Monday Mood: Super Hats

A person carries off the hat. Hats are about emotion. It is all about how it makes you feel. – Philip Treacy (Milliner).

Remember ALEX, the sane hatter I met from the Vintage Market?  I bumped into her again at yet another venue –  of all places “Yappy Hour” at the Riviera Hotel.  She did not bring a dog however she brought her boyfriend who is definitely not a dog.  She really has great style.

Here is a little heads-up (pun intended) about her hand-made hat designs and  her company appropriately named “SuperBloom” …coming soon.

 

Superbloom is about putting meaning into color.  There are 10 colors with 10 original patterns inspired to accompany each color and meaning. Each one reflects one of the following… Self Love, Uniqueness, Passion, Equality, Reflection, Boldness, Loyalty, Offline (?), OptimismMysteriousness.

 Whatever the meaning; they’re lovely to look at and even lovelier to wear.

Take off your hat,” the King said to the Hatter.
“It isn’t mine,” said the Hatter.
“Stolen!” the King exclaimed, turning to the jury, who instantly made a memorandum of the fact.
“I keep them to sell,” the Hatter added as an explanation; “I’ve none of my own. I’m a hatter.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

 

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Fashion Week on El Paseo

Photo: Gary Bindman for Palm Springs Life 

The LE CHIEN fabulous fashion event I attended on Sunday wasn’t only for fun; it was for a meaningful cause. Presented by Animal Samaritans and sponsored by the Westin Mission Hills Golf Course & Spa, proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction items go towards rescue, shelter and adoption of homeless animals.  The Animal Samaritan group champion compassion for all living creatures, with a primary focus on dogs, cats, and the people who love them…like the people in these pictures.

Tammy with her fur babies Lily Bella + Timbit.  Tammy is wearing London designer Karen Mullen.  Photo: d. king
Selfie stick lady & her pooch. Photo: d. king
With Layla & Jia Jia before leaving for the show.  I’m wearing a vintage circle skirt with lots of sequins + North Face t-shirt  Photo: Lynn Li
Love the hat and detail on those boots
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Professional models rocked the runway posing for paparazzi with adorable rescue dogs who put their best paw forward.  The models wore San Francisco street artist and fashion designer Victor Tung‘s (a Project Runway alumnus) artsy yet elegant fashion.

People in the audience and at the cocktail reception proceeding the show were almost as fun to watch as I’m hoping these photos go to prove.

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Animal Samaritans (the same people who put on the monthly “yappy hour” at the Riviera Hotel I previously blogged about) require financial support from community and fellow animal lovers to continue their good work of improving the lives of animals and the people who love them.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated – Gandhi

Visit:  animalsamaritans.org

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Wild One. In lieu of bringing an animal, Bobbi decided to dress like one.  Photo: d. king
Sheree Frede (Founder + CEO of  SheSheSHow) Photo: d. king
Debbie & Layla.  See the VW Deejay van behind us?  Photo: Tammy Preast
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Photo: YASIN CHAUDHRY for Palm Springs Life

Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses – Elizabeth Taylor

Life is better with a DOG!

Peepa’s Lifestyle Experience

From Kimonos to Keychains…

and a healthy dose of kitsch.  A boutique with a culture all their own.  Sharing some things that caught my eye…

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Neon Cactus Desk Lamp – $62.99

However you want to describe it, Peepa’s in Palm Springs is an all around FUN place to visit with almost something for everyone.

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POOL CULTURE

Palm Springs is known for its chic pool parties. They curate a wonderful assortment of product for all your lazy poolside, or nighttime pool party needs such as:

RED LIP POOL FLOAT
$79.00
INFLATABLE RAINBOW CLOUD
$169.00

PALM SPRINGS

This boutique houses an exciting collection of local artists and brands, beautiful books on the cities culture and architecture.  An exclusive carrier for the apparel brand, Twin Palms, you will also see their private label, David Mason in their Palm Springs Collection. David Mason is designed by the owner of Peepa’s and this product is found no where else.

Palm Springs Holiday  Coffee-Table Book – $30.00
Of course I had my eye on this glitter keychain – $10.00
Golden Girls Coaster Set – $24.99

ART

Peepa’s features residence artists, and pop-up artists. It is curated to fit the Palm Springs aesthetic. Bright, colorful, modern, contemporary, sophisticated, edgy, and above all, original.

APOLLONIA AND COKE BOYS. 29×40 canvas – $695.00
VALLEY OF THE DOLLS 40X40- $795.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

108 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA

https://www.peepasps.com

 

Vintage Market Street Style

Introducing Alexis, who moved to Palm Springs one week ago from New York.  Stalked Approached her last Sunday at the once-a-month Palm Springs Vintage Market.  My friend and I couldn’t help but notice her put together from head-to-toe unique look.  Had to talk to her.

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Alexis told us she’s starting her own line here in Palm Springs.  More on that later.   She previously was assistant to designer Stacey Bendet of Alice & Olivia – a New York City-based contemporary clothing company which I happen to like very much.  The global brand launched at Barneys in 2002, and is now sold in over fifty countries.

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It’s no secret I Love Hats. Among her personal line will be hats (she makes them herself) with interesting interior linings such as this.  Hidden surprises are always nice. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with.  Until then….

Here’s a Sneak Peek:

Happy Weekend!

 

Johnny Was

The Look of LOVE

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Photo: d. king   Mo Mo Kimono

Cool, eclectic, embroidered bohemian chic…

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Those five words best describe this upscale boutique with locations in Palm Springs and Palm Desert.  And let’s just say that caftans are back and kimonos are on the rise in a big way.  I’m seeing them everywhere.  Okay; only at the vintage markets and a handful of boutiques around here.  They seem to suit the laid back by-the-pool resort style with mimosa in hand don’t you think?  If only…

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Photo; d. king   No Mo Kimono

In a perfect world I think I could live in them.

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Locations:  Palm Desert: The gardens on El Paseo

Palm Springs: 175 N Palm Canyon Dr.

Helen Rose Vintage Runway Show

Designing Woman Helen Rose

Helen Rose (February 2, 1904 – November 9, 1985) – Photo courtesy of © 2018 Palm Springs Historical Society 

Though Helen Rose may not be a household name like her contemporary Edith Head, she was a costume design legend in her own right.

Lena Horne, Cyd Charisse, Deborah Kerr, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall , Esther Williams, Lana Turner, Judy Garland – They all loved to be dressed by Helen Rose.

She Made Them Beautiful

Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MARGARET HERRICK LIBRARY, ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES, WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
Photo: Tammy Preast. Elizabeth Taylor’s dress in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”

Palm Springs Life presented a runway production of the Palm Springs Historical Society’s Helen Rose Collection donated by Barbara Marx (Mrs. Frank Sinatra) on Monday, February 25th.

I was among those who were lucky enough to have a ticket to her glamorous sold-out show.  Held behind the gates of the stunning private Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, we sipped on champagne and ate a delicious lunch while waiting for her creations from classic films to come to life on the runway.

A brief history – La Vie en Rose:

A resident of Palm Springs, Rose won two Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, for The Bad and the Beautiful in 1952 and for I’ll Cry Tomorrow in 1955.  She was nominated a further eight times and was also very well known for designing famous wedding dresses of the era. She designed the famous wedding dress for Grace Kelly when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. She also designed clothing for Elizabeth Taylor in the movies Father of the Bride and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as well as Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding dress when she married Conrad “Nicky” Hilton. The show did not disappoint.  Susan Stein, fashion editor for Palm Springs Life Magazine, did a wonderful job as MC for this event. The models were as gorgeous as the gowns and outfits. Simply stunning afternoon.

Photo: d. king – Carol Channing’s dress and mink stole from Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.
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Rose stepped in to do Lena Horne’s hair on set of the 1943 film Stormy Weather when the studio hairdresser refused to work on a black woman, and the star became her lifelong friend thereafter.

Photo: d. king – Audrey Hepburn’s dress from My Fair Lady.
Photo: Tammy Preast. Black strapless: Lana Turner’s ensemble from The Merry Widow
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Photo: Kathy Wright

 

Photo: Kathy Wright
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These images are just a sampling of some of my favorites.   I met some very interesting women in that room.  Some I will see again for sure. In the meantime…

FASHION WEEK

takes place March 16-23rd – held at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert.  Tickets are on sale now https://fashionweekelpaseo.com/

MC Susan Stein, fashion editor of Palm Springs Life Magazine. Photo: Tammy Preast
Friend Tammy Preast. Dress by London designer, Karen Mullen. Shoes, Vince Camuto
Me with friend Kathy Wright

KARL LAGERFELD – a fashion phenomenon is dead

“I would like to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon,” he once said.

Karl Lagerfeld, the most prolific designer of the 20th and 21st centuries and a man whose career formed the prototype of the modern luxury fashion industry, died on Tuesday in Paris.

He was extraordinary.  We would expect nothing less from a man who once said: “When I was four I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday.”

Mr. Lagerfeld in New York in 2002, when he received a lifetime achievement award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s 40th awards gala.Credit: Bill Cunningham/The New York Times

Vanessa Friedman for The New York Times wrote:

Though his birth year was a matter of some dispute, Mr. Lagerfeld, who lived in Paris, was generally thought to be 85. His death was announced by Chanel, with which he had long been associated.

“More than anyone I know, he represents the soul of fashion: restless, forward-looking and voraciously attentive to our changing culture,” Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue, said of Mr. Lagerfeld when presenting him with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Fashion Awards in 2015.

Creative director of Chanel since 1983 and Fendi since 1965, and founder of his own line, Mr. Lagerfeld was the definition of a fashion polyglot, able to speak the language of many different brands at the same time (not to mention many languages themselves: He read in English, French, German and Italian).

In his 80s, when most of his peers were retiring to their yachts or country estates, he was designing an average of 14 new collections a year, ranging from couture to the high street — and not counting collaborations and special projects. “Ideas come to you when you work,” he said backstage before a Fendi show at age 83.

His signature combinations of “high fashion and high camp” attracted admirers like Rihanna; Princess Caroline of Monaco; Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund; and Julianne Moore.

Mr. Lagerfeld with the singer Rihanna at a Fendi dinner in New York in 2015.Credit: Danny Kim for The New York Times

Mr. Lagerfeld was also a photographer, whose work was exhibited at the Pinacothèque de Paris; a publisher, having founded his own imprint for Steidl, Edition 7L; and the author of a popular 2002 diet book, “The Karl Lagerfeld Diet,” about how he had lost 92 pounds.

His greatest calling, however, was as the orchestrator of his own myth.

A self-identified “caricature,” with his dark glasses, powdered ponytail, black jeans, fingerless gloves, starched collars, Chrome Hearts jewelry and obsessive Diet Coke consumption, he achieved such a level of global fame — and controversy — that a $200 Karl Barbie doll, created in collaboration with the toymaker Mattel, sold out in less than an hour in 2014.

He was variously referred to as a “genius,” the “kaiser” and “overrated.” His contribution to fashion was not in creating a new silhouette, as designers like Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior and Coco Chanel herself did.  Rather, he created a new kind of designer: the shape-shifter.

That is to say, he was the creative force who lands at the top of a heritage brand and reinvents it by identifying its sartorial semiology and then pulls it into the present with a healthy dose of disrespect and a dollop of pop culture.

Not that he put it that way exactly. What he said was: “Chanel is an institution, and you have to treat an institution like a whore — and then you get something out of her.”

“I don’t want to be real in other people’s lives. I want to be an apparition.”

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a Garbe Luxe Life

In a perfect world I would live only in Garbe Luxe

But life is never perfect…although it’s getting there because I’ve recently added a few more GL pieces to my wardrobe.  And I must say it’s not only because Natalia, the designer behind the brand is a good friend of mine. She is the best advertisement though…with or without even realizing it.

On a recent visit to Palm Springs we put on an impromptu mini fashion show in a hotel room with another friend and my sister.  And because the product is so well made (in Los Angeles no less; a rarity), and the fit is just right along with comfy quality fabric it’s a no-brainer…we of course wanted it all…even stuff that wasn’t for sale (like from Nat’s own wardrobe from last season) and a few items still in progress.  Didn’t matter – we still wanted it.

There’s always been a fine line to what is popularly coined “athleisure” as to whether you can wear it to places other than to and from the gym or running errands. But with this brand I would wear it for casual day wear any time.  It’s the missing link.  The replacement for jeans + a t-shirt for daytime for walking the dogs, meeting a friend for lunch, shopping, dropping kids to school (providing you have kids), here and there….also for the gym.  Some images from the Holiday Lookbook:

The missing link:

https://garbeluxe.com/

 

 

Monday Mood: Couture Beyond

It’s been a while since I’ve had some serious Style Inspiration but this goes beyond.  This is global fashion culture. I’m talking about the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of Guo Pei, China’s preeminent couturière, and the first fashion exhibition ever presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  In collaboration with SCAD FASH MUSEUM OF FASHION + FILM.  On until January 20, 2019.  Simply Superb!

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Featuring more than forty complete looks from Pei’s most iconic runway shows from 2006 to 2017.   Theatrical, extravagant (no kidding) creations combining contemporary aesthetics, production methods and materials with ancient tradition, evoking Chinese history and mythology in her technique with fabric selection and imagery.  These photos do not do her justice.

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Rhianna wore this gown to the Met Gala.  It is made of silk & fox fur.
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If you get the chance I highly recommend checking it out.  To date it is definitely the most magnificent display I’ve ever come across in fashion.