Covet: Dr. Marten “Garden of Earthly Delights” Satchel


Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a short post about the current Doc Marten revival. Last year, I complied a list of clothing and accessories that incorporated the art of Hieronymous Bosch. And now my friend CV has sent me a link to a new collection that combines both these interests of mine: a line of limited edition Dr. Marten/Bosch shoes and bags.

They all look fantastic, and any of them would be sure to garner looks and compliments on the subway and on the street. I think the small satchel illustrated with a section of  Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights—the “Heaven” section, when everyone is still frolicking with fruit and flowers in some kind of terrestrial Paradise—is my favorite.

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Covet: Cityscape Vintage Dress in NY Times


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.

Covet: Anna Sui Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

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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’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?)

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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

Covet: Tiffany & Company Wild Rose Lapel Watch

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Now we’re in the realm of pure fantasy.

I was doing some research for work and I found this image while I was reading about Paulding Farnham (1859-1927), the relatively unknown designer behind many of Tiffany & Company’s most exquisite jewelry of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Wouldn’t you love to wear a “lapel watch” that pinned to your dress or jacket, with its face half-concealed within enameled flower petals? especially when the flower is a wild rose? This beautiful item was exhibited at the 1889 Paris Exposition, and it’s now owned by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Just something to dream about on a gray and blustery day.

Image via Luxury Insider.

Covet: Gifts from Cognitive/Surplus

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I’ve attended several holiday gift markets in the New York City over the past two weekends, and in addition to sampling local edibles and picking up a few treats for myself, I did manage to accomplish some Christmas shopping. One of the stand-out vendors that I encountered, whose products will still appeal to me even when the gift-giving season has ended, was Cognitive/Surplus.

Cognitive/Surplus is a NYC-based team of artisans whose witty, lively products and consistent brand aesthetic really impressed me. I also enjoyed meeting the C/S founders, Geoff and Kristen Zephyrus, whose combined backgrounds in science and design have inspired them to create “smart, sustainable, snazzy” gifts that bring out the beauty of science in every day life.

For example?

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Covet: Frederic Malle Joyeux Noel Candle


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.

Covet: Deborah Lippmann Space Oddity Nail Color Trio


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”).

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