KS Saturday – “Color Me Custom” Shop

You may have seen the previous post on the launch of the new line from Kate Spade, Saturday where I showcased a few items available at their pop-up shop on Fab.com. The main collections are so fresh, easy, and fun but in their featured shops category you will find the specific unique and creative items being showcased. Most recently the shops highlighted include the option to color your own accessories or custom design one of their best sellers.

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Presenting HRH the Duchess of Cambridge!

I had great intentions of doing a recap right after the wedding aired yesterday on BBC America.. well it was just good intentions! 🙂

It is official now Kate Middleton is now Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales Duchess of Cambridge! She was nothing less than elegant for all of the royal festivities. The whole world had been holding their breath for the first glimpse that would give every fashion lover a confirmation of her style choice for the day. As soon as Kate appeared entering the royal Royce it was confirmed, and there was an exhale worldwide… Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton!!! Of course there was not a thought that the soon to be royal would go Avant Garde, but we wanted to see if she went very traditional.

The ratings were in.. “simply regal elegance with a touch of romance and youth”. A strapless sweetheart neckline full gown, with bracelet sleeve v-neck lace covering layer, pleated full skirt with slight bustle at back, exquisite border embroidery around the skirt and extended train.

Although it was Kate and Prince William’s big day, there were many other pieces that stole the day! With the “hat clause” for women attendees, most of the hat choices did not disappoint. The “Most Unique Hat” award of the day would have to go to the ex-Duchess of York Fergie’s daughter Princess Beatrice. Her hat neutral in color was a true creation positioned at the front of her head… more like a “head-piece” than a hat but equally creative!

As would every Princess her newly married Duchess of Cambridge donned a 2nd dress for the evening festivities. This ivory dress another Sarah Burton for McQueen creation was equally if not more beautiful than her wedding dress design. The dress was satin with a sweetheart neckline, full circle skirt, embellished belt with a 3/4 Sleeve Angora bolero topper!

In the end it was a beautiful day even with all the pomp and circumstance! I am glad to have witnessed (on TV), this event a true  moment in history and fashion!

Womens history moment in fashion

In celebration of March being Women’s History Month we want to highlight the less known first female fashion house couturier. In her time, Jeanne Paquin had a prestige equal to that of Charles Frederick Worth and Jacques Doucet.

Jeanne Paquin- (b.1869-d.1936)She founded her own maison de couture in 1891. She was appointed President of the Fashion Section of the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900 and promoted spectacular displays of fur. It was from this time that fur appeared as a trimming or accessory in the collections of leading couturiers. Mme Paquin also made exotic and brilliantly coloured garments, blending her superb tailoring with drapery inspired by Iribe and Bakst. As soignee as her models, Mme Paquin was the first couturier to achieve international fame, establishing further couture salons in London, Buenos Aires and Madrid. ~ The Fashion Book- PHAIDON www.phaidon.com

Fashion Corner with DofVF!

Welcome to the Saturday Fashion Corner with Dose of Vitamin F!!

Today we highlight Fashion Icon – Tina Chow (b- OH, 1950 d-NY, 1992)

Photo by David Seidner in 1988 - Chow's own jewelry designs

 A supermodel in the 1970s, she went  on to become one of the great fashion connoisseur-collectors of the twentieth century. An Asian-American, Chow represented the new diversity and universalism of modern beauty, but her fashion intelligence was even greater than her beauty. One of the most important collectors of couture clothin, Chow’s practised eye is still regardded as the paradigm of collecting and connoisseurship. Chow knew the great designers of her time, but demonstrated her interest in the past by chooging works by Madeleine Vionnet, Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior for her astute collection. Her initial collecting interest was Mariano Fortuny, whose ‘Delphos’ dresses, capes and mantles were a syncretist interpretation of East and West. ~The Fashion Book by PHAIDON