Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast. ~W.J. Cameron

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Erickson Beamon

If ask me who's my favorite jewelry designer at the moment, I probably would say ERICKSON BEAMON. Their jewelry makes me drool & swoon over and over again with each new designs.

Founded and designed by Detroit natives Karen Erickson, Eric Erickson and Vicki Beamon, this fabulous jewelry line continued to dazzle worldwide, pioneering and coveted, handcrafted beaded necklace that have become thier trademark.

No other jewelry company is closely linked with the fashion runways as this creative team, who has designed custom pieces for Givenchy,Dior, Chanel, Anna Sui and Ungaro. Check out thier exquisite designs...

Midas Touch


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Suspenders in style

Belgium Model Claire Granlund

Any ideas on what to wear for this Christmas party? Well, I'm sure I'll be going looking in style like Belgium model Claire Granlund & Taylor Momsen in an opaque thigh high stokings with exposed suspenders. It's a trend nowadays to wear lingerie as outerwear.

And I can't wait to show you my new necklace that I have just finished created. It's the perfect accessories for this look, just like Claire Granlund's only it comes in a key shape.

Taylor Momsen

Friday, November 13, 2009

Cruisin with Casati

Inspired by nautical adventures and the classic ideal of feminism and beauty, Karl Lagerfeld created true masterpieces for the Chanel Cruise 2010 collection taking the divine Marchesa Luisa Casati as his beauty muse.


It was the legendary Grand Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort that hosted this event, set against the theatrical backdrop of a spectacular sunset view.


Models were dressed in Peggy Guggenheim inspired clothes and they walked on a boardwalk that serves as runways wearing Marchesa Casati inspired wigs & make up.


As much as I love the dresses, I just couldn’t take my eyes of those bold & chunky neckpieces! What an inspiration…I wish I had more gems!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wickedly Gaga

I love Lady Gaga's catchy music & quirky fashion sense! Here's her latest shots with Lily Cole in British Vogue December 2009.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Marchesa Luisa Casati: The Naked Sorceress

“I want to be a living work of art” – The Marchesa Luisa Casati


The Marchesa Luisa Casati is without a doubt the epitome of opulence, decadence & extravagance. In the decadent 1920’s it was the notorious Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957), who reigned as the disreputable diva of her day. She was an Italian heiress, celebrity, icon, muse, patroness and Europe’s most decadent hostess during the 20th century. For nearly 30 years she became an inspirational icon to innumerable artist on more than one continent and forever offering her considerable wealth, influence and ideas to a legion of painters, sculptors, photographers and fashion designers. Indeed she touches the heart of many artistic admirers and exceedingly captivated, inspired and astonished them with her eccentric persona.

Marchesa Luisa Casati wearing a costume that symbolizes light to a fancy dress party in Paris, 1922.


She had nude male servants gilded with gold. Wax mannequins (rumored to contain the ashes of past lovers) sat, lifeless, at her dinner table. She bejeweled herself in live snakes and was infamous for her Lalique flask of absinthe that accompanied her evening constitutionals around the grounds, parading her beloved cheetahs on diamond-studded leashes, swathed in furs and nothing else, dubbing her thereafter the “naked sorceress”. She traveled wherever her heart desires – Venice, Rome, Paris, Capri-collecting palaces and a menagerie of exotic animals and spending fortunes on lavish masquerades. Extraordinary yet intriguing was her parties and appearances that they became legendary. It said that she once checked into the Ritz Hotel in Paris, accompanied by her pet boa constrictor where it escaped!

Photo of Luisa Casati - 1912

Born in 1881, the second daughter of a wealthy Austrian cotton manufacturer Alberto Amman and his wife Lucia Bressi, Luisa enjoyed a luxurious yet isolated childhood in Milan. As a child she was described as being shy, but was fiercely intelligent and curious about arts and cultures which encouraged her to visit museums and art galleries often. During her girlhood, she began to fascinate extravagant real-life personalities as the royals King Ludwig II of Bavaria and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, as well as theatrical superstar Sarah Bernhardt. When both her wealthy parents died, Luisa (aged 15) & her sister were suddenly the wealthiest women in Italy. Luisa’s natural propensity for the arts & fascination with surrounding herself with beautiful, unusual things became a major part of her personality. She regularly shocked the aristocracy with her bizarre garb & enthrallment with the macabre.

The Marchesa Luisa Casati by Augustus John

Luisa possesses quite a unique & intrigue beauty with thick blaze of flame-coloured hair crowned her pale, almost cadaverously white face and sensually vermilioned lips. But above all, Luisa’s large green eyes cast the strongest spell of her unique beauty. She flanked them further still with immense false lashes and surrounding rings of black kohl, while droplets of poisonous belladonna made them glitter like emeralds.

All the while, Luisa established several dreamlike homes, each designed to her exacting and high-priced tastes. One of her houses was a semi-ruined palace along the Grand Canal in Venice. The gardens were illuminated with Chinese lanterns & albino blackbirds fluttered in the trees and pet cheetahs prowled along twisting pathways below. Another was the Palais Rose just outside of Paris, a red marble mansion with a private art gallery, containing more than 130 paintings of her likeness.

But alas, over the years with seemingly endless masquerade balls and commissions, passion for jewels, clothing and extravagant lifestyle, Luisa had amassed a debt of $25 million by the age of 49 years old. She had all her personal possession auctioned off and fled to London where she spent the next two decades of her life in a less grand condition. Despite her financial crisis, she did not stop being fabulous. It is said that she was seen strolling the alleyways, dumpster diving for feathers and other accoutrements with which to decorate her bonnets.

Giovanni Boldini's Marchesa Luisa Casati, with a Greyhound


Luisa Casati died in London on 1 June 1957 at the age of 76 years old. She was buried wearing not only her black and leopardskin finery but a pair of false eyelashes; an exhibitionist to the end. She was interred with one of her taxidermied Pekinese dogs, and her gravestone quotes Shakespeare’s Anthony & Cleopatra: Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety – a tribune likely befitting for this captivating femme fatale.

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