The Kimono By Brooks LTD

November 7th, 2016

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I met Colorado fashion designer Brooks of Brooks LTD HERE about a year ago in Denver at the “Cuffs” workshop presented by Debra Rapoport HERE visual performance artist and hatmaker from NYC.  Since that time, we have been working together on projects.  It’s been an exhilarating and productive collaboration, which has included a spin as a model for her mother-of-the bride photo shoots.

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Recently I was visiting her at her studio and my gaze rested upon this gorgeous kimono/opera coat constructed of luxurious silk fabric.  Brooks states that “the pattern was designed specifically for large prints. The oversized re-embroidered floral pattern requires little seaming so as not to destroy the beauty of the floral motifs.  One size fits all and it is lined and has inner pockets.”

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In the spirit of not having to own everything that I adore, Brooks generously offered that I use the kimono for a photo shoot.  It satisfied my desire to inhabit its beauty and document the time that I spent with Daniel roaming around Taxi HERE in the River north area of Denver.  The Taxi development has spacious walls of many colors and materials to provide backgrounds for the plush fabric, floral pattern and sweeping wing-span of the opera coat.

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I accessorized the kimono with pieces from my collections, with touches of plum and orange, which reflected a few of the vibrant colors of this piece of wearable art.  The fabric hat was discovered at the Denver consignment store Wardrobe Works HERE and the suede plum sling-back heels were found at a consignment store in Florida.  The velvet plum top was a vintage shop discovery in the 80’s and the orange gloves were purchased at an estate sale.  The plum skinny jeans were on sale in a retail spot in Santa Fe.  Style from across the second-hand continuum is a many splendored thing.

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Photos By Daniel

Thank you Brooks, for the thrill of wearing this beautifully crafted and elegant piece for a few hours on a Thursday.  We had a spectacular time together!

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb.  Patti’s Visible Monday is taking the week off.

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November’s Hat Attack features the mini beret Taxi! by Mademoiselle Slassi HERE.  My collaboration with Karima Slassi began this past July when she and her daughter visited Denver.  Karima is from Paris, but had lived in Colorado years ago.  We had been Facebook friends for several years, and I was very excited when she contacted me and we arranged a meetup for dinner.

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“The Taxi! line of hats is emblematic of Mademoiselle Slassi because the yellow color perfectly expresses the spirit of the brand: an ode to joy, elegance and originality. The mini beret Taxi! plays with the chic and the mischief of Parisian women.”…Karima Slassi

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Photos By Daniel

“In 2009, Karima Slassi launched Mademoiselle Slassi : a brand of hats and head accessories, designed and artisanally handcrafted in Paris. Classy and sassy, Mademoiselle Slassi mixes timeless and retro hat shapes with contemporary materials, details and colors, to bring stylish modern headwear that reflect poetic elegance and originality.

To Karima, hats are not just the ultimate touch of elegance of an outfit. It’s the perfect accessory to express the multiple sides of a personnality : someone will wear a netting veil to suggest the femme fatale within ; someone else will wear a hat in the style of Indiana Jones to show her adventurer mind. This one will choose a bright color hat to tell his joie de vivre ; while the other will proudly adorn his head with a top hat to become the dandy within.

Someone will wear a large floppy hat to express his artistic side ; the other will put on a delicious retro cloche hat to travel in time. The hat is a symbolic accessory that brings back history, mythes, fantasies ; it’s an open door to our imagination and conveys dreams.”…Karima Slassi

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Karima Slassi and her daughter in Denver, July, 2016

Karima describes herself “as « a milliner of the 21st century » but if she likes to hear that her hats have a retro flair, she prefers to hear that they are definitely contemporary hats. Mademoiselle Slassi hats can be plain or extravagant, classy or sassy. Each design fits the beauty and the personality of the wearer, allowing him to tell his own story. Because these hats are here to showcase the wearer and not the reverse.

The rich color palette and the infinity of details in the trimings provide an exquisite « twist » to these elegant hats that can be worn either with a casual outfit or an exceptionnal one. Hence the slogan of the brand :  « Hats to be special every day ; hats for a very special day »”…Karima Slassi

Thank you Karima and your lovely daughter, for a wonderful visit and “hat chat.”  I adore the mini beret, with its vibrant color and beautiful shape.  Taxi! will have a new life here in Denver, and accompanied me to dinner this past Friday evening.  This divine yellow chapeau did not go unnoticed!

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb.

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear my way. Give The SC a NOVEMBER HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through November 31st.

Anyone can participate in the celebration of headwear!  All you need is a URL, which can be acquired from Instagram, Facebook or your website.  All forms of headwear are appreciated:  hat, headwrap, headscarf, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you enjoy.  Multiple photos are encouraged!

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Confessions Of A Collector

October 24th, 2016

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I’ve known for many years that I’m a collector of hats, vintage and recycled clothing and accessories.  This would be difficult to ignore.  All I need to do is look around my living space to realize that my home is a closet.

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Most every piece in my collection is organized by category.  Hats in one area (except for a few favorites on display in the living room and dining room), shoes in another, and on and on.  You get the picture!

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At this point in my life, I embrace my desire and love to collect. I have no shame about this part of myself that enjoys the hunt and finding beauty in pieces from the past or that have a history that I can only imagine or make up in my mind.

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There may be several factors that explain my desire to collect. My brain, my emotions or perhaps it’s an addiction, but it hasn’t negatively affected other parts of my life. I see no reason to pathologize this interest or change a mindful activity that brings me joy and doesn’t hurt others. Rather, collecting enhances my life and my blog.

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Photos By Daniel

In fact, if I didn’t enjoy collecting an item because of its beauty, this hat would not have come to mind when I discovered this silk reptilian print Lanvin dress deeply discounted at a consignment shop in Minneapolis during my most recent trip this past summer.  The fabric hat was also discovered in a Minneapolis boutique at least 25 years ago. The gifted vintage faux snake-skin hat pin has been waiting for an outing for years.  Somehow they all came together with consignment shop black skinny jeans, open shoulder top,  jewelry and booties as I was planning my ensemble for a party in September.  This composition was created by scanning my beloved collections!  And so, I will continue to search the estate sales, thrift shops and consignment stores to my Style Crone heart’s content.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

The Season Of Transition

October 17th, 2016

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As autumn arrives full-blown, with its stunning display of colors, I’ve been reflecting from an inner distance on my own life’s transitions.  Seasons of the year can be perceived as analogous to the stages of life.

I see myself in fall as I gaze upon the trees as they shift from green to brilliant red, orange and yellow.  The stage before their leaves fall to the ground in heaps of crisp and spent beauty, they are at their most lovely.  Before they appear stark and barren against the frigid winter background.  Or as with humans, the end of life on the physical plane.

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Why lament the lost youth of spring, when we can revel in the glorious colors and the fragrant essence of fall?

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Does not every season have its beauty?  Does not every age have its triumphs and pitfalls, balancing on the precipice of regrets from the past and fears of the future? What’s done is done, and we have limited control over the unfolding of tomorrow. Why not leap full speed ahead and embrace every possibility that presents itself in the present?  Before our leaves fall.

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As I welcome the adventures of fall, I chose to wear this silk tiger print dress that I discovered at a Los Angeles thrift shop, introduced to me by Louise of Louise Green Millinery HERE.

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Rhinestones light the way, along with an array of vintage estate sale accessories and consignment store shoes. There’s an outfit for every occasion.  Such as today with Daniel, on a Tuesday, playing around the periphery of the Denver Botanic Gardens HERE.

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Photos By Daniel

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

Several weeks ago I traveled to Los Angeles to the Advanced Style: Older And Wiser HERE book signing at Louise Green Millinery HERE. How could I possibly miss Ari’s book signing in a millinery studio?

This West Coast adventure lived up to my expectations and beyond.  I met many new and interesting people and had the opportunity to explore the millinery wonderland created by Louise and her husband Lawrence (as described in my post of last week). The above video of the event was created by Lawrence, and depicts the fun and frivolity of an experience that I will never forget.  It includes images that I was not able to capture in the few hours that rapidly flew by in a whirl of books, beautifully dressed and intriguing people and magnificent hats.

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Ari and his wonderful husband Eric were looking dapper as always!  If it were not for the Advanced Style Movement created by Ari, I would not have been at Louise’s Millinery studio.  I would not have met the wonderful and creative people at the event. I would not have discovered the headwear that now has a prominent perch in the hat room, which evokes joyful memories whenever I lay eyes upon its elegance.  The Advanced Style circle gets larger and more fabulous over time.

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Louise and Lawrence Green provided the perfect environment for the book signing. Every detail was seamlessly attended to, and there was magic in the air.  The people who were present and in the book were busy signing their page and almost everyone was trying on hats.  The hours flew by as though they were mere minutes, as laughter and playful connections filled the space of the showroom.

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Louise’s 87-year-old mother Sheila Raznick was lovely and vivacious in one of her daughter’s floral whimseys.  I was entranced by the stories of her life and her resilient spirit.

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It was a family affair, with Ari’s parents Jack and Frances Cohen in attendance.  It’s easy to see where Ari gets his sense of style, with Jack in understated black and denim, accessorized with a camera, and Frances in splashes of glorious color, topped off with the perfect hat.

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One of the highlights of the event was meeting beautiful bloggers Sandra Sallin of “Apart From My Art” HERE and Susan Blakely of “une femme d’un certain age” HERE. I have followed Susan’s blog for many years and felt that I already knew her.  She is even more beautiful and clever in person, and we had great fun catching up on each other’s lives face to face.

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The artist and designer Gretchen Shields HERE was lovely in layers.  The background of hats accentuates her beauty.

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Ryh-Ming Poon and the glamorous and kind Colleen Heidemann were radiant and resplendent in Louise Green headwear!

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The colorful artist and designer Suzi Click HERE was caught signing her page in Ari’s book!

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The beautiful model Ellen Jamison rocked polka dots and her stunning silver hair.

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New friends (from left) artist Kerrie Smith, designer and photographer Susan Freedman Londoner of “What Would Susie Wear” HERE and artist Allyson Rowen Taylor were smashing in black and white.

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Thank you to Ari Seth Cohen for posting this photo of The Style Crone on Advanced Style HERE.  For the book signing event I combined pieces gathered from my travels over the past few years.  The vintage Diane von Furstenberg maxi dress was purchased at Lili Vintage Boutique HERE in New Orleans and the feather headpiece flew to my head at Fabulous Fanny’s HERE in NYC.  The vintage pearl accessories are treasures discovered at Denver estate sales.  I love how Ari’s brilliant eye captured the bird-of-paradise as bracelet.  That’s one accessory that did not travel home with me to Denver!

I was thrilled and honored to be included in the Daily Mail’s piece on “The six senior street style stars that are taking over social media HERE.”  I was humbled to be in the company of gorgeous and creative Instagrammers Debra Rapoport, Colleen Heidemann, Linda Rodin, Cynthia Pastor and Sarah Jane Adams, all over the age of 60. Do wonders never cease!

As a reminder, Hat Attack is open for participation, all day, every day

 

 

 

 

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