The Family Jewels

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Slim Paley Photo

My enamel & inlay opera glasses (and the answer is no, I’ve never used them 🙂 )

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Lanvin Fall 2011

As you can see, I’m still in High Fashion Voyeur Mode with all the new collections strutting down the catwalks in Paris this week

and what a decadent box of jewels it’s been so far

Glamorous, luxurious, positively sumptuous; filled with divine fabrics in gorgeous jewel tones that could almost make one forget about summer altogether (I said almost)

Let’s just hope the economy catches some of the creativity and excitement we’re seeing on the runways…

Well, perhaps we won’t hold our breath, but in the meantime, if your travels take you to New York between now and June 5, 2011 you might want to stop by The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum to catch “SET in STYLE

an exhibition featuring more than 350 pieces  designed by those Big Boys of Beautific Baubles Van Cleef & Arpels.  I know I’ll be stopping by for a gander 🙂

From the “Set in Style” exhibition of Van Cleef & Arpels

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Egyptian Odalisque Evening Bag, Paris 1927 Van Cleef & Arpel’s Collection

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Slim Paley Photo

One of my vintage needlepoint clutches, circa late 1800’s

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Bottega Veneta Fall 2011

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Table by Joe Nye

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Rich trims via “A Gift Wrapped Life

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I’m loving my new Cire Trudon candle in the “Spiritus Sancti” scent.  It smells like old churches…

in a really good way.

 

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Gucci Fall 2011

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Slim Paley photo

Not too much happening in the garden yet, but these crazy “daisies” continue to delight me- they bloom 12 months of the year!

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Marc Jacobs S2011

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textiles from Arc.com

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Dior spat booty

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Dior Fall 2011

Inspired me to look for the gorgeous silk velvet and fur vintage coat I had stored away

Not something I get a lot of wear out of, but hey, a girl’s gotta have her capricious moments…

 

Probably from the 30’s ?

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Dior Fall 2011

Most unfortunately,  John Galliano had a few not so capricious moments in the past week I’m quite sure he would give anything to rewind.

I really hope he gets the serious help he obviously needs…

It’s been quite the week for outlandish behaviour has it not?!

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But back to prettier things…

Slim Paley photo

An Edwardian enamel, gold & ivory parasol clock, one of my most prized objets d”art

 

Karen Elson in American Vogue, March 2011

Marc Jacobs bodysuit & skirt

 

 

 

Modern Alchemy candles in jewel tones

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Dior Fall 2011

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Haider Ackermann

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Lanvin Fall 2011

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Ironically, the name already being bandied about as a possible replacement for Galliano at Dior is Haider Ackermann, who I’ve mentioned before as a relatively new favourite of mine.  Based on his previous collections, I wouldn’t have thought his edgy style would be a good fit at Dior and yet I see some  similar sensibilities between his most recent show and Galliano’s- what say you?  (BTW- I’m loving his collection but ixnay on the hair and makeup-ay, no?? )

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Haider Ackermann Fall 2011

 

Haider Ackermann Fall 2011

Crazy for those big belts!

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Dior Fall 2011

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Haider Ackermann Fall 2011

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Don’t be a hater if I lose a credit or two 🙁

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His final collection for Dior.

How to even begin to understand the dichotomy that is John Galliano?

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via Countryliving.com

Wishing you a gem filled week 🙂

 

Slim Paley photo

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38 Comments

  1. Slim, you have outdone yourself this week. Let’s skip the summer I have been longing for and go straight to Fall 2011.

  2. I just adore that vintage silk, velvet and fur coat of yours. Can we please, please, please see more of your vintage clothing? What we have seen so far looks amazing. Oh and I so love the Edwardian parasol clock, just lovely.

    • thank you Paula- I have been collecting since I was very young (VERY young) so there are many more treasures in the coffers 🙂

  3. I love sampling all the Cire Trudon candle scents. Have you tried the Aesop Resurrection hand cream? It’s intoxicating! (I know that’s a non sequitur but it’s right next to the candles at Barney’s.)

  4. What a gem of a post Slim! And I thought I was the only one who actually liked Spiritus Sanct, must be the memories of my nun-run school and daily Mass (have so done my life quota by the age of 10). Love the layered fabric and construction seen in the designs of Haider Ackerman, bad boy Galliano should know there is always new talent waiting in the wings. You have some very lovely things Slim! Happy week, the sun is finally shining here today but still double-dosing my vitamin D. Much love XO

  5. Living outside of Boston and being swallowed by piles of blackened snow, I could never admit to wanting to skip summer but your post almost took me there! Thank you for the eye candy, and for having something else to look forward to. LOVE those daisies!

  6. Your very own goods are more lovely than even Dior’s!. Your velvet/fur coat: heart failure! Your objets d’art are stunning. A BRILLIANT beginning to our week.

  7. Wow the stunning thoughts and shots just keep on coming!! Your coat is gorgeous, as is the sweet parasol clock. I L-O-V-E the bottega dress — the contrast between the rough top and that gorgeous skirt is brilliant. Thanks for the tip on the VC & Arpels exhibit, I hope to see it. I learned about the Patrick Dougherty hut installation at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens from you — I loved seeing this amazing structure. I just saw his twisted creations in Sun Valley — here is the link to my post on it http://www.splendidmarket.com/2011/03/patrick-doughtery-huts-in-sun-valley.html.

    Enjoy those daisies!!

  8. No one does it like you! It’s amazing the combination of GREAT images, topics and comments you add to every single post you make.

    I honestly feel inspired by you every single time I visit your blog! Thank you for you comment today, Slim. It means a lot to me and I’m so glad you liked it. 🙂

    Have a very blessed and peaceful week! We all need that, huh? 🙂

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  9. As usual, thank you so much for this delicious eye candy! You have managed to soothe a very stressful Monday morning.

  10. Love, love, love that Dior blue! And your prized clock stole my heart. If you had to give it away, who would you give it to? A couple of weeks ago I let my 5 year old granddaughter hold some of my special objects and told her the stories behind each one. After listening intently for a good 10 minutes she asked me that question — very Proust-like of her I think and I am still pondering the answer.

  11. Love the needlepoint clutch, parasol clock, Marc Jacobs stunning. Truly Slim it’s all good, even gooder!!!I I love & admire everything you own.
    Have a happy week.

  12. Slim, the photo credit for the beautiful rings is Pomellato, from their 2010 collection. Love their work, so stunning and so comfortable to wear!

  13. THRILLING fashion photos. Fantastic colors. (Hope my grey stuff from this fall won’t feel old next fall.)

    Love bracelets worn over full length gloves (and tank watches worn over sweater sleeves.)

    Bravo Haider Ackermann.

    Darling little parasol clock. 🙂

  14. They are all great but this post has to be one of my very favorites! Your incredible parasol clock is a real treasure!!! And those opera glasses are gems. And oh that Haider Ackermann silver/gray/burgundy outfit with great gloves (the belt IS fabulous I agree but I have to ignore it since my waist is no longer with me!!!) and that green verging on olive tones tuxedo jacket with the heavy shoulder pads! Perfection. I trulycovet the Lanvin gloves all pushed down with the Art Deco bracelets. Vintage gloves are one of things I collect and wear. Another is stone marten fur and there you have it on your SPLENDID vintage velvet coat. For years I’ve collected stone marten on Ebay and before to have pelts to play with, hems for dresses, cuffs for brown velvet blouse, muff, purse, berets in several shapes — and from long ago, from more affluent days shall we say, and a different life, a full length coat which I never wear any more, don’t feel comfortable wearing it even though the martens left our world long ago — but I do occasionally take it out and parade around the condo wearing it over my nightgown. But you won’t tell anyone will you.

  15. The little parasol clock is the sweetest thing! I also love the Marc Jacobs and Bottega Veneta dresses.

    I am however ixnay on the hair and makeup-ay too with regards to Haider Ackermann. What up with that?!?!

  16. I had stopped by quickly earlier and thought I left a comment but I guess not! Came back now to peruse more carefully! Beautiful eye candy as always. Simply adore your exquisite parasol clock! My week started off gem filled indeed – I saw the Van Cleef exhibit today – it is spectacular – everything about it – just finished writing about it for tomorrow. You will adore the show!

  17. Fabulosity!!! Many favorites but especially the needlepoint clutch and your dreamy, sumptuous coat. It looks brand new. How do you store it to keep it so beautifully?

    Thank you to Beverly Jackson for the marten information. I’ve loved furs since I pranced around the neighborhood as a child in my mom’s ‘squirrel belly’ coat. Squirrel bellies??? Hard to imagine, isn’t it? What’s even harder to imagine…I still have it…

    • I don’t do anything special- just store my pieces in a dark, dry place, move them around once and awhile and try to keep on top of moths (my nemisis’s (sp??) nemisiy?? ….whatever, I hate them!)

  18. Loving the jewel colours and recieved an amazing duck egg blue fur collar to put on anything, giving a very Dior feel. Genius as Galliano is, i would only buy something Dior this season as an investment to sell on, being his last seasona and would not set a foot in his beautifuil Parisian store or buy his perfume.
    They say there is never such a thing as bad publicity, but sadly in this case i have to disagree and extreme waste. I know we fashionistas are fickle but he’s over and done with where i am concerned. There are plenty of fabulous, less well known designers who deserve a chance.
    When Alexander McQueen passed, i was devastated however his brand is continuing to flourish.
    Having worked with many great designers, there are often Genies that need to be kept in the bottle for the business to succeed and Dior have too much to lose to not make the next collection that this gorgeous catwalk we have seen. I think Heider Ackermann seems a wonderful idea but whoever they find will certainly not have a free reign and definately keep to the Dior mould. The next Dior show is the one to get tickets for.

  19. Good morning, good mooooorning!
    Slim this post has me smiling from ear to ear and wondering if it’s time to go back to Texas for a good visit with my Gran!
    She continues to set goodies aside for this only grandaughter. It’s our time to play dress-up and oh the stories she tells. Her stories are the gifts that keep on giving.
    I’m telling you all this because this is a woman who grabs her full-length mink, pulls it around her shoulders over her nightgown to step out and grab the paper. She’s also been spotted cutting some fresh roses for her sideboard in this attire.
    Fwding this to her now….yep she reads email too!
    Thank you for starting my day off in a lovely way….you do that often.
    Best,
    Lisa

  20. As usual, an amazing post, Slim. First – I’m with Paula – can we please, please see more of your vintage wardrobe. Secondly, when I grow up, I want to be just like Lisa Porter’s Grandma. D.

  21. Waited what seemed sooo long for another post and not disappointed at all!

    Love the Dior Blue, my favorite color; oh, yeah, so is pink, but that is beside the point.

    I agree with the make up and hair, why the cone head look?

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful way of looking at life and the ordinary, making it extraordinary.

  22. i love Cire Trudon candles, they are definitely worth the cash!! the new stink bombs are brilliant. Im pretty sure facebook is still hosting a candle giveaway bit.ly/e88ozn

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