Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Downton Abbey: Season 5

So, I confess: last night I watched the premiere of Downton Abbey, Season 5 - and it is even better then I thought it would be.  I mean, not just good but really good.  Julian Fellowes is brilliant and it is a fun and exciting start to 1924 at the Abbey.  I don't know how Julian Fellowes, as the sole writer of Downton Abbey does it, but does it he does - and he does it brilliantly!  Lady Mary, Mosley (there is a great scene with Mosley, really entertaining) Lady Edith, Rose, Lord Grantham, Thomas, Maggie Smith, the Dowager Countess... on and on... the whole cast has an opportunity to shine.  It is wonderfully written and wonderfully entertaining.  Resist if you can until January 2015!

Some behind the scenes photos of Downton Abbey season 5 from the Hollywood Reporter:

xo, Juliana

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chanel Gold Chain Gloves

My grandmother had a little drawer in her dressing table neatly filled with gloves.  She actually had drawers filled with gloves, some drawers were filled with all white, some with pastel colors, spring gloves, fall gloves, lace, silk, satin, evening ... and one of my favorite things to do when I was little to get my hands inside those glove drawers, make a big mess and try everything on.  

My daughter also loves gloves and while I do not have a glove drawer but a box filled with gloves, she loves to go in the glove box with her friends, make a big mess and try everything on : )

I buy lots of gloves and the winter coats with the shortened sleeves have been a great opportunity to wear long gloves.  I love to buy gloves for RARE vintage too and sometimes gloves for RARE somehow end up making their way into my closet.  I don't know how it happens : )  Like these grommet gauntlet gloves in a maraschino cherry red by Alaia.  Alas, I was powerless against their amazingness and had to keep them...

I am trying to resist these 1990s Chanel black leather gloves with a gilt chain which are sooo fabulous!  They are one of my favorite style of gloves: fitted to the hand, to the wrist - very sexy - tough and glamorous all at the same time.  They have a tiny, subtle CC stitched on the inside of the palm.  Pretty perfect and hard to resist...  

Purchase the 1990 Chanel gloves with gilt chain from RARE vintage here.

xo, Juliana

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Duchess of Windsor's Cartier Cats

I love this photo of the Duchess of Windsor taken at the opening of the Lido Revue in Paris in 1959.

She is wearing quite a bit of major jewelry but somehow it all works and does look like too much.  The dress with its tight lace bodice and her hair are all a perfect frame to highlight her jewelry.  On her right arm is a stunning Cartier tiger bracelet that the Duke of Windsor bought for her from Cartier in the 1950s.  

The Duchess of Windsor's Tiger Bracelet and matching brooch were sold in 1987 to Andrew Lloyd Weber who bought them for his then wife, Sarah Brightman.

I don't think they look quite as good on Ms. Brightman as they did on the Duchess of Windsor.  The tigers look a little sad, a little lost on Ms. Brightman.  The Duke of Windsor had a good eye and knew what suited his Wallis.  Now, they are set to go to auction in Geneva in November at Christies.  

I hope the tigers come to New York for a visit before the auction...  

xo, Juliana

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Art of Tina Chow

In the art of jewelry design, there are maximalists and there are minimalists.  There are many maximalists but not many minimalists.  Tina Chow's jewelry designs were quiet: a whisper close to your ear, the rustle of a soft breeze in a bamboo forest, amethysts from the tears of the gods...

I was so happy to receive this very beautiful and very special and very rare collection of Tina Chow jewelry for RARE vintage.  They are all perfect examples of the quiet beauty and strong artistry of Tina Chow.  

The Tina Chow Amethyst Cuff:

Purchase the Tina Chow amethyst cuff here.

The Tina Chow Rock Crystal Cuff:

Purchase the Tina Chow rock crystal cuff here.

A Tina Chow Clear Rock Crystal Pendant:

Purchase the Tina Chow rock crystal pendant here.

A Tina Chow Amethyst Pendant Wrapped in Bamboo:

Purchase the Tina Chow amethyst and bamboo pendant from RARE vintage here.

A Tina Chow single pink tourmaline earring wrapped in gold:

Purchase the Tina Chow pink tourmaline earring from RARE vintage here.

A Tina Chow amethyst bead necklace:

Purchase the Tina Chow amethyst bead necklace here.

xo, Juliana

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

That was 1996, This is Now: Gianni Versace Edition

I love finding pieces that we have for sale at RARE vintage in a magazine and in the September issue of Vogue Italia - which is celebrating 50 years of Vogue Italia - they revisit past issues, stories and fashion.  I was thrilled to see this photograph of Alek Wek in our baby blue metal mesh and lace dress.

This was 1996:

Alek Wek in Gianni Versace metal mesh dress in Vogue Italia

and this is now at RARE vintage:

Gianni Versace couture metal mesh Oroton dress at RARE vintage.

Dress is available for purchase here.

xo, Juliana

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Inspiring Rooms: Sir John Richardson

In today's T Magazine, there is an article with photographs by Francois Halard of the art historian and Picasso biographer Sir John Richardson's estate in Connecticut.  It is a whimsical, grand, beautiful and eclectic place.  There are two homes, the "library" which is where Richardson lives and the guest house which was modeled on an 18th century folly on the grounds of Syon house in London.  The "library" is a large single room house filled with photographs of Picasso, Piranesi prints, Warhol polaroids, a bed from Versailles, a bust of Caligula... It is a house of stories and how I would love to spend a day or two there just listening to Richardson...

"It's important to have a few really hideous things otherwise it looks like too much ghastly good taste."
Sir John Richardson

Sir John Richardson's Connecticut home from T Magazine.  Photographs by Francois Halard.

love and kisses, Juliana

Friday, September 12, 2014

Aspiring Fashionistas and Jimmy Kimmel

It is all about the robes...


; ) Juliana

Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion

The subject of next May's annual Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute exhibition and gala has just been announced and it is "Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion".  

It will be a collaboration between the Costume Institute and the Metropolitan Museum's Department of Asian Art and will not only feature fashion but include painting, decorative arts and the representation of China in film.  The Chinese galleries as well as the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery of the Anna Wintour Costume Center will be used.  In other words, it should be beautiful!  

One of my favorite Costume Institute exhibition's was Dangerous Liaisons which placed 18th century dress in the The Wrightsman Galleries and it really brought to life the clothing, objects and furniture of 18th century France.

Here is a dress from the Brooklyn Collection Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art that was a gift from the actress Anna May Wong.  It was designed by the Hollywood costume designer Travis Banton and should be a perfect example of Chinese Whispers, which is what the game, Telephone, is called in England...

love and kisses, Juliana

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Hair at Michael Kors!

Okay, not literally my hair at Michael Kors but it could have been my hair at Michael Kors.  It was my I-took-a-shower-last-night-put-my-hair-in-a-braid-and-just-woke-up-hair.  So now, I feel like it won't look so accidental but like I did the whole thing on purpose!

love and kisses, Juliana

Francesca Amfitheatrof Tiffany's New Design Director

Years ago (late 1990s I think, you know, the 90s were kind of a blur : ) my husband gave a me a collection of jewelry by a talented young Italian designer, Francesca Amfitheatrof, and for a long time, I wore them every day.  The silver bean rings are a still a favorite.

Now Francesca Amfitheatrof, that same (wildly) talented jewelry designer, has been named the first female design director for Tiffany's and has already debuted her first collection: Tiffany T.

love and kisses, Juliana

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fashion Will You Still Love Me, Will You Still Need Me When I'm 60: The Ellen Barkin Edition

"When people say, "you look great for your age.  I can't believe your 60!"  I'm like what about just, "you look great."
Ellen Barkin

Which is so true.  Why define beauty by age?  I am sure it is meant as a compliment but it is also a quantified beauty.  Sort of a, I know you are 60, but despite being 60, you still look amazing!  And so as I grow older, I don't want to hear, I thought you were so much younger, which I actually hear fairly often, I just want to hear, you look great!  

Ellen Barkin was interviewed for Violet Grey by Carole Radziwill and for the accompanying photos taken at the Carlyle Hotel, she asked that her photographs not be retouched and she even chopped off her hair into a Jean Seberg pixie-cut because she was tired of seeing older actresses hiding their faces behind hair. 

Ellen Barkin gives a lesson.  One being wash your face every night!

You can read the full article here.

love and kisses, Juliana

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I Spy: Elsa Peretti for Halston at Rodarte

There was a definite very Elsa Peretti for Halston moment at Rodarte today with Peretti's famous horseshoe buckle belt making an inspired visit.  

and the original:

Otherwise, I think this was one of the strongest Rodarte shows in quite a while with the Mulleavy sisters doing what they do best: layers of yarn, net, sequins...

love and kisses, Juliana


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