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.

 

 

 

 

 

NYFW F/W 2016: Accessories Report on the Streets and Runways

High boots, black and a killer bag shot by Hannan Saleh on the street F/W NYFW 2016.

High boots, black and a killer bag shot by Hannan Saleh on the street F/W NYFW 2016.

New York Fashion week F/W 2016-17 brought new looks as fashion goers braved the frigid temperatures and still managed to bring lots of style to the streets.  Rachel Guillaume and Hannan Saleh captured some accessorizing via the streets for us.  We decided to post a plethora fashion accessories and “visual stimulation”. The examples on the runways certainly did not disappoint either.  We seem to be in a transition here back to black for the next season, which let’s face it in New York- black never really goes away….One could really see a sort of chic urban gender neutral and a bit punk inspiration coming from Lynn Ban for Fenty Puma. These accessories are modern and fashion based, yet wearable.  The layering possibilities are endless….. While I personally see accessorizing as finding yourself and style via these pieces daily, one can embrace their own look.  Fashion week brings themes, but also people who march to the beat of their own drum as well. I love looking at the colorful show.  The purpose here is to provide inspiration to the viewer, keep them updated on what is going on in the streets. Although, inherently I love to see someone who adds inspiration into an already understood personal way of dressing and accessorizing as well as the trailblazers  Perhaps, you’ll find something that speaks to you. Enjoy……

Lynn Ban image via her instagram account. Check it out for more styles and looks shown on the runway!

Lynn Ban image via her instagram account. Check it out for more styles and looks shown on the runway!

However, color is here as well, as is the case for Alexis Bittar’s 80s modern accessories for Jeremy Scott! While that is one of the styles shot on the street as well, the runway did also seemed to support the grey black white themes, there was plenty of color in the form of fur/faux fur scarves and accents.  Fendi brought everyone this last week in Europe. In fact Fendi’s looks included accessorized black, textured colorful coats as well as boots.  Boots will be higher, but for those who prefer extreme comfort, larger soled sneakers are still strong. In fact, a more laid back city chic look seems to be taking over as well.  Let’s see what secrets the streets are giving up:

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Street shot, Rachel Guillaume.

Fade to Black- Here I’m just going to describe the trend as having four main types (chic edgy almost goth), (street smarts-they also enjoy grey), (black and white) and the (optimist-they need a touch of color with their black).

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Rachel Guillaume photo.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Wardrobe Breakdown Stylist caught in action .Hanna Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Nicky Hilton Rothschild going to Jeremy Scott. Rachel Guillaume photograph.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume street style photograph.

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Rachel Guillaume, photograph.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

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Soon Mooj off duty after DKNY. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Zanna Roberts Rassi in a great coat! Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Zanna Roberts Rassi in a great coat, playing off the black and white/cream tones. Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Black with those colorful accessories....Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Black with those colorful accessories….Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Warm and Furzy:

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Anna Wintour walking into Marchesa. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Susie Bubble, okay so not sure this is a fur, but kind of a faux fur! Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Susie Bubble, okay so not sure this is a fur, but kind of a faux fur! Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Fashion editor/writer Eva Chen. Hanna Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Fashion editor/writer Eva Chen. Hanna Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016. Loving that Gucci bag!

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016. Loving that Gucci bag!

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

The Accessorized Coat (belts over winter wear and texture, color/pattern to the coat).

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Hannan Saleh street style photograph, NYFW 2016

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Accessorized! Love that earring....Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Accessorized! Love that earring….Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016. Color, exciting handbag and there are those high boots!

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Texture print and a pop of color via that Chanel bag! Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Texture print and a pop of color via that Chanel bag! Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Skyler Samuels. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

The Modern Miss Lauper- 

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Sita Bellan- Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

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Justine Skye going to Jeremy Scott. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Why not? Chiara Ferragni from Blonde Salad and her green Chanel bag. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

June super stylist marches to her own drum but I see a bit of the 80s influence here. Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

June Ambrose super stylist marches to her own drum but I see a bit of the 80s influence here. Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

How to apply these styles you love- I have to admit as an accessories gal, I like black. I like to wear it with silver and gunmetal style accessories. I also like big pieces full of color. Win Win… So as for the fashion jewelry and bag game this coming season- you have options. A bag with texture, print/pattern or color can’t be wrong. Metal bags, smaller structured sizes, embellishment seems central to the bag game too. Or you can go with a simpler style bag with black or metal details and embrace the oversized colorful scarf or “fur/faux fur” accessory with it. There are some interesting silver options in chain mail bags and such out there for the upcoming season, the vintage answer to this would be a Whiting and Davis mesh bag 1920s-70s examples.

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Jeremy Scott Bag. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Jewelry to wear with black- chokers with silver accents, leather jewelry. Also, as we saw on the runways via Fashion Hong Kong; sunglasses with attitude and hair accessories are also an option to experiment with.

Quite frankly obsessed with this Koi fish necklace, proving the strength of a good gold and black combo.

Quite frankly obsessed with this Koi fish necklace, proving the strength of a good gold and black combo. The shape highlights another trend – animal themes in jewelry and bags. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

I like the idea that outerwear is important this season as well- the patterns, colors and such almost make the coat a “fashion accessory”.  Great modern shaped earrings can compliment this “coat centric” look, add a chunky scarf or a belt.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

What about the Men?

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

While our focus was primarily upon women’s fashion accessories, some men are embracing a more laid back approach: fashion styles actually overall seem to be more gender neutral so to speak, but the trends still apply as we see below with Jeremy Scott. Men we know you love your jeans and it’s all about denim, but you can’t go wrong mixing it up and adding some great eye wear as well. It’s never a bad idea in terms of men’s accessories, to go with color on the foot, while embracing all these darker hues for the upcoming f/w 2016-17 season. Not to forget, the classic black and white sneaker never dies. Don’t get me started on man bags…..

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Jeremy Scott. Street style photo by Rachel Guillaume for Sarara Couture. NYFW F/W 2016.

Fashion Week Accessories Street Style 2016- Personal Favorites!

Street shot, now I must say turquoise is a personal favorite color so I cannot get enough. Hannan Saleh image.

Street shot, now I must say turquoise is a personal favorite color so I cannot get enough. Hannan Saleh image.

I’ve already wrapped up our street style and SS 2016 accessories forecast report for New York on and off the runway…. However; I really couldn’t get enough of street style this season, so I decided to conclude my accessories inspiration extravaganza with some of my favorite looks as shot by the lovely Hannan Saleh, for us at Sarara Couture.  I think a blogazine like this one, needs to showcase how individuals interpret and wear jewelry, hats, bags, shoes, rings and beyond.

I love personalized items- that is pieces that we find that speak to us for whatever reason.... Hannan photograph. 2016

I love personalized items- that is pieces that we find that speak to us for whatever reason…. Hannan photograph. 2016

 

Why do we wear accessories? What role do they play in our daily lives. For some of us we have a fear of them and how to wear them, for others they are part of the dialogue that makes us who we are. I am one who feels naked without them.  Accessories are truly part of our material culture- physical objects that offer clues about our cultures and ideologies. They speak to our roles in society, beliefs, gender and status…. I think as the international fashion week scene wrap up and Paris begins and ends there is still a bit more room for a little New York inspiration.  This city offers a panorama of visual stimulus and messages through accessories.  Hannan has a great eye for those moments, so enjoy a curated look at my personal favorite NYFW street style highlights from SS 2016. These are the things I would wear, inspire from and adore regardless of the trends.  All below images were shot by Hannan- so let’s discuss-

NYFW SS2016, the perfect sunglass look. Captured by Hannan.

NYFW SS2016, the perfect sunglass look. Captured by Hannan.

Bag envy, captured at NYFW, street style image. Hannan.

Bag envy, captured at NYFW, street style image. Hannan.

Layered necklaces and an a modern take on the 1970s.

Layered necklaces and an a modern take on the 1970s makes this so appealing to me.

Giovanna Battaglia fashion editor wearing the best little golden bow belt! Hannan Saleh photo.

Giovanna Battaglia fashion editor wearing the best little golden bow belt! Hannan Saleh photo.

Gucci and snake rings...yes..

Gucci and snake rings…yes.. As seen on Natalie Joos.

Accessories inspiration in an easy breezy knotted scarf. Hannan photograph.

Accessories inspiration in an easy breezy knotted scarf. Hannan photograph.

The style maker in an easy vintage inspired flight suit look/jumper and a touch of silver and gold.

The style maker Sarah Rutson in an easy vintage inspired flight suit look/jumper and a touch of silver and gold.

TK wonder and her twin Cipriana Quann style it up in an effortless way. The models and Vogue contributors are a street style duo that continue to heat up the pavement!

TK wonder and her twin Cipriana Quann style it up in an effortless way. The models and Vogue contributors are a street style duo that continue to heat up the pavement!

A little yellow Chanel bag never hurt anyone....

A little yellow Chanel bag never hurt anyone….

NYFW street style image 2016. One of my favorites for the pop of red and the Lanvin necklace used in a unexpected combo of urban western.

NYFW street style image 2016. One of my favorites for the pop of red and the Lanvin necklace used in a unexpected combo of urban western.

Big green rings...

Big green rings…

Can't get enough of big mod silver cuffs ever....

Can’t get enough of big mod silver cuffs ever….

Perfectly placed belt!

Perfectly placed belt!

Arm candy and a good smile. Great accessories inspiration.

Arm candy and a good smile. Great accessories inspiration.

Love everything about this necklace and look!

Love everything about this necklace and look! I mean what is this bag, where can I find one?

A little 60s bag inspiration.

A little 60s bag inspiration.

Men can accessorize too, good mix up.

Men can accessorize too, good mix up.

This red Valentino bag and basics is a great reminder of jeans, white and a pop of color in our main accessory goes a long way.

This red Valentino bag and basics is a great reminder of jeans, white and a pop of color in our main accessory goes a long way.

Stacked necklaces is always fun and adds a personal touch.

Stacked necklaces is always fun and adds a personal touch.

Long earrings in a fresh fun way.

Long earrings in a fresh fun way.

 

Dragon of the East: Jute Magazine features Sarara Couture Jewelry

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Love a good dragon? Feeling a bit Daenerys Targaryen?  Well, so do we; the “webitorial” now posted on Jute Fashion Magazine’s website today, shot by none other than the talented Hannan Saleh, features our jewelry. That’s our Miao collar, Judith Leiber handbag and a big vintage Accessocraft dragon necklace, one of my favorites.  Hannan let us have a few extra images and I’m posting them below.  The editorial went live today so be sure to check out the complete photo story on Jute. 

 

 

 

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Jewelry À la Carte, Rebecca Taylor Style

Spring/Summer 2015, Rebecca Taylor jumper. Accessories available at Rebecca Taylor.

Spring Summer 2015 Rebecca Taylor jumper, Accessories available at Rebecca Taylor. Look assembled by Sarara Couture via polypore. Rebecca Taylor online images.

When one thinks of Rebecca Taylor, designer and brand, they envision modern feminine wearable clothing. As of late, Princess Kate in her suit might come to mind. Don’t get me started on RT’s Spring and new Fall/Winter 2015 looks. Upon closer inspection, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the they have quite a collection and focus on accessories of the same make. What I love is that she sources items from New York designers, LA and abroad; curating a selection that compliments her clothing and speaks to her “it girl”. In a world where we increasingly shop online, it’s great that she has some of these available via Rebecca Taylor -the website.

Artist made wall sculptures- at Rebecca Taylor, Soho. Image Sarara Couture.

Artist made wall sculptures at Rebecca Taylor, Soho. image Sarara Couture.

 

 

However, as this fashion jewelry lover soon learned, when I stopped in her Mott street storefront in Soho, that wasn’t half the story…. Plus, there are literally more unique pieces in the drawers waiting to be put out. The store itself, has an ambiance that is quite clean, yet nature inspired. From organic jewelry style sculptures to the lighting.

Jewelry Displayed at Rebecca Taylor.

Jewelry Displayed at Rebecca Taylor.

Store manager Christina Mercurio, was lovely, showing us pieces new to the store-even giving us a peek at that mysterious drawer full of coming pieces….. The store’s collection gives one the sense that the owner understands what accessories a modern women will enjoy wearing. She has chosen easy to wear items and has a knowledge of fashion trends. Staples in the shop, but not online- included various 14k gold earrings which could be mixed or matched. A very contemporary concept that I enjoy! If I want to buy one earring I can!

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Adina Reyter Diamond earrings, Jennie Kwon 14k studs. Prices ranging from $60 for a single earring to $297 depending on the pair. Available at Rebecca Taylor, 260 Mott Street, New York City.

Examples include, Jennie Kwon or Adina Reyter diamond studs which could easily be worn alone or mismatched. The earrings were not the only items that could be stacked, new arrivals to the store and online include the cool and modern Meridan cuff.  

Meridan, In God We Trust, bangles.

Meridan, In God We Trust, bangles.

Prices ranging from 110-140 for the silver items. Most of her offerings include quality 14k gold, sterling, and also brass pieces at great price points. Possibly my favorite earrings, besides the Faris earrings (now on SALE), were the stake style Collette Ishimaya earrings, $90 in the Soho store. Collette, a New York designer, is now stocked at the shop.

Saber Earrings by Collette- available at Rebecca Taylor Soho.

Saber Earrings by Collette- available at Rebecca Taylor Soho.

Onyx Faris pyramid earrings, in sale the section now at Rebecca Taylor, Mott Street, NYC.

Onyx Faris pyramid earrings, in sale section now at Rebecca Taylor, Mott Street, NYC.

If you are in the mood for some international inspiration and some energy harness crystals, the store also stocks Krystle Knight jewelry. Look no further, with geodes-(in demand, yet again and really never seeming to go out of style) as well as stackable rings, you are covered.

Indulging in multiple Krystal Knight rings at Rebecca Taylor, Soho.

Me, indulging in multiple Krystal Knight rings at Rebecca Taylor, Soho.

Getting sidetracked in Odette Spine ring, available in recycled silver. Rebecca Taylor Soho.

Getting sidetracked in Odette Spine ring, available in recycled silver. Rebecca Taylor Soho.

The central point concerning the way Rebecca curates accessories, is that you have access to the rising jewelry stars.  Yet, they are done with an eye for what will remain classic. The pieces are unique and editorial- you won’t see yourself coming and going on every street corner. This allows you  to accessorize her clothing in a thoughtful way. Not to forget the sunglass line, Sunday Somewhere, she carries is also modern and chic.

Sunglass heaven via Rebecca Taylor, Soho.

Sunglass heaven via Rebecca Taylor, Soho.

So, next time your are in the mood for some new threads, remember the JEWELS!

Store image. Soho.

Store image. Soho.

Fashion Polar Vortex: Accessories, Street Style, Fashion Celebs and NYFW 2015

Love this NYFW-Fall/Winter 2015 street style image by Hannan Saleh. So very Fashion week meets Sex in the City.....

Love this NYFW-Fall/Winter 2015 street style image by Hannan Saleh. So very Fashion week meets Sex in the City…..

With the what feels like longest February ever, which still has not totally thawed and a freezing fashion week behind us in New York, I wanted to do a post on all of the looks caught via Hannan Saleh’s lens.  Not just the current and coming trends, but the creative looks seen on the streets during this NYFW FW 2015. She snapped the style of well known attendees, from bloggers, editors to models- like Man Repeller, Natalie Joos of Tales of Endearment, Susie Bubble, Laura Brown of Harper’s Bazaar, Eva Chen of Lucky, Gigi Hadid, as well as Zanna Roberts Rassi and Nina Garcia as they zipped in and out of the shows. Too many really, to list, but you will recognize many fashion faces below! Hannan is becoming known for her street fashion photos. She has a keen eye and is a quick shot. There are definitely lots of winter colors, coats, bags, scarves, glasses, shoes and hat inspiration. These ideas can most definitely be used as we ride out the last cold weeks of winter into spring. And the bags and sunglasses well, those are fair game all year!

Hannan Saleh, street style image.

Hannan Saleh, street style image.

 

 

 

 

Not to mention most of those accessories can be applied next winter, as the looks worn by many were in the spirit of the season being shown on the runways aka Fall/Winter 2015. Besides, The Cut, just awarded their best looks to winners and gave out the peacock award, so it seemed like there was a window to talk street style again! I’ve tried to compile a series of her images, that I know you’ll enjoy and items I’d love to wear. (*All images Hannan Saleh, rights reserved). They capture perfectly the spirit of New York fashion week -so without further ado- Who would you choose for best accessories? Hit the Continue Reading link below to see the complete slideshow!

 

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The Best Books About Fashion Jewelry and “Jewelry for Haute Couture”

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In it’s most pure form fashion jewelry is literally the costume jewelry that walks the runways every season along with its haute couture counterparts. Side note: sometimes when referring to haute couture fashion jewelry, the term is used out of context.  Couture jewelry may have been made for a specific haute couture fashion show, but more often it is made by a designer/artist specifically for a client who is a couturier ( a designer/brand that has been legally defined as so because the design house has met rigid French requirements).  Constructed by hand in most cases, by the most skilled designers and artisans working together for couturiers, some of the finest vintage jewelry was made…  The roots of haute couture jewelry began in France before the 20s, with Paul Pioret and Vionnet using the idea of selling a whole couture outfit. They would create the jewelry or hire producers like Griopix to make a piece specifically for the outfit or client. Yet, the idea of replacing fine luxury status jewelry with “imitation” has and always will be somewhat a matter of taste. While it seems in the mid 20s and beyond the makers of jewelry for haute couture were overshadowed by their clients: Chanel, Schiaparelli, Lanvin etc… artists like Roger Scemama, who created couture fashion jewelry have begun to take their place in history. Per the basic French definition- the designer creating haute couture must be established as a house producing and a showing a set number of items per season. They go as far to say that house must have a working location in Paris and meet legal requirements.  Thus, one of a kind Robert Goossens jewelry for the runway or those he made for specifically for one of Chanel’s clients would be an example of haute couture fashion jewelry made for a certified couturier. We do use the term loosely here in the U.S. Since pieces of privately commissioned fine jewelry may seem to fit this definition, it is important to state, that all those fine examples in some instances could be considered fashion jewelry, but not couture- because they are produced by jewelers not established elite fashion houses who were certified couturiers. I wanted to sort of make sure we define fashion, fine and haute couture jewelry all in relationship to one another and this list of texts I have complied will help to do so.

The most practical way to address the idea of haute couture jewelry today, might be to take the term “high fashion jewelry”, as Florence Muller uses it in Costume Jewelry for Haute Couture, and apply it to couture quality examples made outside of French couturiers. Thus reserving jewelry for haute couture for the true pieces and high fashion jewelry for others.  Florence explains more about the complexities. In summary of her words on page  9,  the “couture jewelry” created for runway looks were often uncredited examples of the “paruriers” in relationship to the publicly praised fashion houses they created for, the pieces often just being signed made in France. This makes defining and understanding couture jewelry a bit complex. Also, what of the couture quality pieces not produced in Paris? I think the definition of haute couture jewelry that she gives on the jacket cover is perhaps a great building block:

“From Coco Chanel in the 1920s to Yves Saint Laurent in the 1970s to Lanvin today, haute couture costume jewelry has been an eye-catching accessory to enhance a designer’s vision. The dazzling one of a kind jewelry was designed by skilled artisans to complement and adorn individual couture pieces for fashion shows and photo shoots”( Costumer Jewelry for Haute Couture, Florence Muller).

Veterans like Erickson Beamon personify the current genre of fashion jewelry.  The one of a kind examples made by hand I witness for Anna Sui S/S 2015 collection would fit right in that definition of high fashion jewelry. “High fashion jewelry” can also be used to describe these runway and one of a kind creations by the likes of Goossens and his son today. Although some would fall into the definition of couture when created under those specifications discussed..while others would just be fashion jewelry. As the demand for fashion jewelry grew they produced a couture line and a fashion line produced off of the runway models each season in larger quantities.  Houses, designers, and brands such as Dior, Chanel, Coppola e Toppo, Gripoix, Lanvin, Kenneth Jay Lane, Pierre Cardin, Robert Goosens, Schiaparelli, Mimi di N  and many others have forged the foundation for our notions about how fashion relates to jewelry. To me the basic use of the term fashion jewelry is really about costume jewelry that has taken an extra step. Perhaps it is successful costume jewelry that pays homage to fashion history and future, plays with scale, has whimsey, a certain taste level and attention to design…. When discussing fashion jewelry in relationship to costume- a great foundational quote would be:

“Whether they were produced in minute made-to-order quantities for French fashion houses or in considerable numbers for mass market in America, these jewels fabricated in non precious stones, continue to amaze by their constant originality, their joyful exuberance, and their ingenious compositions. Without the financial constraints and technical obligations of priceless gems, costume jewelry provided the perfect creative freedom for designers to express an astonishing spectrum of signature styles, continually evolving with the latest fashion trends. Instead of concentrating on the size cut, and clarity of a stone, a myriad of costume jewelers developed true expressions and unique creation. In a reversal of roles that pays wonderful tribute to their inventiveness, contemporary fine jewelry is now inspired directly by the whimsical imagination and structural liberties of costume pieces” Pamela Golbin, Forward for Fashion Jewelry The Collection of Barbara Berger.

Snapshot from inside of the Fashion Jewelry book, by Harice Simons Miller, from my collection. Image by Pablo Esteva.

Snapshot from inside of the Fashion Jewelry book, by Harice Simons Miller, from my collection. Image by Pablo Esteva.

Thus beyond what is created for the runway or even couturiers lets look at- “costume jewelry” examples by brands from Trifari to Kenneth Jay Lane. They have also created great examples of fashion jewelry. With that said I would not call everything Trifari has created fashion jewelry. Now what about “fine” fashion jewelry, isn’t that contradictory? One could argue that for the sake of what’s happening in terms of contemporary jewelry design we must entertain it…. Well, beyond the stones and scale- what is most important to a successful piece of fine jewelry influenced by fashion?  I think it is about design, as it references fashion trends/styles in its fine form.  I think if there is an era where fine jewelry has a turning point towards fashion, it is the late 50s-60s, ushered in part by creative fashion inspired patrons who started bringing in commissions to fine jewelers such as Van Cleef & Arpels.

This idea of a “fine” fashion influenced jewelry evolution is interesting… also with jewelers who began using fine metals and less precious stones, woods, shells and such like Verdura, David Webb, Grima, Seaman Shepps…etc. Overall though the scale to obtain the whimsey of fashion jewelry is limited by the monetary worth of the medium.  Currently, we are now seeing a flip in terms of fine and fashion jewelry with “lesser” metals so to speak (like silvers, rhodium, brass) mixed with diamonds- fine and precious stones.

So as the term fashion jewelry evolves: here are some great texts for avid admirers and beginners alike. 

Fashion and Couture Jewelry Texts:

Costume Jewelry for Haute Couture. Florence Muller. Edited by Patrick Sigal. Vendome Press. New York.  -This latest 2007 edition, with the green jewelry cover can be hard to find -current examples are found here. Explore the links and be sure to ask for the edition you want.  The first in 2006 by Grand Hornu press, I believe had a cream colored necklace on the cover. It is found now on ebay.
* I have embedded links to amazon and other sources for purchase when possible. Also some are not in English so take note when ordering:
The Art of Fashion Accessories: A Twentieth Century Retrospective. 1993 Joanne Dubbs Ball/ Dorothy Hehl Torem.
Jewelry by Chanel. 2012. Patrick Mauriès
Dior Joaillerie. 2012. Michele Heuze. Victoire de Castellane.
American Fashion Accessories. 2008. by Candy Pratts PriceJessica GlasscockArt Tavee.
Drawing Jewels for Fashion. 2011. Carol Woolton  
Maison Goosens. Haute Couture Jewelry. Patrick Mauries. Thames & Hudson.
Dior. The three set series. published by Assouline. Specifically the Jewelry edition inside. Unfortunately cannot be purchased separately, but if you like Dior this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Vintage Jewelry Design: Classics to Collect & Wear (Vintage Fashion Series), 2011
by Caroline Cox and Gerda Flockinger.
Fashion for Jewels: 100 Years of Styles and Icons. 2010. Carol Woolton.
Fashion Jewelry, The Collection of Barbara Berger. 2013
Fashion Jewellery: Made in Italy Hardcover.  2013.
Jewels of Fantasy: Costume Jewelry of the 20th Century. 1992.
Coppola e Toppo. 2010.
Fashion Jewelry: Catwalk and Couture.  2010.
by Maia Adams  
Books that Bridge the World of Costume and Fashion Jewelry:
Bijoux Paperback by Deanna Farneti Cera  
Miller’s Costume Jewellery, Hardcover, 2012. Judith Miller.
Fabulous Fakes: A Passion for Vintage Costume Jewelry 2006. Carole Tanenbaum.
Kenneth Jay Lane. Faking it. By Kenneth Jay Lane. 1996. Harry N Abrams.
21st Century Jewellery Designers: An Inspired Style, 2013. Juliet Weir-de la Rouchefoucauld
Vintage Jewelry Design. Classics to Collect and Wear. Caroline Cox. 2010. Lark Crafts.
Jewelry of the Stars. Creations from Joseff of Hollywood. Joanne Dubbs Ball. 1991.
Miriam Haskell Jewelry. Cathy Gordon & Sheila Pamfiloff- Schiffer. 2nd Edition. (Haskell, really bridges that space in her designs and watercolor ads which featured fashions of the time with her jewelry).
 
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Image from The Couture Accessory, snapshot of the book, inside pages of The Couture Accessory images.

Books of Specific Interest Related to Fashion Accessories:
The Couture Accessory. Caroline Rennolds Milbank. Harry N. Abrams.
Daphne Guinness, 2011 by Valerie SteeleAccompanied the Fit exhibit, I included it her for fashion fans, such as myself, and to highlight her use of accessories in the book’s images.
Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People. 2014 by Hamish Bowles.  
Lou Lou de La Falaise. Ariel de Ravenel. Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni. 2014.
Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, 2012, by Conde Nast (Author), Anna Wintour (Foreword)
Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry by Elizabeth Taylor.
20th Century Jewelry & the Icons of Style, 2013 Stefano Papi, Alexandra Rhodes.
Vintage Fashion and Couture. Kerry Taylor. 2013.
Bejeweled: Great Designers, Celebrity Style, by: Penny Proddow, Marion Fasel
Fine Jewelry Books With a Fashion Approach:
Diamonds. A Century of Spectacular Jewels. Penny Proddow and Marion Fasel. 1996.
Extraordinary Jewels by John Traina. 1994.
The Windsor Style. Suzy Menkes. Salem House.
Cartier
by: Hans Nadelhoffer
Boucheron: The Secret Archives. 2012
The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond, 2013
Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, 2011
Bulgari Serpenti, 2013, by Marion Fasel
Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends, 2014
by Vincent Meylan  (Author)
Cartier and America. 2010. Martin Chapman.
 Tiffany & Co. Hardcover – 10 Nov 1997
*Originally published January 2015.
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