Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Spring Haute Couture 2015 - Day One and Day Two

Today may be a snow day in New York but the forecast in Paris is Spring mixed with a little haute couture.

Alexis Mabille

Was GORGEOUS!  Every single actress nominated or presenting at the Oscars should wear Alexis Mabille.

and I may not be going to the Oscars but if I were I would wear this - no one would get it but I would love it : )

Alexis Mabille spring 2015 haute couture

Giambattista Valli

Pretty is, as pretty does and, honey, Valli is in a world of pretty.

Me so pretty and I want this:

super chic:

and just super pretty:

Giambattista Valli spring 2015 haute couture

Christian Dior:

Really gorgeous, modern, rich...

I do not know where this could be worn in real life but the runway is a 'show' and this makes for a great show:

Will Jennifer Lawrence wear this on a red carpet : )

Love this white with the shiny blue boots:

How ahhh-mazing are these boots and if you are going to buy them, you might as well go all of the way and buy the beaded ones...

Christian Dior haute couture spring 2015

and Schiaparelli.  No name designer.  But still glimpses of wonderfulness.  My kind of wonderful:

Schiaparelli haute couture spring 2015
xo, Juliana

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bare and Beautiful

I like a clean face.  Clean, moist and simple.  Maybe it is an aftershock (long felt) from wearing Chanel purple eyeshadow (the horror) from my lashes all the way to my eyebrows in the 80s when I was in  high school (yikes!  wish I had a photo but glad I do not: ) I do not wear much make up.  And even when I do wear make up, Cliff, my make up artist from Tom Ford for Met galas, etc... peers closely and intently into my face and wonders where exactly the "make up" is. 

But my bare faced 'make up' has been vindicated in the latest Celine ad campaign featuring a fetchingly beautiful and bare faced, Daria Werbowy...

so there! and be bare and beautiful, Juliana

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Feathery Fascinator and Avedon

Taking inspiration from this 1995 photo of Stephanie Seymour by Avedon with our just in at RARE vintage feathery fascinator made in France...

Stephanie Seymour by Avedon

What's new and vintage at RARE vintage...

Beatrice Lissague feathered fascinator with dotted veil available for purchase here
xo, Juliana

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy Monday! Porthault Sale is On!

I love Porthault sheets and towels.  In my last post on Givenchy's guest bedroom for Mrs. Mellon, Givenchy had Mrs. Mellon's bed ready and waiting with white Porthualt sheets sprigged with blue flowers.  The Duchess of Windsor loved Porthault sheets adorned with a generous amount of embroidery and a copious amount of coronets : )  The artist Jacqueline Duheme painted Jackie Kennedy resting up in London ensconced comfortably in a lovely set of pink and white Porthault sheets.  And lest you think Porthault is just for grande dames, those arbiters of cool, Inez van Lamswerde and Vinoodh Matadin love Porthault sheets for their home and even for their ad campaigns.

And I especially love Porthault sheets and towels on sale!

Jacqueline Duheme 'Resting Up, London'
Duchess of Windsor's Porthault sheets

Photo from Inez's Instagram

Inez and Vinoodh ad campaign for their jean collaboration with Frame Denim.

xo, Juliana

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Givenchy's Bedroom and the Bunny Guest Room

I don't know about you but I spend a lot of time in my bedroom.  It is a peaceful place, next to my bathroom where my every morning and every evening is spent amidst elixirs and creams and it is near to my closet.  Bedrooms are important, it is where kids, dogs and bunnies all pile onto your bed, you can read a book, catch up on magazines, cuddle next to your husband, putter around in your closet, discover things you had forgotten about, and at the end of a long day tuck yourself into bed in between Porthault or John Robshaw sheets, relax and dream...  one of the things I dream about and read about are bedrooms.  Two bedrooms I love are in the South of France in Le Clos Fiorentina.

Le Clos Fiorentina has a very storied past which I am sure you know all about.  Since 1985 it has been owned by the retired couturier, Hubert de Givenchy.  Givenchy's bedroom is an oasis of beautiful calm in shades of white, a pale light floor and one of my favorite things about this room is the bench at the end of the bed covered in books.  C'est parfait!

The photo above is a little too yellow and I think the one below is probably a little more accurate.

The other bedroom I adore for its pretty calm and beauty is the guest bedroom Givenchy had made for his great friend and fellow tastemaker, Mrs. Rachel 'Bunny' Mellon.  Mrs. Mellon's room has a canopy bed with crisp blue and white Porthault sheets and a pretty pink chair with a blue pillow.

It is a restful calm place - just as a bedroom should be.  And it has a lovely bath too!

Don't you just love the lion head faucet, the unusual blue and white rattan basket and the linen closet lined in wallpaper with neatly folded stacks of linens and towels.

xo, Juliana

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Borrowed Jewelry: The Bulgari Serpenti Necklace

My favorite look from last Sunday's Golden Globes was Naomi Watts.

She looked like a movie star.  

Everyone else was a tad Vegas for me.  I have not seen so many sequins and flash in a long time.

She also wore (in case you did not notice : ) a Bugari Serpenti diamond necklace.  It is ahhh-mazing!

Who was her dress by?  Who cares!  It was a great shade of yellow, looked wonderful on her but it was all about the necklace.  But not totally.  It was the complete package.  She looked perfect and everything worked together.

She has worn the Serpenti necklace before.

You can not quite tell it is the same necklace until she turns around...

and Bulgari and Naomi added an extra pear shaped diamond...

I hope she buys the necklace - it really suits her.  I love that she has worn it more then once.  That is style.

At the recent Bulgari store opening in Hong Kong the Taiwanese actress, Shu Qi, wore the same or a similar necklace...

but it does not have the same effect.  Naomi wore it like she owned it, not borrowed it.

Even some bunnies have borrowed the Bulgari Serpenti necklace : )

but they looked like they owned it too!

xo, Juliana


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