A Year Of The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara: Chicago 2016

Fashionable Windows & The City Scene:  Max Mara/Chicago
Fashionable Windows & The City Scene: Max Mara/Chicago

A year of the fashionable windows of Max Mara from behind my lens. Chicago. The Magnificent Mile. Michigan Avenue and the stylish and changing windows of fashion. Max Mara style. For one who over the last 3+ years has photographed every month the fashionable windows of Chicago, Max Mara stands out to be one of the highlights from behind my lens. Striking mannequins posed in changing Max Mara style. Sheer delight for one who loves fashion. Above fashion itself, Max Mara, located on the corner of E. Delaware and Michigan Avenue, offers windows that are key in reflecting the city that I love. Look closer and you will see the distinctive architecture of the John Hancock Building and the iconic silhouette of the Fourth Presbyterian Church. A look back at a compilation of images I have shared on this blog in my City Inspirations of Chicago over the year…

Max Mara: January 2016
Max Mara: January 2016
Max Mara:  January 2016
Max Mara: January 2016
Max Mara:  February 2016
Max Mara: February 2016
Fashion In A City:  Max Mara 2016
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Max Mara: February 2016
Max Mara:  March/April
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Max Mara: July 2016

 

Max Mara:  June 2016
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Max Mara: July 2016
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Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
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Max Mara: September 2016
Max Mara:  September 2016
Max Mara: September 2016
Max Mara:  September 2016
Max Mara: September 2016
Max Mara:  October 2016
Max Mara: October 2016
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Max Mara: October 2016
Max Mara: October 2016
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Max Mara:  November 2016
Max Mara: November 2016
Max Mara: November 2016
Max Mara: November 2016
Max Mara:  November 2016
Max Mara: November 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016

As the famous saying goes…“Fashion changes. Style endures”.  Onward, from behind the lens in capturing yet another year of Max Mara. Style will endure from behind the glass panes of visual merchandising to the world that passes by.  Behind the lens of a camera, they are merely images that freeze a moment in time. Fashionable time.  Changing fashion. Enduring style.  The art of fashion and the love of photographing fashion, onward. With Max Mara style….

Onward,

Kristin

For The Love Of Fashion & A City Reflected:  Max Mara 2016/Chicago
For The Love Of Fashion & A City Reflected: Max Mara 2016/Chicago

Studded Style: Classic Nailhead Trim In Interior Design

Interior Appeal:  Studded Embellishments Of Nailhead Trim
Interior Appeal: Studded Embellishments Of Nailhead Trim

Nailhead trim. A timeless added detail and enduring element of furniture design that spans interior design. Dating back to the period of 1560-1643 with the arrival of what it referred to as French Country furniture era during the reign of Louis XIII in 17th Century France, nailhead trim on furnishings endures to appeal. Beyond a visual appreciation of the studded design of the nailhead and its embellishment to classically styled furniture, a nod to the past will certainly only broaden historical appreciation for a classic element that remains a constant in interior design today.

Historically, the use of decorative nailheads served as not just decorative form but in function in furniture making.  Beyond a mere decorative trim, nailheads were used to hide areas where the upholstery was tacked into the wood frame of the furniture object.  Who knew? Form and function. Nailheads would thus aid in holding the upholstery in place attractively.  Decorative concealment in craftsmanship, indeed.  Since the 15th and 16th centuries trims such as gimp (braided trim) would be used by the upholsterer in conjunction with decorative nailheads traditionally made of brass or copper. 17th century France used nailhead trim on the ornately carved wooden seating with period upholstery coverings such as brocade, velvet, tapestries and leather. A studded pattern of design that has never faded from the world of interior design…

France's  Os de Mouton chair:  Marked the Introduction Of Nailhead Trim
France’s Os de Mouton chair

The French  Os de Mouton chair is the most well known design from the 17th century. The French word “Mouton” refers to sheep.  Thus the shape of the chair legs suggests that they resemble the legs of a lamb.  It is interesting to note that the arrival of this chair marked the beginning of upholstered backs and seats using nail head trim.

Beyond the French link to this hidden design of form and function in craftsmanship, designing with nailhead was favored with old Dutch, Spanish and English furnishings. During the 1800’s famed English furniture designer William Morris and the American designers Stickley Brothers during the 1900’s would also favor this medieval-style nailhead trimming with leather and Baroque tapestry. Designs from the past always inspire design through the decades. As with the nailhead trim, classics always endure. Although the use of nailhead trim is commonly linked use with leather-upholstered sofas, chairs and ottomans, the trim has since studded the world of interior design with modern yet timeless appeal.  Both classic and modern takes on this timeless trim are certain to inspire…

Studded In Nailhead Appeal
Studded In Nailhead Appeal
Nailhead Embellishments: Interior Delights Of Classic Appeal
Nailhead Embellishments: Interior Delights Of Classic Appeal
Tried & True: Nailhead Embellishments
Tried & True: Nailhead Embellishments
Studded With Classic Details:  Nailhead Trim
Studded With Classic Details: Nailhead Trim
Trimmed In Style:  Nailhead Design
Trimmed In Style: Nailhead Design
Styled With Metal:  Nailhead Trim Appeal
Styled With Metal: Nailhead Trim Appeal
Trimmed Appeal:  Nailhead Style
Trimmed Appeal: Nailhead Style
Stylized In Classic & Modern Appeal: Nailhead Trim
Stylized In Classic & Modern Appeal: Nailhead Trim
Studded Appeal In Interior Design:  Nailhead Trim
Studded Appeal In Interior Design: Nailhead Trim
Patterned & Dotted In Nailhead Design
Patterned & Dotted In Nailhead Design
Nailhead Inspiration:  Patterned In Classic Style
Nailhead Inspiration: Patterned In Classic Style
Masculine Edge In Nailhead Trim Style
Masculine Edge In Nailhead Trim Style
Embellished Louis:  Studded In Nailhead
Embellished Louis: Studded In Nailhead

Consider the patterned distinction of nailhead trim.  Patterns in nailheads have gone far in decorating our interior spaces in the decades that have followed since the 15th century. With timeless appeal the decoration of nailhead trim will certainly remain an embellishment in interior design. Timeless style with modern inspirations within the interior, indeed. Accentuating lines of design with sophistication, the nailhead trim design will endure to add visual interest and distinction to the surfaces of our interiors that it embellishes. Onward in enduring classic design.

Onward,

Kristin

Checkered in Classic Style: Gingham Fabric

Checks Of Classic & Modern Appeal:  Gingham
Checks Of Classic & Modern Appeal: Gingham

Gingham. The pattern that never seems to fade. Granted, its appearance and reappearance into fashion proves that it is an enduring classic of crisp and fresh appeal. Fashion evolves and styles change, but the timeless checked pattern of distinction will always thread through fashion’s world. A classic pattern that returns with a fresh, modern spin, once again. Referring to “Striped cotton”, this timeless and classic pattern typically consists of “medium yarns in varying qualities and woven of plan cotton fibers”. Originally, gingham was a bright colored stripe.  Who knew? Gingham evolved into the check pattern that has brought it to its iconic and classic status.

Ranging from medium to light weight and from very small to very large checked patterns, The iconic coloring and pattern is a balanced pattern, with no right or wrong side, since the fibers are colored before they are woven together.  Gingham is most common in blue and white yet gingham would eventually gain its acclaim as a red and white pattern of delight. Of course, there are other colors that have arrived to the forefront that echo the classic checked style.  And of this pattern of checked style?  A look to the past…

 The Iconic "Wizzard Of OZ" Gingham Dress
Judy Garland & The Iconic “Wizzard Of OZ” Gingham Dress

Perhaps the iconic blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy from the Wizzard Of Oz remains as the most poignant American link to this checkered blue pattern. Yet this patterned fabric that has endured through time to transcend style that would include the mod 1960’s appeal and beyond, deserves a look back. To appreciate this classic pattern that appears in fashion archives since its inception in the world of textiles, a brief background of the pattern of checks….

During the 16th century gingham fabric was manufactured within the Dutch-colonized Malaysia and Indonesia, which excelled in their use of rich, color fast textile dyes that would produce textiles like gingham that wove bright colors through the fabrics. This checked pattern, known as “Malay ginggang”held the meaning of  “With space between, hence striped”.  It is believed that the term Gingham was introduced to the English language by both Dutch and French traders in 1615.  Yet having claim to the word “Gingham”, evidence links that the Italians and Indonesians may have also had a part in the name that stems from the same root, meaning “Striped”.

During the 17th century this brightly colored textile of striped cotton-weave fabric was widely exported to Europe and colonial USA from India and Indonesia through the East India Trading Company. In the mid-18th Century, England’s textile mills produced the checked gingham cotton fabric using imported cotton and dyes. In fact, Manchester, England was the center of gingham fabric production. It is stated that there were 108 cotton mills in Manchester at the peak of its industrial boom. That is quite a lot of gingham to satisfy the rage of fashion’s call.  Fabric of fashionable style, indeed. In America, cotton mills were also established to produce the fabric that was “All the rage” across Europe and in the United States- gingham!

Perhaps Gingham, which has links and symbolism to youth and nostalgia, will continue to  evolve in fashion and in style within the 21st Century.  What is certain is that although it may appear to go “in and out” of fashion, classics never fade.  Always to return, the patterned print of checks will always find its way to fashion’s forefront

Tried & True:  Vintage Gingham Fashion
Tried & True: Vintage Gingham Fashion

One cannot mention gingham without the mention and visual nod to Brigitte Bardot.  In 1959  Bardot married Jacques Charrier in Paris. Donning a wedding dress of pink and white gingham designed by couturier Jacques Estérel, Bardot made the French Vichy pattern  highly fashionable with worldwide appeal. She is even said to have nearly single-handedly brought French glamour to the classic gingham pattern. Of course!

1959/Brigitte Bardot/Paris, France
1959/Brigitte Bardot/Paris, France
Brigitte Bardot (France/1959) Bedecked In Gingham
Brigitte Bardot (France/1959) Bedecked In Gingham

Another nod to the past of checked style…Gingham and Hollywood united and icons and stars such as Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn and other icons of style, such as First Lady Jackie Kennedy, would don the checked pattern of stylish fashionable statements.

Icons Of Style:  Bedecked In Gingham
Icons Of Style: Bedecked In Gingham
Vintage Appeal:  Gingham &  Its Fashionable Past
Vintage Appeal: Gingham & Its Fashionable Past
Audrey Hepburn:  Adorned In A Checked Pattern Classic
Audrey Hepburn: Adorned In A Checked Pattern Classic
Marilyn Monroe & Jane Fonda:  Gingham Appeal Of Hollywood Style
Marilyn Monroe & Jane Fonda: Gingham Appeal Of Hollywood Style
Icons Of Fashion In Gingham Fabric
Icons Of Fashion In Gingham Fabric
Fashion's Gingham:  Evolution Of Style
Fashion’s Gingham: Evolution Of Style
Icons & Fashion's Appeal:  Gingham
Icons & Fashion’s Appeal: Gingham
Fashion's Gingham:  Always A Classic
Fashion’s Gingham: Always A Classic
Gingham Style On The Cover Of Magazines
Gingham Style On The Cover Of Magazines
Gingham Style:  Magazines & Fashion's Style
Gingham Style: Magazines & Fashion’s Style
Gingham:  Covers Of Fashion
Gingham: Covers Of Fashion
Fashionable Gingham: Checks Of Style
Fashionable Gingham: Checks Of Style
Modern Appeal:  Gingham & Fashion's Fresh Perspective
Modern Appeal: Gingham & Fashion’s Fresh Perspective
Super Model Gingham: Enduring  Style In A Classic Pattern
Super Model Gingham: Enduring Style In A Classic Pattern
Fresh Appeal:  The Modern Take On Gingham
Fresh Appeal: The Modern Take On Gingham
Moden Gingham:  Fashion's Evolution Of  A Classic Pattern
Moden Gingham: Fashion’s Evolution Of A Classic Pattern
Jcrew:  Gingham Checks Of Modern Appeal
Jcrew: Gingham Checks Of Modern Appeal
Gingham Of Modern Interpretation
Gingham Of Modern Interpretation
Gingham Style: Colorful & Vivid Checked Appeal
Gingham Style: Colorful & Vivid Checked Appeal
Timeless Blue & White Checked Fashion:  Gingham
Timeless Blue & White Checked Fashion: Gingham
The "Guess" Models In Gingham
The “Guess” Models In Gingham
Masculine & Classic  Style:   Gingham
Masculine & Classic Style: Gingham

Of course, the dapper man bedecked in classic gingham… a visual nod of appreciation, indeed…

 Dapper Classics:  The Man & Gingham
Dapper Classics: The Man & Gingham

The world of entertaining and grand events of life are not without the inclusion of this checked pattern of timeless style. Checked style of celebratory appeal endures…

Wedding  & Entertaining  In Gingham Style
Wedding & Entertaining In Gingham Style
Gingham Style :  The Dapper Groom & Groomsman
Gingham Style : The Dapper Groom & Groomsman
Entertaining Bliss In Checked Style:  Gingham Delights
Entertaining Bliss In Checked Style: Gingham Delights

Of course, a visual appreciation of gingham outside the world of fashion and into the world of the interior. Gingham is certainly a statement of bold appeal when found within the interior. Interior, appeal, for certain…

Interior Delights In Gingham Style
Interior Delights In Gingham Style
Gingham:  Interior & Exterior Appeal
Gingham: Interior & Exterior Appeal
Vivid Appeal In Checked Style:  Gingham Interiors
Vivid Appeal In Checked Style: Gingham Interiors

Consider the classic pattern of checks. Whether it is a modern take on the timeless fabric pattern that adorns our fashionable world, embellishes events and celebrations or boldly proclaims itself within our interiors, gingham is worthy of appreciation.  Now a modern classic with a historied past, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“The fabric of existence weaves itself whole” -Charles Ives

Woven Warmth Of Personal Style: Sweaters

Fashion Basic Of Warmth:  Sweaters
Fashion Basic Of Warmth: Sweaters

The sweater. Perhaps there is no layer that we crave more upon the arrival of the cool Autumn and Wintry days and nights than the warmth of a sweater. The word cozy certainly goes hand in hand with the knitted and woven delights of warmth paired with fashionable and classic styles of personal preferences. If the word “cozy” expresses “comfortable and warm”, sweaters provide just that. Style awaits as the winds swirl around us. Fashionable preparation of warmth. “Sweater Season”.

By definition, a sweater is a “knitted top, and knitted garments”. The history of the layer of warmth is believed to have had its knitted form created for the 19th century British fishermen. Oh, the iconic fisherman’s sweater. Although this is not a discussion of history nor how the various forms and styles of sweaters came to fashion’s forefront. Rather, a mere visual appreciation of the garment of warmth itself.

Of course,the fabrics of choice determine the effect and level of warmth one requires. Natural fabrics will serve well as investment pieces over time. Sweaters that will become perrennial go-to options time and time again. Beyond the protection from the Autumn winds or effects of cooler climates is the consideration of the fabric and style. Whether the sweater you layer yourself is the warmth of wool (Ah, the loved Merino wool sweater), cashmere (Oh, the luxurious feel and warmth!), cotton or a blend, the refined sweater will endure to be a welcomed layer within the world of our personal wardrobes. Whether this classic pullover is a V-neck, crew neck, turtleneck or other variations of sweater styles, the choice is personal. A base layer of function and style. Of course, as with any fashionable basic, the ability of sweaters to work with your wardrobe in a versatile fashion is another benefit of these layers of warmth.

Although the options, styles, fabrics and yarns of formed knitted appeal are many, the choices and options that await are indeed, personal. Choices that will endure to layer you season to season. When you invest in timeless and classic fabrics and styles, the longterm benefits of fashionable warmth will prevail in your wardrobe for years to come. Fashion’s timelessness, indeed. Yet a visual homage to the sweater awaits…colors, styles and images of fashion’s layers will undoubtedly inspire you to assess your collection of layered warmth. Perhaps, donning a sweater that has been out of sight that is now beckoning to cover you in knitted and woven warmth. Fashionably, so. The warmth of fashion’s layer, indeed….

Vintage Style:  The Fashionable Sweater
Vintage Style: The Fashionable Sweater
Woven  & Warm: The Vintage Allure Of The Sweater
Woven & Warm: The Vintage Allure Of The Sweater
Timeless Calvin Klein:  Sweaters Of  Fashion in Time
Timeless Calvin Klein: Sweaters Of Fashion in Time
Fashion's Sweater Appeal
Fashion’s Sweater Appeal
Fashion's Layer Of Warmth:  The Sweater
Fashion’s Layer Of Warmth: The Sweater
Woven & Knitted Warmth Of Personal Style:  Sweaters
Woven & Knitted Warmth Of Personal Style: Sweaters
Sweater Appeal:  Fashion's Personal Statement
Sweater Appeal: Fashion’s Personal Statement
Super Model Style:  Layered In Sweaters
Super Model Style: Layered In Sweaters
Warmth & Layers Of Style:  Sweater Delights
Warmth & Layers Of Style: Sweater Delights
Seasonal Layers:  Sweaters
Seasonal Layers: Sweaters
Sweaters Of Fashionable Intent
Sweaters Of Fashionable Intent
The Layer Of Personal Style:  The Sweater
The Layer Of Personal Style: The Sweater
Seasonal Changes With Fashion's Layers
Seasonal Changes With Fashion’s Layers
Knitted & Woven Delights Of Seasonal Flair:  The Enduring Sweater
Knitted & Woven Delights Of Seasonal Flair: The Enduring Sweater
Fashion's Sweaters Of Knitted Warmth
Fashion’s Sweaters Of Knitted Warmth
Model Status:  Layered In Fashion's Warmth & Appeal
Model Status: Layered In Fashion’s Warmth & Appeal
Layered Icon Status: Enduring Super Model, Linda Evangelista
Layered Icon Status: Enduring Super Model, Linda Evangelista
The Sweater On Fashion's Glossies
The Sweater On Fashion’s Glossies
Fashion Covers:  Layered In Sweaters
Fashion Covers: Layered In Sweaters
Models Of Iconic Status:  Layered In Fashion's Photograph
Models Of Iconic Status: Layered In Fashion’s Photograph

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”
—Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton/1976
Lauren Hutton/1976

Consider the layer of the sweater and its fashionable status of warmth and style. The options that are available, to meet your personal style in timeless fashion, are many.  Style preferences of layered attitude. Warmth and fashion fused and united in a fashionable statement that will delight those that nestle within the cozy warmth of the wearable fitted “blanket” of style

Onward,

Kristin

“When the bold branches bid farewell to rainbow leaves- welcome wool sweaters”
-B. Cybrill

For The Love Of Denim: Homage To The Fabric Of Indigo Blue

For The Love Of Denim
For The Love Of Denim
Kate Moss & Cindy Crawford:  Iconic Poses In Denim
Kate Moss & Cindy Crawford: Iconic Poses In Denim

For the love of denim….Not a new topic of focus for me but rather, one that earns yet another visual nod of appreciation. Perhaps there is no other season where denim acquires attention and fixation than at the onset of Fall. A season that seems to equate itself with the fabric of blue indigo hues, denim has endured to appeal to us as an essential of Autumn. The thrill of a new pair of jeans, donning the iconic denim jacket or another workhorse of style, the denim shirt. Timeless.

Truly a seasonless icon, denim is always in ‘Vouge’. Making its appearance every season, the world of denim never disappears from fashion’s forefront. The true blue indigo world of denim offers a durable and versatile stylish fabric that is a staple in nearly every woman’s wardrobe. Denim is ageless. Perhaps that is why I still cling to it. “Forever in blue jeans”. Stylish options in which to personalize with flair. Indeed, accessorizing the look is merely how you own the fabric. Life is certainly all about the details.

Again, another nod to the world of the fabric of denim itself…

Fashion Covers:  Layered In Denim
Fashion Covers: Layered In Denim
Covers Of Style:  Denim In  The World Of Fashion
Covers Of Style: Denim In The World Of Fashion
Fashion Magazine Covers Of Denim  Appeal
Fashion Magazine Covers Of Denim Appeal
The Stylish Fabric Of Denim
The Stylish Fabric Of Denim: Verushka & The Iconic 90’s Supermodels
Icons Of Style & The Timeless Fabric Of Denim
Icons Of Style & The Timeless Fabric Of Denim
Denim Love:  Carolyn Murphy & Lauren Hutton
Denim Love: Carolyn Murphy & Lauren Hutton
Denim:  Fashionable Inspirations Of Enduring Appeal
Denim: Fashionable Inspirations Of Enduring Appeal
Stylish Denim:  Versatile & Durable Style
Stylish Denim: Versatile & Durable Style
Denim Love:  Enduring Style
Denim Love: Enduring Style
The World Of Fashionable Denim Style
The World Of Fashionable Denim Style
Indigo Blue Hues:  Denim Love
Indigo Blue Hues: Denim Love
Blue Hue Style Of Denim
Blue Hue Style Of Denim
Fashion & The Enduring Fabric Of Denim
Fashion & The Enduring Fabric Of Denim
Fashion's Denim: A Love Affair
Fashion’s Denim: A Love Affair
Denim Love:  Versatile Stylish Appeal That Endures
Denim Love: Versatile Stylish Appeal That Endures

Consider with appreciation the world of denim. No matter the season, denim is always in style. Indeed, denim has stood the test of time. It’s classic. Whether you layer yourself in a denim shirt, jacket or the classic jean, denim is a fabric that may fade with wear, but will never fade out of fashion.

Onward in denim…..

Kristin

PS: And of those blue jeans? Perhaps no one stated it better than Yves Saint Laurent
“I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity- all I ever hope for in my clothes”
-Yves Saint Laurent

Flared Jeans: Wide-Leg Denim Of Enduring Style

Flared Style:  The Enduring Appeal Of Denim Flare Jeans
Flared Style: The Enduring Appeal Of Denim Flare Jeans

The flared denim jean and the art of denim. The art of denim endures. No matter the links that denim is attributed to, the layering of the indigo blue hued fabric of denim will always continue to layer the fashionable world that surrounds us. And in the regard to the flared jeans of wide-leg appeal? An evolution of style, indeed.

American Naval Influences: The Wide Legged “Flare”

The “Bell-Bottom” flare has a history of an American nautical influence. The denim “flares” offered functional, sturdy and rugged function in workwear for sailors during the 19th century. Described as “very wide-legged trousers, rather than shaped trousers that flared below the knee”, the wide-leg pant perhaps provided ease when removing boots while simultaneously allowing easy removal when soaked with sea waters. It is perhaps no surprise that wide legged trousers would become a part of the US Naval uniform that endures today.

From the references and continual links to past, these flares of denim have endured to repeat their impact on fashion. The 1960’s brought forth a fashionable presence layered in flared denim. During the 1970’s the flared denim jean, that spread out from the bottom of the knee, iconically became an emblem of the “hippie” culture. Between the world of “Free Love” and the rising groove of the disco scene, these “bell bottom” pants would endure in fashion’s ever changing world. Evolution of a style, for certain. And as with change, a nod to the world of fashion’s continual reintroduction of the indigo, swinging denim jeans is in order. Homage to the past and an acknowledgment of the timeless appeal of a denim style that has earned the right to stand on its own stylish appeal. Modern shapes and leg-lengthening styles of “full-legged” and “Boot Cut” (or “Boot Fit”) flared jeans presents a stylish option in denim of classic form. Offering a modern, tighter fit at the knee with the flare out from knee to hem, modern energy with an updated style is offered to those of us who adore denim. Ageless. Can it be said that the flared silhouettes have spread into a modern revival of 1970’s fashion? For certain. Yet I err on the side of classic lines. Modern lengths of widened appeal. The mere image of the timeless icon, Katherine Hepburn, in flared denim jeans during the 1930’s certainly attests to an elegance of flared appeal

Katherine Hepburn: Classic & Timeless In Denim Flares/1932
Katherine Hepburn: Classic & Timeless In Denim Flares/1932

Timeless 1960’s images of English actress and singer based in France, Jane Birkin, endure to validate the stylish flared denim jean…

Denim Flares Of Timeless Jane Birkin Style (English Actress/French Singer1960's)
Denim Flares Of Timeless Jane Birkin Style (English Actress/French Singer1960’s)

Of course, the mere 1970’s image of Farah Fawcett in bell-bottom denim flares , perched upon a skateboard, in “Charlie’s Angels” is a testament of fashion’s impact of flared appeal. A visual memory from my youth, for certain.

Farrah Fawcett/Charlie’s Angels/1976: Denim “Bell Bottoms”

And of course, a visual appreciation of the modern “flare” denim jeans…

Wide Bottom Denim:  Modern Style Of Timeless Fabric
Wide Bottom Denim: Modern Style Of Timeless Fabric
 Model Style:  Karlie Kloss In Denim Flares
Model Style: Karlie Kloss In Denim Flares
Denim Blues Of Wide Appeal:  The Flared  Jean
Denim Blues Of Wide Appeal: The Flared Jean
Personal Style Of Self Expression In Denim:  The Flared Denim Jean
Personal Style Of Self Expression In Denim: The Flared Denim Jean
Flares Of Long Legged Silhouettes Of Denim Style
Flares Of Long Legged Silhouettes Of Denim Style
Timeless Denim With Modern Appeal:  Flared Jeans
Timeless Denim With Modern Appeal: Flared Jeans
Wide Bottom Style Of Enduring Fashion:  Flares
Wide Bottom Style Of Enduring Fashion: Flares
Style & Length:  Wide Legged Flare Denim Of Modern Style
Style & Length: Wide Legged Flare Denim Of Modern Style
Denim Style:  Flared Jeans Of Casual & Elegant Appeal
Denim Style: Flared Jeans Of Casual & Elegant Appeal
Blue Delight:  Denim Flared Jeans Of Enduring Appeal
Blue Delight: Denim Flared Jeans Of Enduring Appeal
Striking Impact In Flared Denim
Striking Impact In Flared Denim

A homage to denim flares certainly must include a visual nod to the world of denim in fashion. A love affair of indigo blue, indeed…

Denim Love:  The World Of Fashion & Denim
Denim Love: The World Of Fashion & Denim

Consider with appreciation the flared silhouette in denim. Providing the visual illusion of mile-long legs, the casual appeal paired with modern, polished elegance will endure in fashion’s past and future archives. For the love of denim, indeed. These wide, flared denim jeans certainly earn the right to reside within the woman’s wardrobe. Worn with elegance, always…in enduring style.

Onward,

Kristin

PS: Of course I simply had to capture my own personal “Flared Denim Love”…

“Selfies”: My Flared Denim Love

Espadrilles: Timeless Natural Jute Soles & Canvas Uppers Of Lightweight, Warm Weather Appeal

Summer Appeal:  Jute Sole Espadrilles
Summer Appeal: Jute Sole Espadrilles

Jute sole “Espadrilles”. Long have they been an emblem of casual Summer “chic”. These jute sole shoes with canvas uppers have endured as a coveted warm weather essential. For certain, variations abound of this timeless shoe that pairs with a flexible and defining characteristic sole constructed of jute rope. Natural and lightweight delight, indeed…

Espadrilles: Season Style With Variations
Espadrilles: Season Style With Variations

Since the 14th century espadrilles have been crafted in the Pyrennean Catalonia region of Spain. Originally constructed as peasant footwear it is perhaps no surprise that the form and function of this lightweight, natural shoe would evolve and pair with fashion. Interestingly, the most primitive form of espadrilles date back as far as 4000 years. Quite an enduring history of natural appeal. The French term “Espadrille”, in the romance language of “Occitan”, was derived from “Esparto” (a plant that was originally burned then braided to make the soles) and from “Espardenya” in Catalan or “Alpargata” in Spanish. For certain, the braided rope soles with hand sewn fabric have endured as in craftsmanship. Today Jute Espadrilles are imported from Spain, France, Italy, Bangladesh and Argentina. Jute soles of broad, world wide appeal, indeed.

The Art Of The Espadrille:  Enduring Craftsmanship
The Art Of The Espadrille: Enduring Craftsmanship

Beyond the origins of peasant footwear, espadrilles have certainly evolved into a fashionable statement of warm weather style. Although traditional espadrilles are worn by both men and women during the warm weather months, it is the modern espadrilles on the feet of the woman that my focus is upon. As for the appeal of these natural jute braided sole shoes in America, it has been attributed to the “Silver Screen’s” 1948 film “Key Largo” starring Lauren Bacall. Bacall, with her ankles ribboned with espadrille ties. Perhaps Bacall created a fashionable stir that has not ceased to appeal. The world of Hollywood would soon embark and stroll upon the streets with soles of jute…and the rest is history.

Key Largo (1948) Directed by John Huston Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall
Key Largo (1948)
Directed by John Huston
Humphrey Bogart &Lauren Bacall
Hollywood Icons & Espadrilles
Hollywood Icons & Espadrilles
Enduring Fashionable Appeal: Jute Espadrilles
Hollywood & Fashion:Enduring Fashionable Appeal in Jute Espadrilles
Enduring Appeal In Fashion:  Jute Espadrilles
Enduring Appeal In Fashion: Jute Espadrilles

In 1970 it was Yves Saint Laurent who brought the espadrille to greater heights with the pairing of his vision for a wedge espadrille. Having met Spanish espadrille manufacturers, Lorenzo & Isabel Castañer, at trade shoe in Paris, the Castañer’s successfully interpreted Yves Saint Laurent’s vision. Alas, fashion’s allure to the stacked jute soled shoe remains. Of course, with fashion, revivals and revisions will always bring the classics back to the forefront. During the 1980’s America again experienced a revival with these jute soled & canvas shoes. No matter the decade, this jute sole shoe will continue a journey of fashionable Summer appeal…

“If Yves Saint Laurent wanted a wedge espadrille, a wedge espradille he would have!”
-Lorenzo Castañer.

Yves Saint Laurent's Iconic 1970's Stacked Espadrille
Yves Saint Laurent’s Iconic 1970’s Stacked Espadrille

And of the stylized high-heeled variations? Fashionable statements of height paired warm weather appeal, for certain. Yet it is the flat soled espadrille that my focus falls upon. Comfort and ease. Lightweight and simple. A warm weather classic

Fashion's Enduring Love Affair:  Espadrilles
Fashion’s Enduring Love Affair: Espadrilles
Claudia Schiffer:  Timeless Summer Appeal In Espadrilles (1994)
Claudia Schiffer: Timeless Summer Appeal In Espadrilles (1994)
Natural & Warm Weather Appeal:  Espadrilles
Natural & Warm Weather Appeal: Espadrilles
Casual Chic With Warm Weather Appeal:  Espadrilles
Casual Chic With Warm Weather Appeal: Espadrilles
Jute Soles & Canvas Uppers:  Summertime Perfection
Jute Soles & Canvas Uppers: Summertime Perfection
Stylish Variations:  Summer's Espadrilles
Stylish Variations: Summer’s Espadrilles
Warm Weather Essentials:  Espadrilles
Warm Weather Essentials: Espadrilles
Breton Striped, Nautical Delight: Summer Espadrilles
Breton Striped, Nautical Delight: Summer Espadrilles
Summer Style Paired With Natural Jute & Canvas:  Espadrilles
Summer Style Paired With Natural Jute & Canvas: Espadrilles
Timeless Black & White:  Summer Espadrille Classics
Timeless Black & White: Summer Espadrille Classics
Espadrilles & The Man:  Enduring Ease
Espadrilles & The Man: Enduring Ease

Of course, a nod to the men that don a pair of espadrilles and to cooler temps with the addition of leather uppers…fashion evolves, always.

Fall Inspiration:  Espadrilles In Autumn
Fall Inspiration: Leather Upper Espadrilles In Autumn

Consider the ease and stylish appeal of the warm weather espadrille. Perhaps they are the perfect carefree & lightweight shoes of natural appeal when the sun soaks upon us. What is for certain is that the jute braided soles of these distinctive shoes is certain to remain an element of fashion paired with ease and breathable comfort. A timeless solution to sultry days. Warm weather appeal, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“Selfie”/My Espadrilles: This Summer’s Interpretation Of A Classic

Lightweight & Airy Fashionable Appeal: The Enduring Fabric Of White Eyelet

Timeless Classics Reinvented:  The Appeal Of White Eyelet
Timeless Classics Reinvented: The Appeal Of White Eyelet

The lightweight appeal of eyelet endures in offering fashionable interpretations that keep the fabric timeless. Offered in a variety of patterns, this soft and tightly woven cotton fabric provides versatile options of stylistic interpretation, for certain. Eyelet fabric is certainly a versatile and durable lace fabric that holds a long history in fashion. Perhaps considered a Summer material due to its airy appeal, however, the warm days of Spring may also simply beckon a frock of eyelet…

White Eyelet:  !950's Style
White Eyelet: !950’s Style

Eyelet can be described as a type of “Cutwork” lace that is characterized by small cut outs surrounded by embroidery edged using a “buttonhole stitch”. Often referred to as “Open work”, “White works”and “Pulled thread”, history links the origin of eyelet to Scotland during the 1700’s. Of note, in 1782 an Italian trader and specialist in fine Saxon embroidery, Luigi Ruffini, traveled to Edinburgh and introduced this white embroidery. With more durability than the “bone lace” that was common, this method of embroidery soon became popular and the term “Ayrshire needlework” was given to this cotton cloth of distinction. In France, “Broderie Anglaise” (French for English Embroidery) is referred to as “a whitework needlework technique incorporating features of embroidery, cutwork and needle lace that became popular in England during the 19th century”. Beautiful designs of eyelet cutwork would embellish cotton garments and even linens with great popularity. Precise holes, artistically arranged, in a fabric medium that offers patterns of fashionable delight!

The details of the eyelet are all at once romantic and feminine, perhaps even playful, but move beyond into a fashion statement of feminine elegance. A timeless classic in fabric detail that has been reinvented time and time again. Although eyelet can be found in a variety of colors, it is the white eyelet fabric that seems to be equated with the fabric itself. The myriad of arrangements of spaced holes create visual patterns of distinction. Whether interspersed with embroidered elements of large, bold designs or delicate lacy patterns that present a design of small, neat holes, the choices are perhaps personal. Fashionable interpretations, indeed…

White Eyelet:  Fashion's Evolution With Lightweight Fabric
White Eyelet: Fashion’s Evolution With Lightweight Fabric
Frocks Of White Delight:  Eyelet Fabric
Frocks Of White Delight: Eyelet Fabric
Fashionable Representations Of White Eyelet On Fashion's Glossies
Fashionable Representations Of White Eyelet On Fashion’s Glossies
Covers Of Fashion Layered In White Eyelet
Covers Of Fashion Layered In White Eyelet
Fashionable Interpretations Of White Eyelet
Fashionable Interpretations Of White Eyelet
Details In White Eyelet:  Fashion's Classic Reinvention
Details In White Eyelet: Fashion’s Classic Reinvention
Pure White Delight:  The Captivating Fabric Of Eyelet
Pure White Delight: The Captivating Fabric Of Eyelet
The Quintessential White Eyelet: A Timeless Classic
The Quintessential White Eyelet: A Timeless Classic
Versatile Fabric Of Enduring Appeal:  White Eyelet
Versatile Fabric Of Enduring Appeal: White Eyelet
Timeless Motifs of Lightweight Appeal:  Eyelet Fabric
Timeless Motifs of Lightweight Appeal: Eyelet Fabric
Kate Moss & Models Of Fashion Within A World Of Eyelet Interpretations
Kate Moss & Models Of Fashion Within A World Of Eyelet Interpretations
Eyelet Delight:  Fashion's Classic Interpreted
Eyelet Delight: Fashion’s Classic Interpreted
Feminine Appeal:  The Elegance Of White Eyelet
Feminine Appeal: The Elegance Of White Eyelet

Consider the beauty of white eyelet. Fashion has certainly taken this fabric beyond the basics of being a cotton fabric of common pattern. Fashionable styles evolve. This lightweight and airy fabric that offers a refreshing appeal will certainly never go out of style. It will merely continue to be reinvented within the world of fashion..

Onward,

Kristin

The Traditional Botanical Motif Of Paisley

The Distinctive Swirls Of Paisley...
The Distinctive Swirls Of Paisley…

Paisley is described as a droplet-shaped vegetable or floral motif of Persian and Indian origin. The pattern itself has been referred to as “Persian Pickles” by American traditionalists, especially by quiltmakers and “Welsh Pears” in Welsh textiles dates as far back as 1888. Who knew? Resembling a ‘twisted teardrop’, this kidney shaped distinctive design derives its Western name from the town of Paisley, in central Scotland. Again, who knew? The modern French word for paisley are Boteh and Palme. Palme reference the palm tree, a traditional botanical motif along with the pine and cypress that are thought to have influenced the shape of the paisley design.

The Timeless Paisley Motif
The Timeless Paisley Motif

In India the design is known as “Mankolam” and in Persia the floral design is known as “Boteh Jegheh”. The design has been used in Iran since the Sassanid Dynasty (AD 224-AD 651) and later in the Persian Safavid Dynasty (1501-1736). The design itself has been a major textile pattern that has been used to decorate royal regalia, crowns, and court garments as well as textiles for the public for centuries. Quite a long history, indeed. In Pakistan, the design is referred to as the “Carrey Design“, which means “Mango Seed”. In Punjab, this pattern is referred to as an “Ambi”, which also means mango in Punjabi. Some design scholars also refer to the distinctive shape as Boteh and believe that it is the union of a ‘stylized floral spray and a cypress tree’: considered an expression of an ancient world religion and symbol of life and eternity. It is interesting to discover the importance and intended meaning of this stylistic and decorative iconic motif!

The East India Company imported the design into Iran during the first half of the 17th century and brought the rise of fashion of this iconic motif. The popularity grew in the European Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) between 1700-1800 as a belief in its ability to ward off evil spirits grew. The demand was so strong for this pattern that it proved challenging for the East India Company to even meet the demands. The central European introduction to this botanical motif began in Marseilles, France, in which mass produced patterns by way of the early textile printing processes began by local manufacturers in 1640 brought this design to the forefront. England soon followed in 1670 followed by the Dutch in 1678, the result of which provided competition between European weavers. In fact, by French royal decree from 1686-1759, the production and import of printed paisley was forbidden in France! Again, who knew? It was during the 19th century that European production of the design increased, particularly in the Scottish town of Paisley. It is said that soldiers returning from the colonies brought back with them silk, wool and ‘Kashmir’ shawls from India’s East India Company. The design itself was then copied and adapted for use on the handloom and after 1820, on Jacquard looms. From around 1800-1850, the weavers of Paisley, Scotland became the premier producers of these shawls. Unique additions to the looms of this town permitted them to work with 5 colors vs. the standard 2 color weaving loom. Interestingly, by 1860, the Paisley weavers produced shawls with 15 different colors! Technology advances of success, indeed! Their design became known as the “Paisley Pattern”. During the 19th century, Paisley was printed onto cotton and wool, rather than woven, onto textiles. It is stated that included with these textiles were cotton squares, the apparent precursor of the modern bandana! Of key, the ability to purchase printed paisley rather than the more expensive woven paisley added to its popularity. Interestingly, the central places of manufacture for the printed paisley were the Alsace region of France and Britain.

Paisley Inspirations
Paisley Inspirations

This iconic pattern is still widely popular in Iran and south and central Asian countries, where woven gifts using gold and silver threads on silk and other textiles are gifted for weddings and special occasions. In Iran and Uzbetistan, aside from clothing, the ‘Buta’ design is said to be found in paintings, jewelry, frescoes, pottery textiles such as curtains and tablecloths and even carpets. In interior design, with the continual appearance of this iconic motif on walls covered with wallpaper, fabrics, many textiles and decorative objects, it is clear that this pattern is here to stay. History and a traditional, classic motif carried through time.

The revival of the Paisley pattern follows fashion throughout history. A timeless design that seems to infiltrate each season, in some way, for both men and women. Its distinctive swirling pattern and botanical motif seems befitting for one’s Summer wardrobe. In lightweight materials or printed on classic staples, including accessories, incorporating this design into our Summer wardrobe is a timeless addition, indeed.

Fashionable Embellishments In Paisley
Fashionable Embellishments In Paisley
 Fashionable Paisley
Fashionable Paisley

Rethink Paisley. As with any pattern or design, it is how it is used. A less is more approach is always a winning statement in fashion. In interiors, touches of paisley are pops of interest in design. However, a more is more technique works as well. If you simply adore a design, the way you incorporate it will determine your own personal flair and sense of design. Just the way we should design our lives…

Kristin