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Pandemic or not, masks are here to stay and just like hats, gloves, scarves, and other accessories we can’t have enough. So, what better a holiday gift than a mask?

One of my favorite finds this pandemic year is lace masks from givelovevenice.com. There is so much I like about these face coverings:

  1. They’re pretty!
  2. They come in sizes. The “one size fits all” doesn’t work for all.
  3. The the ear loops are adjustable.
  4. Very comfortable.
  5. Breathable cotton/poly blend fabric.
  6. Made in California.

The one I’m wearing in this photo is black with a beige lining. Other colors include white and pink and lining colors come in beige, black, or white. A contrasting lining color can really change the look. Plus, there is a variety of lace patterns available. I like the added texture these masks offer and lace steps it up – good for special (distancing!) occasions or just because.

This holiday season give your BF, sister, mother, daughter, niece, auntie the gift of fashionable protection. https://givelovevenice.com/collections/lace-face-masks.

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Walking with The Muses is a compelling jaunt through the life of model Pat Cleveland, who hit the fashion runways when she was a teenager back in the late 1960s. Tall and strikingly attractive, she started modeling for Ebony and then went on the road with the Ebony Fashion Fair, a traveling fashion show for African American women.

While pursuing a career in modeling, Ms. Cleveland was also studying fashion design and making her own clothing. As she bopped around her native New York City, her unique style caught the eye of a Vogue magazine editor. Even Bendel’s department store bought some of her clothing, but fashion design and clothes-making hit a snag when Ms. Cleveland was unable to provide her designs in multiple sizes. So it was full steam ahead into modeling.

She went on to create a successful career as a runway and print model in Europe and the US. But there were rocky times, including not getting hired initially because she wasn’t a blue-eyed blonde. (She got her start in the industry as a fit model.) There was a disturbing incident while traveling in the south with the Fashion Fair, sexual harassment, and a violent stepfather. Still, Ms. Cleveland didn’t allow anything to keep her down; she knew what she wanted and kept going, taking knocks along the way as well as enjoying quite a few unusual adventures. Her bright spirit and inner strength is an inspiration.

During her decades-long life as a model, she worked and partied with the likes of Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Karl Lagerfeld, Halston and even her long time crush – Warren Beatty. Each one of her encounters has a story and there’s where we find the fun. She worked for the biggies such as Valentino, Thierry Mugler, and de Givenchy and she became known for her signature way of walking the runway, which was part strut and part dance.

Along with Ms. Cleveland’s life, Walking with the Muses offers a peek into the world of mid-century fashion in all its splendor from mini-skirts to shoulder pads. A good read for those interested in fashion history or anyone just interested in reading about a fascinating life of a successful model.

I say this is an easy holiday gift choice.

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When I was taking a fashion history course earlier this year, I was determined to avoid the Internet for any research I had to do. Why? Because I prefer books and thanks to the many fashion history books I’ve collected over the years, it was easy to keep the promise I made to myself.

One book I didn’t own (and it would have been quite handy) is 100 Years of Fashion by Cally Blackman (Laurence King Publishing, 2020).

Blackman, a fashion historian, university lecturer, and author, digs into fashion history from 1900 to circa 2000. She discusses high society, the everyday lady, designers, and all the trends from the S-Bend silhouette to Grunge.

The book is divided into two sections: 1901-1959 and 1960 onward, making the subject accessible for the serious student and the casual fashion admirer. Both sections include an overview of the fashion trends of each decade and the historical context for those trends. A complete index makes for quick and easy research.

Another reason I prefer fashion books to a search on the Internet is I can more easily study the provided photos. Similar to an exhibition catalogue the bulk of 100 Years of Fashion is photos and illustrations with captions. The over 400 images provide a visual documentation of twentieth century fashion history. Such examples are essential for fashion study, not to mention the eye candy factor.

The compact size of the book makes it a great choice to take on the road if attending a fashion conference or traveling to take a course (yes, one day the pandemic will be over).

I noticed while researching various fashion history topics that each book I went to offered a little different angle, giving me a more complete understanding. In other words, you cannot own too many books on fashion!

Books are on everyone’s gift list this year and 100 Years of Fashion is an excellent choice for anyone interested in fashion. Support your local independent book store! Most will special order whatever title you’re looking for.

Let the holiday shopping begin.

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Divan Japonais by Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893. 

You must understand that the accessories are an integral part of the picture. 

Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), French artist.

Yes! Hats! Gloves! Scarves! Jewelry! Accessories complete the picture, complete the look. A jaunty hat? That’s panache. A pair of gloves in red or … purple? How daring. An antique ring on every finger? What pizzazz!

We love it all and all of it makes for excellent holiday gifts. Particularly vintage and handmade.

Let the holidays begin with style.

 

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I’m a sock gal from way back. When I was a kid I collected what I called “crazy socks” which were just socks with patterns. But there are times when a girl wants a sock feel without a sock look. Enter – Keysocks.

Recently I had the chance to sport the new Keysocks for this review and I can say right now that I love them! Keysocks offer protection for the feet, warmth, and they are super soft and comfortable. Great with any kind of shoe, particularly the type that look better sans socks, flats for example. They even work well for layering, say with boots wear a little ankle sock underneath the Keysocks for added warmth but no bulk.

img_20161121_121700860_hdrThey are intended not to be seen but I say play with layering and wear them over tights for a fun and unusual look.

Keysocks come in black, nude, and pink. There are two weights: original and light for warmer months.

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The Keysocks logo on the back is a nice touch.

Keysocks are available on Amazon.com. Think: stocking-stuffers, Secret Santa gift, Hanukkah, or just because.

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Image courtesy of Powerhouse Books.

Image courtesy of Powerhouse Books.

Just published is a unique fashion book by Brooklyn artist Jennifer Williams, What My Daughter Wore (Powerhouse Books).

Like many a tween girl Ms. Williams’ daughter, Clementine, began playing with fashion. Inspired by the creativity, Ms. Williams began illustrating Clementine and some of her friends. Soon after she started a blog, which in 2013 was named by Time magazine one of the 25 Best Blogs. Like all popular blogs it’s now a book.

I remember fondly my own young years tiptoeing into fashion. It’s a specific period of style exploration when we can get away with just about anything (that’s still tasteful) from playful irony to political statement. Ms. Williams captures this moment in time, which is never the same generation to generation.

What My Daughter Wore is an interesting peek into modern young style, a good addition to any library of fashion history, and a fun mother-daughter read. (Moms may get nostalgic and daughters may get inspired.)

 

 

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