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Fashion Friday: Michael Kors Spring 2017

Floral Sequined Tulle Dress

Winter storm Stella (a.k.a. the Blizzard of ’17) put the kibosh on thinking that spring was just around the corner and with more snow predicted for the weekend, we’re not even attempting to pull out our floral frocks.  Perhaps in a month or so when the two feet of snow and ice have fully melted can we dream of bright azalea and tangerine hues…

Floral Crepe de Chine Dress

Embroidered Floral Coat and Clutch

One thing’s for sure, we’ll be adding something from Michael Kors’ Spring 2017 collection to our closet.  His mix of flouncy feminine florals with bold tailored silhouettes strike the perfect balance and we’re loving all the tortoise accents.

Blue Contrast Floral Dress

Floral Silk Coat

Tortoise Flower Purse

Do you have a fashion favorite this spring?  Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

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Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: Purple Rain

Ishigaki Drops

Ishigaki Drops

We were shocked and saddened to hear yesterday that Prince died in his Minnesota home at the young age of 57.  For those of you who, like us, were teenagers in the 1980’s humming along to this unique and prolific artist’s songs, here’s our tribute to the “Purple One”…  No Raspberry Berets but lots of pretty plums, violets, lavenders and lilacs.

Neeva Pump

Neeva Pump

La Laque Couture in Violet Baroque

La Laque Couture in Violet Baroque

Lara Backlit Clutch

Lara Backlit Clutch

Nina Ricci Silk Shift Dress

Nina Ricci Silk Shift Dress

Yves Saint Laurent T-shirt

Yves Saint Laurent T-shirt

The world has lost a true musical prodigy.  R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson…  We’ll think of you Under the Cherry Moon this weekend.

earrings / pumps / polish / clutch / dress / t-shirt

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: Meet Marissa Webb

Spring 2016 - White Floral

Spring 2016 – White Floral

A quick glance at our weather forecast next week tells us that spring is on its way (even as it threatens to snow today)…  Temps will be climbing into the high 50’s so we’re hoping to break out some pretty florals to celebrate the sunny days.  One designer we’ll definitely be investing in this season is Marissa Webb.  With an FIT education and over a decade at J. Crew in various design roles including Head of Womenswear and Accessories Design, this Korean born and American raised designer knows how to blend elements of nature and architecture by mixing highly structured pieces with soft and feminine accents.

Spring 2016 - Blue Floral

Spring 2016 – Blue Floral

Spring 2016 - Yellow Silk

Spring 2016 – Yellow Silk

The new Spring 2016 collection marries leather, lace, cotton and silk for a modern mash-up that looks both effortless and elegant.  We love the floral prints (of course!) as well as the bright colors and sophisticated textures.

Spring 2016 - Orange Lace

Spring 2016 – Orange Lace

Juxtaposing high fashion with everyday wearability is not new but we think Marissa takes the concept to a new level by pairing grungy plaids with feminine silhouettes and black leather jackets with long lace skirts.

Spring 2016 - Leather and Lace

Spring 2016 – Leather and Lace

We’re counting the days ’til spring and wishing you a fashionable Friday!

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Fashion Friday: Channeling Downton Abbey

Lady Edith, Countess Cora and Lady Mary

Lady Edith, Countess Cora and Lady Mary

Like many of you last Sunday night, we were glued to our televisions watching the first episode of the last season of Downton Abbey.  Having valiantly resisted the urge to download Season 6 illegally on our computers for a year, we stayed up beyond our usual weeknight bedtime (we do get up very early to get teenage boys off to school so please don’t judge!)  While we found the first episode a bit slow (they needed to wrap up lose ends with Anna and Mr. Bates and remind us of Mary’s wild week of romance), we so loved the Dowager’s one liners (“Does it ever get cold on the moral high ground?) and the fashions.  Even Mary showed up wearing last year’s Marsala (Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year) looking lovely.

Jennifer Ouellette - Madonna Hat

Jennifer Ouellette – Madonna Hat

Kate Spade - New York Hat

Kate Spade – New York Hat

Given this week brutal change in temperature, we’re dedicating this fashion post to hats and pins – and hope that the ladies of Downton Abbey would approve.

Lanvin - Flower Brooch

Lanvin – Flower Brooch

Theo Fennel - Dragonfly Pin

Theo Fennel – Dragonfly Pin

Stazia Loren - Floral Brooch

Stazia Loren – Floral Brooch

Are you a fan?  Let’s us know what you thought of the fashions…

Happy “Flapper” Friday!

blue cloche / cream cloche / flower brooch / dragonfly pin / floral brooch

Fashion Friday

Friday Fashion: Jacqueline de Ribes at the Met

Diane and Daughters, c. 1971

Diane and Daughters, c. 1971

When people meet our mother, the first thing they say is how much she resembles a certain Jacqueline…  The one who is most known here in the States, of course!  But given our mother’s passion for Yves Saint Laurent and Dior, we think she would be all the more flattered if she were to be compared to “the last queen of Paris”, the very elegant and fashionable Jacqueline, Comtesse de Ribes.

Jacqueline in Her Own Design

Jacqueline in Her Own Design, c. 1983

Mother could hardly contain herself when she found out that the Costume Institute at the Met will be exhibiting 60 or so of this Jacqueline’s gorgeous gowns and we’re looking forward to sharing the experience with her.  In reading more about Jacqueline de Ribes, we learned that she was much more than an “it girl” – she always worked in a creative field even though she really didn’t have to.  From her family’s hotel particulier (where they’ve lived since the 1860’s), she launched careers in fashion, theater, television, philanthropy and even architecture.

Jacqueline in the "Ibis" Dress, c. 1959

Jacqueline in the “Ibis” Dress, c. 1959

Jacqueline at Home

Jacqueline at Home

While not much has been written about Jacqueline’s own home, we did uncover some pictures that were published in Vogue in 1984.  By the looks of it, she also had an eye for interior design and a love for flowers…  just like our mother.

Living Room

Living Room

Sitting Room

Sitting Room

Who’s up for a field trip in November?  We’re going to “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style” the day it opens!

Photos: Diane and daughters, Jacqueline in pink, Jacqueline in Dior, Jacqueline at home, living room and sitting room

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday (on a Thursday): April Showers Bring…

Look #1

Look #1

May flowers and Luisa Beccaria knows how to pick them!  Her Spring 2015 collection is filled with intricate botanical embroideries, appliqués and flowery prints.  Sweet but not precious, her dresses capture a youthful, bohemian spirit that is so perfect for spring.  While Luisa says she wanted to reference “the atmosphere of a boudoir, the sensuality of exquisite antique lingerie, yet in a modern and sophisticated way”, we think her clothes should be worn at garden parties for all to see.  Then again, we don’t have a boudoir in our homes…  If God is in the details, then we’re in heaven with this collection!

Look #2

Look #2

Look #3

Look #3

Look #4

Look #4

Look #5

Look #5

Look #6

Look #6

We’re off to the races in Saratoga (crew, that is) this weekend and wish you all a winning one!

P.S.  Yes, regatta season is in full swing and we’ve been traveling a bit so please forgive the lack of posts.  We’ll be back and blogging next week!

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Fashion Friday Favorite: Kate Spade Spring 2015

Flower Pot Bag

Flower Pot Bag

Technically, spring starts today at 6:45 pm on the East Coast and yes, it’s snowing again!  But that won’t stop us from doing a Friday Fashion and Favorite mash-up and celebrate the spring flowers to come.  Kate Spade makes it easy to stop and smell the blossoms…  and wear them, too (no wonder since Kate’s last name is Spade!)  The Spring 2015 collection is filled with pretty,  floral things from purses and clutches,

Lacey Clutch

Lacey Clutch

to fun frocks,

Blooms Peplum Top

Blooms Peplum Top

Garden Leaves Dress

Garden Leaves Dress

and accessories with bountiful blooms.

Spring Blooms iPad Case

Spring Blooms iPad Case

Pansy Blossom Necklace

Pansy Blossom Necklace

So, happy first day of Spring and here’s to springing forward in our gardens soon!

Photos: flower pot / clutch / top / dress / ipad cover / necklace

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: White Out

Chloe

Chloe

Guess what, everyone?  We had more snow yesterday!  At this rate, spring will come in May and the kids won’t be out of school until July…  With global warming come and gone, it’s the dawn of a new Ice Age.  Who knows when we’ll be able to shed our winter wardrobe and wear something as light and airy as these frocks?  White was a popular color on the Spring 2015 runways and we’ve rounded up some of favorite fashions in honor of warmer weather to come.  White is wonderful when it’s not in the form of snow.

Valentino

Valentino

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Erdem

Erdem

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Happy Friday to all and don’t forget to spring ahead this weekend!

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Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: General Knot & Co.

"Knot" Your Typical Tie

“Knot” Your Typical Tie

With the month of October almost over (where did the time go?!), it’s not too early to think about the holidays and what the men in your life should wear to all those family gatherings and office parties.  We know we have a hard enough time getting our teenage boys out of their sweats and into something somewhat presentable… let alone get them to wear a jacket and tie.  That’s why we’re investing in these limited edition designs from General Knot & Co.

Japanese Indigo Mums

Japanese Indigo Mums

Vintage Florentine Leaf and Heather Plaid

Vintage Florentine Leaf and Heather Plaid

Made from vintage fabrics sourced the world over by collectors, these products are created in New England and even better, designed in Bedford, NY, just up the road from where we live.  In fact, founders Ann and Andrew Payne – both of whom cut their teeth in fashion at Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Levi’s – are the parents of one of our sons’ best buddies, a funny and adorable kid named Oliver.

Vintage Delft Botanical Diamond Point Bow

Vintage Delft Botanical Diamond Point Bow

Butter Rose Pocket Square

Butter Rose Pocket Square

What we love most about these designs, besides the American craftsmanship, is that each collection is made in very limited quantities, uniquely finite and never to be repeated – sounds a bit like what we do.  When you order something from General Knot & Co., you know you’re getting exquisite accessories that stand the test of time.  Not to mention that they make great holiday gifts if you’re already making a list and checking it twice!

1970's Trompe L'Oeuil Print Belt

1970’s Trompe L’Oeuil Print Belt

Check out the website and let us know what you would choose for the man in your life… and have a fashionable Friday.

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Fashion Friday

Friday Favorite: Mood Boards

Mood Board Galore

Mood Board Galore

Mood boards are the best!  We create one for each seasonal collection we design and begin gathering our inspirations months in advance.  Now that we’ve put our Spring/Summer 2015 collection to bed, it’s time to think about next year’s Fall/Winter designs – who knows what will capture our imagination and fuel our creative fire?  Mood boards are great for any type of project – whether you’re tackling a home renovation, planning a big event or designing a brand.  As a vehicle to get your creative juices flowing, mood boards can’t be beat.

Rose & Indigo

Rose & Indigo – Camille Styes

So we were excited to discover Fiona Humberstone’s blog, The Brand Stylist, and read this recent post.  According to Fiona, “Creating a mood board for your business is both inspiring and massively empowering” and needless to say, essential if you’re launching a new venture or want to rebrand an existing one.

Feminine Edge

Feminine Edge – Breanna Rose

Sorbet Hues

Sorbet Hues – Two Ellie

This month, our e-commerce site, Diane James Home, turns six and we’re working on version 2.0.  It’s a little daunting (that’s an understatement!) and we really do want to change things up a bit, yet keep the online identity our customers have come to love.  Perhaps this is a good time to follow Fiona’s advice and create a mood board for our brand, one that will give us direction and perhaps have us thinking outside the box… or at least the monitor!

Pastel Prettiness - Breanna Rose

Pastel Prettiness – Breanna Rose

Natural Neutrals - Observant Nomad

Earthy Feminine – Observant Nomad

Are mood boards a favorite of yours?  Do you use them for your projects, too?  Happy, creative Friday!

Photos: office, monochromatic, feminine, sorbet, pastels and earthy