Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SEE: Karl Lagerfeld: ModeMethode

The Bundeskunsthalle museum - golly, try saying that three times fast! in Bonn, Germany is exhibiting the first comprehensive exhibit of Karl Lagerfeld's work - from his yellow wool coat which won the 1954 Woolmark prize and started his (and Yves Saint Laurent's) career to the pregnant bridal dress from the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2014 haute couture collection.

A trip down memory lane...

A vivid and lively version of Karl Lagerfeld's desk:

The coat that started it all: the winner of the 1954 Woolmark prize (recreated for the exhibit):

Karl for Chloe:

The brilliance of Karl: bringing some street creed to the house of Chanel:

The dream of Chanel haute couture realized by Karl:

Karl Lagerfeld: ModeMethode
28 March to 13 September 2015
Bundeskunsthalle Mueum

 xo, Juliana

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Standard Oil's Heiress Paul Flato Brooch at Christies!

Doesn't that have a lovely ring to it: Standard Oil Heiress - sounds like a headline to be shouted out with the evening edition of the newspaper.  Millicent Rogers' Paul Flato ruby, sapphire, colored diamond and enamel brooch is to be auctioned in Christie's Magnificent Jewels auction on April 14th.

This puffy heart brooch was most likely inspired by an early 1930s trip to South America and sacred milagro charms.  Millicent was often inspired by the places she lived or visited - like her chalet in St Anton and when she had Mainbocher whip up some dirndl inspired ensembles or being bedecked in turquoise jewelry and moccasins when she lived in New Mexico.

I love this casual photo of MR wearing the Paul Flato brooch with a striped button down shirt, a pinstriped (Schiaparelli?) jacket and a chunky gold bracelet.

The brooch can be yours for an estimate of $350,000 to $500,000USD...

xo, Juliana

Friday, March 27, 2015

Celine by Robert Polidori

The Wall Street Journal had the photographer, Robert Polidori, photograph Celine's new headquarters in the elegantly reserved Hotel Colbert de Torcy.  Robert Polidori has taken the most hauntingly beautiful photographs of the palace of Versailles, as it was being renovated, and those photographs are full of ghosts in panniered court costumes and opulently tattered memories.

La Meridienne, the bed of Marie-Antoinette by Robert Polidori

The apartment of Madame Adelaide by Robert Poidori

Salle de bain of Marie-Antoinette, photograph by Robert Polidori

Those are a few of my favorites but back to Polidori and Celine.  The photographs of Celine's new headquarters were taken by Robert Polidori and they are beautiful!

The house of Celine had no proper home - there were offices scattered across Paris and the Hotel Colbert de Torcy is certainly a proper home.

My kind of home ; )

There is a grand stone staircase, a remnant from the original architect, Pierre le Muet... and the Phoebe Philo for Celine signature touch of the ficus tree in a custom planter by the Danish artist FOS:

Such a gorgeous and happy space:

The flooring, twelve types of marble sourced from Italy, France and Brazil, is similar to those in the Celine stores:

The workroom, an 'orangerie', is hidden behind a lush and whimsical wall of seagrass:

 "I believe in things be made beautifully made but at the same time practical."
Phoebe Philo

xo, Juliana

*all photographs by Robert Polidori from the WSJ

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Best Dressed: Yurie Pascarella in RARE vintage Bob Mackie

At the opening of High Style: The Brooklyn Costume Collection, our friend and client, Yurie Pascarella, wore, fabulously, a vintage Bob Mackie from RARE vintage and dear readers, this is The Way to wear a Bob Mackie domino!

It was a major moment: elegant, exuberant yet restrained.  Yurie made the cover of SFGate (of course :) and Style.com:

We have the best clients!  Thank you Yurie!  xo, Juliana

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sun and Sea

How heavenly is this spot?  The snow is melting and spring is on its way... just close your eyes and imagine this...

Costis Psycha's home on the Greek island of Therassia

Happy Sunday!  Juliana

Friday, March 13, 2015

Manuela Pavesi

I was saddened to hear that the stylist, photographer and woman of great and independent style, Manuela Pavesi, died in Italy today.  She was a collaborator and friend of Miuccia Prada and wore Prada brilliantly.  She was a collector of fashion and antique jewels and she looked like no one else - a faint whisper of the past but thoroughly modern... there are far too few women with such an innate sense of style...

I love her romantic styling from the 1990s...

The model Rachel Williams in Romeo Gigli in 1990 Vogue Italia:

A model in Christian Dior in Vogue Italia 1990:

in Helmut Lang in Vogue Italia 1990:

and the Fraser sisters in UK Vogue 1993:

RIP Manuela Pavesi, as Katie Grand said, "Heaven will be a much more elegant place with you."

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

THE Hair Accessory of Fall 2015

Here it is: THE hair accessory for fall 2015...

Chanel fall 2015.  Photo from Sam McKnight Instagram.

I LOVE this hippie staple gone glam by Chanel with a golden quilted double CC and its golden tipped CC chopstick.  Put my name on The List now!  Please : )

xo,  Juliana

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chanel and the Sciura

A sciura is a certain breed of Italian housewife - she is well kept, well groomed, conservative... and the Chanel fall 2015 collection is very sciura.  Sciura at the CafĂ© Gabrielle for an espresso.  The collection was almost revolutionary in its conservativeness.  There were sensible shoes, sensible sweater sets and sensible skirt lengths but it was all kind of chic.  The kind of clothes that you would wear forever...

and I agree with Suzy Menkes, this will be the chic shoe of the season:

xo, Juliana


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