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Creative finds at Michelle Farmer Collaborate in Bridgehampton

I have been a big fan of Michelle Farmer’s store in Bridgehampton for a few years, so it’s about time to tell you about it. The store is filled with her own designs of stylish, cool, and wearable day, and evening clothing, along with gorgeous pieces from designers you may not have heard of, or seen elsewhere.

What makes this store different from others is Michelle’s focus on collaborating with new and up-and-coming designers that are just beginning to circulate their creations. I fell in love with several pieces from brands that were unfamiliar to me, like Hemant & Nandita from India, Koch from US and Purolino from Italy.

I tried on some pieces that caught my eye just to give you a sense of some of the treasures you will find.

 

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Hemant & Nandita, pleated silk skirt with a beaded waist – original and beautiful

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I am in love with this linen dress from Purolino. Love the shawl collar and the balloon hem;
a classic with a twist.

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Lots of pretty accessories

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Swimwear, lovely hats and anything you want for the beach

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Linen shawls in sherbet colors from Purolino

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Michelle Farmer’s signature pear necklace. This is one of many beautiful designs.

If you are looking for fabulous beachwear, easy-breezy daywear and chic evening wear; and want to stand out for your creative eye, this is the shop to visit.  It was very refreshing to browse through merchandise that you won’t find in every store in the area!

 Michelle Farmer Collaborate has stores in Palm Beach and Puerto Rico.  If you want to see more, check out her stylish website here

 

Michelle Farmer Collaborate
2491 Montauk Highway
Bridgehampton

 

Manus x Machina at The MET

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Chanel, 2005, an explosion of Camelias

As those who love fashion know, the first Monday in May brings the annual Met Ball to New York City. Known as the Oscars of Fashion, the annual fundraising event, hosted by Vogue, is a visual fashion feast held at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute.

Every year (this is the 18th) brings a different theme and this year it is Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of TechnologyI had the pleasure of previewing it yesterday, before it opens tomorrow, May 5 .

The exhibit takes a broader view of the interplay between technology and fashion, at a time when tech companies are marketing their devices as fashionable and fashion companies are eager to be seen as tech-savvy.

Unlike previous exhibitions that focused on individuals or thematic trends, this one gives a behind-the-scenes look at the processes behind some of the most beautiful clothes ever created and shows that the interplay between man and technology has been alive for years.

The exhibition is beautifully presented in the museum’s Robert Lehman wing, with sections highlighting Embellishments, Featherwork, Pleating, Lacework, Embroidery and Leatherwork.

Here are a few standouts:

EMBELLISHMENTS

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Dior, Spring/Summer 1952

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PRADA, Fall/Winter 2016

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Dior, Raf Simons, Fal/Winter 2012

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Saint Laurent, “Sardine Dress,” Spring/Summer 1983

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Luis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Spring/Summer 2016

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Norman Norell, 1953

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Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, Spring/Summer 2012

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Dior, Fall/Winter 1949

FEATHER WORK

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Givenchy 1966

YSL Evening

Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 1969

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Iris van Harpen

Iris van Herpen, Fall 2013

PLEATING

Issey Miyake pleating

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Noa Raviv, Israel, 2014

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Madame Gres, 1987

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Comme des Garcons

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Mariano Fortuny, 1935

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Mary McFadden, 1980

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Issey Miyake, Spring/Summer 1990

LACEWORK

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Yves Saint Laurent, Spring/Summer 1963

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Iris van Herpen, Spring/Summer 2015

LEATHERWORK

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Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, Fall/Winter 2012

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Dior, Raf Simons, Fall/Winter 2015

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Chanel wedding ensemble, Fall/Winter 2014

 

Don’t miss this show, it will open your eyes to the many traditional and modern elements that come together to create  beautiful and memorable fashion.

 

THE MET MUSEUM
82nd Street and Fifth Ave.
New York City

 

My Accessories Picks for Fall 2015

Accessories are not just the icing on the cake, they can make or break and outfit.  And a wonderful accessory can change the look of an item of clothing in an instant.

Here are some of my favorite accessories from the Fall 2015 collections
Fall 2015 Accessories CR Picks - Tod Fur Muffler

TOD’s – Luxurious

Fall 2015 Accessories - CR Picks Dries van N

Dries van Noten – Romantic

Fall 2015 Accessories - CR Picks - Fringe Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci- Festive

Fall 2015 Jewerly - Floral - Chanel

Chanel – Timeless

Fall 2015 Accessoris CR pciks - Calvin bag and boot

Calvin Klein- Classic

Fall 2015 Accessories CR Picks Burberry Pom pm bangle

Burberry Prorsum – Bohemian

Fall 2015 Accessories CR Picks - Fendi Bag

Fendi- Architectural

Fall 2015 Accessories CR picks - Marni napsack

Marni- Sleek

Fall 2015 Accessories CR pciks - Bottega Cluthc

Bottega Venetta – Elegant

Fall 2015 Accessories - CR Picks - S. McCarteny bag

Stella McCartney –Luxurious

Fal 2015 Access. CR Picks Orla Kiely - embossed tote

Orla Keily –Fun

Fall 2015 Accessories CR Picks _ Burberyy fringe bag

Burberry Prorsum –Bohemian

Fall 2015 CR Picks Accesories - Row bag

The Row – Sporty

Hermes Birkin Sellier 40: Perfection

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Hermès Birkin Sellier 40, $14,000

 

Cristina’s Pick of the Week:

If you can’t be bothered trying to figure out which bag to splurge on from the long list of Spring 2015 trends, then I suggest you set your sights on the latest creation from the house of Hermes: the Birkin Sellier 40. Simplicity at its very best.

From the NY Times T Magazine:

“It’s tough to improve on perfection, but that’s precisely what Hermès has done with the new hyper-pared-down Birkin Sellier 40. According to Couli Jobert, the leather artistic director at Hermès, natural brown was deemed too obvious for the new Birkin, which is only available in matte black with silver palladium hardware. As the goal was to create an essential design without clutter, the structured cowhide bag is extra-wide, has no lining and the stitching is extremely subtle. It’s a radically modern update of the elegant classic, which has been the subject of girl envy — and the cause of waiting lists — since it was first crafted in 1984.”

Less is, most definitely, more; and that goes for the price too!

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends

I know it’s hard to imagine, as you step out into temperatures approaching zero degrees, that Spring is just around the corner, but trust me, it is. So, to get in the mood, let’s look at what designers have in store for us this Spring. Due to lack of time, I have mostly featured American designers, with just a smattering of the Europeans.

I found plenty of hits and, as usual, quite a few misses.  But since the point is to inspire you, I will only focus on my favorite looks.

Here are the fashion trends for Spring 2015 and the looks that caught my eye.

Gingham
Subtle ’70s
Colored Suede
Leather
Statement Stripes
Modern Safari and Khaki
Navy is the new black
Florals
Neutrals and shades of white
Kimono
Bohemian
Yellow

GINGHAM

ALTUZARRA

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MICHAEL KORS

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MICHAEL KORS

SPRING 2015_GINGHAM_M. KORS

SUBTLE 70s SUEDE AND LEATHER

GUCCI

2015 Spring Gucci Ad

 DEREK LAM

Spting 2015_ Suede _ Derek lam

EDUN

Spring 2015_Navy_Edun

PRADA

Spring 2015_Leather_Prada

GUCCI 

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STATEMENT STRIPES

ALTUZARRA

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GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

 

SPRING 2015_STRIPE_ VALLI

 RACHEL ZOESpring 2015_one shoulder_Rachel zoe

MODERN SAFARI AND KHAKI

VICTORIA BECKHAM

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 RALPH LAUREN

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JASON WU 

SRPING 2015_SAFARI_ WU

RALPH LAUREN

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RALPH LAUREN

Spring 2015_Khaki_ Ralph

NAVY IS THE NEW BLACK

 CUSHNIE ET OCHS

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 TIMO WEILAND

Spring 2015_navy Timo Weiland

CALVIN KLEIN

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CALVIN KLEIN

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FLORALS

 LEILA ROSE

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DVF 

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ERIN FETHERSTON

Spring 2015_Floral_Erin Fetherston

LANVIN

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SHADES OF WHITE AND BEIGE

CELINE

Spring 2015_Neutrals_ Celine

HERMES

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BALENCIAGA

Spring 2015_NeutraLS_Balenciaga

CHSHNIE ET OCHS

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HAIDER ACKERMANN

Spring 2015_ Neutrals_H. Ackermann

THE ROW

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KIMONO

TOM

Spring 2015_Kimono_Tom

ALEXANDER WANG

Spring 2015_Kimono_A Wang

BOHEMIAN

GUCCI

Spring 2015_Hippie_Gucci

ETRO

Spring 2015_Hippie_Etro

YELLOW

CUSHNIE ET OCHS

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RALPH LAUREN

Spring 2015_Yellow_Ralph Lauren

RALPH LAUREN

Spring 2015_Yellow_Ralph

CUSHNIE ET OCHS

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Now I just need to start leading the glamorous life befitting these beautiful looks!

Stay tuned for Spring 2015 shoes and accessories trends.

A visit to Space 16 in Southampton

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A loft-like setting at SPACE 16, at 16 Hill Street in Southampton

This summer I’ve had such an enjoyable time telling you about must-see stores in Southampton. It certainly makes my job as blogger easier when I tell you about places that are attractive and well curated.  Last weekend my stylish friend, Adriana, took me to yet nother fabulous new store in Southampton: SPACE 16.

The store has been conceived as a showcase for emerging designers and brands. The spacious gallery, with its minimalist white floors and walls, serves as a perfect canvas for the beautifully chosen clothing, accessories (bags, jewelry, scarves) art and photography.

Here are just a few of the treasures you will find.

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Gorgeous bags and necklaces by Fairchild-Baldwin, (the necklaces are rich and substantial but light as air)

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Creative knit clothing New Form Perspective, by Gail Travis.

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A sweater by NFP worn in different ways

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The sweater can be held together with lovely gold pin

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Leather bags in a variety of colors by the multi-talented Leslie Tcheyan who also designs jewelry and home accessories

 

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Decorative silver and shells by Leslie Tcheyan

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Horn beauties by Leslie Tcheyan

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I loved this jewelry line, A*G by the very talented Amy Glaswand who I had the pleasure of meeting on the day of my visit. She explained that she is influenced by classical architectural and iconic imagery, as well as her painterly sense of color. Produced in New York City, each piece is in 18k gold or silver, set with high quality diamonds and colored gems. Amy strives to evoke a strong visual statement with her jewelry. Her sense of clean, modern design with a classical twist is evident throughout this beautiful collection.

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A*G by Amy Glaswand.  To see more of this artists jewelry, check out her website; you will want every piece. AMY GLASWAND

P1000485The Gallery also showcases art.  This beautiful canvas is by Argentinian, Rodrigo Scaizi

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Love these necklaces, especially the pearl with gold, both by Catherine Canino

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I wanted to all of these “Finds”

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The prettiest bags from Bali

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Gorgeous scarves of the finest Mongolian cashmere, by Andraab

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All these beauties on display

A beautiful store from which you will not leave empty-handed!

SPACE 16
16 Hill Street
Southampton, NY

A few of my favorite things

After months of being cooped up studying and disconnected from my favorite sites, I feel like a kid in a candy shop with many pretty discoveries to share with you. Here’s a bit of a hodge podge of my favorite things of the week.

To purchase just click on each picture.

Happy shopping!

 

From Vince, the d’Orsay pump: the perfect shoe for fall

Just when you’ve told yourself you won’t by one more pair of shoes, you see a pair that catches your eye. Yes, this recently happened to me… Thankfully I controlled myself and just tried them on….sigh!

My ‘Pick of the Week’ goes to the d’Orsay suede pump from VINCE.  If I had to buy just one shoe this winter, it would be this one.  It has the open sides, which make it more exciting than the usual pump, and comes in an array of lovely colors. I would buy the pomegranate shade and the celeste blue; both gorgeous and a refreshing break from the usual brown and black that we all gravitate to.

 

Vince d'orsay pump. $245

 

Vince d’Orsay pump, in pomegranate, $245 (originally $350)

 

 

 

Vince Dorsay Pumps

Vince d’Orsay Pump in celeste blue, $245 (originally $350)

 

Kate Middleton blue suede shoes

Kate likes blue suede shoes too:))

 

 

World Market at Bed Bath & Beyond

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World Market at Bed Bath & Beyond

My ‘Pick of the Week’ goes to World Market Food at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Let me explain. I recently went into Bed Bath & Beyond in search of a breadbox.  For those of you who have been to this purveyor of anything and everything for the home, you know it is virtually impossible to come out empty-handed; usually with items you had no intention of buying, because you either did not need them, or did not know they even existed!  As I completed my errand and was preparing to head home with my planned purchase, I noticed a new area called “World Market.” Of course, I had to investigate.

I learned that in 2012 Bed & Bath & Beyond purchased Cost Plus World Market, also a purveyor of well priced things for the home: from kitchen gadgets, furnture, decor, bedding, to domestic and international gourmet food items . In the past year, Bed Bath has created a vignette just for World Market Food. And this is where I was drawn that day.

I happy to report that I found some wonderful and, most important, well-priced products, like a pasta sauce that was packaged in a very attractive container and which proved to be delicious; a truffle oil for the popcorn I make when I go to the movies; all sorts of fancy olive oils, vinagers, gelatos, and the list goes on.

I definitely recommend a visit. I plan to return around the holidays to buy some tasty gourmet gifts for my friends.

ZARA to the rescue

Like you, I am always looking for pieces that catch my eye. Sadly, the things I gravitate to are usually astronomically expensive. So I just admire them from a safe distance because, as tempting as they are, I don’t believe in going broke over fashion. To recover from sticker shock, I decided to make a stop a ZARA to see if I could find more affordable versions of my fall favorites.

I am happy to report that I found lots of goodies.  Here is just a small sampling of things that caught my eye at ZARA, next to designer pieces that also caught my eye, but not my wallet.
Ballerinas Stuart Weitzman $388                zara navy flat

Stuart Weitzman,$388       VS       ZARA, $49.90

 

 

Jimmy CHoo ankle boot black, $850         Zara ankle boot black, $99

 

Jimmy Choo, $850       VS                ZARA, $99

 

The Row Grey wrap coat 2990       Zara Grey Wrap Coat $159

The Row, $2990                             VS      ZARA, $159

 

Erdem Dress $2020           Zara Sheer panel black dress $119

 

Erdem, $2020                    VS       ZARA, $119

 

Prada Mid heel ankle boot $950             Zara Leather boot $119

 

PRADA, $950                   VS            ZARA, $119

 

Burberry camel sweater $795            ara Camel Sweater, $39.90

Burberry, $795                    VS          ZARA, $35.90

 

To me this is not disposable fashion; it is affordable fashion for those that want to look stylish while keeping their 401Ks intact.

Need I say more?