Category: Create the Look

Swinging Safari…

Black & White : The Glamour of Zebra Print

My mother had a “fundi” (handy fellow) in Narobi who would make handbags to her own design, in leather and exotic hides, not PC, I know, but those were the days. She designed two “groovy” mini bags in zebra hide with long straps for my sister and I. We wore them “to death”; they had literally shed all their hairs…In fashion, coats seem somehow the best option for zebra print. Below this post some zebra accessories in “create the look for less”.

ZebraNowModel Claudia Shiffer in a recent version of a zebra print coat

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Tulip Mania

Economic speculation, the birth of futures & options contracts and a market crash in Holland’s Golden Age

There is something so deliciously mad about the phenomenon of Tulip Mania in 17th century Holland where “protestant restraint” was “de rigeur”. This was the “Golden Age” of the Netherlands, when sophisticated modern economic systems were invented: the first-ever multinational corporation (the Dutch East India Company founded in 1602), financed by shares that established the first modern stock exchange and the Bank of Amsterdam (established in 1609), the precursor to, if not the first true central bank.

Tulip Anonymous 17th-century watercolor of the Semper Augustus, famous for being the most expensive tulip sold during tulip mania.

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Audrey the Authentic…

 The Art of Aging Gracefully

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!
Audrey Hepburn

Audrey MakeupPhotograph by Douglas Kirkland 1966

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) needs no introduction or accolades, she is simply the epitome of style and substance. Rather than clinging to her youthful look, she embraced every stage of her life with wit, class and grace. You will find “Create the look” (and a video tutorial) at the end of this post!

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Jungle Love

The Lasting Power (and Danger) of Leopard Print

Leopard print is a dangerous thing, there is a thin line between fabulous and vulgar…My glamorous New York friend Marilyn always says: “the real test of love is when your man accepts some leopard in his life…”

VogueCover Vogue November 1939 Cover by Carl “Eric” Erickson

Leopard is a great pattern both for interior design (see “Create the look for Less” below) or fashion.

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The Colors of the Rainbow

The daring combination of Orange, Pink & Red

I used to be a strictly black and white girl, both in dress and décor, but over the years color has crept into my life, and I now embrace every color of the rainbow. The master of the exiting pink & orange color combination was Yves Saint Laurent, just look how that works in this beautiful YSL Rive Gauche creation from 1984 (see “create the look for less” below):

YSLPinkOrangePhotograph by David Seidner

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