June 30, 2011

Horst | Summer Style

Franco Zeffirelli veranda ~ Positano, 1970

Summer is here at last and so is lingering in summer spaces. The photography that Horst shot for Vogue and House & Garden in the 1960s, 70s and 80s has such enduring appeal. Right now, I'm drawn to spaces with summer-style. I hope you are finding time to linger in summer spaces, too.

Gloria Guinness "palapa" room ~ Acapulco, 1970

Antenor Patino summer house pool ~ Portugal, 1960

Oscar de la Renta house ~ Dominican Republic, 1970

Nonie & Thomas Schippers' conservatory ~ Cincinnati, 1970

Doris Duke swimming pool pavillion at Shangri-La ~ Hawaii, 1960

Images courtesy,
Horst Interiors

June 14, 2011


When my friend André was in his early 20's and living in Paris, he fell in love. Madly in love. With his death in 2000, I inherited his writings. In the mix, there are many poems about heartbreak and love. This is poem II of a series of André's early poems I've titled, A Man Who Loved Pucci:

Neptune's great-great granddaughter
As new as a moment of time
As bare as the beach that she runs on;

And stops on as she looks out to sea
Where she stops to look at the fronds
And the fruit of the glistening palms.

She is pink and she's blond and
She shines: the tight skin of youth
On her new, barely burgeoning form;

And, she's wise and she knows all her senses
Without actually knowing the words
Feeling more now than she'll ever know;

And she'll be gone in a wink and
The flash of a wave when the ancient
Who made her forgets.

When he nods in the sun
And the heat of the noon
When eighty years now again take their toll.

The criminal curve of the girl
Comes and goes with his chance
Memories, and his dreams turned to lies.

by André de Riano, 1961

Read Poem I, here.
Our friendship.
Images: André, private collection • Veruschka poses in Pucci in Brazil, photo by Henry Clarke/Condé Nast Archives/Corbis

June 6, 2011

Inspired | Vintage Costume Jewelry

There wasn't much that captured my attention at the flea-market yesterday until I walked by this area chock-full of large, gaudy necklaces [I like to call Studio 54 jewelry] and I was totally inspired for about an hour. It's the kind of jewelry that bodes well against my favorite caftans, black tees and white man-tailored shirts. These bold, graphic shapes and glossy metals were de rigueur in the era of the Tutankhamen exhibition, which took The Met by storm in 1979.

As the 70's became the 80's, our peasant blouses and Mexican silver bangles were traded for silk blouses and chunky, Monet necklaces. Big and bold was THE look.

The necklace [just above] grabbed my attention because it reminded me of the necklace Jenna Lyons and team spotted at a Massachusetts flea-market recently and re-created for J. Crew [just above, right]. Maybe this was the inspiration! Madame Bijoux's jewelry [Annie Webster, proprietor] can be found at Brimfield [in the Pavilions], and also at Connecticut's popular Elephant's Trunk. She travels to quite a few shows in the summer and fall and then heads to Palm Beach in the winter. Her market is largest in Palm Beach with women between 40-95 "who love to wear these bold, vintage pieces."

Ms. Webster's collection is just incredible with one amazing piece after another. A collector from Essex, MA was busy buying Yves Saint Laurent and the more fancy [signed] vintage pieces.

Iris Apfel is reportedly a big customer and this did not surprise me because Webster's collection is rich in history, creativity and cultural icon-ness. She sells inspired pieces by Kenneth Jay Lane, Nina Ricci, Gucci, Guy LaRoche, Lanvin, Monet, Lacroix, Iradj Mioni, Chanel, and so many more!

I bought the necklace [below] which I love for its circular, graphic design and the fact that it moves as you lean forward. It reminded me of Alexander Calder.

I thoroughly enjoyed this hour of amazement and stroll down a big + bold memory lane.

Note: Ms. Webster does not sell online. If you are looking for something in particular, you can reach her here: 413-222-4041.