A Tradition of Collecting: The Auction of the Property from the Templeton Family Estate

Calling all collectors!

Do you love to wander around antique and junk shops? Are you unable to resist stopping the car to check out a yard sale – just in case that treasure you didn’t know you wanted yet was there, waiting for you? Collections  are deeply personal; what a person collects gives a glimpse into their lives and insight into the culture of the time they lived in.

Portrait of Nancy Cochrane, CZ Guest's Sister

Portrait of Nancy Cochrane, CZ Guest’s Sister

If you love to collect, you’re in good company. Did we mention that the collectors in question are animal activist, Cornelia Guest, and her late parents, C.Z. and Winston Guest? Cornelia and her parents shared a passion for collecting fine objects as they travelled the world. They brought many of their found treasures to Templeton, their rambling Long Island Estate.

A Room in the Templeton Estate

A Room in the Templeton Estate

Normally, only a very select few would have the opportunity to look in on Cornelia, C.Z. and Winston’s finds, but Cornelia has hand picked the most tempting items from her late parents’ estate for us to admire. She entrusted the Stair Gallery to auction them off this  Saturday, November 14th. The auction is entitled, “A Tradition of Collecting.”

We had the pleasure of chatting informally with Cornelia about the treasures coming up for auction.

Cornelia Guest and friends

Cornelia Guest and friends

The FE: You and your Mother are well known collectors and there’s a lot of excitement about the Templeton sale.
When did you start consciously collecting objects and what drew you to them?

Cornelia Guest: I always had done it. I love to go to junk stores, flea markets, yard sales, and I still do it.

The FE: Was there something you and your Mother enjoyed collecting together?

C.G: I was a huge collector, going everyplace, including Middleburg Virginia, England, all over the place. So many things have memories for me, I remember my Mother telling me where she got certain things and also about things her Mom had as well as Dad’s grandmother. It was a mishmash of objects.

The FE: What are some great places to hit when sourcing items for one’s home?

Winston Guest's Blue Porcelain Duck Wall Mounts

Winston Guest’s Blue Porcelain Duck Wall Mounts

C.G. The best places to find things are when you’re driving down the road and a person is having a sale in their house. You never know what you’re going to find! I found a portrait in our barn the artist must have given to my Father, it was inscribed on the back. My Mom probably put it up there because she didn’t like it.
My Dad had a lot of little boxes he collected. He loved Jade and he would collect it and porcelain. He really loved the Chinese blue and white porcelain duck wall pockets [Lot 16].

The dog carrier [Lot 6] is one of my favorites. I loved and used it so much. Some of these pieces are so close to my heart.

Guest family dog carrier, Lot 6

Guest family dog carrier, Lot 6

Lot 93 was my grandmother’s service. It’s been handed down and handed down.

Cornelia's Grandmother's Tirschenreuth Dinner Service

Cornelia’s Grandmother’s Tirschenreuth Dinner Service

The FE: How did you decide what you would sell? Templeton is so huge.

CG:  I went through the house and chose what I would buy if I were in a store shopping.

Some other highlights of the Guest collections include signature pieces of furniture from the Maison Jansen project, Regence giltwood brackets, a pair of Boulle marquetry ebonized low tables and a lovely Cartier brass and enamel travel clock [Lot 126]. The Stairs Gallery is handling the sale that officially kicks off at 11:00a.m. EST. I can’t get to Hudson New York, but I’ll be watching and bidding online!

Cartier travel clock

Cartier travel clock

Endnotes
Templeton was sold two years ago and Cornelia now spends her time in Manhattan and upstate New York where she says she is happiest as a country girl with her 12 dogs and donkey named Madonna.

Follow @Cornelia Guest on Instagram and Twitter and check out her website for stylish vegan accessories. I couldn’t resist ordering Simple Pleasures, Cornelia’s vegan cooking and easy entertaining guide.

– Vivian Kelly –

Delman – A Venerable Brand That’s Thoroughly Modern

Delman’s founder, Herman Delman, was a pioneer in leveraging a celebrity following to promote a luxury brand. Mr. Delman used celebrity star power to get his designs noticed by the press from the time he founded his namesake brand in 1919. This PR strategy was one that Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren would employ decades later to create their mega luxury lifestyle brands.

Marilyn Monroe Wearing Delmans in "Some Like it Hot"

Marilyn Monroe Wearing Delmans in “Some Like it Hot”

Close-up of Marilyn Monroe's Delmans

Close-up of Marilyn Monroe’s Delmans

Mr. Delman was also ahead of the curve on the marketing side of his business; he insisted that his shoes carry the Delman label, rather than the department store label, as was the common practice of the day.

The Custom Made Delmans Marlene Dietrich Wore While Performing at the Sahara's Congo Room in 1953

The Custom Made Delmans Marlene Dietrich Wore While Performing at the Sahara’s Congo Room in 1953

Hollywood stars that wore Delman devotees read like a Who’s Who in Hollywood list. Many of these stars had earned a gold star on the Hollywood walk of fame: Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Marlene Dietrich. Monroe wore her strappy Delman sandals in “Some Like it Hot” in 1955.

Audrey Hepburn was also a Delmanette on and off the silver screen. She liked her brown leather Delmans so much that she wore them to her honeymoon with Mel Ferrer, her husband, and dialogue coach, in 1954.

A Pair of Audrey Hepburn's Delmans

A Pair of Audrey Hepburn’s Delmans

Marlene Dietrich wore her custom made Delman evening shoes made of a delicate blush colored silk satin fabric, embellished with glass rhinestones and marcasite beads. They were part of the show stopping outfit she wore for her legendary nightclub act at the Sahara Hotel’s Congo Room in 1953.

Delman shoe designers who outfitted the celebrity clientele became celebrities onto themselves. Roger Vivier came onboard in the sixties after his success of reviving the stiletto heel in 1954, and collaborating with Christian Dior for nearly a decade.

 

Delman's Original "Comma Heel" by Roger Vivier, 1963

Delman’s Original “Comma Heel” by Roger Vivier, 1963

Vivier made his most outstanding contribution to the Delman brand in 1963, when he introduced the now iconic “comma heel.” Christian Dior also collaborated with Delman earlier, in 1953. The result of the 1953 Herman Delman & Christian Dior partnership were some beautiful stiletto heels.

 

Today's updated version of the Delman "Comma Heel"

Today’s updated version of the Delman “Comma Heel”

INTO THE PRESENT

Impressive heritage aside, even a classic brand needs tweaking to remain relevant. The brand has stayed current by revamping the comma heel in the Nineties, and once again in the last two to three years. Collaborations with other notable artists including jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane and Kelli McCaby have modernized the brand and kept it relevant. Ms. McCaby’s work has won Delman a new celebrity clientele from the top of Young Hollywood’s A-list. Fans include: Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Leighton Meister and Olivia Palermo. These starlets have worn Delmans on and off the Red Carpet.

Blake Lively, in her Delman Boots

Blake Lively, in her Delman Boots

Ms. McCaby is responsible for the brand’s latest hero shoe, “the Darci”, a sexy ghillie-laced peep toe bootie that’s regularly appeared in People Style Watch and In Style for the past two years. Delmans also have an advantage over their competition – a slightly lower price-point. It’s more fun to own two pairs of designer shoes or boots instead of just one!

 

Delman's Hero Shoe - the "Darci"

Delman’s Hero Shoe – the “Darci”

ENDNOTES

To have a look at some Delman classics, visit the Brooklyn Museum before February 15th, 2015 and tour the exhibit, “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe.” This exhibit is a must-see for all shoe afficionados!

A Pair of Shoes from the "Killer Heels" Exhibit, open through February 15, 2015

A Pair of Shoes from the “Killer Heels” Exhibit, open through February 15, 2015

SHOPPING

Delmans are available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and on Delman’s website, Delmanshoes.com

– Vivian Kelly –

 

 

 

RUUM American Kid’s Wear- the Successful Merger of High-end Design, Quality and Value

Years ago, I wrote a feature about Best & Co, the high-end children’s wear store for the business section of The Stamford Advocate/Greenwich Times. Best & Co. was Susie Hilfiger’s suggestion to her wealthy hedge fund demographic of how they should dress their children. Ultimately, the market deemed Best & Co. as too precious and the Greenwich Avenue store closed in 2001.

Fall 2014 Outfit from RUUM American Kid's Wear at the NYC Press Preview

Fall 2014 Outfit from RUUM American Kid’s Wear at the NYC Press Preview

 

Since then, children’s wear category has exploded, and the choices in an affordable price point range from basic [Baby/Kids’ GAP] to risqué, pop starlet inspired [Justice]. There are MANY affordable options, but until a few weeks ago, What we needed was a collection of clothes that combined the style of Best & Co. with the price point of Baby GAP.

 

RUUM Paper Dolls

RUUM Paper Dolls

Problem solved; there’s a new player on the children’s wear scene – RUUM American Kid’s Wear [pronounced “ROOM” not “RUM, as in Bacardi].

RUUM American Kid’s Wear is retail giant Ezra Dabah’s newly launched brand of kids’ wear. RUUM collections hit the mark because they are age appropriate and offer fashion forward designs in sizes 2-14 for girls and boys. The brand has already become a favorite amongst celebrity clients, such as Diddy’s [Sean Combs] daughters, Chance, D’Lila and Jessie, who appeared in RUUM’s summer ad campaign.

Sean Combs' Daughters in RUUM American Kid's Wear Summer Campaign

Sean Combs’ Daughters in RUUM American Kid’s Wear Summer Campaign

Mr. Dabah went a step further, and has created a new concept in children’s wear. Earlier this month, he unveiled, ShowRUUM A pop-up digital that launched in New York City. ShowRUUM features curated RUUM collections that can be digitally shopped, delivered or shipped to the shopper’s doorstep. The pop-up digital will be open for shopping through the holidays.

The day before attending the press preview launch event in NYC, I happened across a RUUM store at the Danbury Mall. Five minutes after walking in, I had I snapped up an adorable pink and cream A-line dress that was a little bit Courreges and a little bit YSL, as in his iconic “Mondrian dress”.

RUUM American Kid's Wear Dress for Our New Niece

RUUM American Kid’s Wear Dress for Our New Niece

The tiny dress was everything RUUM promised – runway inspired style, quality and value. If you can, go visit ShowRUUM in NYC, if not, have a look at www.ruum.com and check out their latest “Woodland Collection“, on trend earth toned pieces perfect for school and the weekend.

To answer the bottom-line question, “Will it Sell?” the results are already coming in. The NYC Pop-up is doing a bang-up business and sales are brisk in store. 

– Vivian Kelly –

Etienne Aigner’s Classic Colette Pump Is Back

Etienne Aigner was the go-to brand for Southern College Coeds in the eighties. My “Colette” cordovan pumps with the distinctive gold hardware trim took me through all four years at Duke and went with just about every cocktail outfit I wore.

 

Signature gold hardware detail, circa 1985

Signature gold hardware detail, circa 1985

Vintage cordovan "Colette" pumps in cordovan, circa 1985

Vintage cordovan “Colette” pumps in cordovan, circa 1985

Etienne Aigner’s original designs from the sixties featured these same signature touches; he took castings of found objects that included tiny turn locks and the horseshoe buckle on the “Colette.”

The new Colette Pump at Etienne Aigner

The new Colette Pump at Etienne Aigner

I lost my Aigners and despaired of ever finding a pair again after years of keeping an eye out while on my vintage fashion clothing and accessory hunts.

This spring, my luck turned and my search ended when I received an invitation to attend a party at the new Etienne Aigner flagship in Soho, NYC. There they were, an updated version of the “Colette!”

Etienne Aigner's distinctive hardware

Etienne Aigner’s distinctive hardware

The updated version has a pointier [sexier] toe and a higher heel of 3.5″; making this shoe perfect for work and play. Today’s “Colette” is available in classic cordovan as well as basic black and racier natural snakeskin called “Roccia.”

Vogue recently cited a medium heeled pump as one of the five pair of shoes you MUST own and they’re right. A good pump you  an actually walk in will transform a pair of jeans and shirt into a dressier outfit every time.

At $245, the “Colette” is a reasonable investment to make when you’re filling in your core wardrobe.

The “Colette” is available at the Soho Flagship, located at 65 Greene Street in downtown Manhattan or online, at etienneaigner.com.

– Vivian Kelly –

 

MBFW Miami Swim – the Atmosphere at the Raleigh Hotel

The highlight of MBFW Miami Swim is getting to mill about the Raleigh Hotel; I never get tired of the unusually shaped pool, the multi-lingual crowds at the outdoor restaurant and going to see fashion in my flip flops with sand crunching between my feet. Here are some of our best shots of our two day stay in Miami Beach. I fervently hope that the Raleigh’s new owner, Tommy Hilfiger, who according tobiz journals purchased this gorgeous art deco property for $56.6 million, will keep its DNA.

Enjoy!

– Vivian –

Cia Maritima MBFW Swim Car at the Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

Cia Maritima MBFW Swim Car at the Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

The bar and pool at the Raleigh Hotel, Miami  Beach

The bar and pool at the Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach

Swoop Miami Car to the Rescue!

Swoop Miami Car to the Rescue!

Pool Party at the Shore Club Pool, Miami Beach

Pool Party at the Shore Club Pool, Miami Beach

#fashionhistorian with the #NanetteLepore #MercedesBenz in front of the "Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

#fashionhistorian with the #NanetteLepore #MercedesBenz in front of the “Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

MBFWSwim 2015 – Day 2 – Gottex Cruise 2015

Day 2 – Miami Beach Swim

 

Juliette & Italian Model at the Shore Club Beach

Juliette & Italian Model at the Shore Club Beach

Day two started off nice and easy, poolside at the Shore Club‘s smaller pool strategically located next to the hotel’s private beach. Juliette and Jocelyn ran into an Italian model who was being followed by some paparazzi who was a sport and posed with them. Later on, we heard that Leonardo DiCaprio was on the beach, but we didn’t seem him.

Pool Party at the Shore Club Pool, Miami Beach

Pool Party at the Shore Club Pool, Miami Beach

The Shore Club pool is a great place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon; Mara Hoffman and her family kicked back there too, enjoying the DJ’s upbeat mixes.

It was still incredibly hot when we sat down on the comfy chaises poolside at  the Raleigh to watch the Gottex show put on by Lou and Michele Iacovelli and Simone Poggi from Atelier PR, NYC. Much has changed since the last time we saw Molly Grad’s collection two years ago at the SLS.

Look from the Gottex Cruise 2015 Collection

Look from the Gottex Cruise 2015 Collection

The show kicked off with Danish designer, Michal Weinberg‘s collection, Profile and Blush by Gottex cruise 2015 collections. Profile by Gottex was clearly inspired by Hollywood’s golden age when Esther Williams’ synchronized swimming scenes was filmed at the Raleigh pool.

Blush by Gottex was designed for the curvier woman who is a D cup and up. Weinberg cites her inspiration as “the care free spirit of Bohemian Chic with a surfer cross culture.” The strongest looks in this collection were a turquoise and orange print rash guard lycra shirt with a hip tie bottom and a mesh dress worn over a bandeau top and ruched swim short.

Keren Gasner is Head of Design for the Gottex collection.  She used a new 3 D printing technique while designing her Gottex Cruise 2015 line. Best was a classic black bandeau top and high waisted bikini bottom that was pure fifties pin up girl.

 

"California Girl" rash guard lycra shirt and hip tie bottom, Profile Blush, Cruise 2015

“California Girl” rash guard lycra shirt and hip tie bottom, Profile Blush, Cruise 2015

A little more information about the Raleigh hotel is in order. It opened in 1942, is among the best known of several hotels opened in Miami Beach in that period. Designed by noted art-deco architect L. Murray Dixon.

The bar and pool at the Raleigh Hotel, Miami  Beach

The bar and pool at the Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach

 

 

 

Miami Fashion Week Swim Diary, Day 1

July 19, 2014, South Beach, Miami, Florida

 

Cia Maritima MBFW Swim Car at the Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

Cia Maritima MBFW Swim Car at the Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

An hour delay at Dulles International Airport got us to Miami in time to check into our rooms at the newly renovated Clay Hotel located on historic Hispanola Way, four blocks away from the Raleigh Hotel, the official venue of Miami Fashion Week Swim. The Clay transported me to Southern Spain and the Parador Hotels my parents and stayed at in Sevilla, not that far from exotic Morocco.

#fashionhistorian with the #NanetteLepore #MercedesBenz in front of the "Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

#fashionhistorian with the #NanetteLepore #MercedesBenz in front of the “Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

Once at the Raleigh, we posed in front of the colorfully decorated Mercedes Benz vehicles parked in the front of the hotel where we met another Mother-Daughter team, K.C. and Chancea Carothers of The Fount Group. Get on over to the Raleigh and instagram out #mbfwswim for a chance to win some tickets to the shows!

Though too late to get to our seats at Mikoh, we got a glimpse through the tents to be able to ascertain that this show was all about the Eighties: cobalt blue, royal purple, and Body Suit black lurex suits with some interesting Spiderman webbing details.

Shoe and anklet detail backstage pre-show at #MaraHoffmanSwim, at the Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

Shoe and anklet detail backstage pre-show at #MaraHoffmanSwim, at the Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

Next, we went backstage and checked-in with contributor, Stephanie Dionne Cochrane, and took some quick snaps of Mara Hoffman‘s wildly exotic accessories and hair style with a live palm frond woven into the models’ hair and a taken down version of Victoria’s Secret hair at Cia Maritima. In between, we went over to the sponsor tents by the pool and  got treated to “milkmaid” updos, courtesy of the talented TRESemme stylist on hand. We called it a night after a quick bite at Sultan, a regular stop during MBFWSwim before riding back to the Clay on the complimenary SWOOP golf car.

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Swoop Miami Car to the Rescue!

Swoop Miami Car to the Rescue!

 

Next up, Day 2:  Poolside at the Shore Club, the Gottex presentation, and the Luli Fama and Shore Road shows at the Raleigh.

– Vivian Kelly, aka #fashionhistorian

 

 

A Sporty Adriana Lima Covers June 2014 Vogue Italia

A big heartfelt “BRAVA!” to Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani for putting Victoria’s Secret Angel, Adriana Lima, on the cover of the magazine’s June issue.

 

Adriana Lima on the Vogue Italia Cover

Adriana Lima on the Vogue Italia Cover

The sport themed issue features Adriana modeling high end athletic wear as well as an interview in which she discusses her fitness regiment (boxing),  and diet (moderation.)

Adriana Lima modeling athletic fashion, shot by Steven Meisel, for Vogue Italia

Adriana Lima modeling athletic fashion, shot by Steven Meisel, for Vogue Italia

Watch the behind the scenes video of the photo shot by Steven Meisel, styled by Carlyn Cerf de Duzeele and hair by Guido Palau and make-up by Pat McGrath.

To watch the entire video, visit www.youtube.com/embed/rVWVAfWhmVM

Why It Matters

As a woman “of a certain age”, i.e.: well past the age of 30, it’s a rarity to see a woman celebrated on the cover of a prominent fashion magazine. Society has been obsessed with youth since the sixties’ Youthquake movement that began in London and made its way to the United States.

A big impact of the movement was that America actively embraced youth and the idea of staying young, forever. This was a boon to the cosmetics industry but also resulted in “mature models” with very few exceptions, being banned from the pages of the top fashion glossies. The movement’s impact also extended to Hollywood, where there are very few leading roles for actresses over the age of thirty. Sharon Stone  spoke out about this ugly truth in an interview on Dateline NBC in 2006, when she was 44 years old. The actress was talking about the much anticipated sequel to Basic Instinct, stating that it was unusual for a woman in Hollywood to land a leading role, as opposed to men, who star with women twenty years their junior.

Adriana Lima is pushing the envelope as well; she’s one of the best known of the Victoria’s Secret Angels and has been on the job since 2000. She’s not your typical single girl Angel;  she boxes to keep her famously fit body, has two children, and is 33 years old, as opposed to Angel Candice Swaenpoel who is 26, and childless.

More About the YouthQuake

Vogue Editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland named the movement, significant because it was the first time that the fashion and music cultures combined. It made stars of young musicians such as the Beatles and elevated “odd” looking models who socialized with musicians such as Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton to SuperModel status. Europeans are not as youth-obsessed as we are here in the States.This Vogue Italia cover is a testament to that.

– Vivian Kelly –

Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s – the Summer 2014 Collection

Daisy Fuentes was one of the first celebrities to try her hand at fashion design. This Cuban born designer is probably best known for being MTV’s first Latina VJ and did a great job hosting “House of Style” in the mid-nineties.

As most successful female fashion designers, Daisy appeals to women because she is designing for herself and other busy women who also juggle career and family. While her clients are not famous spokespersons, they too are always pressed for time but want to look nice before racing out the door.

Daisy Fuentes

Daisy Fuentes

The easy separates we saw at the Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s summer – pre-fall 2014 press preview had the ease of the more expensive Eileen Fisher line of clothing geared at the 30+ crowd.

Pinstripe Pants in the summer 2014 Daisy Fuentes for Kohl's Collection

Pinstripe Pants in the summer 2014 Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s Collection

Daisy’s latest collection proves that women across the country hardly have to settle for unflattering chino shorts and blah tees when doing errands and ferrying the kids to and from soccer and lacrosse practice.

There are some Ralph Lauren like pinwale striped drawstring pants that would be  comfortable to wear while traveling in a plane train or automobile.  Stephanie Dionne Cochrane pointed out a pretty white cotton pique dress that looks far more expensive than it is.

Daisy Fuentes White Cotton Pique Dress from the Summer 2014 Collection

Daisy Fuentes White Cotton Pique Dress from the Summer 2014 Collection

If you’re a fashionista who hesitates to shop at Kohl’s, think of it this way. These two pieces in particular, are very hard to nail down – they could easily be from a “name” designer. Similarly, the simple black dress Manhattan publicist, Deborah Hughes, likes is another key wardrobe staple that puts you in the position to splurge on an amazing bag or pair of shoes. The color block dress provides an easy solution to the work to dinner out dilemma.

I hit Kohl’s in Connecticut and another in Maryland with mixed results. To get the best selection, do your shopping online at www.kohls.com/DaisyFuentes

Rivini by Rita Vinieris – the spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Detail on Alivia gown from the Rivini spring 2015 collection by Rita Vinieris

Detail on Alivia gown from the Rivini spring 2015 collection by Rita Vinieris

Rita Vinieris is one of the most modern bridal designers out there. She’s taken a page from Narciso Rodriguez‘s then-revolutionary design for Carolyn Bessette‘s wedding to John F. Kennedy Jr.

 

Carolyn Bessette wearing her gown by Narciso Rodriguez at her marriage to JFK Jr.

Carolyn Bessette wearing her gown by Narciso Rodriguez at her marriage to JFK Jr.

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Ms. Vinieris’ program notes discuss photograms, images made without a camera by placing objects directly onto a surface and then exposing them to light. The result is a negative shadow image that shows variations in tone.

Her collection combined that with today’s 3-D printing technology.

The result? A gorgeous cameo themed gown fashioned from tulle with hand beading all layered over chiffon and silk charmeuse that opened the show. Other slim gowns created from chantillly lace, four ply silk crepe, silk tissue organza, and tulle floated by, with 3-D floral photogram beading effectively decorating  fluted gowns and multi-layered skirts.

Rita Vinieris spring 2015 collection gown

Rita Vinieris spring 2015 collection gown

Detail of the Angelique gown, Rivini by Rita Vinieris spring 2015 bridal collection

Detail of the Angelique gown, Rivini by Rita Vinieris spring 2015 bridal collection

Digital Fun and Games – After the show almost everyone in the audience happily posed with the models taking selfies.

Model in a selfie at Rita Vinieris bridal show

Model in a selfie at Rita Vinieris bridal show