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Monday, November 29, 2010


Take a look at these gemmies.  British milliner Jane Taylor creates fascinators, hats and headpieces to die for.  In her London studio you'll find everything from vintage-inspired to the theatrical.  Plumes, netting, beads and other gems are found by Jane and woven into all the imaginative chic you see here.  You'll find  her work in Vogue, Elle, and Harpers and of course the bridal mags like Brides UK and Cosmopolitan Brides.  Check out her truly visual feast of a site  Jane Taylor Millinery.  I swear you'll be into wearing hats from now on . . .

Thursday, November 25, 2010

BI POLAR CHIC: The Fine Art of Androgynous Dressing

Gotta Marlene Dietrich thing? I mean, don't you love how she swung the femmefatale as well as that distinct masculine style of putting herself in men's trousers? I call this androgynous style or true imagination for cross-dressing of one's image, a knack Marlene Dietrich like Madonna, definately had.
While my husband winces whenever I do the vest and tie routine (looking more like Annie Hall than Marlene) once I'm out and about, women walk up to me in stores and on the street, and applaud my bravado.
In 1930 Marlene sported top hat, white tie and tails in the film Morocco bravely ushering in one of the most iconic images in film. For those of you corageous enough to try something different on New Years or that very formal soiree, all you need to go a la masculine is:

1. Black tailcoat suit (or a tailcoat and black pants).

2. White tie, shirt, cumberbund, and pocket hankie.

3. Optional white vest or vestcoat

4. Top hat .

Wool-blend tuxedo jacket 


$535 (345 GBP) -

Black leather oxford shoes. A concealed elastic panel sits at the front. Wooden sole and sculptural heel. Pointed toe. Work androgynous chic with these leather oxford shoes from Alexander Wang. Team with cropped trousers and a crisp shirt this coming season for serious sartorial style.

 Kate Moss posing a la Deitrech
My personal fav for going androg

Monday, November 22, 2010


Spring collections are my favs. All those bloomin' colors and lightweight, wispy fabrics. Oscar de la Renta has always had a knack for bringing on the Spring gala chic.  He definitely has my compliments this season . . .