out the whole list at InStyle. (Luxist)
While the Versace dress is pretty in an "understated" way, I must beg to differ with their choice. I have included my personal favorites.
Cork soles are popping up all over the comfort market this spring, with the natural material adding a bit of bounce under foot. From simple slides to wild wedges, cork is keeping the sandals fashionably green. (WWD)
I love this shoe......what a vibrant color!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Anna Sui (love the design)
John Galliano (a splendid work of art)