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  • Aquamarine for Spring

    Even though the weather outside may not feel like spring (at least where I live!), we can still look at colors for the upcoming season.  Based on their survey of fashion designers, Pantone has named the palette for women’s clothing in spring 2015:  En Plein Air, a French expression which…

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  • Hollywood Glamour

    As a life-long lover of old black-and-white movies, especially those from the 1930s and 1940s (Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age), I enjoy seeing many of them over and over again. The first time, I’m obviously paying attention to the plot. But in subsequent viewings, I can focus on the jewelry and…

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  • Downton Abbey 1920s fashion in Bonwit Teller ad

    ‘Downton Abbey’ Style Encore

    While North American fans eagerly await tonight’s premiere of Season 5 of Downton Abbey, those who haven’t found out the forthcoming plot lines from their UK friends are wondering about the answers to last season’s cliff-hangers. For example, which suitor, if any, will Lady Mary choose to marry? What happened…

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  • Red Alert!

    Among the top 10 colors for women’s fashions this fall/winter are two shades of red, according to Pantone (the world’s authority on color):  Sangria, described as “an exotic red that evokes a sense of glamorous adventures and faraway destinations”, and Aurora Red, “a more sophisticated shade that adds verve and…

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  • True Blue Hues

    Even though the weather outside may not feel much like spring (at least where I live!), we can still look at colors for the coming season. The palette in the Pantone Fashion Color Report: Spring 2014 shows two shades of blue among the top 10 colors for women’s fashion for…

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  • Radiant Orchid: The Color of 2014

    Last month when Pantone, the world’s authority on color, named Radiant Orchid, “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple”, as the Color of the Year, it had already made its way into the spring 2014 fashion shows and was beginning to be seen on the red carpet. The company’s press release defines the…

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    ‘Downton Abbey’ Style

    Canadians and Americans are eagerly awaiting the broadcast of Season 4 of the acclaimed series Downton Abbey, which begins on Sunday night on PBS.  I am sure that viewers have been anxious to find out what will happen next in the life of their favorite upstairs or downstairs character.  For…

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  • Fall 2013 Fashion Colors: Amethyst

    Among the top 10 colors for women’s fall 2013 fashion reported by Pantone, the world’s authority on color, is Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee). It was inspired by the acai berry from Central and South America. This exotic, rich purple, according to the Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2013, “adds mystery and…

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  • 50 Shades of Green

    Like our gardens, this spring’s fashions are green all over, with shades ranging from deep colors such as forest and emerald, Pantone’s color of the year, to pastels such as mint and seafoam. With so many options, you’re bound to find the perfect shade for your hair color and skin…

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  • Spring 2013 Fashion Trend: Florals

    A perennial favorite for decades, floral prints were in full bloom on the runways for Spring 2013. Variations of the garden theme were seen on pants, dresses, skirts, shoes, and other accessories in soft pastels, vibrant hues, and appliqués. According to, “Florals are all about having fun with fashion…

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  • The 1920s Roar Again with ‘The Great Gatsby’

    With jewels by Tiffany (based on designs from the company’s archives) and evening gowns by Miuccia Prada in collaboration with Catherine Martine (long-time costume and production designer, and wife of the director), Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby promises lots of eye-candy for lovers of the Art Deco style, which was…

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  • Spring 2013 Fashion Trend: Black & White

    The spring 2013 runways showcased black and white fashions in graphic patterns such as checks, stripes, and color-blocking along with black, white, and black-and-white accessories.  Whether you like the 1960s Mod look or something more classic, wear vintage costume jewelry to refresh last year’s wardrobe with this season’s trend.  You…

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