Archive - November 2014

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Beau Monde Vintage Brings Nostalgia to Lakewood
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CZAR by Cesar Galindo – NYFW September 2014
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Anya Caliendo's "Ghost Gardens" – NYFW September 2014

Beau Monde Vintage Brings Nostalgia to Lakewood

Beau Monde Vintage
13622 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, Ohio 44111
PH: (216) 712-7899
HOURS: Tue – Sat: 10am – 6pm
WEBSITE

Nestled in an aged building in the heart of the Detroit Avenue neighborhood of Lakewood, sits Beau Monde Vintage – a vintage shop that is rich in nostalgia. Michelle Miller- a vintage connoisseur from a young age, recently opened it August 1st of this year and is absolutely thrilled in her new venture of bringing her vision of style and top quality recycled clothing to the city of Lakewood and the surrounding communities. Miller recalls having that knack for vintage since she was little, having bought several pretty vintage dresses from her local church thrift shop. Her collection has since grown and now she has the sweetest shop, full of curated and affordable one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories from the 1970s and before. The shop is divided into two large rooms, with a hall joining them. The rooms are neatly categorized (ie. swimwear, plus size, sweaters, etc) and each rack is easy to breeze through. The hall houses the dressing rooms, tastefully done with pink, girly accents and merchandise. Looking for a wedding dress? Or maybe something for the curvy gal? Or how about the gal who just LOVES color and prints? Beau Monde Vintage has it!

It’s easy to just take an hour or all day, just browsing the racks and putting outfits together. Don’t forget an over-the-top hat, beaded handbag and crazy heel to complete the outfit. Jewelry? Take your pick. The cases are chock full of vintage rhinestones and enamel brooches. I especially enjoyed checking out the quirky retro knick-knacks. Anything from vintage Pyrex to a flower clock or a mid-century marbled ash tray to tastefully decorate the coffee table, can be found at the shop. If you need a break, take a seat in the cozy high-heeled chair, plus Michelle is such a joy to chat with. Don’t forget to sign the retro deer guest-book!

CZAR by Cesar Galindo – NYFW September 2014

The CZAR by Cesar Galindo line is his second collection in the Cesar Galindo family. It is considered as the younger and more sophisticated version of his namesake signature collection. CZAR offers mostly dresses and softer separates, juxtaposed with edgy statement pieces that are valued at contemporary pricing.

The CZAR by Cesar Galindo S/S 2015 show was like a high school reunion for Houstonians (since Cesar Galindo’s hometown is Houston). Not only were the ‘who’s who’ of Houston’s fashion industry in attendance, but also spotted were actresses Adrienne Moore and Vickie Leudy from the hit show- Orange is the New Black. The show was set up gallery style, which I’ve been finding out has been the optimal setting for getting the best photos of the clothing. Seated around the presentation were twelve pre-selected fashion illustrators (as part of a meet-up group) drawing the models. It was interesting seeing each illustrator’s interpretation of the collection.

The Spring/Summer 2015 collection featured bright colors, eye-popping beading, sequins and exquisite textures. I would like to think that Cesar’s collection was inspired by a vacation…perhaps a tropical or resort-style vacation. I also loved the statement necklaces that were provided by Jane Hruska. The models braided hair was lovely and simple, however there was a twist… gold foil-like material was added at the bottom of the braid to create an extra statement factor. My take-aways from the event would have to be the multi-color sequin jumpsuit, the red/white snakeskin and silver bandeau tops and the black and yellow draped dress and briefly meeting Adrienne, Vickie and Cesar.

Not bad for a self-taught designer, eh?

The show was produced by the lovely Miss Bambi Lynn owner of BLINC by Bambi Lynn– a Houston based fashion production company.

Anya Caliendo's "Ghost Gardens" – NYFW September 2014

Right this way to the “Dior Suite”…

Lips, macaroons, aluminum leaves, feathers and pearls. Those are some of the key traditional and nontraditional elements that make up New York milliner Anya Caliendo’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection-“Ghost Gardens.”

The “Ghost Gardens” collection, showcased in the strikingly luxurious “Dior Suite” in the St. Regis New York hotel; was inspired by illusions, memories, and shadows from the past, or possibly forgotten memories, a first love lost, or a forbidden kiss. The collection was a tribute to the art of millinery, an encapsulated collection of couture gowns to enhance the millinery collection. Bright double-sided cashmere jackets and shimmery silk georgette skirts took center stage, which gave us an exciting experience along with the dazzling hats. It was literally like stepping into a 1950s Grace Kelly movie.

Anya Caliendo is a Russian-American designer, based in New York. She studied millinery under Queen Elizabeth’s personal milliner Mrs. Rose Cory, and Mr. Stephen Jones a while after. She went on to create hats for Donna Karan, Christian Dior, Comme des Garcons and other fashion industry notables.

This past year marks five remarkable years for the atelier. She handcrafts every piece herself and does not use a single machine-stitch or glue. Her style is impeccable. Naturally, I was honored to have been asked to attend her NYFW show.

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