Diana Vreeland’s Fashion

By Phineas Upham

Although Diana Vreeland was born in Paris, France and spent much of her adult life in England, she would eventually find herself in New York City. There, she would become one of the most influential magazine editors in the world of fashion, working for both Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue before the time of her death.

Vreeland took fashion extremely seriously, once remarking that the bikini was the most important thing to happen since the atom bomb.

She was hired by Harper’s somewhat on accident. She had moved to New York with her husband, and the two were finding the city extremely expensive. Carmel Snow, Harper’s editor at the time, noticed her taste in fashion around the city and asked her to come join the magazine. She began her work with a column she called “Why Don’t You?”, which contained various pieces of fashion advice that people ought to do.

Vreeland was so poignant with her advice that she consulted several times for Jackie Kennedy, even giving her advice on what to wear for inauguration day.

Rumors abound that she was passed over for promotion at Harper’s so she found herself working at Vogue beginning in 1962. Until 1971, she served as the magazine’s editor-in-chief. Her philosophy was that magazines ought to give people a point of view, because they don’t really have one. Vreeland was eventually fired from Vogue, but she quickly became a consultant for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Vreeland died of a heart attack in 1989, at the age of 86.


About the Author: Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or Facebook page.

F/W 15/16 Stylewatch: Balmain

While it can be difficult to find out how to bring fashion from the runway to your office hallway, the FW 15/16 line by Balmain is rich with inspiration for modern women of all walks of life. Unlike past lines which have shown a bit more skin, this season has designer jackets for women that give broader coverage without feeling chaste. Lace accents keep everything from becoming too closed off, and shimmering fabrics balance rich lowlights with spectacular highlights evocative of mosaic art up close.

Color Theory

With Balmain this season we see a broad range of 70’s-evocative colors, from saturated violets and purples to deep sea greens and bold marigolds. These colors can be styled in many directions and pair well with every skin tone. Marigold and violet in particular can serve as the jumping off point for accessories, make-up, and nail polish. For the Balmain look, use plain black and white for neutrals; if you’re seeking a different kind of 70’s, use camel and tan for your neutrals to warm things up. Modern jackets for women get a boost with this look, coming in banana yellow and caramel, in addition to black and white.

Legwork

For pants you will want to consider culottes for a mature look, or dark denim for a harder edge. High-waisted flares are coming back into style as well and they can be styled to be appropriate for a full day of work and drinks afterward. If you’re more interested in skirts, suede skirts in camel or dark tan perfectly complement 70’s colors and can be paired with thick black tights during winter or patterned and textured tights year-round.

Coordination

If you want to play with some of the pants and top combinations shown off by Balmain this year, pair a button-less womens blazer (made of a soft fabric or suede in a seasonal color or plain black) with a thick inorganic or mixed-texture belt. The triangular space created by your jacket above the belt introduces a geometric element that can be employed a wide variety of ways. Try wearing a classic turtleneck, an unusual textured textile like cotton lace, or take the opportunity to innovate upon the Balmain book and wear a pendant or other heavy necklace instead.
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Classic vs. Modern Blazers

Written by Jacket Society

Everyone has at least one blazer. This clothing item never goes out of style but the shape might be subject to some changes. The blazer in itself is considered an androgynous piece as it can be both feminine and masculine. Designer jackets for women also contributes to dressing up and outfit but it can also dress it down. For instance, throwing a blazer on a dress or pants and top will make you look more sophisticated. If you are wearing something a bit too revealing, wearing a blazer would make you look classy and sexy at the same time.

Classic vs. Modern

Blazers for women obviously come in different colors, shapes and material and each one send a unique message and conveys a particular look. The two most basic shape that you will find everywhere would be the modern fitted blazer and the classic conservative one.

The classic blazer is recommended for women of a certain age or in particularly business or professional situations. This kind of blazer does not accentuate the waistline. It is similar to the type of blazer that women such as Hillary Clinton would wear. Mature women look more sophisticated with the classic blazer as this is more suited for their age.

The modern blazer is worn more fitted and its collar consists of slim short revers. This is perfect for younger women. However, even women over 50 would look more to their advantage with clothes that are fitted at the waistline.

 

Jacket Society is a small line of modern jackets for women that can be worn with jeans, dresses or pants.

Update Your Look with a Vintage Statement Piece

Written by Cynthia Findlay Antiques

Do you need a makeover? There are many quick and easy ways to update your look, from purchasing a new outfit to getting a new hair cut. But have you thought about purchasing a statement piece, such as a vintage rings or necklace? Vintage jewellery can enhance your appearance, improve an outfit, and become the talk of the party. Here’s how to update your look with a vintage statement piece.

Go Big

If you want to make a statement with vintage jewellery, skip simple and small jewellery. Instead, go for a large and impressive ring or necklace, a piece that will steal the show. While browsing vintage rings, consider buying a solitaire ring featuring a large stone such as jade or diamond. In addition to its size, make sure the piece is especially unique in its design.

Choose the Right Canvas

For a statement piece to stand out, you must wear the right outfit. Even the most brilliant vintage ring can get lost if worn with a very busy or wild outfit. To help your statement piece shine, keep your attire elegant and simple. For example, a simple black dress is fancy enough for a cocktail party but will not distract other guests from noticing your statement piece.

Cynthia Findlay Antiques offers estate, vintage, and contemporary jewellery, including a large selection of antique rings.

Getting Polished for New York Fashion Week

Written by Kaki West

The web is bursting with reviews and images from New York Fashion Week, one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year. I had a great time this year, as always. I was especially excited about my dear friend’s runway show, a talented designer named Michael Costello. His show was just perfect, unveiling a collection of some of the most beautiful and elegant gowns I’ve seen. The Kaki West images below are of me at his Spring 2015 runway show, seated right next to my best friend and makeup guru Tay Rivera.

Kaki West is an international cover model and host. Visit her blog to learn more and see the latest Kaki West pics.

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Boost Your Beauty Routine with Bio Oil

Kaki WestWritten by Kaki West

Most of us know Bio-Oil as the stretch-mark potion. It’s also touted to reduce the appearance of scars and improve uneven skin tones. But if you thought you knew everything there was to know about Bio-Oil, think again! Here are two ways to boost your beauty routine using this vitamin-enriched product.

Moisturize dehydrated skin. As a model who is always on the go (See Kaki West Pics), it’s hard to keep my skin hydrated and healthy without the use of some great products like Bio-Oil. I use this light and non-greasy oil in the shower to moisturize and hydrate my entire body. It’s also great for extra-dry areas such as elbows, knees, and the soles of your feet. You can also use it at night as a deep moisturizer.

Tame frizzy hair. Having a frizzy hair day? It happens to the best of us, especially on hot and humid days. If you’ve run out of your favorite hair gel or serum, break out the Bio-Oil. While it’s designed for various skin conditions, Bio-Oil works wonders on your hair by taming frizz, calming fly-aways, and moisturizing dry ends. The result is healthy, smooth, shiny hair.

Kaki West is a model, actress, and television host who lives in New York City. To get more beauty tips or to see the latest Kaki West images, visit her blog now.

Designer Shops in Paris

Article written by Fresh Boutique

In recent times, many vacations have been shifting in purpose, from seeing all the famous torist attractions and historical landmarks, to a more capitalistic purpose such as shopping. There is nothing wrong with that as people have been becoming more money smart given the increase in the price of almost everything we need to buy. It is a fact of life today that some things are just cheaper abroad or that there are just some things that are only found in certain countries.

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This is why maybe half of the vacations we plan and take are vacations to places that are great places to shop for things like electronics and clothing. One great vacation that combines both shopping and sightseeing are France vacations. Travel to France to find the best buys when it comes to designer clothing. With many fashion designers based in one of the top fashion capital in the continent, you will be sure to find the latest and hottest outfits.

Travel to France and find the the best designers based in several cities but the most in Paris. Paris is home to several shopping districts, but if you are looking for the crème de la crème in designer fashion you need to book a flight then hop in a cab so you can visit Louvre-Tuileries and Faubourg Saint-Honore. You can find all the great a famous brands like Versace, Hermes, and the line of the late great Yves Saint Laurent.

Budget Wedding Ideas

Written by: Fancy That Jewelry Design

As couples marry later on in life, they are also facing more debt. This has caused a shift toward the budget wedding, where couples make small concessions to have a beautiful wedding. Too often, people are sold the idea of “the perfect day” where nothing can go wrong and everything is romance. The reality is that even people with the money to pay for a perfect day don’t often get it. There is always something to deal with. These tips are designed not to help you craft the perfect day, but to help you plan an amazing one.

Engagement Ring

You can save some money up front by purchasing a white gold cubic zirconia ring online. There are a number of settings available online, some with real diamonds embedded within. Browse with your fiancé and explore your options, then hit a jewelry store to try things on. Order when you’re ready. The advantage to buying CZ is that it will fit any setting a diamond will fit, it’s perfectly clear, and you can find them in many colors and shades.

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You can save a ton of money on the venue by holding it at the home of someone close to you. If you can’t do that, speak with nearby parks to see if they will let you hold an outdoor wedding. During winter, try shopping around your local halls for the best deal. One key piece of advice: avoid the word “wedding.” Let the planner know you are hosting a family gathering, and you need a hall for the location.

Food

You can hire a food truck for a day for less than the costs commonly associated with catering. There are a number of cheap options for food and catering, but you have to watch out for the hidden fees. Some venues will charge you to cater an event without their preferred catering company. Others may charge you to serve alcohol, or require you to use their wait staff. This ties into the venue, so choose your venue and your caterer wisely if you want to save money.

Jewelry

A lot of brides like to outfit their bridesemaids and close family members with jewelry. CZ jewelry sets can be a good way to outfit everyone without spending too much. You can usually have a custom piece made for well below the cost of a diamond piece, and you can duplicate them as needed. Imagine each one of your bridesmaids wearing a beautiful pendant.

The perfect beads and crystals to go with your jewelry making

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Making jewelry is not as easy as it sounds. You have to come up with patterns, designs, and an overall concept that will define the collection of jewelry you’re making. If you’re working with beads, crystals, and string in creating your accessories, you are going to need a wide selection of materials to choose from so you won’t be constricting your creativity. You can create a host of items such as necklaces, bibs, bracelets, bangles, earrings, rings, and many more to choose from. The perfect beading when it comes to jewelry are gold filled, seed beads, gemstones, rhinestones, and Swarovski crystals. These are items that will make your jewelry look attractive because it adds luster. These are what draws the attention, and these also emphasize and define the jewelry you’re making.

Use these as you see fit, there is no such thing as too little or too much when it comes to jewelry making. Just stick to your design and find what’s right for you. Swarovski crystals have always been a favorite among jewelry makers since it has that same sparkle as diamonds have, but costs so much less. As a matter of fact, it would even be hard to tell the difference if you don’t have an eye for jewelry. The type of beds and crystals you use in making jewelry will determine how much they will stand out and whether or not it will be attractive to potential buyers. Experiment on what goes well with your design until you find the perfect combination.

Too Cute Beads is an online store that has everything you need when it comes to supplies for jewelry making. They offer products such as Swarovski Crystal Beads, pendants, metal beads, string, and everything else you need to create your masterpiece.

Improve Your Style with Vintage Jewellery

Written by Cynthia Findlay Antiques

Do you need a style makeover? Many of us do. From time to time it’s healthy to reevaluate our style and make a few changes for the better. Whether it is a new hairstyle, new clothes, or a complete makeover, enhancing our style is an easy way to improve self-confidence and mood.

Updated your look doesn’t have to be hard. Another easy way to improve your style is to purchase vintage jewellery. At Cynthia Findlay Antiques, we’ve seen many customers instantly upgrade their look with unique vintage and antique jewellery. Here’s why:

Provides Glamour

Who doesn’t want instant glamour? A beautiful vintage ring or set of earrings is usually the centerpiece of an outfit, the first thing people notice when they see you. Because it is rare and old, vintage jewellery provides instant glamour to your look. Many statement pieces can instantly dress up a simple black dress for a look that is timeless and beautiful. Make sure to only wear your prized possessions to formal engagements, otherwise you will look too fancy.

It Reveals Discerning Taste

Not everyone appreciates the fine things in life, but people who wear vintage jewellery such as Art Deco rings do. Whether you become a collector or purchase a few pieces, owning vintage jewellery reveals a lot about your character. It reveals that you have fine taste and appreciate high-quality products. It reveals that you’re willing to spend your time and money on a good-quality piece instead of many cheap pieces.

Cynthia Findlay Antiques is a vintage and estate jewellery retailer located in Toronto, Canada. Visit the website to see the latest vintage rings and other jewellery.