Accessories Talk: The Shoe Lined Streets of NYFW SS 17

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New York Fashion Week Moment. Photo by Rachel Guillaume for Sarara Couture.

Every season, what I most look forward to are the accessories we see on the streets. Some of those of course are entering the shows.   Now, it is true that of a few of these are given by the designers to the wearers and represent the runways.  However, the unique interpretations we see outside each fashion week keep us smiling and inspiring. I love what the the models wear in between shows, their own interpretations, the writers, the editors etc.  It’s not about the “trend”, but about how everyone makes their own looks using these little accessories gems.  There were some definite themes and some fun inspiration possibilities this season.  Designers were mixing it up with straight off the runway fall collection availability and change was in the air. We saw metallics shoes and accents, cat eye styles and mirrored sunglasses (hail to the 80s and 90s -yes I remember these- as a baby;) #iwish #oldish), stripes, things also were a bit punk or studded, light denim was about, handbags are smaller and belts are big again, just to summarize a few things we spied. What I love about street style, is in the way everyone seems to be in a rhythm….giving us hints about fashion weeks to come….Yet showing us what can be made wearable. Yes it is a high stakes game, but there are true flashes of brilliance and realism there too.

This time we wanted to pull together some looks we spotted and coveted by accessory type, giving readers some alternatives as to where to find those piece or something similar they desire. There is always a lot of vintage used during fashion week which I applaud, so we will do our best to discuss a few options! One thing is for sure this fall and coming spring seems to be all about the shoes. Embroidered, colorful, metallic, studded, metal details…..it’s time to pamper your foot.

THE SHOE CUT:

New York Fashion Week , SS 17 street style. Rachael Guillaume.

New York Fashion Week , SS 17 street style. Rachel Guillaume shot.

Metallic tennis inspiration!

Metallic tennis inspiration and the power of a good Adidas. Knotted slip on sneaker by No. 21. See link. Rachel G image.

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See through boots by Noelle, feel a bit naughty and I know some anti toe people won’t feel that these are for them. I thought they were unique and let me say pointed heel fans will be happy as they are indeed something we see in the coming year. Rachel Guillaume photo.

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Obsessed with these velvet Prada sandals, just a tad 90s-reminding me of the good old days! Rachel Guillaume photo.

Nina Garcia rocking these bad boys. Prada velvet sandals. Photo by Rachel.

Nina Garcia rocking these bad boys. Prada velvet sandals. Photo by Rachel.

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Rachel Guillaume photo. See more of her photographs via her instagram. Link in photo.

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Gunmetal metallic boots, Spotted on the street and snapped by Rachel. SS17

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Givenchy velvet and mother of pearl boot. Sold out. Snapped by Rachel. SS17.

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Fashion work casual. Caught by Rachel.

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Street style, Givenchy Boot. NYFW SS17. Image by Rachel.

OUR PICKS:

Leather lace up Pom Pom sandals. Zara, link in photo.

Leather lace up Pom Pom sandals. Zara, link in photo.

Anthropologie sneaker. Link in image. Anthropologie photo

Anthropologie sneaker. Link in image. Anthropologie photo

Narcissa by Aldo Shoes. Their "Trezzo" version also fits the bill.

Narcissa by Aldo Shoes. Their “Trezzo” version also fits the bill. Aldo Shoe image, link in image.

Zara red leather mules. There is a saying in the south that only hookers or kids wear red shoes....However red shoes are fun if done right so have a bit of fun this year.

Zara red leather mules. There is a saying in the south that only hookers or kids wear red shoes (there I said it)….However; red shoes can be chic, just in the right dose. Have a bit of fun this year!

ROCHAS Enea Sequined Mary Jane Heels. Via Moda Operandi. Image link.

ROCHAS Enea Sequined Mary Jane Heels. Via Moda Operandi. Image link. These could be an accident waiting to happen, but the scale sequins have me all in….

Spotted on Brian Atwoods instagram (which is a fun follow by the way) Fall16.

Spotted on Brian Atwoods instagram (which is a fun follow by the way) Fall16. Brian Atwood image.

Asos has some great options like these Monki lace ups.

Asos has some great options like these Monki lace ups.

YSL Star sneaker. Image link via Saint Laurent.

Saint Laurent Star sneaker. Image link via their website.

Okay so maybe you need a star boot? Saint Laurent star boot, image link.

Okay so maybe you need a star boot? Saint Laurent star boot, image link.

Acne Studios. Adriana Metallic sneakers.

Acne Studios. Adriana Metallic sneakers.

AQUAZZURA Christy shoe. Image Aquazzura Net a Porter.

AQUAZZURA Christy shoe. Image Aquazzura Net a Porter.

Gucci metallic embellished sandal. Net a Porter.

Gucci metallic embellished sandal. Net a Porter.

Adidas Gold! This cool shoot shown via the instagram account of stylist and BHG contributor Deanna.Dewey - The shoe appears to be sold out on Asos but there is an option in the photo link!

Adidas Gold! This cool shoot shown via the instagram account of stylist and BHG contributor Deanna.Dewey – The shoe appears to be sold out on Asos but there is an option in the photo link!

Fenty Puma by Rihanna sneaker boot. Her creepers are also going to be restocked soon!

Fenty Puma by Rihanna sneaker boot. Her creepers are also going to be restocked soon!

Zara silver laminate leather ankle boot.

Zara silver laminate leather ankle boot.

Gucci crossover sandal with snake.

Gucci crossover sandal with snake. Image link via Gucci.

ELLERY Desmond Velvet Boot Via Moda Operandi. link image.

ELLERY
Desmond Velvet Boot
Via Moda Operandi. link image.

Louis Vuitton Sandal, image link via their website.

Louis Vuitton Sandal, image link via their website.

Boots by Balmain.

Boots by Balmain.

VINTAGE FINDS:

YSL vintage denim shoes, on eBay. The kind of great score you can run across.

YSL vintage denim shoes, on eBay. The kind of great score you can run across.

90s Red Velvet Prada Sandals. If you can find these they are a lot of fun for the coming seasons. Image by Sarara Couture. We had them but of course they sold quickly!

90s Red Velvet Prada Sandals. If you can find these they are a lot of fun for the coming seasons. Image by Sarara Couture. We had them but of course they sold quickly!

Times Vixen 1970s Glam Rock Platforms. Available on 1stdibs. See image link.

Times Vixen 1970s Glam Rock Platforms. Available on 1stdibs. See image link.

Hell Hound Vintage, 1990s Floral Doc Martins.

Hell Hound Vintage, 1990s Floral Doc Martins. Docs in black would be a great basic for the fall as well.

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1970s Gold platforms, from Birthday Life Vintage. Size 6.

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Lou Lou De La Falaise

                                                                    -The Glamorous Romantic-

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Lou Lou de La Falaise The Glamorous Romantic, rights reserved. From my copy of the text.

I knew of Lou Lou de La Falaise through her work with Yves Saint Laurent and via old photographs. Possibly my favorite image is of Lou Lou and Yves styling model and icon Willy Van Rooy. That moment captures her work philosophy, fashion style and tells you she is the cool girl. Not in the cliche way, but in a very natural fluid way.  She’s an it girl because her style seems to flow from within towards the surface.  Lou Lou was born of a complex and beautiful model mother, which the book by her name covers quite well. Her father was a French count.

Lou, Lou, Willy Van Rooy and Yves, 1980.

Lou, Lou, Willy Van Rooy and Yves, 1980. Image from text, copy also provided by Willy as seen in our interview with her.

However, through the descriptions in the book (such as that of Kenneth Jay Lane), I also became very interested in her strict, but stylish, creative, muse of a grandmother- Rhoda. Rhoda had two hobbies central to Lou Lou’s own personal character; jewelry making and gardening. But you’ll have to read the book for more about Lou Lou’s formative years! Her personal, love life and career sort of intertwine in the book giving us an idea of how she arrived at YSL’s house so to speak. The journey is so well described by Ariel de Ravenel and Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni…

Her relationship with Yves Saint Laurent was a deep and meaningful partnership, which produced so many outstanding fashion accessories and beyond, so the book really is a truly hypnotic read. I found her years spent working after YSL and her work ethic overall very inspiring. The images of her creations for Yves are illuminated by how she actually wore jewelry throughout the images accompanying the text.  The photographs of her style are much welcomed and absolutely essential.  The book is not to be missed (Pierre Berge’s forward for instance) and provides wonderful quotes from fashion icons concerning Lou Lou, as well as building a foundation for readers concerning why she was so essential to one of the most beloved and talented fashion designers that ever lived.

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Lou Lou de La Falaise The Glamorous Romantic, rights reserved. From my copy of the text.

To quote the book and Yves:

“I tell myself that I am truly fortunate to have had Lou Lou at my side all of these years because there isn’t a day that goes by when she doesn’t fill me with wonder” (Lou Lou de La Falaise, 132).

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*IMAGES: Credit-Lou Lou de La Falaise The Glamorous Romantic, rights reserved. I have included my favorite photos from the book in this review. I am drawn to her ever present vintage/antique Turkmen silver cuffs which she mixed with other accessories, seen in two images included. However possibly my favorite cuffs she did, were for YSL haute couture. These in my mind are some of the most telling pieces she designed. They mix that chic, modern and bohemian aesthetic perfectly- that I also ascribe to and love so innately.  They are large, not to be missed, a bit wild, yet refined…..

It is at this point I pause… I found that the complete review had already been done so well, as the book released in October of this year. Our blog relaunch was in wild swing at that time so rather than not post I did want to highlight this book I enjoyed so much.  For a more detailed description: click here.

Bill Smith Jewelry Archive and Runway Size Richelieu

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Bill Smith of Richelieu Halter, Rare 1969 piece from my archive.

I spend many hours researching fashion accessories of the past. Sometimes they lead me on a journey. A few Richelieu pieces that have challenged me, led me to think more about why Richelieu jewelry attracted me in the first place?  That always lands me right back to one of my all time favorites, Bill Smith.         

Vintage Bill Smith necklace. Met museum online archive image.

Vintage Bill Smith necklace. Met museum online archive image.

Bill Smith and Richelieu:

Bill Smith was born in Indiana in 1936. In the 1950s he was originally in NYC to study dance, but eventually decided on jewelry instead in 1958, setting up his own shop.  He began working for Richelieu in 1968, as the vp and then head designer. During this time he became the first African American to win the Coty award for costume jewelry design. Many of his pieces were only signed on a tag that was attached.  Some pieces are signed on the metal- Bill Smith of Richelieu…His designs are often African inspired. You can see this in the archive photos for Look Magazine, April 1971, which included a spread entitled “Fashion Now: Black Pow!” Afterwards Bill Smith worked under his own name designing for Cartier, Omega, Hattie Carnegie and Anne Klein.   

Bill Smith-Look Magazine., circa 1972 which include a spread entitled "Fashion Now: Black Pow!"

Bill Smith-Look Magazine., circa 1971 which included a spread entitled “Fashion Now: Black Pow!” The model was Naomi Sims wearing an 18k hat made for her. From a copy of the original magazine.

Richelieu was a jewelry company founded in New York by Joseph H. Meyer & Bros, which began in 1911 and ended in 2003.  The jewelry is just beginning to gain popularity among collectors and wearers of fashion jewelry. An interesting link about the Richelieu patents and signatures is:jewelrypatentproject.com. You can see some sample signatures and dates for Richelieu at Illusion Jewels under Joseph Meyer. 

 Image from, Black Enterprise Jul 1981. Bill Smith.

Image from, Black Enterprise Jul 1981. Bill Smith. From a copy of the original magazine.

However, let’s concentrate on Bill Smith and the mini archive here of his rare work for you to study. First let’s start with not only his jewelry buy his rare body jewelry. At Richelieu he does something sort of ground breaking- constructing dresses, skirts, vests, halters and beyond from costume materials and metals. While we see the metal mod connections of the time in those by the likes of Paco Rabanne the bead part and jewelry link is quite fascinating. Here I’ve put together both old magazine images and article photos with some of the pieces they reference in an attempt to provide a visual archive of his work.

Bill Smith Jewelry Ad 1960s.

Bill Smith Jewelry Ad 1960s. From a copy of the original ad.

Richelieu necklace I restored and turned out to be Bill Smith per the newspaper image above. Sarara Couture image.

Richelieu necklace I restored and turned out to be Bill Smith per the newspaper image above. Sarara Couture image.

Rare Bill Smith Rhinestone Bra. Circa 1969.

Rare Bill Smith Rhinestone Bra. Circa 1969.

Back view of tassels on Bra, From my archive.

Back view of tassels on Bra, From my archive.

Bill Smith jewelry tag.

Bill Smith jewelry tag.

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As I have seen whole sets with rings and necklaces, it is my belief that some skirt halter combinations had other accessories that could be stacked as in this example.

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Unsigned Richelieu necklace to accompany skirt.

Bill Smith body jewelry. 1969. Private Archive permission obtained.

Bill Smith body jewelry. 1969. Private Archive permission obtained.

1969 Bill Smith Cape

1969 Bill Smith Cape

1969 Bill Smith Body Jewelry Cape. Back view.

1969 Bill Smith Body Jewelry Cape. Back view.

1960s body jewelry halter and skirt. Private archive, permission obtained.

1960s body jewelry halter and skirt. Private archive, permission obtained.

1960s-possibly early 70s tassel outfit. Private archive, permission obtained.

1960s-possibly early 70s tassel outfit. Private archive, permission obtained.

I have seen another shown as a cape but after seeing the bra and skirt together with original tag before I believe it to have been sold as shown. Of course his pieces can be worn in various ways.

I have seen another shown as a cape, but after seeing the bra and skirt together with original tag before…. I believe it to have been sold as shown. Of course his pieces can be worn in various ways.

Circa 1968-69 Bill Smith Chain Halter. Private archive. Image permission obtained.

Circa 1968-69 Bill Smith Chain Halter. Private archive. Image permission obtained.

Ebony Oct. 1968 image. Bill Smith article/jewelry.

Ebony Oct. 1968 image. Bill Smith article/jewelry. From a copy of the original magazine.

Now to the question of the red necklace I am researching as well by the brand…Was this necklace worn by Richard Burton playing King Arthur in Broadway’s Camelot?  I bought it from a source who is friends with an old film and theater costumer.  Now if you have looked over the blog, you will see I do love a good piece of fashion or jewelry with an old Hollywood, film, or a theatrical history as well.  This piece was supposed to have been worn by Burton in the production, so I am off to look through many pictures and see what I can verify.  There are three possibilities, if it was worn on stage by him: Camelot 1980-1981, Hamlet 1964, or Camelot 1960. Many times a verbal history can be off. However, at the very least it is an enormous King worthy Richelieu runway style necklace.  The length seems more proportionate to a man. Seeing it on my brother made me think….. The piece is large and styled like a necklace in royal red, that would fit a King in such a production.  The design and color are possible clues.  It is signed Richelieu in two places. I have however seen a version of this necklace shorter in red and another in green… They did also make pieces for productions…. In fact, Bill Smith did all the jewelry for the broadway production of Coco.  I believe, per the style and signature, dates to around the 1960s-70s. The cursive script according to the patent site below ceased use in 83.  Quite frankly,  I think the 60s-0s in general was when they made some great pieces.  This royal red necklace does appear to date from the late 60s early 70s when Bill Smith was vp, but could be the work of another artist with them at the time or just Richelieu. For now it resides in my personal archive.

Sarara Vintage photographs of large Richelieu piece,rights reserved.
Signature plaques, Richelieu copyright symbol and printed to the right on plaque.
Vintage Richelieu Necklace, signed. Sarara Couture, Shary Connella photo.

In the end, I think that the collector’s market for Richelieu is growing, especially the large 60s-late 70s pieces, especially those very rare ones linked to Bill.  Pieces by Bill Smith for Richelieu designs range from 500-4,000 depending on the design.  Bill Smith pieces are beautiful and collectible.  A current market example for Bill Smith can be seen below. Sold at an auction house for over 4,000 for the pair.

Bills Smith Body Art Jewelry/ 1969-70. 

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