matchmaking is a tough business, just ask emma from…well, from emma. after one successful match, she took herself to be an expert. as the story unfolds, the barely 20 year old emma attempts at matching up the lovely people of highbury. as you can imagine, in a somewhat midsummer night’s dream situation, love matches get crossed and all around hilarity ensues. in the end, all is set right and even emma, who swore she’d never married finds a husband. leave it to jane austen. anyway i always thought of emma as a light-hearted and charming character…naturally, her style would reflect that.
1: matchmaking around highbury: dress by alberta feretti, shoes by miu miu
2: the town ball: dress by isaac mizrahi, shoes by lanvin
3: marrying to mr. knightley: dress and sandals by chanel*
*jumped the gun to resort ‘11
All images from Style.com.
when thinking of romeo and juliet i often forget how young they were. once the whole story plays out she is barely a teenager and even her father considers marriage proposals from “the valiant paris” too hasty. however, i need not get in to the details of this story for we all know it very well. instead, consider a fourteen year old’s take on the clothing. it’s one of those ages where everything can be so fun, bright colors, quirky silhouettes and basically anything goes. now, juliet is a capulet which probably means she wanted for very little in her life. and if the heiresses and socialite daughters of today teach us anything, it’s that they each have loveable style all their own (thinking more of lydia hearst and byrdie bell types not hiltons or lohans). so without further delay, i give you juliet capulet…a charming young woman of verona.
1: party at capulet mansion: dress by reem acra, bow by luella, bag by marc by marc jacobs, shoes by dvf
2: marrying romeo in secret: dress, bag and clogs by chanel, bow by erin fetherston
3: off to see friar laurence: shirt by devi kroell, skirt by burberry prorsum, coat and bag by luella, clogs by chanel, hat by isaac mizrahi
cleo de merode is the rare exception to tragic beauties. i feel like so many times we hear of phenomenal people, especially exceptional creative types who end up plagued by misfortune. as humans, we’re conditioned to hope for the best and aim for happy endings but so often, we’re denied. the story of cleo de merode is that she was a beautiful girl, daughter of nobles and fantastic dancer. her whole life she was seen as a fashion icon and beacon of glamour, taste and style. aside from her ensnaring beauty she made great strides for the world of ballet and was basically loved by all who knew her. she danced to her early fifties and then retired in a tropical paradise. thank god, happy endings do exist. and speaking of glamorous types, this post is in honor of my good friend cleo, who embodies the spirit of ms. de merode effortlessly. happy birthday cleo.
1: just bouncing around austria: dress by christian dior, hat by erin fetherston, socks by christian dior, shoes by lanvin
2: off to perform: dress by jason wu, shoes by valentino
3: i’m a free bitch baby: coat by oscar de la renta, dress by isaac mizrahi, shoes by givenchy
on the ninth day of christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing. so continuing with the 12 days of christmas (of which i started at 10, big whoop) i give you 3 looks for dancing holiday ladies. one of the greatest things about this season is the parties. the best ones are usually filled with really old friends who know pretty much everything about you. thus, you can dance like a crazy person and drink too much wine and eat too many cookies without feeling weird. so i took a gander through the collections and here you have three super fun party looks for all the dancing ladies out there. trouble is there are ten lords-a-leaping…somebody is going home alone. wop wop. happy holidays!
1: i hope they play single ladies: coat by isaac mizrahi, dress by matthew williamson, tights and shoes by marni
2: i’m going to drink so much egg nog it’s not even funny: coat by temperley london, dress by luella, bow necklace by kate spade, tights and shoes by milly
3: look how fancy i am: coat by christian dior, dress by christian lacroix, booties by isabel marant
eloise was perhaps the luckiest child in the world, at least in my eyes. according to her stories, she lived in the penthouse of the plaza hotel in new york. i could think of worse living arrangements. the books detailed her adventures with her turtle and her pug through the hotel and as you can imagine, the plaza can be a pretty exciting place for an inquisitive child. had you known me in my childhood, you’d understand that next to my own house, the plaza was probably my next choice. eloise’s clothing was pretty iconic, a black pinafore with a white ruffly shirt. one has to wonder though, what would she be like when she grew older? obviously a daughter of priveledge, her nature would certainly take her elsewhere in the city. i imagine she would still have a very playful nature about her and manage that line of upper east side manner with youthful joie de vivre. naturally, if that’s how you live you must dress the part.
1: down fifth and back up madison: dress by luella, shoes by dennis basso, handbag by kate spade new york, hat by isaac mizrahi
2: ditching the frick for the burger joint: faux fur by kate spade new york, dress by dennis basso, shoes by michael kors
3: walking weenie in the backyard (central park): shorts by milly, shoes by 3.1 phillip lim, shirt by cynthia steffe, blazer by marc by marc jacobs, leash by mulberry, dog & dog sweater by mulberry