Stauer Jewelry and Watches

The Stauer company seems to have its roots firmly grounded in their love for vintage watch collections and jewelry. With an extensive experience recreating long time favorites from the golden era of watch design. Although they claim to be genuine old-time watches and jewelry lovers, their loyalty seems to lie on making what they call replicas affordable to the general public, but their taste might be questionable. Or so I thought as I looked through their website.

Stauer seems to use a lot of the old media to get to the heart of their customers, magazines and catalogs are their main sources of marketing and they don’t look like they enjoy investing on anything else, since their website seems a bit old fashioned and quite simple. One of the products they’ve been known for is the Dashtronic watches for men based on the 30’s style, when the principles of aerodynamics and streamlining filled everything electronic in an age so many technological items were just mere dreams or impossible visions. Their work do resemble a time of innocence in America and can appeal to the nostalgic hearts still clinging on to their memories or to whatever that time reminds them.

Their jewelry seems to be quite popular. Maybe because their lab-created stones can look and feel like the original thing, keeping the customer from leaving without having to turn in their life-long savings in order to get a ring or a simple necklace. But the somewhat tacky style of their pieces may not appeal to a younger generation, who might even stay away from their store just by hearing their name, for their reputation is vastly well-known.

What I like the most about their jewelry items is exactly the fact they do not use real stones and gems in most of their products. The high demand for real diamonds and many other rocks have turned Africa into a continent under a huge political and social cross fire all because of those preciousness and the profit they can generate. For such reason, many possible buyers would rather support a business that produces their own rocks than to spend millions with a real diamond that might have been taken from a conflict zone. That should count as a point in their favor.

Their Diamond Aura River of Love Necklace that comes with free earrings is the most popular piece in the feminine inventory, but their dowdy Ruby sets can be somewhat disastrous and keep hanging on their page forever, trying to find the courageous woman who would take it home. Pink stained lab-created gems and over the top yellow jewelry pieces can catch your eye, but they do not kidnap your ulterior motive. For obvious reasons!

They also have an extensive list of shop handbags, luggage and other leather goods. Their style might appeal to the type of women that is on the conservative side but have a tender side for the exuberant. Their wallets and handbags do not take on too much risk, keeping it classic and clean: the exact opposite of what they have in their jewelry section.

If you’re looking for turn of the century (not this one but the one before) luxury items, look for their luxury collection! You’ll find some pieces that might belong to a history museum. The best about it all is that you can actually have them in your home for reasonable prices, since they do not belong in a painting from a historical monument.

In their website you can request their catalog so you can check for yourself if I’m right or wrong about their style and prices. They actually do a great job with those records, making it hard for you not to think twice before putting the catalog down after a few browses through their well finished pages, filled with a type of charm you don’t see quite often anymore. In the end it makes you think about what they say about their vintage style and their efforts for keeping their material closer to an era that could no longer reign. It’s hard to keep something simple being such a driving force in a world where nothing is too hard to find or too precious to believe in anymore.

At least in the 30’s they had their watches to check on the hours and how close they were to their brighter future.

International fashion & style; fall 2014..a letter to Rachel Zoe

Just had to dash off a quick note and let you know my feelings about the new collection. OMG OMG OMG what are you smoking girlfriend with these clothes? You are a far cry from designers departments these days, in fact, are you in any of them anymore … just asking!! It seems to me that you have gone off the reservation and steered directly to a contemporary collection that might be suited for a JCP girl or maybe a Macy’s chick; but deffo bridge and tunnel.

Anyway it seemed to appropriate to send my condolences after seeing the collection. Your inspirations were as you said “This season is really about a Parisian woman in the 1960s – her sensibility, her lifestyle and her confidence. I wanted to create a collection that embodied French bohemia with mod elements – tailored jackets, short shifts, hounds tooth prints and textured tweeds – cool wearable pieces that women want right now.” The problem is you went right to the runways of Celine, Chloe, Saint Laurent and god knows who else to get “inspired” and to complicate matters you cheapened the looks even more than they did.

From my point of view, you are treading on very thin ice and trying to hold onto whatever reputation you have left and as my advice has been to you in previous times… toss in that towel and run for the hills while you still have any shred credibility left. Only your best friends would tell you this.

Hopefully, there will be no more notes like this because it hurts my heart to tell you these things but what are friends for??

Kiss kiss… An Ivy lunch soon?

and P.S. you see , even losing the silly hats and the puddling pants, the clothes just don’t cut it hon.. so say buh bye and get another styling client instead!

International fashion & style; meet Alvin Valley .. the king of pants ..

Somewhere it was written that Alvin Valley took 6 months to perfect the fit of the pants he produced when he started his business and suddenly it made all the sense in the world to me as to why he earned the moniker … “the king of pants.” Mr. Valley has been off the fashion radar for a while but he is once again seismically registering on the radar screens of those who wear, wore and swore by these pants.

As if I wasn’t totally convinced enough about Mr. Valley’s prowess, I asked a devotee, a 21st century style icon, as well as a business colleague …. “I had heard much about the genius of Alvin’s pants (most of which seemed a bit inflated with descriptions such as “life changing”) until I tried on my first pair and became an immediate aficionado…I swear you zip in two inches taller and one inch slimmer!” …. Nicole Hanley Mellon

This week marks his official return to “the radar screen” of fashion with the relaunch of his website. Please note that the mistakes of the past will not be repeated and hence we see “the King” has a new kingdom predominantly populated by what catapulted him to fame in the first place … I speak of pants, impeccable tailoring and now “uber” fab dresses mixed with softer silhouettes.

From the “horse’s mouth”… “I love the idea of a building a wardrobe with my clients, with the foundation being the perfect pant. The idea is that we are establishing certain signatures and updating them. A change in color or fabric is enough.”

It is gratifying for me to spotlight a designer who is sage beyond his years and actually has the desire to clothe real women and not some oddly fantasized concept of what women look like and what he thinks they like to wear. In other words this is Alvin Valley, who wants his ladies to look fashionable and to have a wardrobe that befits their lifestyles. Once again I am proud to present one of a small cast of characters who inhabit the world made up of designers who design!!

Q. What is the most treasured possession in your wardrobe?
A. A leather jacket from Tom Ford’s last collection at YSL.

Q. What is your most sterling trait and what trait do you treasure most in your friendships?
A. I don’t know if it’s a sterling trait, but I do feel I am someone with lots of gumption, and I stick to my convictions. I treasure in my friendships their support and solidarity, whatever I’m going through. Either successful or not.

Q. What is your bliss?
A. My dogs, Lana and Nina.

Q. What is your guilty secret?
A. Getting inspired by my friends without them knowing it. These women with amazing personal style, strength, independence, and above all, power while fusing that into my designs. Some of these women include Rena Sindi, Vanessa Getty, Alexandra Von Furstenberg, Nicole Mellon, Alexandra Lind Rose, Fernanda Niven, Eva Lorenzotti, Kick Kennedy, Minnie Mortimer, and Olivia Chantecaille

Q. Where is your ideal home?
A. A modern, sustainable cottage by the pond in North Haven, Sag Harbor, designed by Peter Sabbeth.

Q. If you could not be a designer what would you be?
A. A landscape architect in the East End of Long Island.

Q. What is on your bedside table right now?
A. A pair of scull paintings by Nathan Bond.

Q. What do you wear to bed?
A. Night guards.

Q. What if any, book are you reading now or last read?
A. The Breakthrough Experience by John F Martini. It was recommended to me by a great friend who lives in Paris. I bought 10 copies and gave them to my friends.

Q. What’s your advice to the “newcomer”?
A. Don’t think that you are more important than your clients.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration/style icon?
A. Dorian Gray.

Q. What is the best advice you ever received?
A. Don’t believe the hype!

Q. In 3 words or less, describe the current state of fashion.
A. Polished. Structured. Sophisticated.

Q. If you were a retailer, would you wear your own designs or shop in your own store…or where would you shop?
A. I would absolutely wear my own designs…but they look better on women.

Q. If you won a $200,000,000 power ball (lottery), what is the first thing you would buy or do?
A. The first thing I would do is call my lawyer.

Q. If you could invite up to 4 people for dinner, who would they be…dead or alive?
A. I would want a table full of strong personalities, and interesting conversation. Marchesa Casati, she fitted the utmost female example by saying: “I want to be a living work of art”. Maria Callas, she’s still the definition of the diva as artist. Maria Felix, La Doña, who always represented women as power figures. And finally, Robert Redford, for his all-American looks and ease.

Q. What is your favorite movie/or movie star?
A. Bette Davis in All About Eve. As a child, watching this movie inspired me to believe that women could be the bread winners in their homes, and that they could ultimately decide how to live their lives, independent of any man. The ultimate question, “Can women have it all?”

Q. What is the one thing you would change about yourself?
A. My height, everything else I’ve changed.

Q. Whose opinion do you value most and why?
A. My Board of Directors. They are smart, successful and support my vision.

Q. What store or which designer do you most like to shop in or wear?
A. I only shop online. Net-A-Porter and Moda Operandi.

Q. What’s your take on magazines, books versus the internet?
A. Tablet only.

Q. Do you have a dream collaborator?
A. Andy Warhol.

Q. What is your crowning achievement thus far in your career?
A. Buying my brand back and building an incredible team.

Q. What’s your music library like?
A. Eclectic 80’s.

Q. What and where is your favorite meal?
A. Chicken for Two at Omar’s Private Dining Room in New York City. Omar has created an amazing, intimate experience.

Fashion designer L’Wren Scott found dead in Chelsea apartment

Long time girlfriend of Mick Jagger and fashion designer, L’Wren Scott’s body was found this morning by her assistant inside her swanky Chelsea apartment. My police insider who arrived first on the scene, said the former model hung herself, using a scarf on a doorknob. There was no sign of foul play and a suicide note was not found. An ipad was found, but as of right now doesn’t seemed to give any information to why the designer wanted to end her posh life. Scott’s body was taken away this afternoon by the medical examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Fran Curtis, the Rolling Stones publicist and spokesperson told USA Today that Mick Jagger is “completely shocked and devastated by the news. The two had a 10 year courtship.

L’Wren Scott was an Utah mormon, before meeting photographer Bruce Weber and becoming a model. She then became a successful stylist and fashion designer dressing Hollywood royalty like Nicole Kidman and the first lady Michelle Obama. Just last year the high end designer collaborated with Banana Republic for a line of affordable fancy frocks.

An hour after her body was found a Thank you tweet from her twitter handle (@Lwrenscott) went out to wardrobe stylist Jill Ohanneson, which means her social media team still didn’t know of her passing.

STAMPING OUT HEART DISEASE WITH A STYLISH AFFAIR

New Orleans fashion scene continues to grow and continues to give back to nonprofit organizations in grand style. Couture for a Cause – “A Fashion Affair for the Heart” is no exception, as it brings fashion aficionados together to enjoy a fashion show while benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA).

This talked about fashion event of the summer is being produced and presented by two local business women, Tiffany Magee and Shirah Ray. Both ladies are well-known in the community for their philanthropic involvement, Magee and Ray are thrilled to lead this effort for the AHA as the national organization has special meaning for them. “Both of our fathers died of heart attacks at a very early age and we would love to raise at least $2,500 for the AHA. As well as use this event as an opportunity to raise awareness and promote the prevention of heart disease” stated Magee. According to the AHA, heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans, taking the lives of 811,000 annually. For more information about the American Heart Society, visit www.heart.org.

Fashion and beauty are innate to these two driven entrepreneurs and Louisiana natives. Magee, former state director of the Miss Black USA pageant and now CEO of her own company, Manager Extraordinaire, an event logistics and management company. Along with Ray, boutique owner (David Lee’s Boutique, named for her late father), wardrobe consultant and style therapist. The ladies are combining their expertise to create a fete that the city of New Orleans will not soon forget. “I’m proud to partner with an organization that’s committed to saving lives. This is sentimental for both my family and me,” said Ray.

The high-end women’s clothing store is located in LaPlace will provide ready-to-wear fashions and accessories in the runway fashion show. Also featured on the runway will be two notable New Orleans based fashion designers that are renowned in the Southern fashion circle and beyond. New Orleans native Tabitha Bethune will show gowns from her Broadway-inspired La Playbill collection. John Joseph Delgadillo will present his Cutting Edge Diva collection. Debuting her jewelry and accessories with the designers fashions will be local jewelry designer Ko’fetche by Korebel.

The fashion affair takes place Thursday, June 12 at Eiffel Society. Doors 8PM / VIP reception 7PM. Attendees can expect a first-class red-carpet entrance as they are greeted and interviewed by fashion blogger, radio personality and owner of My Classy Closet, Paris Hatcher. Dress to impress and show your support for AHA and love for fashion by donning on your most stylish red outfit and be a part of “Couture for a Cause”.

Tickets for the fashion show are now available at coutureforacauseheart.eventbrite.com or visit David Lee’s Boutique, 1145 W Airline Highway, LaPlace, LA and Simply Divine Full Service Salon, 306 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA. Cost: $40 for general admission and $75 for VIP.

Alessandra Ambrosio: From Victoria’s Secret Angel to fashion designer

Model and Victoria’s Secret Angel, Alessandra Ambrosio is set to launch a new fashion line as reported via Glamour on Monday. Alé by Alessandra Ambrosio will debut on March 17.

Ambrosio partnered with Planet Blue, a Los Angeles-based boho line, and the collection is infused with Alessandra’s style. Expect beachy and bohemian type mini dresses that flow, ruffled skirts, convertible tees, and sexy jumpsuits, which according to the Brazilian supermodel is a “reflection of her lifestyle: Malibu meets Brazil.”

Alessandra Ambrosio, 32, detailed her new fashion endeavor in the recent Glamour interview, and labeled her clothing line, “bohemian chic.”

It’s comfortable. It’s sensual. It’s feminine. It’s very flowy with soft fabrics. The palettes are nude to cayenne and some midnight blue colors that we did for the nighttime. And there are different prints: from paisley to hand-dyed tie-dye. There are dresses, jumpsuits, and a little black dress, but it’s not your normal little black dress. And every girl needs to have one in her wardrobe.

Ambrosio’s fashion tip to accessorize the little black dress depends on the mood you’re in on any given day: basically anything goes.

The clothing line, Alé by Alessandra Ambrosio, the smoldering Victoria’s Secret Angel, will range from $60 to $260 and is available on March 17 at Planet Blue.

My 305 Style: The simple sexy dress

Miami is a city where women show more skin than any other place in the United States. This is due to the influence we bring from our Latin countries.

The sexy dresses are the go-to outfits for nightclubs, beaches, restaurants and shopping malls. But when exactly is the perfect time to wear them?
We cannot wear the same dress pattern to work, going out with friends, going to a wedding or any other invitation, just because we are in Miami.

I have seen many pictures on Facebook and Twitter including local celebrities, and most of them only change the color of the dress–the model remains the same, almost like a uniform.
I think variety is good taste in fashion. We should not standardize our style to a single model of dress and mistakenly thinking that it is the only way to look sexy. Well I have good news- there are plenty of varieties out there!

My advice is to use your creativity. Creating sexy outfits using palazzo pants, blouses with one shoulder out, long skirts with one leg in the air, pencil skirts, dresses ¾ long with sheer sleeves, etc…

So when the opportunity comes and you want to wear a simple sexy dress you will be the attraction of the place.
I recommend my latest acquisition: A simple dress, designed by Samy Gicherman, which has two of the most important things in a dress, sensuality and elegance.

I combined my dress with black sandals, also simple and sexy, from Steve Madden and I believe it worked best. I wore this outfit to attend a Hispanic event where there were a number of girls with sexy dresses, but this model caused a sensation … the magic of variety!

‘Downton Abbey’ season ended but costumes exhibit opens March 1 at Winterthur

How to avoid “Downton Abbey” withdrawal, now that Season 4 ended Feb. 23? No need to wait for Season 5 for your next dose.

Lady Sybil’s harem pants; Lady Mary’s engagement dress; Lady Edith’s wedding dress; tea dresses of the three sisters; tuxedos; as well as servants’ uniforms and livery from “Downton Abbey” will be shown at the 175-room manse, now Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

Meanwhile, back at “Downton Abbey”, will Lady Mary re-marry? If so, which of her suitors? Will Lady Edith find, and maybe marry Gregson? Will she get back their baby she gave for adoption? Did Mr. Bates avenge Anna’s rape? If so, did all the evidence go up in flames?

Fortunately, no need to wait for a “Downtown Abbey” fix. Get thee to Delaware while awaiting Downtown’s Series 5.

Father’s Day gift ideas: Give dad comfort and fashion this Father’s Day

Father’s Day 2014 is less than two weeks away and now’s the time to select a gift for dad. Give dad comfort and fashion this Father’s Day with affordable gift ideas from District Clothing, because women with style know how to dress their men.

The Women’s Style Examiner was fortunate enough to have her spouse sample a few items from District Clothing in celebration of Father’s Day, as seen in the slideshow. District Clothing distributes affordable accessories and casual wear for men, women, juniors and young men, perfect gift ideas for dear old dad. The collection features bold fashion basics, which are super soft, true to size, stylish and very comfortable. From tees to polos and everything in between, you could outfit dad in style, and the brand’s unique fit guide makes purchasing a piece of clothing for dad this Father’s Day simple.

For the stylish dad this Father’s the Tri-Blend Pocket Tee available in red, navy, grey and charcoal heather, pairs well with jeans as does the Jersey Double Pocket Polo, ideal for the hard working dad who can easily transition from work to weekend and stay in fashion. For the fitness fanatic father, District Clothing’s Mini Rib Crew Tee in white, new navy, heather nickel and black is dad’s perfect workout companion. And finally, the Long Sleeve Washed Woven Shirt in grey or light blue is fitting for the fashionable father who enjoys a casual Friday out.

Some dads are not easy to buy gifts for, but District Clothing has you covered this Father’s Day.

Talkin’ fashion with a Pittsburgh girl: Katie Z.

Pittsburgh girls know and love fashion! They know what colors look good on them, what designer looks they covet, and where to shop. Pittsburgh girls are more than just Pens jerseys and Terrible Towels, they are fashionistas! Katie, a 28 year-old formerly of South Park who is now a nurse in Virginia Beach, Virginia gabs about her personal style and fashion!

What is one store you could spend thousands of dollars on clothes in?

Black House White Market

What is your favorite Pittsburgh mall?

South Hills Village

What color do you think you look best in?

Pink

What is one piece in your wardrobe you could never live without?

My heart necklace from Tiffany’s because it was given to me from the love of my life.

What is your favorite cut of jeans?

Skinny jeans

What is your ideal winter coat?

Pea coat in ivory

What is your favorite kind of dress?

Sun dress

What is your favorite type of footwear?

Heels

Money is no object, who is your favorite luxury fashion brand?

Michael Kors

5 adjectives to describe your style and wardrobe?

Colorful, form-fitting, fun, sassy, and bling