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3 Shades of Charlotte Olympia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though I have never nor will I EVER read the book, Charlotte Olympia has forced me to inadvertently participate in the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon.  I ignored the nods to the pathetic bible of the sexually repressed soccer mom when it first jumped from iBook squarely onto the runway.  I ignored it all (it’s that debauchee rebellion in me) even though the trend caters to all my fashion sensibilities.

Side note: It’s just so boring.  Didn’t we already do this with 9 ½ Weeks?  Would these women be so geeked if they knew Christian or whomever would turn out to be Mickey Rourke?

The influence was almost impossible to shake with all the black lace and black leather and strappy see-through-sexiness from Jason Wu to Versace to McQueen.  All of these things are things I happen to LOVE, but I refused to enter into the shades of fray.  That was before my life was forever changed by the burgundy Dolly suede platform with ankle strap.

In its infinite genius, that shoe combines two trends that I approve – burgundy and shades-of-greyness with the ankle strap that screams French maid sexy time.  There are so many ways to wear them and I have approximately three options here.  There’s something here for every body.  So, charge up your ereader, pull out your credit card and let your freak flag fly.

Shade 1: Dolly | ASOS Curve body con midi dress |golden lace cuff

Shade 2: Dolly |sheer turtleneck | DKNY leather skirt | DVF gold belt

Shade 3: Dolly |white blouse with black trim | Lafayette 158 leather skirt

And the Jason Wu ‘Daphne’ clutch …well, the name says it all.

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fringe benefits / they jinglin’, baby

I really love fringe and I’m blaming 80’s Stevie Nicks.   Each strand of fringe waves hello as you approach and shimmies goodbye as you depart. There’s a look-at-me quality.  Fringe is very easily the spirit fingers of clothing detail. What’s not to love?

Since I’d prefer not to look like an automated car wash or a Hair extra, I have to choose my fringe wisely.    Judicious use of fringe is the hallmark of a person whose fashion sensibilities are firmly planted in the here and now.

So the fringe I choose and that I love most is attached to my handbags. However, all fringe handbags are not created equal.  Only a few are deemed beautiful enough to receive debauchee approval.

Fortunately, there is no reason to fret.  There are some truly inspired offerings available to right now.  The best of which are Barbara Boner creations.  I dub her the princess of fringe. This woman knows my heart and I think I love her.  Well, I KNOW I love her fringe bags.  Check out hers and some others that make me jingle.

Barbara Boner Fringed Calfskin Tote | Acne Laurie Black Fringed Shoulder Bag  | Barbara Boner Atlantis Fingers Textured Leather Clutch | B-Low The Belt Twiggy Handbag | Barbara Boner Ginger Multi Fringe Leather Clutch

 

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the bigger the better

Giant bags as a fashion statement may be so eight years ago, but I am still captivated by their allure in 2012.  I don’t feel right unless my bag is knocking merchandise off the tables and hip checking passersby as I examine possible new bag purchases at Dose Market.  Hell, I gotta lotta stuff.

I love me some them.  What do you think?

Clockwise from the right: Reed Krakoff ‘Gym’ Leather Tote / M Z Wallace ‘Metro-Large’ Nylon Tote / Bottega Veneta Nero Patchwork Intrecciato Nappa Lido Bag / Bottega Veneta Shadow Intrecciato Nappa Convertible Bag / Cast of Vices Corner Store Leather Tote / Acne Piers Tan tote / YSL Cabas Chyc Leather Tote / Givenchy Antigona Tote

 

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