Posts tagged ‘Daisy Buchanan’

Get Your Stretch On

ImageI popped into Deborah Winthrop Fine Lingerie on Thames Street last week where I was immediately intrigued by a line I never heard of before: Tees by Tina. It’s a misleading (and albeit somewhat cheesy) name, because the pieces really aren’t t-shirts, not at all. They’re fitted ¾ length tops, flattering tanks, and amazingly comfortable fitted dresses with Imagestreamlined silhouettes. All sizes are “one size fits most” (a term which always make me giggle a bit) and are a celeb favorite as seen on Stacy Keibler, Malin Ackerman and Julie Benz. It’s also a favorite of expectant mommies due to its stretchy fabric and pieces have been featured in Vogue (paired with an elegant, floor length skirt) and Glamour magazines.

Deb Winthrop had in these nautical striped ¾ length tops as worn by Bethenny Frankel, Maria Menudos and Kourtney Kardashian as well as this blue bandage dress as seen on Jennie Garth in US Weekly at left (priced at $89). Dresses can be worn on their own or if you’d rather not be bare legged, especially as it’s still a bit cool out, they can be paired with leggings or skinny jeans (length is easily adjusted).

The Portsmouth location at Clock Tower Square also carries tanks, dresses and tops from Tees by Tina.

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April 22, 2013 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

The New Daisy Buchanan

ImageThe Great Gatsby has long been on the required reading lists of American students, and  for those (like me) who are intrigued by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of lust and luxury, the 1974 film starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow is a classic. Rosecliff in Newport, where much of the shooting was done, continues to lure affluent visitors curious of the lavish Gatsbian lifestyle, and today’s discerning traveler can experience the modern Gatsby getaway here in the City-by-the-Sea .

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Robert Redford as Gatsby at Rosecliff

Next month, the highly anticipated re-interpretation of the tale as directed by Baz Luhrmann will debut starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the mysterious Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as the ever fashionable Daisy Buchanan, and Toby Maguire as storyteller Nick Carraway. Much has been made about the fashion, and as seen from the May 2013 cover of Vogue above, there is much to celebrate. Mulligan’s Daisy had more than 40 outfits in the movie, most by Prada, and for this celebratory Vogue shoot (by Mario Testino, naturally), she dons Chanel Haute Couture, Oscar de la Renta and Alexander McQueen.
ImageCostumes from the film (as envisioned by the movie’s costume designer, Catherine Martin) are currently on display in London, and leading brands are tipping their hat to the jaw-dropping, jazz-age designs. With much of DiCaprio’s ensembles created by Brooks Brothers (which is mentioned throughout Fitzgerald’s writings), the classic menswear clothier has fashioned a limited-edition collection to mark the movie.

At Rosecliff, you can see pieces that highlight 20th century fashion and the way designers marketed changing styles and silhouettes to American consumers. The 11 dresses on exhibit by Chanel, Givenchy and Halston, among others, are among the finest garments in the PSNC’s collection.

Among the highlights is a 1925 evening gown by Callot Soeurs of Paris.  With its straight Imagesilhouette, the dress epitomizes the style of the period. The increasing popularity of automobiles and dance crazes like the jitterbug and Charleston demanded shorter hemlines and ushered in a new trend for the 1920s. Stiff corsetting and layers, girdles and bras that flattened out the figure were in.

Yesterday, the Tiffany & Co. flagship store on New York’s Fifth Avenue debuted a breathtaking series of elaborate windows in homage of the film, and an art-deco inspired line toasting all things Gatsby.

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Also, as Gatsby fever starts taking hold, Vanderbilt Grace is offering a “Grace Gatsby package” featuring a 2-night stay, 2 Newport Mansion Passports (more here), sunset sail for two, a champagne breakfast for 2 each morning, a Vintage Vanderbilt five course dinner (modeled on a Vanderbilt family menu from 1912) for 2 with wine pairings, and a welcome gift.  Rates start at $1,110 per couple and the package is available from April 25 to September 30, 2013.

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Top to bottom: film still courtesy Warner Bros.; image by Marion Testino/Vogue;  last image by dress by Miu Miu,image by Marion Testino/Vogue.

April 18, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

YAROK & Roll

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I’ve written about the Cosmetics Database before, the online tool where you can enter almost any product and learn everything you want to know about what ingredients are in your hair and beauty goods. It’s like Google for glamazons. For most people it’s an eye-opener, and the more you learn, the more promo_peopleyou might lean toward using natural-based products (and be wary, “natural” is one of the most over-used, misguiding beauty buzzwords out there).  Just like clean diets, nobody’s perfect (even Gwyneth, despite what she might muse about on Goop), but the best we can to is strive to be better. That’s why when Rachel Lessene from Green Envy Eco-Boutique in Newport put me in touch with the makers of new organic hair care line she is carrying called YAROK, I was grateful.

Here’s the scoop: Each YAROK formula is a powerful blend of melissa_herborganic and all-natural botanicals that are consciously sourced and responsibly harvested. YAROK uses primarily “certified organic” ingredients. Very few hair care companies can say that every one of their products meet 100% of all vegan requirements. Even fewer can claim that their entire hair care line is free of alcohol, paraben, sulfates and cruelty to animals, and that they work beautifully, too. YAROK can say all of the above .

I tried the Feed Your Volume shampoo and conditioner, leave-in conditioner spray and hair spray. As soon as you open the shampoo and conditioner the fresh, eucalyptus/lemony scent hits you (it’s the lemon balm in action). They both contain aromatic blends of organic and all natural herbs, flowers, vitamins, minerals and essential oils. The leave in conditioner helps prevent damage from heat styling (blow drying, flat/curling irons), and finally, the hair spray (which also smells lemony fresh) locks in hold while being super light, i.e. you can brush or comb through it with no issue for a mid-afternoon tress touch-up. The verdict: for fresh luscious locks without harsh dangerous chemicals, YAROK is for you.

YAROK products at Green Envy Eco-Boutique on Franklin Street range from $12-$27 and are also available at Green Envy online by CLICKING HERE.

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April 11, 2013 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Lauren Conrad’s Newport Inspiration…

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Designer and author Lauren Conrad first caught the public eye as a fun-loving burgeoning fashionista on MTV’s Laguna Beach. Fans followed her adventures on Conrad’s spinoff hit, The Hills, which, in addition to documenting her love life and friendship drama, traced her experiences while attending LA’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM).

After gaining some industry know how while interning at Teen Vogue and fashion PR house People’s Revolution, Conrad was inspired to launch her own fashion line, LC Lauren Conrad, in collaboration with Kohl’s department stores.

(Oh, and I’ve been authorized to share with you an exclusive 10% off blogger code for kohls.com. You can use BLOGS10 until May 10th. CLICK HERE to see the new collection.)

But it’s Conrad’s recently released collection, Paper Crown, that’s caught my eye. Not only are the pieces chic, refreshing and affordable, they each bare nautically-influenced names or take a cue from local coastal communities, 7291338including Newport, Jamestown, Nantucket, Providence and more. I wanted to find out more about what inspired the designer to name her pieces after coastal enclaves in our neck of the woods, so I asked Conrad and here’s what she told me:

NS: What is the inspiration behind the Paper Crown line, and how does it differ from other collections you’ve has designed? paper crown is a collection that I passionately design. I love the femininity of the collection but also the versatility of the pieces as well. There is a style for every occasion; party dresses for a night out, blouses that can be worn to the office or dressed up and paired with a beautiful skirt.  

NS: What is the story behind the name ‘Paper Crown’? When I was little, I would play dress up at my grandmothers. Instead of elaborate trunks of clothes, we would take beautiful raw materials and make very intricate paper crowns.  paper crown is a direct reflection of my youth; I use beautiful, raw materials to make something even more beautiful.
NS: Finally, the collection has a decidedly coastal feel and pieces are fittingly named after iconic nautical towns, including Newport (RI). Have you been to Newport or any of these New England gems? Is coastal/nautical style a personal favorite? You’re exactly right: all of these towns in New England are gems!  I grew up on the (West) Coast and definitely find much of my style comes from coastal / nautical inspirations.  We have a Newport, CA that I am very familiar with but hope to spend some time in Newport (RI) soon!

Thanks, Lauren! Readers–see the Newport, Jamestown, Nantucket pieces and more below, and to see the collection in its entirety, CLICK HERE.  

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March 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm 1 comment

Kelly Bensimon Soaks Up the City-by-the-Sea

Real Housewife of New York, model and designer Kelly Bensimon took advantage of the extraordinary spring weather this past weekend and headed to Newport for an overnight mother/daughter escape. The two lounged in luxury at the divine Vanderbilt Grace  (if you haven’t sipped their signature cocktail, be sure to put it on your to-do list, preferably enjoyed on the rooftop deck), enjoyed shopping at Sole Desire, massages at the hotel spa, and dining at Muse, The Landing and the Black Pearl. “The last time I was in Newport, I was modeling for Elle magazine on America’s Cup Stars and Stripes,” she Tweeted.

I asked her this week what her impression was of Newport since it’s been quite a while since she’s been, and she answered, “My daughter and I loved living the nautical American dream at the Vanderbilt Grace in Newport!”

Photo: Kelly looking particularly Newport nautical wearing an anchor necklace, part of the Kelly by Kelly Killoren Bensimon collection. Her new book, I Can Make You Hot! The Supermodel Diet, is now available on pre-order.

April 20, 2012 at 2:12 am 2 comments

“Is there anything more thrilling than a new frock?” -Lady Sybil … Downton Abbey Returns

If you’re a sucker for period dramas, eyebrow-raising aristocratic behavior and jaw-dropping Edwardian-era costumes (Spanx ain’t got nothing on a good corset!), and haven’t been watching PBS’ Downton Abbey, it’s time to get on board with the British series that has won viewers around the world (its of the most successful shows in “Masterpiece” history). The plot revolves around the patrician Crawley family (which includes their three beautiful and deliciously drama-filled daughters) and their servants–both social sets have their own heaping of oh-no-he/she-didn’t! moments.

I was late to the party on watching Downton when the series first aired, but caught up online by watching it here (free). Now I’m all caught up and will be watching (perhaps with a Pimm’s Cup?) tonight when season two debuts in the throes of World War I.

It’s not hard to imagine that the fashions donned by Newport’s robber baron families who summered in their Bellevue Avenue mansions during the era dressed much differently. Rosecliff’s Tessie Oelrichs was known for her lavish parties at the mansion, which is why she had commissioned the largest ballroom in Newport when working with architect Stanford White (one party’s guest list included famed magician Harry Houdini). In fact, Downton begins with the announcement of the Titanic disaster, and the sorrowful lost of family friend John Jacob Astor IV who went down with the ship (and was the son of “The Mrs. Astor” of Newport’s Astors’ Beechwood mansion). Click here for a recent Q&A with the series costume designer, Susannah Buxton, from the Wall Street Journal.

Downton Abbey’s Season 2 returns tonight on PBS at 9pm. Here is a glimpse of the fashion seen in season one. What’s your favorite Downton look?

January 8, 2012 at 10:19 am 2 comments

Philip Sawyer Sets Up Shop in Newport

This summer, one of Providence’s most praised designers opened a lovely boutique gallery on Spring Street, but unlike many shops that open during Newport’s busiest season, Philip Sawyer plans on making Newport a fashionable pied-à-terre of sorts.Our boutique gallery is open year round, and hopefully for many years, as we love Newport, and especially our new clients here,” says Anh Vu Sawyer, also an author.

She and husband Philip, who teaches Fine Sewing Techniques, and Pattern Making & Design at Rhode Island School of Design, design and produce their pieces from their studio in Providence. With a shared passion for healthy, natural living, the two use sustainable materials including linen, silk, cotton and wool, and strive for a zero-waste approach.

 “Our clothes, for both men and women, have actually been well-loved for Philip’s exquisite and timeless designs and fine craftsmanship,” says Anh. “We make our clothes one garment at a time, and offer custom fitting services to our clients, who prefer a perfect fit and have their choices of colors, fabrics and ideas that uniquely represent them.”

The two consider their Newport studio a gallery, and invite folks to visit their “sweet labor of love and collaboration between wonderful artist and designer friends.” They have watched their designs grace the runways at StyleWeek Providence and some of their design peers they support at the gallery studio, from other designers to artists, are quite recognized, with awards from the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Say Anh, “Some have sold their designs at Barney’s, Fred SegalMOMA and Collette in Paris!”

Phillip Sawyer & Friends is located at 233 Spring Street (between Franklin Street and Memorial Boulevard) in Newport.


October 12, 2011 at 8:36 am Leave a comment

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