I would wear this dress in a minute, if I could afford it — it was just displayed at New York’s Winter Antiques Show by an antiques dealer who priced it at $135,000. (Yes, six figures.) It dates to the 1930s, and its textile print resembles a photo-collage of New York City during those years of Deco and the Depression. The Times has written an interesting little focus piece on this dress; you can read it here.
My longstanding love for Anna Sui’s work is no secret. One of my fashion dreams is that someday, somehow, I’ll be able to attend an Anna Sui runway show. In the meantime, I just keep visiting the designer’s Manhattan boutique and studying the photos from her newest collections.
I’ve just gone through Style.com’s shots of Sui’s Fall/Winter 2014 Collection and, as usual, I can imagine myself in quite a few things I’m seeing. I’d wear the above outfit as is—well, maybe switching in a pair of black Victorian-styled boots.
According to the designer’s official Facebook page,
“For Fall/Winter 2014, Anna Sui set out to MOD-ernize Anna May Wong’s style from the film ‘Piccadilly’ (1929). The collection is inspired by Serge Lutens’s photographs for Shiseido, fashion illustrations from La Gazette du Bon Ton, Biba, art deco jewelry, the interiors of Rose Cummings, and chinoiserie rooms and pavilions from European palaces and features the colors jade, cinnebar and kingfisher blue.”
(Did you catch that Lutens reference, fragrance friends?)
Here are details of two “looks,” one in a hunter-green palette and one in “kingfisher” blue with shimmery silver. I love the layering of that textured black coat over that scenic-print cream-and-green tunic on the left, the drape-y fit of the blue dress (with that little fur scarf!) on the right, and the Erickson-Beamon tassselled necklaces on both models.
Pat McGrath’s makeup for the collection included red lips and dark fingertips, and the hair by Garren ranged from 1970s-style wild manes to 1920s-style sleek bobs.
I can only hope that something from this collection will end up on the sales rack! I’ve learned to be very patient…
Images: all by Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages for Style.com.
Frédéric Malle Editions de Parfums is one of my favorite fragrance houses. I own and love several fragrances from the collection, yet I’ve never splashed out on one of Editions de Parfums’ fragranced candles in their signature red containers—partly because they’re so costly, partly because I just wouldn’t be able to choose a scent.
As the Editions de Parfums website tells us, “Christmas is a family atmosphere: particular colors—mostly red & green, and a scent made of pine, amber, cinnamon and a touch of cotton candy. A few years ago, Dominique Ropion made an olfactory sketch of this unique December scent. Frederic Malle and him decided to ‘polish’ it to make it even more comfortable, diffusive, and to make it perform in a scented candle.”
Joyeux Noël is a limited edition. It sells for $95 (!) through the Editions de Parfums website and Frédéric Malle Editions de Parfums boutiques.
Deborah Lippman is offering a limited edition trio of nail colors for the Holiday 2013 season. The set is called Space Oddity, and it includes three layerable shades titled When Lightning Strikes (“celestial silver”), Planet Rock (“smoky lavender”), and Baby I’m a Star (“galactic rose gold”).
Compagnie de Provence specializes in liquid and solid soaps inspired by traditional Marseille soap-making recipes; I’m quite partial to the liquid formula. And this limited edition version, which “celebrates Marseille-Provence as the 2013 cultural capital of Europe” and is offered in a “black silkscreened glass bottle, which depicts iconic images of the region,” is something I’d want to own just for the packaging, even if I didn’t like the actual product so much. The bottle is designed by Marseille artist Stephan Muntaner, who has worked before with Compagnie de Provence. “From Marseille’s harbour to Arles amphitheater, from Cézanne to Van Gogh, from the sardine to the cicadas, rediscover Provence in a new light,” reads the promotional text.