A Sense of European Flair in Hermès

full-1-9-19-2016Alongside a large tidal lagoon in the center of Oakland, just east of Downtown lies the historic Madison-Lake Apartments of 1927 – better known today as Hotel Merritt. A historian at heart for grand architecture I find the San Francisco bay area bestows a nostalgic era when detail was as intricate as the garments worn. Embracing centuries of history that towers before me, I reflect on its true essence of hotel luxury living and Art Deco craftsmanship.

Standing at the main entrance that consists of a pastel terra-cotta facade, a sense of autumn is felt with the addition of a vintage Hermes Wool Houndstooth Pencil Skirt. This classic 1950s design hits below the knee with pockets at the hips and a pleated waist which is complimented with a crew-neck button-up cardigan. Accessorizing these essential fall staples with the beauty of a Brown Aurora Borealis rhinestone brooch and matching earrings both convey a beauty of their own. To complete such luxury I paired a City of Paris millinery design originally purchased by Lucy Sandoval at the Montgomery and Sutter location in San Francisco during 1930s. Today’s style is the epitome of versatility for the transition into the autumn season.middle-1-9-19-2016full-2-9-19-2016hotel-1-9-19-2016sit-9-19-2016full-3-9-19-2016ls-9-19-2016detail-9-19-2016m-bnw-9-19-2016full-4-9-19-2016Vintage Hermes Green Purple Wool Houndstooth Long Pencil Skirt (similar here & here) // Halogen Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan // Brown Aurora Borealis Rhinestone Brooch & Earrings (similar here) // Millinery, City of Paris Department Store // Patent Accessories & Kate Spade Pumps (similar here, here & here)

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