Sartorial Matters


So these pretty little liars are certified Minkettes… except maybe Emily?

Hanna carries this white tote with the signature Minkoff tassels… Am sorry though but this is not a pretty bag. It totally detracts from the remains of Hanna’s outfit.

Hanna with another Minkoff miss – this straw tote that looks pretty scratchy. I know you bring these bags to the beach but a little structure would have been nice. It looks pretty lumpy and soft.

Hanna is the certified Minkette, closing in on her fourth – a studded and quilted Matinee – which she uses while visiting Mona in the asylum. I like it aesthetically but with all the issues I’ve read about studs falling here, I think I’ll be fine just ogling it (like some painting).

I’ll be honest. I adore this blue MAC Whipstitch on Spencer – I was so close to purchasing it. Then I stumbled on some complaints about the MAC clutch. So I have second thoughts because the Whipstitch looks better with the strap. The easiest solution for Minkettes with broken MAC straps is to carry them as a clutch but on this style? Nope. Suddenly, I think I’ll be okay with the MAC Mini for formal events.

 

And little wonder that Hanna is the Pretty Little Minkette – her mother is the Momma Minkoff herself. Here we get a glimpse of Ashley’s Nikki hobo.

 

 

I am a huge fan of the Pretty Little Liars and of Rebecca Minkoff bags (since I saw Vanessa Hudgens tote the Wine Matinee). So, naturally when the girls of Rosewood start toting Minkoff bags, I went on Minkette alert 🙂

 

Hanna starts off with a MAM Bombe bag which is just divine 🙂

Then annoying Kate (annoying because she pulled quite a lousily executed stunt) comes out with a MAC mini. And in true Mona fashion: “Is that the new Rebecca Minkoff?” Honestly, the bag spruced up Kate’s Victorian attire (complete with pearl choker)

 

 

After a serious lip lock with Toby, Spencer comes out all smiley with her Paramor satchel.

 

UP NEXT: Pretty Little Liars turned Minkettes

Anna Wintour has her bob and Karl Lagerfeld has his pristine ponytail and gloves.

 

Jacqueline Kennedy was all about the sunglasses

 

 

People started buying and sporting these oversized sunnies when Jackie wore them, not realizing that she used them to balance the size of her head and the spacing of her eyes. This was a woman who had studied her features and knew what to conceal and to accentuate.

Looking crisp and cool with her dark-top-white-bottoms uniform and the Gucci tote named for her. Jackie’s chin resembles the edge of a crescent moon and the shades balanced her look.

 

In Madrid, Jackie dressed up her jaunty bouffant and cream colored shift with her oversized sunglasses (a little bit more octagonal here than round frames).

 

As First Lady, Jackie’s shades were not quite as large or as round. Here she sports them with a nautical attire; JFK’s wayfarers look way better, cooler, more hip (except the for the socks).

 

Jackie, in her element, in Italy 1962, wearing pastels and white and sunnies, which optically widened her face to even out the squareness of her jaw.

 

 

Matching black-and-beige attire and cruising in a golf cart – can they be any more effortlessly glamorous? I prefer Jackie in side-swept bangs as it softens her face considerably. JFK rocks those wayfarers once again. If one thinks anyone can look as sophisticated in such accessible accessories, check out Lem Billings (?) to JFK’s right – he doesn’t measure up quite as much.

I read in the biography of Pamela Harriman that Jackie showed up in Leland Hayward’s funeral in white – from her shades to her slacks. This is one picture where Jackie wears all-white – I love how those white sunnies complement her hoodie and contrast the colorful stripes of her top. And JFK smiles on in those wayfarers. He certainly knew his signature look.

 

In her sixties. Only Jackie can lounge ON TOP OF THE WINDSHIELD, reading and still look elegant.

 

However, it was during the Onassis years that Jackie became known for her killer oversized sunglasses. Interestingly, she used the to disguise herself, her wide-set eyes so people couldn’t see what she was looking at and what she was feeling. However, it was a disguise in futility because these shades made her instantly recognizable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’ll be summer soon and every fashion runway around the world has featured its two cents on the trend for SS: floral prints, pajama pants, etc.

For summer style inspiration, no one else has perfected the Capri outfit as well as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. This is the first entry in a series of Jackie Kennedy Summery Style and it shall focus on Jackie’s fondness for scarves:

 

This a perfect snapshot of Jackie, still First Lady, summering in Italy. She chose a hot pink shift and a pink-and-blue plaid scarf to complete the look (of course, the Leica, the cigarette-in-hand pose and the Kelly bag make for fabulous photo accessories). Jackie’s head is considerably too big for her lithe, slender body and she used the scarves to tone down its size; occasionally, it seems to accentuate this flaw. However for the most part, she worked it into her look.  Jackie also has frizzy, nearly kinky hair, so it’s safe to assume that she uses it on a bad hair day. It’s an accessory she reserves for outdoor activities and for church.

 

 

Jackie in color, sporting scarves:

Jackie, cuddling with John, Jr. in the summer of 1963, in a Pucci dress.

 

Jackie totes the eponymous Gucci tote.

 

 

 

In nautical blue in 1962.

Jackie wore the scarves throughout the Onassis years as well:

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie also used her scarves as a kind of disguise from the paparazzi – and it completely failed because to this day it remains as one of the most enduring accessories associated with the icon that is Jackie O.

 

As a little girl I loved colorful dresses with ribbons and bows; by the time I was a teenager, pedal pushers and baby tees were all the rage. Now, as a young professional, keen on developing a signature style which suits my lifestyle while keeping an eye on trends, I’ve learned to value two relatively underrated elements of fashion – fit and cloth.

Once again, Facebook has provided a venue for fabulous finds in Florence Fling. An online shop, it showcases Tessa Nieto-Villalon‘s eye for design and form. The structure of the clothes makes for an effortless fluidity and an excellent fit; it reminds one of the need to have the clothes embrace and enhance your body’s natural built. With its careful attention to how clothes should fit, Florence Fling pays homage to the icon of nineties minimalism, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy:

(Bessette-Kennedy’s color hues were rather basic and the cuts of her clothes classic but the fit spelled out the difference.)

I normally do not purchase clothes online because I fall between sizes and prefer trying on the clothes before buying them. Bunched up cloth at the back or a wrinkled neckline are some of the indicators of a bad fit but with Florence Fling’s mastery of the perfect fit, I have been converted.

I’ve started collecting Florence Fling designs just this week:


Miranda Bolero from the Simply Chic! Collection


Neo Top from the Neo-Lectrify Me! Collection

Both bolero and top fit me so well that it’s as if they had been made especially for me: no bunched up cloth at the back and no wrinkled necklines.

Florence Fling designs also incorporate distinctive details which make the clothes unique; when you wear Florence Fling, you wear art. The floral design of the Miranda Bolero recognizes the SS 2012 trends from fashion designers such as Thakoon and Proenza Schouler. The tops, jackets and dresses have simple silhouettes with a symphony of prints and patterns – a blend of the classic and the unconventional. Sometimes it may look too eclectic but then once you put the clothes on, they’ll just look so well put-together and chic. It helps that Florence Fling offers only a limited number of pieces; one can hear the sigh of relief from women who fret about attending an event and seeing someone with the same ensemble.

In that regard, Florence Fling may find its style soul sister in Charlotte Casiraghi, eldest granddaughter of Grace Kelly, equestrienne and socialite. Casiraghi’s fashion picks also tend to possess unique details, patterns and cuts, which catapulted her into the world’s best-dressed list:

     

Am personally so thrilled with Florence Fling. I love the cloth, the fit and the designs – all the things I look for in quality fashion (and for the reasonable price range of 1500-2350). Where some Mango tops just don’t fit right, Zara blouses are just too mainstream and Forever 21 shirts are too flimsy,  Florence Fling is my favorite fashion stop 🙂

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My internet eye candy consists of women who can dress so effortlessly yet project originality (and not in the Lady Gaga sense). They project a kind of nonchalance, grace and ease.

I finally found a picture of Jackie Bouvier’s debutante ball dress (worn in 1947)

It was an off -the-rack dress in tulle. Jackie wore this dress to a debutante ball she co-hosted with a fellow debutante Rose Grosvenor. Rose arrived in a Dior original but it was Jackie’s department-store ensemble that was dubbed “a designer’s dream.” Cholly Knickerbocker (pseudonym of Igor Cassini – yes the brother of Oleg) hailed Jacqueline “Queen Debutante of the Year (1947)”.

Of course only Jackie can strike such a pose and get away with it. The dress does set off her haircut and fit her well.

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