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Hats Off to Headwear

In January, I was delighted that designer Kara Wickman offered to dress me for the StyleWeek finale featuring Project Runway alum and Providence’s own Jonathan Joseph Peters, the divine Daniela Corte (who is over the moon about having one of her bikinis featured in the just-released Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue), and textile designer Joseph Aaron Segal. I saw Kara’s show a few days before and adored the look pictured at left–the flowing blouse, the tweed trousers and chic accessories, none more fantastic than the floppy felt hat. Kara told me the hat was the addition of the event’s stylist, Christina Pierce.

Since then, I’ve been on a lighthearted hunt for a similar hat. Of course, some Newporters will indubitably correlate floppy hats with Mia Farrow’s portrayal of Daisy Buchanan in the 1974 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby filmed here in the City-by-the-Sea. Brigitte Bardot also rocked the look, as evidenced by the shot at top. And last month, when I was in New York for an event during Fashion Week, it seemed fabulous floppy hats were everywhere.

I found some online at for $40, but with spring around the corner, I didn’t bite the bullet. Instead, I’ll be checking out local vintage shops, like Vintage to Vogue on Lower Thames Street and Closet Revival on Broadway, and I’ll see if the gals at Karma have any fun head-wear. Think about picking up a little something fun and funky for the season ahead.

Top left, Kara Wickman desing, photo by Michael Cress.


March 4, 2011 at 9:48 am 4 comments

Not to Miss Halloween Bashes in Newport…And Where to Get Your Garb

With less than a week ‘til All Hallow’s Eve, the race is on to fashion a fun costume for the festivities, most of which are scheduled to take place this coming Saturday night (see below for the 411 on Newport bashes). There’s a ton of places to get some costume inspiration, starting with the colorful wigs, make-up, Red Cherry lashes and accessories spotted at Cosmetic Cosmos (and a whole new shipment arrived today!). The best part is the skilled make-up artists down there take the how-to out of the equation by getting you as glamorous or ghoulish as you like (and anyone who’s ever wrestled with eyelash glue will tell you, it’s a pleasure to have someone else do the heavy lifting). Call 842-0666 to make an appointment~

Of course, funky frocks can be found at Closet Revival (fab vintage finds — Mad Men, anyone? Betty Draper would make a beautiful costume!) and don’t forget the Salvation Army shop at 76 Broadway for bargain basement duds. I found my costume last year at Wish, which must have brought me some luck when I won the costume contest at Christie’s! And for fans of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, The Great Gatsby or just your average Joe and Jane Roarin’ 20s, Vintage to Vogue, fresh off their move from Broadway to Lower Thames, reports a ton of 20s flapper-style dresses (a la Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad, pictured at left)  in stock, plus accessories including long cigarette holders, vintage jewelery and feather-festooned headpieces. For the guys, don a 20s, 30s or 40s-inspired hat, and Vintage to Vogue has a handful of costumes for little ones.

Saturday’s Halloween Parties (all are 21+)

Ultimate Halloween Bash at Belcourt Castle: 7:30pm-midnight. Dancing, costume contest, live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres plus beer, wine and a signature cocktail (cash bar for all else). $95, CLICK HERE to buy tickets.

Devil’s Night Out at Christie’s: 8pm-1am. Open bar and buffet from 8pm until 12am, DJ, dancing and costume contest. $30 for 41°North members, $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Call 847-5400.

The Undertaker’s Ball: 7pm-midnight at the Newport Elks Lodge, live music by Dave Tessier & Spider #3, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, belly dancing by Sabrina and costume contest. $25,

Rock ‘n Roll Halloween Party: 9pm-1am. Electric Frankenstein, The Skinny Millionaires, and The Ones at The Dockside, $20 cover, tickets available in advance at Water Bros., 23 Memorial Blvd. or call 846-7873.

Halloween Party Booze Cruise: Music by DJ Butch, cruise the dark waters of Narragansett, $25 per person, tickets at Bowen’s Landing, 849-3575.

October 25, 2010 at 10:00 am 1 comment

Get Your Freak On…

What better way to wrap Sunday Funday in Newport than with a fund-raising ghoulish fashion show featuring local looks? With hair and make-up by Curl Up & Dye and the fabulous Closet Revival providing freakish, fall-inspired frocks (Halloween is only a week away…), The Pelham plays host to the Freak Show Fashion Fundraiser this evening of fun and philanthropy for just $10 – with proceeds going to a local family in need. Music and entertainment by DJ Butch and Jackie Henderson’s Off the Curb dance troupe. The event is from 5pm-10pm, and yes, TVs will be tuned to the Pats game….

October 24, 2010 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Get Your Irish Up!

Irish Heritage Month is here, bringing with it weeks full of activities including the Kinsale Festival of Fine Food, the 7th annual Jameson’s Coffee Competition and the (much loved) 54th Annual Parade in Honor of Saint Patrick. Restaurants celebrate with guest chefs from Ireland and menus inspired by the Emerald Isle, while storefronts toast the spirit of the month with decorated windows. Closet Revival has struck a pot o’ gold with head to toe outfits in varying shades of green for men and women (and at bargain prices). Check them out on Broadway before all the Irish-inspired threads are snatched up.

Men looking to get their Irish up can pick up a classic, hand-woven, tweed cap by Shandon of Cork at Bristol’s Claddagh Connection on Thames Street Landing. Made from the finest wool found in County Donegal, these caps are known to last a lifetime. The Claddagh Connection also has an impressive collection of hand-knit sweaters, scarves by Rita Condron Knitwear and jackets, capes, ladies’ hats and scarves, baby pramsuits and blankets by Branigan Weavers, a more than 100-year-old company based in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland.

In Newport, Ireland Calls on Swinburne Row in Brick Market Place offers Irish crystal, gifts and more authentic woven wear. The store also carries music by Irish artists and adorable gifts with the Irish Blessing for baby (not to mention, precious onesies with Irish sayings). Both shops also have a beautiful collection of Celtic jewelry and select bridal pieces including tiaras, claddagh and Celtic wedding bands and wedding accessories like unity candles and groomsmen gifts.

Claddagh Connection, 259 Thames Street, Bristol, (401) 253-0000,

Ireland Calls, 123 Swinburne Row at Brick Market Place,  Newport, (401) 849-8174

March 2, 2010 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” -Coco Chanel

When checking out the third and final installment of the William Heydt exhibit, Newportant People, last weekend at the Newport Art Museum (on display at the through April 4th), I couldn’t help but notice the common denominator of many of Heydt’s subjects is their expression of personal style. From a cacophony of color expressed through body art to the engaging confidence across the face of local author and Newport personality Muriel Barclay de Tolly, personal style is about more than just what you wear. Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Fortunately, Newport and Bristol Counties affords hundreds of outlets to express your personal style, whether it’s indulging the expert tailoring of Katie Brierley’s Isoude line at her Bellevue Avenue boutique or a donning a Mad Men-inspired vintage dress from Vintage to Vogue or Closet Revival on Broadway or a timeless Chanel jacket at a virtual steal at Wish on Thames Street. Embrace your personal style and challenge yourself to try something new, who knows what new favorite things you’ll find?

January 27, 2010 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

Spiffy and Spooktacular

Sink your teeth into Halloween costume inspiration with fabulous finds at some of Newport’s best re-sale shops. In a city full of students, socialites and better dressed bourgeoisie, some of the most fashionable and eclectic frocks are surrendered at these chic treasure troves:

Wish Newport’s newest consignment boutique featuring everything from couture gowns to premium denim at a total steal. Let Lisa or Courteney help you navigate through the Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Burberry and Givenchy garments until you find the perfect ensemble. All the best names, none of the pretension. Wish, 664 Thames Street (lower Thames), 401-848-0202. (Open Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun.12-4, or by appointment).

Closet Revival Nestled in the heart of Broadway’s hip shops, salons and restaurants, Closet Revival is Newport’s longest running consignment shop with everything from vintage swimsuits to men’s zoot suits. Plenty of shoes and accessories including blast-from-the-past beaded gowns. Closet Revival, 30 Broadway, 401-845-0592

Vintage to Vogue Fabulous flapper? Sultry starlet? This cozy shop across from City Hall carries vintage clothing and jewelry from the Art Deco era as well as high-end designer pieces and some finds for children. Vintage to Vogue, 70 Broadway, 401-845-2223‎.

October 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm 2 comments

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