The Icelandic singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and style wildcard Björk Guðmundsdóttir, better known as Björk, turns 48 today! We all remember the iconic moment in 2001 when Björk wore her “Swan” Dress (complete with egg!) to the 73rd Academy Awards. Everyone went crazy over that outfit, but die hard fans of hers might not have been so surprised. She has always been known not only for her musical talents and intriguing voice, but for her wild and colorful ensembles, on and off stage. We are pretty sure she’s influenced a designer or two (ahem, Iris van Herpen?). Take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of Björk’s most memorable looks below!
In other(worldly) celebrity fashion news: Miley Cyrus stunned in vintage Jean Paul Gaultier at the Bambi Awards this past Friday, November 15th in Berlin. The black bell sleeved dress is from Gaultier’s 90′s archive and was tactfully worn Friday with an orbital oversized pearl necklace by Lorraine Schwartz. The dress, paired with the perfect jewelry for that neckline and sleek hair made for a very outer space meets high fashion look.
There’s not much out there that can beat a great piece by JPG!
The iconic house of Jean Patou will be revived, hopefully in time to show for Spring 2014. Jean Patou is said to be the creator of the Tennis Skirt, and has been known and loved throughout the years for this impeccable eye for sportswear. Said to have been “ as important as Chanel,” in the 1920s by Karl Lagerfeld, the French designer dressed many a movie star.
“We already have plans, we have ideas and know what sort of fashion we would like to do—and even consulted designers, who are all excited because no matter what school they’ve done, for them Patou is an enormous reference,” said the brand’s vice president, Bruno Cottard, stopping short of specifics. (WWD)
C. Mads is lucky enough to carry a unique Patou piece from the 1960s- a perfectly mod wool dress! Shop Here!
We’re excited to see what the new collections will feature! There’s something so wonderful about Patou’s 1920′s easy glamour that really fits into today’s fashion. From his glamourous 50′s looks to his stellar 60′s shifts, up until the late 80′s, Patou (and his subsequent designers) really understood what women truly wanted. The band has been loved for years for it’s elegant take on sporty chic, and there’s no better time than now to bring back the trailblazing house.
Have you checked out the totally inspirational, totally avant garde, totally mind-blowing Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum yet? Just in case you are not able to hop on the 2 Train and take a quick ride down to Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, be sure to watch the video made exclusively for this jaw-dropping showcase.
Has this exquisite French designer gotten under your skin yet? Well then pop into OUR gift shop for the best vintage Gaultier duds…Here!
The rebellious, in your face, antiestablishment image of 80′s youth is back yet again and a little bit grown up. The front runner year after year got a recent makeover, and the result is fabulous. Luxe materials and heritage fabrics combine to create bold looks fit for a true rock star! Not quite ready for a full mohawk and spiked combat boots? One easy way to step into Punk is with a full plaid skirt. Pair the cold weather staple with a band T-shirt and luxurious jewelry for an everyday look.
Our stunning ITEM OF THE DAY show the amazing outcome of ancient techniques mixing with 1970′s glamour. The Blue Cloisonné Choker with intricate flower details is a dainty and unique piece. Made of brass and meticulously inlaid enamel, this necklace is a stunner on so many levels. The Choker is beginning to, once again, have a moment so stay ahead of the curve with this unusual piece!
We absolutely love how this rests just above the collarbones, creating a sensuous visual. Wear this with your hair up and bare shoulders for he ultimate POW factor!
So, what exactly is Cloisonné? It’s a very intricate style of embellishing that creates one of a kind pieces that last a lifetime! Here’s more:
Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The resulting objects can also be called cloisonné. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or adhering silver or gold wires or thin strips placed on their edges. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel or inlays, which are often of several colors. Cloisonné enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then needs to be fired in a kiln.
The technique was in ancient times mostly used for jewellery and small fittings for clothes, weapons or similar small objects decorated with geometric or schematic designs, with thick cloison walls. In theByzantine Empire techniques using thinner wires were developed to allow more pictorial images to be produced, mostly used for religious images and jewellery, and by then always using enamel. By the 14th century this enamel technique had spread to China, where it was soon used for much larger vessels such as bowls and vases; the technique remains common in China to the present day, and cloisonné enamel objects using Chinese-derived styles were produced in the West from the 18th century. [WIKI]
Get into this amazing ancient art form in our highly wearable Choker!
This oversized Silver Foil Clutch is our fabulous ITEM OF THE DAY! Measuring at a whopping 15″ wide and 11″ tall, this bag has the space to hold all the essentials, and then some. The Metallic embossed foil is eye-catching and so on trend right now. Fashion really does go full circle. Featuring an inside zipper and leather lining, this bag is the perfect transition from day to night!
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As the weather changes from worm to cool and the leaves are turning brown, sweaters are a go-to choice for chic outfits that are a little sporty, a little high fashion. Who say’s cold weather only calls for puffy parkas? Show your style this Fall in Vintage sweaters! Update the looks by pairing them with new pieces, such as tailored skirts and ankle boots over patterned tights.
Today’s ITEM OF THE DAY comes from a land far away! This Tribal Head Ring is made of Sterling Silver and authentic Turquoise, with inlaid stones. Similar to the Indian Chief Head which is quite a popular design, this ring takes it one step further, adding an Aztec touch. A show stopping piece all on it’s own. Wear this ring with your modern jewelry for an ethnic twist!
This ring has a sizing bar attached as is resizable, perfect for changing positions from one finger to the next. Available In-store. Call for more details! (305) 945-7770
Today’s Friday, so we’re celebrating the beginning of the weekend with our ITEM OF THE DAY! This stunning Vivienne Tam white sheer Asian printed maxi dress is gorgeous and so on trend right now. Love the 90′s grunge-chic look? Step out in the real thing with this authentic 1990′s piece! Sleek, playful and sophisticated.