The Timeless Dior

Hey doll!!

Have you ever noticed how some designers become overnight success stories then seem to fade out of the spotlight? Kinda like those one hit wonders from the 80s.

One name in fashion has stood the test of time. No matter the original creative genious of Christian Dior or the latest  couturiers. The designs of the house of Dior remain rooted in the Dior tradition.

During the war years resources were scarce. There were limitations on food items and gas,  as well as fabrics and trims for clothing. Even silk stickings were rationed. Women “made due” by refashioning their clothing and drawing  lines up the back of their calves in place of stockings.

All this changed one Victory was declared. Dior saw this as a way to reward women who had been working men’s jobs in factories while their sweethearts and husbands fought the war. Excessive yards of fabric were used and The New Look was born. Gone were the days of rationing.  This new look would highlight a woman’s assets. Busts and waistlines were accentuated.

Classic Dior

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The New Look of post World War II

 

The original Dior was something of a mystery. A brilliant designer who was surprisingly shy. Perhaps so, but he sure knew how to dress a lady.

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How could one feel anything but feminine in one of his beautiful confections?

How could one feel anything but feminine in one of his beautiful confections?

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A gown from the 1960s.

 

Women were well dressed and elegance reigned in each of Dior’s classic beauties.

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So much love went into each of this pieces like this sleek dress (above) from the 40’s with an unexpected, draped waistline. This silhouette just proves that a “lady” can still be sexy.

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Layer upon layer of frothy fabrics wrap a petite waistline.

 

A Look Into the Future

No one can deny the wow factor that John Galliano brought to Dior. It’s as if he channeled the great designer himself to bring Dior’s glamorous style to the modern woman.

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A voluminous gown in cream and gold with subtle shots of black. Trè elegant!

When John Galliano resided as head designer in the House of Dior, he brought many unexpected surprises.

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But one thing remained, a desire to create beautiful clothes women would adore.

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This gown is superb! I can almost imagine how dreamy it would feel on. It is one of my favorites. I love the cowl neckline on a dress.

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The artist, John Galliano, posing with one of his tributes to Christian Dior.

 

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The First Queen 

The first female designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, now reigns in the House. Stepping right up to the challenge,  she has proved that a woman can do Dior.

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A design from a collection made especially for the Japanese.

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Dior will ways be embellished in embroidery, petals, and all things delicate.  It is just the way of couture.

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Elegance will never go out of style and neither will Dior.

So tell me, do you love Dior? Or perhaps you favor another designer… Let’s hear your voice by leaving me a comment below.

Love,

Debra💋

Photo credits: Pinterest

FALL Color Guide

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Hello dolls,

As the temps heat up, up, up along with the humidity, my thoughts are drifting towards cooler days. Which  brings my attention to what I will be wearing and what colors will be showing for fall  and winter of 2018. We definately need to know how to work them into our trusty favorites to keep our look fresh.

I always look to Pantone to guide me in my research and as usual I was not disappointed.

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Colors by Pantone

The fall/winter picks are an array of visually appealing colors. They blend well in patterns and prints but can also stand alone.

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What an amazing print!

HOW TO  wearing and or blend new colors into your wardrobe . Choose a solid as your base…such as the bright poppy for fall. Consider pairing it in small doses (say jewelry) or go bold as in a sweater. Now, add another of the fall colors…say an almond buff colored pant.  You may add more color or stop here.  I would add a  scarf in these two colors to wear at my neck. You’ve instantly created a fresh look for fall.

If you are  not quite that daring in your wardrobe, I recommend choosing just one of these colors to add a statement such as ceylon yellow or meerkat colored bag.

 

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ceylon yellow bag

Why not try wearing martini olive as a neutral like this great top from Liligal.com? Wear it with dark washed denim and your favorite brown boots. Add pops of color  via accessories in russet orange and limelight. Very earthy.

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Trendy girls will go wild and add pops of color to their wardrobes like a pair of russet orange slacks. The key here is to pair it with something to tone it down like a graphic tee for hanging out with friends.

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If you like to play around with colors but don’t want to commit to them, a scarf in fall’s colors are always a safe bet. Patterns in paisley, floral, and strips are always spot on.

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How will you incorporate these colors in your wardrobe. Drop a comment below lovelies.

Yours,

Debra

Photo sources: Pinterest & Google search engine

Style Update: Bohemian

Hey dolls!

Over the last year my style has shifted from primarily romantic, girlie clothing to a more bohemian vibe. And I find myself questioning what has brought about this recent change.

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Trying on a beautiful kimono wrap at Marshalls. I love the beautiful colors and pattern. Just lovely.

 

As some of you know, this year I dedicated myself to being more courageous. This includes both spiritually and physically.

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Tried these floral belled pants. Although they fit like a glove, they are quite comfortable!

I believe I am going through a growth spurt. By that I mean I am realizing who I am and what I am capable of and learning to accept what I can not change. This process has given me a newfound freedom and allowed me to embrace a side of myself I kept hidden.

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My first embroidered top. The dusty rose color really complements my fair complection.

So how do I see myself now?  I will forever be a romantic and a dreamer. And I believe my free spirit complements those sides of me quite nicely.

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Embracing my Gypsy Soul.

How about you? Have you also gone through something in your life that changed you to step outside of your comfort zone and embrace a new style?

Have courage to try something new just for you and see how grow.

Love,

Debra

Tantalizing Tassels

Hey loves!!

Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine wherever you live. We’ve had sun as well as showers lately. But that’s ok. Rainy days are fun for crafting and DIYs.

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I adore tassels! They can be used in so many ways like these simple ribbons tied to a dreamcatcher. This is a fun project & can be made in a day.

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Tassels can be added to crocheted grannie squares and used as tree ornaments  for Christmas or as a suncatcher in a window.

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Added to clothing, tassels add so much pizzazz! Just look at this beautiful dress by Balmain!!

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Wrapped around the ankle, as these shoes show, tassels add a bit of subtle sex appeal.

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Homes get a makeover when added to blankets and toss pillows. Instant bohemian glamour

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Who can resist a fun accessory? Try a bold earring like the ones above with a basic tee shirt and jeans and let them be your showstopper.

Like these ideas? Stay tuned for a quick and easy tutorial on how you can create your own affordable tassels.

All photos found on Pinterest.d777415a6087f305ea89a1d91ff606c3

Lovely Temperly

Happy Spring dolls!!

I am so happy it is finally here even though my area is expecting snow again. Lol! What can you do? In the meantime we can always cozy up in these last few weeks of unpredictable weather and dream of these lovely resort wear frocks by Temperly London.

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Interesting prints were seen on both dresses and seperates. The openwork on this dress is so pretty and strappy sandals mimic the bodice.

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A sweetheart neckline and three quarter length sleeves add drama to this form fitting column dress.

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Intricate embroidery  on these pale satin and sheer dresses look like garden flowers emerging from their slumber.

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These gorgeous pieces remind me of the sunset going down over the ocean. Stunning!

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An iridescent shimmering gown with slit skirt and billowy cuffed sleeves fit for a modern mermaid.

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The use of texture and details on the skirt and dress keep these simple silhouettes interesting. Love the sweet lace collar on the dress which resembles a Chinese cheongsam.

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Should one need a formal gown for dinner and dancing, these silky gowns add just the right touch of glamour.

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And for an edgy vibe, because Alice Temperly never strays from her bohemian roots, an embroidered leather jacket over a maxi dress.

Ms. Temperley’s design ethetics for her resort wear collection were inspired by alchemy, mineralogy, botony, astronomy and divinity.

With such a beautiful collection, it’s hard to choose a favorite. To see more of the beautiful collection, please visit Temperley London.

Photo source: Pinterest.

Needle and Thread

Hello lovely,

Let me introduce you to the ultra feminine creations of Needle & Thread by British designer Hannah Coffin.

Hannah began her career at the wee age of 12 and continued to sew

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throughout her teenage years. This naturally lead her to study fashion and textiles at London’s Ravensbourne.

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After graduating she joined on as junior designer at Karen Miller for 3 years. Then she became a prints and woven designer with All Saints. And this is where she honed her skills in womens wear.

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In 2012 she left All Saints to establish her own company after she spent months researching and planning her own business.

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Needle & Thread was born in April of 2013 which specializes in special occassion dresses, such as bridal and prom, as well as seperates with attention to details.

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Why I love this brand…. I think anyone who knows me realizes that I love feminine clothing with details. And Ms. Coffin certainly exceeds my needs. Her designs are wearable yet a work of art in lace and chiffon, and layered in love by embroidery, ruffles and tiers. What’s not to love?

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I am looking forward to more beautiful designs by Needle & Thread.

All photos were found and are owned by Needle & Thread

 

 

 

Stylish Reads: Diane Vallere

Hello fashionistas!!

Recently I have had the privilege of discovering the fabulous mystery writer Diane Vallere. She is the author of several fashionable mysteries which include The Costume Shop, Material Witness, Samantha Kidd, Mad For Mod and the Sylvia Stryker series.

Each of these series feature an amazingly stylish main character. All of these talented women who have a flare for what they do. 

In the Costume Shop mysteries Margo Tamblyn, who was once a magician’s assistant, manages the Desquise The Limit Costume Shop. (Side note: I once worked at a costume/vintage shop too!)

The Material Witness series features dress designer Polyester Monroe who  suddenly inherits a fabric store once owned by her aunt and uncle.

The Samantha Kidd series was Diane’s claim to fame when she introduced readers to spunky fashion buyer Samantha Kidd.

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And in the Mad For Mod series Madison Night is the owner of an atomic age interior decorating business.

I asked Diane to share some time with us so that you can see how fabulous she is & why I adore her.  Here is my interview with her.

What is your fashion background?

DV: I spent eight years managing shoe departments of first Macy’s and then Neiman Marcus, and then moved to Texas to enter the NM buyer training program. From there I worked in the corporate offices for fine apparel, designer lingerie and hosiery, and designer shoes. After a brief stint as assistant store manager for the historic downtown Dallas location, I shifted to the Last Call division where I oversaw the outlet division planning and creative campaigns, ultimately moving to California where I worked the front lines of fashion in the Beverly Hills store. Whew! I get tired just thinking over it all.

2. If you could have any designer create a complete wardrobe for you, who would you choose? (Can be living or otherwise)

DV: Emilio Pucci. That is not to discount other designers that I’ve loved, but there is something about the prints that Pucci created that illustrate how I feel on the inside—and isn’t that what fashion is all about? Though Chanel is a close second. And do you remember Patrick Kelly? Oh! And Bob Mackie! I could have an entire wardrobe that looked like a Mitzi Gaynor special? Yes, please.

3. If you could time travel, what time period would you like to experience?

DV: The mid-to-late sixties! I’m a fan of That Girl, and I would wear just about everything Marlo Thomas/Anne Marie wears on that show without changing a thing. I also own a 1967 Sears Catalog, and whenever I take a moment to flip through, I think if I had a time machine, I’d go straight to Sears.

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4. Who is your style icon?

DV: This has always been a tough question for me, because I change my mind so much. One season I want to channel Gwen Stefani and the next year Audrey Hepburn. And sometimes emulating someone else’s style can lead to massive frustration (Audrey Hepburn did not have boobs or hips!).

One person whose style I am constantly impressed by is Anna Wintour. She sees every trend but has her own clear look. She never appears to be hiding behind her clothes or trying to use them to be loud or make a statement for her, but she doesn’t hide behind a wall of black like so many other people in the fashion industry.

These days I’m more impressed by people who have their own distinctive look and can translate that to any occasion than by people who are in the latest trends. The other day I saw a woman in a white T-shirt and jeans, and Burberry Nova Check belt, ballet flats, handbag, and scarf. Not a lot of people would wear that much of the same, recognizable print, but she looked GREAT.

5. Describe your style.

DV: Colorful, feminine, whimsical. I prefer dresses over pants and heels (though I can only go so high) over sneakers. Practicality sometimes overrides what I want to wear, which usually makes me cranky. I guess in a nutshell, I’m sort of a cross between sixties mod and eighties preppy. I think.

6. What stylish books/authors do you follow?

DV: My fiction tastes tend to run toward humorous mystery (Janet Evanovich, Gretchen Archer) and chicklit (love Sophie Kinsella and Meg Cabot), but I also enjoy non-fiction memoirs (especially Jen Lancaster), and I do love an inspirational biography or memoir by a fashion industry insider. I’ve read Jennifer Lopez TRUE LOVE, Ashley Graham A NEW MODEL, and everything written by Simon Doonan. I think there’s something fascinating in everyone’s stories and getting lost in someone else’s reality helps me invent different characters in my books.

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7. Who is your favorite character from your books? Why?

DV: This is an unfair question! In all seriousness, because I love clothes and style so much, I do think through each character’s style so they can feel separate from each other. Samantha Kidd is the trendiest and probably most closely represents the way I like to mix and match everything from vintage to utilitarian to camo to designer. Madison Night gets to wear all the vintage I can find on eBay and in old fashion magazines. Polyester Monroe wears all black (how easy is that???), and Margo Tamblyn dresses in costumes. Sylvia Stryker wears a uniform on a space ship. Regardless of whether or not a publisher asks, I usually include the character’s style in a series proposal, because that allows me to get a handle on who they are.

What made you decide to write mysteries?

DV: I grew up reading Trixie Belden books (and other series, but Trixie was always my favorite!), and loved the combination of mystery within each book but returning characters who felt like friends. Decades later, I thought I’d like to write a children’s mystery series, but I never had any ideas. It wasn’t until after I discovered the humorous mystery aisle at my local library, and authors like Janet Evanovich, Sarah Strohmeyer, Lawrence Block’s Burglar Who series, that I realized they were like a grown up version of what I’d loved reading as a kid. That’s when I first had the idea for Samantha Kidd.

This concludes my interview with Diane. If you are interested in her books, they are available on Amazon as well as Barnes and Noble where you can purchase them in book form or as ebooks.

All photos were sourced via Pinterest with the acception of the lovely portrait of Diane that I found on Jungle Red  Writers.