Month: October 2012

Really? At Kohl’s?

While flipping through the latest issue of InStyle magazine on my eReader I happened upon a dress that I thought looked great and noticed it was a Narciso Rodriguez…at Kohl’s.   Whoa!!!  I’ve noticed the growing trend of big fashion names becoming more accessible via outlets like Target but I didn’t realize Kohl’s had gotten into the game.  Normally I go into Kohl’s for the housewares goodies, their nice golf shirts for the DH, or sometimes sneakers;  that has been the extent of my shopping there but now I think I will be going to see what these designers (Dana Buchman, Narciso Rodriguez, and Vera Wang)  have.  This could be interesting!

Simply Vera Wang:

Simply Vera Vera Wang Mixed-Media Hooded JacketMixed media hooded jacket on sale $89.60

Simply Vera Vera Wang Lurex Ribbed SweaterdressRibbed sweater dress on sale $47.60

Simply Vera Vera Wang Coated Skinny Jeans Coated skinny jeans on sale $37.80

Dana Buchman

Dana Buchman Sateen Trench CoatSateen trench coat on sale $38.00

Dana Buchman Faux-Leather Pencil Skirt Faux leather pencil skirt on sale $28.80

Dana Buchman Floral Sequin TankFloral sequined tank on sale $24.00

It appears Narciso Rodriguez does not appear until November 7th at 7am.  Here is their preview from the Kohl’s website.  That color block dress has so caught my eye.

Interview with jewelry designer Marco Bicego

On October 16, Saks Fifth Avenue in Columbus, Ohio had the pleasure of welcoming the fantastic jewelry designer, Marco Bicego, to their store for a trunk show and cocktail party.  Many ladies – some with their guys in tow –  came to see, try on, purchase and have Marco sign his name on their jewelry.  Besides the items that were already in store, new items from his latest Murano collection were brought in along with some show stopping one of a kind pieces.

The libations and appetizers were provided by Brio and as always they did a bang up job of it.  But for this event not only did they provide wine and champagne, they also had a bar set up to make martinis – and club soda with lime, my libation of choice – for the guests.  What is it about little finger foods or edibles on a stick that makes them so much more yummy?  Shrimp, chicken satay, bacon wrapped scallops (bacon and scallops? you had me at hello!) to name just a few of the offerings.  Afterwards there were little parfaits for dessert and coffee all the while accompanied by live music.

    

Emeralds, sapphires, pearls, diamonds, and other stunning semi-precious stones intertwined with his signature 18K yellow gold were on display to the delight of all in attendance.  Models were also there wearing his jewelry.   His skilled craftsmanship was amazing to witness as he was able to engrave his signature on some of the smallest of items.  Quite a few lovely pieces went home that evening.  But what about the man himself?  What inspires this oh so creative man with the adorable dimples and charming Italian accent? I was able to sit down with him for an interview.

You draw your inspiration from your travels and nature, why these?

Sometimes in life you don’t know why, it just happens.  I have received so many  influences from where I grew up in Italy and from all of my travels and experiences since I launched the  Marco Bicego brand in 2000 to now 12 years later.  I’ve changed my mind – my vision – every year.  The brand is continuously evolving, it’s about the evolution, but we still keep some timeless pieces like the Marrakech line.  It’s not new but it is one of my favorite collections that still I’m doing.

How long does it take for you to go from concept to finalization when you design a piece?

Sometimes from one idea it can take less than two weeks; it’s about the inspiration.   I just finished a couple of days ago some pieces that I have shipped out already.  For example, one year ago I put  some stones from my suppliers on the table in headquarters and I said what do I have to do to create a line or no?   Recently it was with some sapphires and I sat and thought about it…and within half an hour my heart said yes, go!  You have to sometimes go with your intuition.  I never know at times but it always has to be in the Marco Bicego style.  We may have a new color palette but we keep the same concept and style.

What matters most to you as a jewelry designer?

I’m the lucky guy to be the designer; I try to make the women who choose the Bicego brand happy.  I want women to enjoy their jewelry they buy and to come back later and say they are happy wearing what they bought.  When they tell me they wear their jewelry every day and receive lots of compliments, that really makes me happy.  I believe that fine jewelry is not about trends but about being timeless.  If  you buy a special piece you should be able to wear it all the time;  to pass  it on to your family; to your daughter.  For me that works.

Do you think any of your children will follow you in the family footsteps?

As a father I honestly hope so but I don’t know.  What happened with me becoming and being a jewelry designer had to come from the heart.  I have three children, one son and two daughters, and I hope that one or all of them takes the business and company but it has to come from their hearts too.

What part of the world might your next line come from?

Honestly you never know!  It could be just about anywhere.  It just has to be the right one – the right place and experience.

Grazie per il vostro tempo, Marco Bicego.  Ciao!

Preview: Marco Bicego Trunk Show @Saks

Oh it was a grand time!  Saks in Columbus, Ohio knows how to welcome designers and how to throw a party for them!

There were appetizers (Hurrah for Brio!). 

There were cocktails.  

There was the most amazingly beautiful jewelry and of course there was the wonderfully charming and talented designer himself….Marco Bicego.


Oh! And I got to try on a pair of $37,000.00 one of a kind emerald earrings.  Gasp!  Swoon!  Oh my!

I was also delighted to be able to interview Marco Bicego – which will be featured as soon as I can get it transcribed.

What’s the weather? Stripes, boots, and leather!

It got suddenly very very “crisp” outside so it was time to break out the boots and leather jacket along with a long sleeved striped shift dress.  I wore the dress with sandals this past summer (when it wasn’t scorching hot) and now transitioning it into fall.  Shopping in my closet strikes again!

    

Leather jacket – Wilson’s Leather   Shift dress – J Crew   Biker Boots – Saks

Can a slipper smoke?

Smoking as in “oh baby that is awesome” or smoking as in go outside for your cigarette break?  Who knows!  But apparently fashion does because I’ve seen a lot of flats lately that range from beautiful to just darn right odd with price points from very affordable to way out of my league that have been labeled as smoking slippers.  So what is a smoking slipper?  I know what a smoking jacket is having seen enough old movies but slippers?  All I can ascertain at this moment in time is that they aren’t your regular flats, not a ballet flat or oxford, but something a bit different.  Different but also easy to wear.   Comfortable and can go with practically anything.  I see no downsides here.

When looking at them from a different angle, one can see the “slipper” part…jury is still out on the smoking tag.  If you know the genesis of the moniker please share.

Photo taken @Saks 10022-Shoe  $650.00

When I saw these Miu Miu slippers the first thing I had to do was touch them.  They just scream “holiday party” don’t they?  Well, at least they did for me.  But these aren’t the only cutie slippers Miu Miu makes – check these out!

  Image from saks.com  Miu Miu  $650.00

Doesn’t this just make you want to click your heels together and say “There’s no place like home!” Oh fine! I know they aren’t ruby but you get my point.

Image from saks.com  Miu Miu  $650.00

These are just tooooooooo cute!

Image from saks.com $80.00

This rubber Melissa slipper can satisfy the animal print and smoking slipper trend all in one.

Jimmy Choo 'Wheel' Slipper Image from nordstrom.com  $650.00

Just had to put this find in for my fave Brit person 😉  Jimmy Choo silver studs on fabric slipper.

Sam Edelman 'Alvin' Flat Image from nordstrom.com $145.95

Same Edleman’s very colorful purple multi snake slipper.  Cute!  Also comes in black snake.

Image from SteveMadden.com.  Studly-L for $99.95.

Media Image from Ninewest.com.  Panto $69.00

Another animal print – yay!

Sometimes you score at the Thrift Store

Some people have an amazing amount of luck finding things they like at resale/thrift/consignment stores.  It has been hit or miss for me…until this!  On a whim gave a local thrift store a go and found this gem.  An Escada cropped jacket for – wait for it – seven dollars!  Happy Happy Joy Joy

 

Escada jacket, Banana Republic shirt, 7 for all mankind denim, Saks 10022 suede booties, vintage from Ebay black patent leather cluth purse

(The first shot was taken when it was all lovely sunny…then it got cloudier and cloudier until it rained.)

Key To The Cure Tee

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and you will – if you haven’t begun to already – be seeing pink sprouting up everywhere.  Besides those who always wear their pink ribbons, you will be seeing more pink clothing worn this month live and in the media.  Food and drinks are going pink as well with many restaurants and stores offering special pink drinks and other food items.

But this isn’t about pink on others or food, this is about pink on you!  The designer Carolina Herrera has made a limited edition t-shirt sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue with 100% of the proceeds going to support Saks campaign – Key to the Cure – to find cures to women’s cancers.  The three quarter length round neck cotton tee features a simple but beautiful design of a tree with pink heart leaves and Herrera’s signature under the trunk.  But upon closer inspection of the leaves you will notice that they form all of the continents of the world symbolizing that this is something that touches women across the globe; something many of us have either personally or with friends or family been effected by.

You may purchase this shirt for $35 dollars at your local Saks or online.  You will also receive a charitable donation receipt with your purchase.  But even if it didn’t come with that, it is still a beautiful shirt for something so very important.

Get yours soon because they are a limited edition.