Fashion Maven

Fashion Maven of the Future shares her fashion finds.

Fashion Maven Accepts the Blogging from A to Z Challenge
Exquisite Carved Jewelry – Fashion Maven of the Future
Valentino 2017 – Fashion Maven of the Future

Fashion Maven Accepts the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

My darlings, I’ve accepted the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I must be mad!

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now individual designers whose last name begins with every letter of the alphabet. The list is already prepared, my dears. I have an X, a Z and two Qs. Big names. Little names. Sophisticated. Avant Garde. The designers are important, but the clothes…oh my…the clothes.

See you April 1st. No, the Fashion Maven does not play April Fool tricks.I shall be presenting Fashion Designers A to Z through the month of April.


Exquisite Carved Jewelry – Fashion Maven of the Future

Forward looking fashionistas,

The Fashion Maven of the Future has been busy, busy, busy. So many runway shows to attend and describe, but I was sidetracked. The here and now is so important, but the past, my dears, the past is a treasure trove of design inspiration.

I have a secret that you darlings are the first to read. The Fashion Maven loves jewelry. All kinds. Costume extravagance to pieces dripping in diamonds. Well, it’s not that big a secret.

The Accessories & Odd Bits – Selina House of Shirley Pinterest board is now stocked with carved jewelry pieces of all kinds. I found the wonderful shell cameo diadem, created circa 1820-30, that you see at the top of this post and hopped down the rabbit hole to discover more.

Can you blame me. You’ll find bracelets, brooches, necklaces, and several complete parures. These carved beauties are made from Lucite, celluloid, gemstones, cinnabar, shell, ivory, and coral. All are antique or vintage pieces, so the ivory and coral is not problematic, but it is pricey. If your pocketbook is not amply blessed at the moment, Lucite and celluloid pieces are more reasonable. Avoid Bakelite. If not properly stored and cared for it can degrade, and you will lose your investment. Of course if you fall in love with it, you’ll make the effort.

But buyer beware. I own celluloid bracelets that have been mistaken for ivory. I just smile and say nothing. But if I were to sell my treasures, it would be fraud to allow a buyer to think they were purchasing ivory. The strip of multiple images of a carved coral bracelet marked Japan is most likely celluloid not coral. A true carved coral bracelet would not be ink stamped with the word Japan. It doesn’t look like this bracelet is being sold as coral. It was just misidentified by a lover of beautiful things. Still it pays to be wary when indulging in vintage shopping. Even plastics are faked, especially Bakelite.

So go visit Accessories & Odd Bits – Selina House of Shirley to see all the exquisite pieces I’ve shared just for you.

Valentino 2017 – Fashion Maven of the Future

My dears, the colors were exquisite. I was near to tears over the vibrant yellow of one dress. It was impossible to select just a few items to represent such a beautiful collection, but then this is Valentino.

For Fall 2017 Valentino dazzled us with dresses that drape the female body to perfection. And the coats. Oh my, the coats. Yes, there were solid colors where again the palette was transcendent. Do note the footwear of the model wearing the pale gold coat. How fun! But for me the prints were divine. Can one do without at least one of this fabulous creations?

The man behind the show, Pierpaolo Piccioli, says he was inspired by Victoriana and the Memphis Group. The high collars and waists of many of the dresses were très romantique.  I fell in love with the billowing dresses sans waist and the boots they were paired with. I must, must have a pair of those boots in every single saturated color. With matching handbag where possible, because they too were magnificent.

I’m running out of words, so you simply must visit Pinterest to see for yourself.

Dresses 10 dresses. One of the high-waisted dresses, but all the others are those beautifully made flowing creations. The raspberry party dress is a stunning confection.

Coats – I’m showing five. It’s not enough, but it will have to do.

Boots As I said, I want them all.

Handbags 4 handbags. Three with the floral motif I fell in love with.

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