It’s time to break out the Linen—at last. This, one of the underappreciated fabrics, is laborious to manufacture. But because it is an absorbent fiber, it is valued for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. It can be dressed down to lounge in or dressed up for a luxurious summer evening. Linen has become many things to modern fashion—a summer tradition, breathable and lustrous, casual yet refined, and cool and chic. And precisely because it’s a summer tradition, our favorite designers and brands are breaking out their Linen Collections. Here are a few of our favorite picks!
Ann Taylor Collection: Linen at Last
Blissful Blue Striped Linen Shirtdress (Photo: anntaylor.com)
Breezily cast in lightweight linen, this smartly striped shirtdress is a one-piece wonder that’s up for anything; it sports long sleeves with button tabs, button front, self tie belt, and button cuffs. Blissful indeed.
Stripe Relaxed Ankle Pants (Photo: anntaylor.com)
Since we’re already in a stripe mood, this versatile beauty caught our eye. Sunwashed stripes meet a relaxed, cropped cut to take this stylish pair from 9-to-5 usefulness to weekend escape.
See more from the Linen at Last Collection at anntaylor.com
Tommy Bahama: The Linen Collection, a Luxe Love Affair
An exquisite choice for a seaside ceremony or any romantic moment, this dress will drape you in beauty. The soft and smooth linen is adorned with captivating embroidery at the bodice, seaming at the waistline, and the gentle A-line skirt.
See more from the The Linen Collection, A Luxe Love Affair at tonybahama.com.
We love that this gorgeous tunic allows you to breathe with its looseness in the waist. The intricately designed eyelet detail makes it not just a summer top but a work of art.
Wear this a dress with flats or add a belt and wear it as a top—that’s how versatile this linen number is. The design evokes traditional Japanese minimalism with a hint of lighthearted whimsy.
We don’t need Memorial Day to come by to tell us we’re in the throes of summer. We already feel it. And we certainly don’t need Memorial Day to permit us to break out the summer whites. We’re already doing it. While many of us regard white as a basic addition to any wardrobe, the summer white has the uncanny ability to function as a knockout style, as the ultimate desk-to-dinner piece, or as the epitome of summery-sweet. You’ll see from our picks below that there is nothing plain or basic about a summer white ensemble—or even accessory. Here are some of the best ways to incorporate white into your summer wardrobe with some quintessential pieces.
White cashmere–silk blend Wild Life Print Scarf from Valentino featuring fringed edges. We don’t need to say more. This is simply a work of art you get to wrap around your neck or use as a pullover on those endless summer nights.
The Shirt Dress
This timeless Jacquard Shirtdress by Piazza Sempione has all the things we love—half-length sleeves, a feminine knee-length skirt, a partial button front, side pockets, and breathable textural cotton. It’s a summer look that says both style and comfort.
This Donna Karan Abstract-Print Pleated Skirt marries our favorite things—fashion and art. Brushed with an abstract print, the pleated cotton silhouette is a visual masterpiece, equipped with a waistband, all-over pleating, and yes, cool and breathable cotton.
We even love the title of these jeans by The Gap: 1969 Perfect Boot Jeans. No need to break the bank for a pair of simple white jeans. And while you’re not breaking the bank, how about bucking the skinny-jean trend and opting for the boot cut! This 1969 number is made of premium stretch denim, and its boot-cut design allows for both flats and a nice pair of nude pumps!
Inspired by a classic denim jacket, this white-hot Linen Jean Jacket rendition from Eileen Fisher makes the perfect lightweight layer you’ll live in all season long. And with its enviable organic linen, long sleeves, button cuffs, and button flap chest pockets, you’ll savor it for next season as well.
Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to Japanese-born designer Tadashi Shoji at the White House dinner for Japan by wearing a stunning rich purple gown. The sleeveless dress featured the designer’s signature empire waist, floor-grazing chiffon pleats and delicate applique details in its bodice.
The first lady’s choice is a serendipitous and timely one, since Shoji offers some beautiful options for the mothers in our lives. From dresses that capture a mothering style for a beautiful Mother’s Day brunch to elegant gowns for mothers of the bride, just in time for the upcoming wedding season, to a line focused on the season’s spring florals—Tadashi Shoji seems to have all of our roles, moods, and upcoming occasions covered. For this week’s Fashion Friday, we select our favorite looks from the Japanese designer whose creations “employ expert techniques in draping, ruching, and shutter pleats” to ensure that “each garment is masterfully tailored to flatter all figures.”
Featured as part of the Tadashi Shoji Mother’s Day Picks is this Blue Stone Cotton Embroidered Tulle Cap Sleeve Dress. Cut from luxurious cotton embroidered tulle, this sheath boasts sheer cutaways at both the neckline and the hemline. The custom motif is inspired by the architectural details of the Ca’ d’Oro, one of the older and most beautiful palaces on the Grand Canal in Venice. The blue stone hue of the embroidery is reminiscent of a pale gray-blue forget-me-not. And, for comfort, it is fully lined in a signature stretch jersey.
If you are an impending mother-of-the-bride, it’s your obligation to bring the elegance to the nuptials and show the room where your daughter got her style! We love the stylish sophistication of this Lace ¾ Sleeve Dress with Grosgrain Ribbon Belt. The bodice’s sweetheart neckline peeks through the ivory lace overlay. Scallop lace trims the neckline and the edge of the three-quarater sleeves. A grosgrain sash adorns the waist. For more mother-of-the-bride looks, see the Bridal Collection.
After all, it was the Japanese who gifted the United States with the beautiful cherry blossoms that bring thousands to the nation’s capital. So it makes perfect sense that Tadashi Shoji would honor the beauty of flowers via its Spring Florals collection. This particular beauty, the Rose Motif Sheath Dress, is chic, modern, and elegant. The bateau neckline and hem are hand cut to preserve the allover rose motif. In this dress you might just feel as if your life is a bed of roses.
Images courtesy of tadashishoji.com
“A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.”– Martha Sliter
While we all wear multiple hats every day—on the job, at home, in our communities—spring is the perfect moment to move beyond the metaphorical and don an actual, gorgeous hat. The advent of the season carries an invitation to indulge, to experiment, to dramatize, and perhaps even to reinvent. As Martha Sliter’s beautiful quote above reminds us, hats evoke a kind of magic that transforms any ensemble into something exquisite. Inspired by derbies near and far and milliners who delight in creating works of art, hat-revelers can interpret the spring season in a display of fantasy and coquetry. Whether it’s an outdoor party, wedding, or walk in the park or on the beach, hats are the veritable last bastion in the art of dress-up. And a hat with a brim can serve a more pedestrian need—UV protection!
Cherry Blossom Pillbox Hat by Piers Atkinson
This multi-colored silk and straw cherry blossom pillbox hat from Piers Atkinson is simply a work of art.
Talitha Hat by Olivia Roat Millinery
Guaranteed to turn heads, this bright-red large wide-brim sinamay hat with stunning silk rose trim is the prettiest red, jazzed up with a shot of white trim.
The Wide-Brim Derby Hat by August Hat
This creation, with its broad, romantic brim and its luxurious ivory and teal color, is a head-turning hat finished with a feather-trimmed sinamay flower.
The Stripe Dip Brim by Eric Javits
This dramatic hat makes a statement with its bold striping. And it can work for the beach as well the Derby.
Cecily Sun Hat in Blue Genie by Eugenia Kim
Fall in love with this navy-and-ivory hat. And it is such a great look for a red, white, and blue ensemble.
As we begin (hopefully) to pack away the winter wools and fleeces, it’s time to transition to the spring jacket for warmth (and, at times, shelter from the April showers). As the weather warms and the flowers bloom, bid farewell to the multiple layers we’ve been donning all winter (and the exhaustion that came with taking them on and off) and instead opt for a jacket that is simple, elegant, and refined. This is the season for the lightweights!
Leather Cape by Massimo Dutti
This cape, designed with a straight cut, two side pockets, three-quarter sleeves, and decorative stitching, is perfect for both daytime wear and a weekend getaway.
Deep Vine Matka Drawstring High Collar Jacket by Worth New York
Take this deep spring green statement jacket from casual to dressy. The texture and tones of the silk matka give it a look that reminds us of tweed and adds an intriguing artisan feeling.
Quilted Silk-Satin Jacket by Adam Lippes
This collarless jacket, tailored from lustrous quilted black silk-satin, is fully lined for a smooth drape. Cinch yours at the waist with the removable belt, finishing with skinny pants and point-toe pumps.
Matador Embroidered Zip-Front Coat by Nanette Lepore
Nanette Lepore’s “Matador” cotton-blend knit coat with embroidered trim offers a spacious, relaxed fit and large patch pockets for the casual but eccentric look.
Corded Guipure Lace Peplum Jacket by Oscar de la Renta
It may say “jacket” in the title, but it’s really a work of art—round neckline, long sheer sleeves, peplum waist, scalloped hem dips in front, fitted silhouette. Simply a masterpiece.
We couldn’t be happier to see spring. This week we focus on the defining and timeless color of the season—Green. Here are our five must-have statement jewelry pieces for the season. They include a range of shades in the palette of green. Be forewarned, however: These pieces aren’t casual. They also function as works of wearable art. And the greener, the bolder; the more playful, the better!
Alexis Bittar: Gilded Muse d’Ore Blue Sponge Bead Necklace
From the Alexis Bittar “Gilded Muse d’Ore” Collection, this blue sponge coral bead necklace will have you dreaming of the ocean. It has spiky Swarovski crystal detail, amazonite smooth round beads, and aqua crackle-tone nuggets.
Lana Jewelry: Envy Cluster Necklace
Envious indeed. The cluster of green leaves of this 14k gold creation from Lana Jewelry is made of green onyx.
Ippolita: Rock Candy Gelato Single Rectangle Drop Earrings
“Rock Candy” is the perfect name for these treasures, as they are absolutely delectable. Handcrafted and part of the Ippolita Rock Candy® Gelato Collection, this pair features faceted rectangle rutilated quartz and turquoise doublet drops.
Armenta: Chrysoprase Petite Pointed Oval Earrings
These petite oval drop earrings by Armenta are demure but elegant. They feature a sterling silver with matte finish, chrysoprase/rainbow moonstone doublet center, and champagne diamonds and blue sapphires.
Alexis Bittar: Liquid Metal Hinge Bracelet
Release the artist in you with this cuff—polished golden metal and hand-painted, marbleized aqua Lucite.
Last Friday we showed you how to fight the winter blues by adding pops of beautiful color to your outfit. Continuing the same trend, this week we turn our attention to the ultimate feast of colors—the floral print. For those of us still bracing for winter temperatures and snowstorms (as we must in the Northeast), floral prints are just the right thing to usher in our warm-weather escapism. This season, we don’t want you to just walk into spring, we advise you to strut right into it—with style. Nothing says spring more than being draped in flowers. And no, floral prints don’t convey only notes of pretty, delicate, and feminine. They are, as Vogue tells us about Spring 2015 collections, quite perfect for the sophisticated fashion palette: “Floral patterns were everywhere, from the blossoms at Simone Rocha to the muted sixties tan florets at Max Mara to metallic blooms at Louis Vuitton.”
As we await (rather impatiently) the new season, we share some serious flower power to inspire your own flourishing wardrobe with pieces that tap into an appreciation for all things blossoming—bouquets, gardens, and new beginnings.
Manolo Blahnik, Floral-print Watercolor Canvas Pump, bergdorfgoodman.com
Worth New York, Purple Moon Floral Chiffon Shawl, worthnewyork.com
Michael Kors, Floral Print Skirt, farfetch.com
Oscar de la Renta, Floral Print Pleated Dress, modaoperandi.com
Dolce & Gabbana, Printed Floral-Brocade Coat, net-a-porter.com
Yes, this winter has been a horrible one. Why not fight the winter blues by adding some great pops of beautiful color to your outfit? From a bright pair of pumps to a gorgeous fun coat to a beautiful sweater, there are dozens of ways to invite color into your outfit and liven your day. We’ve gathered some examples, all from Worth New York (www.worthnewyork.com), to give you an idea of how a little color can transform both your outfit and your mood in these remaining cold winter weeks. Try it, it’s sure to make you feel better!
This blue marine cashmere sweater keeps you warm and cozy, looks beautiful with sweaters or pants, and lets you dream of lazy summers at the beach.
We love how the azalea hue of this turtleneck adds warmth and color to the muted taupe of this cashmere and knit jacket and the ever stylish leather skirt.
This simply red faux curly lamb coat is perfect and will brighten up any outfit from day into night. Wear this one over your basic black and you’ll be the talk of the town!
We love the softness and versatility of this beautiful deep Baltic blue leather topper and can envision it with everything from the rich chocolate-chip=brown and camels of this skirt to black, gray, or white pants. It will carry you right into spring (which isn’t too far away!)
A bright red is flattering to so many women and is NOT just for the holidays! Pull out your red jackets and sweaters and you will immediately feel the glow!
We defy anyone not to smile, looking at the beautiful blue of this sweater. It is reminiscent of the sky on the sunniest and warmest of days!
Finally, the simplest of approaches that you can probably pull off without buying a thing! Go into your closet, pull out your brightest and most beautiful pumps or boots, and pair them with a neutral outfit of any hue!
Editor’s Note: For help in ordering any of these items, please contact Nancy Perez ([email protected]).
We were hoping that by now we could stop talking about winter, how cold it is, blizzards, and snowstorms. We were hoping we could start planning for spring. But as single-digit temperatures seem to be the norm these past few weeks, even thinking about packing away our winter gear seems like a far-off dream. Instead, it looks as if we have to replenish said winter gear instead. But the winter accessories here aren’t your typical list of boots and gloves. We’ve gathered some luxurious ideas for winter-weather gear that will provide warmth, style, and lots of cozy comfort in these unusually frigid days.
Fur Vests by La Fiorentina
We couldn’t choose just one! So here’s a sampling of some of La Fiorentina’s gorgeous creations. Cozy up in these long, sumptuous vests styled with both dramatic flare and simple elegance.
Vesterni Faux Fur Vest by Theory
For those of you who prefer faux fur, this plush, warm vest is minimally styled and can be zipped to a tall stand collar or left open to create a draping shawl collar.
Oversized Cashmere Scarf by Amanda Wakeley
This soft, hand-spun cashmere scarf is a timeless accent. Drape this generously proportioned style over the shoulders of a tailored coat. It’s also a great piece to have on hand during long flights.
Bianca Felt Porkpie Hat by Eugenia Kim
Eugenia Kim believes that fashion and function must coexist. Not only does the soft rabbit felt “Bianca” hat keep you warm, it tops your look with a vintage verve.
If you are a loyal fan of the iconic wrap dress, you’ll have the opportunity to carry the trend into winter with this wrap coat in leopard-print felt with leather trim.
Who should love you more than you?
Follow your heart this Valentine’s Day and be generous to your truest love—yourself! Women should absolutely gift themselves on this day of love and the often love-obsessed. We’ve curated a selection of red-inspired accessories from some trendsetters in luxury and decadence—Verdura, Valentino, Louboutin, and others. Obviously, one does not wear ALL of these beautiful Valentine’s Day luxury items at once! Well, privately, maybe . . . you can always go red and over the top.
Wrapped Ruby Heart Brooch by Verdura.
Cabochon ruby, diamond, and 18k yellow gold—need we say more?
Italian Leather Opera Length Gloves by Solo Classe
These suave red leather gloves go all the way to the upper arm, between the elbow and the shoulder. They are wonderful with day and night looks.
Brushed Leather Apple Shaped Clutch by Red Valentino
This Italian-made whimsical beauty features a concealable metal chain shoulder strap and an Alcantara lining.
“Corafront” Pointy Toe Pump and Flat by Christian Louboutin
This delightful “Corafront” collection features a red heart–accented pointy-toe flat that can be worn with black leggings and a long white starched shirt! Simple and chic. And for its glamorous version, the pumps, in black and red patent leather, will brighten up your daytime and evening looks. Just for fun, you might want to think about the Sweety Charity Valentine Bag too.
Calf Tote with Roller Buckle by Calvin Klein
Now this, says Boss Lady. This tote features a roller buckle with an engraved embossed logo, two interior open compartments, and three interior pockets—for from work to play.
They’ve all done it: Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, and Diana Vreeland. They let the cameras into both their public and their private lives to capture their stake in the fashion world. The fashion documentary is quickly becoming the new trend in filmmaking. Retailers are also getting in on the public’s deeply steeped interest in the major players in the fashion industry. In 2013, director Matthew Miele gave us Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf ‘s. This year is no different in terms of buzz on fashion documentaries. Here are our picks of films on fashion that are must-see!
Dior and I
Dior and I brings the viewer inside the world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’s first haute couture collection as its new artistic director. [website]
IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even as a nonagenarian, Iris continues to be an inspiring, soaring free spirit. [website]
Fresh Dressed is a fascinating, fun-to-watch chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion’s catwalks and Middle American shopping malls. [website]
Stanley Marcus (Neiman Marcus)
Stanley Marcus’s long, colorful, multi-faceted life earned him such titles as “America’s Merchant Prince,” “The Melancholy Plato of Retailing,” and international recognition as the arbiter of taste during his lifetime. His genius for marketing Neiman Marcus not only transformed Dallas from a rough-and-tumble cotton-market town into a mecca of high fashion. [website]
Tiffany & Company
Image via Quixotic Endeavors
Tiffany & Co. has captured the aspirational dreams of the world with its legendary jewels, signature blue box, and timeless elegance and sophistication. From past to present, from the behind-the-scenes characters to those clients beholden to the charm of Tiffany & Co., this full authorized documentary seeks to capture how a simple jewelry store dating from 1837 has woven itself into the American culture and consciousness to become an unparalleled global phenomenon. [website]
This time last year, the northeastern part of the country was engulfed in the infamous “polar vortex.” We’re sure many of you would like to forget that. This year, winter has been a bit kinder and warmer to us. Yet, even though we’ve been spared the minus-degree temperatures, most of us are still thinking of winter fashion. So we thought we’d pay tribute to the other winter white—gray!
Gone are the days when the color gray was synonymous with the cold season as dull, drab, and dreary. The formerly downplayed hue has, in recent years, made its comeback on runways. In fact, it might be more sophisticated and less severe than black, making it more versatile. Dare we say, gray is the new black? On its own, gray can work as a beautiful solo ensemble. No distractions needed. With other colors, however, it also plays quite nicely, serving as perfect neutral canvas for you to layer on other textures and shades.
There is a shade of gray for everyone. The many shades (not to be confused with 50 Shades of Grey) include silver, platinum, ash gray, charcoal, blue-gray, steel gray, and slate-gray. We share with you our favorite things on the gray scale this winter, which are guaranteed to also keep you warm, cosy and chic.
Ash Grey Cashmere Valentina Jumper
By Rag & Bone
This classic blends British tailoring with a downtown New York edge. Its V-neck and notched sides work perfectly for layering over skinny jeans.
Steel Gray Long Napa Leather Glove with Zipper
By Giorgio Armani
This beauty does not need many words. It speaks for itself. But here are few details either way: made in Italy, lined interior, and diagonal gold zip closure.
Light Gray Helmut Lang Zip Up Sweats Jacket
By Helmut Lang
Speaking of zippers, this Helmut Lang top creates a piece full of casual edge through asymmetric construction. It has a soft jersey lining, and the draped collar leads into an off-center zippered placket.
Gray Coco Coat
This super-luxe Coco Coat in luxurious wool with piping contrast features beautiful draped tailoring and includes patterned lining, deep pockets, and embroidered collar and cuffs. It looks equally chic when thrown over a casual look or over a fancy dress.
O – Louiselle Gray Scarf
This unique scarf is designed in a fine dark gray silk-and-wool-blend weave with a black gradiented edge and a cracked marble print. This moody and edgy style of scarf would can be worn casually or can easily be worn to update an evening look.
In the bleak midwinter, we’re doubly delighted with the no-need-to-venture-out luxury of online shopping. And so we’re reprising our late-spring Fashion Friday post on three online fashion sites for women, run by women: Net-a-Porter (international cutting-age labels!), Polyvore (collage-like “sets” that put together a look by accessorizing the featured dress!), and Rent the Runway (black-tie dresses available for rental!).
For this week’s Fashion Friday we’ve highlighted our top three favorite online fashion sites; most importantly, each has at it helm women whose taste, vision, and business and technological savvy are redefining the industry of online shopping.
Not all of us have the luxury of strolling down New York City’s Madison Avenue at whim. And probably most of us would rather don the little black dress just one more time rather than subject ourselves to the mall. Now, more than ever, online fashion stores, known in the industry as e-tailers, are not only influencing how we buy clothing but influencing the trends in fashion. Given the ever-growing list of online shopping sites that go way beyond the department-store household names we know and rely on—sites that are beautifully curated around various concepts, themes, and personalities—it’s becoming increasingly difficult to settle on just one or two best bets for online shopping. A new crop of e-tailers founded by women entrepreneurs is staking a claim in the $54-billion apparel e-commerce market.
Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council, launched Net-A-Porter in 2000. The pages are cleverly and beautifully presented in the style of a fashion magazine; the site caters to more than 2.5 million women each month who are style-savvy and expect unprecedented access to international cutting-edge labels.
Co-founder and CEO Jess Lee earned her stripes working on Google Maps before she joined Polyvore. Her stint at Google is clearly reflected in Polyvore’s mission to solve “problems intelligently, in clever, faster ways through technology and creativity.” And, yes, they’re talking about a fashion site, whose global community has created more than 80 million collage-like “sets” that we have come to love. Indeed, we’ve shared plenty of them on Women’s Voices, like the curated collection above on “What to Wear to a Daytime June Wedding.” Of Polyvore’s aesthetic and culture, Lee told The New York Times, “We believe that you have to keep things as simple as possible, edit out the things that are unnecessary or extraneous and focus on polishing the details.” We agree with that kind of fashion policy!
RENT THE RUNWAY
Here’s a concept: Rent the designer gown! Men have been renting tuxedos forever without any scandal. So why shouldn’t women be able to rent their black-tie dresses as well? Co-founders Jenny Fleiss and Jenn Hyman of Rent the Runway say their philosophy is: Borrow, don’t buy. The concept is simple: find your dress, book for a 4-day or 8-day rental period. After your night out, send back your items in the easy pre-paid envelope provided. Dry cleaning all taken care of. We couldn’t think of anything easier.
We love that you love our take on fashion. If you’re like us, you’re tired of seeing clothes and magazines that don’t reflect the women we see in the mirror: smart, accomplished, grown up. As we came to the end of 2014, we combed through the roster of fashion features from our popular weekly series, Fashion Friday, for the five articles that resonated the most with our Women’s Voices audience. We’ve learned a lot about your style index—Paris, Diane Von Fursetenberg, Jewelry and Philanthropy, Summer Indulgences, and NPR’s perspective on what constitutes chic—yes, NPR!
Falling in Love with Paris in the Fall
Who better to write about Paris—in whatever season of the year—than Tish Jett . . . our Tish? More than 25 years ago, she moved to France for work, and stayed for love. Happily for us, she has sent Women’s Voices a stream of engaging “postcards from Paris”; click here to peruse her savvy insider’s takes on the city’s magic, its mores, and, most of all, its admirably sophisticated, disciplined, friend-cherishing, and (needless to say) fashionable women.
And click here for our review of Tish’s book Forever Chic, which lets us all in on “Frenchwomen’s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance.” Who’s in a better position than fashion journalist Tish Jett, after 25 years in Paris, to pass on to us the secrets of those mysterious, alluring, and seductive women of France?
Read the full story.
Diane Von Furstenberg’s Wrap Dress
After the Little Black Dress, perhaps the next-best fashion invention is the Wrap Dress, made iconic by designer Diane Von Furstenberg. Reflecting on how the creation of the Wrap Dress not only transformed women’s wear but also served as a catalyst in her own life, she says, “That little dress made me independent. That little dress allowed me to be the woman I wanted to be.” She also told Vogue earlier this year, “You launch something and it has a life of its own, independent of me . . . I mean, this dress is in sociology class!”
Life of its own indeed. Furstenberg was her own model for the dress in her first ad for Women’s Wear Daily (pictured left). When she wasn’t moved by the empty white cube in the image, she wrote on it with a blue pen, “Feel like a woman, wear a dress!” A movement was born. Read the full story.
Jewelry and Philanthropy
Whe it comes to swag of the jewelry kind, a notable lot of designers remind us that we don’t have to wait until October of every year to pair philanthropy with jewelry. Neither must our jewelry-for-a-cause purchases be wedded to the color pink. In this week’s Fashion Friday we spotlight four impressive women jewelry designers and women-led jewelry companies that have ongoing initiatives that combine jewelry with philanthropy: either the proceeds go to a specific charitable cause or customers are offered the chance to support their own initiatives. Philanthropy is beautiful indeed. Read the full story.
Favorite Summer Indulgences from Susan Sokol
We asked several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with 10 Sweet Indulgences for the season. This week our invitation went to Susan Sokol—a renowned leader in the global fashion industry whose business acumen and exceptional taste have earned her a reputation as one of the fashion industry’s most highly regarded executives. She has partnered with the founders of iconic brands in president and COO positions at Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Vera Wang, and J. Mendel.
A lifelong New Yorker, Susan is a frequent lecturer on the fashion industry at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, where she is Executive in Residence. More recently, Ms. Sokol has become a mentor to the CFDA fashion incubator program, where she has mentored three designers. Read the full story.
Profiles in Fashion: ‘The SEAMS’ on NPR
“Clothing Is Our Common Thread: In Every Stitch, a Story.”
What a beautiful philosophy. It’s no surprise that we’re hooked on this series! The SEAMS, an independent project, is the brainchild of veteran journalist, author, and self-described “adventurer” Jacki Lyden. She is an award-winning host and contributing correspondent at NPR News, where she has worked since 1979. She has a portfolio of extensive foreign experience (see Lyden’s contributions to Women’s Voices for Change); her byline has graced stories covering the Middle East, including both Gulf wars. Those experiences, perspectives, and lessons learned have reinforced Lyden’s belief in the intersection of fashion and the human experience.
“I created The SEAMS because I really believe in fashion as a common human experience, a historical reference, and a connective tissue between cultures,” she told us via email. “I’ve been a foreign correspondent for many years, and wherever I was (Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Thailand, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran), I went out into the markets and bought or had clothes made.” Read the full story.
Two good friends—Women’s Voices board members—wearing ‘Maltese Cross Hinged Stone Cuffs’ by Verdura. (Photo by Cheryl Fleming | www.cherylfleming.net)
Priceless and Ageless. After 75 years, this is Verdura.
How fitting that the famed jewelry company celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Duke Fulco di Verdura, master jewelry designer to Hollywood stars back when Hollywood stars were synonymous with style and elegance—the likes of leading ladies such as Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Joan Crawford. He was also the designer for that era’s elegant socialites, women who were known for their beauty and style. For these stunning women Fulco created the fabulous necklaces, brooches, and bracelets they wore in their films, awards ceremonies, and great parties.Nobody did glamour better than the man who started it all in 1939,
To celebrate its 75th, Verdura has launched The Power of Style: Verdura at 75, a rare retrospective exhibition in New York City now open through December 23. The exhibition is curated by three internationally admired style-makers and Verdura aficionados: Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, longtime friends of Verdura, and their daughter Patricia Lansing. On view are some of Verdura’s most priceless creations: Coco Chanel’s original cuffs and Greta Garbo’s bracelet watch as well as a selection of more than 200 of Duke Fulco di Verdura’s original jewels and objets d’art on loan from collectors around the world, many of which have never before been on public display. There is jewelry from the private collections of modern-day style icons Sofia Coppola, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Brooke Shields. With selections from Verdura’s 10,000 gouache jewelry designs, archival materials, personal miniature paintings, and rare period photographs, the exhibition brings to life Vedura’s inspirations and gives dimension to the social landscape during the six decades he designed.
“Verdura not only defined glamour for generations of women, but continue to influence fashion today,” says Women’s Voices for Change board member Colleen Caslin, COO of Verdura fine jewelry since 2008.
Last Sunday, CBS Sunday Morning featured the company’s storied history and gave viewers a glimpse into the exhibition, revealing how significant both the jeweler and his designs is to contemporary fashion.
Verdura, jeweler to the stars, on CBS Sunday Morning
This holiday season, Verdura has created its 75th Anniversary Collection, inspired by the Power of Style exhibition. The collection draws from designs that date back to the early 1930s and ’40s with gifts like the one-of-a-kind emerald Scarf Necklace.
View the Verdura Holiday 2014 Catalog here.