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Style Icon: Charlotte Gainsbourg

13 Aug

Charlotte Gainsbourg, the actress/singer daughter of the late Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin, is one of the people named in September’s Vanity Fair as part of their “Best Dressed List ” of 2010.  I couldn’t agree with her selection more!

Gainsbourg’s style pedigree–as the daughter of Jane Birkin–is impressive indeed, but the lithe beauty brings a freshness all her own to her favored bohemian French classics.  This relaxed refinement has not gone unnoticed, garnering Gainsbourg advertising campaigns for such venerable brands as Balenciaga and Gerard Darel.

Below–a sampling of her style…enjoy!

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Adored & Adorned: Wallis Simpson’s Jewelry

4 Aug

Abdication! Royal intrigue! Fashion! Divorce! Jewelry!  It had it all–set against a backdrop of war–the romance between the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, and his “American divorcee” was one for the books.

Wallis Simpson was renowned for her fashion sense, and despite the fact that she was a somewhat controversial character, her exquisite taste never seemed to falter.  Her jewelry collection was no exception.  While most of the drama surrounding their romance now exists solely in the pages of history books, the jewelry is one tactile remainder that we can still experience.

This November 30th, twenty pieces designed in collaboration between Cartier and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor will go under the hammer.  Have a gander at some of the gorgeous pieces from the historic collection below…

Commissioned by the Duke of Windsor in 1957, this emerald, ruby and diamond brooch commemorated their 20th wedding anniversary.

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This cigarette case was given by Wallis to Edward for Christmas in 1935.  It’s decorated with a map of showing the places they had been together.

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Made by Cartier in 1935, Edward gave this diamond bracelet to the Duchess and she wore it with one of the crosses on their wedding day in 1937.

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Cartier jeweler Jeanne Toussaint crafted this panther bracelet in Paris in 1952.

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Edward bought this brooch for Mrs. Simpson in 1940, shortly before the couple fled their French home as the Nazis were invading.

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Diane Von Furstenberg dips her toe into hotel design…

22 Jul

Throw on a wrap dress, hop the pond and treat yourself to a stay at London’s super-posh Claridge’s hotel!

OR….if you live in the *real* world, like most of us, and want to see a few of the 20 rooms at Claridge’s that Diane Von Furstenberg is stamping with her signature style, have a peek at the images below.

Pretty dreamy, eh?